Gazette 08/03/2024

Headteacher’s Message

Dear Glebe Families

As we reflect on the week’s achievements, it brings me immense pride to commend our Year 6’s for their remarkable determination and resilience during their mock SATs.  Their hard work and commitment are truly admirable and we couldn’t be prouder of them.

This week has been a whirlwind of excitement across the school with our vibrant celebrations for World Book Day.  Mrs Coote and our dedicated staff orchestrated a delightful event filled with colourful characters straight from the pages of our favourite books.  From captivating spoon designs to an array of engaging activities, the love for reading permeated every corner of our school.

The festivities ranged from the weird to the wacky, with highlights including a charming tea party in the resource base and even some oversized penguin dancing in Nursery!

With reading in mind, I’d like to offer huge thanks to the generous support of the Friends of Glebe as our library redesigns are already underway; exciting developments lie ahead, so stay tuned!

A heartfelt thank you to the Friends of Glebe for arranging today’s heart-warming Mother’s Day event.  It’s moments like these that truly unite our school community.

In other exciting news, Reception welcomed the Fire Brigade on Thursday, sparking excitement amongst both children and staff alike.  The joy on their faces as they explored the fire engine and wielded the fire hoses was truly infectious!

As we approach the weekend, I extend warm wishes to all those celebrating mothers, grandmothers and special individuals in their lives.  May your weekend be filled with laughter and cherished moments.

Warm regards

Mr Clarke




A huge well done this week to:

1D: Chayse B & Balbina C

1M: Alexander T-C & Oscar S

2N: Evie-Jo C & Henry B

2VC: Polly McD & Aluna T

3/4 J: Oliver R & Mia A S

3/4 P: Oliver P & Finlay T

3/4 R: All pupils!


5A: Isaac S & Lily M

5HL: Mila-Rae B & Lily M

6A: Bradley M & Tyler S

6L: Amelia C & Poppy J


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: 95.9% 3/4R: 98.3%
RP: 90.8% 3/4P: 96.2%
1D: 93.3% 5A: 99.7% 
1M: 95.7% 5HL: 96.0%
2N: 93.4%  6A: 92.0%
2VC: 97.9% 6L: 90.3%
3/4J: 94.3%  

This week, the class with the highest attendance was 5A with 99.7%.  Well done!  The attendance reward will be coming your way.


Lunchtime Star Players

Well done to Levi T, Isabella B, Gracie Mae H, Ethan S, Riley W, Oliver P and Dolly C-B.

Influential Figure of the Week – J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling, whose full name is Joanne Rowling, is a British author best known for creating the immensely popular “Harry Potter” series.  She was born on 31 July 1965, in Yate, Gloucestershire, England.  Rowling’s childhood was marked by her love for storytelling and she wrote her first story at the age of six.

After completing her education at the University of Exeter, Rowling worked various jobs, including as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International.  The idea for Harry Potter came to her during a delayed train journey from Manchester to London in 1990.  Over the next few years, she meticulously planned out the seven-book series about a young wizard named Harry Potter and his adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The first book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (titled “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in the United States), was published in 1997.  It quickly became a worldwide sensation, captivating readers of all ages with its magical world and relatable characters.

Rowling went on to write six more Harry Potter books, concluding the series with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” in 2007.  The series has sold over 500 million copies worldwide and has been translated into numerous languages.  It has also been adapted into a successful film series, stage plays and various merchandise.

Beyond Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling has written novels for adults, including “The Casual Vacancy” and the Cormoran Strike detective series under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Rowling has supported various charities and causes, including her own charity, Lumos, which focuses on improving the lives of disadvantaged children around the world.

Music Moment of the Week

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 is like a thrilling adventure in music!  It’s a very famous piece that starts with four short sounds that go da-da-da-dum, which many people recognise right away.  Imagine it like a big storybook with four chapters, or movements.  Each one has its own feeling and excitement:

  1. The Exciting Start: The first part is like starting a thrilling journey. It’s full of energy and makes you feel like you’re about to go on a big adventure!
  2. The Calm Part: The second part is like a peaceful break in the adventure. It’s slower and lets you catch your breath, like walking through a beautiful garden.
  3. The Fun and Fast Part: The third part is like a lively dance. It’s fast and playful, making you want to tap your feet and move around!
  4. The Happy Ending: The last part is like reaching the end of a wonderful story. It’s triumphant and makes you feel joyful, like you’ve accomplished something big.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 is special because it’s full of exciting sounds and surprises.  Even though it was written a long time ago, people still love listening to it and feeling the excitement in the music!

Key Dates

11 March – KS2 at Sweyne Park to watch their school production of Matilda the Musical JR.

12 March – Year 3/4 Portals of the Past workshop.

14 March – EYFS Little City Role Play.

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.

15 April – Return to school.

10 May – Parent session – Bring your parent to lunch – Year 5 – Class 5HL.

17 May – Parent session – Bring your parent to lunch – Year 5 – Class 5A.

Year 6 DT Lesson

Last week, Year 6 made a WW2 ration recipe for apple pie and apple and blackberry pie.  Well done!


Fortnightly Focus – Be an Attendance Hero!

Attention all children!  Are you ready to be a hero?  At our school, being an attendance hero means showing up every day ready to learn, grow and have fun with your friends.  Be: Here, Ready, Every day, on Time!


Being an attendance hero is super important because when you come to school every day, you help yourself and your classmates to succeed.  You get to be part of exciting lessons, fun activities and make memories that last a lifetime!


Remember, every day counts and every child plays a special role in our school community.  So, put on your cape, grab your backpack and let’s be attendance heroes together.  We believe in you!



Congratulations to Kian P who took part in the Deben and Woodbridge swimming gala last weekend.  He swam a total of 6 races, achieved 5 PBs and took away 2 Silver medals and 2 Bronze.  He recently moved up to the next age bracket so this is another achievement for bringing home so many medals!


Spotlight on Safeguarding

Easter Holiday Camp at Glebe – Intrepid Ventures

Intrepid Ventures will be based at Glebe during the Easter holiday and is available for those in receipt of the Wonde holiday activities vouchers only.  Please see the poster below for dates and further information.


Caterlink Autumn/Winter 2023-24 Lunch Menu

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.


Grab Bags


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