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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.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

International Day is a hit!

On Friday 27th May 2016, St Mary Magdalen's enjoyed a Multicultural Celebration. Pupils and staff attended school in national dress as a way of celebrating the school's cultural diversity. The school was taking part in a international United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) declared event to celebrate diversity and encourage people all around the world to learn about other cultures.

Some of our staff and children in National Dress
As an establishment committed to becoming a Rights Respecting School (RRS) with Unicef, we have an ongoing commitment to putting children's rights at the heart of our school. This includes the right to learn about and understand their own cultures as well as others. Can you believe we have children and staff from (or whose family come from) Oceania, Asia, North and South America and Europe (six of the seven Continents of the world) and from at least 30 countries including Samoa, India, Poland, Ukraine, Ghana, Italy, Jamaica, the USA and Ireland? In fact, Year 1 worked out they speak ten languages in their class alone.

The day started with a wonderfully informative assembly led by Miss Clarke, which looked at how diverse the world really is in terms of quality of life, access to services we take for granted such as education, water, healthcare and the internet. Children were amazed to learn that only 12% of the world's population had a computer and that a fifth of the world's population live on less than 87 pence per day. See the attached video shown in the assembly -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hedHdWV3CDU

 The assembly concluded with Year 4 singing a Ghanaian lullaby they had learnt with Mrs Marsh to the rest of the school.

In the afternoon, both Key Stage One and Two were able to visit other classes to learn about a variety of countries and their cultures. This included the Seychelles, China (Hong Kong), Ghana, Jamaica, the Netherlands and Greece. Children were delighted to learn about and then stamp their passports with flags from each country they visited. Both the staff and children clearly had a wonderful day and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was a brilliant way to end the half term.

A huge thank you to all children and staff who took part in this event. A great deal of credit should go to Miss Clarke, who organised this fantastic event.

We now look forward to our next event, Day for Change, a Unicef charity fundraising event which we hope to raise money for children less fortunate in Syria.

Mr Ben Weighill (Literacy Leader)