St John Vianney School Newsletter 15.02.2024

Assistant Headteacher's Message

Dates For Your Diary

Mr G Damant

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for your support in preparing our pupils for school every day and making the start of 2024 a wonderful experience. Attendance in the first half term of this year has been excellent. Good attendance has been shown to have a positive impact on pupil progress and pupil well-being.

Ash Wednesday this week marked the start of Lent. Fr Nick led services in the Chapel for all pupils and staff. The pupils were impeccably behaved and reflective throughout the services. Our school community will be focusing on; improving our relationship with God, fasting, and charity. Every class will be having a focus on prayer three times a day, fasting from unkind words and raising money for CAFOD through our £5 challenge. Staff will be recognising acts of kindness by our pupils with letters of commendation and prize draws every week.

Mr Lomax, our poet in residence, led poetry interventions for a range of pupils in all Key Stages. Pupils were challenged to identify the work of Sylvia Plath or Taylor Swift, even the most ardent of ‘Swifties’ struggled! All pupils engaged passionately; reading, analysing and producing some fantastic self-portrait poems. Please continue to encourage all our pupils to read over the holidays.

I do hope you have a wonderful half term break and we look forward to welcoming pupils back at 9am on Monday 26th February.

God Bless,

Mr G Damant

  • Fri 16th Feb all day - 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
  • Weds 27th March @ 4.30pm - 6.30pm - Parents Evening

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week!

  • Class 1 - Daniyal - For postitive engagement in his lessons this week.
  • Class 2 - Neo - For joining O.T. activities independently.
  • Class 3 - Ethan - For very good reading in literacy time.
  • Class 4 - James - For good effort in lessons and apologising in appropriate situations.
  • Class 5 - Ayla - For being an always child.
  • Class 6 - Ishaaq - For always trying his best and being polite with others.
  • Class 7 - Roger - For being a resilient, always pupil.
  • Class 8 - Amanda - For having such a postive attitude all of the time and being a good friend to her peers.
  • Class 9 - Sadie - For being really helpful in class and at D of E.
  • Class 10 - Daniel - For setting a great example of behaviour.
  • Class 11 - Inaaya - For improved behaviour in the classroom and supporting her friends.
  • Class 12 - Amy - For trying hard in all lessons and her independent skills.
  • Class 13 - Renee - For dealing well with a difficult situation.

Employee of the Week

Congratulations to Mrs Fitzgibbon!

Our employee of the week is Mrs Fitzgibbon for an outstanding job at organising all the paperwork for our exams, ensuring all the correct procedures are in place and she also invigilated in every exam! Well Done Mrs Fitzgibbon!

Attendance Awards

Improved Attendance Winners

Congratulations to our winners of the improved attendance award this half term, who all enjoyed a breakfast treat this morning! Well done to: Charlie B, Harley G, Isaac M, Aidan W, Kayden W, Leon G, Szymon D, Jason L and Jake M.

Highlights of the Week

Our Catholic School

‘I hope that we all will live Lent well, following Jesus and carrying within us a ray of his love for all those we meet.

- Pope Francis

Within our Catholic school this week, Fr Nick led an Ash Wednesday service for each of our Key Stages, marking the start of Lent. We also launched our Lenten Charity Appeal.

Within RE this week we have been undertaking 'temperature checks' of our work which helps us to improve and make a difference. It is wonderful to reflect on such amazing work over the half term and celebrate the progress made.

I can’t believe it is the end of half term already! I hope everyone has a lovely break and everyone returns to school refreshed and recharged for the lead up to Easter. We have lots of exciting times ahead!


This week's Wednesday Word is 'Lent'.

Mrs Garfin

Poetry Corner

Love is in the air here at SJV this week and Adam from Class 10 made us all smile broadly with his witty and humorous take on a Valentines Day classic! Thanks Adam! Amazing work!

I also ran a whole-school poetry intervention day, delivering workshops that focused on poetry and well-being. It was amazing to see our young poets expressing their emotions and feelings through writing, and importantly having some fun along the way. Really excited to share the amazing work our pupils created after the half term break. Have a poetic week everyone!

Oliver Lomax

Useful Information

Eating Out

There are a number of supermarkets offering great discounts and free meals for children this half term and throughout the year. Click on the links below for more details:

Sainsburys café ..... Morrisons Café ..... Tesco Café ..... Asda Cafe and Ikea

Days Out

Imperial War Museum (IWM) North are holding a free 'Relaxed Early Opening' event for families on Sat 17.2.24 8am-10am.

Chetham’s School of Music offer relaxed performances for a range of audiences, including families, autistic and learning disabled people, and those new to concerts and performances. They are on the first Wednesday of each month in term time, starting at 1.30pm for about an hour.

Click on the following link to open a directory of useful links and information about facilities, activities and support available to you and your young person: INFORMATION DIRECTORY

Keep up to date with SJV on our website and on social media. Just click on the buttons below:

St John Vianney R.C. School. Rye Bank Rd, Firswood, Stretford. M16 0EX.

Tel: 0161 881 7843