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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.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Head Teacher's Newsletter December 2017

It has been a very busy but enjoyable term as Head teacher at St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School. All of our classes have been very busy learning and working hard to make the progress expected of them. We were recently listed as the 146 school out of the top 250 schools in The Sunday Times. This is an excellent achievement and one that we are very proud of. This would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the staff and parents at St Mary Magdalen’s.

We have worked very closely with our Church holding Masses such as Harvest and Remembrance Mass. We are attending Mass every month which is very important for our children. We believe that our pupils need to fully participate in Mass such as writing their own bidding prayers and reading in Church. 

We had a visit from a member of staff from Southwark Education Commission and his main findings were:

The School Council help make decisions for the school and offer ideas to improve school life.
Pupils are very positive about the school.
The pupils felt that their Religious Education lessons helped them to connect to God. 
The Years 5 and 6 pupils modelling behaviour in Mass was a lovely feature.
There is a strong commitment from school leaders to support Catholic life within the school. 
The engagement and involvement of pupils to be involved in school improvement is strong. 

The school has been able to purchase new notice boards for all parents to see the events happening in school. We have a new mission statement board arriving very shortly. The mission statement was written by our School Council so please take the time to read it. We have also ordered a new world map to replace the older map of the British Isles. All of these have been bought by our PTA from the fundraising efforts in school. 

We have recently become an Information School for Partners in Excellence which is a great honour. This means that any schools can request to visit us and see how we are implementing PiXL within our school. We recently held an information meeting for many Head Teachers in Lewisham to explain how we use PiXL to ensure excellent progress and attainment for all of our pupils.

 Many classes have been on educational visits such as visiting The Royal Albert Hall, Lewisham Training Kitchens, The Houses of Parliament and Royal Greenwich Observatory. We always rely on parents to volunteer to accompany our visits as we often travel on public transport to keep the costs down. We continue to build links with Lewisham Environmental Department to develop local studies and in Greenwich Park as part of the Mission Invertebrates. Most of our visits are free or have a minimum cost which ensures the cost will not be prohibitive and the pupils will enjoy their local area.

The PTA has been busy holding events such as film night and cake sales. We are always open to new events, so please use the suggestion box in the School foyer  (bought by the PTA) to write your ideas.  We are also hopeful that all parents will support the school in fund raising and supporting events within the school. Our School staff have organised successful Bingo nights which bring our school Community together. We have also held charity fundraising events such as for Macmillan Cancer Support and The British Legion. 
All the classes have been preparing for our Christmas activities such as the Nativity for Key Stage 1 and EYFS and our Carol service in Key Stage 2. Please look on the School blog for up to date information concerning forthcoming events. 

On behalf of all the staff of St Mary Magdalen’s, I would like to wish you all a Holy Christmas and a happy and fulfilling New Year. 

Best wishes and God Bless

Mrs Saunders

A Christmas Prayer

Lord, just like Baby Jesus,
I ever long to be,
Resting in your loving arms,
Trusting in your love for me.
You are the Light of the World and if we follow you,
We will never walk in darkness.
Amen

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Your chance to meet a published author!

We are very excited to announce that one of our teachers has recently become a published author!

Ms Gillian Antwi feels very passionate about young children’s mental well being and self esteem. She has felt that there has been an absence of books written for young children about these topics so decided to write her own book. Her book aims to help children on their journey of self-discovery, through promoting positive self-esteem and self-awareness. 

This is a fantastic book that gives children a guide towards becoming the best person you can be, using advice and thought provoking exercises. 

As a Catholic school we believe this book links very well with our own values and will continue to encourage our children to become the best person they can be. 

Please come along to our school hall on Monday 18th of December at 3.30pm to meet this wonderful author, speak to her, learn about what this book is about and buy your own signed copy. 

I know I will be buying a few for my own nieces for Christmas.

Well done Ms Antwi, we are all so proud of you!!! 

If you don’t buy a ticket, you can’t win the raffle!

Last chance to buy a ticket for the Christmas raffle!

The Christmas Raffle winners will be drawn on Tuesday 19th December 2017 during the school’s Christmas Dinner. You have until Monday afternoon to purchase your tickets at either 20p a ticket or £1 for 5 tickets and all proceeds go to St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School.

As a school we would also like to thank Ms Pelage, Mrs Labiche and Mrs Sheppard for their generosity in providing the prizes for our Christmas raffle.

Prizes:




1st Prize










2nd Prize








3rd Prize







Friday, 8 December 2017

Mayor Sir Steve Bullock welcomes Our Delegation

Our delegation tries out the former
Mayor of Deptford's chair for size!
This morning the School's Head and Deputy Head Boys and Girls took the bus, with Mrs Antwi and me (I'm a School Governor!), to Lewisham Town Hall.  We were one of six school delegations invited to meet the Mayor and the Young Mayor of Lewisham and to learn a bit about how the Council runs and what the big challenges are.

Joanne and Loic address the
Council Chamber.
We were welcomed to the Town Hall by the Mayor's team and told a bit about how Lewisham Borough was created.  We were shown the Borough's ceremonial mace and those from the former boroughs of Lewisham and Deptford (now merged): all three maces are together worth £200,000 and are displayed behind alarmed security glass!

We were shown into the Council Chamber where we heard what the Young Mayor, Laurelle Henry, does.  She was elected by Lewisham secondary school students and has a budget of £25,000 to spend during her year in office.  Each school delegation was invited to discuss in their group, then speak about, how they would spend the £25,000 budget if they were Young Mayor. The children enjoyed the challenge and had some fresh and interesting ideas - like tackling homelessness, promoting electric cars and encouraging healthy living. I found it reassuring that we are clearly nurturing a socially conscious, responsible and caring generation of children.

Smile please!  A photo with Sir Steve.
Finally we were ushered in to Sir Steve Bullock's office.  He has been Mayor of Lewisham for nearly sixteen years now but will retire from the job next May when his successor will be elected by the people of Lewisham.  Steve dealt with questions - mainly about the challenges of his job and what were the good and bad things about being Mayor - and showed us all his heavy gold 'badge of office' and his Mayoral chain.  Afterwards he let us have a photo with him.

Our future delegation to the United Nations?
On the bus home we had plenty of opportunity to discuss democracy and voting, and Loic, Joanne, Darragh and Albert reflected on whether they might one day have political ambitions and how serving on the School Council is a good first step in understanding what democratic representation involves.  All-in-all a very worthwhile and fun trip with a lovely bunch of well-behaved kids. 

Thank you to the Mayor and Young Mayor, to Mrs Antwi and to our four children (future leaders maybe?) who came on the trip.

Robert Sheppard
Foundation Governor

Monday, 4 December 2017

Ready, Steady, Cook!

Our After School Cooking Club has been working together to create all sorts of exciting and delicious dishes. This week they made a wonderful Chinese noodle dish. 

I wonder what Mrs Labiche and Mrs Sheppard have in store for them next week?