Headmaster’s Blog – 20th May 2018

Dear Parents,

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.


Last Week


Our Triathlons

Huge congratulations to our Children’s winners :

7 & under Team : St Mary’s Girls

7 & under Individual : Finley Winship

8 year olds Team : A-Chevas
8 year olds Individual: Wilf Trueman

9-10 years Team : The Dream Team
9-10 years Individual Jamie Wilson

11-12 years Team : Reffley Boys
11-12 years Individual : Esme Kidman

13-14 years Team : England’s Heroes
13-14 years Individual : Campbell Pick

And to our adult top threes:


1. Amanda Marshall
2. Jani Campbell
3. Emma Littmoden


1. Robert Warwicker
2. Alexis Brun
3. Simon Riches

With repeated thanks to:
The organisers: Phil Haslam, Gary Hawkins & Kevin King
All the Marshalls, Timekeepers, the Registration Team and other members of the support staff
Our Sponsors: Birketts Solicitors and Lycetts Insurance Brokers
Our partners Walking with the Wounded

A great event – see you all next year!

A few photos below, but it would be good to have even more!


Divisions lV & V at UEA Athletics

Well done to all the athletes who competed with such endeavour at UEA on Monday. We look forward to further success as the term progresses.


U13 Cricket v Thetford Grammar School away, Wednesday 16th May

Glebe U13 cricketers travelled to Thertford hoping for a strong performance.

I lost the toss and they chose to field. Our batting was atrocious with batsmen scoring a total of 5 runs. Luckily for us they had 40 wides which left our score at 45 runs.

We knew that this was poor and all wanted to put on a better showing in our fielding. In this innnings we did a lot better with all of us showing great determination and desire to get the win. Ferdie got three wickets, I got two, Ethan got two. Also a brilliant catch from Connor and two good catches from Calin. But unfortunately after all our efforts we lost. Unlucky team, you showed outstanding determination in fielding next time we really need to focus on our concentration when batting.

My man of the match was Ferdie Macewan for his brilliant bowling in only his 2nd U13 game.

Piers Henderson (Captain)


U13 Rounders v Thetford away, Wednesday 16th May

I lost the toss so we batted first. We did not start well as we only scored 1 rounder in the first innings. Half from no balls and half by Daisy.

Next it was our turn to field. We got 7 of them out, 2 caught by Molly, 1 caught by Ruby, 1 caught by Kitty, 1 caught by Olivia, 1 stumped at 2nd and 1 stumped at first post. They scored 4 rounders.

We started our second batting innings with much more success. Ruby, Livvi, Daisy, Kitty and Elinor all scored halves and Kitty and Elinor scored a whole rounder each. At the end of that innings we had scored 5½ rounders, bringing our total to 6½.

In the last innings we got 3 players out. 1 out at 2nd post, 1 caught by Ruby and 1 caught by Kitty. They scored 6 in that innings, bringing their total to 10.

Molly wanted me to mention that she felt like a hero when she was stung by the nettles collecting the ball as backstop to stop them scoring half a rounder!

My men of the match are Elinor and Kitty. Elinor for good batting, she scored the most rounders, and Kitty for good catching and batting.

Ellie Dix (Captain)


U11 Girls Cricket v Langley Prep at Taverham Hall away, Wednesday 16th May

Our usual 8 girls were joined by Tate and Theo. I won the toss and chose to field.

Langley scored 301 runs, some from our no balls, but mostly off the bat. The bowling is definitely improving, as is our fielding and throwing.

Then it was our turn to bat, we managed to score 243. Most of us got out too many times and we have to learn to hit the ball along the ground, not in the air.

My people of the game are Sydney and Tate for their good batting and bowling.

Gracie-Mae Meek (Captain)


U9 Cricket v Downham Prep away, Wednesday 16th May

It was a very windy day but the match still went ahead.

We all played well and won by 32 runs. We only lost 2 wickets, Downham lost 3. Freddie Gribbin scored the highest number of runs. He got 21.

Freddie Gribbin ran and bowled someone out. Will and Edward bowled well and Benji made a great catch.

Glebe got 289 runs, Downham got 257.

I am very proud of the team and my men of the match are Benjy for his catch and Freddie G. for all round good play.

Archie Rowe (captain)


U9 girls rounders v Sacred Heart, Wednesday 16th May

I won the toss and chose to field first.

In the first innings we got six of their players out, with two catches and two stumpings from Orla. The other two players were out at second and fourth posts. They scored 2 ½ rounders.

When we batted, Maisie scored 2½ rounders and Orla scored 1½. Emily, Missy, Scarlett and I all scored halves.

We started the second innings by fielding again. We got two players out, both by Orla at third post. They scored 7 rounders in this innings.

We batted again and scored 5½ rounders through Orla, Scarlett and Amelie. A lot of us got out in this innings because we took silly risks and weren’t watching the ball.

The final score was 9½ to Sacred Heart and 13½ to Glebe. Well done team. My man of the match was Orla for scoring 3 rounders and getting 6 people out.

Eliza Dix (captain)


Picture of the Week

Ferdi is awarded picture of the week for his sensitive drawing of birds. Picture to follow,


GHS Annual Swimming Sports

There are all sorts of reasons to enjoy our annual Inter House Gala.

It may be for the individual talent on show

It may be for the improvement shown since the last gala

It may be for the genuine warmth with which novice swimmers are encouraged

It may be the friendly rivalry shown between the Houses and the spirit involved whether it is pupils, staff or parents

What is certain is that once again it was a great event. Well done to all!


Next Week

There is much to look forward to next week with a wide range of sporting opportunities including the Nursery Sports’ Day on Thursday. In addition the Prep children have worked hard on their public speeches and having listened to the senior semi finals I know that many good talks have not made the final. I therfore keenly look forward to Friday’s final, which is to be adjudicated by Reverend Susan Bowden-Pickstock, who has kindly used her background in radio journalism to help the children along the way.

Have a good week.

John Crofts

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