St. Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School, London SE4 2BB
The School 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 moving rapidly from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ and relishing the challenge!
This week, Years 5 and 6 (followed by Years 1 and 2 the next day) travelled by public transport from School to the National Maritime Museum to experience 'Against Captain's Orders" by Punchdrunk Entertainment
We were divided into groups - Salvage, Ship's Watch, Navigation and Midshipmen and taken to board our boats. "We are loyal, we are true and we are brave!" exclaimed all, loud and proud.
Our first mission was to look at information about HMS Royal George (1782) which sank with the loss of nine hundred lives.
60 years later a message in a bottle was found.
We had entered into a drama, all playing a role as a ship's mate. Various atmospheric settings - with music, audio, props, artefacts and specialist lighting - greeted us as we entered each new scene.
We encountered netting, bottles, crates, shafts of light through slatted wood, a corridor of flags and sails, a room with old map chests, globes, nautical instruments and rolled up maps strewn all around.
The excitement on the children’s faces mixed with shock, fear and cries of brave suggestions ensured all the shipmates were fully involved in the unfolding drama. Thunderous music, sirens, red flashing lights and announcements over a loud speaker and darkened rooms increased tension.
"It's like Scooby Doo! One of us will disappear soon." Cameron
"The children were fully involved and at the end they were so delighted to have been on a real adventure. It is the best trip I have ever been on" One of the adults in the party
We have invited Childnet International to present a parents’ workshop on internet safety. This will take place on Wednesday 20 May at 4.00pm in the School Hall. Childnet is the UK Safer Internet Centre and works with Government, the online industry, adults and children. They are experts in the field of online and mobile safety education. We highly recommend that you attend this seminar, so please return the slip in your child's schoolbag to the School Office.
Please note that this session is for adults only. There will be a crèche available if you are unable to make alternative arrangements for your children - but you must indicate on the form if you require the crèche.
Children will not be allowed to remain in the playground while the seminar is in progress.
Our Summer Celebration will take place on Wednesday 1st July between 2.30–5.00pm. The Parent Teacher Assocation (PTA) - of which you are all members - is trying a different approach this year by moving the event from a Saturday to a weekday after school. As many of you collect your children from school, the PTA hope that you will take this opportunity to support St.Mary Magdalen’s fund raising and have a great time as well.
Your children will be fully involved in planning the many exciting activities on offer and will be running some stalls themselves. This has proved to be very successful during Charity Fundraising Fortnight and has given the children a lot of fun too.
The afternoon will also be an opportunity for you to see and hear some of the great curriculum projects that have been part of this year’s teaching and learning. The choir will be performing, we have budding Shakespearean actors ready to entertain you and your children can make their own smoothies on the ‘smoothie bike’. There will be refreshments available including cakes, soft drinks and a BBQ run by our award-winning school cook, Ms Weston.
What are we fundraising for?
First, a new stage - we need a new, bigger and more flexible stage in the school hall, as we are currently very restricted on the types of performances we plan for the children to take part in.
Second, an improved garden area - we want to redesign the garden area behind the hall, so that it becomes a much more useful and adaptable outside learning space, which is available all year round, for all classes.
What this means is that no matter which class they are in, your children will benefit, and have a more enriched learning experience as they progress through the School.
How can you get involved?
Simply come along and support us on the day! Your children will be keen to show you the stalls they have organised and the performances they have prepared. As we are very much a community school we hope you will bring your friends and family to join in the fun.
Of course, if you are able to assist on the day then the PTA would be delighted to hear from you. Please let Mrs Waite or Mrs Dawson in the office know if you are able to help.
We would also like to bring to your attention that the PTA is currently in need of a Treasurer. If you feel that you could fulfil this role then please let us know.