Gazette 24/05/2024

Headteacher’s Message

Dear Glebe Families

As we reach the end of another packed half term, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the exciting events and achievements of our school community.

This week, we had the pleasure of welcoming local schools for the SEESMA junior music festival area rehearsal.  It was a wonderful experience to see our children collaborating and showcasing their musical talents.  We are all eagerly anticipating the main event at the Cliffs Pavilion and I am confident it will be a memorable occasion for everyone involved.

Our Year 6 children have been hard at work preparing for their enterprise week.  They have shown great enthusiasm and creativity in their efforts to raise funds for their Glebefest.  I am looking forward to hearing their pitches in the coming weeks and witnessing their entrepreneurial spirit in action.

Today, we bid a fond farewell to Mrs Howard, who is leaving us for a well-deserved promotion.  Mrs Howard has been an invaluable member of our team and she will be greatly missed by children and staff alike.  We wish her every success in her new role and thank her for her dedication and contribution to our school.

As we break for half term, I wish you all a fun-packed and restful holiday.  Enjoy the time with your families and I look forward to welcoming everyone back refreshed and ready for the next half term.

Warm regards

Mr Clarke




A huge well done this week to:

1D: Amelia B & Riley H

1M: Bobby L & Keke P

2N: Danny A & Max C

2VH: Lola H & Theo B

3/4 J: Oliver R & Heidi P

3/4 P: Eddie R & Kian W

3/4 R: Tyler W & Aubrie T


5A: Cory C & Alfie L

5L: Lenny T & Charlie D

6A: Ellie M & Charlie G

6L: Amelia C & Zach G


Attendance: Our school target is 97%

Year to date 94%

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: 98.2% 3/4R: 91.6%
RP: 98.3% 3/4P: 86.8%
1D: 95.7% 5A: 96.8% 
1M: 93.7% 5L: 88.4%
2N: 89.3%  6A: 91.0%
2VH: 98.0% 6L: 93.8%
3/4J: 96.5%  

This week, the class with the highest attendance was RP with 98.3%.  Well done!  The attendance reward will be coming your way.


Fortnightly Focus – Persevere and Share

Democracy is like a big group project where everyone gets to have a say in what happens.  It’s a way of running a country where the people who live there get to choose their leaders and have a say in making decisions.

To persevere means to keep going, even when things are tough or challenging.  It’s like when you’re learning to ride a bike and you fall down, but you get back up and try again until you succeed.

Share is about giving some of what you have to others.  It’s like when you have a snack and you give some to your friend so you both can enjoy it together.  In a democracy, people share their ideas and opinions so that everyone’s voice is heard and considered when making decisions.

Music Moment of the Week

This week, we’re featuring the remarkable story of Evelyn Glennie, a deaf musician who has defied odds to become a celebrated percussionist.  Evelyn’s passion for music was ignited at a young age, but at 12, she lost her hearing.  Rather than letting this obstacle hinder her dreams, she embraced a unique approach to experiencing music: through vibrations.

With unwavering determination, Evelyn pursued her goal of becoming a professional musician, relying on her keen sense of touch to feel the vibrations created by instruments.  Despite the challenge of not being able to hear the notes she played, she honed her skills and became an expert percussionist.

One notable aspect of Evelyn’s performances is her choice to perform barefoot.  This unconventional practice enhances her ability to feel the vibrations, allowing her to connect more deeply with the music she creates.

Influential Figure of the Week

Usain Bolt is widely regarded as one of the most inspirational athletes of all time and for good reason.  His impact transcends the world of track and field, resonating with people of all ages and backgrounds.  Here’s why Bolt is considered such an inspirational figure:

  1. Unprecedented Success: Bolt’s athletic achievements speak for themselves. He holds multiple world records and is the only sprinter to win the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4×100 meters relay at three consecutive Olympic Games.  His unparalleled speed and dominance on the track have cemented his legacy as a legend in the sport.
  2. Charismatic Personality: Beyond his athletic prowess, Bolt’s infectious charisma and larger-than-life personality have endeared him to fans worldwide. His playful antics, trademark lightning bolt pose and post-race celebrations have made him a fan favourite and brought joy to millions of people.
  3. Overcoming Adversity: Bolt’s journey to success hasn’t been without its challenges. He’s faced injuries, setbacks and doubts throughout his career, but he’s always managed to overcome them with resilience and determination.  His ability to bounce back from setbacks serves as a powerful example of perseverance in the face of adversity.
  4. Breaking Barriers: Bolt’s success as a sprinter, particularly as a Jamaican athlete, has broken down barriers and shattered stereotypes. He’s shown the world that greatness knows no bounds and that athletes from any background can achieve extraordinary things with hard work and dedication.
  5. Inspiring Future Generations: Bolt’s impact extends far beyond the track. He’s an ambassador for youth sports and has used his platform to inspire and empower the next generation of athletes.  Through his charitable work and mentorship programs, he’s helping to nurture talent and provide opportunities for young people to pursue their dreams.

In summary, Usain Bolt’s combination of unparalleled success, magnetic personality, resilience in the face of adversity and commitment to inspiring others make him an exceptionally inspirational figure whose influence reaches far beyond the world of sports.

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

Key Dates

3 June – Year 4 multiplication screening.

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

10 June – Year 1 phonics screening.

14 June – Junior School Music Festival at the Cliffs Pavilion (Choir).

19 June – Nursery teddy bear’s picnic (afternoon).

20 June – District sports.

28 June – Glebefest Summer fete from 3.00pm to 6.30pm.

3 July – Nursery sports day (morning).

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.


Well done to Poppy D who took part in her first ever gymnastics competition last weekend and gained an improvers award in her level section.


Congratulations to Kian P who took part in the two day Basildon swimming gala and walked away with seven PBs which included taking off 13.5 seconds from his individual melody.  He won a Gold medal for his 50 metre breaststroke and a Bronze medal for his 50 butterfly and 50 backstroke.  The hours Kian puts into training is certainly paying off!


Well done to Annabelle B who took part in a crazy colour floor and vault competition.  She thoroughly enjoyed her first gymnastics competition and celebrated this by coming 1st in her grade and winning a Gold medal!


Girls 4 Football Camp

Essex Swish Basketball

Westcliff High School for Girls – Year 5 Open Evening

Fitzwimarc School – Year 5 Open Evening

Spotlight on Safeguarding

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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