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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, 31 March 2017

A Whole New World









Thank you all PTA members for buying our new carpets from monies raised at events.

Reception and Year 1 have loved using our new carpets, to help us learn more about our topic ‘Our World’.

We have used our carpets to find the 7 continents and 5 oceans.




Some quotes from Year 1 children -

"I really like all the different children that are around the world" [Blessing]

"I really liked when Miss Clarke showed us all the different continents" [Janice]

"I like our new carpet because I can see the whole world and I can show my friends where our families come from" [Jeffrey]




Some quotes from Reception children -

"The blue bit is the sea and the green bit is where we live" [Leo]

"I’ve got a book at home that has a map on it like the carpet" [Zayden]

"We have to look after our new carpet" [Klavell]
Miss Knight and Miss Clarke

Art Day


Good painting is nothing else but a copy of the perfections of God and a reminder of His painting. [Michelangelo]
St. Mary Magdalen’s have spent the week celebrating art from around the world.  Each class was responsible for exploring artwork from a particular continent and then we shared these at our Whole School Art Assembly.

We had artwork from India, Spain, Antarctica, North America, Australia, South America and Africa.

Our Reception children took their influence from the famous Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso. They developed their own one line drawing.
The Year 1 children enjoyed celebrating Art Day. They learnt about how people in India use art in their cultural festivities.  They used layering techniques to create their own Indian inspired handprints.
The Year 2 children looked at the vast landscape that makes up the coldest continent, Antarctica.
The Year 3 children explored artwork from the Aboriginal Australians.  Did you know that the Aboriginal people used dreamtime stories as a way to communicate?
Year 4 children learnt about the famous South American Mayan calendar.  This gave the Year 4 children an opportunity to link their Maths and Art skills.
Year 5 children studied the three main features used in North American artwork. These include the use of bold colours, repeated patterns and lines of symmetry.

Year 6 children explored the colours and contracts in different African life quilts. They were able to produce their own stunning representation of what life might be like for children in Africa.
Children were taught many art skills which they will hopefully use now and in the future. It was a great opportunity to show our children how we can use art as a way of communicating.  The Arts are so important to our topic, Our World, as art is the common language used to communicate throughout the world.
Well done children, you are all great artists!
Miss Clarke

WE Day


On 22 March Miss Clarke, Ms Antwi and Ms Bekir took some pupils from years 5 and 6 to WE Day at the Wembley Arena.  WE Day is an inspirational event fuelled by an educational initiative, WE Schools.  Together, they connect and empower a new generation to to shift the world from “me” to “we”—from a focus on the individual to the power of community.

We were able to hear inspirational songs, stories and messages from a wide range of people such as Jessie J, Kate Winslet and Bruce Dickinson.  We were all able to take something positive away from the day and connect with the variety of speakers.

On the way home we felt quite excited talking about how we as individuals can come together and make a positive impact on our wider community and the world we live in and the pupils are looking forward to developing some initiatives in their classrooms.

"WE Day was really cool.  We got to see famous people such as Jessie J, Kate Winslet and more. The person who inspired me the most was Kate Winslet, because when she was younger she always wanted to be an actor and always had a part to play in the school play.  Then when she got older she auditioned for a part in a film and didn’t get it.  Everyone was telling her that she was never going to be an actor, but she didn’t give up.  Then one day she got a part in Titanic.  That is why she inspired me the most - she kept on trying.  On WE Day we also had to learn the WE Day dance and do it a couple of times throughout the show.  It was really fun and energetic.

"I’d like to thank Miss Clarke and Ms Antwi for taking us to this spectacular day." [A Year 6 Pupil]

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

'Thank You' Letter Awards


Over the past few weeks all of the children, in Key Stage 2, have been taking part in the ‘Thank You’ Letter Awards, as organised by the Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues, in Birmingham.

The Awards is a competition designed to encourage the children to explore who they are grateful to and why.  It has been an excellent opportunity for the children to really think about all those around them who inspire and contribute to their lives.

As part of the nationwide competition, the letters will be judged and the winners invited to a prestigious awards ceremony at the House of Lords!

The entries received as part of the competition have all been amazing and show just how reflective the children are of how those around them contribute to their lives. Although all entries were a pleasure to read we have selected some winners from each class.

Year 6 pupil - for his letter of admiration and thanks to teachers.
Year 5 pupil - for a wonderful letter of thanks to her parents.
Year 4 pupil– for a heart-warming letter of thanks to her local priest.
Year 3 pupil– for an appreciative letter to her role model.

We look forward to seeing how we do in the nationwide competition.

Ms Antwi and Miss Clarke

Monday, 27 March 2017

Shakespeare Week

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate [William Shakespeare]

This week our School has been celebrating National Shakespeare Week.  This has been a very exciting week as it has allowed our children to focus on the words and language of one of the finest playwrights of the English language.  The children's enthusiasm and focus throughout the week has been truly fantastic and their class presentations in Thursday’s assembly were a wonderful showcase of some of Shakespeare’s plays.

Year 1 started the assembly with the first scene of one of Shakespeare’s last plays, The Tempest.  They used musical instruments, artwork and acting to depict the famous storm scene. They might become future Shakespearian actors!

Reception had been learning about A Midsummer Nights Dream. They had made the main characters and told us all about the nice and naughty fairies.

Year 2 recited one of Shakespeare’s most famous sonnets, Sonnet 18. They read with expression and with clear voices.

Year 3 were using their comprehension skills to make sense of The Tempest. They presented some really well structured synopsis of the play.

In Year 4 they had been using their acting skills to memorise their favourite Shakespeare quotes.  Thank you for the wonderful monologues.

