Banner photo

Banner photo
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.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Tell them about us!

It's primary school application season, so tell all your local friends and neighbours with Reception-age children about the School!


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Happy Retirement!

Staff and pupils said Happy Retirement to Mrs Piper and wished her happy Christmas - in Spanish, French, Greek and Ghanaian.

We thank her for many years service to our school as our Inclusion Manager and pass on warm thanks from all the children and staff she has supported during her time with us.

Have an enjoyable and blessed retirement from all of us!

Monday, 19 December 2016

Christmas Dinner

A big thank you to our lovely catering team for putting on a splendid meal on Friday.  We were treated to a delicious Christmas dinner with all 'the works', including five choices of vegetables, stuffing and a fantastic Christmas pudding.  The pupils, staff and Governors were treated to a tasty meal with plenty of entertainment.  Once again thank you to the catering team and all the staff that helped on the day.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Grand Christmas Raffle - Winners

A big thank you to all parents, staff and Governors for buying and selling Grand Christmas Raffle tickets.  We'll be able to provide details next week on the profit made.  We would like parents to use the suggestion box in the school foyer to put forward their ideas on how best we could spend the money to benefit the whole school.

So the lucky winners were:

1st Prize - Ticket No:01238 sold by Bryan Boachie (Reception) - £100.00 won by Maafia
2nd Prize - Ticket No:00208 sold by Rachel Nanteza (Year 2) - £50.00 won by Barbara
3rd Prize - Ticket No:01035 sold by Leah-Ann Leramoh (Year 1) - £25.00 won by R Bunett
4th Prize - Ticket No:00602 sold by Glodi Kingombe (Year 4) - Hamper won by Glodi Kingombe
5th Prize - Ticket No:01121 sold by Michelle Nzeh (Year 6) - Bottle of Tequila won by Peter Nzeh
6th Prize - Ticket No:00001 sold by Zion Afful (Year 1) - Bottle of wine won by Gilbert Ocancey
7th Prize - Ticket No:00645 sold by Joseph Sheppard (Year 4) - Bottle of wine won by R. Sheppard
8th Prize - Ticket No:01276 sold by Gabriel Collison (Rec) - Bottle of wine won by Mrs T Collison
9th Prize - Ticket No:00197 sold by Stephanie Le (Year 2) - Bottle of wine won by Parents of Stephanie

Congratulations to all the winners.  Please pick up your prizes on Monday 19 December.

Save the Children – Christmas Jumper Day

I saw three jumpers come walking in . . .
On Friday, to help raise awareness of the wonderful work that the Save the Children charity does, we came to School in our fantastic festive Christmas jumpers and had a wonderful day.

On Wednesday we learnt about the charity, which supports children around the world in education, healthcare and gender equality.  As a Rights Respecting School (RRS), we have an ongoing commitment to putting children's rights at the heart of our what we do.

A very festive assembly!

Did you know, for example, that the Save the Children charity has worked together with the Ethiopian Government to use donkeys to transport books around to different rural villages?  They call it the Donkey Library. This has given many Ethiopian children the opportunity to learn to read.


Merry Christmas from the School Council!

We ended our Christmas Jumper Day with a shared Christmas lunch with teachers, children and governors.  We also had a very special visit from Fr. Justin.  Thank you to parents and guardians for helping us look so fantastic today!

Miss Clarke and School Council



Christmas Carol Service - 13 December

Cynthia Lamptey, Vice-Chair of the School's Governing Board, welcomed everyone with an Advent message to prepare the way for the birth of Jesus.  Our service was to tell the Christmas story simply but with conviction.  Mme. Fabienne Borget and the choir accompanied the service . Kadeem, our Head Boy, began with a reading from Isaiah.

During the service the children’s talents shone. Anaiah from Reception sang the first verse of ‘Silent Night’ as a solo, delighting the congregation with her confidence and talent. The choir performed songs such as 'Little Drummer Boy' and 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'.

