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Jigsaw PSHE

Ms Seale launched our new PSHE scheme in Collective Worship and shared our topic for the half term which is ‘Being Me in My World.’ The new scheme is called Jigsaw.

Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare children for life, helping them really know and value who they truly are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

To find out more about Jigsaw, go to www.jigsawpshe.com

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Bishop’s Certificate

As you are aware, Governors play a key role in developing and improving their school; clarity about the role of Governing Bodies is crucial to an effective partnership between Governors and the Head Teacher and staff. The Bishop of Southwark acknowledges this important role played by Governors of Church of England schools in the Diocese of Southwark.  He encourages Governors to work towards this certificate which aims to clarify the role of the Governing Body in a Church of England school.  The Bishop’s Certificate course is designed for the whole Governing Body.

Below is a list of the modules covered:

  • Module 1: The nature and purpose of church
  • Module 2: Admission policies
  • Module 3: The curriculum
  • Module 4: Teaching and Learning
  • Module 5: Self Evaluation and Inspection
  • Module 6: Effective governance
  • Module 7: School buildings
  • Module 8: Religious Education and Collective Worship
  • Module 9 & 10: Staffing

I am very pleased to let you know that our Governing Body has been awarded the Bishop’s Certificate which is a huge achievement.  We will be presented the certificate at Southwark Cathedral next week. Please join with me in congratulating our Governors, who are volunteers, for their achievement, alongside their commitment and support of our School.

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Day of Inspiration

Creative Club had a Day of Inspiration and visited interesting London sites. They recorded observations and took photographs to create research for creative writing and storytelling.

Creative Club visited the following places:

  • Tate Modern
  • Lambeth Palace
  • Premier Media

The girls had a truly wonderful day and their behaviour was exemplary. We took some pictures and shot a video of the day, which can be seen on this page. Please click on the thumbnails for a larger view.


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SIAMs Inspection in May 2019

St Mary Magdalene School recently underwent a SIAMs Inspection. SIAMs, or Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Mehtodist School examines how well a school has developed and implemented an inclusive and distinctive Christian vision. They also look at how well the school lives out that Christian vision.

Our inspector had some very positive feedback throughout the inspection. We will be distributing a full report from the inspector in due course so please look out for that.

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Easter Service

We enjoyed a wonderful time of celebration at St Mary’s Church this week at our Easter Service. Reverend Jonathan Mortimer and Abie Everett from all Saints Church, Peckham led the service with our Faith Group.

They told the Easter story through sharing: bad news, worse news and good news and Gospel Choir sang beautifully.  Thank you to everyone who made a donation to Lent Call 2019.

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Holy Communion

Paul Brown lead collective Worship this week on the Wonder of Holy Communion.

“On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.”

(1 Cor. 11:23–25)

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Christian Aid – Lent collective worship

Neil Roper from Christian Aid visited us this week and told us about people in the world who are affected by global warming. He reminded us how small changes we make can help the lives of others.

We would like to thank Neil for his visit and his insight into how we can all change to help heal our planet one day at a time to stamp out the risk of global warming.

Download a presentation:

To view this insightful presentation, please click on the link below.

Lent Easter Appeal 2019Lent Easter Appeal 2019

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RE Week Exhibition

Parents enjoyed visiting our recent RE Week exhibition on Christianity Around the World. All the children enjoyed an interactive and creative workshop with John Hardwick from Barnabus in School.


  • explored in depth how the Christian faith is lived out in other countries;
  • understood that Christianity is a living world faith;
  • used interactive and reflective activities to find out how Christianity began and developed;
  • learnt about Christianity today in countries such as Ethiopia, Argentina, Spain and Russia;
  • compared differences and similarities in Christian faith and worship, as well as the key beliefs that are common across the world.

One parent commented, “The children’s work is really inspiring.  It shows what they are learning and in their home language too.  What a brilliant idea!  Well done to all the classes for the great work.  Keep it up.

God bless you all.

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