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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.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Year 4 Class Assemblies

In Year 4, we have continued working in groups to plan and lead our Class Worship on Thursdays. Last week we had a class assembly all about ‘Judaism’ led by Chidnma and Shabeena.

Their assembly was wonderfully presented and very well thought out. As part of their assembly, they produced a lovely prayer thanking God for religion. 

Dear God, 

Thank you for giving us this religion to believe in and we thank you for your caring love. We also thank you for protecting us now and forever.

Amen

Nakia, Lily and Samantha also gave a wonderful and thoughtful assembly reminding us why it is important to take care of our world and all the creatures in it.

A VIP Assembly (Values in Practice)

Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD)

We welcomed Jilly, from CAFOD, who came to St Mary Magdalen’s, to inform us about how the charity has been supporting poor communities in El Salvador for the past forty years. Many families have been helped to set up their own businesses, in order for them to become self-sufficient; to enable them to financially support themselves. 

We were told about Catherine Diego and her two children. The children were given a safe space to play and to be educated, as well as being shown practical skills such as keeping chickens and making wooden crosses. This has enabled them to provide a brighter future for themselves and their family.

For our harvest festival Jilly asked us to “Brighten up” by asking schools to wear bright clothes, bake bright cakes and another amazing ideas to raise money to help alleviate world poverty. 

Monday, 16 October 2017

Pupils R.E. Evaluations - Questionnaires October 2017

Please find below the results of our latest termly evaluation of Religious Education in St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School.


Questions
Main findings
Areas to improve
1.     Do you enjoy your R.E lesson?
All said yes-We learn about God, it helps develop our faith, we learn about our faith, it helps us believe in one God, yes because I love God


2.     What are you learning about at the moment?
We are learning about promises, Baptism, our Christian family, the Kingdom of Heaven, values, Rosary, God’s Creation, how God speaks to us in the Bible, Moses, The Old and New Testament and how God speaks to us

3.     What has been new learning for you?
About our Christian family, about sins, signs, baptism, promises, everyone is welcome in God’s family, the Kingdom values, God has made the whole world, about the Rosary, how God speaks to us through the Bible, stories in the Bible, Abraham, Moses

4.     Are your R.E lessons interesting? Why?
All said yes- because I learn new things, we watch videos, different stories from The Bible, we learn about God and religion, we sing together, we draw, I like seeing my work on display, we learn about day and night, we have deep discussions and explanations, we have fun and we learn, it helps us with our religious knowledge, interesting activities and we are able to analyse our beliefs.

5.     Do you say your morning, lunchtime and afternoon prayers daily in class?
Yes we say them together, we say our morning prayers together in assembly, we say our KS1 prayer together.
Need to ensure pupils understand that we do our morning prayers together in collective worship
6.     Do you enjoy going to Mass?
All said yes – We have a chance to be in the presence of the Lord, I love Mass as I am closer to God, I enjoy going to Mass as it is my commitment to God, we sing, we share our faith, I can reconcile and pray, I enjoy the homilies, we sing, we learn about the parables and God’s messages.

7.     Are there any suggestions you could make, that you would like to see/discuss in R.E lessons?
Many pupils said no as they really enjoy their R.E lessons and they didn’t want anything to change. Everything is fully explained, I like my R.E just the way it is.
More Bible stories, more music in R.E lessons, singing,  we would like to learn more about Jesus, more learning about other religions, more drama and art., make your own book with Bible stories.
8.     Do you like your assemblies?

Why ?

Yes we sing God’s praises, we learn about charities, we listen to visitors, we love to sing, we learn about God, teaches us how to live our lives, they are always thoughtful, we don’t only learn in class but in our assemblies, we learn as a family, it brings our school together, pupils take part and make presentations, we watch videos to explain things clearer for us, we like listening to each other, we like listening to explanations of parables.
Some are repetitive. – 2 pupils

Harvest Mass Friday 13th October 2017

On Friday, 13th October, the whole school took part in the Harvest Mass in church. The pupils led the Mass, reading both the readings and the bidding prayers. Our School Council read the bidding prayers and the staff prepared a beautiful display of produce kindly donated by both parents and staff. All the donations are being given to the local Food Bank, who are collecting the gifts next week.

This was the first time our Reception children had come into Church with the rest of the school and Year 6 have to be commended for being such excellent role models during Mass. They sat with each pupil ensuring they knew what they needed to do during the Mass.


Our thanks to all the staff who prepared the Mass and displayed the produce in the Church. 

Bidding Prayers- Read by School Council

1.   For farmers, fishermen and all who work to put food on our tables, that they may see the creator’s hand at work in all that they do.  Lord, hear us.

 

2. For those who process our food, transport it and serve it for us, that they may know their role in God’s plan for the world. Lord, hear us.


3. For people who suffer from hunger and thirst in many countries, that those with plenty to eat and drink may never fail to share.  Lord, hear us.

 

4. For the members of our community who are in any kind of need, that we may make God’s care known through our words and deeds.  Lord, hear us.


5.  For the dead, for all who have passed on since last year’s harvest, that they may share joyfully in the banquet of heaven.  Lord, hear us.

 

6. We take a moment’s quiet prayer for our own particular needs of today:  Lord, hear us.​

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Roaring with the Lions!


Today we were lucky enough to receive a visit from the Captain of the London Lions Basketball team, Joseph Ikhinmwin and 400m runner Omar Hutchinson. Joseph spoke to Year 5 and Year 6 before they left for the Royal Albert Hall and then ran an assembly for the rest of the school. Joseph told the children about how he got into basketball and how playing basketball has taken him to the United States and all around the United Kingdom. The children were able to ask Joseph lots of questions about his career and how he got into basketball before playing a quick game with the children that tested their reaction times. At the end of the game there were two winners, Erik and Maja, who received a signed wrist band each!

After assembly it was time for our exercises. All the children have been preparing for their exercises over the last two weeks to make sure they could keep going for the whole minute for each exercise. Year 4 went first cheered on by a raucous Year 3 and then each class went in turn until finally Reception class came and did their exercises with Omar and Joseph. Years 5 and 6 completed their exercises after returning from the Royal Albert Hall with Mr Pinks in the afternoon.

Now the children have completed their exercises it’s time to collect their sponsorship money and return it to the School Office by no later than Wednesday 18th October 2017 if they wish to receive their prize for their money raising efforts.

I would like to say a big thank you to Joseph and Omar for coming to visit our school today and to all the staff that helped run the event for all of the children. I would also like to thank all the children for their fantastic effort with all of the exercises and I know they thoroughly enjoyed the event.

Mr Pinks