The readings by Year Six were read with a maturity and skill, showing great promise for the future.
Father Justin then blessed the congregation and the service ended with the congregation singing 'O Come all Ye Faithful'.

A parent approached a member of staff and asked her to thank all the staff for helping the children to prepare for the Carol service.

Thank you to Mrs Campbell-Hill for organising the service, to Mrs Borget for the heavenly singing from the choir, Helena for playing the organ, John for playing the piano and the congregation who gave their support.

Infant Nativity

On Wednesday we had an eventful day at School.  In the afternoon Year Six watched their last KS1 Nativity Play in the school hall in the afternoon, then in the evening we held our Carol Service at St Mary Magdalen’s Church.  Tears were shed by at least one Year Six pupil, who said “I am so sad it is my last Nativity at the school. The children were so cute.”

An amazing effort was put in by all of the Key Stage One staff who prepared the children so well for this year’s Nativity play.  All the children sang like angels, having learnt all the songs and carols by heart.  The spectacular acting reminded us of the true Christmas message. Parents were enchanted as they watched the story of Jesus’ birth being told.  With wonderful costumes and percussion instruments played by Reception, all of the words were sung out clearly for the audience to hear. It was a truly memorable moment for parents and staff to treasure.
 
We would like to thank parents for helping your children to learn their lines and song words.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Year 1's Christmas Winter Village

Cod and chips, please!
This week our class has been transformed into a Christmas Winter Village.

We have spent the week creating our own Christmas stalls.  We created eight different Christmas stalls; the popcorn stall, the burger stall, the nail salon, the football stall, the hot chips stall, pizza stall, sweets stall and the hot chocolate stall.


Some popcorn for Ms Clarke


During the week children worked in groups to create a menu for each stall and used their knowledge of money to decide how much each item would cost.  We learnt about the value of coins last week and used that learning to help us this week.

On the Friday we used our money skills to become either customers or business owners and our Christmas Winter Village came to life!


Mrs Saunders drops by for a bite to eat!
We had a fantastic week creating our Christmas Village. Ms Clarke and Mrs Labiche had a wonderful time at the Christmas market, drinking marshmallow hot chocolate, getting their nails painted and enjoying the Christmas Deluxe Burger.

Mrs Saunders even stopped by for a slice of pizza, some cheesy hot chips and a Christmas gingerbread man.

Well done Year 1, we were so proud of your Christmas Winter Village!

Ms Clarke and Mrs Labiche
Year 1

Christmas Newsletter 2016

It has been a very busy but enjoyable first term as Head Teacher.  Many of our classes have been fortunate to have students from Roehampton University teaching and learning with our staff and pupils. We have developed a very successful link with Roehampton and as a measure of this link Miss Antwi, who was with us three years ago as a student teacher, has now joined us and is a valued member of our teaching staff.

We are saying Goodbye and Thank You to Mrs Julie Piper, who is retiring at the end of this term. We would like to thank her for all of her hard work and her professionalism over her five years here at the School. We wish her a very long and enjoyable retirement.

We had a visit in October from the Local Authority to judge how the school is performing.  The School has once again been judged as 'Outstanding'.  The 'headlines' within the report, sent to the School last week, were:

  • Catholic and British Values are promoted very well within the school
  • Pupils respond with enjoyment to learning and teaching
  • Pupils have a thirst for knowledge
  • Pupils behaviour and attitude are at least good and in most parts of the school exemplary
  • Pupils show exemplary behaviour and attitude towards learning
  • Staff work very well with parents to promote fundamental values for pupils to play and work together harmoniously
  • Leadership and Management are outstanding
  • Pupils are very articulate and confident learners. They work collaboratively as a team, support each other and respect their friends’ views. Pupils come from different cultures; social and economic backgrounds mix well and work together harmoniously.
  • The Head Boy and Girl are excellent ambassadors for the school. They spoke of the similarities between the School’s Catholic Values and Attributes and the British values such as respect, tolerance and resilience.
  • Pupils display excellent attitudes to learning and show pride in their work, school uniform and displays. Their attendance, at 98%, is very high and reflects their high level of enjoyment.

