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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 April 2017

WE Assembly

On Friday 21st April 2017 St Mary Magdalen’s were fortunate enough for Poppie Jones, from WE Org, to come in and do a school assembly. She told us all about the WE Organisation and what they stand for ‘WE is a movement that empowers people to change the world’. We also learnt about how the movement started and how we as a school can be part of it.

The children were all mesmerised with Poppy’s engaging story of how she became a WE volunteer through doing a bike run in aid of Cancer research. One key message that stood out was that through campaigning and volunteering, all of us have the ability to make a change in this world- one person at a time.

Some classes were lucky enough to have a workshop with Poppy after the assembly to help develop their ideas. Year 3 have already started working on their campaign ‘St Mary Magdalen’s Against Bullying’ so watch this space for some great work to come from all of us as a school. 

Sport Premium

Budget for the year 2016/2017: £8,810

School Memberships: £2065
-          Youth Sport Trust £200
-          Lewisham Sports Association £200
-          Tennis Foundation £15
-          5-A-Day-TV £450
-          2Simple £1200

School Resources: £3945
-          £800 for school council to purchase resources for playtimes to encourage children to become more active.
-          £3145 for improving school resources. In particular to update and replace the school’s  resources for the Hall. This is also to expand our current range of sports available through our curriculum.

Extra Swimming lessons: £800
-          For additional swimming lessons for pupils.

After School Sports Clubs: £1000
-          For the expansion of the number of After School Clubs offered by the school.                                                                                                                                                       
Courses/supply: £1000
-          Training for Lunchtime supervisors and TAs
-          Cover for staff to enable chidren to be taken to competitions
-          Training for staff on 2 Buildaprofile
-          Training for staff on Performance and Dance

Impact of spending through the year:

School Memberships
          The combination of our different memberships has had a significant impact on our provision of PE and Sport in school over the last year. There are several benefits to these memberships that impact on several levels: to improve our provision for children and develop the opportunities available to them. The training opportunities provided by the Youth Sport Trust, Tennis Foundation and the Lewisham School Sports Association are invaluable in improving the level of Teacher confidence and their subject knowledge, which aids in the improvement of the quality of PE lessons throughout the school. These memberships also increase the opportunities for our pupils to take part in Inter and Intra School competitions which has been particularly important this academic year as we have already taken part in more competitions this year than in previous years. The newest membership for our school is our subscription to 2Simple 2Buildaprofile. This has enabled our staff to implement a more consistent level of assessment in PE which tracks childrens development through from Reception to Year 6. This improved assessment allows teachers to provide a better tailored curriculum for each class and therefore improve the quality of the provision offered to children.

School Resources

          This year the school has spent a significant amount of our budget on improving the resources available for all children. This has continued the process of updating equipment and resources for children to ensure they offered the widest and most effective curriculum possible. This year the focus has been on gymnastics equipment and improving the availability and usability of resources in the School hall. New mats have been bought for the School hall to enable a safer and larger area for children to participate and practise Gymnastics and Dance. In addition, we have broadened our range of sports available through the school curriculum to include more inclusive sports, such as Boccia and Goalball, as well as increasing our resources for more popular sports added in recent years such as Lacrosse and Tag Rugby. The improvement of resources for the likes of Lacrosse and Tag Rugby was targeted after feedback from pupils and parents.This continued development of the school resources now means that all children at St Mary Magdalen’s have access to more sports and equipment than ever before.

Extra Swimming Lessons

          This year the School has started to use the Sports Premium to fund extra swimming lessons for children in our school. Over recent years we have noticed an increasing trend in the number of non-swimmers at the start of swimming lessons in Year 4 and as such have decided to fund extra swimming lessons for children to ensure they can all leave our School as confident swimmers. For this academic year, we have funded an extra class to go swimming for the summer term and this will increase next year so that the extra class goes swimming for the entire academic year. The children’s progress and attainment in swimming will be closely monitored to ensure the extra swimming lessons have sufficient impact on children's confidence in swimming.

After School Clubs

          This year we have decided to increase the level of After School Clubs available for all children and improve the opportunity for them to take part in physical activity. The implementing of an expanded set of extracurricular clubs, such as Performing Arts and Netball, has enabled over 85% of the schools children to take part in physical activity after school including 100% of our Pupil Premium Children.