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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

Dear Parents and Carers,                                                                   4th January 2018

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. 

I would like to thank Madame Borget for all her support at our Carol Service and singing which was wonderful. It was a very special occasion and the children were excellent ambassadors for our school.  Mrs Marsh prepared Year 6, who sang a Ghanaian song beautifully. Mrs Azodo prepared the readers with me and they read with meaning and purpose.  It is always a memorable occasion and ensures the true meaning of Christmas is not lost. I would also like to thank the staff who prepared and rehearsed our Nativity this year in Reception, Years 1 and 2. Our younger children always start Christmas for us in school and they make us all, both parents and staff, extremely proud of belonging to a Catholic school. 

The PTA managed to raise nearly £1000 before Christmas, at different events and this money will help buy new reading books for classrooms to link with our whole school topic of “People and places”. I would like to thank the entire PTA for organising these events and without the fundraising; we would not be able to buy extra items to support your children’s learning. 

 As many of you know, when we held our non-uniform day, we raised £116 to give to our Church. This paid for many of the Christmas dinners, which were cooked by our School Cook, Cliff. I know that it was a very lovely day with around 80 people having dinner together in our School Hall. 

We would like to say a warm welcome to Mrs West who is going to work in Year 5 as a TA, to support one of our pupils. She has worked in another local school, so comes with plenty of experience. Some of you may have met her before Christmas as she worked a couple of days to familiarise herself with our school. 

Whilst Mrs Campbell- Hill is still unwell, Mr Rimell will be teaching Year 5 on Mondays and Tuesdays until she returns. Mrs Murphy has agreed to teach Year 2 on Mondays and Tuesdays so will be in the Year 2 class every day except Friday afternoons when Mr Rimell will be there to teach. Mr Rimell will plan with Mrs Murphy and ensure that there is least disruption to both classes. I have also asked Ms Antwi to cover R.E as a subject leader and Miss Knight will take over some duties as Acting Assistant Head.  Whilst I am hoping Mrs Campbell- Hill will be returning as soon as possible, I have to ensure the smooth running of the school and I know all of our staff will step up whilst a senior member of staff is absent. We would all like to offer Mrs Campbell-Hill our prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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.  We will be holding a PTA meeting on Wednesday, 17th January at 9 o’clock, which is open to all parents and staff. All parents are automatically members of the PTA when their children start at St Mary Magdalen’s, so please come and share some fundraising ideas for the next two terms.  

Lastly and sadly, I have to inform you that two members of our staff have recently lost very close family members. Mrs Osborne and Mrs Bekir would appreciate your prayers and kind thoughts at this difficult time. We will be holding a whole school Mass on Monday for Epiphany, led by Year 5, where we will remember the families of both members of our staff. 

God Bless
Mrs Sally Saunders
Headteacher