Head’s blog 8th October 2017

Last Week

It's good to have had a pleasant week weather-wise, if somewhat windy, and this has allowed us to be outside on a number of occasions for anything ranging from Gardening Club to matches or simply playing at breaktimes.

For me the highlights included:

Joining Divisions V & Vl on a trip to a Mosque & the Cathedral in Peterborough

Going over to Brancaster Staithe later on Monday to join Divisions lll & lV for crabbing and sailing

Hearing some of our senior girls perform with the internationally renowned A Capella group Voces8 at The Leys on Wednesday,

Unfortunately I missed the matches on Tuesday, Wednesday and away on Friday, but I hope like myself everyone will enjoy the recounting of the week's events below.

Our trip to Peterborough

On 2nd October Div V and VI went to a Mosque and the Cathedral in Peterborough. We first went to the Mosque. We were greeted by an Imam and we took off our shoes. So we went into the main hall and sat down in front of a big archway. He explained how this big archway pointed towards Mecca and shows Muslims the direction in which to pray.

We talked about the various prophets including Abraham, Jesus and Mohammed (pbuh). Then we moved on to some tiled pictures, one of these is a picture of the Ka’bah in Mecca and we learnt that the Mosque around it can hold 1 million people.

We were then taken to the washing room where the Imam explained the process of Wudu as Muslims think it’s disrespectful to go into the Mosque unclean.

Then we went up to a different level with the biggest chandelier you have ever seen. We talked more about the 5 Pillars of Islam including the duty to pray five times a day, to give money to charity and if possible to go on Haj (a pilgrimage to Mecca) at least once in your life.

The Imam then asked for three boys and three girls to join him as he demonstrated how to pray.

We all found it very interesting and an excellent way to embark on our studies of Islam.

The Cathedral was next. We first saw the Western side. It was huge, there were spaces where statues had been but which were destroyed under the orders of Henry VIII.

When we went inside it was huge with the only wooden roof in any Cathedral in England. We saw lots of coffins of past priests and then we saw the resting place of Mary Queen of Scots. As we walked round the other side about half way round, we found Catherine of Aragon’s grave. It had pomegranates on it, this is the sign of Aragon. We had a great day and learned a lot!

Ethan Newton-Walters

Aquilian Experience at Brancaster Staithe

It was great to see the children from Divisions lll & lV throwing themselves into the activities at the National Trust Millenium Centre at Brancaster Staithe on Monday and Tuesday. Sadly the kayaking on Tuesday was lost to the stiff wind, but there was much else that challenged the children and it is certainly something that we would wish to build on in the future.

Pictures of the Week

It is always good to see artwork around school and I was particularly taken by the illuminated letters undertaken by Division lV, three of which are shown below and are awarded Pictures of the week for this week and last week. Well done to Scarlett, Amelie & Archie.

Sport

U9 hockey v Langley@ Taverham

On Tuesday 3rd October the U9 girls played Langley on our astro. We started off well with me scoring a goal after a short while. Unfortunately for us, Langley scored a goal soon after. In the second half I was able to score one more goal as a result of some good team work. Eliza worked very hard at getting the ball in midfield and she probably had the ball more than anyone else. Amelie did very well at defending the goal.

The match ended with Langley scoring one more goal, which made the result a 2-2 draw.

We will need to work on keeping our sticks down and tackling more in the D. My girls of the game are Eliza and Amelie for their non-stop energy. Well done team.

Orla Haslam - Captain

U10 Hockey v Gresham's

On Wednesday 4th October, the U10 Girls Hockey team played Gresham's at home.

Gresham's won the toss and chose first push back. We started playing quite confidently but after a few minutes Sydney hurt her ankle in defence and had to come off. We swapped some positions and carried on. In the first half both teams played well and the score at half time was 0-0. Miss P and Alice told us to use the width of the pitch and try to pass down the wing more.

In the second half both teams worked really hard and we passed well but Gresham's managed to score a goal. We fought back and had a couple of shots at goal due to some great play from Gracie-Mae but towards the end we started to get tired. Gresham's scored two more goals to finish the game 3-0 to Gresham's.
Next time we need to find spaces quicker and not lose our focus towards the end even if we get tired.

Everyone played really well but my girls of the game are Eden and Ruby for doing a great job in defence and doing some great tackling after Sydney had come off injured. Well done team!

