• Headmaster's blog - 6th April

    General Pinned Featured

    Dear Parents,

    Another term is over with thanks to all children and adults for all they have contributed and now we are halfway through the break and I hope you are enjoying it!

    The last week of term was no less eventful than those preceeding it with the highlight certainly for Divisions lll to V being the performances of The Pirates of the Curry Bean. This had everything we have come to expect of the productions that Miss Hubbard and Miss Patrick have staged over many years, with the last few written by Craig Hawes - great acting, singing and dancing plus truly awful jokes. Well done to the entire cast and the staff team, including Mr Whitehill (lighting), Mrs Hipwell (scenery) and Miss Higgins (choreography). We were also grateful to Mr Patrick for his help with props, Mr Robinson for his photos (see below) and Mr Kent for filming the play at the dress rehearsal and on Tuesday night. Details of how to purchase DVDs will follow shortly.

    The ski trip involved an early departure on Saturday and they are now back having had a great time. Fortunately the advance order of the On Eagles Wings hoodies arrived in time to be worn.

    I am grateful to Mr Turner for his ESA activities this week, which have involved a number of our children and visitors and I hope you continue to enjoy time together. Don't forget you can always enter the art competition for the Norfolk Churches Trust promoted by Mrs Hipwell. Paint, draw, chalk etc an A4 picture of your local church. £50 prize money if you win, paintings to be selected by the Bishop of Norwich. Entries need to be with Mrs Hipwell on our return to school.

    John Crofts

     

     

     

     

  • Under 11 Hockey v Langley

    General Sport

    On Wednesday 22nd March, Glebe hosted a match against Langley.  I won the toss and decided to have first push back.  Langley quickly gained possession and scored a goal, followed by another two.  We were therefore 3-nil down at half time.  The second half started and we managed to get good possession which Joseph managed to convert into a goal, but sadly it was too high and didn’t count.  Everyone was working well as a team in the second half and we kept on pressing and this was rewarded with a hat-trick of goals from Joseph to draw us level.  They had lots of shots on goal but Ethan did some incredible goal keeping and managed to keep them out.  Towards the end of the game Joseph took possession and ran up the pitch and crossed it into me and I scored to win the game 4-3.  Well done team, what an epic comeback and a great way to end the season!  My men of the game are Ethan and Joseph.

    Ned Macewan - Captain

  • U13 Hockey v Town Close

    General Sport

    On Wednesday, the 22nd of March, Glebe travelled to Town Close for an U13 hockey match.

    I won the toss and chose first push back, and we started very well with excellent attacking play. Within a few minutes, Piers scored our first goal. After more great play by the whole team, Archie scored our second goal, soon followed by Ben to make the score 3-0. Town Close got a short corner right at the end of the first half and scored on a deflection. At halftime, the score was 3-1 to Glebe.

    At halftime, Mr. Turner told us to keep up the pressure on them and attack and defend like we did in the first half. We started the second half as strongly as the first, and after fantastic defence from Nick, Ollie, and Jack, and good passing between Piers, Ben and Archie, Nick scored our fourth goal. Towards the end of the match Town Close had several short corners, and after multiple shots on goal, they managed to score another goal. We recovered quickly, with Piers getting his second goal at the very end of the match. The game ended with the score, 5-2 to Glebe.

    The Joint Men of the Match were Ollie for his solid defence and Ben for his strong attacking play. It was a great final result and effort by the whole team, and we finished the season with 5 wins 3 losses and 2 draws. Well done everyone!

    Matthew Clough, Captain

  • Picture of the week

    General Art

    Div V have been making paddle boats, designing first, cutting hard wood with saws and adding paddles to make them go,  Mr March kindly came to help judge which travelled the furthest and  overall best design.   Tate Boldero's was the winner  travelling approximately 3 foot. So he is awarded Design of the week but Mr March also picked out Ruby Turner Smith's as best overall design and his special award went to Jasmin Thorneycroft.  I would like to say that Max proved to be an expert cutter and sander of wood and kindly helped others who found it rather difficult and Ethan's paddle design was the most effective. Well done Div V for working so brilliantly on this project.

      Tate Boldero

    Ruby Turner SmithJasmin ThorneycroftMax Zebedee​you recognise this one!

