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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.

Head Teacher

15th September 2017

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers,                                                                                                               
It is with great pleasure that I write this letter to you as the Head Teacher of St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School. The School has achieved great things over the last few years and we expect all of our pupils and staff to work hard over the new academic year to continue to achieve across the curriculum and within the wider community. Our results from last year are once again of a very high standard and this can only be achieved with the support of parents and carers and the dedication of our staff.  We strive to achieve the very best for all of our pupils and once again they have risen to the challenge and produced great results placing us at the top of Lewisham.

 Not only are we proud of our results , we also work hard to give all of our pupils wider opportunites with educational visits and through an enhanced curriculum. We will again be offering a wide range of clubs this year which will be largely voluntarily run by our staff. Please look out for letters of permission within this week and we will start the clubs in the third week of term.

Welcome
I wish you a warm welcome  back to the start of a new academic year or if your child started this week in our Reception class, I welcome you to the start in your child’s education with us. It was so lovely to see all of our children safely back after the summer holidays.Miss Knight and her staff were at the gate welcoming in all the smiling, eager faces of both new children and new parents. I was so impressed by the children’s enthusiasm to learn and experience a new chapter in their lives. All of the staff have been in school over the holidays ensuring that their classrooms were well prepared for the term ahead.

We welcome one new member of staff to our school.  Our new office member of staff, Ms Anne O’Connor, started last week so please make her feel welcome.

Important News
All of the Key Stage 2 classes will be issued with a Maths Homework book which will run alongside the Maths lessons. Each year group will set homework which will need to be completed on the day given. The staff will mark this homework with the pupils as part of our assessment therefore it is vital it is done on the correct day of the week. If any books are lost it will be expected for parents for purchase a replacement book. In our Reception and Key Stage 1 classes, we have changed the Reading Record books which include Phonic knowledge to help children at home. These will need to be completed by adults at home and will be checked and signed by staff every week. Likewise, KS2 pupils will be expected to complete their reading records and these will be collected every week by staff to check they are being used correctly and that reading is happening with adults at home. National research has shown that regular readers achieve much more than children who do not read for purpose both at school and at home with adults.

Learning themes
 You will hopefully have seen the curriculum webs we sent out to you at the end of last term and posted on our website:  http://stmarymagdalenprimary.blogspot.co.uk/ 
Our school learning theme for the autumn term will be based on Space, whilst continuing to embed our Catholic and British Values through areas of the curriculum and behaviour. The children will be undertaking research on space themes in and out of school. If you have any information on this theme that could contribute to the children’s work, please let us know by speaking to Ms O’Connor or Mrs Moore in the school office.

Free School Meals
If you are claiming any of these benefits-  income support, income based job seekers allowance or employment and support allowance, child tax credit only- (income below £16,190), guarantee element of pension credit, support part V1 of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999. You maybe eligible for free school meals you could save yourself hundreds of pounds each year by applying.  It is now very easy to find out if you qualify for free school meals all you need to do is go to www.lewisham.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals you will need to create an account and submit an online application. If your child is entitled to free school meals they will also be entitled to free milk from Cool Milk. To register log on to www.coolmilk.com or telephone 0800 321 3248.  It is very important for the school too, even if you do not take up the offer of free school meals, just by qualifying our school will benefit as we will receive additional money from the Government. At present  this is  £1320 for every child who is entitled to free school meals. This money is always used to further support our children’s learning.

Birthdays
As some children suffer from severe allergies across the school, we can no longer give out Party Bags, sweets or cakes.  We do not allow parents to come into school and give out party bags at the beginning or end of the day for the same reason.

Dinner Money
The dinner money for this term is £149.10 ( £2.10 per day).  Please be aware that any cheques sent to the school need to be made out exactly as follows:- LBL. St Mary Magdalen RC SchoolIf you wish to pay by parentpay and have mislaid your username and password please contact the school office.  Any money sent in to the office for dinners or school trips must be in an envelope marked with your child’s name, amount and the reason for payment enclosed then placed in the box in the Reception area.

End of the school day
Please remember that you must inform the school office either in the morning or early in the afternoon if your child is being collected by someone other than yourself. Please do not leave it until the end of the day.

House Badges
House badges have now been given out to years 2 and above by Mrs Sheppard- The cost of a replacement badge if it is lost will be 20p. These can be obtained from the school office (please have the correct change)

Uniform
This is a reminder that we do not allow any jewellery in school, which includes earrings. If your child has pierced ears the earrings need to be covered whilst in school. School shoes need to be black or brown, not boots of any kind. The children can wear their summer uniform until the end of this half term.

Diary Dates
12th September              -              Beginning of New Year Mass- St Georges Cathedral
14th September                -              Year 6 visit to the Houses of Parliament
21st September                 -             Coffee Morning for new parents in the school hal
21st September                -             Year 6 Visit to Lewisham Traning Kitchens
25th September               -              Reception Curriculum Meeting for Parents
27th September               -              Year 2 SATs Meeting for parents
30th September                -              Coffee Morning for Macmillan charity
3rd October                       -             Years 1 and 2 Visit to Parliament
5th  October                        -              Bingo Night- bring a dish for all parents and staff
6th October                      -              CAFOD Assembly
11th  October                     -              Visit by Captain of London Basketball Team
11th October                    -              Year 1 Parents’ Day
11th October                    -               Years 5 and 6 Visit to Primary Proms
12th October                    -               Year 6 Parents’ Day
13th October                       -              Harvest Assembly in Church
16th October                       -              Year 3 Parents’ Day
17th October                       -              Year 5 Parents’ Day
18th October                       -              Year 4 Parents’ Day
18th October                    -              Year 6 Visit to Greenwich Park for Environmental work
19th October                       -              Year 2 Parents’ Day
23rd- 27th October          -              Half term
7th November                  -              Reception Parents’ Day
9th  November                   -              Individual School Photographs
10th November                 -              Remembrance Day
15th November                -             Year 3 Visit to Greenwich Observatory
16th November                -             Pop-up Dome for all classes to study Space
14th  December                -              PTA Christmas Parties for all classes
15th  December                 -              Nativity Play – 2.00pm    -   10.am Dress Rehearsal            
19th  December                 -              Carol Service 7:00pm in the Church
19th December                 -              Christmas Dinner
20th December                  -              End of Term Mass
20th  December                 -              School finishes for Christmas promptly at 1.30pm


Yours sincerely


Mrs Sally Saunders


Headteacher


Links to previous Head Teacher's Newsletters

14th July 2017

5th May 2017