This evening we welcomed our guests from China as they arrived at school and I look forward to introducing them properly into the school in assembly tomorrow. The level of spoken English is good and they seem pleased to be here despite the 13 hour flight arriving at 6am this morning followed by nine hours visiting London!
I am grateful to those children and parents who are welcoming them into their homes over the next couple of weeks before they leave as we break up for half term. I am sure it will be a very good experience for us as well as for the 16 children and their teachers, particularly as their visit takes place immediately before the Chinese New Year.
I am also pleased that as a change from Cake on Friday, Helen Neave and Lucy Baker are offering something new - a Bring and Buy Sale!
The first sale will be on Friday the 2nd February in the pre-prep library from 3-4pm. You will be able to bring any items you wish to donate, to the pre-prep library on the morning of the sale.
It is hoped that these sales will provide valuable funds for the Pre-prep children which will go towards treats such as ice creams during outings, books for the library, playground toys and other small, but much needed purchases for the children during the school year. The success of the sales will rely on them being supported by you, so please have a look around to see what you might be able to donate. Also of course it will be a chance for you to buy great things at good prices for your children.
Volunteers are very welcome to help run subsequent monthly sales.
Parents of prep school children are also invited to attend, and donate if they are able.
Thank you to Mr Gladstone for sharing thoughts on how children should best learn and retain work covered with the pupils of Division Vll & Vlll and their parents on Tuesday. It was also good to catch up with Division Vlll parents on the plans for the Leavers' programme, which is always a highlight of any child's time at Glebe. Already the four weeks are very full, but we have set aside most of one week, in common with the rest of the school, as a celebration of all things scientific and if any parents have any ideas for any age group we would be delighted to hear from you.
U12 Mixed Hockey v Langley Prep at Taverham Hall - 24th of January
Langley started with the ball and were passing it well, but then Gracie Mae and Mabel came in and made some very good tackles. We ended up winning the ball and started running towards the goal area. I was passed to and had a shot, but unfortunately, I missed. Langley scored a couple of goals and our confidence was starting to go down. Even though Langley scored, Glebe’s defence was quite good, with Tate and Sydney clearing the ball whenever they got the chance.
Our second half wasn’t as good, as we started to concede more goals. Jonny was very good in midfield and made some very good runs, but unfortunately for us, we still didn’t score. Even though it was a 5-0 defeat we still played well in places and were always energetic. Despite some very good individual play from Ethan, Tate, Jonny and Mabel, we have yet to fully work as a team.
My man of the match is Gracie Mae for good play in midfield and for great tackling. Come on Glebe! We can do better next time.
Joel Haslam (Captain)
U13 Mixed Hockey v Langley Prep at Taverham Hall - 24th of January
The team travelled to Taverham in high hopes as we had the girls joining us this week.
We started well having a few good attacks but Taverham were also strong having their fair share of attacks as well. Alice Kilby was playing brilliantly in the centre of midfield playing some great passes, Maude was doing some brilliant break up play in defence and Calin made some very good saves.
At half time the score was 0-0 and either team could be winning. The second half started amazingly and it was as if a different Glebe team was on the pitch as we were playing some strong fast paced hockey. After 5 minutes our efforts were rewarded with a goal from Edward and soon followed up by Daisy with another fantastic goal. We were then put under extreme pressure and our defence played brilliantly but unfortunately Taverham managed to score two and get a draw.
Well done team. Fantastic effort and a big thank you to the girls for joining us! Man of the Match though was definitely Calin Roser for saving us in goal on many occasions.
Piers Henderson - Captain
U11 Mixed Hockey v Norwich School - Friday 26th January
The usual U11 team was joined by Ned, Ruby, Gracie-Mae, Sydney and Archie. The first half was a tight affair with Joel going close and hurting himself in the process. There was no score in the first half and Mr Gladstone said we need to try to pass the ball more, rather than just dribble. Norwich scored quite quickly despite Ethan’s excellent effort in goal but Gracie-Mae and Ned worked hard to get us back in the game. Jonny, Sydney and Tate defended well and we pushed for a goal which came eventually, courtesy of Ned. A final score of 1-1 was a fair result and Ethan was man of the match.
Picture of the Week
Elinor Macewan is awarded picture of the week for her lovely watercolour of some anemones. Congratulations!
I look forward to seeing a large number of parents from Division lll to Vl at Parents' Evenings on Monday and Tuesday, Division ll Parents coming to lunch on Tuesday, home netball matches on Wednesday through to the Informal Concert on Friday.
If you still want more please do join us for a large screen showing of the England v Italy Six Nations rugby match on Sunday afternoon (4th February) at 3pm. Drinks will be available.
Away from school I wish the cross country much success as they run in the West Norfolk Championships at Lynnsport.
New bus driver
I am very pleased to welcome Alison Coulson to Glebe House as she joins our existing minibus driver, Michael Mayes. Alison will drive the new route, which starts at Marham and comes via Narborough, Gayton, Great Massingham, Bircham and Docking. If you are interested in being green and giving this route a try please speak to Lisa or Bridget who will give you more information.
Please don't forget that we welcome very much your waste paper. The blue bin is in the staff car park next to the astro. Just keep any paper or paper products and drive over whenever you are in school. The bin will be collected and replaced when full and we can claim about £60 per tonne.
And finally - looking ahead
As you will hopefully have seen on Parentmail, the week after next we are holding this year’s whole school charity walk, planned for Thursday 8th February. I am most grateful to Lis Haslam for organising the route and the logistics and to Matthew and Kerrie, the parents of Reuben Page who have again kindly offered to provide us with fish and chips.
We will shortly send out a Parentmail for you to fill out regarding how many adults will be coming on the day and their food choices.
Have a good week