We held a great 'sleepover' event in November and the pupils who came had a very enjoyable evening and morning, raising £500. The hot dogs, eaten in bed, were very popular and we hope to hold something similar for our KS1 and EYFS pupils in the Summer Term. The new benches in the playground were funded by the sleepover, so it was well worth doing.

The School has also changed in appearance with the arrival of a new classroom for Year 6 and the start of the school garden 'makeover' (see blog item below). This is ongoing and any parent is welcome to volunteer if you have a spare hour or so.

Many classes have been on educational visits to places such as The Royal Albert Hall, The Guildhall School of Drama and The Museum of London.  We always rely on parents to volunteer to accompany our visits as we often travel on public transport to keep the costs down. We are building links with Lewisham Ecology Team to develop local field studies instead of visiting Horton Kirby. This will ensure the cost will not be prohibitive and the pupils will start to value the excellent green spaces locally.

The Parent Teacher Association has been busy holding other events such as film night and making Christmas decorations with each class. We are always open to new events, so please use the new suggestion box in the School foyer (bought by the PTA) to write your ideas.  We are also hopeful that all parents will support the School in fundraising and supporting events within the school.  All of the funds raised are used to enhance the School and benefit all of our children.

All classes have been preparing for our Christmas activities such as the Nativity, for Key Stage 1 and Early Years, and our Carol Service for Key Stage 2. Please look on the School blog for up to date information concerning forthcoming events.

13 December - Nativity Play at 2.00pm (10am - Dress Rehearsal            
13 December - Carol Service 7.00pm in the Church
16 December - Christmas Dinner
15 December - PTA Christmas Parties for all classes
20 December - End of Term Mass
21 December - School finishes for Christmas promptly at 1.30pm
4 January 2017 - School resumes at 9.00am

The cost of dinner money for next half-term is £56.00.

On behalf of all the staff of St Mary Magdalen’s, I would like to wish you all a Holy Christmas and a happy and fulfilling New Year.

Best wishes and God Bless.

Mrs Sally Saunders
Head Teacher

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Open Morning for Prospective Parents 2017 Wednesday 14th December

Due to demand from prospective parents we are holding a final open morning for the Autumn Term on Wednesday 14 December from 9.00am.  If you would like to visit the school before Christmas, please phone the school office (avoiding the busy periods 8.30-10.00am and 3.00-4.00pm.

         

'Great Expectations' - What larks, Pip!

Last Wednesday, Yr.6 were invited to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to watch a production the Charles Dickens classic ‘Great Expectations'.

The class have already been studying the many themes of the novel such as affection, loyalty, and conscience, noting that these are more important than social advancement, wealth, and class.  These themes are very much related to the Catholic and British Values the whole School has been reflecting on this term.

Our pupils watched as the play introduced Pip as the principal character and how his life changes when he finds a criminal on the run from the authorities. The pupils were very attentive, part of a large audience watching the production.

We would like to thank Danny McGrath, Chair of the Governing Board, for arranging this event, and to Fabienne Borget for helping the pupils on this visit.

Sally Saunders, Head Teacher

Friday, 25 November 2016

New benches arrive

A huge thank you to our wonderful Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for raising the money, through various events, to buy these fabulous new benches.

The children are thoroughly enjoying them and it has added a little more colour to our School playground.

We are looking forward to using them as reading benches in the warmer months.

Sally Saunders, Head Teacher


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

A Visit From An Author

Today we were lucky enough to have the author E. R. Reilly visit the School.  He spoke to the whole school about his books and gave the children ‘top-tips’ for writing stories of their own.

During his assembly he set many writing challenges to engage the children and inspire them in their own writing.  The children were thoroughly engaged throughout, and were eager to hear more about Mr. Reilly's books.  The assembly had many hilarious parts, which amused the younger children, together with a great deal of dramatic tension fopr developing our more advanced readers.

