Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Welcome to Reception Class Parents and Carers!

A very warm welcome to St. Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School!
Now that all the children are in class and seem to have settled in very well, I would like to invite all of you to get to know the teachers, teaching assistants (TAs) and other school staff better by attending the PTA Italian Night on Weds 1 October.  Please see information in earlier posts here on this website/blog.
For those of you who haven’t had children at this School before, this evening will provide an excellent opportunity for you to meet the school community in a social setting.  We are a small School and as such people tend to know each other and get on very well.
The Italian Night is an opportunity for you not only to meet to share your children’s experiences in their first few weeks at School (and your experience too!), but also to get to know other parents whose children are in the Reception class or in other classes higher up the School.  You will be able to meet and chat with the School Governors (a number of whom are parents like you!), our Parish Priest and other members of the school community, who you may not yet have a chance to talk to at the ‘school gate’.
Please come along, have a great meal and join our very special ‘family’ of children and parents. It is also your chance to find out about future PTA events and perhaps get more involved yourself.
Graeme McGlasson-West

Our New Head and Deputy Head Boy and Girl, and our School Council 2014/15

Congratulations to the following children, who have been elected by the School as a whole as Head and Deputy Head Boy and Girl and by classmates to the School Council:

Head Boy - Taye Williams
Head Girl - Jessica Pallickamyalil
Deputy Head Boy - Noble Appiyah
Deputy Head Girl - Julia Golonka

The School Council will meet every week and comprises:

Year 3 - Daisy Cahalane-Macguinness and Sofia Ruggeri-Falaniko
Year 4 - Veronica Nti and Chukwuma Nzegbunam
Year 5 - Daisy Sheppard and Keira Holenn-Ngono
Year 6 - Kirsty Boakye-Acheampong and Roi Marfo

The Head Boy and Girl attend School Council meetings and feed back to KS1.

Graeme McGlasson-West

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Italian Night - Reminder and explanation!

Further to the recent post about the PTA Italian Night, can I reiterate that:
  • this will be a 'splendissimo' four-course Italian meal, with drinks 
  • tickets (£10 per adult) must be purchased (from Mel in the school playground - just ask for me!) by Monday 29 September as the meal includes fresh produce which will need to be bought in advance (plus the organisers quite reasonably don't intend to handle cash on the night)
  • there is no charge for children from St.Mary Magdalen's
  • the purpose of the Parent Teacher Association is as a link between parents and the School and all  proceeds from this event will to go towards the projects to support our children's education (none towards the running costs of the PTA, which operates on an entirely voluntary basis).
I hope to see many of you there!

Mel Ruggieri, School PTA

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

School Uniform - Clarification

Just to remind you that, as in previous years, children can continue to wear Summer uniform until half term, in October.  When children return from the half term break on 4 November they should ALL be wearing full winter uniform.  Of course if the weather turns cold between now and half term then children can wear their winter uniform before then - but this is a matter for individual parents.  Alternatively children can wear full winter uniform with immediate effect.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Autumn Term Dates


Fri 12 Sept – Y5 visit to Southwark Cathedral for Tudor Day
Mon 15 Sept (9:20) – Special Assembly taken by members of ‘The Passage’ (Cardinal Hume’s Centre for the Homeless, Westminster)
Weds 17 Sept - Y6 visit to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster
Mon 22 Sept (8:45–9:10) – PTA coffee morning
Tues 23 Sept (2:00 – 4:00) – Y6 and choir 1914-themed ‘Afternoon Tea’ for ‘older members’  of the St Mary Magdalen’s community
Thurs 25 Sept Y3/4 – ‘War Story’ workshops in School (The life of Walter Tull, the first Black officer in the British Army)
Thurs 25 Sept Y5/6 visit – ‘War Horse’ themed workshops (‘Life in the Trenches’).
Fri 26 Sept Y5/6 – ‘War Story’ workshops in school (The life of Walter Tull, the first Black officer in the British Army)
Mon 29 Sept Y5/6  - visit to Imperial War Museum
Mon 29 Sept – Work starts on the refurbishment of the Infant Playground (which we expect to last for one week)


Weds 1 Oct (9:20) - Harvest Assembly in the School Hall (families welcome)
Weds 1 Oct (5:30 – 8:30) – PTA Italian Night (tickets now on sale)
Tues 7 Oct - Y2 visit to Horton Kirby
Weds 8 Oct – Dog Trust Assembly
Mon 13 Oct - Y5/6 Primary Proms at the Royal Albert Hall
Weds 15 Oct - Y3 Parents’ Meeting with Class Teacher(s)
Thurs 16 Oct – Reception Parents’ Meeting with Class Teacher(s)
Friday 17 Oct – Y4 Parent’s Meeting with Class Teacher(s)
Mon 20 Oct (8:45 – 9:10) – PTA coffee morning
Mon 20 Oct - Y1 Parents’ Meeting with Class Teacher
Mon 20 Oct - Y1 Parents’ Meeting with Class Teacher
Tues 21 Oct - Y2 Parents’ Meeting with Class Teacher
Weds 22 Oct - Y6 Parent’s Meeting with Class Teacher(s)
Thurs 23 Oct - Y5 Parent’s Meeting with Class Teacher
Fri 24 Oct – School closes (3:30pm) for HALF TERM


Mon 3 Nov – INSET day (Teacher training) - School closed 
Tues 4 Nov - School opens for children
Tues 4 Nov – School Mass in Church for Holy Souls
Weds 5 Nov (3:30 – 5:30) – Children’s Movie Night
Tues 11 Nov (10:50-11:30) – Remembrance Assembly (families welcome)
Tues 11 Nov (3:30–4:00) - PTA cake sale in aid of Help for Heroes
Fri 14 Nov – 'Children in Need' day
Tues 18 Nov – individual school photographs
Fri 21 Nov – Children’s Commissioner ‘Take Over Day’


Tues 2 Dec – School Mass in Church for Advent
Tues 9 Dec (6:30–8:00) – Music concert and PTA coffee and cakes
Thurs 11 Dec (10:00) – Infant Nativity dress rehearsal (families welcome)
Fri 12 Dec (2:15) – Infant Nativity (families welcome)
Mon 15 Dec – Save the Children ‘Make the World Better with a Sweater’
Weds 17 Dec (9:30) - School Mass in Church for the end of term
Weds 17 Dec – Children’s Christmas lunch
Thurs 18 Dec (1:30) – PTA-organised Christmas Parties
Thurs 18 Dec (7:00–8:00) – Carol Service in Church
Fri 19 Dec (1:30pm) – School closes for Christmas Holidays

Further information will follow, in due course, about a number of these events/dates.

Graeme McGlasson-West, Head Teacher