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Mrs Kirby's Weekly Words

Our weekly Bulletin highlights the important forthcoming dates and events, along with a round-up by Mrs Kirby of the week gone by. Read below recent messages from the Head's desk.

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  • Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 1

    Published 24/04/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Dear parents and guardians - welcome to our first bulletin of the term

    I hope the start of term has been as smooth as can be expected during these troubled times. Herein we have words from the Heads of each division sharing their experiences of the first few days of pupil learning, and I will let you enjoy their stories in the Friday evening sunshine. We also have some reminders of what is coming up in the various challenges that have been set.

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  • Mrs King's Words Lent 11

    Published 27/03/20, by Nicola Robinson

    What a strange week it has been to be at school from home. Never before have I written my bulletin words from my garden sitting in the sunshine! 

    I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at your work in your Google Classrooms and seeing all of the great things your teachers have been asking you to do. 

    Thank you to everyone who has emailed updates and shared with me the wonderful things being done both in learning and also good times with parents, siblings and pets. I have seen cooking, baking and building things. We now have had puppy training in the garden at my house. 

    I appreciate that everyday won’t be an amazing day as we adapt to this new way of working but it really is a time to focus on the positives. Every morning I have been grateful to see the sun shining as I know that even if I have to work extra hard, I can work extra hard with the sun on my back.

    This is a photo of Dexter, the new addition to our family. He is a Cavapoo and has been a part of the King household for two weeks. He is definitely keeping us busy. Miss Dockerill also has a new puppy in her house too.

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  • Mrs King's Words Lent 10

    Published 20/03/20, by Nicola Robinson

    It is with mixed feelings that I write my weekly bulletin today. I feel so proud to be a part of the amazing team at Claires Court Junior Girls but sad that we are having this break from all being together. The hard work and dedication of my colleagues never ceases to impress me. From last week's exceptional efforts in the phenomenal production of The Lion King (watch out for photos and clips of this coming soon on our social media) to this week navigating their way through Charity Week, a cancelled PGL trip and an impending school closure; they tackled it all with kindness, positivity and a smile. Shout out to Mr Laouira and Mrs Ericson for ensuring that our Year 6 girls had a wonderful week despite having had the much anticipated PGL trip cancelled.

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  • Mrs King's Words Lent 9

    Published 13/03/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Hakuna Matata! Our Upper Junior Girls certainly didn’t need to have any worries as they took to the stage in spectacular style this week and blew us all away with their astounding and breathtaking performances! It really was a rollercoaster of emotions as we followed Simba’s life lessons. Each and every pupil played their part wonderfully, from the swaying grass, to the towering giraffes. Never have I been more proud to say that they are our Junior Girls! 

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  • Mrs King's Words Lent 8

    Published 06/03/20, by Nicola Robinson

    This week has mostly been focused around World Book Day and Lion King rehearsals, and it has been far from quiet!

    The excitement is building this week as we look forward to joining the circle of life and embracing our inner animal. The Upper Junior corridor has been a hive of activity that has very much resembled the pride lands of Africa. I have walked down the corridor to be greeted by many lionesses and their cubs, some hyenas, the odd group of leggy gazelles and not to mention some very tall giraffes, watch out for the door frames! I can honestly say that I can't wait to see the performances next week and I’m sure many of you feel the same! Mrs Stevenson, Mr Laouira and all of the Upper Junior team have been working their socks off this week making sure that the girls are performance ready. 

    World Book Day has kept us busy with many visits to the library to meet authors and characters. On Tuesday, Reception and Year 1 girls visited Boyn Grove Library where they met The Highway Rat and on Wednesday morning Year 4, 5 and 6 had the pleasure of visiting Maidenhead Library where they met childrens author Abi Elphinstone. Year 2 and 3 haven’t missed out, their library visit is on Tuesday 10 March and they will meet author, poet and songwriter John Dougherty. More on that next week!