Mabel Crane - Captain

U11 Rugby v Langley

On 4th October the Under 11s went to Langley. It’s a long trip there so let’s just get to the match. We had a tough start and when we got tackled no-one rucked over the ball, most of us pretended we were hypnotised! We maintained the ball in hand a bit, but when we were tackled we just threw the ball in the air like a hot potato!

By half-time we were losing 6-1, Ferdi scoring a great solo try. Mr Gladstone then gave us his tips, let’s call them 'G tips'. His first 'G tip' was to get involved in the rucks, the second 'G tip' was to make ground. In the next half we improved. Theo, the intelligent footballer, scored, then they scored two more, then Tom from Riddlesworth sped through and Ferdi the speeding terror scored. Langley won 9-4 and my man of the match is Ferdi.

Tate Boldero - Captain

U13 Rugby v Langley

Our boys travelled to Langley for an U13 rugby match on Wednesday 4th October and were joined by our friends from Riddlesworth. Despite losing 17 tries to 11, Piers and Hugo from Glebe and Riddlesworth gave a great account of themselves and scored 5 and 4 tries respectively. Ned scored a great try after supporting Piers who unselfishly offload the ball and Mac from Riddlesworth also scored. Some of our attacking play was exceptional but a collective lack of effort and bravery of defence proved costly.

For 9 boys to compete against a squad of 35 for 40 mins is no mean feat, but we have to stop relying on 1 or 2 individuals doing all the work. There is much to work on and I hope to see a better performance in our next match.

Choral Workshop & Concert at The Leys

Mrs Crofts & I accompanied six Division Vll/Vlll girls (it should have been seven, but sadly Ellie went home ill) to The Leys on Wednesday for a workshp with Voces8. It was good for the adults to catch up with Paul & Barney Smith, the co-founders of Voces8, who we'd known as pupils at Bedford School as well as Jazmyn Pesci OA, who is now in her final year at The Leys.

The girls worked hard with the group and enjoyed the experience of being tutored by the experienced singers. After supper Voces8 performed with the pupils in the school chapel to a packed audience, including some of our parents. It was a memorable experience for all concerned.

Glebe House School Open Day

On Saturday 14th October from 10am we will be holding our Open Day and I am grateful to colleagues and parents who have helped advertise the event through roadsigns, posters, banners and postcards. We have had an encouraging response.

The success of the day is down to the way our current children respond to showing off their school and we have always been delighted by the number of children who give up their Saturday morning. I appreciate that some may have other arrangements, but this week I will be asking children if they can either help with an activity or show prospective families around the school and hence I would be grateful if you can discuss it with them to get an accurate response when I ask.

Please do of course make sure friends who might be interested are aware of the event.

Christmas Cards

Hopefully Prep School parents have seen Christmas card templates that were sent home on Friday with instructions for completion to be back by next Friday (13th). If not please ask you children to go to the School Office to collect one.

Emma Saunders is kindly going into Pre-Prep on Tuesday to help them with their cards in class.

Music

Music lessons are well under way this term and we have the first Informal Concert of this academic year coming up on Monday 16th October. It promises to be a really good snapshot of what is going on in the music department so do come along to the school hall at 5.20 and enjoy the children’s performances.

Many of our visiting music teachers still have spaces on their timetables and would love to get new pupils started on their musical journey. All are prepared to offer trial lessons so please do get in touch with Bridget in the school office if you would like your child to try something out.

This week specifically, our guitar teacher, Tap Robinson, will be offering trial lessons at Tuesday morning break and Mrs Carnell would be delighted to see potential pianists on Thursday lunchtime. These are for Prep School pupils so do discuss with your child(ren) what they might like to do. Division II pupils will be given the opportunity next summer term to have preliminary trials for lessons to start this time next year.

Recycling Paper

We have recently been made aware of an opportunity to raise money through being environmentally friendly - a win-win situation! We have registered with the County Council to be awarded ‘credits’ for any paper that we can recycle in a special ‘bank’ which will be provided by a company called Whites. They deal solely with paper recycling which is all processed within Norfolk and is not mixed with other recycled materials such as glass and cans which we will continue to put in our usual recycling bin. It is interesting to note that Hunstanton Town and Around is printed each month on White’s recycled paper. Whites will collect the paper from our ‘bank’ when it is full and we will be able to claim credit from NCC for the weight of paper collected, approximately £56 per tonne.

The paper bank will be sited in the staff car park and should arrive later this week. Please do bring in any clean waste paper from home and put it in the bank: the more we collect, the more money we will raise for the school. Paper can include:

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

Have a good week and I hope I will see many of you over the next few days.

Best wishes

John Crofts



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