St John Vianney School Newsletter 12.01.2024

Headteacher's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

Happy New Year to you and your families. I do hope you were able to enjoy the Christmas break together and you enjoyed the celebrations with your families, helping you recharge for the new year. The children have come back from the 2 week break in a positive and cooperative manner and have settled quickly into their school routines. For many of our learners this is significant challenge and they have coped well; which bodes well for the new term. The staff have certainly come back energised and are ready for the rigours of the spring term.

Thank you to all parents for having your child ready for School each day and for reinforcing our expectations and standards, which certainly helps us to support each child in School. I am confident that with your ongoing support that we can continue to make SJV one of the very best SEND schools in Greater Manchester. Thank you for your ongoing support.

My assemblies this week have been focused on the importance of the Epiphany, which was on January 6th. The children have been given an understanding of the importance of the visit of the 3 Magi in celebrating the birth of Jesus and why in many cultures the Epiphany is as important as Christmas day in Catholic homes. We have asked them to make new year resolutions on how, following the messages from the Epiphany story, we can all show God’s love with others we meet in school and at home. Resolutions that should make us all better people.

Demolition of the Gym and Rainbow buildings has begun this week and it is amazing to see how quickly the construction teams have worked in starting to clear the back area of school. Our excitement at the start of works is tinged with some sadness for many staff and pupils, who all have fond memories of working in the Gym and Rainbow buildings. At the end of January, the building of the new school will begin and we will have even more limited car park space in school for a long period of time. We will be asking transport teams to drop off and collect pupils from the front of school (which will be designated ‘no parking’) and developing new routines with pupils to ensure transitions into and out of school are safe for everyone. We will keep you informed of these developments.

Demolition of the Gym

If you have any queries or concerns please contact the Admin team, who will direct you to the right person, who will be able to return your call.

Very best wishes for the weekend.

Aidan Moloney, Headteacher

Dates For Your Diary

  • Fri 16th Feb - 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

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week!

  • Class 1 - Shawn - For a settled and calm week in school.
  • Class 2 - Cory - For transistioning well and increased independence.
  • Class 3 - Khalil - For sitting really well in assembly.
  • Class 4 - Jon Paul - For improved behaviour.
  • Class 5 - Will - For being an 'always' pupil.
  • Class 6 - Charlie - For coping well with change.
  • Class 7 - Jack - For a much improved week and managing himself more effectively.
  • Class 8 - Katie - For being a good student and always doing her best.
  • Class 9 - Leon - For being a good all-rounder and supporting peers in class.
  • Class 10 - Nesrine - For being an 'always' pupil.
  • Class 11 - Rayyan - For good behaviour and being engaged in lessons.

Employee of the Week

Congratulations to Miss Hamilton for her amazing leadership of the Admin team.



Ruby's favourite team.
  • What have you been doing this week? Speech and Language Therapy and Design Technology.
  • What is the best thing about being in SJV? The nice things we do like Design Technology and Food Technology and when we go on trips. I'm looking forward to my Residential trip this year, we're going to Bendrigg.
  • How could SJV be even better? It would be better if my class could go swimming.
  • What are your hopes and dreams for the future? My hopes and dreams for the future are doing Hair and Beauty and to be a football player.

Highlights Gallery

Some fantastic photographs of the construction work, taken by one of our Photography students, Sadie.
Huge congratulations to the SJV Football Team who played their first ever 11 a side games at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. The boys won all of their matches, including a tense penalty shoot out, which saw them crowned champions of the tournament. Most importantly their conduct and sportsmanship throughout the day was impeccable, they were a real credit to the school and a reminder of how football should be played. Mr Wood and Mr Lomax were so proud of their achievements. Special shout out to Dylan, for his amazing last minute save in the final match and for stopping two penalties! An amazing performance and team effort. Well done boys!

Our Catholic School

'Christ comes among us at Christmas...With Christ our life becomes full and everything makes sense.'

Pope Francis

Happy New Year! Its 2024 and I’m so glad to be back at SJV at the start of a new year filled with fresh opportunities. Enjoy every day of the New Year and seek blessings from God.

We are focusing on God's message from Pope Francis this week. This is the perfect time for a personal encounter with the Lord and to look forward to Lent, as it’s less than 6 weeks away. This year it starts on Valentine’s Day!

This week's Wednesday Word is all about 'New Starts'.

Mrs Garfin

Poetry Corner

A happiest of New Years from Poetry Corner! This week at SJV the whole of Key Stage 3 have started to look at the crossovers between poetry and art, learning about key poetic terminology and techniques to help bring a greater writing craft to the amazing creativity of our pupils. Also, our poet in residence, Oliver Lomax, attended training at The Poetry Society in London on Monday, exploring different performance poetry and recital methods to help ready our students for entry in this year's Poetry By Heart competition, exciting times ahead. Have a poetic weekend everyone.

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