From the Headmaster 18th June

Last Week

We enjoyed an excellent environmental week during which different children visited between them, Houghton Hall for work with Richard Long's sculptures, Norfolk Lavender led by Lucy Hawkins with Divisions VII & VIII inspiring Pre Prep - thank you to Shelley Eagle and her team, The Green Britain Centre at Swaffham enthusing the children about the possibilities of alternative technology, Titchwell bird reserve looking for all manner of creatures, Hunstanton beach collecting litter and involving ourselves in the launch of a scheme to encourage people to refill water bottles. Then on Thursday and Friday we were back in school as John Crisp led us through ideas for recycling culminating in a whole school assembly where Divisions III to VI talked about their day. And on Friday the Prep School children split into their houses to produce banners, sculptures, pieces of literature and videos on a chosen theme: L'Estrange - deforestation, Barbers - re-used water bottles, St Edmund's - reduce, re-use, recycle.

My thanks to all who led activities throughout the week and particularly to Lucy Hawkins for her enthusiasm for all we did.

Picture of the Week

The trip to Houghton Hall inspired the Picture of the Week, which goes to the trio of Isabella, Daisy and Clemmie for their conceptual artwork made during their day at the Richard Long Exhibition. Getting into the mind of an artist and trying to understand the concepts of what they do can be challenging, but they managed to embrace it with their trail of potatoes weaving in and out of the box hedging and mysteriously meandering onto the bench. All the children wore Richard Long headscarves to get them in the mood for conceptual work. As part of Environmental week it was a relevant and thought-provoking day and well done to everyone for entering into the spirit of it.

Sports' matches

We also managed to include eight matches including the visit of Windlesham Prep School who were on tour from West Sussex.

We have received some match reports as shown below:

On Monday 12th June Langley U12A (less a couple of their county players) who have beaten us heavily several seasons running came to Glebe. I won the toss and put Langley in to bat. Ben and I then produced our tightest opening spell of the season with Langley only 9 for nought after the first 6 overs. After Ben and I came off Piers and Joseph bowled. Just when it looked that Langley might start to accelerate Joseph took two important wickets. Joseph was bowling so well that I kept him going straight through. Piers and Jack also bowled well and every time it looked like Langley would speed up we got a wicket. In the end they only got 90 for 5 in their 25 overs with my 5 overs only going for 5 runs. We then batted and Archie and I put on 30 for the first wicket before Archie was out for 11. We then had a mini collapse of our numbers 3 to 7 batsmen not helped by me running out Piers! I managed to stay in and batted with the tail. I was out for 38 in the 21st over which made it 84 for 8. In an incredibly tight and tense finish Euan, Ned and Connor between them managed the 7 runs we needed and we got home 91 for 9 with a few balls to spare. The team voted me man of the match.
Nick Morgan - Captain

On Tuesday 13th June, Langley came to Glebe for an U9 girls’ cricket match. I won the toss and chose to bowl first.
My bowling wasn’t too bad as I only bowled two wides. After the over, my partner Ruby bowled, then Georgia and Sydney as a pair, Annabel and Emelia as another pair and Lily and Mabel as the fourth. Some of us struggled to bowl the ball far enough, and to get it on target!
After an encouraging team talk, Ruby and I started to bat. We scored a total of 18. Sydney and Georgia got 5 runs with some good strong hits from Sydney, but unfortunately they also got out three times! Emelia, Annabel and Jasmin scored 11 runs and Mabel and Lily finished off with 20.
Well played team. My girl of the game is Jasmin for being alert when fielding and trying hard with her batting. Remember team, do not run if your partner can’t!!
Gracie-Mae Meek - Captain

On Wednesday 14th June we went to Norwich School, who we have not played for a while. As a big school they put out their U13Cs against us. I again won the toss and put them in. I took three very quick wickets and Piers also took one. At 10-4 we took our best bowlers off and gave the others who rarely bowl a chance. They all bowled well and Matthew Young took a wicket with his first ball. He also held a great catch. Others took wickets too including a good caught and bowled by Ethan. Eventually they had a decent stand for the ninth wicket. When their total started to get a bit big I came back on and bowled the last two so they were all out for 87. It was my first 5 wicket haul, 5 for 5. We then batted. Archie and I got us off to a quick start before I hit one straight to a fielder. With me not there to run him out, Piers then came in and batted brilliantly for 37 not out. We eventually reached 88 for 4 with loads of overs to spare. The team voted Piers and me joint men of the match, me for bowling and Piers for his batting.
Nick Morgan - Captain

We look forward to receiving the other reports!

Charlie gets gold!

Charlie Prout was our sole representative at the cluster off-road cycling event at Dersingham on Tuesday night and we are delighted that he did very well indeed, winning the gold medal for his age group.

Boarders get out for the evening

Thanks to the Newton-Walters family, the Thursday night boarders were able to enjoy a deer safari and the opportunity to feed lambs at Park Farm.

Next Week

Leavers' Programme

By the time the next blog appears Division VIII will have had the Headmaster's trip, three days in Paris and will be on their way to spend four days in Scotland. Great fun for them and one of those things that is relatively easy to organise in a small school.

The rest of us!

This week will involve examinations for the other Prep School classes, the Nursery Summer Show for our youngest pupils, sports' matches including County Finals for our U11 netballers and for our U9 tennis IV, the rescheduled whole school photograph on Tuesday, an Open the Book assembly, a theatre trip for the Eagle Performers children and even a boarders' water fight. All this before the Children's Ball at Thornham Village Hall next Saturday at 5pm, with nearly fifty children attending and cricket and rounders for Old Aquilians at School.

Other bits

At the request of the Hunstanton in Bloom Committee we have agreed to adopt the 'anchor' flower bed on Lincoln Green (see photo below). This has been planted up by the Borough Council but will need watering, weeding and dead-heading throughout the summer and initially we plan to involve the boarders to the end of term. If anyone is able to help during the holiday please do tend the bed if you happen to be passing or live nearby!

Please look out for the letter from the school office early this week giving full details of times and dates, in addition to matches, when parents are warmly encouraged to be in school supporting their children over the final two weeks.

I am in the final stages of announcing the summer holiday activity programme and hopefully this will be with you during the next week.

If you haven't bought tickets for the Mini Woodland Festival on Saturday 1st July please do so by visiting the link on the school website. If the hard work undertaken by Tamzine Fraulo and her army of parents is anything to go by it will be tremendous - thank you to all concerned.



Sicut Aquilae - 'they shall soar on wings as eagles'