  • Norfolk Churches Trust Art Competition

    General Art

    The Norfolk Churches Trust are running an Art Competition with cash prizes!  Sadly we are almost out of lesson time and the entries will have  to be handed in on the first day of the summer term inorder for me to get them off in time..  Although Div VI have made an excellent job of working from photographs it would be really lovely if pupils from II to V could have a go, the competition is not for Div VII or VIII  The theme is 'your local church'. The entries have to be A4 and no larger but any medium is good.  Please think about what you like about your church, is it the windows, the scale or the brick work, think about how you could make more of what you like, ie with colour or extra detail. You could of course work inside the church.  Good luck!

  • U8 Girls' Netball v Beeston Hall

    General Sport

    On the 15th March the Under 8 girls travelled to Beeston to play netball. I won the toss. We were playing against almost all year 4 girls so this was going to be tough!  In the first quarter Beeston scored 2 goals. Sadly we did not score but our defending was good. Miss Hubbard gave us a great team talk before the second half and told us to keep moving into space when attacking.

    In the second quarter Beeston scored again. We tried our hardest but sadly did not score. We needed to dodge and get away from our partners and not throw to people who were being marked.

    In the third quarter Beeston scored two more goals.

    Beeston scored two more times in the final quarter, making the score 7-0 to Beeston . We all tried our hardest so well done team. My girl of the game is Amelie for great defending and for getting into spaces. Let’s hope we can win our next match with our great team work!

    Maisie March, Captain

  • Headmaster's blog - 19th March

    General

    Dear Parents

    Just one week to go to the end of term and still much to enjoy. I hope you will, as always, find much of interest in my blog and share it with the family.

    Last Week

    On Monday Divisions lll to V held their technical rehearsal, which provided an opportunity to run through the whole play for the first time and all agree that we are in for a treat when it is performed this week.

    Apart from the many matches against other schools (reports of which can be found in the relevant items below), we held two Inter House tournaments in netball and hockey, which attracted a good number of spectators as well as keenly contested matches. It was particularly good to see the boys turning their hands to netball with considerable skill.

    For many the highlight of the week was the House Music competition on Thursday, enhanced by the excellent adjudicators. There is a full write-up on the News Feed, so please do look there, but my congratulations to all who took part and to Maude on winning the overall competition.

    The boarders also enjoyed a trip out to Farmer Fred's with thanks to the Goode family, and an afternoon in enjoying a party and watching a film. It was a shame that there was nothing appropriate for all at cinemas in the area as this was the intention, but the boarders seemed to enjoy the alternative!

    Thank you also to those parents/grandparents who came to a meeting on Friday to discuss the marketing of the school. It was very helpful to me and we will be following up some of the ideas. I am also aware that some could not make this meeting and I would value the opportunity to share ideas with them at a mutually convenient time.

    Thank you to those who have supported our three gatherings to watch matches in the Six Nations rugby tournament. They have primarily been aimed at enjoying company while supporting England, but we have also made a profit of £80 on drinks and snacks for charity.

    Next Week

    Parents will have seen the many events listed on Lisa's 'What's On' sheet, but I wish all the cast of the play Pirates of the Curry Bean, those taking music examinations on Monday and Thursday and those involved in the many final sports matches of the term all the best in their endeavours. May I also thank the Parents' Committee for the Pre-Prep Easter Egg Hunt on Tuesday and Anna Hallard for her Eggstravaganza on Thursday for Reception and the 3-4 Room from Nursery.

    The Charity Committee, led for this event by Ruby Crane, Maude Poulter and Molly Sisman, are presenting a disco on Wednesday. The girls have downloaded their favourite songs to play and there will be a surprise element. I know they have signed up a number of people, but do see the girls if you have not yet paid.

    Friday is Red Nose Day and the Charity Committee are asking support from Prep and Pre-Prep for three events:

    • Come to school wearing something red (and pay £1)
    • Bake cakes (a small number is fine) and then buy a cake or two (50p each) at break time
    • Buy tickets at 10p a time (you can buy as many as you like) to be Headmaster throughout Friday morning and over lunch. Members of the Charity Committee will sell the tickets to the Prep School at short break and Pre-Prep children should give money to their class teacher. The draw will be made on Thursday morning.

     

    The Charity Committee have also discussed and, using Ruby Crane's idea, commissioned a 'casual hoodie' to be worn in or out of school. Please let the Office know if you did not receive the letter about the hoodies or the mailing inviting you to buy via parentmail or by cheque/cash in the Office. They will continue to be available after the end of term, but it would be good to do the first order in one go.

