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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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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God’s Global Goals

This week we launched a new mission at St Mary Magdalene to try to fight inequality, end extreme poverty and respect our planet.

We are going to work together with other schools and outside agencies to be ‘agents of change,’ as part of our work around courageous advocacy. Each class has been given one of the seventeen ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ to focus on which were created by world leaders in the United Nations.

These are also known as God’s Global Goals and our aim is to work together to build a better future for everyone.

For more details take a look at the following link: 

If you would like to be involved then do speak to your child’s class teacher.

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