St John Vianney School Newsletter 05.07.2024

Headteacher's Message

Mr Moloney

Dear Parents and Carers,

I do hope you have had a great week.

In the final 2 weeks of school we will be continuing our focus on our learning in lessons. We aim to minimally disrupt any learning between now and the end of the term (19th July).

We do however, intend to arrange a number of special events and trips for pupils to mark the end of the academic year and I’m sure pupils will enjoy these experiences too. They have told me they are looking forward to these end of year events. Please continue to ensure your son/daughter is in school every day possible.

Pupil reports will be sent home next week and we do hope you enjoy reading about the many successes and achievements made by our pupils this year. The SLT, who have been checking reports this week, were really pleased to read of the successes that so many pupils have had and these are reflected well in the reports. If you have any concerns or worries, after reading the report, do please contact the class teacher to discuss before the end of term.

Can I remind you please that the summer term ends at 1.30pm on Friday 19th July. We have informed transport of the earlier pick up. The new school term starts at 9am on Tuesday 3rd September. Staff Inset day is on Monday 2nd September. We are anticipating that the building work will have made much further progress by then and we will continue to use our current transition routines for our pupils at the start and end of the day. Any changes we will need to make to our routines, will be confirmed with pupils at the start of the autumn term.

I hope you and your families have a great weekend!

Mr A Moloney, Headteacher

Key information and Dates


  • Thu 11th July - Anglesey Lifeboat Trip.
  • Fri 12th July - Sports Afternoon at Longford Park.
  • Mon 15th July - Class end of year trips.
  • Wed 17th July @ 9:30am - KS4&5 End of Year Mass.
  • Wed 17th July @ 11:20am - KS3 End of Year Mass.
  • Thu 18th July pm - KS3 Festival Afternoon.
  • Fri 19th July am - Transition morning for new pupils and pupils in new classes.
  • Fri 19th July @ 13:30 - School closes for the Summer Holidays.
  • Mon 2nd Sept - INSET day- School is closed for pupils.
  • Tue 3rd Sept @ 9:00am - School re-opens for the next academic year.

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week!

  • Class 1 - Daniyal - For communicating in lots of different ways whilst his device is being fixed.
  • Class 2 - Cory - For his extra effort and presentation with handwriting, working well with peers and contributing to class activities.
  • Class 3 - Meera - For great engagement in 'God's Creation Day'.
  • Class 4 - James - For making lots of mature decisions, and putting some great effort in with his art work.
  • Class 5 - Rome - For working hard and trying to improve his work.
  • Class 6 - Chael - For being more mature around school and trying hard to make better choices.
  • Class 7 - Isabella - For working hard in Art lessons.
  • Class 8 - Alfie - For showing amazing confidence and really stepping up as Class 8's party leader.
  • Class 9 - Andrew - For fantastic work on the 'Mock Election'.
  • Class 10 - Daniel - For being settled and self-regulating.
  • Class 11 - Finlay - For being kind and helpful to staff and his friends.
  • Class 12 - Curtis - For a good week all round and talking about a difficult situation.
  • Class 13 - Daniel - For being an 'always pupil'.

Employees of the Week!

Congratulations to Mr Harris, Mrs Harris and Mrs Kaur!

Mr Harris did a great job organising a brilliant school election. It got our young people engaged in the democratic process and they all understood the mechanics of an election, as well as having tremendous fun in the process. It has led to some meaningful talks in PSHE and our students feel much more confident in their knowledge of different political parties. Mrs Harris and Mrs Kaur achieved another 5-star rating in our recent Food Hygiene inspection and gained a 98% grading; great leadership of the kitchen! Well done!

Highlights of the Week

Our Catholic School

Our spiritual focus in SJV this week is from Pope Francis, which reminds us about the importance of family and faith;

‘The family is the place where parents become their children’s first teachers in the faith. How beautiful it is to support each other in the wonderful adventure of faith’

How is it July already? The weeks are just flying by and how have we only got two weeks left of school? We’ve still got so much to do!

Within our Catholic school, as we go to press with the newsletter, we have had our 'Come Dine With Me' experience with displaced people and their volunteers from the St John's Centre came and had a meal with us to show our solidarity for people who have to leave their home due to war and difficult circumstances. It shows what SJV stand for and it’s always a lovely occasion.

Within RE we have been looking at the importance of faith in the community and how vital that support is. With some of the older students we have been looking at community cohesion, other faiths such as Hinduism and the importance of working together. Faith and acceptance can transform our lives and the community we live in.


This week's Wednesday Word is "Welcome''.

Mrs Garfin

Poetry Corner

This week, our Poet in Residence Mr. Lomax was given the opportunity to celebrate the poetic achievements of our learners and share the first copies of our School Poetry Anthology with MANCEP Headteachers across the Manchester area. It was such a proud moment to explore the creative journey of our pupils, from their poems on the printed page, to standing on stage at The Globe Theatre performing their amazing work. Mr. Lomax spoke about the power of poetry, its impact on the wellbeing and confidence of our pupils, and how this creativity has supported our literacy strategy. The true impact of poetry at SJV is best celebrated in this powerful collaborative poem penned by the pupils: 'We Are Saint John Vianney'

Oliver Lomax

Useful Information

Some helpful advice from INEQE:

"It’s summer and the school holidays are nearly here! While we can’t guarantee sun time, we can predict high levels of screen time for our children and young people during the school holiday season. It might seem that the easiest option for managing screen time is to not allow it at all, but screen time activities like gaming and social media are a source of fun for children and young people. It is often how they communicate with their friends while they’re not seeing them every day at school, so banning all screen time would most likely be counterproductive or even harmful, as it can cut off children and young people from their outside world. A more productive approach would be to establish boundaries and develop healthy habits, which will balance their screen time while also ensuring their needs are recognised." Top Tips for Managing Screen Time

Take a look at your Local Offer to find out what activities are being offered in your area during the school holidays….

Click on the following link to open a directory of useful links and information about facilities, activities and support available to you and your young person: INFORMATION DIRECTORY

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