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