From the Headmaster 12th June 2017

Dear Parents

So often I comment on the way in which the weather has limited events at school but I am pleased, after very poor weather in the early part of the week and a discouraging forecast for the weekend, to report that everything was so much better than expected. I hope this will continue into next week and beyond.

Last week

The Division VIII children have now completed their Common Entrance examinations and we have enjoyed a number of major events this past week.

On Tuesday our U11s, who had qualified for the King's Lynn and West Norfolk Hi5 Netball competition by winning the local round at Smithdon in March, travelled hopefully to Lynnsport and you can see Daisy Waddison's report below.

Sport

Glebe under 11s netball team travelled to Lynnsport for the Small School Hi5 Netball Final 2017 on Tuesday 6th of June.

There were 10 teams in the competition and we found ourselves in a group against Docking, Sedgeford, Walpole and Downham Prep. I'm pleased to say that we won our games against all of the schools and I managed to score all of the goals in our 5-0 win against Docking but the whole team played brilliantly in every game, well done!

In the end we found ourselves in the final against Sandringham and narrowly lost but again the team gave their best and we now go through to the finals on 19 June at the UEA. We have qualified second from a total of 84 schools, we will now do our best on county finals day.

It was such a great effort that I think all team deserved man of the match for a brilliant team performance but special mention to Ned and Joseph and I look forward to playing with them all again in Norwich.

Daisy Waddison, Captain

More Sport

It was fortunate that the netball was moved to an indoor venue as the U9 cricket against Norwich School was cancelled due to the apalling weather. However there were a number of matches the following day and the boys were very successful in their cricket matches. The girls were also playing cricket against Gresham's and although all three of the teams lost we are pleased that there is considerable progress in this new sport.

Performance

Children from Division II to Division V were able to take part in the GHS Recitation competition on Tuesday. It was not compulsory but I am pleased that most children chose to do so. The Division II competition saw Missy Jennings and Lily Hawkins awarded joint second place and Madeleine Pilcher was a very worthy winner. In Division III the winner was Tia Odedra followed by Scarlett Hallard (2nd) and Freddie Gribbin (3rd). The winners in Division IV & V respectively were Charlie Prout and Ethan Newton-Walters but many other children were singled out for a great effort.

On Thursday Division VI presented a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Tempest to their parents and the rest of the School. The children had worked on this exclusively in English lessons and yet it was a highly polished and confident performance.

Golf Day

On Friday we held our Eighth Annual Golf Day at Heacham Manor. Fifty six players, including ten OAs, two current pupils and a large number of current and past parents, entered in fourteen four balls and the event was as competitive as ever. The rain was limited to a small number of drops, although we know that there was a downpour as close as Snettisham!

For the record the cup this year went to 'Grant's Restaurant' - Mick Futter, Mark Reeve, Ian Clarke and Paul Bishopp. In second place was 'Ian's A' - Paul Searle, Mark Sewell, Ian Hodge and Max Sowerby and in third place was 'Lloyd's Team' - Lloyd Sandy, William Barber, Neil Williamson and Scott Lloyd.

The longest drive was won by Kate Anthony (ladies) and Alexander Smith (men) and the 'nearest the pin' was Julie Smith (ladies) and Rob Gladstone (men).

The competition was excellently organised by Sarah Minney and our thanks go to the Searles family, Edd Howes and all at Heacham Manor Hotel. We estimate that the competition will have raised about £1,000 for the Glebe House School Foundation and we are grateful to those individuals/ organisations who donated to our raffle: Bordoli Pizzas, Angie and Charles Coker, Cherry Tree Chocolates, The Crown at East Rudham, Crystal Cave, The Gin Trap Inn, Thornham Deli and Wards Nursery. Last but not least £100 was raised from the auction of a round of golf for four people at Hunstanton Golf Course and we thank them for their generosity.

Sporting Friday

Meanwhile on Friday our U9 tennis team of Gracie-Mae & Mabel as one pair and Jonny & Charlie as the other pair, qualified back in February to go through to this round at KES, where there were nine other schools who had also qualified in their own Clusters.

