St John Vianney School Newsletter 08.03.2024

Headteacher's Message

Mr A Moloney

Dear Parents and Carers,

I do hope that you and your families have had a good week. It feels this week that Spring has finally sprung. It’s been lovely to see, for the first time in a while, pupils making the most of the sunshine and out at play times without coats. Let us hope the good weather stays with us.

The rear of site in school has been very busy, as much physical progress has been made on the new build. We are hoping that we will see some of the frames for the new buildings put in place before the Easter break. The site certainly looks very different to what it looked like in September last year.

There have been lots of offsite enrichment activities this week and the children continue to benefit from a really broad curriculum to complement their in School lessons. This week we have had our Girls’ football team play in a tournament at the Etihad, pupils attend Cronkshaw Fold Farm, CAFT for Forest School, swimming at Stretford Leisure Centre, the gym and cycling at Longford Park, volunteering at the Bread and Butter Thing food bank in Stretford, the Salvation Army in Sale as well as a raft of work related learning opportunities that are provided for individuals and small groups. We are very proud of the partnerships we have externally and how these support us in bringing the curriculum to life for our pupils.

On top of all this we celebrated World Book Day yesterday, with pupils participating in a range of exciting literacy activities. We are also presently focusing on our Lenten activities, with pupils and staff working together to identify how we can prepare for Easter and do more for other people in terms of prayer, fasting and fundraising. It has been another very busy week! Next week is the KS3 Residential to Bendrigg and we hope the pupils and staff have a fantastic time in the Lake District.

We are now busy preparing the second interim report of this academic year, which will be sent home before the final week of term. The report will identify the progress being made by your child since the last report in November. Following the report we invite you into school for our annual parents evening. Please make a note of the date and time of this really important event, where you will have an opportunity to meet with teachers and class teams to discuss the progress made by your child and look through the work that they have been undertaking this year. Parents Evening will be on Wednesday 27th March from 4:30pm to 6pm in the school hall; please make every effort to attend.

I hope you and your families have a great weekend and week ahead.

Mr A Moloney

Dates For Your Diary

  • Weds 27th March @ 4.30pm - 6.00pm - Parents Evening

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week!

  • Class 1 - Jase - For lots of good communicating.
  • Class 2 - Alex - For all his hard work in class this week; done with the biggest smile.
  • Class 3 - Zack - For working hard and being in every day this week.
  • Class 4 - K-leum - For dealing with conflict in a mature way & making good decisions.
  • Class 5 - Bailey - For listening to staff and trying hard.
  • Class 6 - Thomas - For fantastic engagement during this week's activities.
  • Class 7 - Scarlett - For a greatly improved attitude and trying hard in lessons.
  • Class 8 - Keenan - For having an amazing attitude all week.
  • Class 9 - Troy - For a superb effort in all of his lessons and being a pleasure to teach.
  • Class 10 - Munir - For being very helpful in class and working very hard in all his lessons.
  • Class 11 - Mia - For increased confidence with communication and determination to be the best that she can be.
  • Class 12 - Curtis - For going above and beyond showing acts of kindness to a friend.
  • Class 13 - Daniel - For his excellent work while off site.

Employee of the Week

Congratulations to Miss Campbell

Miss Campbell is one our Speech and Language Therapists. She is employee of the week for her work with pupils that has improved their communication and confidence. Pupils love the SALT sessions; Miss Campbell and the SALT teams hard work is really paying off! Well Done!


Mentor of the Year Award 2024

As part of the post 16 curriculum, the students take part in a 'Teens and Toddlers' programme run by Power2, which provides the students with work experience at a local primary school. On Wednesday 6th March, the students attended a Graduation Evening. Power2 works in 43 schools with over 500 students, each year they nominate students who have made outstanding progress for different awards. We are proud to say that, out of all these schools, Micah, from Class 12, was nominated for and won the 'Mentor of the Year 2024' award! This is a huge achievement, congratulations Micah, we are all very proud of you!

Congratulations to Megan, Curtis, Micah and Renee on graduation of their course!


Miss A Watson
  • What is your role in school? My role in school is Medical Coordinator. I also support the Admin Team.
  • What have you been doing this week? I have been busy working in the Admin Team and getting things ready for our upcoming residentials to Bendrigg and Calvert Trust.
  • What do you like best about SJV? The pupils and staff get on really well and are supportive of each other.
  • How could SJV be even better? SJV will be even better when the new build is complete, I am looking forward to seeing all the new facilities.
  • What are your hopes and dreams for the future? I hope that all the pupils continue to flourish, it is a pleasure to support them.

Highlights of the Week

Our Catholic School

'If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze'

- St Catherine of Siena

We have been very busy within our Catholic school this week;

  1. Class 6 spent the day with Father Nick at the Spiritan Centre and had a wonderful reflective time on their Class retreat.
  2. We are continuing in our Lenten mission undertaking 40 Acts of Kindness. It’s lovely to read through all the 'Acts of Kindness', that have taken place so far.
  3. We have been continuing to spend time in Si' Lent, having time to be quiet, be still and have real time for God.
  4. Today we had our Mid Lenten Reconciliation Services in the Chapel, led by Fr Nick. The pupils again participated excellently.

In RE lessons this week we have been looking at where there is love in the world, how we can make a difference and how Jesus taught us that the two greatest commandments were to: 'Love the Lord God with all your heart' and 'Love your neighbour as yourself'. Love for all people was at the very centre of Jesus' message.

This week's Wednesday Word is 'Self-Giving'.

Mrs Garfin

Poetry Corner

It’s amazing to see that our young people are so inspired by our poetry workshops, that they are going home and writing in their free time! A passion for literature must also exist outside the classroom. Our poet in residence, Mr. Lomax, was thrilled when he was passed this poem in the corridor on Monday morning. A stunning and thought-provoking piece by Keenan, searching for hope with his words, and asking us all to look for a brighter future. It’s wonderful that our young poets are connecting their own emotions with the power of language. Well done, Keenan!

Oliver Lomax

Useful Information

Supporting your young person into adulthood; workshops and online Courses from Family Fund

The move from teenager to adult requires careful planning. Parents and Carers may be wondering how their young person’s benefits may be affected. This new workshop can help you plan for the changes to your child’s finances by using online services. Family Fund will look at the various agencies that should be involved in supporting your young person as they transition into adult services. They’ll also talk about where you can go for help, and the organisations available to provide support. Join them on Friday, 22nd March at 10.30am to find out more, click on the links below for more information: Finance workshops for parents/carers Online workshops:

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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