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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.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

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 K√§stner, 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.