    Please do also contact Colleen Newton-Walters by this Friday if you wish to put in a team for the Parents' Committee Quiz early next term (Thursday 27th April) at the Rose & Crown in Snettisham.

    Finally in this section, please do look out for the information coming out regarding summer term lunchtime & after school activities tomorrow. Prompt responses will allow me to put together the lists before the end of term.

    Future Events

    The first day of the holiday sees our Bumps, Babies & Beyond event in conjunction with the National Childbirth Trust. Please do tell friends with little ones about this event, with many stalls and activities and a great cafe.

    On the same day Miss Patrick and Mr Richards will be taking our skiers off to France.

    Mr Turner is running Eagle Sports Academy activities between 3rd & 7th April and Jack Southgate is offering a cricket coaching course between 10th and 12th April.

    The School Calendar on the website is already showing many of the events of next term including:

    • Dates for examinations
    • Various trips
    • The Quiz
    • The Adult Super Sprint and Children's Triathlon
    • GHS Golf Day
    • The Bring Your Tent to School Weekend incorporating the Summer Fayre and an evening BBQ
    • The three Sports' Days, swimming sports and House matches
    • The Children's Ball
    • Mini Woodland Festival with the Fairyland Trust
    • The House Show
    • Old Aquilians' and Leavers' Service and Prize Giving
    • The Diamond Ball

     

    We are also adding dates to the Division VIII Leavers' Programme which is a highlight of the final years at Glebe House School.  We believe that it is almost without comparison with other schools, celebrating the very special achievements of children who leave from Division VIII.

    Governors

    As we approach the end of yet another term may I thank all those who are involved with Glebe House School?  I am particularly conscious of the efforts of our Governors whose work may be largely unseen by parents but is hugely appreciated by myself and my staff. 

    It was good at the recent termly Governors' meeting to discuss progress in a number of areas and benefit from good advice from people who have very good educational and other experience as well as in many cases a long association with the school. Adam Poulter and I are in good contact and he and Nick Crane, a regular visitor to the school, liaising with the Business Manager, Mark Richards, about finacial matters as well as ongoing improvement projects for our buildings and premises, are current parents. I have, since the Governors' meeting in early March, had a very good meeting with Nigel Flower, who recently retired as Deputy Head at Gresham's and who has taken over safeguarding responsibility on the Board. It is the knowledge of people such as Nigel that helps us to maintain such good order.

    Geoff Wingrove however is often my day by day contact with the Govering Body.  Geoff's involvement is based on a career including teaching and educational administration, in which he was Director of Education for two London Boroughs.  We meet each Friday and in between Geoff leads the EYFS Committee and has conducted a number of studies into the 'transition' points within the school, bringing his huge experience to bear as a 'critical friend'.  As we all know the EYFS at Glebe House School was rated as Outstanding by ISI in December 2015: Geoff has conducted a recent review to ensure that that remains the case and his findings were exceptionally encouraging.  Last summer Geoff investigated the provision in Division VIII.  His findings included the fact that lessons were well planned, had clear objectives and outcomes, were consistently challenging and stimulating and appropriately differentiated.  Pupil / teacher interactions were excellent and pupils received appropriate and prompt support and guidance.  Class control was excellent with a light yet firm touch and a great deal of humour.  Pupils cooperation, discipline and implicit support to each other was excellent.  They were confident, self-assured, hard-working and demonstrated a strong self-discipline, being encouraged to take responsibility at all levels. 

    Geoff's final paragraph was particularly pleasing to read and stated 'the Division VIII experience I observed would rate on the Inspection Continuum as "Outstanding".  The teaching is consistently excellent, as is the discipline and teacher / pupil relationships.  The Leavers' Programme is challenging, well-planned and delivered, resulting in motivated, well-adjusted, self-confident pupils who work extremely well with each other and results in a firm foundation for future success annd a smooth transfer to the next phase.'

    Geoff has recently reviewed this area of the school and is delighted that we continue to provide so well for our senior pupils as we do for the youngest.

    With best wishes for the week ahead.

    John Crofts

  • Inter House Music Competition

    General Music

    The whole school was in for a wonderful treat on Thursday morning when we welcomed Benjamin Howells and Matthew Preston, a brilliant local piano duo known collectively as 'The Missing Coda', to adjudicate our Inter House Music Competition.  Preliminary heats had been held on Tuesday for those children who have had only a few lessons up to those who are approaching grade 2 standard, and eleven of these children were invited to perform in the first two classes in front of the adjudicators on Thursday.

