Headmaster’s Blog 26th November 2017

Dear Parents

Remarkably it is only three weeks to the end of term and yet there is so much still to fit in and look forward to. Please do read my blog carefully and please don't hesitate to ask me or Lisa/Bridget if anything is unclear. Please do note my challenge to support those less fortunate than ourselves towards the end of this blog.

Thank you for your record support of the bookfair - not only has this brought new books into your homes, but the school gets commission in the form of books on the volume of sales and this has allowed us to buy some new atlases for the younger children in the Prep School, dictionaries for the English classroom and reading books for both the Junior and Senior libraries.

The School Council met on Monday to decide on the School Charity for 2018 with several worthy charities promoted by the children, but the winner was The World Wildlife Fund and I look forward to hearing from the Council how they plan to raise money and for which projects.

Last Week's Matches

Cluster Cross Country at Snettisham Memorial Fields, Tuesday 21st November

Following their postponement due to rain at the end of the half term break, it was good to be able to run this annual event for children from U7s to U11s. Those in the Pre-Prep (Savannah, Philippa, Ruby, Abigail & Emelia, Freddie, Matthew, Finley, Angus & William) ran well with Freddie Hawkins coming 5th and Matthew Piggott 8th in the boys' race.

There is no further stage for Pre-Prep, but those who came at least 10th in the Prep School events will run in the West Norfolk Championships in January and then potentially in the County Championships in March.

The first Prep School race was the U8 girls and we were delighted that Glebe girls filled 5 of the top 10 positions led by Tabitha Meek (1st), followed by Maddie Pilcher (4th), Lily Hawkins (5th), Orla, Jamieson (6th) and Missy Jennings (9th).

Top 10 positions in subsequent races were recorded by:
U9 Girls - Maisie March (2nd), Orla Haslam (8th) & Emily Kilby (10th)
U9 Boys - Archie Rowe (2nd), William Saunders (3rd), Freddie Gribbin (7th) & Caleb Martin (9th)
U10 Girls - Gracie-Mae Meek (2nd), Emilia King (4th) & Sydney Hipwell (9th)
U10 Boys - Ferdi Macewan (5th) & Theo Dix (8th)
U11 Girls - Ruby Turner-Smith (1st)

However well done to all who ran - a great team effort!

U9 Girls’ Hockey v Gresham’s, Wednesday 22nd November

In the first half of the match we played well, but Gresham’s managed to score the first goal. Glebe defended with determination but Gresham’s went on to score a further three goals in the first half.

After an encouraging team talk from Miss Hubbard, we changed our positions around. Our spacing was much improved in the second half of the match and there was some great defending from Amelie, but we still needed to put pressure on the other team and tackle them earlier. We also needed to make sure that someone was in the D ready for a shot! Orla made a great attempt to score but sadly their goalie hit the ball out. Scarlett did her best to defend in goal but Gresham’s scored one more goal in the second half, making the final score 5-0 to Gresham’s.

The Glebe team played with real determination and spirit and my man of the match is Eliza for keeping the ball out of the D in the second half.

Maisie March (Captain)

U9 Tag Rugby v Beeston Hall, Wednesday 22nd November

This was a very close match and it was clear from the beginning that Beeston had some very quick players so we had to be alert. At half-time the score was Glebe 6 Beeston 7. Our defence improved in the second half and we kept a good line.

We scored some great team tries with tremendous support work, particularly from Freddie who top scored with five tries. He is my man of the match. I scored three and William and Benjy each scored one. Well done everyone!

Edward Gostling (Captain)

U11 Rugby v Beeston Hall, Wednesday 22nd November

We won the toss and Ethan and I smashed into as many people as we could to try and get the ball back. The effort put into some of the team's tackling was weak and they scored several tries. We managed to score one try through Ferdi.

In the second half we tried much harder but it was tiring as we had no reserves and they had another team! Ethan managed to tackle their biggest player and we scored a few more tries. We lost the match 8-4, but it was a much better second half by everyone. In the end Ferdi scored three tries and Theo one. My man of the match was Charlie who tried really hard.

Tate Boldero (Captain)

U13 Hockey v Gresham’s, Wednesday 22nd November

I lost the toss and we started but Gresham's soon scored. We kept fighting but despite our hard effort they scored 3 more goals. Alice did well dribbling up the pitch. The other midfields and forwards need to support her more though. Daisy did well at positioning herself on the pitch to get the ball as well. At half time Miss P gave a team talk and said that we need to tackle and not back away.

