Gazette 08/12/2023

Headteacher’s Message

Dear Glebe Families

I am delighted to have shared with you the exciting events that have taken place at Glebe this week as we kick off the festive season.  Our decoration morning was a resounding success, with both children and adults coming together to spread Christmas cheer.  It was fantastic to see our incredible staff dressed up and fully embracing the festive spirit.  The joy and laughter that filled the air truly encapsulated the magic of this special time of year.

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all those who joined the Resource Base team and supported their production.  The hard work and dedication shown by the children was exceptional and their enthusiasm was truly contagious.  It is wonderful to witness their growth and development, both as individuals and as part of a team.  Their confidence grows daily, a huge well done to them!

Yesterday, our Year 3 and 4 students embarked on an unforgettable trip to the Science museum.  The look of fascination on their faces and the countless enquiring questions they asked were truly a sight to behold.  Whilst the coach journey was marred by horrendous traffic jams, the festive spirit prevailed with Christmas songs, Mrs Johnson’s entertaining tour guiding and quizzes and the 3/4 staff’s rendition of ‘Sweet Caroline.’  We must also give a special mention to Mrs Dart, who captivated the children with her enthralling stories, leaving them on the edge of their seats, yearning for more.

Our Year 5 and 6 students did a fantastic job at the Church, spreading even more festive cheer.  With each passing minute, the festive spirit grew stronger, creating a truly magical atmosphere.  I am incredibly proud of our students’ commitment and dedication to their performances and I am certain that they brought joy to all who watched the true meaning of Christmas.

Looking ahead to next week, we have a plethora of exciting events lined up.  Our children will be involved in more productions, the Elf Emporium will be open for business and the Friends of Glebe have organised the annual Panto.  We are also eagerly anticipating Christmas jumper and dinner day, as well as Santa’s Grotto.  As we enter our last full week of term, let us make the most of these festive activities and cherish the memories we create together.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Mr Clarke




A huge well done this week to:

1D: Ollie P and Ayla M

1M: Arielle P and Mercer S

2N: Lara C and Havana-Rose S

2VC: Polly M and Noah M

3/4 J: Whole class for the trip yesterday

3/4 P: Millie J and  Jake J

3/4P: Leo M and Eddie R

3/4 R: Whole class for the trip yesterday


5A: Scarlett R and Jace R

5HA: Lenny T and Bella P

6A: Poppy A and Lola J-W

6L: Archie H and Freya F


Attendance: Our school target is 97%

Year to date 94.5%

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: 96.8% 3/4R: 96.3%
RP: 99.2% 3/4P: 94.0%
1D: 96.6% 5A: 95.3% 
1M: 91.3% 5HA: 89.7%
2N: 87.2%  6A: 89.7%
2VC: 94.1% 6L: 93.3%
3/4J: 98.0%  

This week, the class with the highest attendance was RP with 99.2%.  Well done!  The attendance reward will be coming your way.


The 2 Johns Online Safety Session – Sunday 10 December at 7.00pm

The 2 Johns are running a session on Sunday evening (10 December) at 7.00pm to launch the ESCB online safety week.  The virtual session and Q&A will be hosted on Zoom and also The 2 Johns Facebook page.  This will be followed by a week of online safety messages and advice on the ESCB social medical accounts.  ESCB – Online Safety.

Absence Procedures

If a child is absent from school, the parent/carer must follow the following procedures:

Contact the school on the first day of absence before 8.30am.  The school has an answerphone available to leave a message if nobody is available to take your call.  For Resource Base pupils only, please email

Contact the school on every further day of absence, again before 8.30am.

Lunchtime Star Players

Well done to Erin R, Sadie U, Nila B, Alex G, Elvis S, Leo L, Scarlett R, Grace W, Hallie D, Lily F, Mia C.

Water Bottles

A reminder that children must have a water bottle with them at school every day.  Thank you.

Fortnightly Focus – Presentation

Please ensure that your child is in full uniform, smartly dressed, wearing appropriate footwear and uphold high standards of presentation in all of their work.

Key Dates

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, 2.15pm Year 1/2 production.

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

19 December – 9.15am Reception production.  End of term.

4 January 2024 – Return to school.

16 January 2024 – Parent session – Bring your parent to lunch – Class 3/4P.

17 January 2024 – Parent session – Bring your parent to lunch – Class 3/4J.

26 January 2024 – Parent session – Bring your parent to lunch – Class 3/4R.

Spotlight on Safeguarding


Congratulations to Kian P who took part in the Braintree Christmas Cracker swimming gala and won 3 Golds in 100 metre IM, 50 Breast and 100 Backstroke.  He also won 2 Silvers in the 50 metre back and 100 metre Breaststroke.  Kian also got 4 PBs.  Well done!

On Sunday, Elsie E attended her very first gymnastics competition.  She confidently performed her vault and floor routine and was awarded a gold for each.  Well done, Elsie!

Resource Base Christmas Production

On Tuesday, the Resource Base performed their version of The Christmas Carol.  The children had worked extremely hard to learn their lines and perform to entertain both parents and children at Glebe.  A huge well done to them for such a wonderful performance.  Your parents and the staff are incredibly proud of you! 

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