Headmaster’s Blog – 24th September 2017

I hope you are all enjoying a day outside with the family today - hopefully it won't be the last of the year!

Last Week

Well done to those children and adults who contributed to a varied week.

If you haven't already done so do have a look at Bridget Crofts's post about the Ely Choir trip. I was delighted by the feedback firstly from Bridget & Karen Hubbard and then to hear from the children. It was a particular pleasure to hear the Girl Choristers, including Grace Owen OA.

https://www.glebehouseschool.co.uk/ely-choral-day/

Thank you to the Goode and Newton-Walters families who provided fun for the boarders at Farmer Fred's and Farm Park respectively. Much fun was had by all.

Congratulations to those children who were elected as School Councillors to join Piers Henderson, the Chair of the Council; they were Mabel Crane, Ruby Crane, Freddie Gribbin, Orla Haslam, Ned Macewan, Gracie-Mae Meek, Tabitha Meek, Ethan Newton-Walters & Molly Sisman. I would encourage anyone who stood and was not elected to attend meetings as observers as we will be looking to extend the number of councillors in due course.

After cancelling cross country the previous week, we were blessed with sunshine on Friday and with a number of supporters we assembled on Ringstead Downs.

Congratulations to all who participated.

In the Junior race the top 3 finishers were : 1st Tabita Meek, 2nd Orla Jamieson and 3rd Sammy King

In the Intermediate race the top 3 finishers were : 1st Archie Rowe 2nd Theo Dix and 3rd Ferdie Macewan

In the Senior race the top 3 finishers were : 1st Piers Henderson 2nd Joel Haslam and 3rd Elinor Macewan

House results will be added after Monday's assembly.

Thanks to Katie Poulter there is a gallery below from the senior race. If you have any photos please do share them with us.

Good enough to eat – this week’s picture of the week is by Philippa Hingley for her rather delicious ice cream sundae. Congratulations

On Friday evening the Parents' Committee held their AGM and it was particularly pleasing to see a number of new faces. The Officers were elected with many continuing their valuable roles: Amanda Rowe - Chair, Katie Poulter - Vice Chair, Emma Saunders - Secretary, Nick Crane - Treasurer, Kristin Crane - Publicity. However Katie Williams assumed a new post in charge of promoting sales of tickets for events. The success, however, of the PC is in having a leader for each event and then everyone pulling together to support that person in so far as their time permits. As Headmaster I could not be more grateful to everyone who supports the PC and many would agree with me when I say it speaks volumes for the sort of school we are.

You will see below a few words on the U9 girls and U10 boys matches last week and I look forward to publishing children's match reports as they are received.

The U9 girls started their first hockey match of the season very strongly. For almost fifteen minutes, Glebe and Beeston battled equally. There were some good attacking moves from Eliza and a pair of Orlas, whilst Amelie, Maisie and Emily were busy in defence with some good, determined tackling from Amelie in particular. Just before the end of the first half, however, Beeston managed to scuff a ball past Scarlett in goal. The Beeston girls grew in confidence and the shots on goal just kept coming. When the final whistle blew, the score was 5-0 to Beeston. Had it not been for Scarlett's excellent goal keeping, however, Beeston's goal tally could have been much higher; Scarlett is therefore man of the match. Good effort, girls - we have plenty to work on before next week's game against Beeston, as well as some real positives to build on.

On Wednesday 20th September The Under 10 boys played rugby against Beeston Hall. The Beeston team was made up of all year 5 boys and we only had two so it was always going to be tough. We managed to score three tries to their fifteen, but it was pleasing to see many of the team never giving up. Edward and Ferdi were fantastic throughout, never tiring of tackling and running, an example to all.

On Saturday we were delighted to hear of the birth of Athenais (Aty for short) Bacon, weighing 8lb 7oz, a third child for Rebecca and Stephen and a sister for Jack and Elysia. Mother and baby are reported to be doing 'really well'. Congratulations!

This week

On Monday Harvest Assembly will be at 8.40am in the Hall with the School Chaplain, Rev Susan Bowden-Pickstock.

Gifts of non-perishable items will be given to the Hunstanton Food Bank: Prep School pupils please bring items of produce to the Hall upon arrival at school. Pre-Prep pupils please take the items to the classroom and the class will bring over the items together.

You will almost certainly be aware that Friday is the national Macmillan Coffee Morning and that MacMillan Cancer Care is our chosen charity for 2017. Coffee and tea will be available from 8.30am in the Drawing Room and again from about 3.00pm and we very much hope that you will come along and join us in socialising whilst raising money for this worthy cause.

Children may come in mufti (i.e. not wearing school uniform) for the day, with the more white and green (Macmillan colours) the better. Please could they bring £1 for the privilege? At break time they will be able to buy a cake/bun/biscuit etc for 50p.

We would welcome donations of cakes/buns etc. Please bring such items in on Friday and take it to the Dining Room.

Next Sunday (1st October) will be our last Car Boot Sale at GHS for this year. Most weeks we share the sale with a charity or local organisation eg scouts/guides. However this final one will solely benefit Glebe House School and I would be grateful for assistance from parents to collect money, direct traffic etc (if I have enough people then we can share the load), children, ideally to 'man' a Glebe stall and to help with litter collection towards the end. Obviously if we are having a Glebe stall we need things to sell! So please have a search through the garage, attic etc and let me know if you can bring in any items. The forecast looks good and the sale today raised over £1,000: let's see if we can beat it!

I wish you all a pleasant week and I particularly look forward to seeing Reception parents when they come for lunch and those who can watch the matches at home on Wednesday.



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