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This is a nurturing environment where children, staff, parents and governors know each other and share a common understanding of the School’s purpose – to ‘aim high’ and through shared understanding of Gospel values, ensure that the potential of every child is fully achieved. Our children are happy, sociable, well-behaved and value our diversity, which enriches everything we do. We are recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the local authority and are confident this will be endorsed at our next Ofsted inspection.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Year Six Transition to Secondary school workshop


Mrs McCarthy, one of our school governors, came to Year Six to present a workshop on transition to secondary school.

Thoughts and feelings about leaving St Mary Magdalen’s were discussed in small groups, then shared as a class.

In addition, the pupils thought about what the secondary schools expect of its pupils: behaviour, organisation, attitude and taking personal responsibility.

A scenario about bullying was examined as a class. We looked at: different forms of bullying, how bullying can happen in school as well of out of school, and that if at all worried it is “your” responsibility to tell.

Thank you to Mrs McCarthy for coming in and preparing Year Six for their transition. It was important for them to express their thoughts and feelings about moving onto secondary school.



Thursday, 28 June 2018

. . . and we had a Ball!

On the evening of Friday 15 June the School PTA put on its most ambitious fundraising event ever, a Summer Ball at the Rivoli Ballroom in Brockley.  This really was a fantastic night, with most of us enjoying ourselves more than we ever could have imagined.

The band MT Pockets warmed us up at the start then the larger-than-life comedian and compère Judi Love entertained us and did a great job as our auctioneer.  Later DJ Rory took charge of the decks and kept us dancing ‘til the small hours.

The final total raised was over £3,267 (after all expenses), which exceeded the target set by some way.  All this, of course, goes towards improving the education of our children and we’re thrilled to know for certain that this sum will comfortably cover the cost of the Amazon Kindles the PTA was setting out to raise money for in the first place.  The children, as our Head Teacher and Governors emphasise at every opportunity, are and must always be at the heart of everything we do.

So thanks to those who came up with this idea in the first place, to all the Fundraising Committee, to MT Pockets, Judi Love, DJ Rory, the Rivoli and to all the local businesses who donated to the auction and to the raffle.  Thank you to the wonderful Longhorn Diner who offered guests delicious and heavily discounted burgers throughout the evening.  Thank you also to our photographer on the night, Gus (some of whose images are included below) . . . and last, but not least, a really big thank you to all the parents, teachers, Governors, friends and family who came along to support the event and make it such a friendly, fun and successful night.

I can’t wait for the next one, so bring on the Christmas Ball!

Robert Sheppard
Member of the School’s Governing Board




Thursday, 14 June 2018

Year 6 Educational Visit to the Jewish Museum


On Friday, 8th June, Year 6 visited the Jewish Museum in Camden, which was arranged by Mrs Murphy, our History Lead.

The class was shown in the museum and they had the day explained to them. All of the class were given a talk about the Jewish Sabbath or Shabbat, which takes place on Friday evenings. Emma, our guide, explained how the Shabbat table is laid, what it has on it and why. Year 6 were taught words such as: Kippah (hat), challah (bread used at the Passover meal) and tallit (Jewish prayer shawl).

After the talk, every pupil was given a chance to walk through the museum to see some of the exhibitions, which were fascinating.

In the afternoon, Year 6 were very fortunate to hear a speaker called Ruth Barnett. She was 4 years old when she was transported on the Kinder Transport with her older brother, to England. They were fleeing from Berlin, as her father was Jewish and being persecuted by the Nazis. Both her parents survived the Second World War and she did not return to live in Germany, settling in England where she married and had three children. She became a teacher and decided to share her experiences with children.

Thank you to Mrs Ravenscroft who accompanied Year 6 and to Mrs Murphy for arranging it. The whole class was given a very interesting and invaluable insight into the Jewish faith and to the experience of Ruth.





Year 2’s Jewish Museum visit – 7th June 2018.

Exploring the Torah Scrolls.

Year 2 visited the Jewish Museum in London last Thursday. It was a very successful day as the children learnt so much about a faith other than their own.

They were able to handle various artifacts and taste food used during Jewish ceremonies. They also had the chance to replicate some Hebrew writing that was used to write ancient Torah Scrolls (their Holy book).

I was very proud of the children as the museum staff commended them for their knowledge on the Jewish faith and the way in which they conducted themselves around the museum. Well done, Year 2!

I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the staff and mums that accompanied us on the visit. Your help was, as always, greatly appreciated.

Here is what a couple of the children said about the visit:

“I really liked doing the Hebrew writing.”

“It was very interesting learning about the Jewish faith”

Zari’s mum added that she enjoyed the visit, especially the interactive elements of the trip where the children were able to taste the different types of food and handle the objects.


A Tallit (a Jewish prayer shawl)

This group looked at different Kippah (skull cap) worn mainly by men.

The children were very lucky to be able to handle this very old set of Torah Scrolls.


Friday, 8 June 2018

Whole school science assembly 8 June 2018

Science -  Volcanoes & Plate Tectonics 
Children watched 'Volcano in back garden garden' in Hawaii, May 2018 ( BBC science environment news). Then the clip of a car being swallowed by lava!

I invited children to speak about what they had seen and linked their ideas. We discussed what is happening. 

This led to questions: What is the crust made of? What is below the earths crust - liquid rock. 

Then children watched a clip of continents moving over millions of years to reach the world we know today. More great discussion about what was happening.

Finally Year 5 Children came up to demonstrate what happens as plates push against each other (photo). Oceanic plate dives down, Continental plate rises up and a mountain range is formed!

Did you know Everest is getting taller; also that America is getting further away...

Martin Bowes

Links:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-44063070/volcano-erupts-at-end-of-man-s-garden 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOuWZ5k_k3w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGcDed4xVD4