St John Vianney School Newsletter 14.06.2024

Headteacher's Message

Mr Moloney

Dear Parents and Carers,

I do hope you and your families are well?

There are now only five weeks left before we break for the summer holidays, (Friday 19th July at 1.30pm), and we are busy preparing for the end of the academic year and the new one, which will begin on Tuesday 3rd September at 9.00am for our pupils. The new year will bring us the challenge of the ‘new build’ taking up further space on our site, more builders on site and we may need to change again some of the routines we have established in School. Great progress has been made to this point and the school community has managed well the changes imposed upon us. We will continue working with the building teams to ensure these changes have the least disruption possible for the School community.

We have planned for a range of activities for pupils in these last 5 weeks, including a KS3 Festival, a fun sports afternoon for all pupils and class end of year trips; all great activities for pupils to celebrate their successes this year. See our Key Information and Dates section below for more planned events.

Next week additionally, KS4 have an adventure sports day to attend at Greystone’s Action Sports in Old Trafford, which will take place on Wednesday. Our KS3 Cricket team are representing the school at a SEND Cricket competition at Middleton Cricket Club also on Wednesday and our BTEC Art group are attending the MMU Art degree show on Friday. Another busy week at SJV.

On Friday 28th June we will have our Leavers’ service and celebration for the pupils who officially leave us at this time. It will be a sad occasion in many ways, but we will certainly celebrate the pupil achievements with them before they leave. We also start our transition work for September in the next couple of weeks, when we welcome into School the parents of pupils who will join SJV in September. We look forward to welcoming the children and their parents who begin their journey with us at SJV.

The collation of our annual reports is going well and we are planning to send the pupils report home to you week beginning 8th July. It continues to be a busy time for all in school and we appreciate, as always, the positive behaviour and cooperation of our pupils and the continued support of their parents and carers.

Have a great weekend,

Mr A Moloney, Headteacher

Key information and Dates


  • Tue 25th June at 9:30am until 10:50am - Key Stage 4 & 5 Careers Event.
  • Wed 26th June - 'God's Creation' - Deep Learning Day.
  • Fri 28th June - Leavers' Mass and Celebration.
  • 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 - End of Year Mass.
  • Fri 19th July at 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 - Oskar - For increased independence in class and for great flexibility.
  • Class 2 - Matilda - For her above and beyond approach to Forest School, the Farm and being a role model for Class 2.
  • Class 3 - Ethan - For increasing confidence with his whole Key Stage.
  • Class 4 - K-Leum - For dealing with conflict very maturely and representing the school football team fantastically.
  • Class 5 - Ruby - For taking care and pride in her work.
  • Class 6 - Charlie - For attending assembly and being positive around school.
  • Class 7 - Jack - For showing greater maturity and positivity.
  • Class 8 - Heaven - For consistently putting effort into everything she does.
  • Class 9 - Troy - For being resilient during exams and working hard on his emotional regulation.
  • Class 11 - Rayyan - For a brilliant week, putting in lots of effort in PE, OMF and on our class retreat.
  • Class 12 - Tomasz - For always going above and beyond and showing respect to others.
  • Class 13 - Renee - For having a brilliant first week back. She has been very helpful with staff and peers.

Employee of the Week

Congratulations to Miss Walsh!

Our Employee of the Week is Miss Walsh for her Teaching and Learning, great routines and leadership of Class 3.

Highlights of the Week

We were so impressed with all of the creative and colourful entries!
Congratulations to all of our winners who have the opportunity to see a real lifeboat on their day out to Anglesey in July. Our winners are: Heaven, Jackson, Kian, Zack, Keenan, Harry, Jon Paul, Jensen, Amanda, James and Ishaaq. Our runners up are: Leon, Mia, Kenzie, Kyan, Alfie, Jason, Ben, Sadie, Reece and Tilly. Well Done everyone!!

Our Catholic School

Our spiritual focus in SJV this week is from Pope Francis, he shares with us the importance of teamwork and cooperation;

‘When Jesus chose and called the apostles, He did not think of them as separate from one another, each on their own, but together, because they were to stay with him, united, like a single family'

- Pope Francis

Within our Catholic school we continue to celebrate with a weekly staff Mass and reflection. We share God's love, comfort and support with one another. Our pupil's also have the opportunity to attend Mass each week.

Class 1 took part in their very first retreat at the Just Youth Centre, with Fr Nick. They had a great time and it's wonderful that our retreat days can be experienced and enjoyed by all.

With the rest of the school, we continued to look at the world-wide religions, with students researching topics they would like to know more about, this allows our children and young people to be in control of their own learning.

This week's Wednesday Words are "God's Kingdom''.

Mrs Garfin

Poetry Corner

Mr Lomax, Kian and Mr Dumville.

We had some amazing Poetry News this week! Kian in Class 2 was highly commended in this year’s 'Poetry By Heart' competition. It’s an amazing achievement to be given such recognition from over 12,000 entries! Kian’s performance of ‘Extinct’ by Mandy Coe was judged by some of the finest poets in the country, including Emily Berry and Daljit Nagra. Huge congratulations Kian! We are all super proud of you here at SJV, and we can’t wait to see your entry into next year’s competition. Also, a huge thank you to Mr. Dumville for his recording and camera wizardry, whilst recording the poem.

Have a poetic weekend everyone.

Oliver Lomax

Useful Information

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  • Sadness and low mood.
  • Anxiety.
  • Loneliness and isolation.
  • Stress.
  • Problems at home.
  • Problems with friends.
  • Problems at school.
  • Eating difficulties or body image concerns.

Here are some things to remember about Kooth:

  • It’s free.
  • You can be completely anonymous.
  • No bullying or discrimination takes place.
  • No referral is needed.
  • Signing up and getting started only takes a few minutes.

You’ll be able to access support from:

  • online chats with a member of Kooth’s team.
  • a supportive online community of young people.
  • lots of helpful activities, goal setting tools and journaling.
  • lots of helpful advice and information from Kooth’s team.

It only takes a few minutes to register, and Kooth doesn’t require your name, email or phone number. To get started on Kooth today, click on the following link

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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St John Vianney R.C. School. Rye Bank Rd, Firswood, Stretford. M16 0EX.

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