St John Vianney Newsletter 22.9.23

Headteacher's Message

Dear Parents and Carers

I do hope that you and your family have had a good week?

Week 3 in school has been another generally positive experience. The children have now returned fully to their routines and are showing a good understanding of the expectations that we have of them all. Behaviours have been good and pupils are benefiting from the range of experiences that they access each day at school. This week some of our Post 16 learners were invited to observe the making of the BBC television programme ‘Garden Rescue’. The students were invited by Mr Anderson, who works on the programme, to meet Charlie Dimmock and to look at the development of a garden makeover in Stretford. This was an excellent experience for them, which we know they all enjoyed.

Class 3 have been on their second day at Forest School at CAFT and have been developing their skills in the outdoor area. This is helping them really show growth in their independence, particularly in the challenging weather we have had. On Thursdays each week, we have a number of young people who attend Greater Manchester Outdoor Learning for their ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ experience and we are really pleased with the application and resilience that these young people are showing. All these experiences and the many others that they are accessing will certainly help them progress in their wider learning and in their personal development; key elements of what we are trying to achieve with every child.

Olympias Music Foundation, who work with our children in school, have produced some amazing videos of our children and the songs they wrote last year. Please see the videos below to enjoy these fantastic reflections of our children’s hard work and talent with the OMF teachers. Enjoy!

Building activity on the school site continues to progress well and the temporary playground, which we will need when the main build starts, is rapidly taking shape. The noise and the disruption has been minimal to date, but the children are coping well with the adjustments that we all have to make.

Can I remind you please of the following 4 really important activities that are taking place over the next few weeks, which we invite you to get involved in?

Tuesday 26th September, Key Stage 4 and 5 parents and carers are invited into school for a College Morning. This is an ideal time for parents to meet the colleges, discuss preferred options for your child and gain insights as to what the different colleges are able to offer before making a decision later in the year. The event will start at 9:15am and finish at around 10:50am.

Friday 29th September we invite you to join us for a Coffee afternoon in the dining room from 1.30pm. We will be selling refreshments in aid of Macmillan Cancer support. You are very welcome to attend and support our first fundraising activity of the school year, for a very worthy cause.

Our Open Afternoon is on Weds 4th October at 1:30pm; we invite parents of pupils looking for a school place for next September, into school, to look at our offer. If you know any parents who are looking for school places next year ( e.g. Year 6 pupils), please do let them know about our Open Afternoon.

On Thursday October 5th we have organised our annual ‘Welcome Evening’ for parents and carers. The evening will start at 5pm, with a welcome from the Senior Leadership Team and then Mrs Griffin, our Family Liaison Officer, will provide parents with an opportunity to learn about how they can support their children, to get the best of their schooling here at SJV. Following Mrs Griffin’s presentation, Class Teachers will welcome you into your child’s classroom to meet the class team and learn about what we have planned for them, in terms of their learning at School for this academic year. From 6pm we will then meet, informally, over refreshments with staff and all parents in the dining room, to answer any other questions you may have. The evening will finish at 6.30pm.

Please make every attempt to attend these events; it will be great to welcome you into school.

Please continue to check out our Weekly Newsletter, which is sent to you by email from the Admin team each Friday and please do follow us on Twitter, where daily activities and celebrations are uploaded to share with you. @StJohnVianneySc

Best wishes,

Mr Moloney, Headteacher

Week 1 Stars of the Week

Congratulations to the following pupils:

  • Class 1 - Shawn - For settling into to his new class so well
  • Class 10 - Leah - For trying really hard in class and coping well with change
  • Class 12 - Louis - For an amazing first week and standing up demonstrating and explaining in front of the class. Also, being amazing in Maths and showing a positive attitude all week.
  • Class 13 - Renee - More independant and a great start to Post 16.
  • Class 2 - Zackariya - For joining in everything. Making friends and setting a good example.
  • Class 3 - Adnan - For coming back to school with a positive, grown up attitude.
  • Class 4 - Kayden - For having a fantastic first week back. He has managed his emotions fantastically and made a great effort with his school work.
  • Class 5 - Rome - For settling into his new class and showing a mature attitude.
  • Class 6 - Ishaaq - For trying to manage his frustrations in a mature way
  • Class 7 - Charlie - For an excellent transition in to Class 7.
  • Class 8 - Keenan - For having an amazing positive attitude for your first week back and contributing to all lessons. Well done!
  • Class 9 - Troy - For his contributions in class and for leading the 'picture news' yesterday.
  • Class 11 - Arshvin - For trying really hard in all of his lessons.

