Headmaster’s Blog – 3rd December 2017

Dear Parents

Have we ever had a day like yesterday?!

A great Christmas Boutique organised by Katie Poulter and wonderfully supported on Friday afternoon and this morning in addition to the effort shown from 7am to close-down by the Parents' Committee. Early indications are that we should be looking at a profit of over £2,000 - great news, but the spirit is the thing that I will take away.

And then on to the Town Hall for our Christmas Concert and what a show it was from Whoops a Daisy Angel through to such vibrancy from Eagle Performers nearly four hours later! Several children were involved in the Panto Pandemonium (twice), Glebe does Strictly (twice) and Eagle Performers (twice) - they must be shattered. The audiences, however, loved it all and so many people commented on the quality they had witnessed. Thank you!!

The show relied on a number of adults for its success. So to my colleagues, including the wonderful Gina & Lucy who run activities, the Parents' Committee and the talented Matt Hallard plus all the parents who worked in home rehearsals/costumes etc or helped clear up, a big round of applause and thanks.

And it still keeps going for another two weeks!

See below for a couple of galleries of photos

Last Week

Aside of Saturday there was much to enjoy in the whole week!

Pictures of the week

To make up for last week we have two pictures of the week, Connor Chauhan Jennings with his special fruit dish Well done Connor!

And equally well done Ferdi on your illuminated letter F for Ferdi.

U7-U11 Swimming, Wednesday 29th November

It is always good to take a swimming team away and the Cluster Gala against the local primary schools at Bircham was no exception.

There were seven other schools and all children swam well. Only one swimmer can progress from each race to the King's Lynn and West Norfolk Championships so finishing first was very important and we did this in seven out of the twenty four races! The qualifiers are :

Year 4 Boys freestyle William Saunders

Year 4 Boys freestyle Charlie Prout

Year 4 Girls backstroke Tabitha Meek (new record time and only Division lll in a Year 4 race!)

Year 4 Boys backstroke Freddie Gribbin

Year 5 Boys backstroke Jonny Goode

Year 4 Boys breaststroke Edward Gostling (new record time!)

Year 5 Girls breaststroke Lily Flett

Thank you to all for representing us so well.

U9 Girls’ Hockey v St. Hugh’s (away) Wednesday 29th November

St. Hugh’s scored in the first half and then again in the second half.

We had chances to score but couldn’t finish it off.

In the second half, St. Hugh’s played a whole new team. This made it difficult for us because we were very tired!

We played in very difficult conditions on very wet grass and we really needed to spread out more, but Orla and Eliza played well.

My player of the match was Orla.

Emily Kilby (Captain)

U12 Hockey v St Hugh’s (away) Wednesday 29th November

This was a combined under 10, 11 and 12 team.

We started off the game with them dribbling the ball into the D, but we quickly hit it away. This carried on again and again, with some amazing saves from Annabel. This meant they were unable to get through our defence. Suddenly we cleared the ball out to the side where Gracie Mae with great support from Mabel, scored an amazing goal. However St Hugh’s quickly came back and achieved a goal to level the score.

At half time the score was 1 all.

In the second half we had difficulty clearing the ball to the sides as St Hugh’s continually dribbled the ball forward. Fortunately, Annabel saved the day by making some amazing saves to leave the end score 1-1. Lily also was also very good continually whacking the ball away from the D. For this reason, Lily and Annabel are my joint choice for Girl of the Game.

Overall this was a good game because we were very determined in defence even though we were playing through rain and sleet and feeling as if our fingers and toes were going to fall off.

Well done everyone and thank you Miss Patrick for taking us!

Elise Barber (Captain)

U13 Hockey v St Hugh’s (away) Wednesday 29th November

On Wednesday 29th of November the U13 hockey team played Saint Hugh’s away. I lost the toss and we started, we had a different set up from our last match and it was obvious that it worked well. We had many shots at goal and our defence was very good but they managed to slip a goal past us and scored.

At half time it was 1-0 to them but we kept going and were very close to scoring a lot of times.

It was good to see that St Hugh's approach sport, as we do, in an inclusive manner that ensures all children are given some playing time.

We started again and unfortunately it started to rain, but we were not going to stop, because we had driven 2 hours to get there.

The match ended as 1-0 to Saint Hugh’s. It was a very even game and we could have won. Well done girls just try and get those goals in. My girl of the game is everyone for an amazing effort.

Ruby Crane (Captain)

U9 Rugby v Gresham’s (away) Friday 1st December

The Under 9s played with considerable vigour and determination in their very first contact match. There were some excellent performances, typified by our captain courageous, Edward, who tackled ferociously non stop and scored two tremendous tries. Caleb scored our other try and showed great strength to ward off several defenders before crossing the line. Despite losing the match by 9 tries to three there were many positives to take from this experience. Everyone battled away till the end and the opposition coach heaped much praise on the team. Well done!

Caleb Martin (Captain)

U13 rugby v Gresham's (away) Friday 1st December

On Friday the 1st of December Glebe U13 rugby team travelled to Gresham's. We were greeted by a very muddy and tricky pitch which would make conditions hard to play in.

I lost the toss and we received. The first half started very slowly with us scoring one try and them scoring five and we really need to work on getting going right from the start for the game next week. At the end of the first half we started to play some good rugby with Euan and Calin putting in amazing work rates between them.

The half time score was 6-2

The second half was definitely the best team rugby we have played all season. Euan and Calin again were the star men in the second half. Ned was making some very good tackles as well. Calin also managed to get himself a try.

The end score was 10-6. My man of the match is Calin as this was by far the best rugby he has played all season! Well done team.

Piers Henderson (Captain)

Under 9 Hockey Tournament at Beeston Hall Friday 1st December

Everyone played very well and Scarlett made some great saves in goal. Emily, Orla J and Orla H played well in attack with Orla H almost scoring a goal.
Our defence was strong with Missy and Maisie stopping some of the attacks from our opposition. Eliza and myself worked hard in midfield.

My girl of the match was joint with Orla H and Eliza for their hard work.

Well done team.

Tabitha Meek (Captain)

Next week and beyond

We are now very much into the pre-Christmas season and members of the choir will be going out singing.

Tomorrow they will be singing carols at Millbridge Residential home in Heacham and on Tuesday they will be visiting Gorselands in Hunstanton.

Next Saturday they will be singing at the wedding of Lucy West at St Mary's Church, Old Hunstanton.

Finally, before our Carol Service they will be singing on 14th December for the late night shoppers at the Vancouver Centre in King's Lynn.

We are grateful over the next couple of weeks that the Parents' Committee is providing support for Christmas events in Nursery (Uncle Len at the Christmas party), Pre Prep and Division III (a trip to the pantomime in Hunstanton) and Prep Division IV upwards (a trip to Skaterz).

Please make sure that the senior play, Wizard of Oz, on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th is firmly in your diaries. The children have worked very hard under the leadership of Helen Quinn and Bex Lloyd and it promises to be a great success.

Please don't forget

The final items from your Christmas card etc orders should arrive tomorrow and will be brought home by children.

The Headmaster's Advent Appeal has started well, please continue to support it right to the end of term.

Best wishes,

John Crofts



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