St John Vianney Newsletter 8.9.23

Headteacher's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

I do hope that you and your families have had a restful summer break and that your children are now ready for the challenges of the new academic year?

The new School term officially started back for staff on Monday this week, with a staff INSET day. We welcomed into School Lynn McCann, a lead specialist in developing high quality ASC practices in Schools. Lynn helped us reflect on our current ASC activity in school and provided us with ideas to develop our work in bettering our ASC provision. We will be putting the learning, we have received, into practice in the new term. It was an excellent start to the autumn term.

It has been fantastic to welcome back the children and young people of SJV after the summer break. The children returned to school on Tuesday this week and enthusiastically talked of their summer experiences, the time they spent with their families and their hopes and ambitions for the next school year. It was lovely to welcome 13 new pupils into school, who have now successfully begun their life at SJV. They have all made an excellent impression upon us already. In my assemblies this week we focused on how we can all be better versions of ourselves and how we can individually and collectively improve, in school, this year. We have asked parents to support us in ensuring pupils are dressed in the correct school uniform and that they were prepared well for each school day. It was really visible on Tuesday morning when the pupils arrived that you had supported us in this - thank you. The children have all been provided with a free uniform and PE kit this year, which will help ensure we are the smartest school in the region!

The positive return to school this week bodes really well for the new term. I am confident they have all enjoyed being back in school and into our routines.

The new school building project has now begun and we have had to establish some different routines to keep everyone safe and to mark the boundaries between the areas of school we will use and the area of site that ‘works’ will take place upon. The work will take the best part of 3 years to complete and will increasingly impact the way we work and the school day. We will be doing all we can to minimise disruptions and we will keep you informed of changes and developments on the way. It is exciting and daunting at the same time for us, but the long term benefits of a new ‘state of the art SEND School’ will I know, be worth it!

We have a few events planned for late September/ early October, which we would like you to contribute to. On Friday 29th September we invite you to join us for a coffee afternoon in the school dining hall, in aid of the MacMillan Cancer Support charity. From 1.30pm please join us, informally, for refreshments and to raise funds for a very worthy charity.

The following week we have an Open Afternoon planned for prospective parents to attend. 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 ( eg Year 6 pupils) please do let them know.

The following evening (Thursday 5th October) is our Welcome Evening in School for all parents. This will begin at 4pm and finish at 6pm. It will provide an opportunity for all our parents to come into school and meet with the class team to discuss the start to the school year that your child has had and for us to share our expectations with you. It is a really important opportunity for you to know how to support your child in school this year. Please place these dates in your diaries and I will provide further details to you over the forthcoming weeks.

The weekly newsletter is fantastic way of keeping up to date about events in School, but also seeing what amazing activities the school provides for its learners. We send it home weekly through our email system and also post it on our Website and Twitter feed, where daily activities are also ‘tweeted’ about. Please look to follow us on Twitter @StJohnVianneySc .

I look forward to meeting you in the forthcoming weeks and should you have any concerns about your child in School please do not hesitate to contact the School office.

Very best wishes to you and your families for the weekend.

Mr A Moloney


SJV Class News

Class 1

Class 1 have had a lovely first week back in school and enjoyed some great creative activities.

Class 2

Class 2 are doing a fantastic job getting to know one another. Here some pictures of the students creating their own sneakers.

Class 4

The Class 4 boys have all had a fantastic first week back, we have been really happy with how they have come back to school after their long summer break.

They have enjoyed their trip to the farm and their introduction to pastries in food tech on Wednesday.

Class 3.

Class 3 have got straight back into routines and lessons with a great first week back to school, we have been learning about safety equipment and how to use tools in DT!

Class 5

Class 5 were lucky enough to have there first day back at Cronkshaw Farm. It was a lovely sunny day and the children learned how the farm make the grass into hay to feed the goats, they learnt about the different equipment and machinery used for the process. As the grass was freshly cut we saw an abundance of frogs and so the children had lots of fun catching the frogs and holding them.

Class 6

Class 6 have settled back into routines really well and have had a great start in maths.

Class 7

First week back Class 7 had a change of plan from our normal cycling lesson. They all adapted to the change well and we had a great calm relaxation session lead by Miss Copeland.

Class 8

Class 8 have had a fantastic first week back. We have been looking at the Titanic in English and making our own adverts to try and persuade people to come aboard!

Class 9

Class 9 have made a great start to the new school term. We are really looking forward to the year ahead.

Class 10

An amazing start to the year for Class 10! Already some fantastic new friendships being made, and some wonderful interaction with lessons in the first week back, including a walk to Stretford Leisure Centre for a game of badminton and this engaging science lesson with Mr Damant. Looking forward to the next week ahead!

Class 11

Class 11 have had a busy first week back. They've been practising their independence when shopping, and made toast by themselves (the amount of butter used was something awe inspiring!).

Mr Cassidy took them to play tennis on Thursday, which everybody enjoyed - despite the heat! Our new pupil Aliya is settling in well and making friends and we're all looking forward to next week.

Class 12

Class 12 have had an amazing first week, they worked great as a team, coming up with classroom rules. They experienced their first time volunteering at 'The Bread & Butter Thing', apart from Amy who guided them. The staff there gave the students a round of applause when they left, as they worked so hard. Also, Mrs Peddie started 'Cassie's Quest' as our group book, which they enjoyed.

Class 13

Class 13 also enjoyed using the Kinball in their PE lesson with other Post 16 pupils.

Our Catholic School

‘The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no Law’

Galatians 5:22

I have had a fantastic summer and I hope you have too. There are lots of changes at SJV as the building of our new school begins!

It is so wonderful to see everyone at SJV again and and hear all the exciting news that has happened to us as a school community over summer. Welcome back to our existing students and their families and welcome to all those who have just joined us for the first time. For those students and staff whose summer has been a challenge, we will be there for you, with as much help and support needed, as a part of our welcoming faith community.

Within SJV this week our Bible focus is looking at the qualities that are needed in life which, as a school community, we uphold and treasure.

Within RE this week we have been getting to know each other and all the new classes, focussing on who they are and why they are a child of God. Key Stage 4 and 5 have been introduced to their certificate course (The Salford Diocese Certificate in Religious Education) and are looking ahead to their graduation in 2024!

I am looking forward to another amazing year at SJV and I know there are so many lovely times to come 😊

Mrs Garfin

Messages from Mrs Griffin

Family Liaison Officer

Over the next 3-5 years, Manchester will be working with UNICEF UK to ensure that the whole of Manchester puts children’s rights into practice. We want to hear the views of 11-18 year olds (up to 25 with additional needs) to help in the work to become a Child Friendly City (CFC), where all children and young people feel safe, heard and able to flourish. Please encourage your children and young people to do the survey to make sure we capture the SEND voice. They can fill it out themselves or with the support of a trusted adult. Thank you!

Greater Manchester Autism Consortium run a range of on-going activities, including parent seminars.

Take a journey into the vibrant world of autism and neurodiversity with Evalynne Charmer. Autistic Voices – a series of podcasts – offers intimate, revealing conversations around the beautiful complexity of the autistic experience.

There is a fantastic new website 'Autism Understood' created by Spectrum Gaming in co-production with lots of autistic young people. When young people are told they are autistic, they are rarely told what this actually means. There is also a lot of online misinformation about autism. Autism Understood fills in the gaps.

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