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PTA Annual General Meeting - all welcome
**Tuesday 8 March - Junior Boys mezzanine**
Arrivals for coffee from 8.30am. The meeting will take place from 9.15am to 10.15am.
Holiday Clubs next week - for Years 1-6
Our holiday clubs are running for Years 1 - 6 next week and are open to all Claires Court children as well as children from other schools. There are a few spaces for Years 5-8 (Kool Extra) on our Arts and Crafts club too running 21-23 February. If you would like to book, please do so here.
A parents & guardians' update session on the school's approach to Relationship & Sex Education - Google MEET 7pm Tuesday 8 March 2022
As parents will recall from our various announcements with regards to our pastoral education so far this year, we have been updating our approach to include the major on-line tools of JIGSAW (PSHE) and Careers (Unifrog). As a consequence, we have now updated our written content for the PSHE programme published in our various year group curriculum guides. We have taken some specific actions with regards to the compulsory element of Relationship & Sex Education (RSE), to ensure that those components of the programme supported by our school nurses in their work are clearly signposted.
As a consequence, we are holding a whole school video conference for parents and guardians on Tuesday evening, 8 March from 7pm, Entitled Claires Court’s approach to Relationship & Sex Education, we will be joined by Marilyn Hawes, one of our independent advisory consultants whose campaign ‘Freedom from Abuse’ sees her lead the country’s thinking in this regards. Marilyn was also awarded “Most inspirational Woman of the year 2017” for her work in this field“, where she passionately believes victims need not make their childhood abuse a life sentence –with appropriate therapy and support systems they can thrive - not merely survive!
7.00pm Introductions by two of our headteachers; Stephanie Rogers (Sixth Form) and Leanne Kirby (Juniors).
7.10pm Marilyn Hawes outlines the current challenges for schools and families
7.40pm Secondary Deputy Head Pastorals Huw Buckle and Victoria Ruddick speak about how RSE fits into the secondary schedule
7.50pm SRN Nicola Bose explains how, in practice, she teaches a Year 7 lesson
8.00pm Further Q&A
8.15pm Final words and thank - James Wilding
The event will be recorded and made available on the school website.
ALL YEAR GROUPS
Live Music Returns to Claires Court - Joint Senior Concert
After a long absence because of 'you know what' there will be a joint Senior Music Concert on Monday 28 March starting at 6pm at Senior Boys, SL6 8TE. As usual there will be a varied programme from across the senior years. Refreshments will be served before the event from 5.45pm. We look forward to welcoming you back for an evening of music entertainment and further details will be available nearer the time!
Uniform - advance warning!
We expect all students to arrive at school in their full school uniform every day from 28 February bringing their sports kits with them to school. They will then change for their PE, Games, Drama and extra-curricular activities. This applies to all sports including rowing, sailing and paddle sports. The one exception to this rule is the CCF uniform. All students involved in the CCF will be permitted to wear their uniform throughout the day, provided they continue to wear it in the correct way.
We will be monitoring uniform standards very closely, so please do not be surprised if you get a telephone call from your Head of Year, or your young person receives sanctions for not wearing the correct uniform (or not wearing their uniform correctly). The uniform list is here .
World Book Day: Your library needs YOU!
Do you like choosing new books? Would you like a say in which books are selected for your school library?
We are looking for student representatives to join our Senior Reading Panel on World Book Day, 3 March, to discuss and judge the new books on offer and decide which books make it to your library shelves.
Sign up now! See your Librarian before the half-termand register to join the Senior Reading Panel. Where better to spend World Book Day than in the Library?!
From the Library - Play Book Bingo!
Reminder to join up ready for World Book Day!
YEAR 8 ONLY
HPV1 Immunisations - 15 March, consent deadline 11 March
Many thanks to those Year 8's who have already given consent for the HPV Immunisations back in December. If you did not (if unsure please check with Mrs Levi firstname.lastname@example.org) who will advise you to complete the consent form using school code BK110153G by Friday 11 March. Further details can be found in this letter.
Year 8 Combined Cadet Force - interested in joining?
If your daughter would like to join our CCF please find attached letter and google form to be completed by Tuesday 1 March.
YEAR 9 ONLY
HPV2 Immunisations - 15 March, consent deadline 11 March
The East Berkshire School Aged Immunisation Team will be administering HPV2 vaccinations on Tuesday 15 March. If you are new to the school, or have not previously given consent when your daughter was in Year 8, please complete the consent form using school code BK110153G by Friday 11 March. Further details can be found in this letter.
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