Friday, 4 April 2014

Easter at St.Mary Magdalen's

On the last day of term, Friday 4th April, Year Two presented a very special Holy Week assembly to the School and parents.  They told the story of the last week of Jesus' life from Palm Sunday to Good Friday.
The children showed maturity and solemnity in their performance, which made the whole occasion very prayerful.  Well done to them all.
Mr. Monteen
On Thursday 3rd April, the School held its annual Easter Bonnet competition, organised by two of our parents, Mel Ruggeri and Fabienne Borget.
Prizes were given to each year group and runner up prizes awarded.
The effort put in, and the individual styles and themes chosen, amazed the judges - and the School Hall was filled with colour and creativity.  It was super to see all the children’s enthusiasm.
Nilgun Bekir 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Charity fundraising

Maggie and Jamie, her hearing dog,
with 'design a dog coat' competition winners 
So far this academic year the School has raised a total of £821.25 for charity.
The children's own stalls for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf raised £365 - a tremendous achievement.
Collections for CAFOD’s Philippines Disaster Appeal raised £320.  A further £106.25 was donated to Children in Need.
In addition there was a PTA coffee morning which raised £30 for Help for Heroes.
We thank parents, children and staff for their support.
The children are currently voting for their Summer Term charity.  Fundraising for that will take place in week commencing 2 June.
Julie Piper

Friday, 28 March 2014

Head Teacher's Newsletter


The Parent Teacher Association
A BIG thank you to those of you who supported the PTA Italian Night which raised £170.00.  I hope that you will agree it was a great success - due principally to the hard work of Mrs Ruggeri and her family.
Our next such event (date to be confirmed) will be a French Evening.  Please do your best to support your PTA as it raises much needed funds for the children and offers us all the opportunity to enjoy time together as a Catholic community in Brockley.
Easter Religious Activities
As the children will not be in School during Holy Week, we will be reflecting on the Stations of the Cross on three days next week (Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th April).  Please come along and be part of this very special time.  Whilst it is not compulsory we will be encouraging all the children to join in each morning at 8.40am.
At 9.15am on Friday morning there will be a special Easter assembly, led by Mr. Monteen (RE Subject Leader).   We'd would really welcome you joining us.

Easter Festivities
On Thursday 3rd April, children can wear their own clothes and the PTA will be judging our traditional Easter bonnet competition, awarding prizes to the winners.  For those of you whose children are new to the School, the Easter bonnets are to be made at home, brought carefully to School, and worn during our morning assembly, when they will be judged.
School Uniform
We have noticed that some children are coming to school in inappropriate footwear.  School shoes must be black.  Boots, trainers or ‘trainer style’ shoes are not allowed.
Please also note that we do not accept trainers for PE or games - black plimsolls must be worn.  School PE kit should not display any logo.  Again some children are wearing jogging bottoms which are not part of St Mary Magdalen’s school uniform.  When parents accept a place at St. Mary Magdalen’s they also accept our school uniform policy.  This is strictly enforced by the Governors.
Children should wear Summer uniform after Easter.  Sun hats are available from the school office priced £3.50, and £4.00 with the sun flap.
Details of all of the correct School uniform can be found on our School blog.
School Blog
Please do log onto our Blog Spot and see all the fantastic learning opportunities in which your children have been involved.  On some days the ‘blog’ has had 200 ‘hits’ and I have asked for a breakdown of these, so I will pass on the information to you.  The blog was used very effectively by Ofsted to gain information about the school, prior to their inspection visit and were complimentary about the up to date and variety of information it provided.
Early Closing
The school will be closing at 1.30pm on Friday 4th April.  Please ensure you collect your child promptly.
Next Term
We return to school on Tuesday 22 April and the whole school will be attending Parish Mass that morning at 9.30am.
Graeme McGlasson-West
Head Teacher

Grazie e buonanotte!

Thanks to Mel Ruggieri, her sister and brother, father and husband
An evening of the warmest Italian hospitality, organised by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) was held at the School last evening to raise funds for our children.
Mel Ruggieri and her family served us food from the Reggio Emilia-Romagna area of Northern Italy -  potato cake, polenta, lasagne, marinated vegetables including aubergines, and much more.  This excellent cuisine was complemented by Italian wine and liqueurs - Limoncello and Amaretto - plus the firm favourite Italian dessert, Tiramisu.
Music and dancing followed, then Fabienne Borget sung us 'O Sole Mio', which delighted all - especially when she explained the romantic lyrics!
Danny McGrath, Chair of Governors, thanked Mel and her family for  organising the event, which brought the School community together as a family.
Nilgun Bekir

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Year 2 visit the Florence Nightingale Museum

Florence Nightingale
On 19th March, Year Two visited the Florence Nightingale Museum near St.Thomas' Hospital.  The children were excited to get there by tube, starting their journey at Brockley Station.
When we arrived, we were greeted by an actress dressed as Florence Nightingale herself.  She gave a fantastic talk all about her life and her many adventures as a nurse.  The children then took part in various activities focussing on health, hygiene and 19th Century nursing practices.
Thank you to Mr. Rimell for organising the trip and thanks also to all the parents who were able to help.