St John Vianney School Newsletter 07.06.2024

Headteacher's Message

Mr Moloney

Dear Parents and Carers,

I do hope that you had a pleasant Whit break with your families and are coping with the inclement weather?

The children have again returned to school well this week and are settled back into school routines. The final half term of the academic year is always an exciting one, with many looking forward to the range of exciting summer activities we have in school and others looking forward to the long summer break. There is always a hint of sadness at this point in the year also, as we are preparing to say ‘goodbye’ to some of our pupil leavers in late-June and to staff who will leave before the summer break. We are busy planning for these events to celebrate the contributions made by all, over many years, to the SJV community.

The building work continues to progress well and most of the steel foundations and floors/ceilings are now in place. It looks a very large building and the school community remain excited to see the next steps in its development. We are told that the bricklayers will arrive next and that we should see significant further progress over the next 2 months. We will keep you posted.

We are starting now to make plans for the final weeks of this academic year and are busy pupil report writing at present. We have started this week the compilation of the summer (annual) report. The reports take considerable time to write and collate and we aim to have them with you in the second week of July. The reports will help identify the achievements made in all subjects and in the wider areas of the curriculum, by your child, throughout their year at School.

We are also planning on a number of events for pupils to mark the end of this year in school and in response to the parents who requested more info on forthcoming events I will now share these in the newsletter each week to keep you updated.

Can I remind you please that School closes for the summer break on Friday, July 19th at the earlier time of 1.30pm. We have informed transport teams already of this earlier finish. We will then reopen to pupils on Tuesday, 3rd September at 9.00am. Monday 2nd September is an INSET day for staff.

Best wishes for the week ahead.

Mr A Moloney, Headteacher

Key information and Dates


  • Tue 25th June at 9:30am until 10:50am - Key Stage 4 & 5 Careers Event.
  • Wed 26th June - 'God's Creation' - Deep Learning Day
  • Fri 28th June - Leavers' Mass and Celebration
  • Thu 11th July - Anglesey Lifeboat Trip
  • Mon 15th July - Class End of Year trips
  • Wed 17th July @ 9:30am - End of Year Mass
  • Fri 19th July at 13:30 - School closes for the Summer Holidays
  • Mon 2nd Sept - INSET day- School is closed for pupils
  • Tue 3rd Sept @ 9:00am - School re-opens for the next academic year.

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week!

  • Class 1 - Aidan - Excellent independent cycling and for cycling with another pupil from a different school.
  • Class 2 - Kian - For good contributions to the Chaplaincy Team and for confident reading during prayer time.
  • Class 3 - Jenna - For good English work.
  • Class 4 - Kayden - For excellent work and making good choices with his friends.
  • Class 5 - Bailey - For working hard in his friendship group and regulating his emotions well.
  • Class 6 - Sean - For being supportive and helping his friends.
  • Class 7 - Charlie - For being an always pupil - leading class prayers.
  • Class 8 - Alfie - For a fantastic attitude all week and trying hard in all lessons.
  • Class 9 - Jake - For being an always pupil.
  • Class 10 - Daniel - For being happy and helpful around school.
  • Class 11 - Reece - For working very hard all week.
  • Class 12 - Curtis - For making good choices by not reacting or getting involved in situations.
  • Class 13 - Liz - For behaving well and having a great last week of term.

Employee of the Week

Congratulations to Miss Kelly!

Miss Kelly is our 'Employee of the Week' because she is an excellent TA; she goes above and beyond with her work, is always proactive in her approach and willing to offer support and help to all pupils and staff who require it.

Highlights of the Week

Our Catholic School

Our prayer focus this week:

‘Love each other as Jesus has loved us. He has given nothing less than his life for us’

- St. Teresa of Calcutta

It is lovely to be back and I hope you had a great half term; I cannot believe we are now starting our last half term before the summer holidays. This year has gone so fast, we are looking forward to lots of lovely events as we spend our final seven weeks together of this academic year.

Within our Catholic school this week Class 11 took part in their Retreat with Fr Nick at the Just Youth Centre, it is lovely that each class has time away from school to reflect and be together. The Chaplaincy Team are currently preparing for three big events:

  • ‘Come Dine With Us’ experience - Refugees/ displaced people are invited in to school to share a meal with us.
  • 'Leavers Service' at the end of June - A celebration of our leavers' time at SJV
  • 'End of Year Service' - Celebrating this academic year as a school community.

A very busy few weeks for us, with lots of wonderful ideas and suggestions that have been generated by our Chaplaincy Team.

Within RE this week we have been focussing on 'wider world religion', looking at artefacts connected to each religion. Key Stage 3 are looking at Hinduism, Key Stage 4 and 5 are studying Islam.


This week's Wednesday Word is 'Friendship'.

Mrs Garfin

Poetry Corner

As we commemorate 80 years since the D-Day landings in Normandy, leading to the liberation of France in the Second World War. We thought it would be fitting to dedicate our Poetry Corner to some of the powerful poems written by our pupils during our War Poetry workshops earlier in the year. Here we celebrate our wonderful poets Nesrine and Munir with their thought-provoking work about love and freedom during the conflict. This is such beautiful and inspiring writing guys, well done.

One of the poets we took inspiration from was the great Keith Douglas who sadly never returned home from war. He was only 24 when he was killed In Normandy, but he left behind a legacy of beautiful poems, that reminds us of what it is to be human in the face of such suffering. Click on the following link to see the poet Clive James discussing his life and reading his beautiful poem ‘Canoe’

Oliver Lomax

Useful Information

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