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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.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Femi Bola encourages Year 6 to think big!

Femi Bola visited Year Six last week to encourage them all to be aspirational in their educational and career choices.
Femi loves reading and spoke about how reading can enrich  people's lives.  She recalled that the first book she saved up for was the classic 'Winnie the Pooh'  by A.A. Milne.

"Qualifications are yours", she explained to the class, "worth working hard for . . . they belong to you . . . they cannot be lost under the sofa, and they will always be part of you."

Femi comes from an ordinary family who arrived as immigrants to the UK from Nigeria in 1958.  No one in her family had been to University, so Femi worked really hard to be the first who did!  She wanted to get to university and ended up winning a place at the Polytechnic  of  Central London (now the University of Westminster) to study biochemistry.
Femi was the first black person to work for the Medical Research Council at their laboratory in Carshalton Beeches, and then went on to work at Great Ormond Hospital in the same department as Professor Spitz - famous for separating Siamese twins.
Her qualifications allowed her to change careers and  Femi is currently the Director of Employability at the University of East London, working with students and graduates to help them make decisions about their careers.

A happy memory for her was when she got married in London.  She wore a special cloth woven with love hearts, in a traditional way, for her wedding dress.  Femi is a proud mother of two children: a daughter and son who both went to Lewisham schools then on to university.

In 2012, Femi was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) from Princess Anne.  This was an amazing accomplishment which particularly interested Year Six.  Femi assured them it is possible for them to aim high.  It is well within their capabilities to achieve anything with an education and hard work.

Femi asked the class what they aspire to be.  Some of the replies were - MP, surgeon, builder, footballer, lawyer, actor and architect.  Femi took time to talk to children individually about their future careers.
A question and answer session followed.

"Did anyone inspire you?  Matthew asked.  "My Biology teacher inspired me to become educated." Femi said, and told the class that when she received her MBE she'd written to her teacher to thank her for encouraging her as a child to become educated.  She remains in touch with her now.

"How did you know what you wanted to be?" Cameron asked.  Femi said that you have to follow your interests which will lead you on the right path, study hard and read.  Femi added that she also encourages people listen to the radio as it helps your imagination.  When you listen to the radio you find out many interesting things from around the world.
"Did your parents want you have a certain job?" Martha asked.  Femi replied that her parents expected her to do well at school and to work hard.  From her dedication and hard work came, in due course, the recognition and achievement.
Year Six thanked Femi for her inspiring talk, and hoped she might find time next year to come back and see how well they have done in their end of year tests.
Nilgun Bekir

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Tell them all about us!

This is the time of year that parents of nursery children are looking at primary schools to which to send their children in September 2016.  So please help any such parents you know, or see at Church, by telling them all about us!  The School Office can provide you with a hardcopy of the 'flyer' below.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Rebuilding Unity Between Youth (RUBY)

Katuchia Palumbo, one of our School Governors, came in to talk to Year 6 about The Ruby Foundation.  RUBY stands for:


She asked "What concerns young people today?"  The pupils gave ideas such as knife crime, safer neighbourhoods and job prospects.  The Ruby Foundation believes that effective communication is vital to build unity in the community.

The children were then asked "What makes you happy?"  Is it money or something else?  After the children had considered this question, Katuchia looked back at her former job as a property manager and described what she did.  She explained that after ten years in this role she then decided to do something for the community and set up the Ruby Foundation.

The Foundation was established to work with 10 year olds upwards and promotes communication and skills in five main areas:

Broadcast radio
News journalism.
TV and film production television.
Business (incl. critical thinking and use of technology)
Mentoring to help maximise each young persons opportunities.

The Ruby Foundation provides a twelve week course, with a BTEC qualification at the end, in each of the above five areas.  It has its own broadcasting radio station - and Katuchia talked about all the roles involved in delivering a radio broadcast.

In addition, the Foundation has an online newspaper - and Katuchia explained all the jobs needed to produce an online paper.  Year Six were then given the task of researching facts about the Young Mayor of Lewisham, and the best two articles will be published, in due course, on the Foundation's online paper.

Skills in these areas are available to all Lewisham Young People.  The skills required for jobs in the above  industries are all transferable, as are the life skills which help young people achieve success, job satisfaction and an appreciation of giving to your own community.

If any young people at school are interested in developing any of the skills mentioned  they can contact the Ruby Foundation and refer themselves, subject to the support of a teacher.

Nilgun Bekir