St John Vianney School Newsletter 28.03.2024

Assistant Headteacher's Message

Mr G Damant

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for your generous support of our children and young people who have been raising money for CAFOD throughout Lent. We have raised a total in excess of £2,000, this money will be used to purchase a range of ‘world aid gifts’ ranging from school starter packs to helping a refugee child.

Holy Week has seen pupils engaging in a wide range of activities that have supported our Catholic social teaching; Easter Mass Services, litter picking in the community, celebration assemblies, bag packing in Morrisons and other class based fundraising activities to support CAFOD.

Parents’ evening on Wednesday was a fantastic opportunity for staff to meet parents and carers to discuss the academic and pastoral progress of our pupils. It is lovely to welcome parents and carers into school, build the home-school relationship and celebrate the fantastic achievements and progress of our pupils. I know staff and pupils appreciate the support you provide.

I do hope you and your families have a wonderful Easter break, enjoy celebrating Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday and pupils return feeling well rested and refreshed in anticipation of a busy summer term. We look forward to welcoming pupils back at 9am on Monday 15th April.

God Bless,

Mr G Damant, Assistant Headteacher

A huge thanks to our colleagues from PP O’Connor and Kier for donating so many Easter Eggs for our children today. Some really good building techniques shown, which we hope they will also use in the new build! Many thanks and Happy Easter!

Dates For Your Diary

  • Monday 15th April @ 9:00am - School reopens for the Summer term
  • Wed 24th April - Friday 26th April - Post 16 PGL Boreaton Residential
  • Mon 29th April - Friday 3rd May - KS4 Calvert Trust Residential
  • Mon 6th May - School Closed for Bank Holiday

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week!

  • Class 1 - Daniyal - For some excellent communication using his iPad.
  • Class 2 - Neo - For brilliant focus and detail in his artwork.
  • Class 3 - Ezra - For a calmer attitude and working on his handwriting.
  • Class 4 - Ryan - For consistently making good choices and trying very hard with his work.
  • Class 5 - Ruby - For being a supportive friend.
  • Class 6 - Danyaal - For fasting in school and keeping a positive attitude throughout.
  • Class 7 - Rhys - For great effort in managing his behaviour.
  • Class 8 - Jensen - For showing real kindness and support to his peers this week.
  • Class 9 - Dan - For his improved effort in all of his lessons.
  • Class 10 - Nesrine - For always being kind, polite and a good friend.
  • Class 11 - Aliya - For hard work in Food Technology and being a valued member of the class.
  • Class 12 - Louis - For making the right choices.
  • Class 13 - Isaac - For completing some excellent Teaching Assistant work in KS3.

Employee of the Week

Congratulations to Mrs Rouse - For being a professional TA and the catholicity she shares in the school. Consistently instilling the seven principles of Catholic social teaching in our young people. Always willing to step up whenever required.


Headteacher Awards

Pupil of the Key Stage:

Congratulations: Key Stage 3 - Is'haaq and Kian, Key Stage 4 - Amanda, Key Stage 5 - Leon.

Pupil of the term:

Congratulations: Class 1 - Shawn, Class 2 - Matilda, Class 3 - Ethan, Class 4 - Jon Paul, Class 5 - Rome, Class 6 - Danyaal, Class 7 - Miya, Class 8 - Keenan, Class 9 - Jake, Class 10 - Daniel, Class 11 - Emilia, Class 12 - Amy, Class 13 - Ben.

Staff Awards:

Teacher of the term - Miss Graham, TA of the term - Mr Lengden, Support staff of the term - Mrs Dinsdale, Newcomer of the term - Miss Ashworth.

Attendance Awards

Well done to our 100% Attenders:

Class 3 - Jenna, Khalil, Class 4 - Jon-Paul, Class 5 - Will, Class 6 - Aiden, Chael, Danyaal, Ishaaq, Sean, Class 7 - Jack, Sana, Scarlett, Class 8 - Heaven, Class 10 - Daniel, Class 11 - Evie, Class 12 - Curtis, Micah, Class 13 - Leon.

Highlights of the Week

Our Catholic School

As a school on our Lenten journey we are looking at Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2024, which takes its theme from the Book of Exodus:

“Through the desert God leads us to freedom,”

- Pope Francis

Within our Catholic school this week we are putting our Faith in action! Each class went to Morrisons supermarket in Chorlton, to pack bags for the customers for a small donation to CAFOD. The classes were amazing and we were well received by the public who loved to see our young students trying to make a difference.

We celebrated achievements for both staff and pupils with our Headteacher awards and Attendance awards. We attended our Easter services led by Father Nick, he really helped us focus on the important message of Easter.

In RE lessons this week, we have been looking at the events leading up to Easter and finding out how Christians celebrate Easter throughout the world.

I can’t believe it’s the Easter holidays already, the term has just flown by, I hope you have a lovely Easter and that staff and students come back well rested and refreshed for the Summer Term.


This week's Wednesday Word is 'Easter'.

Mrs Garfin

Poetry Corner

In the last poetry news before the Easter break it feels fitting to celebrate a poet searching for her faith through poetry. Christina Rossetti concludes her beautiful poem ‘Good Friday’ by entreating Jesus Christ to continue to try to reach her with the power of His sacrifice, likening Him to a shepherd who needs to find her, one of His lost sheep.

Good Friday, by Christina Rossetti
Christina Georgina Rossetti (5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894) was an English writer of romantic, devotional and children's poems, including "Goblin Market" and "Remember". She also wrote the words for the well-known Christmas carol "In the Bleak Midwinter"

Oliver Lomax

ASC Corner

Get fundraising this World Autism Acceptance Week and take part by doing your own 5km Spectrum Colour Walk wherever you are.

It's your walk, your way. This means you can choose your own location, distance (we recommend 5km), date and time to walk. We encourage you to join us and walk during World Autism Acceptance Week but if this isn't possible, this can be done anytime that suits you. Once you have finished fundraising, we will send you your well-earned medal and certificate!

Together we can make every step count to create a society that works for autistic people and every penny raised by you this World Autism Acceptance Week enables us to do this. Visit for more information.

Useful Information

Beware of animations that are made for adults not children!

INEQE safeguarding experts have received reports about a YouTube cartoon series called Jeffy. At first glance, the puppet-style cartoon could be mistaken for child-appropriate content. However, Jeffy is part of a wider trend of animated videos that may look child-friendly but content-wise, they’re anything but.

What are the risks of Jeffy and other adult-animations to children and young people?

As the style of these animations is similar to other videos they view, children and young people may click onto content without realising it contains harmful material. Even after viewing, a child may not realise how problematic the behaviour they’ve viewed is if they believe they are watching an age-appropriate cartoon. Children and young people may copy behaviours and language they have viewed. This is not exclusive to the home environment as some content shows settings outside of the home, for example Jeffy at school. When exposed to inappropriate content, such as sexualised content, children may struggle to explain to an adult what they have seen and/or what is upsetting them, or they may worry they will get into trouble. For the full article click on the following link:

Don't forget the clocks go forward 1 hour at 1am Sun 31st March.

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Happy Easter 2024