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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.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Congratulations from the Minister for School Standards

The School is thrilled today to have received this letter from the Government, acknowledging the hard work everyone here has been putting into improving pupil outcomes!  Well done and thank you to everyone involved!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Sir Steve welcomes us to the Town Hall

On the 171 bus to Catford
Our Head and Deputy Head Girl and Boy - Ava, Inara, Kadeem and Oghosa - were amongst children from five schools invited today to Lewisham Town Hall to hear what the Council does, to learn about the Young Mayor, and to meet and speak with Sir Steve Bullock, elected Mayor of Lewisham.  The children were accompanied on the trip by Ms. Anushka Clarke and Mr. Robert Sheppard, one of our School Governors.  We travelled by bus.

Soon after they arrived the children were shown the Ceremonial Maces of the former Boroughs of Deptford and Lewisham, which merged in 1965 to form the current Borough of Lewisham, and the Mace that is now used when Council Meetings are underway.

The children were then ushered into the Council Chamber where Council officers explained  more about the Borough and its Councillors and how the Young Mayor (currently Kayla Sh'ay) was elected and what she does at the Council.  The children were invited to discuss with each other what might be their priorities if they were to be chosen as Young Mayor.

On the St.Mary Magdalen table there was an interesting discussion, in which priorities were felt to be help for disabled children, tackling homelessness and encouraging more children to feel their views and opinions are important and worthy of being heard.  Kadeem and Oghosa fed back the St.Mary Magdalen's ideas to the wider group (see photo left).

The highlight of trip however was a meeting with Sir Steve Bullock, who has been the elected Mayor of Lewisham since 2002.  He welcomed the children into the Parlour (see right) and invited each to introduce themself and ask a question.  During the hour that followed we heard from Sir. Steve about how he became Mayor, what his priorities are, how old he is(!) and what he expects to be doing in 5 years time (n.b. he will retire as Mayor next year)!

Inara, Ava, Oghosa and Kadeem with Sir Steve and Ms Clarke
Ava asked Sir Steve what is the most important thing he has done as Mayor: he explained that ensuring everyone had decent housing was his top priority.

Kadeem asked him how his work affects our lives: Sir Steve explained all the different services the Council provides and how Council decisions affect everyone in one way or another.

Oghosa asked the Major how does his job affect his personal life and his family commitments: Sir Steve explained that modern technology - smartphones and his iPad helped him work more efficiently and spend less time at the Town Hall!  Oghosa also asked if he had met the Queen: he said he had, three times, the last when he was made a 'Sir' (A Knight of the Realm).

On the way home Inara said she'd really enjoyed the trip and feels she now understands a lot more about what the Mayor and Council do.  Oghosa said he had a lot of respect for the Mayor given all his responsibilities.  Ava felt it was a real privilege to meet the Mayor and to be invited into the Parlour to ask him some questions.

We are very grateful to Sir. Steve for the invitation to the Town Hall and for his spending so much time with us and the other children.  The children undoubtledly now have a much better understanding of how the Council works and greater confidence about how they might, in a few years time, start to play their own role in the Young Mayor election and, who knows, one day put themselves forward for public office - perhaps even as Mayor of Lewisham!

Robert Sheppard

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Joe sings at Westminster Abbey

We are very proud of Joe (Year 4), who last night sang at Westminster Abbey, in Central London, with the Abbey's own choir.

Joe has for nearly two years been a member of the London Youth Choir, which draws the members of its five youth choirs (ages 8-18yrs) from right across Greater London.  LYC provides a choral education and wonderful performance opportunities to children living or educated within London.  The choir’s vision is to inspire young people to achieve the highest possible standard in choral singing.

Last night Joe and his fellow choristers from the LYC Boys Choir were shown round the Abbey (see photo, right, of Joe at the tomb of the unknown warrior) and had the opportunity to sing at Evensong with the Abbey choir, including boys from the Abbey's own choir school. 

Friday, 3 February 2017

So You Think You Can Dance?

We were so lucky to have some of Lewisham’s finest dancers come and visit our school. These dancers are all completing their level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance at Lewisham Southwark College. They visited our school as part of their Schools Tour. They delivered a practical dance workshop to Years 5 and 6 followed by a performance of a variety of pieces created last term at their college. This was an amazing opportunity for our children to see profession dancers and it provided insight into what a career in the performing arts could offer. We would like to thank the students from Lewisham Southwark College for sharing their passion and talents and wish them ever success.