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  • Mrs King's Words Lent 7

    Published 28/02/20, by Nicola Robinson

    There has been lots of excitement about pancakes this week. Most year groups spent some on Tuesday learning about Shrove Tuesday and/or making and eating delicious pancakes. In Year 1 they opened up a pancake cafe and became waitresses serving (and eating) their pancakes with a variety of toppings! I was lucky enough to spend the morning in Year 3 this week and we talked about our favourite pancake toppings. They came up with some lovely ones and there were a couple of strange ones too. I have yet to find a stranger pancake topping than my dad’s lemon juice, sugar...and ketchup! If you enjoy something stranger than that on your pancakes do let me know! 

    Following on from Pancake Day, many people choose to give something up for 40 days and nights. For many people this is recognition of Lent but for others it is simply an opportunity to make a change. I often find it difficult to give something up for Lent because as soon as I’m not allowed it, it’s all I can think about! I have been reading about trying something different for 40 days instead of giving up chocolate or crisps. Some ideas for a positive change could be giving up social media for 40 days, perhaps we could benefit from giving up TV and read more or we could help the environment and give up using single use coffee cups. Maybe instead of giving up we could simply give. Give our time for 40 days or give 40 things to charity. The possibilities are endless. Mrs Phipps tells me that in her house they’re giving up moaning and if they moan they have to put 50p in a jar for charity. Drop me an email  if you’ve given up something a little bit different this year.

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  • Mrs King's Words Lent 6

    Published 14/02/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    We’ve made it through the first half of the term and most of us are now ready for our half term break! When we come back we can look forward to better weather (hopefully!) and lighter nights. What have you got planned for your half term?

    Today in assembly, on the theme of Valentine's Day, we talked about how you can show people you care. The girls came up with some lovely ideas such as paying someone a compliment and talking to them when they’re on their own. We even talked about how a smile can go a long way. I would love to hear some examples of how the girls have been showing that they care over half term. If there is anything specific and you would like to share it with me please do drop me an email and I will give them a mention in our celebration assembly after the break.

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  • Mrs King's Words Lent 5

    Published 07/02/20, by Nicola Robinson

    This week has been 'National Storytelling Week'. Storytelling has been a world wide tradition for thousands and thousands of years. 'National Storytelling Week' gives us the opportunity to rediscover this age old tradition and celebrate all that is good about storytelling. Myths, knowledge and traditional stories have been transferred from generation to generation and are enjoyed by children and adults alike all over the world every day! On Wednesday, Miss Sadler treated the Junior Girls to a fantastic assembly where she told the story of a little girl called Charlotte and her friend, an alien called Martina. The story explored the importance of accepting and celebrating each other's differences in friendships. A very powerful message that was beautifully told and acted out by Miss Sadler with the support of Chloe in Year 6 taking on the role of Martina! 

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  • Mrs King's Words Lent 4

    Published 31/01/20, by Nicola Robinson

    We have finally reached the end of January and already the mornings and evenings are brighter! I was reliably informed by one of our Year 2 girls that this is because summer is on the way. We might have a bit of a wait and a lot more to do before the summer arrives but we can certainly embrace the promise that nicer weather and longer days are coming.

    Another fun filled, busy week where I have seen so much exciting learning happening in the classrooms. You may have noticed that we have started writing our Merit Certificates in different colours. This is to identify when the girls are being awarded a certificate for using or developing our Claires Court Essentials. Claires Court Essentials are those learning skills that are embedded into all aspects of our curriculum and we wanted to create an opportunity to celebrate and develop the girls’ awareness of these.

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  • Mrs King's Words Lent 3

    Published 24/01/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Spend time doing what you love! 

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  • Mrs King's Words Lent 2

    Published 17/01/20, by Nicola Robinson

    It certainly has been a busy first full week back with trips, trips and more trips! We do love a trip here at Juniors Girls and we know that we are very lucky to be able to offer the girls so many chances to extend their learning in class with new opportunities outside of the classroom. Educational trips provide pupils with unique opportunities to experience learning in a range of different ways and offer enrichment to the fantastic activities that are already on offer in the classroom.

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  • Mrs King's Words Lent 1

    Published 09/01/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Happy New Year and happy new decade.

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