Gazette 15/03/2024

Headteacher’s Message

Dear Glebe Families

We are thrilled to share exciting news!  Some of our Year 6 pupils emerged as triumphant champions at the Rayleigh Town Council school quiz, clinching the victory with flying colours!  We couldn’t be prouder of their remarkable achievement.  The children, along with their parents and some of our staff, enjoyed a splendid evening celebrating our success at the esteemed annual awards ceremony last night.  We were elated!

In addition to our triumph at the quiz, we were delighted to welcome an experienced advisor to our school yesterday.  Together, we embarked on a comprehensive walkthrough of the school, observed various sessions and discussed our school improvement priorities.  We were thoroughly impressed by the progress our children are making, their exemplary behaviour and their politeness.  We are making significant strides towards achieving our goal of attaining a “good” judgement.

Furthermore, it was a joyous sight to witness our Reception class enthusiastically participating in the Little City activity yesterday.  Once again, our visitors were quick to commend the impeccable behaviour displayed by our children.

As the weekend approaches, we extend our warmest wishes to all families for a wonderful and relaxing time ahead.

Warm regards

Mr Clarke




A huge well done this week to:

1D: Isabelle F & Myla S

1M: Amelyah L & RJ K

2N: Billy B & Lara C

2VC: Antonio H-M & Sam W

3/4 J: Ariella I & Archie H

3/4 P: Oliver G & Olivia N

3/4 R: Barney T & Orson S


5A: Ayo M & Mia C

5HL: Arthur O & Lily F

6A: Archie R & Zoe S

6L: Ruby J & Noah J


Attendance: Our school target is 97%

Year to date 94.1%

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: 97.7% 3/4R: 97.3%
RP: 93.3% 3/4P: 90.3%
1D: 87.3% 5A: 98.1% 
1M: 91.3% 5HL: 91.3%
2N: 86.9%  6A: 85.2%
2VC: 94.5% 6L: 94.7%
3/4J: 93.0%  

This week, the class with the highest attendance was 5A with 98.1%.  Well done!  The attendance reward will be coming your way.


Class Photographs

A reminder that the school photographer will be in on Thursday 21 March.

Year 1 and Year 5: Please send your child to school in their school uniform with their PE kit in a bag.

Nursery: If your child doesn’t normally attend on a Thursday morning but you would like them included in the photo, please arrive to the Nursery gate no later than 8.55am.

Menu Change on Thursday 28 March 2024

Please note that the kitchen will be serving Friday’s menu on this day.

Fortnightly Focus – Tolerance

As part of our fortnightly focus, we’re diving deep into the world of tolerance.  That means learning to be kind and understanding towards others, even when they might say things that aren’t very kind.

Our mission until Easter is all about positivity!  We’re going to practise ignoring and brushing off any comments that aren’t helpful.  Instead, we’ll focus on spreading kindness and good vibes wherever we go.

So, let’s join forces and show the world how powerful kindness can be!  Together, we’ll make our school a place where everyone feels respected, valued and loved.

Our focus: Ignore and discard unhelpful comments.

British Sign Language Week 2024

British Sign Language week runs from Monday 18 March to Sunday 24 March and has a focus on ‘Promoting BSL’.  As a school, we already promote the use of BSL in assemblies through signing songs, through teaching the language to the children in Years 1-6 in sign language assemblies and the Signing Choir led by Resource Base staff.  To promote BSL further during British Sign Language week, staff will be holding some sign language activities for children to join.  These will held during lunchtime or after school.  For lunchtime activities, children will see a member of staff on the playground ring the bell and display the BSL activity poster.  Each activity is open to 20 children so they need to keep their eyes and ears alert for the signal to join.  If your child would like to take part in one of the after school activities, they can sign up on the list with Miss Neame who will be on the playground with a sign up sheet on Monday 18 March.  The 20 children who are then on the list to attend will bring a slip home to make parents aware to collect them later on the day of their chosen activity.  Activities being held are:


  • Monday 18 March: Food and drink signing with Mrs Parker.
  • Tuesday 19 March: Signing colours with Mrs Quarrell.
  • Wednesday 20 March: Fingerspelling activities with Mrs Crabb.

After school 3.30pm-4.00pm:

  • Thursday 21 March: Signing about family members with Miss Stimpson.
  • Friday 22 March: Signing about the weather with Miss Neame.

We look forward to celebrating the wonderful language that is British Sign Language with you all.

Influential Figure of the Week – Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Maggie Aderin-Pocock is a scientist who loves space!  She was born in London, England, and from a young age, she dreamed of exploring the stars and planets.

Maggie didn’t have it easy when she was growing up.  She had dyslexia, which made reading and writing a bit tricky for her.  But she didn’t let that stop her from following her dreams.

She studied physics and got a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.  Then, she started working on amazing projects that involved space and astronomy.  Maggie even helped build satellites, which are like little machines that we send up into space to explore and learn about our universe.

But Maggie didn’t stop there!  She wanted to share her love of space with everyone, especially kids.  So, she started doing something really fun; she became a space scientist on TV!  She’s been on shows that talk about space and even has her own TV series where she explains all kinds of cool stuff about the universe.

Maggie Aderin-Pocock is an inspiration because she shows us that no matter what challenges we face, we can still reach for the stars and make our dreams come true!  She teaches us that with hard work, determination and a love for what we do, we can achieve anything; even exploring the mysteries of outer space!

Music Moment of the Week

“Jai Ho” is a fun and exciting song from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire.”  It’s like a party in music form!  A.R. Rahman, who is a really talented musician, made this song.  The words “Jai Ho” mean “Victory” in a language called Hindi.

The music in “Jai Ho” is a mix of sounds from India, like drums and flutes, with some modern beats added in.  The lyrics, which are like the words of the song, talk about feeling happy and winning against tough things.

This song became famous and won lots of awards, even a big shiny one called an Oscar!  People all over the world love to dance and sing along to “Jai Ho” because it makes them feel happy and excited.

So, whenever you hear “Jai Ho,” get ready to dance and celebrate like you just won something amazing!

Henry’s Bucket List

Thank you to everyone that attended the quiz last night and bought raffle tickets to raise money for Henry’s bucket list.  An incredible £2,456.00 was raised in total.  Congratulations to Team Becki who won the quiz!

Key Dates

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 Rayleigh Town Council School Quiz – WINNERS!

On Monday, some of our Year 6 pupils took part in the final of the inter-school quiz hosted by Rayleigh Town Council at St Michael Church.  This was attended by three other schools, parents and Councillor Danielle Belton.  We are extremely proud to announce that we WON!  Our quiz team attended an awards evening last night at Sweyne Park to collect their trophy and certificates.  A huge well done to Aideen M, Amelie N, Alex F, Bobby G, Dimitris A-P, Emily K, Ella Rose F, Oliver J, Sonny C-B and Tilly B.  They are a credit to both the school and themselves!


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. 



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