In the second half we did better and they only scored 3, but we still didn’t go to the opposition and tackle them, this is something we need to work on. Kitty made a good save and Ellie was getting in good spaces to be passed to. The end score was 7-0 to Gresham's but it was a good game for us because we now know what we need to work on in practices. Well done girls just don’t be scared to tackle.

Ruby Crane (Captain)

Next Week

There is still much to do this term and the focus is very much on working hard in the classroom with spare moments devoted to preparation for the Christmas Show on Saturday.

As you hopefully know everyone from Reception to Division Vl will perform in the 4.00pm show with Divisions Vll & Vlll either performing or helping to receive our guests from several retirement homes in Hunstanton. This is the only performance of the Pre-Prep play 'Whoops a Daisy Angel', so we look forward to seeing their parents and friends at this performance. There is no formal seating plan, but I would be grateful if you could let class teachers or the School Office know how many people will be coming to ensure we have enough seats (and meet fire regulations!)

At 6.30pm (after you have spent all your money at the Christmas Boutique) 'Panto Pandemonium', 'Glebe does Strictly' & 'Eagle Performers' will entertain a largely Prep School audience. Again I would be grateful if you could let tutors or the Office know numbers.

Outfits for the Show are as follows:

Pre-Prep - Nativity costumes

Division III and IV - Home clothes with a Christmassy twist if possible (e.g. a Christmas jumper, or a Santa hat, or a piece of tinsel). There is no need to go out and buy anything especially for the occasion.

If children are also involved in Glebe Performers/Strictly, they are welcome to wear the clothes required for that and then add their Christmas accessory on top.

Div V/VI - Costumes supplied by school.

Eagle Performers – Eagles T-Shirts plus black bottoms

Glebe does Strictly – Black & red clothing (a sheet has been sent home)

Food - Any children that are remaining at the Town all for the later performance, will need to bring something light to eat and drink.

Any queries, please contact the school office.

Other Matters

Our new minibus route

As we have new pupils joining us after Christmas and in order to encourage further recruitment from the south east of Hunstanton we are putting on a new bus route from next term, which might also be of interest to some existing parents.

The bus will start at RAF Marham and travel via Narborough, Gayton, Massingham, Bircham and Docking. Stopping points are being finalised and will be sent out before the end of term with staged fares, but please do ask in the Office for further information as well as bringing it to the attention of non Glebe friends for whom it might be the final piece in the jigsaw!

Headmaster's Advent Challenge

Later this week children throughout the school will be opening Advent calendars as they count down the days to Christmas. Of course we know that many people will not enjoy the pleasures that we take for granted at Christmas and for a number of years we have supported the charity Crisis to ensure that at Christmas, in particular, there is a warmth afforded to some of the homeless. A donation of £26,08 will help us provide a homeless guest with nutritious meals, health checks, clothing and haircuts, plus access to Crisis’ year-round services for support and training to leave homelessness behind in the year ahead.

So here's my suggestion. Every pupil/member of staff contributes 10p a day from next Friday (1st December) to the 24th December with the aim of raising enough to give 10 people a happier Christmas. Whatever we achieve I will double the amount and hopefully we can help 20 people between us.

It will not be practical for everyone to remember 10p a day (and it will not allow us to include weekends and the days after we break up), so you may prefer to drop the money (£2.40) into the Office in one go and we will record your child's donation or children can take it bit by bit and add it to the box in each classroom. I hope you will support this project, but I appreciate you will have you own charities who you support.

GHS 100 Club

As many know we have for some time been running a 100 club, whereby for a £5 stake each month you are allocated a number and this goes into a monthly draw. The prizes each month are £75, £50 and £25. Unfortunately I have been remiss and have not recorded in my blog the winners. So, with apologies to past winners, here are those for November:

£75 Colleen Newton-Walters
£50 Katie Poulter
£25 Tessa Dearmer

It is not too late to sign up for the rest of the school year and doing so by 10th December will also include you in the 4 x £50 Christmas bonus draw! Just contact me for further information.

Boutique Christmas Fair

Don't forget to tell all your family and friends about our Boutique Christmas Fair this coming Saturday.

Huge thanks to Katie Poulter and all the Parents' Committee for their hard work.

With best wishes for the week ahead. I look forward to seeing many of you at the various events.

John Crofts



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