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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!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Another successful School Year ends

2014/15 has been another very successful year at St. Mary Magdalen’s.  With some sadness we say goodbye, and wish good luck to, our amazing Year 6 children.

However I am pleased to report that the School has retained Lewisham’s 1a ‘outstanding’ categorisation.  Our 2015 results in the Early Years, Year 1 phonic screening tests and the KS1 (Year 2) and KS2 (Year 6) have all been well above Lewisham and national averages.  In the recent (July 2015) School Achievement Review conducted by the local authority achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety and leadership and management, were all judged to be ‘outstanding’.
 
At the end of term, children had a ‘taster’ session in their new classes.  All teachers will remain in their current year groups except Mr. Pinks who will move up to Year 4.  A new member of staff, Ms Anushka Clarke, will join us as class teacher in Year 1.  Mr. Bowers leaves us after three years, and we wish him well in his new school.

I would like to thank all of you who assisted in the School’s ‘Summer Celebration’.  Together we raised over £850.00 which will go towards a new stage in our School Hall.  Charity fundraising this year has once again been amazing, with the children showing what great entrepreneurs they have become: they made over £450 for our chosen charities, simply by running their own playtime stalls!

Personally, I would like to thank all those of you who have expressed to me your condolences after the death of my mother.  Your support and that of the children, staff and Governors has greatly helped me to get through this difficult time in my life.

On behalf of all the School's staff I would like to wish you a very pleasant summer holiday and look forward to seeing you in September. Please note that children can still wear their summer uniform until half term in October, they can also wear their winter uniform if you prefer.  Autumn term curriculum plans for all classes will be posted on this website shortly.   Dinner money for the half term 3 Sept to 23 October 2015 will be £70.30.

School reopens for the children on Thursday 3 September 2015 at 9.00am.

Graeme McGlasson-West
Headteacher

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Our Young Musicians and Singers Shine

Last night was our annual summer concert, when parents and family members are treated to a wonderful evening of music and song.
 
The choir opened and closed the evening with contrasting songs, showing their skills and tunefulness to great effect.  The choir is made up of pupils from years 3-6 and they sing with enthusiasm and great musicality. 

The children who have singing lessons with Mme. Borget also sang to us a medley from 'The Sound of Music', an apt choice as the film is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
 
Individual children performed on violin, cello, clarinet, flute, saxophone and piano.  We heard both from those who have been learning for a few months, and from other more experienced pupils.  The standard was impressively high, and all children displayed increased confidence.  For the first time we had the ukelele played at one of our concerts when some Yr.5 pupils showed what they have learned to do this year in class music lessons.
 
Altogether everyone was excellently entertained - and the children enjoyed themselves and were able to keep their nerves in check.
 
 
I should like to thank parents again for the support they give to their children, thus enabling them to participate in musical activities.  Also thanks to Mrs Framingham, Miss Catley and Madame Borget for their continued work teaching our pupils.
 
Anne Gardener


Thursday, 25 June 2015

An altogether Grimm week - but a fun one too!

Book week - led by Mr Rimell, our English subject leader - began with the Scholastic Book Fair which offered children the chance for children to buy books before and after school.  We raised £640 from this, which will go towards purchasing books for the School.
 
During the week every class studied the Brothers Grimm, choosing which fairy tale to read for the week and focussing on different ways to re-tell the stories.  "Their fairy tales certainly are dark and grim(!)," commented Mr Rimell during assembly.  He then went onto explain the stories always have a message or moral meaning behind the darkness.  He also showed the children the famous Bavarian castle of Neuschwanstein (see photo opposite) which illustrates the rich tradition of storytelling in Germany.
 
Children from Key Stage Two shared reading with Key Stage One, and throughout the school plays were rehearsed, monologues and character perspectives practised, biographies written and art work completed.

Mr. Rimell's end-of-week assembly celebrated all the work carried out during the week.
 
Reception stood up and showed their pictures, having studied ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.
 
Year 1 showed off their phonics skills by reading ‘Cinderella’ phonically spelt with big, loud voices.
 
Year 2 looked at the story of ‘Rapunzel’ and performed three scenes, in a dramatic way that would upstage any actor (even those who have trained at the Guildhall - you know who you are!).
 
Year 3 recited ‘The Fisherman and His Wife’, with the whole class joining in the repeated lines.
 
Year 4 studied ‘The Juniper Tree’ and acted out the tale with inventive adaptations, props and singing.  They displayed energetic acting throughout.
 
Year 5 studied ‘The Emperor's New Clothes’ and read out some book reviews on the tale, explaining the storyline and deeper meanings within the book.  They also showed a picture book of illustrations they had drawn from this tale.
 
Year 6 spent the week studying ‘Hansel and Gretel’, looking at the differences between different versions written over the decades from the 1900's to present day.  In assembly, they read out extracts they had written themselves, from the perspective of the characters.
 
Finally congratulations to the winners from each class for the ‘Design a Book Cover’ competition and a big thank you to Mr Rimell for a week of fun, learning and imagination, supported by all the other staff who helped make this such a stimulating and exciting week for the children.
 
Ms Bekir

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Why do ships float?

Last Wednesday we held the prize giving assembly for the Why do ships float?  homework challenge.

Over seventy children entered and the standard was particularly high.  The winners were chosen by judging their work against the original brief, which emphasised having a go at an experiment and good presentation.  The overall winners were Martyna for Key Stage 2 and Adam for Key Stage 1.

Four children presented their work in the form of a film.
 
Well done to all those who took part and for all the hard work put into this challenge.
 
Martin Bowes

Year 1's tomato plant experiment

Last Friday, Year 1 had a look at how well their tomato plants had grown. One had been in the dark and the other had been in the light
 
Here are some of the children’s thoughts:
  • Perhaps the plant in the dark grew taller because it had more water?
  • Maybe the plant in the dark germinated quickly?
 
Most of the children correctly thought the more healthy plant was the one that had been in the light.  Although it was shorter it had a flower and was not at all floppy!
 
After that we all picked and ate some of the lettuce we had grown!
 
Martin Bowes