Headmaster’s Blog 16th October 2017

Thank you all

Thank you all so much for an excellent Open Day on Saturday morning, which attracted more than twice the number of visitors than any previous event, with some families who couldn’t come yesterday wanting to visit in the next month.

To the pupils of the school a particular thanks for giving up your morning, but more than that for being such excellent hosts, whether it was by being involved in your activities or in touring our visitors around – so many said very complimentary things about you (and rightly so). I am also aware that, despite the highest number of visitors to any Open Day in my over twelve years, some of you still didn’t get a chance to show visitors round. Be patient your time will come!

I am very grateful to the members of the Parents’ Committee for their kind help in the Dining Room and to my colleagues for their help in running activities, ensuring the morning ran smoothly. The wide range of help, very much including Gina Veale and Gary Hawkins who ran ballet & SAQ activities, is what makes this school so special. Well done last but certainly not least to Tamzine and Daska for marketing the whole event.

Congratulations

It was with great pleasure that we heard during Open Day that Elise Barber and Olivia Jordan had, as a result of Division Vll assessments and interviews, been offered places at Uppingham School for entry in 2019-20. Congratulations girls and keep working!

Picture of the Week

Emily Minney is awarded Picture of the Week for her original mixed media picture based on sketches made at St Mary’s Hunstanton.

The rest of the Div VII pictures can be seen in the drawing room and they are fabulous, well done.

Last Week's Sport

U10 hockey v Beeston Hall, Wednesday, 11th October

Beeston won the toss and chose first push back. We started the first half, but Beeston soon scored a goal. We kept going but Beeston managed to score another goal shortly followed by another.

At the end of the first half it was 3-0 to Beeston. After a good team talk from Miss P. telling us to look at the cross in defence, we started off the second half and played well with some good passes and good defence we didn’t let any goals and Gracie-Mae managed to score a goal. Then shortly after Beeston scored their final goal. At the end of the match it was 4-1 to Beeston.

Everyone played well, but my girl of the game is Gracie-Mae for a great job in midfield and scoring our only goal. Next time we need to look at the cross and pass quicker. Well played team.

Mabel Crane - Captain

Under 9 rugby v Beeston Hall, Wednesday, 11th October

We played very well in the first half and got off to a fast start with Caleb, Freddie and me all scoring quite quickly. However, Beeston then played well and scored six tries. They led by six tries to five at half time.

They began the second half by knocking the ball on and Archie picked it up and went over the speed limit and scored a try in the corner! We all supported each other well, making several tags and showing much determination. It was a very close game and in the end we ran out winners by 13 tries to 11. The scorers were Freddie with 5, I got 4, Caleb got 2 and Archie and William each scored 1. Well done team!

Edward Gostling - Captain

U11 rugby v Fairstead House, Wednesday, 11th October

When the game kicked off Fairstead attacked strongly, but our defence was tougher with everybody tackling hard. We scored tries at regular intervals and Ferdi and Theo in particular made some dazzling breaks.

The second half continued in the same way but Fairstead played better. The final score was 9-3 to Glebe, the try scorers were myself, Theo, Ferdi, Jonny and Tom from Riddlesworth who had joined up with us for the match. My man of the match is Theo for his tries and breaks.

Ethan Newton-Walters - Captain

U13 hockey v Riddlesworth Hall, Wednesday, 11th October

On Wednesday we played Riddlesworth at home. I lost the toss and they chose first push back. However this did not matter because we quickly gained ourselves a short corner. Alice hit it to me and I scored, starting the game well. Soon after, Alice skillfully got the ball past the defenders and scored, followed by one from Molly and another from Daisy.

At half time the score was 4-0 and it was clear that Riddlesworth were not a strong team. Miss Patrick changed the positions but Molly scored 2 more goals, with another from Alice and one more from Kitty. Riddlesworth shot and got it in the goal but unfortunately for them, they were out of the D so the goal was not counted.

The final score was 8-0 to us, this was a good game for us to practise shooting and passing. The team benefited from having everyone present because we all played really well but my girl of the game was Molly for scoring her first hat-trick. Well done girls, I think we have definitely benefitted from this game and need to take this confidence and positivity forward into future games!

Ruby Crane - Captain

I was delighted when Gary Hawkins said that he wanted to invite children to take part in the Shouldham Series - six races once a month from October to March - after a gap of five years.

Gary reported 'The 10 Glebe pupils all did well and had an enjoyable time (I think).

