St John Vianney School Newsletter 26.01.2024

Headteacher's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

I do hope you and your families are all keeping well?

Numbers in school this week have dropped after we have had staff and pupils poorly at home. We hope all those feeling poorly this week make a speedy recovery and can be back to school and work after the weekend. Those in school have continued to show us excellent involvement in lessons and their daily enthusiasm continues to impress us all.

The half term has flown by and we only now have 3 weeks until the February half term break. The longer and brighter days, that we see coming now, will give us all renewed hope that we can start to look forward to spring. Good progress is being made with the building works in school and demolition of the rear buildings, on site, has almost finished. There has been more noise and dust than usual, but this has not impacted the way we organise the school day and our provision for children in school, which is really pleasing. The pupils have also responded well to the new minibus transitions we started yesterday.

Can I remind you that school will close for the half term break on Thursday 15th February at 3.15pm for pupils. Friday 16th is a staff INSET day in school. School will reopen for the second half of the spring term on Monday 26th February at 9.00am.

Very best wishes for the weekend.

Mr A Moloney, Headteacher

Dates For Your Diary

  • Tue 30th Jan @ 9:30am - KS4 & 5 College Morning in school
  • Fri 9th Feb @ 1:45pm - Valentines Afternoon Tea
  • Fri 16th Feb all day - INSET Day- School closed for pupils
  • Fri 16th - Sun 25th Feb - Spring Half Term Break
  • Mon 26th Feb @ 9am - School re-opens for Spring Term 2
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Stars of the Week

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week!

  • Class 1 - Aidan - For responding well to the fire alarm.
  • Class 2 - Kian - For giving 100%, despite challenges.
  • Class 3 - Adnan - For fantastic input in lessons and helping class mates.
  • Class 4 - K-leum - For consistent good behaviour and a positive attitude.
  • Class 5 - Ruby - For being helpful and kind and working well in all lessons.
  • Class 6 - Sean - For having a better attitude towards his work.
  • Class 7 - Charlie - For a much improved attitude.
  • Class 8 - Alfie - For being consistently brilliant.
  • Class 9 - Jake - For trying his best.
  • Class 10 - Harley - For fantastic communication.
  • Class 11 - Evie - For being kind, helpful and engaged this week.
  • Class 12 - Tomasz - For being a great role model in school for pupils and staff consistently, a respectful lead chaplain and prefect.
  • Class 13 - Ben - For being settled since coming back from Christmas and dealing with issues well.

Employees of the Week

Congratulations to our employees of the week;

The Class 3 Team; Miss Harley, Miss Murphy and Miss Mahon for amazing support for the Class 3 learners and for really stepping up and leading some excellent lessons and activities, often without any prompting.



Allice's favourite singer
  • What have you been doing this week? This week I have been to Teens and Toddlers, Work Experience and walking around in nature with the Greater Manchester Outdoor Learning Group. I have also had my Functional Skills Maths exam this week.
  • What is the best thing about being in SJV? The teachers and how Miss Rodgers helps me, my friends and the choices of food at dinnertime.
  • How could SJV be even better? It would be better if Post 16 could do History Lessons and Drama Lessons.
  • What are your hopes and dreams for the future? To leave school and go to college and study childcare, have a positive life and to make lots of friends.

Highlights Gallery

Our Catholic School

‘Whatever gifts we are given by God are to be shared with the entire community’

St Baldwin of Canterbury

Our focus this week as a school community is looking at how well do we share and how can we best use our skills and talents, so that others may benefit.

Within our Catholic school this week we promoted and supported Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) on 27th January. We remembered the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. It is always a challenge to reflect on and remember this day, but students responded well.

There were exciting developments in Chaplaincy as we discussed the idea of Lead Chaplains and who would take greater responsibility within the school during key events.

Within RE this week we have been looking at forgiveness, we have looked at how some people, due to their Faith, are able to forgive others, despite having some significant wrongs committed against them.

This week's Wednesday Word is 'Teacher'.

Mrs Garfin

Poetry Corner

Holocaust Memorial Day

This week at SJV, pupils have been taking part in Holocaust Memorial Day, attending a specific assembly about this important event. In PSHE, we have been discussing the poem ‘First They Came’ – By PASTOR MARTIN NIEMÖLLER. (Please see the full poem below)


27th January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. The Holocaust threatened the fabric of civilisation, and genocide must still be resisted every day. Our world often feels fragile and vulnerable and we cannot be complacent. Even in the UK, prejudice and the language of hatred must be challenged by us all. HMD is for everyone. Each year across the UK, thousands of people come together to learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future. We know they learn more, empathise more and do more. Together, we bear witness for those who endured genocide, and honour the survivors and all those whose lives were changed beyond recognition.

Oliver Lomax

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