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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, 21 December 2018

Rocking Around the Christmas Three!

IT'S CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!

Today we had our fantastic Christmas party in Year 3. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves as we danced, had a snow ball fight, passed the parcel and ate our way through a mountain of food. Just in case that wasn't enough, we even had a special visit from Father Christmas who took up residence in our hall for the afternoon.

Everyone in Year 3 would like to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful parents who helped make our party such a success. 

Some views from the children:

Kimora: It was really, really, really, really, really, really, really good! My favourite part was the food and the snowball fight.

Sherwin: It was really exciting and I really enjoyed the snowball fight when we got to throw snowballs at Mr Pinks!

Rihanna: It was lots of fun and I really enjoyed the snowball fight! 

Zari: It was fantastic! I loved the snowball fight especially when I hit Mr Pinks on the nose with my snowball!

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Christmas Party in Year 1!

Year 1 had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas together. We ate lots of yummy food, danced, sung and played some very fun games. 

Thank you to all the parents and carers who brought food in and came to help us on the day.

A very special thank you to our fabulous Mrs Labiche for organising all the party food and making sure all the children had plenty to eat and drink. 


Year 5 designed a Christmas card creating stain glass windows and silhouette characters from the nativity scene.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Stars are born

The last few weeks have been a little fraught, what with practising for the Nativity production. 

However, Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, the children were fantastic! I was really proud of them when they had to perform in front of the school and staff. They remembered all their words and sang really well. They will need a well-deserved break after this.

We are also very proud of our Reception and Year 1 class. They worked so hard to learn their songs and performed them with confidence. Well done! 

I would like to take this opportunity to say a BIG ‘thank you’ to Mrs Saunders, Miss Knight, Mrs Osbourne and the other staff for all their support during this time. ‘THANK YOU!’

14th December 2018

Year 6 have continued to study ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. They have studied the three Ghosts: Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present and Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.  

The Ghost of Christmas Past

The Ghost of Christmas Present 

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

Each spirit shows Scrooge his life and what it would be like if he does not change his ways. At the end of the book, Scrooge changes to become a welcoming, happy man who chooses to share his wealth with his employee and his own family. 
We have investigated words such as jilted and gait, really studying the language used by Dickens. It has been a challenging read, which is full of Christian messages, morals and symbolism. The pupils have also studied Dickens’s life and his choice of characters, which reflected people he met during his life. 

Trusting in God!

As a school, community and as families we have all been preparing for Christmas.
In year 4 we have been working hard in class to both prepare for Christmas and really make sure we understand what it is that makes Christmas so important.

We have taken part in Advent services, watched the school Nativity, attended church and sang carols all in preparation for celebrating the birth of Baby Jesus.

In RE we have explored in detail the different events that lead up to the very special birth that was the First Christmas looking especially at the trust developed and displayed by the different people involved in the Advent story. We have looked closely at how Mary and Joseph trusted in God by listening to and following what they were told by the angels. Using all of this knowledge we have started planning a documentary that will remind people of the true meaning of Christmas and the important role trusting in God played in the First Christmas.

We look forward to sharing some of our work with you!

Friday, 14 December 2018

We're so grown up!

Reception have settled exceptionally well this term, showing how grown up they are. They now leave carers with increasing confidence in the mornings, managing their own coats, bags and the morning routine independently. Well done!

We have rearranged the space in our Outside Area and the children are enjoying accessing this throughout the day, including lunchtimes. Thank you to the Friends of St Mary Magdalen's for their support with resources.

We can't wait for more challenges next term, thank you to all the parents and carers for their help this term.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Christmas Jumper Day

We all had a fantastic day celebrating Christmas Jumper Day supporting the Save the Children Organisation. The money we raised will go towards helping children across the world build a better future.
We have never seen so many reindeers, snowmen, penguins and Santa’s running around the school.

A joke from Mr Pinks:

What do you get if 50 Santa’s, 50 reindeers, 50 snowmen and 50 penguins walk into the school hall…??

A Christmas Party! HAHAHA

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Year 5’s Advent Preparations

Since the start of December, we have been studying the topic of Advent in Year 5. We have looked at the purpose of the season of Advent and how we as Catholics can prepare for the coming of our Lord. We have studied the Advent wreath and examined what it means to us and what each part of the wreath represents and signifies. As part of our work we have created a display, which you can see below, and we did a whole school assembly to share our amazing work. 

The Christmas Truce of World War One

As part of our WW1 topic, Year 5 has been learning about the Christmas Truce where soldiers from both sides of the western front peacefully met in No Man’s Land. It was basically a series of unofficial ceasefires with an attempt to get the soldiers to fraternize and celebrate Christmas Day.  We discussed the impact from a PHSE point of view. We examined that this was a unique moment of peace and how humanity prevails even in the direst moments of war. 

Here is an example of a pupil’s evaluation of the lesson.

Sharing our work

In class we have been working very hard to study the book 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes, we have enjoyed all the new learning we have experienced through the book and were especially excited to share this knowledge with Year 1. 

We started the lesson by sharing our recorded interviews with them and then we sat them down to share the story. It was very enjoyable being able to to share our learning with Year 1.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Diocese Advent Service 2018

On Tuesday, 4th December Mrs Saunders, Ms Pelage and I took a group of children from years 4 and 5 to perform in the Diocese Advent Service at St Georges Cathedral.

We had been practicing for weeks beforehand and it was lovely to see the children represent the school so wonderfully with their readings, acting and singing.

Sharon Doherty from the Education Commission expressed how impressed she was with our school and the singing was excellent. The pupils are going to teach the rest of the school the beautiful song they learnt for the service. 

Monday, 10 December 2018

Ready, Set, Go!

In addition to daily access to gross and fine motor activities in the classroom and in our Outside Area, Reception are really enjoying our weekly PE lessons.

We are learning to get changed for ourselves (although we still need a little help with this). It would really help if everything was named!

Reception have learnt how to start, stop and move in a variety of ways and at different levels. 

Last week we enjoyed listening and moving to Saint-Saens' Carnival of Animals music. Our favourite animals were the Elephant and the Lion. After all that stomping and prowling we finished our lesson by closing our eyes and listening the Aquarium animals.

Gardening Club

Gardening Club planting daffodil bulbs this week to give the school some fresh colour in the new year.

Friday, 7 December 2018

Zampa Scores with Year 2!

Year 2 enjoyed the visit from Zampa, the Millwall mascot. He popped in with a Millwall representative, to congratulate the children who had taken part in the Football tournament yesterday and celebrate the excellent work of our children.

He congratulated all the children who had received certificates for their outstanding achievements in their school work across the curriculum and their behaviour.

Thank you to Mr Pinks for arranging the tournament with Millwall and for inviting Zampa into our school.

Year 3 lead Advent Mass

On Monday 3rd December 2018, Year 3 led the school in celebrating our Advent mass. Along with writing and reading our bidding prayers, Year 3 read the responsorial psalm and a reading from the book of Isaiah, chapter 2, verses 1-5. All of our readers read beautifully for the whole congregation to hear and can be very proud of themselves.

We would like to thank Ms Pelage, Mrs Azodo and Ms Marsh for all their help in preparing the readings and helping us practise and understand our roles in the Church.