Gazette 03/05/2024

Headteacher’s Message

Dear Glebe Families

I hope this message finds you and your families in good spirits.  I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to those of you who have exercised patience and understanding whilst we have experienced a short period of further reduced capacity.

Looking ahead, we have parent lunches and discos to look forward to next week.  We look forward to welcoming parents to these events!

As Year 6 SATs approaches, we are thrilled to be able to offer a full English breakfast to our Year 6.  Please do ensure that your children are in school, particularly, during the test week which commences on 13 May.

On a positive note, after an internal process, I am delighted to announce that Mrs Johnson will be stepping into the role of Inclusion Manager and SENCo from September onwards.  Please join me in congratulating her and offering your support.

Additionally, Miss Neame, Mrs Rose, and Mrs Johnson will be joining the safeguarding team to enhance our safeguarding measures, ensuring a safe environment for our children.

Into next term and September, we welcome Miss Holahan as our new Teacher of the Deaf, Mr Thompson as a 1:1 Resource Base LSA and Mrs Willson as Resource Base LSA.  Let’s make them feel warmly welcomed when they join the team.

At the end of term we bid farewell to Miss Choat-Howard, who will be taking on a new role, we extend our congratulations and gratitude to her.  Best of luck in your Deputy Nursery Manager role!

As we approach the bank holiday weekend, I hope you all take some well-deserved rest and enjoy quality time with your loved ones.

Thank you once again for your outstanding support.

Wishing you all a wonderful and relaxing bank holiday weekend!

Warm regards

Mr Clarke




A huge well done this week to:

1D: Ayla M & Harry R

1M: Henry H & Henrietta G-U

2N: Danny A & Amy H

2VH: Jack W & Demi-Leigh S

3/4 J: Heidi P & Skyler H

3/4 P: Ellis D B & Millie J

3/4 R: Poppy M & James T


5A: Amal B A & Kunmi A

5L: William B & Josh C

6A: Isabella W & Alfie B

6L: Gracie-Mai P & Levi T


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: 88.2% 3/4R: 93.9%
RP: 95.4% 3/4P: 93.6%
1D: 92.0% 5A: 96.1% 
1M: 93.0% 5L: 96.3%
2N: 93.4%  6A: 92.1%
2VH: 96.2% 6L: 97.6%
3/4J: 93.3%  

This week, the class with the highest attendance was 6L with 97.6%.  Well done!  The attendance reward will be coming your way.


Fortnightly Focus – Take Turns to Direct and Organise

Imagine you and your friends playing a game together.  Everyone wants to decide what game to play next.  Instead of arguing, you all decide to take turns choosing!  One friend picks hide and seek, another chooses tag and then it’s your turn.  You pick hopscotch!

Taking turns to decide and lead is like a fun game of democracy.  Just like in your game, everyone gets a chance to share their ideas and make choices.  In a big group, like your class or community, people might take turns being in charge to make fair decisions.  This is called democracy.

In democracy, everyone’s voice matters, just like in your game where everyone’s game choice counts.  So, remember, whether it’s playing games or making big decisions, taking turns and listening to each other is an important part of democracy!

Influential Figure of the Week

Marcus Rashford was the youngest ever goal scorer for Manchester United in a European competitive game and went on to become the youngest ever player to represent England in a European Championship.  During 2020, Marcus successfully campaigned for the government to provide food vouchers during school holidays for children in need.  His efforts to support hungry children earned him an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, the 2020 BBC Sports Personality Special Award and the 2020 FIFA Foundation Award.

Music Moment of the Week

“A River Flows in You” is a piano piece composed by South Korean pianist and composer Yiruma.  Born as Lee Ru-ma on 15 February 1978, in Seoul, South Korea, Yiruma gained international recognition for his melodious and emotive piano compositions.  “A River Flows in You” was released in 2001 as part of Yiruma’s album “First Love”.  The piece gained widespread popularity, particularly after being featured in the soundtrack of the 2006 South Korean drama series “Spring Waltz”.  Since then, it has become one of Yiruma’s most famous and beloved compositions.  The piece is characterised by its simple yet haunting melody and gentle, flowing rhythm, evoking a sense of tranquillity and introspection.  Its emotional depth and universal appeal have made it a favourite among pianists and music enthusiasts worldwide.  “A River Flows in You” has been covered and interpreted by numerous musicians and has become a popular choice for weddings, concerts and other special events.

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.

3 June – Year 3/4 team building and preparing for next year.

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.


A huge well done to Henry F who took part in his first ever gymnastics competition at the weekend and came 5th out of his entire age group, achieving Gold on the vault and Silver for floor and parallel bars.


On Sunday, Elsie E and Sienna H-S took part in a gymnastics competition with their gym squad.  It was Sienna’s first competition and Elsie’s second competition.  Both girls had the best time competing together with their other team mates and both received runner up medals and certificates.  Well done girls!


Spotlight on Safeguarding

Deaf Awareness Workshop

Essex Activate May Half Term

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 9.45am.  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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