Year 5 tackled the great and tragic play, Macbeth. They made many connections between this play and other English books they had read.



Year 6 learnt many facts about William Shakespeare which they shared during our assembly.  Did you know that Shakespeare was born into a very large family and lived on a farm with his 9 brothers and sisters?

This was a great week which we hope increased our children's interest in quality literature and the art, and which will give them writing skills they can use now and in the future!

Ms Antwi and Miss Clarke

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Year Four put on a Legendary Show

Congratulations to Year Four who performed at the Laban Theatre on Tuesday night.  The day started with a technical rehearsal to set the lights and sound cues at 9.45 in the morning and ended at 9.15 in the evening!

The performance was part of 'Lewisham Live' – a festival of music and dance celebrating the talents of young people across Lewisham and beyond.  Only six other groups took part, including secondary schools and youth groups who each combined live music with dance.

St. Mary Magdalens were lucky to be selected for the second year running - and this year they performed a dance choreographed by Mr. Bowes, entitled 'Legend', with themes drawn from the children's studies on the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Very well done to all the children who took part and many thanks to Mrs Bekir for accompanying the children on the evening.

Robert Sheppard

Spring sunshine enables outdoor learning

With some lovely sunny spells over the last week Mr. Bowes has been taking different year groups into the garden to do some tree planting.

Year Four found worms and bugs in the soil, and they spotted a young frog less than two centimetres long!

Year Five used their strength to do some digging in preparation for the planting they'll be doing in a few weeks time.

Year One will be measuring the trees each year to see if they grow more quickly than themselves.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Volunteer Workday gets Kitchen Garden ready for use!

Four of our five volunteers - the other was behind the camera!
Today, on a lovely Spring afternoon, five parent volunteers spent a tough two hours clearing and digging-over the area behind the school kitchen that will soon become the kitchen garden.

There's another session scheduled for next Thursday - ALL VOLUNTEERS WELCOME! - when further digging will be required and dividing up the area for different year groups.  We are grateful to Howarth Timber and Building Supplies who, during the week, will deliver some timber they have donated to build compost bins and to mark out the separate beds. 

Mr. Bowes, Science Leader, will use the garden through Spring and Summer to teach each year group about growing vegetables, so they can better make the link between planting seeds and seedlings and growing vegetables to eat.  Who knows, some of them might turn into budding gardeners themselves!

Thanks to all those who took part today.  See you next Thursday afternoon.

Robert Sheppard
(School Governor and Parent)  

Monday, 13 March 2017

Green-fingered kids!

Reception children planting saplings in their science lesson last week.

Friday, 10 March 2017

St Mary Magdalen’s Gets Growing – Spring Update

We need help to prepare our Kitchen Garden (behind the school kitchens) ready for planting by the children in the spring.  So we are organising a couple of volunteer sessions as follows:

Thursday 16 March and Thursday 23 March, both 1.30 to 4.30 in the afternoon.

We need to make progress on the following:
  • Weeding and digging
  • Building compost bins
  • Constructing plant beds with wooden frames
The resources – do you have any of these being unused or perhaps you know somebody who does?
  • Planters – these are large plant pots
  • Wooden planks/timber (sizes from 120x15x2cm up to scaffolding boards)
  • Screws, nails, rope and string
  • Outdoor/indoor compost bins, any size
We will provide tools and you are welcome to bring your own as well.

Please let me or the Office know if you can make one or both of these sessions.  Many hands make light work . . .

Martin Bowes
Science Leader

Friday, 3 March 2017

World Book Day 2017

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” [Dr Seuss]


Today we celebrated World Book Day. We started the day with a whole school assembly, which gave children a chance to hear what each class has been reading and to see what everyone was wearing. Children from year 3 shared their favourite books, authors and characters. We also read one of Mrs. Saunders favourite books, The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers. It is a beautifully illustrated book about a little girl’s imagination and curiosity about the world.


Children continued their reading in class, sharing books they had brought in from home. It was wonderful to see children and parents make such an effort and dress up as a character from one of their favourite books. Our school was filled with many Roald Dahl characters, pirates, superheroes and characters from Harry Potter.

We hope each child uses the £1 voucher that was given to them to spend on a book.

A big thank you to parents and careers for helping children dress up as their favourite character. It was lovely to celebrate World Book Day together.

Ms Antwi and Miss Clarke

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Year 6 Citizenship Day trip

As part of their preparation for Secondary School, Year Six visited Lee Fire Station, to learn how to travel safely on public transport and be responsible citizens.  As most pupils will be travelling on public transport for senior school, it was important to learn about safety rules and how to travel on buses, trains and the tube.

Various workshops were organized such as personal safety, bus safety, first aid, the dangers of smoking, dog awareness, road safety and tube safety.  All of these workshops were designed to build awareness and inform. Personal safety included a challenge that all the children passed. The fire safety workshop built up knowledge, on what to do and not to do if a fire breaks out in the home. All of the pupils were given useful information such as:
  • The Fire Brigade is expected to arrive within five minutes of a fire starting.
  • Don’t stroke a dog without asking the owner.
  • In first aid we learnt DRAB danger, response, airway and breathing.
  • To use a Zip card on the Tube it is 80p for a single journey any other journeys, the maximum you will be charged is £1.80.
  • Do not go with strangers, know who safe people are.
  • I am more valuable than my phone, if someone tries to take my phone, give it to them.
Year 6 send a big thank you to Lee Fire station and all the agencies involved in putting this event together.  Thank you also to all staff that accompanied our pupils on this educational visit. Last but not least thank you to Year Six for being worthy Ambassadors of our school.