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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!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Internet Safety is a Serious Matter!

Over the last week it has come to teachers' attention that several children have, and are using, various social media accounts.  Social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus require you to be at least 13 years old - principally because the adverts used on these websites are aimed for people aged 13 and over.
 
It is worth noting that:
  • These companies, or their partner companies, can use any content you put onto these websites at anytime and anywhere in the world.
  • Any content that is shared with other users can be very difficult to have removed from the internet even if you delete your account at a later date.
  • These websites have often been used by children and adults to cause considerable harm to others.
  • It is considered by the websites themselves and worldwide governments that children under the age of 13 are not mature enough to evaluate the potential risks that these websites can pose and therefore they are not allowed to use them.
You may not be aware that your child has one of these accounts, but please do check with them immediately because of the potential risks to their safety.  We have found photographs of some of the children and comments they have made online and they are easily accessible to anyone who wants to see them.  It is recommended that you should always be overseeing your children’s use of the internet and if you cannot commit to this then you should consider whether they should be allowed to use the internet at all.

After half term there will be a whole school assembly on internet safety, and every class will have an age-appropriate lesson on e-safety.  If any child is still found to have one of these accounts, after half term, then I will invite the parents to discuss with me the reasons for this and will write to the websites in question with a view to having these accounts closed.

We thank all parents for their co-operation in this matter.
 
Graeme West
Headteacher

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Summer Fair, 6 July 2016 - Please donate items for sale/raffle

Photo from the 2014 Summer Fair
St.Mary Magdalen's Summer Fair will take place on 6th July, between 3.00-6.00pm.

The PTA is asking for donations - so why not have a sort-out of your cupboards over half term?  What the PTA is looking for is:
  • second-hand books and toys that are in good condition.  Please note, however that we don't want toys that are broken or have parts missing.
  • unused toiletries - shampoo, bubble bath, perfume etc. - and unwanted gifts, such as bags, purses, scarves, jewellery
  • non-perishable food items such as tinned and dried foods such as pasta and rice 
All proceeds from the Summer Fair will help the School and our children, so give, give, give!

The PTA Committee

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) www.schoolsadjudicator.gov.uk

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.