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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, 15 March 2018

National Shakespeare Week

On Monday 12th March our Chair of Governors, Danny McGrath, who works at the world renowned Guildhall College of Music and Drama, brought in two of his actors, Paapa Essiedu and Edwin Thomas.
This was a wonderful way for us to launch our National Shakespeare Week with all children and staff enjoying this assembly and seeing Paapa perform.
Paapa read some extracts from Shakespeare’s famous play, Hamlet. Our children were also given a chance to ask Paapa questions about his journey as an actor and how he sets about rehearsing Shakespeare, with its unique language and idioms.
Please read the following reviews of Paapa’s RSC Hamlet production to find out more about the amazing actor we got to meet.
We want to say a huge thank you to Paapa, Edwin and Mr MrGrath for coming to our school and sharing your skills and knowledge about Shakespeare.
We are looking forward to spending the week exploring different Shakespeare texts around the school. Let’s hope that some of our children, having enjoyed some Shakespeare this week, will also go on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Mrs Osborne & Ms Antwi

Friday, 9 March 2018

World Book Day

So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.”
-       Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Today we celebrated the national event that is World Book Day. We started the day with a whole school assembly, which gave children a chance to hear what each class has been reading and to see what everyone was wearing.

Children continued their reading celebrations in class, sharing books they had brought in from home. It was wonderful to see children and parents make such an effort and dress up as a character from one of their favourite books. Our school was filled with many Roald Dahl characters, pirates, Marvel superheroes, Grey Heffley from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the character Gangster Granny by David Walliams.

Please also remember to continue to bring in old books for our school second-hand bookstall which will be happening on Thursday the 15th of March at 3pm.

A big thank you to parents and carers for helping children dress up as their favourite character. It was lovely to celebrate World Book Day together.

Ms Antwi & Mrs Osborne

W.E. Day

Yesterday our School Council and other selected pupils had the wonderful pleasure of attending WE Day 2018. We Day is an unparalleled event bringing together world-renowned speakers, A-list performers and tens of thousands of young people to celebrate a year of action that has transformed communities and changed many lives.

Here at St Mary Magdalen’s, the School Council have been working extremely hard, behind the scenes, to create fundraising drives and activities in school to help their chosen causes and charities, such as our book sale to raise money for the homelessness charity, Shelter.

It was lovely to meet up with like-minded children and celebrate the work we have been doing to help our community. We heard inspirational talks from Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie who were moved by Katie Piper’s emotional story of courage and perseverance. We were all reminded about the importance of appreciating and loving yourself. The day was a great success and we cannot wait to feedback all the positive motivation we received into our work at school and within the local and wider community.

New Roots Growth Workshop Holiday Club

During the February half-term holiday, we were lucky enough to have The New Roots Growth Workshops Holiday Club held here at St Mary Magdalen’s. The holiday club was run by New Roots Community Group, a not-for-profit group founded by our very own Ms Antwi, and featured lots of fun character- building activities for the children.
The activities included everything from smoothie making to writing positive emotive poetry to laser tag and bag designing. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and parents spoke of the positive impact the club had on their children. Here is a link to a video of some of the fun we had


We will be back again during the Easter holiday so do come along to join in the positive fun!

Mother's Day Poem

Our Year 1 children have been busy writing their own Mother’s Day Poem. They enjoyed performing it at our whole school assembly on Thursday.

M stands for magical Mum
O stands for outstanding
T stands for thank you Mum for being the best
H stands for hugging hearts
E stands for everything you do is amazing
R stands for really special

Well done Year 1 children for performing with such enthusiasm and confidence! J

Mrs Osborne & Mrs Labiche