During the assembly Mr. Reilly read extracts from a variety of books.  You can visit his website to learn more about his books, all of which are suitable for children, and see videos of Mr. Reilly teaching children how to write stories.

If you would like to buy any of his books you will need to fill out a form and return it to the office by no later than 10.00am this Thursday 24 November.

We can't wait to read the amazing stories that our children will now be writing, having been inspired by Mr. Reilly!

Miss Clarke and Miss Antwi

What A Spot-Tacular Day!


Year 4 with Pudsey
On Friday 18 November, children came dressed up in their spotty clothes to help support the BBC Children in Need fundraiser.  Pupils and staff attended School wearing their finest spots to raise awareness and support for the many UK children living in poverty or with a disability.

As a Rights Respecting School (RRS) which has been exploring British and Catholic Values, we have an ongoing commitment to putting children’s rights at the heart of our School.  This fundraiser was a fantastic way to show our support for the children in the UK who are less fortunate than ourselves.

A huge thank you to the children and everyone who took part in this event. We'd also like to thank Pudsey bear for making a special appearance.

We now look forward to our next event - Christmas Jumper Day, a Save the Children charity fundraising event which will raise money for children in need around the world.

School Council and Miss Clarke

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Green-fingered kids

PREPARING OUR KITCHEN GARDEN

This week Year 5 enjoyed some late autumn sunshine while clearing ivy and branches from our new Kitchen Garden.  Learning through experience in this way is proven to motivate children and help them remember the learning in years to come.  Related areas of the curriculum include life cycles, plants and micro-organisms, sustainability, teamwork and problem solving.

In the spring children will be growing seedlings in class ready to transplant out into the Kitchen Garden.

This is a major part of the science curriculum but will also be used to enrich all areas of learning.  In the New Year the school will be visited by Food Growing Schools (London) who will support us in this new endeavour.

HEDGE PLANTING

Thanks to a successful application by Mrs Saunders to the Woodland Trust we recently received a pack of young trees (known as 'whips' or 'saplings').

The pack of hawthorn, hazel, dog rose, holly and dogwood were planted by Years 4 and 5 this week along the fence just outside the entrance to the Kitchen Garden.  In years to come these native species will provide homes for birds and insects, and well as sticks to use for growing new plants.

Martin Bowes

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Year 4 participate in live BBC Science Lesson

As part of Year 4's science learning on electricity, they took part in a live lesson broadcast on the BBC.

"I was amazing to see electricity pass through a pencil" [Maya]

"I loved the burning pickle" [Ashton]

The programme will be available in a day or two here on the BBC website

Martin Bowes

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Ofsted publishes its 'Inspection Dashboard'

Ofsted has published its 2016 'Inspection Dashboard' for our School and you can find it in full here.  It is designed to show at a glance how well children at the School have demonstrated characteristics of good or better performance.  It contains a brief overview of progress and attainment at key stages 1 and 2 for 2016 and other data for the last three years, including comparative data.

The School's main strengths are identified as follows, and no weaknesses were identified:
  • KS2 progress in all subjects was significantly above average overall
  • Disadvantaged KS2 pupils had an average scaled score equal to or above the national score for other pupils in reading and mathematics.
  • KS1 attainment of at least the expected standard in all subjects for all Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) development groups was above national figures
  • KS1 attainment of 'greater depth' in all subjects for all EYFS development groups was close to or above national figures
  • For KS1 disadvantaged pupils, attainment of at least the expected standard in all subjects for all EYFS development groups was above national figures
  • For KS1 disadvantaged pupils, attainment of 'greater depth' in all subjects for all EYFS development groups was above national figures
  • The proportion of pupils that met the expected standard in phonics was above the national figure in Year 1.
Sally Saunders, Head Teacher

Friday, 11 November 2016

Our Great Garden Makeover begins!

