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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!

Monday, 18 April 2016

Mrs Saunders to succeed Mr. West as Head Teacher in September

Our current Head Teacher, Graeme McGlasson-West has today written to parents to let them know he will take early retirement at the end of the current, Summer, term.  Graeme has been Head Teacher here for 5 years during which the School has moved from close to the bottom of Lewisham’s league table, to the top in 2015 and to the top 5% of primary schools in the country. 

Mr West has given this School his total commitment, care, faith and talent.   Pupils, parents, staff and governors have all benefited hugely from having had him as Head Teacher.   Danny McGrath, Chair of our Governing Board writes in his letter to parents “ . . . it has been a pleasure and an education to have the opportunity to work with [Graeme].  The ethos and values, which are at very heart of the School, have been strengthened and enhanced.”

On receipt of news of Mr. West’s intention to retire, in January 2016, the Governing Board set in motion the process of finding a new Head Teacher, under the guidance of the Southwark Diocese and the London Borough of Lewisham.  We are delighted to report that, after a rigorous process, Mrs Sally Saunders, our current Deputy Head Teacher, has been appointed as the substantive Head Teacher as from September 2016.

We are immensely fortunate to have gained Mrs Saunders as our Head Teacher and the Governing Board is confident that the future of the School is in safe hands.  The work and progress of the School over the last five years will continue to be developed.   Danny McGrath further writes “I thank all the School community for their support and work and ask that the same energy and support is afforded to Mrs Saunders . . .” 

The Governing Board
St.Mary Magdalen Catholic Primary School

Friday, 15 April 2016

School Admission Policy 2017/18

The School's Governing Board has adopted an Admissions Policy for 2017/18 and submitted it to the London Borough of Lewisham as required by the School Admissions Code.

Any objection to these arrangements must be lodged by 15 May 2016 with the Office of the Schools Adjudicator, Mowden Hall, Staindrop Road, Darlington, DL3 9BG (T) 08700 012468 (W)

Graeme McGlasson West
Head Teacher

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Candle of Mercy

In this Year of Mercy we gratefully received the ‘Candle of Mercy’ from students and staff at Christ the King College.

Archbishop Peter blessed the candle to start its journey throughout the Diocese. 

We received the candle before the Easter break and it will begin the journey to the next school in a couple of weeks.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama - Go, make you ready!

On 23 March, Years Five and Six were privileged to be able to go to The Guildhall of Music and Drama, to see a ground-breaking production, of Shakespeare’s sonnets performed by final year students. 

Having studied Shakespeare in school, pupils were well-repared and able to recognise some of the sonnets and the plays they came from.

In a small theatre, the actors brought Shakespeare to life, with skill, dexterity and the charisma of seasoned professionals.  Our pupils were amazed at their ability to remember lines, play instruments, sing and energetically perform for two hours without a break.

The contemporary themes running through Shakespeare’s works inspired teachers and pupils alike to be excited by his writing, well over four hundred years after his death.  A huge thank you to Mr Mc Grath, our Chair of Governors, for making this all possible.

The Royal Albert Hall

On Monday 21 March, Years Five and Six travelled by public transport to the Classical Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall - an annual favourite.

The event was hosted by charismatic conductor John Rigby with the world-reknowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Band of the Grenadier Guards.  In an amazing venue with state-of-the-art acoustics, the pupils were treated to the excitement of live performances.

Tenor Jeffrey Gwaltney and baritone Wyn Carreg sang a duet from Bizet's 'The Pearl Fishers'.  Then Sibelius's 'Finlandia' provided a contemplative musical experience, enhanced by lighting and lasers.

Finally we witnessed a truly spectacular ending with the '1812 Overture', accompanied by the muskets and cannons of the Moscow Militia, fireworks, bright lasers and a raucous vocal response from the attentive audience.