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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.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Award Ceremony for Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

Mrs Labiche, Mrs Marsh,
Mrs Saunders and Mrs Bekir.
Our Head Teacher, Mrs Sally Saunders, attended the award ceremony for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) at Tooting Bec Centre for Catholic Reform on Tuesday 11 October.

The two year CCRS course covered areas of Catholic study such as The Old and New Testaments, Education, the Church and Spirituality.  Each unit was followed by an essay of 1,500 words and much reading around the topic.

Mrs Saunders would like to thank all staff, governors and her family who supported her throughout the course including Mr West.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Genny Jones inspires Year Six

On 3rd October, Year Six was privileged to welcome Mrs Genny Jones, who came into the School as part of the ‘Inspiring Futures’ programme which arranges for volunteers to come into primary schools to talk about their careers and the choices pupils have.

Genny is an accountant, entertainer, published author and life coach.  She spoke to Year Six about her career and life choices, including her time on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.

Here are some observations from our pupils about Genny Jones's visit to the School: 

“I enjoyed Mrs Genny Jones coming into our school.  I have taken on board everything she said and I’ll always remember what I learnt today.”

“I found all of her jobs really interesting.  I hope other children will be as lucky as me and meet someone like Mrs Genny Jones.”

“When you can picture yourself in your mind doing it, then you are able to do it.  You shouldn’t let your dreams just be dreams; you should never say “No” to yourself. You should always say “Yes I can” and always believe in yourself.”

“I found Mrs Genny Jones inspirational.  She helped boost our confidence.  She also helped me realise that I should be more confident in myself and I should be brave.”

“She was very inspiring and I felt inspired that I could, in the future, own my own catering business.”

“Mrs Genny Jones visiting us made me feel more confident and she made me think about life and what I want to become in life.”

‘”When I grow up I would like to be a financial businesswomen.  To do that I must do well and focus on maths because I will be dealing with money.  Mrs Genny Jones taught me that I should never give up . . . that I should be confident in everything I do.”

Thank to 'Inspiring Futures' for running such an excellent programme that enabled us to invite Mrs Genny Jones to our School.

Sally Saunders
Head Teacher

Monday, 3 October 2016

Cake Sale raises £260 for Macmillan

On Monday the School held a cake sale in aid of the Macmillan charity.

Thank you to everyone that donated cakes/biscuits, helped on the day, donated to the charity or enjoyed a cup of tea with friends.  It was a great success.

A big thank you to everyone who took part in one way or another - parents, pupils, PTA, staff and children.  In total we raised an impressive £260.26.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Head and Deputy Head Girl and Boy Chosen

As the new academic year gets underway, all of our Year Six pupils have taken up positions of responsibility at the School.  Year Six are now the eldest in the school, and were encouraged to consider the skills and qualities that they possessed for these positions of responsibility.

Pursuant to our Catholic Values, all of our pupils are encouraged to care for each other, take on responsibilities, and with the strength of their faith, go forward to take on roles within the school.

An application and personal statement had to be completed and submitted by each pupil in Year Six.  Our prospective Head Girls and Boys prepared speeches for a whole school assembly, followed by visiting each class to answer any questions the pupils may have.  This enabled all of the school to ask the candidates questions in order to decide for whom to vote. So Year Six, who'd visited Parliament the previous week, were given an opportunity to experience, for themselves, democracy in action.

We are very proud to announce the following appointments:

Head Boy - Kadeem
Deputy Head Boy - Oghosa
Head Girl - Ava
Deputy Head Girl - Inara

Other positions include House Captains, Sports Captains, School Council representatives, Charity  Fundraisers and jobs supporting Key Stage 1 at lunchtimes.  All pupils in Year Six now have a role in the running of the School.

We look forward to seeing our Year Six flourish over the coming academic year.

Nilgun Bekir

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Letter from the Head Teacher

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter to you as the new Head Teacher.  I am sure that most of you are aware that I have been the Deputy Head here for the past four and a half years and that I take over from the great work that Mr. West started over the past five years.  He has left our School in an excellent position both academically and within the Church community.  I will continue to teach Year 6 on Mondays and I am ably supported by my two Assistant Heads, Pauline Campbell-Hill and Matthew Rimell.

I wish you a warm welcome back to the start of a new academic year or if your child started last week in our Reception Class, I welcome you to the new start in your child’s education.  It was so lovely to see all of our children safely back after the summer holidays.  I was very fortunate to be able to see all of the new children come into our Reception class last Wednesday and Thursday.  Miss Knight and her staff were at the gate welcoming in all the smiling, eager faces of both children and parents.  I was so impressed by the children’s enthusiasm to learn and experience a new chapter in their lives.  One delightful little boy was able to tell me all the names of the dinosaurs he saw as he walked through the door.  All of the staff have been in School over the holidays ensuring that their classrooms were well prepared for the term ahead.

We welcome two new members of staff to our School.  Our new Year 3 teacher, Miss Antwi, joins us from another Lewisham Catholic school, although she is known to us as a very successful student two years ago at St Mary Magdalen’s.  Miss Antwi will be leading English in Key Stage 2 and UNICEF's 'Rights of the Child' across the School.  We also welcome Mrs Murphy, who joins our staff from a Bexley school.  She is an experienced teacher in both Key Stage 1 and 2.  She is working with Mr Rimell in Year 2 and Mrs Campbell-Hill in Year 5.  She will leading on History and Geography across the School.

Important News

As many of you will have noticed, we now have a new classroom to the side of the playground.  This will be used for our Year 6 class and will be occupied by the end of this half term.  Within the new building, we have new toilets for the juniors at break times. This will ease the congestion on our existing toilets in the infant playground.

Learning themes

All class curriculums for this term have been posted on this website.  Our School learning theme for the autumn term will be based on Catholic and British Values.  The children will be undertaking research on what these mean to us in and out of School.  If you have any information on this theme that could contribute to the children’s work, please let us know by speaking to Mrs Waite or Mrs Moore in the School Office.

Free School Meals

If you are eligible for free school meals you could save yourself hundreds of pounds each year by applying.  It is now very easy to find out if you qualify for free school meals all you need to do is telephone Lewisham Council Student and Pupil Support on 020 8314 6221 – they will be able to tell you immediately if you qualify and the school will be notified by the next working day. The phone lines are open from 10am-12:30pm.  You can also log on to  If your child is entitled to free school meals they will also be entitled to free milk from Cool Milk. To register log on to or telephone 0800 321 3248.  It is very important for the School too. Even if you do not take up the offer of free school meals, just by qualifying our school will benefit as we will receive additional money from the Government. At present  this is £1,320 for every child who is entitled to free school meals.  This money is always used to further support our children’s learning.


As some children suffer from severe allergies, we can no longer give out Party Bags, sweets or cakes. 

Dinner Money

The dinner money for this term is £66.00 (£2 per day).  Please be aware that any cheques sent to the school need to be made out exactly as follows - London Borough of Lewisham re. St Mary Magdalen RC SchoolIf you wish to pay by Parentpay and have mislaid your username and password please contact the School Office.  Any money sent in to the office for dinners or school trips must be in an envelope marked with your child’s name and the amount enclosed then put in the box in the Reception area.

End of the school day

Please remember that you must inform the School office either in the morning or early in the afternoon if your child is being collected by someone other than yourself.  Please do not leave it until the end of the day.


This is a reminder that we do not allow any jewellery in School, which includes earrings. If your child has pierced ears the earrings need to be covered whilst in school. School shoes need to be black or brown, not boots of any kind. The children can wear their summer uniform until the end of this half term.

Sally Saunders, Head Teacher