This afternoon Mr. Bowes led the first of a series of short 'workday' sessions to bring the garden at the rear of the School Hall and kitchen back into use.  The intention is, over this autumn/winter, to clear a couple of overgrown areas and create some raised beds so that, next Spring, the children can start to grow vegetables which they will eventually be able to eat, and by doing this make the important link between planting seeds, nurturing young plants to maturity and harvesting produce grown.

Before . . .
. . . and after a couple of hours' hard labour - but there's plenty more to do yet! 
Today a small group of us made a start on this project by cutting down brambles, self-sown sycamores, ivy and overgrown plants.  Where possible we chipped branches so that the woodchip can be reused on-site.

We made significant progress on clearing the site, but there is plenty more to do before the site will ready for the children!

Mr. Bowes will soon sending a parentmail message setting up a second session to take the project forward and we need volunteers.

We know there are keen gardeners amongst you, but you don't have to be a gardener to help out!  So look out for Mr. Bowes' message, 'sign-up' and get the date in your diary!

Robert Sheppard (School Governor)

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Children enjoy School Sleepover and raise £500

Last Friday, many of the junior children came back to school in the evening for a 'sleepover'.  The PTA, governors and staff volunteered to stay the night to ensure the children had a good time.

One of our parents made a huge batch of cakes and the best chocolate brownies (according to many of the people who tried them).  The children brought their sleeping bags and yoga mats.  One member of staff brought in a double bed hoping they would be able to sleep.

The children were given hot dogs, popcorn and drinks ready for the film to start.  They watched the movie 'Night in the Museum' from their sleeping bags.  The adults ensured the children had enough room and that they were well fed

Eventually, after a prayer, we settled down for the night - hoping that we would all have a good night's sleep. The heating was left on all night but everyone was wrapped up warmly and all snuggled down.

From about 6.30am, the adults were up preparing toast and hot chocolate ready for the children to tuck into before they were picked up by their parents.

Everyone agreed that the evening was a great success and we hope to do it again - but not until next year!  A big thank you to all the adults who volunteered their time and to the office staff who collected all the money and organised all the paperwork.

The final amount raised from the event was £500, which will be spent on items/projects at the School which will benefit the children at large.


Pupils re-create American Democracy.

A day before the United States decided who would be their new President, Years 4 and 6 pupils here gathered in the School Hall to hold their own election.

Mr Pinks explained the US election process using a Powerpoint presentation. Then candidates for each party were selected.  Each pupil represented one of the US states: they either had to have a 'primary' vote, or to announce the result of their 'caucus' discussion.

Votes were then cast for the Republican or Democratic Party.  To secure a win, the candidates needed 270 of the electoral votes to become President Elect.  It was very close - 260 votes for the Democrats and 275 votes for the Republicans.


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

PTA Fundraising

Here's what we've raised so far this academic year from our PTA events. 

Monday, 7 November 2016

So what did the Romans ever do for us?

Year 3 are learning about the Romans and their impact on Britain.

On 4 November we were lucky enough to visit the Roman Gallery at the Museum of London where the children had the opportunity to look at models of Roman life and explore how the Romans lived.

We had a lovely day and were able to develop our learning with lots of hands on experience.  Many thanks to all the adults who accompanied Year 3 on this educational visit.


 


Friday, 4 November 2016

New Year 6 Classroom

Miss McKune and Mrs Saunders cut the ribbon for Year Six to enter their purpose built classroom.

There was much excitement and all the pupils are very proud to show off the new classroom to staff, pupils and visitors! 


Monday, 31 October 2016

Open Mornings for Prospective Parents

The School will hold open mornings for parents interested in sending their children here.  These will be held on:

Tuesday 15 November 2016 - 9.00-10.00am

Friday 18 November 2016 - 9.00-10.00am

All welcome!

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Year 6 Science - Micro-organisms

Year 6 have been finding out about micro-organisms as part of their Classification unit this half term. They saw how yeast reacts in different environments - (i) wet (ii) warm and wet; and (iii) warm, wet & sweet.

The more the yeast reacts the greater the amount of gas filling the bag!  Do you know why yeast is useful?


