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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!

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Congratulations from Minister of State for Schools

The Rt. Hon David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools, has written to the School congratulating it on the improvement in Key Stage 2 achievement amongst our most disadvantaged pupils.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

PTA Pizza Night - Thurs 26 February - Save the Date!

Following hot on the heels of the successful Italian and Polish nights, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) will on Thursday 26 February be organising/running a Pizza Night.

A selection of freshly-made pizzas will be served, along with desserts and a choice of drinks.

Tickets cost £4.00 for adults and £3.00 for children (incluing those who attend the School) and all monies raised - over and above the cost of putting on the event - will go to the PTA and, ultimately, to fund items that the School cannot pay for within its mainstream budgets.

Please look for the tear-off reply slip on the letter in your child's schoolbag.  Completed slips, together with the necessary payment, must be returned to the School Office by Friday 13 February so that the PTA can order the correct quantities of food and drink and make all the necessary arrangements.  Any cheques should be made out in favour of 'St.Mary Magdalen's Parents' Association'.

We do hope you'll be able to come to what promises to be another enjoyable social event.

Mel Ruggeri
Acting Chair, The School PTA

Fundraising for 'Mary's Meals'

The Order of the Knights of St.Columba’s current nominated charity is Mary’s Meals.  The charity, named after Mary, Mother of Jesus, aims to provide one meal every school day to hungry children in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and South America. In this way the children are encouraged to gain the education that can lift them out of poverty later in their life.  The charity is currently feeding 923,572 children but there are many more who need its help.

During Lent we would like to invite all children to support ‘Mary’s Meals’.  All you need to do is: 

1. buy a tube of Smarties
2. eat the Smarties (before Lent begins on Weds 18 February)
3. keep the empty tube and fill it with 5p and/or 20p coins
4. return the filled tube to School by Fri 20 March
All families who take part will be entered into an Easter egg prize draw to be drawn on Weds 25 March in morning assembly - so ensure that your Smartie tube is labelled!

We do hope that you will join us in fundraising for this worthwhile cause.

Graeme West
Head teacher

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

St. Mary Magdalen’s Bake Off!

Today a group of Year Six students visited the Community Kitchens at The Green Man.
Our award winning school Chef, Shereen, led the session which started with the everyone washing their hands and donning paper chef hats and aprons.
Shereen talked about the ingredients used for bread-making and Year Six were able to explain the chemical process, having recently covered this at School. Next there was a demonstration of 'knocking back' the dough, followed by how to shape the bread and the names of the shapes of bread - plait, roll, knot and cottage.  A glaze was added, then seeds or herbs and the bread was put in a proving oven.
Excitedly the pupils then collected some wholemeal and white dough, then proceeded to shape their own rolls and bread.  Some interesting artistic interpretations resulted, fit for 'The Great British Bake Off'!  Mrs Saunders provided a humorous commentary!
Finally, and importantly, the pupils sold the bread and bread rolls in the Foyer to the public.  All money raised went to the local food bank.
Not only did the children learn some new skills, building on the science learned at School, but they also did something to help their local community.
Nilgun Bekir

Tuesday, 16 December 2014