Gazette 03/11/2023

Headteacher’s Message

Dear Glebe Families

I hope this newsletter finds you well and that you had a restful and enjoyable half term break.  I am delighted to report that we have had a very settled return to school this week, with our children eager and ready to dive back into their learning.  It has been wonderful to see their enthusiasm and positive attitudes towards their lessons.

In our assemblies this week, we have been discussing important topics such as Halloween safety.  We reminded our children about the importance of taking care on the roads, dressing visibly and practising safety measures whilst trick or treating.  Additionally, we have also addressed bonfire safety in our celebration assembly today, ensuring that our children are well-prepared for any upcoming festivities this weekend.

Speaking of celebrations, I would like to extend congratulations to our dodgeball team, who have made it to the finals on Wednesday.  Their hard work and practice have truly paid off and we could not be prouder of their achievement.

Unfortunately, due to the stormy weather conditions, the football match against Edward Francis had to be postponed yesterday.  However, we are eagerly anticipating the success of our girls team in their upcoming match next week.

I would also like to take this opportunity to let you know that a letter regarding our open evening and the arrangements has been sent out to all parents.  Please ensure that you have received this important communication with all the details for 23 November.  In addition, we have been made aware of some confusion with Scopay regarding the after school club on Fridays and the end of term.  Please note that we are only charging for a session A on these days, which means that Scopay may show a finish time of 4.15pm.  However, pick up will be by 4.30pm as usual.  We are looking into this on Scopay but please be reassured the close time is 4.30pm.

Looking ahead, we have an exciting event coming up on 16 and 17 November – the Year 2 lunch.  We are eagerly anticipating this enrichment event and are looking forward to sharing a delicious meal with our Year 2 families.  Furthermore, we will be celebrating and fundraising for Children in Need on 17 November.  More details about our planned activities will be provided in due course by Miss Redwood, our events co-ordinator.

Lastly, mark your calendars for the Friends of Glebe Discos, which will be taking place next Friday.  It promises to be an evening filled with music, dancing and fun for all.  We hope to see many of the children there, dancing the night away.

As we enter the winter months, I would like to remind everyone to take extra care on the darker mornings and evenings, especially when the weather is poor.  Safety is always our utmost priority and we want to ensure that everyone arrives and leaves school safely.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership in your child’s education.  We cannot wait to share in many experiences with you in the term ahead.

Warm regards

Martyn Clarke




A huge well done this week to:

1D: Rafferty T and Teddy O

1M: Lottie C and Jack H

2N: Albie M and Sidney R

2VC: Elsie E and Harry G

3/4 J: Skyler H and Finley T-B

3/4 P: Leo L and Riley K-A

3/4 R: Archie D and Jack T


5A: Brayden G and Oscar W

5HA: Lacey P and Charlie T

6A: Dimitris A-P and Zander F

6L: Ethan W and Noah J


Attendance: Our school target is 97%

Year to date 94.8%

We expect pupils to be in school everyday.

We will not authorise term time absence except in exceptional circumstances and where appropriate, Essex County Council will issue fines.


RS: 96.4% 3/4R: 93.3%
RP: 88.9% 3/4P: 91.7%
1D: 94.0% 5A: 91.0% 
1M: 94.7% 5HA: 94.7%
2N: 91.0%  6A: 96.2%
2VC: 95.2% 6L: 93.1%
3/4J: 96.7%  

This week, the class with the highest attendance was 3/4J with 96.7%.  Well done!  The attendance reward will be coming your way.


Fundraiser for Brain Tumour Research

On Saturday 11 November, Mrs Postlethwaite (Mrs P) is doing an abseil down ArcelorMittal Orbit at the Olympic Park in London in aid of Henry, a Year 1 pupil, who is battling a brain tumour for the second time.  The charity Henry, his family and Mrs Postlethwaite have chosen is Brain Tumour Research.  Any support is welcome via this link.

Southend United Penalty Shootout

The children raised £2,308.50!  Mr Acquah is in the process of arranging a date for the presentations.

School Photographs

The school photographer will be coming in on the morning of Wednesday 22 November 2023 to take individual and sibling group photographs.  Class photographs will take place on Thursday 21 March 2024.

Key Dates

10 November – Remembrance assembly live (KS2).  Disco 3.15pm to 4.45pm EYFS/KS1 & 5.00pm to 7.00pm KS2.

16, 17, 20, 22, 23 November – Family book fair from 3.30pm to 4.00pm.

16 November – Parent session – Bring your parent to lunch – Year 2 – Class 2VC.

17 November – Parent session – Bring your parent to lunch – Year 2 – Class 2N.

21 November – Family book fair from 2.30pm to 3.10pm (parents only).

22 November – Individual school photographs. 

23 November – New Intake Open Evening – 5.00pm to 7.00pm.  School closes at 1.30pm.

24 November – Inset – School closed.

8 December – Year 5/6 Christmas production will be at the Church. Time TBC.

12 December – 9.30am Nursery production.  2.00pm Year 3/4 production.

13 December – FoGPS Elf Emporium/Santa’s Grotto.

14 December – FoGPS Panto, Christmas dinner, Christmas jumper day.

15 December – 9.30am Year 3/4 production, 2.30pm Year 1/2 production.

18 December – 9.15am Year 1/2 production, 2.30pm Reception production.

19 December – 9.15am Reception production.

Spotlight on Safeguarding


Well done to Regan L who received a letter from Blue Peter about his incredible litter picking efforts.  He was awarded a Green Blue Peter Badge which is especially for Blue Peter viewers who care about the environment and nature.