'Primary Proms' - Music for Youth

The School was fortunate to obtain tickets for Years Five and Year Six to go to the Royal Albert Hall. This has become an annual event for our pupils, to enjoy live music, played by young people, for young people.

Children aged from nine to eighteen years entertained us with a broad range of music including classical, jazz, blues, gospel and calypso. Their talent shone from a solo performance from Jenny part of the Hackney Gospel Choir, to classical performances of which a professional orchestra would be proud.

Year Six then produced journalistic articles as part of their English curriculm.  These will be on display in Year Six for you to enjoy.

A big thank you to parents and to Governors who accompanied staff and pupils on this educational journey.

Carol Harris - Inspiring Futures

Year Six were pleased to welcome back Carol Harris, an inspirational speaker, who visited the School last year. Her talk this year focused on the local history of Brockley from Saxon times where it was known as Broca’s, which means clearing in the woods, or clearing by a brook.

The class were shown photographs from 1900 and were told how the advent of the railway had the biggest effect on Brockley, turning it from a small hamlet to a thriving part of London.

She also told the class about various historical figures who had an impact on children's lives today. People such as Eglentyne Jebb (Save the Children's founder) and Thomas Coram (the Foundling Hospital) who both fought for the rights of children.  Year Six were told about the history of our School and how it was founded.

As our School is a children's rights respecting school, Year Six were interested in finding out how these two figures had campaigned for the rights of children.

World War Two is the main topic of focus this term for Year Six so they were interested in learning about Emil Erich Kästner, the author of “Emil and the Detectives” a book she found in a local charity shop.  Emil had to flee from Germany and his books were burnt.  Year Six discussed the rise of fascism and 'Battle of Cable Street', where books were also burnt, which they had been studying as part of Catholic and British Values.

Carol’s advice to Year 6 was to know what you are passionate about, as this is the indication of what you could do in the future. Carol’s passion was studying and learning about history.  She told the pupils about Lewisham Library, which has one of the best local archives in England and she ended by encouraging Year Six to join a local history group or to research their local history.

Femi Bola - Inspiring Futures

Femi Bola MBE visited Year Six and explained that if you are passionate about something, it can inspire a future career - or maybe more than one career!

Femi told the class how her parents valued education, having arrived in England from Nigeria in 1956. Her parents had high expectations of what Femi would achieve educationally.  Her passion was science and Femi had a career as a biochemist, studying childhood diseases in a laboratory.

After marrying and having children, Femi changed her career, focusing on helping people who had missed out on education to gain employment.  At present, she is a Director of University of East London (UEL.)

Year Six were then asked individually what inspires them and what they are passionate about. This linked to what each pupil would like to aspire to become in the future.  Femi told Year Six her motto in life - “Think big!”

Here are some of Year Six's career aspirations - designer, cartoonist, vet, army, architect, author, artist, doctor and police dog handler.

Femi ended by saying, “Do your homework, work hard at school, then you have more choices and, above all, think big.”

Thank you, Mrs Saunders, for ending the first half term with two exceptional speakers for Year Six to learn from and encourage them to aim high.


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Award Ceremony for Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies


Mrs Labiche, Mrs Marsh,
Mrs Saunders and Mrs Bekir.
Our Head Teacher, Mrs Sally Saunders, attended the award ceremony for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) at Tooting Bec Centre for Catholic Reform on Tuesday 11 October.

The two year CCRS course covered areas of Catholic study such as The Old and New Testaments, Education, the Church and Spirituality.  Each unit was followed by an essay of 1,500 words and much reading around the topic.

Mrs Saunders would like to thank all staff, governors and her family who supported her throughout the course including Mr West.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Genny Jones inspires Year Six

On 3rd October, Year Six was privileged to welcome Mrs Genny Jones, who came into the School as part of the ‘Inspiring Futures’ programme which arranges for volunteers to come into primary schools to talk about their careers and the choices pupils have.

Genny is an accountant, entertainer, published author and life coach.  She spoke to Year Six about her career and life choices, including her time on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.