    However before the competition got under way, Matthew and Benjamin talked to the assembled Prep and Pre Prep children about watching and listening to live music and gave an interactive and highly entertaining recital ranging from The Simpsons to Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, which had the pupils spell-bound.

    Throughout the rest of the morning twenty-three children gave of their best and impressed the adjudicators with their confidence and their performances in Musical Theatre, singing, trombone, piano, guitar, flute, violin, clarinet and drum playing.  The children who had been invited to perform from Tuesday's preliminary rounds all gave a very good account of themselves and were all awarded Commended or Highly Commended certificates, with Matthew and Ben continuing to entertain with their encouraging and witty comments and helpful advice.

    After a refreshment break we entered the more advanced stage of the competition for children of grade 2 standard and above and heard some eclectic and very competent performances from pupils from Division V to VIII.  Matthew and Ben had previously told the competitors what they would be looking for in their adjudication; namely, pitch, tone, time and shape, but overall performance, and in their summing up they referred repeatedly to these criteria. I think it would be fair to add to that list entertainment and it is certainly true that the audience was hugely entertained by the Musical Theatre performances, with their costumes, props and dance routines.  It was no surprise therefore when the top three selected performances included Thaleia Jennings in third place with her Doll on a Music Box from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Ellie Dix in second place with her Popular from Wicked.  However, the (absolutely delighted) winner was Maude Poulter on guitar with her performance of the Ed Sheerin song Shape of You.  Maude's first place, together with Thaleia's third, assured St Edmund's of the overall win, with L'Estrange in second place.

    Personally I would like to congratulate all of those who took part, often having to overcome nerves and the vagaries of different instruments in order to produce an impressive display of talent and commitment to their music making.  They are, of course, all winners!

    The morning was brought to a close with a second very entertaining short recital by our two adjudicators which was much enjoyed by children and parents alike, and I would like to thank Matthew and Benjamin for giving up their morning to be with us and to remind us how much music can influence our lives.

  • U13 Hockey Vs Riddlesworth Hall

    General Sport

    On Wednesday, 15th March, Glebe travelled to Riddlesworth Hall for an U13 hockey match.

    We won the toss and chose first push back. The game kicked off well, with us dominating the attacking play. As a result of great passing from our defenders to our attackers, Ben managed to score the first goal. However, for the rest of half we were unable to score again, and at half time the score was 1-0 to Glebe.

    Mr. Turner made a few changes to start the second half, and we started attacking again like we did at the beginning of the match. Within a few minutes, Archie scored our second goal. Riddlesworth quickly got a shot on goal, but I saved it and our defence did a brilliant job of clearing it out. We then pushed the ball up the pitch and after some excellent passes, Piers scored an easy goal past their keeper. More great team play resulted in Piers getting his second goal of the match.

    Our consistent attack and strong defence prevented Riddlesworth from having any further chances of scoring. At the whistle, the final score was 4-0 to Glebe.

    The whole team played extremely well for another match, and the Man of the Match was Piers for his two goals and great all-round performance.

    Matthew Clough, Captain

  • Great win for the U11 Netball team

    General Sport

    U11 Netball v Beeston Hall

    On Wednesday 15th March the U11 Netball team travelled to Beeston Hall to play a match.  We won the toss and chose first centre pass.

    We started off playing very well with Lucy scoring two goals.  However, Beeston also soon scored twice. 

    In the second quarter we made sure that Beeston were not going to score.  With great team work form everyone, Lucy managed to score another three brilliant goals.

    It was then half time and Miss P gave us her motivational team talk, telling us to jump more for the ball and to stick with our players to ensure that we continue the rest of the game just as well as we played in the previous quarter.

    In the third quarter Lucy yet again scored two fantastic goals but to our disappointment, Beeston also upped their game scoring three goals.

    In the final quarter we were determined not to let Beeston win. Lucy continued with her excellent shooting, scoring two more goals. Sadly Beeston did too.  The end score was 9 – 7 to us!  My ‘Girl of the Game’ was Lucy for her outstanding shooting, scoring all of our 9 goals.  I would like to say a massive thank you to Miss P and the rest of the team for your great teamwork and determination throughout.

    Clemmie Abell-Plant (Captain)

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