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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!

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Femi Bola encourages Year 6 to think big!

Femi Bola visited Year Six last week to encourage them all to be aspirational in their educational and career choices.
Femi loves reading and spoke about how reading can enrich  people's lives.  She recalled that the first book she saved up for was the classic 'Winnie the Pooh'  by A.A. Milne.

"Qualifications are yours", she explained to the class, "worth working hard for . . . they belong to you . . . they cannot be lost under the sofa, and they will always be part of you."

Femi comes from an ordinary family who arrived as immigrants to the UK from Nigeria in 1958.  No one in her family had been to University, so Femi worked really hard to be the first who did!  She wanted to get to university and ended up winning a place at the Polytechnic  of  Central London (now the University of Westminster) to study biochemistry.
Femi was the first black person to work for the Medical Research Council at their laboratory in Carshalton Beeches, and then went on to work at Great Ormond Hospital in the same department as Professor Spitz - famous for separating Siamese twins.
Her qualifications allowed her to change careers and  Femi is currently the Director of Employability at the University of East London, working with students and graduates to help them make decisions about their careers.

A happy memory for her was when she got married in London.  She wore a special cloth woven with love hearts, in a traditional way, for her wedding dress.  Femi is a proud mother of two children: a daughter and son who both went to Lewisham schools then on to university.

In 2012, Femi was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) from Princess Anne.  This was an amazing accomplishment which particularly interested Year Six.  Femi assured them it is possible for them to aim high.  It is well within their capabilities to achieve anything with an education and hard work.

Femi asked the class what they aspire to be.  Some of the replies were - MP, surgeon, builder, footballer, lawyer, actor and architect.  Femi took time to talk to children individually about their future careers.
A question and answer session followed.

"Did anyone inspire you?  Matthew asked.  "My Biology teacher inspired me to become educated." Femi said, and told the class that when she received her MBE she'd written to her teacher to thank her for encouraging her as a child to become educated.  She remains in touch with her now.

"How did you know what you wanted to be?" Cameron asked.  Femi said that you have to follow your interests which will lead you on the right path, study hard and read.  Femi added that she also encourages people listen to the radio as it helps your imagination.  When you listen to the radio you find out many interesting things from around the world.
"Did your parents want you have a certain job?" Martha asked.  Femi replied that her parents expected her to do well at school and to work hard.  From her dedication and hard work came, in due course, the recognition and achievement.
Year Six thanked Femi for her inspiring talk, and hoped she might find time next year to come back and see how well they have done in their end of year tests.
Nilgun Bekir

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Tell them all about us!

This is the time of year that parents of nursery children are looking at primary schools to which to send their children in September 2016.  So please help any such parents you know, or see at Church, by telling them all about us!  The School Office can provide you with a hardcopy of the 'flyer' below.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Rebuilding Unity Between Youth (RUBY)

Katuchia Palumbo, one of our School Governors, came in to talk to Year 6 about The Ruby Foundation.  RUBY stands for:


She asked "What concerns young people today?"  The pupils gave ideas such as knife crime, safer neighbourhoods and job prospects.  The Ruby Foundation believes that effective communication is vital to build unity in the community.

The children were then asked "What makes you happy?"  Is it money or something else?  After the children had considered this question, Katuchia looked back at her former job as a property manager and described what she did.  She explained that after ten years in this role she then decided to do something for the community and set up the Ruby Foundation.

The Foundation was established to work with 10 year olds upwards and promotes communication and skills in five main areas:

Broadcast radio
News journalism.
TV and film production television.
Business (incl. critical thinking and use of technology)
Mentoring to help maximise each young persons opportunities.

The Ruby Foundation provides a twelve week course, with a BTEC qualification at the end, in each of the above five areas.  It has its own broadcasting radio station - and Katuchia talked about all the roles involved in delivering a radio broadcast.

In addition, the Foundation has an online newspaper - and Katuchia explained all the jobs needed to produce an online paper.  Year Six were then given the task of researching facts about the Young Mayor of Lewisham, and the best two articles will be published, in due course, on the Foundation's online paper.

Skills in these areas are available to all Lewisham Young People.  The skills required for jobs in the above  industries are all transferable, as are the life skills which help young people achieve success, job satisfaction and an appreciation of giving to your own community.

If any young people at school are interested in developing any of the skills mentioned  they can contact the Ruby Foundation and refer themselves, subject to the support of a teacher.

