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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.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Our Special Visitor- Deacon Paul

We were very fortunate to have a visitor on Monday morning to take our Gospel Assembly. Our visitor was called Deacon Paul and he talked and explained about the Gospel as we always have a Gospel assembly on a Monday- as a whole school.

He explained about himself and his journey to become a deacon and then his training to become an ordained priest. He asked the children if they had any questions which was greeted with a sea of hands. 

The questions included :

What made you decide to become a Catholic? 

Deacon Paul explained that he had been born into a Catholic family and his journey started at his baptism. He had embraced his faith throughout his life.

At what point in your life were you called to become a priest?
He told the pupils that he was in senior school when one of his teachers suggested that he trained to become a priest. At that stage in his life, he was not ready but he now felt that it was the right time to study for seven years and he was now ready to become an ordained priest.

What are you ,most looking forward to as a priest?

He said that he was most looking forward to taking his first Mass.

What is the difference between a deacon and a priest?

He told the children that deacons may baptize, proclaim the Gospel, preach the Homily, assist the Bishop or priest in the celebration of the Eucharist, assist and bless marriages and preside at funerals. Priests can celebrate the Mass and all Sacraments except the Holy Order. 

Is there an age limit to train to become a priest?

Deacon Paul explained that the minimum age is 18 but he knew of a man who became an ordained priest at the age of 75.

Do you have your own church yet?

No he didn't have his own church yet, but Deacon Paul will continue training under two priests in St George's Cathedral before he is given his own church. 

We would like to thank Deacon Paul for coming into St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School and fully explaining the role of a Deacon and his training. We wish him well in his ordination.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

We would just like to say a massive thank you to Jonathan, from Year 6, for coming into Year 1 to read his fantastic Newspaper Report.

We were really impressed with the research you had done into the event and the way you read with expression and clarity. We all want to be Newspaper Reporters just like you. Well done!

Year 1 Library Visit

The more that you read, the more that you know. The more that you know, the more places you will go.
Dr Suess

The Year 1 students went on a wonderful class trip to the Brockley Community Library.

Whilst we were at the library, we had a member of the Lewisham Library staff come and teach us about Fiction and Non-fiction books. We also got to pick a book for them to read to us. We picked a non-fiction book because we wanted to learn facts about road safety. After that, we were able to explore the library and pick our own books to borrow. We are very excited about the Summer Reading Challenge and can’t wait to start reading!

Thank you so much to the parents who came and helped on the day.

Thoughts from the Year 1 Children

‘I liked seeing all the different books at the library because I love reading,

‘I like the man who read us a special book and being safe on the road. He was funny!’

‘I liked when Juan taught us the difference between non-fiction and fiction books. I like the read horrible history books because they are funny and teach me things.’

‘I really liked getting to pick my own book and getting to read it with my friends back at school.’

Friday, 23 June 2017

An Informative Police Visit

As part of the transition to senior school, two local Police Officers came in on Friday, 23rd June, to discuss how Year 6 can keep themselves safe and be aware of danger. Rob and Sam are part of  the Metropolitan Police Safer Communities group. 

The aim was to make our pupils safer by discussing different situations they make find themselves faced with; as they grow older. They were given different scenarios and asked to find a solution to each separate situation. This was in order to avoid being bullied or targeted by gangs and unintentionally becoming involved in crime.

The three groups were given three sheets with the same scenario but with different questions.
The questions were based around: drugs,knife crime and bullying( both physical and cyber).  The pupils were allowed to ask questions to clarify any doubts about drug crime and also the punishment for such crimes.

Year 6 learnt that drugs are classed into sections such as Class A ( including heroin) and Class B drugs ( including cannabis). If you are caught with illegal drugs you could be imprisoned for up to 7 years. Supplying drugs carries a sentence up to life sentence.

This was an informative visit in which the pupil;s learnt many facts before they start their journey into secondary education. We would like to thank the two officers for the invaluable workshop.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Update from Mill Rythe

After a very quick change, the children were given the challenge of building their own rafts and floating them in the outdoor pool.
Each group was given equipment such as barrels, rope and planks of wood and they had to work as a team. The idea was for them to listen to each other and share their ideas.
Once the rafts were built they had to wear life jackets and safety helmets before they entered the pool. Unfortunately, most of the rafts fell apart once on the water, but the children walked across the pool with all the parts of the raft.
The children had a great time, even though the water was ‘quite cold’. After racing back to change, the groups dressed ready for the climbing walk and the Gladiator rope course. All of our children have faced every challenge and have been successful, even when they thought things were beyond them. Some have shown great leadership potential and others have shown they can work within a team. 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Update from Mill Rythe

We all woke up to a sunny but blustery day on day three of School Journey. Our first activities were archery and Initiative exercises, which included listening,communication and team work. One exercise was to pick up a bucket with just two ropes. The team had to work very closely together and eventually they were successful. Another challenge involved moving tyres in order which were numbered 1 to 5. 

They enjoyed archery in an open field. After developing their skills, the children took part in a competition for points.

After lunch, all of the children prepared for a session of kayaking on the lake. They were given safety instructions and they put on all of the safety equipment ready for a fun but instructive session working in twos or threes. Their aim was to move from one side of the lake to the other by paddling in unison- this took a great deal of coordination but eventually all the pupils were successful. The lake resounded with squeals of delight and screams of laughter- the boys screaming much louder than the girls!

The instructor was quoted as saying 'This is as much screaming as I have ever heard in one session of kayaking'

Quotes from the children included 'I wish it could be two weeks instead of five days'.
'I am enjoying everything about the trip.' 
'Can I have thirds of lunch and dinner'. 

Monday, 5 June 2017

Update from Mill Rythe

Year 6 have arrived safely and are enjoying themselves. Here are the latest photos from Mill Rythe. Keep watching the blog for more updates throughout the week.

Friday, 2 June 2017

FLIGHT Celebration Assembly

In last Friday's FLIGHT Celebration Assembly many children's models were launched across the hall or dropped from the top of the wall bars! Other highlights included written work detailing a scientific investigation into paper helicopters and a film of rocket designing and testing in the playground.
Look out for more of this at the Summer Fair.

Martin Bowes
Science Leader