Gazette 26/04/2024

Headteacher’s Message

Dear Glebe Families

I hope this newsletter finds you well and enjoying the arrival of Spring.  It’s been another eventful week here at Glebe Primary School and I’m excited to share some highlights with you.

Firstly, I’m delighted to announce that we welcomed a group of enthusiastic work experience students from Sweyne Park this week.  These young individuals have been invaluable in supporting our children in class, offering fresh perspectives and adding to the vibrant learning environment here at Glebe.  It’s been fantastic to see them engage with our children and begin to explore the world of employment first-hand.

On the topic of safety and wellbeing, we’ve been proactive in enhancing our safeguarding procedures around the site.  Our dedicated team, along with Trust colleagues, conducted thorough health and safety walks this week.  These efforts are part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring the utmost safety and security for all members of our school community.

Inclusive education remains a top priority for us and this week, all of our teachers and HLTAs participated in deaf awareness CPD sessions.  These sessions are crucial as we continue to develop our understanding and refine our strategies to better support our Resource Base pupils in the mainstream.  By fostering our inclusive environment, we strive to ensure that every child at Glebe has the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.

In staffing news, we’ve been busy interviewing candidates for the positions of Teacher of the Deaf and Resource Base LSAs.  The response has been overwhelming, with an unprecedented number of applicants vying to join our dedicated team.  It’s truly heartening to see such interest in our school and the positive journey we’re on.  We’ll keep you updated as the selection process progresses, so watch this space!

Finally, as we look ahead to the weekend, it’s encouraging to hear that warmer weather is on the horizon.  Let’s hope the sun shines brightly on us all, bringing joy and rejuvenation after a busy week of learning.

Warm regards

Mr Clarke




A huge well done this week to:

1D: Ollie R-P & Artie M

1M: Jorik D & Jessica D

2N: Harley C & Henley B

2VH: Elsie E & Jack S

3/4 J: Ralph G & Finley K-A

3/4 P: Oliver M & Olivia N

3/4 R: Lucy W & Archie D


5A: Johnny L & Ben S

5L: Daphne W & Lacey P

6A: Poppy A & Jazz D

6L: Lilly M & Amelie N


Attendance: Our school target is 97%

Year to date 94.0%

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: 89.1% 3/4R: 93.2%
RP: 97.9% 3/4P: 92.5%
1D: 94.3% 5A: 93.5% 
1M: 98.7% 5L: 98.3%
2N: 93.1%  6A: 95.2%
2VH: 97.2% 6L: 94.1%
3/4J: 94.0%  

This week, the class with the highest attendance was 1M with 98.7%.  Well done!  The attendance reward will be coming your way.


Car Park

Please could the parents that have permission to drop/collect their child to/from school remember not to park in the taxi area.  Please pull up alongside the chain fence area.  Thank you.

Lunchtime Star Players

Well done to Gracie-Mai P, Olivia N, Elvis S, Finley K-A, Archie H, Riley W, Alex G, Henry F, Omotayo A, Lottie G and Harry K.

Non-uniform Day

Please note that on 10 May, FOGP are hosting their discos and have requested a non-uniform day for ease.  This has been approved as it will make things easier for pupils, parents and staff.

Fortnightly Focus – Democracy/Negotiate and Find Solutions

In a democracy, everyone’s voice matters!  Imagine a big playground where everyone gets to vote on what game to play next.  Sometimes, we might not all agree on the same game, but that’s okay!  We can talk and listen to each other to find a game that makes everyone happy.  That’s what democracy is all about; working together, listening, and finding solutions that make everyone feel included and happy.  What is negotiation?  Picture a group of friends deciding what movie to watch together.  Each friend has their favourite movie, but they need to find a way to agree on one.  This is where negotiation comes in.  Negotiation means talking and listening to each other’s ideas and then finding a solution that everyone is happy with.  It’s like finding a tasty pizza topping that everyone enjoys!  So, in democracy, we negotiate by discussing and finding common ground, just like picking the perfect movie for movie night with friends!

Influential Figure of the Week

Malorie Blackman is an author.  She writes both children’s books and adult books.  Some of the themes in her stories are based around race.  She was born in London.  Her parents were from Barbados and they came to England as part of the Windrush Generation.  Malorie has written over 60 books, including the famous “Noughts and Crosses” series.  She has achieved many great things as an author.  She was awarded the title of Children’s Laureate.  This is a very special award as it is only given once every two years to one outstanding author or illustrator.  During her time as Children’s Laureate, she founded the UK’s first Young Adult Literature Convention, which was a great opportunity for young people to celebrate and share their love of reading.

Music Moment of the Week

Music Title: A Rainbow in Curved Air

Composer: Terry Riley (American)

Period: Modernism: minimalism 

Written: 1969

Over thousands of years people have been exploring music.  Over the years, different timbres and sounds have been explored, hundreds of instruments have been invented and many combinations of pitches have resulted in millions of songs.  Our exploration of music and what we have discovered can be heard whenever we turn on a radio or tv.

‘A Rainbow in Curved Air’ was written by Terry Riley.  His exploration of music led him to create a new sound and style of music called minimalism.  He used a sequence of notes which no one had ever done before.  His music inspired many musicians to come.

Key Dates

8 May – Year 1 Call of the Wild Zoo trip.

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

10 May – FOGP tropical beach parties.  Non-uniform day.

13 May – KS2 SATs week.

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

21 May – Reception Sealife Adventure trip.

3 June – Year 4 multiplication screening.

10 June – Year 1 phonics screening.

20 June – District sports.

5 July – Sports day.

9 July – Year 2 Florence Nightingale workshop.

9 July – Year 6 Production to parents at 5.30pm.

11 July – Year 6 Production to parents at 9.30am.

18 July – Year 6 leavers’ assembly to parents at 2.15pm.

Spotlight on Safeguarding

Changes to Fines for Term Time Holidays

Rayleigh Fairview Cricket Club

Caterlink Spring/Summer 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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