Gazette 02/02/2024

Headteacher’s Message

Dear Glebe Families

I hope this message finds you well and that you’re having a wonderful week so far.

I am thrilled to share some highlights from our school community over the past week.  Our Resource Base pupils had an incredible time at the Panathlon Challenge.  It was heart warming to hear of the joy and enthusiasm they brought to the event.  It sounds like the children had a fantastic time ten-pin bowling.

In addition to the Panathlon Challenge, we were delighted to welcome our Trustees on Thursday.  Their positive feedback about our journey, the implementation of our Twinkl phonics scheme and the evident progress of our children was truly uplifting.  It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and the commitment of our children.  We spoke to staff, walked around the school and dipped into lessons.  Well done everyone at Glebe!

Tonight, we have the eagerly anticipated Friends of Glebe quiz and I’d like to extend my best wishes to all the teams participating.  It promises to be a fun and engaging evening for everyone involved.

Responding to valuable feedback from both parents and pupils, we have been focusing on key areas of development, including respect, initiating and playing games, and following instructions on the playground.  I’m pleased to share that our efforts have yielded positive results and we will continue to nurture an inclusive and supportive environment for all.

Furthermore, I am pleased  to share the opening of our Room of Reflection.  This space provides pupils with the opportunity to pause, reflect and consider the consequences of their actions.  It’s an important resource that supports our commitment to holistic education and the social emotional wellbeing of our pupils.

As we move forward, our fortnightly focus remains on communicating appropriately.  Effective communication is a fundamental skill that empowers our children to express themselves confidently and respectfully in all aspects of their lives.

I want to express my gratitude to our entire school community for your ongoing support, collaboration and dedication to our pupils’ success.  Together, we are making a positive difference in the lives of our children and I am truly honoured to be a part of this journey.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend filled with joy and laughter with your families.

Warm regards

Mr Clarke




A huge well done this week to:

1D: Jessica F & Lewis H

1M: N/A

2N: George F & Elyna K

2VC: Logan L & Eliza B

3/4 J: Mia A S & Ria-Mae C

3/4 P: Clara B & Esme S

3/4 R: Aubrie T & Riley W


5A: Hallie D & Alfie L

5HL: Annie B & Harvey G

6A: Charlie S & Tyler S

6L: Noah W & Daisy Rose A-B


Attendance: Our school target is 97%

Year to date 94.2%

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: 94.1% 3/4R: 93.0%
RP: 88.8% 3/4P: 97.2%
1D: 95.3% 5A: 96.7% 
1M: 99.3% 5HL: 98.0%
2N: 90.0%  6A: 88.0%
2VC: 93.6% 6L: 90.7%
3/4J: 93.0%  

This week, the class with the highest attendance was 1M with 99.3%.  Well done!  The attendance reward will be coming your way.


Fortnightly Focus – Communicate Appropriately

This fortnight we will be working as a whole school community on respectful communication.  This means that when we talk to each other, speak about each other and when we communicate with others, we are polite, kind, courteous and respectful.  We are teaching our children that although things may not always be as they would like, we can react appropriately to all situations.

Influential Figure of the Week – Rosa Parks

Our influential figure of this week has been Rosa Parks.  Rosa Parks became known as the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement” because of her bravery and her role in fighting for equal rights for all people.  She showed that one person can make a big difference in the world.  Rosa Parks’ courage and determination are still remembered and celebrated today.  She showed that even in the face of injustice, standing up for what is right can create positive change.

Music Moment of the Week – “Runaway Blues” by Ma Rainey

Next week, our music moment of the week is focused on popular music, Blues “Runaway Blues” by Ma Rainey.  “Runaway Blues” is a song recorded by Ma Rainey, often referred to as the “Mother of the Blues.”  Ma Rainey, born Gertrude Pridgett, was a pioneering American blues singer and one of the earliest African-American professional blues singers to record.  “Runaway Blues” is a blues song that reflects the themes common in Ma Rainey’s repertoire, including love, loss and the hardships of life.  The song typically features Rainey’s soulful vocals accompanied by traditional blues instrumentation such as the guitar, piano and sometimes brass instruments.  Ma Rainey’s recordings, including “Runaway Blues,” played a significant role in shaping the early development of blues music and influencing later generations of musicians.  Her powerful voice and expressive delivery made her one of the most prominent and influential blues singers of her time.  Ma Rainey recorded “Runaway Blues” in the early 1920s during the peak of her recording career with Paramount Records.  Her recordings helped to bring the blues to a wider audience and establish its place as a distinct genre in American music history.

Lunchtime Star Players

Well done to Seth R-M, Archie S, Noah M, Abdullah S, Cory C, Mia C, Amelia T, Benjamin S, Omatayo A, Alfie L, Violet P, Albert H and Arielle P.

Caterlink Food Choices

Please let the school office know what your child is having to eat if they will be late to school.  The kitchen deadline for school dinners is 10.30am.  Jacket potatoes and grab bags will be available after this time, subject to availability.

Parents’ Evening and Bridging Club

A reminder that the School Cloud booking system closes at 9.00am on Monday 5 February. 

Lost Property

We have had two bracelets handed in recently.  Please contact the school office if these could belong to you.

Term Dates

A reminder that these are available on our website:

Academic Year 2023-24

Academic Year 2024-25

Academic Year 2025-26

Key Dates

2 February – FOGP Quiz night at Sweyne Park School from 7.00pm to 10.00pm.

12 February – NCMP height and weight checks for Year 6 children.

13 February – Parent and pupil consultation meetings.  School closes at 1.30pm.

16 February – FOGP Wear something you love day.  £1.00 donation.

19-23 February – Half term.

5 March – Year 5 trip to Layer Marney Tower.

7 March – World Book Day.

8 March – FOGP Mother’s Day event.

21 March – Class photographs.

25-28 March – Year 6 residential trip to Danbury.

27 March – Year 2 trip to Barleylands.

28 March – Last day of term.  After school club finishes at 4.30pm.

Rochford Hundred Girls’ Rugby – Year 6

Essex Fire Museum

Spotlight on Safeguarding

Caterlink Autumn/Winter 2023-24 Lunch Menu

Please note that cheese grab bags are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Ham grab bags are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.