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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, 31 March 2017

A Whole New World

Thank you all PTA members for buying our new carpets from monies raised at events.

Reception and Year 1 have loved using our new carpets, to help us learn more about our topic ‘Our World’.

We have used our carpets to find the 7 continents and 5 oceans.

Some quotes from Year 1 children -

"I really like all the different children that are around the world" [Blessing]

"I really liked when Miss Clarke showed us all the different continents" [Janice]

"I like our new carpet because I can see the whole world and I can show my friends where our families come from" [Jeffrey]

Some quotes from Reception children -

"The blue bit is the sea and the green bit is where we live" [Leo]

"I’ve got a book at home that has a map on it like the carpet" [Zayden]

"We have to look after our new carpet" [Klavell]
Miss Knight and Miss Clarke

Art Day

Good painting is nothing else but a copy of the perfections of God and a reminder of His painting. [Michelangelo]
St. Mary Magdalen’s have spent the week celebrating art from around the world.  Each class was responsible for exploring artwork from a particular continent and then we shared these at our Whole School Art Assembly.

We had artwork from India, Spain, Antarctica, North America, Australia, South America and Africa.

Our Reception children took their influence from the famous Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso. They developed their own one line drawing.
The Year 1 children enjoyed celebrating Art Day. They learnt about how people in India use art in their cultural festivities.  They used layering techniques to create their own Indian inspired handprints.
The Year 2 children looked at the vast landscape that makes up the coldest continent, Antarctica.
The Year 3 children explored artwork from the Aboriginal Australians.  Did you know that the Aboriginal people used dreamtime stories as a way to communicate?
Year 4 children learnt about the famous South American Mayan calendar.  This gave the Year 4 children an opportunity to link their Maths and Art skills.
Year 5 children studied the three main features used in North American artwork. These include the use of bold colours, repeated patterns and lines of symmetry.

Year 6 children explored the colours and contracts in different African life quilts. They were able to produce their own stunning representation of what life might be like for children in Africa.
Children were taught many art skills which they will hopefully use now and in the future. It was a great opportunity to show our children how we can use art as a way of communicating.  The Arts are so important to our topic, Our World, as art is the common language used to communicate throughout the world.
Well done children, you are all great artists!
Miss Clarke

WE Day

On 22 March Miss Clarke, Ms Antwi and Ms Bekir took some pupils from years 5 and 6 to WE Day at the Wembley Arena.  WE Day is an inspirational event fuelled by an educational initiative, WE Schools.  Together, they connect and empower a new generation to to shift the world from “me” to “we”—from a focus on the individual to the power of community.

We were able to hear inspirational songs, stories and messages from a wide range of people such as Jessie J, Kate Winslet and Bruce Dickinson.  We were all able to take something positive away from the day and connect with the variety of speakers.

On the way home we felt quite excited talking about how we as individuals can come together and make a positive impact on our wider community and the world we live in and the pupils are looking forward to developing some initiatives in their classrooms.

"WE Day was really cool.  We got to see famous people such as Jessie J, Kate Winslet and more. The person who inspired me the most was Kate Winslet, because when she was younger she always wanted to be an actor and always had a part to play in the school play.  Then when she got older she auditioned for a part in a film and didn’t get it.  Everyone was telling her that she was never going to be an actor, but she didn’t give up.  Then one day she got a part in Titanic.  That is why she inspired me the most - she kept on trying.  On WE Day we also had to learn the WE Day dance and do it a couple of times throughout the show.  It was really fun and energetic.

"I’d like to thank Miss Clarke and Ms Antwi for taking us to this spectacular day." [A Year 6 Pupil]

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

'Thank You' Letter Awards

Over the past few weeks all of the children, in Key Stage 2, have been taking part in the ‘Thank You’ Letter Awards, as organised by the Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues, in Birmingham.

The Awards is a competition designed to encourage the children to explore who they are grateful to and why.  It has been an excellent opportunity for the children to really think about all those around them who inspire and contribute to their lives.

As part of the nationwide competition, the letters will be judged and the winners invited to a prestigious awards ceremony at the House of Lords!

The entries received as part of the competition have all been amazing and show just how reflective the children are of how those around them contribute to their lives. Although all entries were a pleasure to read we have selected some winners from each class.

Year 6 pupil - for his letter of admiration and thanks to teachers.
Year 5 pupil - for a wonderful letter of thanks to her parents.
Year 4 pupil– for a heart-warming letter of thanks to her local priest.
Year 3 pupil– for an appreciative letter to her role model.

We look forward to seeing how we do in the nationwide competition.

Ms Antwi and Miss Clarke