Nilgun Bekir

Friday, 23 October 2015

What's Happening for the Young (WHY) Festival 2015

Yesterday, five of our children, including the Head Boy and Head Girl, visited the WHY Festival at the South Bank Centre in Central London.  The children went to find out more about what makes a good childhood as well as to learn more about, and celebrate, young people's rights (something that links with our work in School on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child).

Before the children went, Mr Weighill and Mrs Saunders asked the children two very important questions that they hoped, by the end of the trip, the children would be very confident in answering - 'Why are you going to this event?' and 'How is it linked to the Rights of the Child?'

Once there, the children took part in a number of activities.  First, they listened to a debate about the 'Happiness of Children', where the two questions that most intrigued them were - 'Does a happy childhood mean a happy adulthood?' and 'Should adults keep secrets from children?'  These topics were wonderfully discussed amongst the SMM children throughout the day.

Next, they took part in the 'Peace Mosaic'.  Organised by The Jimmy Mizen Foundation ('For Jimmy'), the mosaic is a collection of handprints of young people across London.

Each handprint symbolises a pledge of peace to make our communities safer and will be displayed on the wall alongside the River Terrace cafe at the Southbank Centre for the next two weeks.  It will then be delivered to our School at an assembly next term.

Our children decorated Article 13 - Freedom of Expression 'Every Child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law'.  Afterwards, the children enjoyed finding out about all of the other 41 articles.

Finally, the children learnt about how children can manage their money and deal with stress.  They also took part in another wonderful idea organised by JUMP PARTY.  Over the four days of the festival, JUMP PARTY hope that every child that takes part will draw a character with their arms open.  They will then join every picture created together virtually via social media so that they will be able to go all the way around the world thus giving the world a hug.

On the journey home, the children concluded that they were very lucky compared to lots of children. They have become more knowledgeable about the rights that every child in the world should have and some that they take for granted.

One commented that "I enjoyed the day because we got to have a good experience. We learnt that we should not take our rights for granted and we should be happy with what we have.”  Another claimed "My favourite part of the day was when we did the handprints because we learnt more about how Jimmy was denied his rights." [Schoolboy Jimmy Mizen was killed by another teenager in Lewisham in 2008.]

At the end it was clear that all five children were able to answer the two set questions asked at the beginning of the day with confidence.  They also believe they will be able to successfully share their findings in an assembly after half term and we wish them the best of luck!

Sally Saunders/Ben Weighill

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Community Tea Party - 20 October

Yesterday afternoon Yr.6 welcomed over 20 members of the local community, plus some governors, to a tea party at the School.  Individually designed invitations were made and delivered in recent weeks via the pupils and our Church.
After making all the advance preparations, excited and nervous pupils mingled freely with guests.  With some encouragement, they were able to chat, learning about their lives and indeed the history of our School.  Two former pupils and an ex-cleaner were among the gathering.
The children looked very smart, especially those who wore bow ties.  After greeting guests at the gate, they showed them to tables and began to interact.  Sandwiches, snacks and cakes were enjoyed by all, along with tea and squash.  Many of the cakes had been made by Year 6 themselves, and some had also helped in the making of the sandwiches during the morning.  One child was heard to say, “What a lot of work, I just thought parties happened!”

After about an hour the entertainment began.  Five members of year 6 played piano, saxophone and flute, then all of the year group sang two songs we had rehearsed.  Matthew gave a brilliant introduction to 'He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands', sharing our desire to show our faith because of God’s love for everyone.  The second song was a three part round in tribute to Glenn Miller, one of the musicians were have been studying. Called 'Hey Mr Miller', they sang clearly and managed to sustain the three parts superbly.  This was followed by the choir who also sang two songs.  The first was a Russian folk song, 'Minka', written in typical Russian style getting faster as it went on.  For the second number the choir were accompanied by Daisy and Kelvin on two djembe (African drums).  Tinga Leyo is a rhythmical and happy song from the Caribbean about a donkey.
The entertainment concluded with songs from Miss Julia Burnett, a professional entertainer who had been part of the tea party last year.  Julia sang several songs including a weather medley, but the highlight was when she took us back to the 1950s for an Alma Cogan medley.  Julia moved about the hall, shaking hands with children and adults, and giving us a wonderful end to the afternoon.
Everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves and any spare food was wolfed down by the choir after the hall had been cleared.  Several people gave a lot of help in order to make this event so successful and we thank them all.  It gave our pupils a wonderful opportunity to interact with adults, prepare and run an event, but also to feel good that they had done something to show God’s love to our near neighbours.  On leaving, Miss Burnett said what lovely polite children they were - so well done Year 6, you made us very proud.
Anne Gardener