St John Vianney School Newsletter 10.05.2024

Headteacher's Message

Mr A Moloney

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you enjoyed the long, bank holiday weekend last week. We have certainly been blessed with a change of weather this week.

Great progress has been made with the new school build project. On Thursday, we had a ‘steel signing ceremony’ to mark the completion of the steel frame of the main new building. An opportunity for pupils and staff to sign messages into the steel before the brickwork starts. It is a significant step into our new school; with preparations for us to decant into the main new build in spring 2025. We are hoping to bring all the children across over the next few weeks to also provide them with an opportunity to sign the steel too.

We are certainly busy in school over the next few weeks, before the Whit break commences (School finishes on May 24th for a week, returning for the final half term of this academic year on Monday June 3rd). We have recruitment of staff to consider and also are busy making plans for our leavers' celebrations and to welcome new pupils into school before the summer holidays (a start to their transition activities). We have timetables to develop for the new term and have just started to compile the end of school year report, which will be sent to you at the start of July. The children will certainly be kept busy and our upper school pupils have just begun their KS4 and KS5 exams. We wish them well as they prepare for these important external examinations. There is certainly a lot to prepare for in the next couple of months.

A reminder please that if we can help you or your families in anyway please do contact the Admin team, who will direct you to the right person to offer any support or advice.

Best wishes for the weekend,

Mr A Moloney, Headteacher

Key information and Dates


  • Tue 21st May at 11:00am until 12:00pm - Parents & Carers coffee morning.
  • Fri 24th May at 3:15pm - School closes for the Summer half term break.
  • Mon 3rd June at 9:00am - School re-opens for the final half term of the year.
  • Tue 25th June at 9:30am until 10:50am - Key Stage 4 & 5 Careers Event.


  • The Governors have again this year, for the new academic year in September 2024, generously agreed to provide all children and young people in Key Stages 3 and 4 with school uniform, free of charge. The Admin Team will be in touch with further information on when this can be collected from school.

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week!

  • Class 1 - Oskar - For interacting more with staff and peers in Class 1.
  • Class 2 - Alex - For working hard in all his lessons this week.
  • Class 3 - Khalil - For using and encouraging the right names for teachers.
  • Class 4 - Mikail - For a great week and being supportive of his friends.
  • Class 5 - Joe - For trying hard and speaking to staff about how he is feeling.
  • Class 6 - Aiden - For working extremely hard at Cronkshaw farm.
  • Class 7 - Roger - For being an 'always' pupil and a great role model for his peers.
  • Class 9 - Jake - For being a good all-rounder and participating in all activities on residential.
  • Class 10 - Harley - For exemplary behaviour at the Calvert Trust residential.
  • Class 11 - Harley - For making the right choices and working hard in lessons.
  • Class 12 - Curtis - For having a good week and making the right choices.
  • Class 13 - Renee - For dealing well with lots of change.

Employee of the Week

Congratulations to Mr Donovan!

Well done to Mr Donovan for his excellent leadership; planning and delivery of the KS4 residential; providing a fantastic opportunity for our KS4 pupils.

Highlights of the Week

Creative culinary creations!
KS4 Residential at Calvert Trust, Keswick
KS5 Residential at PGL, Shrewsbury

Our Catholic School

Our focus this week:

‘The family’s strength lies in its capacity to love and to teach how to love. Let us ask the Lord for the grace to love everyone.'

- Pope Francis

I hope you enjoyed the long Bank Holiday weekend, I certainly enjoyed the extra time at home. Within our Catholic school this week, we have welcomed into school, Father Joel from 'Just Youth', who delivered Mass to staff and students as well as supporting the Chaplaincy Team in Father Nick's absence.

The Chaplaincy GIFT team are always busy with their task-list of jobs, including leading prayers and ensuring that everyone's 'intention' cards for Mass are filled in and brought back on time.

Within Religious Education this week we have been studying Community and British Values; looking at what it means to be ‘British’ in a modern, multicultural society. Key Stage 5 have been continuing their Laudato Si' work, in particular looking at the ways in which we can keep our environment healthy.

This week's Wednesday Word is 'Care'.

Mrs Garfin

Poetry Corner

The relationship between poetry and the environment is significant because it reflects and influences our attitudes towards the natural world. Poetry can serve as a powerful medium for exploring and expressing our feelings about the environment, and can also help to raise awareness of environmental issues.

This week in English, following on from their sessions on World Earth Day, pupils have been working with Miss Graham to write their own amazing protest poems about protecting God’s Kingdom. We are proud to be sharing with you these two wonderful poems by Harley and Bruno, well done guys! Words really can change the world.

Oliver Lomax

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