Week 2 Stars of the Week

Congratulations to the following pupils:

  • Class 3 - Zack -For great attendance and English work.
  • Class 4 - Ryan -For a fantastic first week back, and his behaviour has been exemplary.
  • Class 13 - Daniel -For helping a class mate at the gym.
  • Class 1 - Jase -For becoming more confident and trying new things.
  • Class 5 - Will -For trying hard and being an always child.
  • Class 12 - Megan -For coping well with all the changes in Post 16 and for being a great friends to others.
  • Class 2 - Kian -For settling in so well and being an always student.
  • Class 10 - Munir -Fantastic attitude to work.
  • Class 6 - Jackson -For trying new things and having a fantastic attitude to learning.
  • Class 7 - Scarlett -For a great start to the year and showing resilience in D of E sessions.
  • Class 11 - Aliya -For settling in really well, putting in loads of effort in all her lessons and coming in every day with a smile and a great attitude.
  • Class 9 - Leah -For her caring attitude towards others and for her self-regulation.
  • Class 8 - Alfie -For being resilient and putting in lots of effort.

SJV Class News

Class 1

This week Class 1 have been looking at different sounds. They really enjoyed guessing what was in the balloons and using different objects to make and listen to sounds

Class 2

During Topic lesson this half term, Class 2 are learning about the Mayan Civilisation. Today they have been drawing temples.

Class 3

Class 3 have been enjoying our Music lessons this week. We like using instruments and singing with our friends. We love singing and dancing in our classroom too!

Class 4

A lot of food themed activities for the Class 4 boys, this week. They've visited Cronkshaw Farm and learned about how Farmer Dot farms honey, keeps and looks after her bees and how they keep the hive safe at different times of year.

They also enjoyed some blackberry and apple crumble, made with the blackberries that they helped to picked the previous week!

Mrs Rodgers also made some pastry pizza with us, and taught us some important information about the eat well guide and healthy diets.

Class 5

Class 5 have been busy bees this week, working hard in Science to independently make circuit boards, which make the light bulbs light up. Class 5 were budding scientists and enjoyed this task very much.

Class 6

Class 6 enjoyed experimenting with different types of observational line drawing in art this week.

Class 7

This week Class 7 worked really well on their football skills. Everyone gave it a good go, learning to turn the corner with the ball and ended the lesson with a match showing excellent sportsmanship.

Class 8

Class 8 have been enjoying their BTEC options so far and some have been making some excellent food!

Class 9

Class 9 enjoying agility and football skills at Stretford Leisure Centre.

Class 10

After working very hard this week, Class 10 enjoyed time in the new hammocks during their Horticulture lesson.

Class 11

Class 11 have worked very hard at Greater Manchester Outdoor Learning, laying down wood chips to create a team building area! Great job Class 11!

Class 12

Class 12 have had a fabulous week, starting their 'Teens and Toddlers' programme and keeping healthy in PE. We have worked hard at Greater Manchester Outdoor Learning, 'The Bread and Butter Thing' and have been fully engaged in all lessons. It has been a wonderful week.

Class 13

This week Class 13 visited the Manchester Museum to get pictures to use in their GCSE photography course work; focusing on animals and fossils.


Mr Cassidy would like to thank the Coach and volunteers from the Albert Tennis Club for supporting our pupils with brilliant tennis coaching and activities.

Garden Rescue visit

It was a great opportunity for some of our students in Key Stage 5 to see how a TV programme is made and to meet the Garden Rescue Team. Thank you Mr Anderson for arranging this for us.

Our Catholic School

‘It is by forgiving that one is forgiven’

Mother Teresa

We have had some very exciting news at SJV this week, our barrels of donated sportswear have reached our Sister school in Ghana! Once School has re-started in October, they plan to hold a mass and distribute our gifts. So, I will be updating you then!

Our focus in SJV this week is looking at the strong and powerful message from Mother Teresa ‘It is by forgiving that one is forgiven’. God is always with us; He is with you, day and night, no matter what you’re going through. During this challenging time, we need to remember we are not alone. It continues to be a challenging time, but please take peace in this piece of scripture and the comfort that faith can provide.

The Chaplaincy Team have met for the first time and its has been so lovely to welcome so many of our chaplains back and the new members joining us. We are busy planning our next event for parents and carers; our Macmillan Coffee afternoon, next Friday to raise money for vital support for people with cancer.

Within RE we have been looking at gifts and talents; what makes our learners unique and special. With the older learners we have been exploring faith and personal beliefs, exploring the reasons behind our beliefs. It made for some very interesting lessons and debates.

Mrs Garfin

Messages from Mrs Griffin

Family Liaison Officer

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Welcome to all our Parents and Carers who attended the first session of our 'Riding the Rapids' parenting course here in school this week. We are looking forward to seeing you all next week for Session 2, which is all about ‘Understanding Adolescent Behaviour’

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