Here are some observations from our pupils about Genny Jones's visit to the School: 

“I enjoyed Mrs Genny Jones coming into our school.  I have taken on board everything she said and I’ll always remember what I learnt today.”

“I found all of her jobs really interesting.  I hope other children will be as lucky as me and meet someone like Mrs Genny Jones.”

“When you can picture yourself in your mind doing it, then you are able to do it.  You shouldn’t let your dreams just be dreams; you should never say “No” to yourself. You should always say “Yes I can” and always believe in yourself.”

“I found Mrs Genny Jones inspirational.  She helped boost our confidence.  She also helped me realise that I should be more confident in myself and I should be brave.”

“She was very inspiring and I felt inspired that I could, in the future, own my own catering business.”

“Mrs Genny Jones visiting us made me feel more confident and she made me think about life and what I want to become in life.”

‘”When I grow up I would like to be a financial businesswomen.  To do that I must do well and focus on maths because I will be dealing with money.  Mrs Genny Jones taught me that I should never give up . . . that I should be confident in everything I do.”

Thank to 'Inspiring Futures' for running such an excellent programme that enabled us to invite Mrs Genny Jones to our School.

Sally Saunders
Head Teacher

Monday, 3 October 2016

Cake Sale raises £260 for Macmillan

On Monday the School held a cake sale in aid of the Macmillan charity.

Thank you to everyone that donated cakes/biscuits, helped on the day, donated to the charity or enjoyed a cup of tea with friends.  It was a great success.

A big thank you to everyone who took part in one way or another - parents, pupils, PTA, staff and children.  In total we raised an impressive £260.26.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Head and Deputy Head Girl and Boy Chosen

As the new academic year gets underway, all of our Year Six pupils have taken up positions of responsibility at the School.  Year Six are now the eldest in the school, and were encouraged to consider the skills and qualities that they possessed for these positions of responsibility.

Pursuant to our Catholic Values, all of our pupils are encouraged to care for each other, take on responsibilities, and with the strength of their faith, go forward to take on roles within the school.

An application and personal statement had to be completed and submitted by each pupil in Year Six.  Our prospective Head Girls and Boys prepared speeches for a whole school assembly, followed by visiting each class to answer any questions the pupils may have.  This enabled all of the school to ask the candidates questions in order to decide for whom to vote. So Year Six, who'd visited Parliament the previous week, were given an opportunity to experience, for themselves, democracy in action.

We are very proud to announce the following appointments:

Head Boy - Kadeem
Deputy Head Boy - Oghosa
Head Girl - Ava
Deputy Head Girl - Inara

Other positions include House Captains, Sports Captains, School Council representatives, Charity  Fundraisers and jobs supporting Key Stage 1 at lunchtimes.  All pupils in Year Six now have a role in the running of the School.

We look forward to seeing our Year Six flourish over the coming academic year.

Nilgun Bekir

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Letter from the Head Teacher

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter to you as the new Head Teacher.  I am sure that most of you are aware that I have been the Deputy Head here for the past four and a half years and that I take over from the great work that Mr. West started over the past five years.  He has left our School in an excellent position both academically and within the Church community.  I will continue to teach Year 6 on Mondays and I am ably supported by my two Assistant Heads, Pauline Campbell-Hill and Matthew Rimell.

I wish you a warm welcome back to the start of a new academic year or if your child started last week in our Reception Class, I welcome you to the new start in your child’s education.  It was so lovely to see all of our children safely back after the summer holidays.  I was very fortunate to be able to see all of the new children come into our Reception class last Wednesday and Thursday.  Miss Knight and her staff were at the gate welcoming in all the smiling, eager faces of both children and parents.  I was so impressed by the children’s enthusiasm to learn and experience a new chapter in their lives.  One delightful little boy was able to tell me all the names of the dinosaurs he saw as he walked through the door.  All of the staff have been in School over the holidays ensuring that their classrooms were well prepared for the term ahead.