The teams were split into two pools, the other schools in our pool being Howard, Clenchwarton, Nelson Academy and St Martha’s, so each pair had to play four matches. The girls managed to win all their matches and although the boys didn’t win any of theirs, they scored some valuable points which all went towards our whole team total. Charlie & Jonny met with some really tough opposition from the St Martha’s pair who play for the County, and the umpire said she was very impressed with how well our boys responded, scoring four points in that game.

When all the pool matches had been played the position of each pair was worked out and they were then matched up against the pair who finished in the same position in the other pool, to play one final match. Mabel and Gracie-Mae were against a pair from North Wooton School and narrowly lost a hard-fought game 6-8. The boys were against a pair from Docking Primary and finally got the win they had been hoping for in another close match, 8-6.

The team totals were then worked out and we were delighted to be told that we had got into third place and therefore qualify to go through to the County finals in Norwich on 23rd June. Well done to the whole team and good luck for the finals.

Also on Friday our U11 rounders team played at home against Downham Prep and Daisy's report is shown below.

On Friday we played rounders and I lost the toss, so Downham chose to field first. Lucy, myself, Alice and Kitty all scored whole rounders and many of the girls scored half rounders to give us a score of 9 1/2. The visitors response was to score one whole rounder and 6 half rounders so we were in the lead by 5 1/2 rounders at half time.

In the second innings Lucy, myself and Clemmie all scored whole rounders and yet again the rest of the girls scored a lot of half rounders bringing our total to 8 for the second innings. The visitors scored seven.

The final score was 17 1/2 to Glebe and 11 to Downham.

I thought our girls batted very well and the whole team fielded well and covered for me at times as I was feeling quite ill in the second innings. I would say Alice was my man of the match for stumping so many people out at first base.

Daisy Waddison, Captain

This weekend

Bring Your Tent to School

As if we hadn't done enough during the week 54 children accompanied by a number of parents have been camping at school in our thirteenth 'Bring Your Tent To School' weekend.

On Friday parents and children pitched tents at the end of the school day and after supper, served by Miss Hubbard, Miss Patrick and Mr Whitehill, the children enjoyed the Division VIII organised game of 'Capture the Flag' with associated water fight! Most children then chose to join parents and me as we walked from Holme along the beach returning to camp at about 11.15pm. I had hoped that those in camp would be nice and quiet and the walkers would simply follow suit and take to their sleeping bags. However, this took longer than I had hoped and yet didn't prevent a large number of children being very awake again at 5am! Thank goodness for the swimming pool in which 50 children could be found by 6am.

Mrs Playford and Mrs Lewis kindly cooked breakfast and cleared up afterwards so that the children could start morning activities. The children started by preparing their teams' acts for the talent competiton to follow in the evening. Mr Jones came in and organised a tri golf competition and then there was the Fete (more of this later)!

In the evening we were treated to a delicious sausage sizzle courtesy of Jonathan Barber and Stuart Groves before the camp fire and the entertainment, which included some excellent sung items, some clever jokes and general amusement.

Sunday morning started slightly later but a number of children swam before breakfast which was provided by Mrs Hipwell who remained with us as we took children to the beach to enjoy the sea and playing hide and seek in the dunes. Once back in camp Mrs Hipwell organised games while Ben Zebedee and Oliver Gathercole assisted in the preparation of pizzas for lunch. More swimming ensued, pizzas were eaten, tents were taken down and suddenly it was all over.

I am most grateful to those people mentioned above for their help but the event could not take place without the spirit of a number of parents/staff and in particular Mr & Mrs Haslam and Mr & Mrs Meek, who worked tirelessly to help me through the whole weekend.

The GHS Fete and Family Fun Day

What a great event this was!

Masterminded by Becci Bacon, but supported by the marvellous team than is our Parents' Committee, they shrugged off the early morning drizzle to set up stalls, refreshments and a craft area.

The weather picked up on cue and adults and children, including many of our Nursery children and visitors, enjoyed being together in the sunshine. Lamb racing was a popular new attraction, as were zorbing and the tug of war with children and adults determinded to show their prowess. Mr Poulter, Mr Turner and I were happy to be 'victims' of small children's desire to inflict watery mayhem and the whole event raised over £1,000 for the school.

Thank you once again to the hard work of a few for the enjoyment of many! It showed the Spirit of Glebe at its best!



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