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Claires Court Maidenhead

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Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 12

Here we are in the final couple of weeks of the Christmas Term, always a very busy term with lots still going on...

The Berkshire County Tennis Award was presented to Claires Court School at the Berkshire LTA Annual General Meeting this week. Miss Cox was delighted to receive the trophy on behalf of the school and we congratulate all our extremely talented tennis players for their dedication and continual love of the sport.

The Performers Platform last week was an absolute success, guaranteeing our philosophy of keeping the creative and performing arts as an essential part of the life of our community. It was a marvellous celebration of superb musicianship, faultless performances with lively energy and showmanship throughout the evening. The young talent that is now coming through the school is extraordinary and my thanks to our peripatetic music teachers and to our Head of Music, Daniel Gravett and Head of Drama, Kate Warren.

We were very much looking forward to hearing how our two finalist Maddie Todd and Millie Akerman got on at the area heat of the Springboard Future Chef Competition in Aylesbury. The competition has been established to encourage the development of cookery skills in young people.  Pupils are judged on various criteria such as costing, presentation, skills used and taste. We are delighted to announce that Maddie Todd has won the area competition.  Amazing news, thoroughly deserved and thanks to Mrs Kerry Irons for all her hard work in getting the girls prepared for the competition.  Maddie now goes forward to the South East Regional Final in Crawley in February. She was presented with a certificate and cookery book and will also receive her own set of chef whites.  A special mention to Maddy Burwash who was the actual winner of our qualifying competitions held in Food Technology a week ago.  Because she qualified as our representative at the Future Chef Competition last year Maddy kindly stepped back to allow the joint runners up their own chance to cook.

For the last two weeks we have been asking pupils to bring in gifts for local families who are in less fortunate circumstances, and we have been absolutely blown away by your generosity. The Salvation Army took away several laden boxes of gifts - thank you so much. You will be making a huge difference to so many families.

Friday for most of us was our first seasonal meal, along with Christmas Jumper Day and for Year 10s the chance to be Elves helping our Junior Girls and Nursery to welcome a very special Christmas guest who arrived on time all the way from the North Pole.

Finally I hope to see many of you at the Carol Service on Friday 15 December and regular attendees will know it as lovely opportunity to sing traditional carols and hear some amazing singers and they will be giving a whole range of solo and collective performances during the service. It is a hugely heart warming occasion - do please try and attend.

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