What a great final day of the school year! I hope the Old Aquilians Service and the Prize Giving were enjoyable for all.
The day was certainly more special for me and Bridget than I deserved or could have ever wished for and so thank you to all who made it so wonderful. That said it was typical of Glebe that the pupils, parents and staff should rise to the occasion. The bits I could control were fine, although I know everyone was drawn to Duncan Slater, our guest of honour who spoke with passion and great humour about his experiences since the explosion in Afghanistan that changed his life, but it was the 'extras' that were something else! 'On Eagles Wings' is always poignant, and the Division VIIIs didn't let us down with their tears, but the presence of 16 Old Aquilians coming down the aisle made it even more so.
Once in the marquee for Prize Giving we were able to mark the end of Adam Poulter's tenure as Chairman of Governors and I enjoyed the whole event with the final big song being both unexpected and such a treat!
The ability to socialise afterwards and say goodbye to the Leavers is always a privilege but the marvellous weather and Katie Poulter's initiative to bring in food trucks as an alternative to picnics made the occasion even more memorable.
It has been a wonderful final couple of weeks of term with the final 'acts' of the Leavers' Programme and 'goings on' in and out of school.
The art exhibition was its usual wonderful display involving every member of the school and visitors were very complimentary of the hard work of the children and Alice Hipwell.
The penulimate week was designated as Science Week and Mr Turner spent time with each class doing extra curricular experiments and investigations before Pre-Prep finished the week with a visit to Pensthorpe anf the Prep School to the National Space Centre at Leicester.
The Lavender Fields and Farmer Freds entertained Division III and the boarders had their termly fun also at Farmer Freds followed the next week by their summer party.
Eagle Performers went to see Shrk the Musical in NBorwich and two days later they, along with Glebe Does Strictly and the Pre Prep ballet group, performed a most stunning show at the Princess Theatre. Many thanks to Brian Hallard for offering the venue which certainly brought the best out of the children. Those present could scarcely believe that the oldest performers were only 13 yrs old and to see so much talent from a small school was remarkable.
The fourteenth 'Bring Your Tent To School' weekend was blessed with great weather and the largest number of people taking part in its history. Over 75 children camped at least one night along with a total of 43 parents. The Parents' Committee ran several activities along with a barbeque on the Saturday night.
The U13s beat their fathers and mothers at cricket and rounders respectively and the Leavers then put on their smartest clothes to attend the Aquilae Dinner two days later at Titchwell Manor.
Swimmers from Division II & III were highly successful in the cluster swimming gala at Glebe on Thursday.
Later in the day was of course time for the Inter House Show in the marquee, adjudicated by Charlie Cushing (OA) who is the General Manager at Thursford. Al children acquitted themselves exceptionally well and the winners were St Edmunds.
Even though it was perhaps inevitable with so much on, I apologise for not sending a blog last weekend and if I miss something this time again I am sorry, but let me know and I'll add it!
It is good in many ways to have a weekend with little happening at school. However if I would as Churchwarden give a plug for Ringstead Open Gardens tomorrow, 11am to 5pm - some lovely gardens, lunches, teas...
Then we're back into the last two weeks, including our Bring Your Tent to School Weekend. Full details later in this blog.
Up and down the country Division Eight children will have been doing Common Entrance this week and of course we were no different: although I hope others matched our children's spirit.
In addition, however, we had 14 children and two members of staff visiting York and Hadrian‘s Wall, we launched our new alternative magazine, we organised, and in some cases played in, our ninth Annual Golf Day, we held our Old Aquilian cricket and rounders matches yesterday, some of us were up at 6am to run our regular car boot sale, the Eagle Performers singing and dancing group were in the Hall this morning at 10am rehearsing for the Princess Theatre show and this afternoon Tony Meek and his team will be at Thornham Village Hall to prepare for the children’s ball this evening.
And then we'll all be in tomorrow morning as the oldest children go off on their sports tours and academic work continues for the rest with interludes for Nursery Music, cycling races, Sports Day for Pre-Prep and later for the Prep before on Friday 20 children plus staff go for outdoor pursuits on Friday and over the weekend in the Lake District!
It hardly seems any time since Easter and yet the first (and longer) half of the summer term is over!
Once again the weather has changed from sun at the beginning of the week through a very windy mid-week, heavy rain and now a sea mist on Friday evening as I start writing.
The activities of this week have been varied too with Division lV exploring the world of the Anglo Saxons on Monday, matches in 3 different sports, Nursery Sports' Day and finishing with our Public Speaking today.
Sometimes it is difficult to know what to lead with in my weekly blog, but this week I am delighted to report that Piers Henderson has been awarded a scholarship on entry to Oundle School in September. I am delighted for Piers as this is a reward for all his hard work as well as his natural talent. I am also proud of the hard work of his teachers to guide him to this result.
This now means that four scholarships have been awarded to our nine Division Vlll pupils, with others achieving excellent results in entrance papers and the wider curriculum. A great reason to carry on to 13 at Glebe!
Another piece of good news is that Luke Griffiths, who had three trial days with us last week will join Division ll permanently on Monday! Luke's mum Juliette Collins already volunteers in the French department once a week and it is great to have both of them with us.
With the swimming sports providing a great finish to the week, the start of the Common Entrance examinations, history & geography field trips and the normal run of matches, please read on for some detail about last week at Glebe with thanks to those who have sent photographs, in particular Bill Robinson for capturing the swimming sports.