We welcome two new members of staff to our School.  Our new Year 3 teacher, Miss Antwi, joins us from another Lewisham Catholic school, although she is known to us as a very successful student two years ago at St Mary Magdalen’s.  Miss Antwi will be leading English in Key Stage 2 and UNICEF's 'Rights of the Child' across the School.  We also welcome Mrs Murphy, who joins our staff from a Bexley school.  She is an experienced teacher in both Key Stage 1 and 2.  She is working with Mr Rimell in Year 2 and Mrs Campbell-Hill in Year 5.  She will leading on History and Geography across the School.

Important News

As many of you will have noticed, we now have a new classroom to the side of the playground.  This will be used for our Year 6 class and will be occupied by the end of this half term.  Within the new building, we have new toilets for the juniors at break times. This will ease the congestion on our existing toilets in the infant playground.

Learning themes

All class curriculums for this term have been posted on this website.  Our School learning theme for the autumn term will be based on Catholic and British Values.  The children will be undertaking research on what these mean to us in and out of School.  If you have any information on this theme that could contribute to the children’s work, please let us know by speaking to Mrs Waite or Mrs Moore in the School Office.

Free School Meals

If you are eligible for free school meals you could save yourself hundreds of pounds each year by applying.  It is now very easy to find out if you qualify for free school meals all you need to do is telephone Lewisham Council Student and Pupil Support on 020 8314 6221 – they will be able to tell you immediately if you qualify and the school will be notified by the next working day. The phone lines are open from 10am-12:30pm.  You can also log on to www.lewisham.gov.uk/pupilpremium.  If your child is entitled to free school meals they will also be entitled to free milk from Cool Milk. To register log on to www.coolmilk.com or telephone 0800 321 3248.  It is very important for the School too. Even if you do not take up the offer of free school meals, just by qualifying our school will benefit as we will receive additional money from the Government. At present  this is £1,320 for every child who is entitled to free school meals.  This money is always used to further support our children’s learning.

Birthdays

As some children suffer from severe allergies, we can no longer give out Party Bags, sweets or cakes. 

Dinner Money

The dinner money for this term is £66.00 (£2 per day).  Please be aware that any cheques sent to the school need to be made out exactly as follows - London Borough of Lewisham re. St Mary Magdalen RC SchoolIf you wish to pay by Parentpay and have mislaid your username and password please contact the School Office.  Any money sent in to the office for dinners or school trips must be in an envelope marked with your child’s name and the amount enclosed then put in the box in the Reception area.

End of the school day

Please remember that you must inform the School office either in the morning or early in the afternoon if your child is being collected by someone other than yourself.  Please do not leave it until the end of the day.

Uniform

This is a reminder that we do not allow any jewellery in School, which includes earrings. If your child has pierced ears the earrings need to be covered whilst in school. School shoes need to be black or brown, not boots of any kind. The children can wear their summer uniform until the end of this half term.

Sally Saunders, Head Teacher

Democracy in Action!

The School took Year Six, who have completed a series of lessons on democracy, to the Houses of Parliament to experience democracy in action.

We were lucky enough to visit Parliament on a Wednesday when many Members of Parliament were in attendance for Prime Minister's question time.  We spotted some politicians including Lord Kinnock, Zac Goldsmith, Ian Duncan Smith and Michael Gove.

The class had a personal, informative tour of the House of Lords, followed by a workshop on how laws are made.  The class debated whether the voting age should be reduced to 14 years old, with many of Year 6 being able to deliver a clear argument for or against the motion.

All of the pupils came away with an understanding of how laws are made through the Houses of Parliament and finally ratified by Her Majesty The Queen.  The staff at the Parliament’s Education Service was very impressed by Year Six’s knowledge of both Parliament and democracy.

Year Six commented on the craftsmanship of the interior of the historic building and the current renovations restoring the House to its former glory. 

Thank you to Miss McKune, Mrs Bekir and to our Governor, Mrs Douglas, who took time out to accompany us on the visit.

Sally Saunders, Headteacher