Archie Rowe and Will Saunders came 3rd and 4th respectively in the U9 boys, with Freddie Gribben 16th. Freddie Hawkins 20th, Matthew Piggott 26th and Max Hawkins 29th.

Tabitha Meek 9th, Orla Jamieson 11th and Lily Hawkins 15th in U9 girls. All good results considering they all have at least another whole year in the age group.

Gracie Mae Meek had to run 2000m in the U11s and finished 14th.

All in all a good mornings visit. By my calculations we finished 2nd in the school category, just 4 points behind Shouldham in the girls and 2 behind in the boys, but with significantly fewer athletes so if we can drum up another couple of runners for the rest of the series I am sure we could win the school team trophy!'

Well done to all!

Division V Geography Field Study Day

Division V enjoyed a beautiful sunny day investigating the River Glaven last Thursday as part of their Geography studies.

We stopped at Bodham, Sellbrigg and Letheringsett to measure the width, depth and speed of flow of the river. We also visited Wiveton Church to discover some of the history of the port that once existed there.

Our last stop was at Cley Sluice Gate, close to the mouth of the river.

Thank you to Mrs Hipwell who helped us on our journey.

Miss Patrick

This Coming Week

Amongst the typical range of activities this week can I draw your attention to the talk for parents on Thursday 19th October at 7.00pm when Kyra Cruise will talk about ‘fighting stress’.

Kyra teaches yoga to children and did her first session in Nursery today and we will do an introduction to yoga for the Prep and Pre-Prep after half term.

Recycling

In my last blog I explained that we have recently been made aware of an opportunity to raise money through being environmentally friendly - a win-win situation! We are now collecting paper (and will be rewarded for doing so) which can include

Magazines
Newspapers
Office paper
Shredded paper
Books (both hard back and paper back)

The ‘bank’ has now arrived and is situated in the staff car park to your left as you drive into school. So please do keep paper items separately at home and when you are in start to fill it up.

An idea from Will Saunders - a Lego Design and Build Club

I am very pleased to let Will Saunders (Division lV) explain about a suggestion he made to me.

'Lego is great fun and loved by both boys and girls. The most fun thing to do is use your imagination to design and build cool stuff. I have been inspired by watching the Channel 4 programme Lego Masters and would like to have a Lego Design and Build lunch time Club where we can use our imagination, creativity and design skills to build new and exciting Lego creations.

We would work either on our own or in pairs, on a different model creation every term. A new theme would be set every term for example, vehicles, under the sea, space, pirates or new Lego worlds. The model must be designed first on paper, they would have to be unique, they must incorporate some moving parts and must be imaginative. The models would be judged on the set criteria of design, playability, creativity and movement. The judging panel would be Mrs Hipwell, Mr Robinson and Mr Jones as they would be able to test engineering and maths skills, CDT skills, technical skills and creativity.

School has some Lego bricks that we can use, but for us to be able to do this and make the best designs, we will need as many Lego bricks, of different shapes, sizes and colours as possible. I am going to be selling some of my old toys to raise money to buy some bricks and we would also really appreciate any donations of unwanted Lego, to add to the schools collection.

I think this will be a really exciting club and who knows we may find the next Lego Master in the school!'

During Half Term

On Tuesday 24th October we will be planting crocus corms in the bank at the front of school between 10am and 12noon along with Hunstanton and District Rotary Club and I would be delighted if any children can come and help us even if just for half an hour – refreshments will be provided. This is as part of the Purple for Polio campaign, which has seen polio almost eradicated throughout the world. Please let me know if you can help.

There are two days of ESA activity led by Mr Turner available during our half term. I hope you have all received information about the days, but please contact the Office if not or to book onto the days.

After half term

On Wednesday 8th November (the first Wednesday back after half term) please come and enjoy the Parents’ Committee Fireworks Night on the school field starting 5.30pm. As in previous years there will be a bonfire, firework display, hot dogs, treats, mulled wine and other refreshments. Tickets are on the gate - £5 adults, £2 kids.

Don’t forget to get creative and carve a pumpkin for our lit pumpkin trail that leads up the field to the entrance! We line the pumpkins up the path and put a lit tealight inside. It is lovely to watch the kids spot their own pumpkin as they walk along! Please leave all carved pumpkins by the school pavilion on the morning of Wednesday 8th November.

Sadly the planned concert at Smithdon School on Saturday 18th November has been cancelled by the hosts.

I wish you all a very pleasant final week of this half term.

John Crofts



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