St John Vianney R.C. School Newsletter 03.11.23

Headteacher's Message

Mr A Moloney

Dear Parents and Carers,

I do hope that you and your family had a pleasant half term and had a chance to recharge ready for the long half term between now and Christmas?

Phase 2 of the building work has now begun at School. We have had to significantly change our school routines to accommodate this phase of works, which will take place between now and January. New play areas have been introduced and we have reduced areas on the site, which we now can use. It is pleasing to report that the children have come back to school very positively this week, despite the dreadful weather and quickly settled into the new procedures that we have introduced. This certainly bodes well for the rest of this half term.

We have planned for another very busy half term at school and are already making plans for Advent, ensuring the children have a very special preparation for the Christmas holidays.

In the busyness of this period it is important to remember that if you have any worries or concerns around your child at school or if we could help in anyway to support you at home, please do contact us through the Admin office, and we will do our very best to support.

Best wishes for the weekend.

Mr A Moloney

Please note the School term will finish at 1.30pm on Friday 22nd December and that we have an INSET day for staff (school closed to pupils) on Friday 1st December.

Dates For Your Diary

  • Friday 1st Dec, All day - School closed to pupils. INSET day for staff.
  • Friday 22nd Dec @ 1:30pm - School closes early for the Christmas Break.

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week!

  • Class 1 - Abdul - For having a fantastic half term and regulating his emotions.
  • Class 2 - Harry - For an improved attitude towards learning in all lessons.
  • Class 3 - Meera - For having an excellent PE lesson.
  • Class 4 - Kayden - For fantastic effort in his work, great attendance and making some really good choices.
  • Class 5 - Lee - For a postive attitude and being kind to his friends.
  • Class 6 - Cormac - For having the confidence to share his talents with the class.
  • Class 7 - Scarlett - For being mature and a good friend.
  • Class 8 - Amanda - For being consistently brilliant!
  • Class 9 - Leon - For making us laugh, feeding back to class about the school council meeting, using his manners and being a reliable member of the form.
  • Class 10 - Harley - For being very helpful to his classmates.
  • Class 11 - Evie - For her hard work this half term.
  • Class 12 - Curtis - For being a good role model in Post 16 and being helpful in keeping the classroom tidy.
  • Class 13 - Isaac - For all his hard work doing well at his work placement.

Employees of the Week

Class 3 Teaching Assistant Team; Miss Harley, Miss Murphy and Miss Mahon

They have been a brilliant support to the pupils in Class 3 and their teachers. Making sure the pupils remain on track with their academic and pastoral progress. Well done!



  1. What have you been doing this week? I've been at Greater Manchester Outdoor Learning, pumpkin carving and litter picking. I saw some old students that used to attend SJV. I like having a laugh with the staff.
  2. What is the best thing about being in SJV? Being with my friends and bonding with staff. Becoming independent.
  3. How could SJV be even better? We are getting a new school in the near future and I think that's good. Also I am on the school council, which has given me a voice so I'm looking forward to speaking on behalf of the pupils to get their voices heard.
  4. What are your hopes and dreams for the future? I would like to travel, maybe to America. Maybe I would like to get a job as a stewardess.

Mr Pemberton

  1. What is your role in school? Teaching Assistant in Post 16.
  2. What have you been doing this week? I have been working with the Post 16 pupils on our brand new social enterprise coffee pop-up shop, helping the pupils to gain valuable work experience by learning about the different stages of coffee production.
  3. What is the best thing about being in SJV? Working wih different pupils across the school and celebrating their diversity and uniqueness.
  4. How could SJV be even better? We could tap more into the potential of young people allowing their ideas to grow and flourish.
  5. What are your hopes and dreams for the future? For our young people to go on to achieve employment using the skills they have developed.

Class 9

  • Who are the members of your class? Staff: Mrs Wood, Mr Freshwater and Miss Carney. Pupils: Andrew, Dylan, Jake, Leah, Leon, H, Leon P, Sadie, Dan and Troy.
  • What is the best thing about your class? Class 9 is a great team with great camaraderie and we are all friends. We are a hard working class and enjoy supporting and looking after each other. We all have our own jobs in class, which gives us a great sense of pride and independence.
  • What would make your class even better? We don't think our class could be any better, but we would like our own Performing Arts area; we love to perform in Class 9.
  • What has your class been learning this week? This week we have made our own videos in our Media Studies lesson. We have also enjoyed learning about diversity and equality, which are very important topics.
  • What activities have your class undertaken this week? We have made some delicious scones this week, had great fun playing team badminton with Class 10 and also football. We are very energetic class.
  • What is the class looking forward to in the future? We can't wait to get a brand new school and we're really looking forward to our KS4 Calvert Trust Residential.

Highlights Gallery

Our Catholic School

'Being humble helps us share the problems of others. When we live humbly, God takes our small efforts and creates great things'

Pope Francis

It is good to be back after the half term break, relaxed, refreshed and looking forward to the term ahead. Within our Catholic school we are remembering and celebrating November as the Month of the Holy Souls and All Saints. We celebrated mass for All Saint's Day, supported by our chaplaincy team; all of our students were reflective and respectful.

Within RE this week we have been looking at 'Saints' and the occupations that some saints are patrons of. We had great fun acting out the occupations and trying to guess what they were.

This week's edition of the Wednesday Word is all about being 'Humble'. Click on the button below to access it.

Mrs Garfin

Poetry Corner

Last week saw Leah's prizewinning ‘Peterloo’ poem performed by actress Maxine Peake at The Working-Class Movement Library Radical Readings' event. An audience of over 400 people were stunned by Leah’s sensitive and beautiful response to this important piece of Manchester history. Also suitably impressed by Leah’s work were actress Julie Hesmondhalgh and former drummer of The Smiths, Mike Joyce. Our own poet in residence Oliver Lomax was also on stage to witness Leah’s amazing work being shared. Well done, Leah!

Useful Information

Bonfire Night Sun 5th Nov

Many autistic people find bonfire night too noisy, unpredictable and unsettling. For some autistic people, the unexpected nature of displays can cause anxiety and stress, and for those with sensory issues, fireworks can be very distressing. The National Autistic Society have, with the help of their Facebook members, compiled the following list of tips to help you or your family member enjoy bonfire night from home. Follow these tips and use your SENSES:

  • S - Stick to a plan
  • E - Eat well and keep warm
  • N - Noise. You may want to use headphones or ear defenders
  • S - Safety speech
  • E - Extra distractions. Try putting on the TV
  • S - Set an example

For the full guide, please click on the following link:


Stay safe and enjoy your weekend!

Mrs Griffin

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