25th February 2018

Last week and into the coming week

We are pleased to welcome Kate Stevens into the school from tomorrow. Kate will join Division Vll and L’Estrange and we hope will very soon feel a part of the Glebe family.

Our Brazilian Gappers, Mikaelly Chagas and Rita Santos, have now completed their first week in school and have settled in well. Both ladies are qualified teachers and are looking forward to the experience of working in an English school for a year.

Sadly one of our bus drivers, Michael Mayes, has had to have a rather sudden operation on one knee and is out of action for a couple of weeks. We wish him a speedy recovery and I am grateful to colleagues who will fill in during his absence.

In one sense it has been a delight to see the lengthening days and relatively dry weather of the second half of this week, but we all know of the cold and possible snow to come. Please do ensure your children are wrapped up as they come to school and have appropriate clothing for being out at break, which may include a fleece. This in turn can be worn along with their thermal base layer (skin), their games shirt and tracksuit as part of their games kit to offer four layers of warmth.

The school will remain open if snow falls, but we will fully understand if driving conditions make your journeys to school unadvisable. Please simply let us know via parentmail or phone if your child(ren) cannot make it to school.

All other things permitting we look forward to seeing some interesting ideas for World Book Day costumes on Thursday.

Picture of the Week

Mabel Crane was awarded Picture of the Week last week for her stunning study of a rose from observation: her use of tone is exemplary.

This week’s picture of the week is awarded to Freddie Hawkins for his rather remarkable and advanced sewing skills. Fabulous focus and hand eye coordination, well done Freddie.


Divisions IV, V and VI were treated on Tuesday to a Concert of Classical Music played by the European Union Chamber Orchestra at St Nicholas Chapel in King’s Lynn. The concert was part of the King’s Lynn Festival and was specifically aimed at school groups and young families. The children were introduced to the various instruments of the orchestra, described with clarity and humour by the performers themselves, who came from all over the EU, including Spain, Italy, Holland and Sweden. The children then enjoyed a short programme of music from Handel, Mozart and Delius, and even a World Premier of a new work by Anna Disley Simpson who talked to the children about how she started composing and what inspires her to write music. For this piece the Orchestra was joined by three local musicians from Springwood School which, to the children’s delight, included Emma Carnell (OA) who is soon to take grade 8 on flute. In the final piece of the morning the audience was invited to clap along with The Floral Dance by Katie Moss, which started at a sedate pace, however with the encouragement of enthusiastic clapping soon became quite frenetic – but I think the Orchestra won!

On Thursday sadly Ellie and Ethan were unwell, but four of our own young instrumentalists had the chance to make music with 336 other children at the Uppingham Prep Schools’ Orchestral Day. As always this was a wonderful experience for children and adults alike and the gruelling full day of rehearsals culminated with an impressively eclectic concert including music from Harry Potter, the Jersey Boys, Beethoven and The Trolls! Congratulations to all involved.

U9 Beeston Hockey Tournament - Tuesday 20th February

On Tuesday Mr Turner took the U9 team to Beeston to play a five team tournament.

The first match was against Town Close. We started off really well and Edward scored a great goal. We carried on playing some good hockey but unfortunately they scored a lucky goal and we drew 1-1.

The second match was against Langley. We were on the attack for most of the match but just couldn’t get a shot on target so drew 0-0.

The third match was against Beeston. We were playing well as a team and were competing for the ball in midfield. There was a great move with me, Archie and Edward passing to each other really well which ended up with Edward scoring another good goal. We won the match 1-0.

Our final match was against Gresham’s. We all played well with lots of attacks and when they made a break for goal our defence did well. We carried on tackling really well and attacking and Archie had a great shot and scored. We won the match 1-0.

We had had a great tournament and came second so all received a silver medal which was brilliant. Thank you Mr Turner for taking us. We were sorry that Mr Whitehill wasn’t there to see us score, win some matches and play so well. My man of the tournament was Edward who was also awarded player of the tournament by the tournament organisers too. Well done Edward and well done team. I knew we could do it!

Will Saunders – Captain

U8 Netball v Downham Prep - Wednesday 21st February

The U8s had their first netball match of the season this week, although illness meant that a couple of girls were absent and we had to bring in some of the smaller U9s to make up a team! Straight away, Glebe had most of the possession with the ball never really leaving our shooting circle. Although we had a lot of chances to score, our shooters struggled to get the ball into the net.

We changed positions at half time in order to give everyone a chance to get involved. Downham were playing better in this half but, after some good passing from Glebe, Scarlett scored the one and only goal of the game.

Everyone tried hard in the match, but Missy and Maddie were particularly strong, marking tightly and catching well. The final score was a 1-0 win to Glebe.

Miss Hubbard – Coach

U9 Netball v Downham Prep - Wednesday 21st February

I won the toss and we started the match well with some quick passes. I scored the first goal but Downham managed to score shortly after .

We continued with some excellent passing and moving, working really well together as a team. Amelie scored another goal and after some more great team work, I scored again .

In the second half we continued to play well with some great shooting and defending. Amelie did a fantastic job of scoring three more goals and Scarlett scored another two. The girls proved to have fantastic shooting skills.

The final score was 8 – 1 to us. Well done team. great job. Things for us to work on are marking our player when defending (not just following the ball) and passing to people who are in spaces.

My girl of the game is Amelie for brilliant shooting and scoring four goals .

Maisie March – Captain

U13 Netball v Moreton Hall - Wednesday 21st February

On Wednesday Moreton Hall came to Glebe to play an under 13 netball match. I won the toss and chose to have the 1st centre pass. I passed the ball to Ellie who quickly got it in the circle but sadly Moreton Hall intercepted and scored a goal. At the end of the 1st quarter it was 9 – 0 to them.

In the next quarter Maude and Livi had a few chances at scoring but unfortunately missed and Moreton Hall scored 2 goals. In the third quarter we were determined to score. Our passing was effective and we got the ball to Maude who scored our first goal however Moreton Hall scored another 3 goals.

In the final quarter Maude and Livi scored 1 goal each but Moreton Hall scored another 2. The final score was 16 – 3 to them. My man of the match is everyone for persevering against a really good team.

Molly Sisman – Captain

Charities Committee

As a school we frequently discuss ways of improving the environment; we recycle as much as possible, we encourage parents and friends to bring in waste paper and we have banned plastics from the Art Room.

I’ve just signed a petition calling on UK supermarkets to go plastic-free, and it would mean a lot to the children if you’d add your name too! From turtles entangled in six pack rings to whales with stomachs full of plastic bags, the effects of plastic pollution can be devastating. The UK supermarket Iceland has just announced its own-brand packaging is going plastic-free.

By ditching plastic packaging, supermarkets have the power to lead the way in dramatically reducing the amount of single-use plastic produced. Please join us in calling on UK supermarkets to ditch throwaway plastic packaging. Sign the petition by visiting this web page.

Thank you for your support of the Whole School Walk and your donations for the World Wildlife Fund, which should total over £650.

In addition to supporting WWF as our school charity for 2018, we are looking to support Pastor Dan Holland, who spoke to the committee recently about his walk to raise money to support an orphanage in Hydrabad, India, who we have helped before, Walking with the Wounded and Sport Relief. More details about how and why will be issued shortly.

Mr Turner is running the London Marathon on 22nd April and, as in previous years, is looking to raise as much as I can for Children with Cancer UK. He would welcome any support from the school community.

His fundraising is https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JonTurner4

Have a good week and keep warm!

Best wishes

John Crofts

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