Collective Worship – Ash Wednesday

Today St Mary Magdalene Primary School reflected upon Ash Wednesday during our Collective Worship. Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer, fasting, and repentance. It is preceded by Shrove Tuesday and falls on the first day of Lent, the six weeks of penitence before Easter.

The Bishop of Southwark’s Lent Call

In this video we hear a message from Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, The Bishop of Southwark as we prepare for this years Lent Call.

To read the full article accompanying this video, CLICK HERE.

To download the Lent Call 2019 flyer – CLICK HERE.

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Show the Love – The Climate Coalition

Children in Year 6 have had a really focussed topic time on their project entitled ‘Save our World’. This was inspired by an international project about Climate Change called The Climate Coalition (#showthelove) and links to  Goal 13: Climate Action from God’s Global Goals.

Climate change is a real and undeniable threat to our entire civilization. The effects are already visible and will be catastrophic unless we act now.Through education, innovation and adherence to our climate commitments, we can make the necessary changes to protect the planet.

These changes also provide huge opportunities to modernize our infrastructure which will create new jobs and promote greater prosperity across the globe.

Getting Started:

We began the project by looking into Global warming and its effect on our world which lead us nicely onto endangered animals and how climate change is affecting them. We chose the polar bear to concentrate on and children researched and produced some fantastic non-chronological reports. At the same time, we added to this by doing some art of the other animals that are at risk.

We watched the video from the following website in Collective Worship with the whole school: and shared our thoughts and findings.  We encouraged members of our school family to take action.

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Letter to local MP:

Finally, we took it upon ourselves to produce leaflets to inform other schools of the huge problems with plastic and a small group decided to voice their concerns and pitch a plan of action for it to our local MP – Harriet Harman. These motivated children wrote letters to her and are now awaiting her response. Wish us all the best for ‘Project Plastic!’

Letters to Harriet Harman:

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Award Winning Poet Visit

Award-winning poet James Carter was a popular visitor to SMMS .  He joined us during Book Week where he gave poetry (with music) performances and workshops to inspire both the children and staff.

Each class enjoyed Collective Worship and a poetry writing session where they were able to be creative and have fun with words.  We finished the day with a whole school inspiring poetry performance.  Kareem from Year 6 said ‘I found the Collective Worship and workshops intriguing. My mind got lost into it all!!’

To bring book Week to a close, we performed some of our favourite poems to the school during Collective Worship.  Some made us laugh, some made us stop and reflect!!  Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Book Week great!!


Here are a couple of our amazing poems written by the children during a workshop with James. To listen, press play.

Here are some of our favourite poems for you to enjoy: Poems


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‘Riot Act’ workshop

Year 5 & 6 took part in the ‘Riot Act’ workshop on Wednesday afternoon, where they learned about how to keep themselves on the roads. The children were thoroughly engaged, but also had the chance to be reflective about the very real dangers that the roads posed.

Distractions such as playing in the road, using mobile phones and cycling/scooting could lead to life-threatening accidents, so the children were encouraged to be road smart when travelling to and from school.

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British Values – Democracy

Democracy is a key British Value and we have been talking about it in Collective Worship and in class this week.

We learnt that:

  • It means that all British adults are able to vote for the people they want to run the country.
  • The British Democratic system has been copied by countries around the world.
  • Some countries are dictatorships and do not have democratic elections.

We are thinking about ‘How we are a Democracy in our School?’ And our Dog of Democracy will be visiting each class to help us with our discussions.

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Houses of Parliament Visit


The School Council visited the Houses of Parliament on Thursday. They had a tour of the House of Commons, visited Westminster Hall and listened to part of a live debate. As part of the visit, pupils also had the opportunity to take part in an interactive workshop, where they discovered how MPs debate key issues and how a government is formed. They enjoyed learning about our democratic system, our local constituencies, MPs, and began to think about issues which are debated in Parliament.

Famous said, ‘I learnt that the Queen only attends Parliament once a year to open it. I enjoyed learning about what Politicians do.’ Thank you to all the pupils for being so curious and articulate and a big thank you to Mrs Gouldbourne for accompanying the School Council on their visit.

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