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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, 10 February 2017

Sir Steve welcomes us to the Town Hall

On the 171 bus to Catford
Our Head and Deputy Head Girl and Boy - Ava, Inara, Kadeem and Oghosa - were amongst children from five schools invited today to Lewisham Town Hall to hear what the Council does, to learn about the Young Mayor, and to meet and speak with Sir Steve Bullock, elected Mayor of Lewisham.  The children were accompanied on the trip by Ms. Anushka Clarke and Mr. Robert Sheppard, one of our School Governors.  We travelled by bus.

Soon after they arrived the children were shown the Ceremonial Maces of the former Boroughs of Deptford and Lewisham, which merged in 1965 to form the current Borough of Lewisham, and the Mace that is now used when Council Meetings are underway.

The children were then ushered into the Council Chamber where Council officers explained  more about the Borough and its Councillors and how the Young Mayor (currently Kayla Sh'ay) was elected and what she does at the Council.  The children were invited to discuss with each other what might be their priorities if they were to be chosen as Young Mayor.

On the St.Mary Magdalen table there was an interesting discussion, in which priorities were felt to be help for disabled children, tackling homelessness and encouraging more children to feel their views and opinions are important and worthy of being heard.  Kadeem and Oghosa fed back the St.Mary Magdalen's ideas to the wider group (see photo left).

The highlight of trip however was a meeting with Sir Steve Bullock, who has been the elected Mayor of Lewisham since 2002.  He welcomed the children into the Parlour (see right) and invited each to introduce themself and ask a question.  During the hour that followed we heard from Sir. Steve about how he became Mayor, what his priorities are, how old he is(!) and what he expects to be doing in 5 years time (n.b. he will retire as Mayor next year)!

Inara, Ava, Oghosa and Kadeem with Sir Steve and Ms Clarke
Ava asked Sir Steve what is the most important thing he has done as Mayor: he explained that ensuring everyone had decent housing was his top priority.

Kadeem asked him how his work affects our lives: Sir Steve explained all the different services the Council provides and how Council decisions affect everyone in one way or another.

Oghosa asked the Major how does his job affect his personal life and his family commitments: Sir Steve explained that modern technology - smartphones and his iPad helped him work more efficiently and spend less time at the Town Hall!  Oghosa also asked if he had met the Queen: he said he had, three times, the last when he was made a 'Sir' (A Knight of the Realm).

On the way home Inara said she'd really enjoyed the trip and feels she now understands a lot more about what the Mayor and Council do.  Oghosa said he had a lot of respect for the Mayor given all his responsibilities.  Ava felt it was a real privilege to meet the Mayor and to be invited into the Parlour to ask him some questions.

We are very grateful to Sir. Steve for the invitation to the Town Hall and for his spending so much time with us and the other children.  The children undoubtledly now have a much better understanding of how the Council works and greater confidence about how they might, in a few years time, start to play their own role in the Young Mayor election and, who knows, one day put themselves forward for public office - perhaps even as Mayor of Lewisham!

Robert Sheppard

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Joe sings at Westminster Abbey

We are very proud of Joe (Year 4), who last night sang at Westminster Abbey, in Central London, with the Abbey's own choir.

Joe has for nearly two years been a member of the London Youth Choir, which draws the members of its five youth choirs (ages 8-18yrs) from right across Greater London.  LYC provides a choral education and wonderful performance opportunities to children living or educated within London.  The choir’s vision is to inspire young people to achieve the highest possible standard in choral singing.

Last night Joe and his fellow choristers from the LYC Boys Choir were shown round the Abbey (see photo, right, of Joe at the tomb of the unknown warrior) and had the opportunity to sing at Evensong with the Abbey choir, including boys from the Abbey's own choir school. 

Friday, 3 February 2017

So You Think You Can Dance?


We were so lucky to have some of Lewisham’s finest dancers come and visit our school. These dancers are all completing their level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance at Lewisham Southwark College. They visited our school as part of their Schools Tour. They delivered a practical dance workshop to Years 5 and 6 followed by a performance of a variety of pieces created last term at their college. This was an amazing opportunity for our children to see profession dancers and it provided insight into what a career in the performing arts could offer. We would like to thank the students from Lewisham Southwark College for sharing their passion and talents and wish them ever success.


Monday, 23 January 2017

Head Teacher's Newsletter

Firstly a Happy New Year and welcome back after our Christmas break.  I would like to thank all of you for the cards and presents you kindly sent to our staff - they are always much appreciated.

It has been a very busy start to the Spring Term, with some very special visitors to our school from the Seychelles.  We have welcomed Mrs Labiche's niece and nephew who have joined in the learning in Years 1 and 3.  They even experienced snow for the first time- which was great to watch.  They have shared their school life in the Seychelles with our pupils, who have made them very welcome.  We are hopeful that we can set up a link with their school so that we can keep in touch.

We have to say goodbye and good luck to Miss Ruggeri, at the beginning of February, who has been offered a new opportunity in her career.  She has worked hard running the porridge club and in the playground at lunch times.  We wish her well and hope that she keeps in touch with St Mary Magdalen's.

If you have been in the playground this year you may have noticed that we have moved the PE shed off the garden and into the playground.  We are continuing to improve the garden area behind the kitchen and Mr Bowes will be sending dates out for volunteers to prepare the ground, ready for planting.  We are hoping to grow some fruit and vegetables for the children to try and look after.

A quick reminder that there is a suggestion box in the school foyer for any new ideas that you may have for the school.  We are open to new fund raising ideas which will benefit all of our pupils but also for the children to have fun.  All ideas are welcome.

You may have noticed that we have a new board in the foyer to display our staff photographs, although we are waiting for the complete set from the photographers.

Lastly, I have to inform you that I am having an operation on Friday, which means I will be off school for a couple of weeks.  As you know I have two able Assistant Heads in Mrs Campbell-Hill and Mr Rimell who will be able to deal with any queries or problems that may arise while I am away.  I have also been fortunate to have Mr West, who has agreed to come into school in an advisory capacity.  Just to reassure you all, I will be in constant contact after a few days of recovery. 

God Bless

Mrs Sally Saunders
Headteacher

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

A Visit From Afar...


  We have been so lucky to have two visitors from The Seychelles who have come to learn with us at St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School. Danellie and Derron have been learning in Year 1 and Year 3.


As a school our topic is ‘Our World’ and both Year 1 and Year 3 have benefitted from learning a little more about the culture and customs in the Seychelles. Did you know it is very hot in the Seychelles and that the country is surrounded by beautiful beaches!

 
Thank you Danellie and Derron for coming to our school. We hope you have enjoyed your time with us.