St John Vianney School Newsletter 24.05.2024

Assistant Headteacher's Message

Miss Nesbitt

Dear Family & friends of SJV

Here we are at the end of another busy half-term at SJV. It has certainly been a packed half term and our pupils have experienced such a wide variety of enriching experiences, along with their continued commitment to their core curriculum.

This week, our KS4 and KS5 pupils have continued to show remarkable dedication to their studies as they navigate the challenges of exam season. We appreciate how challenging it can be for our pupils to partake in these external exams. It is rewarding to see the support and dedication of our staff in easing their worries and giving them the knowledge and skills to try their best and this has had a positive impact.

We are thrilled to announce the introduction of our Friday Girls' Football Club, held during break time. This initiative has provided a safe and positive environment for our female students to practice and enjoy the sport. The club has quickly become a popular and vibrant space where the girls can develop their skills, foster teamwork, and build confidence. It has also significantly contributed to promoting physical fitness and well-being among our students. The positive impact of this club is evident in the enthusiasm and camaraderie displayed by the participants, and we are excited to see it continue to grow and inspire more girls to engage in football. The girls were also treated to a master class from Stockport County coaches this week and the consensus was that it was a great event.

We are now approaching transition time in school and as we support those pupils who will be leaving us this summer we are also excited to begin the transition process for our new Year 7 students, who will be joining us in September. This is a significant milestone for these young learners, and we are committed to ensuring they feel welcomed and supported as they embark on this new chapter of their educational journey. Our transition activities are designed to help them become familiar with their new environment, meet their peers and teachers, and begin to build the foundations for their future success at our school.

Finally, I would like to wish everyone a happy and restful half-term holiday. This break is an excellent opportunity to recharge and spend quality time with loved ones, hopefully with some sunshine attached! School will reopen for the final half term of the academic year at 9.00am on Monday 3rd June.

Thank you for your continuous support and dedication to our school community.

God bless,

Kirsten Nesbitt

Key information and Dates


  • 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.
  • Fri 19th July at 15:15 - School closes for the Summer Holidays


This week we welcomed Trafford Orthoptist’s into school, performing pupil eye tests. It is recommended that children & young people should go for an eye test every 1-2 years. There are a number of optician practices around Manchester that are trained to support those with additional needs. Click on the following link for a list of practices that provide the Easy Eye Care pathway in North West England: Seeability You can also find further resources, social stories and guidance in supporting young people with their eye care via the following link:

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week!

  • Class 1 - Hassan - For being brave and stroking a dog.
  • Class 2 - Benjamin - For improved travel training and caring for others.
  • Class 3 - Zack - For contributing well in lessons.
  • Class 4 - Ryan - For putting great effort into his work and being very supportive of his friends.
  • Class 5 - Will - For being an always student.
  • Class 6 - Kyan - For showing more maturity and a calmness around school.
  • Class 7 - Sana - For being an always pupil who is growing in self-confidence.
  • Class 8 - Keenan - For having a fantastic attitude and demonstrating amazing maturity.
  • Class 9 - Leon - For his excellent attitide towards his exams despite having an arm injury.
  • Class 10 - Munir - For working very hard, and being a positive presence in class.
  • Class 11 - Finlay - For trying hard in his exams.
  • Class 12 - Louis - For working hard with preparation for college and making mature choices.
  • Class 13 - Tyler - For great attendance and overall excellent behaviour.

Employee of the Week

Congratulations to Mr Whelan!

Mrs Whelan is our Employee of the Week this week for great leadership of his class and being flexible and adaptable in dealing with challenging behaviour.

Highlights of the Week

Class 1 trip to the zoo

Our Catholic School

Our prayer focus this week:

‘The extraordinary outpouring of Pentecost is an event that continues. The Holy Spirit transforms us and wants us to transform the world.’

- Pope Francis

I can’t believe its our half term break already and we will soon be in the final half-term of this academic year! Whatever you are up to, I hope you have fun and that both staff and pupils have a great rest and recharge for all the wonderful opportunities the final half-term will bring.

Within our Catholic school this week we have taken part in a 'Live Simply' day as part of our Laudato Si' efforts. The whole school community did not use any ICT equipment and looked at ways in which we can help the environment and each other. Each class took time to focus on the important environmental issues and it was non-school uniform day too so we raised some vital funds for CAFOD.

Class 3 took part in their retreat at the Just Youth Centre led by Father Nick. They had a lovely time and enjoyed their time out together.

Within RE, we have been undertaking 'ranking' exercises on British Values, which helps us to compare views on the values that are deemed most important. Upper School have continued to develop their ideas and opinions on the environment and how they can be stewards of the earth.

This week's Wednesday Word is a holiday edition. The 'focus' words are as follows:

  • 22 May - Friendship
  • 29 May - Life
  • 5 Jun - Family

Mrs Garfin

Poetry Corner

This week we dedicate Poetry Corner to a beautiful and heartfelt poem written by Kayden. This powerful and searching poem challenges people’s misconceptions and stereotypes around his condition. Kayden writes with a real honesty that confronts this and he resolves the piece with such bravery and positivity. We hope you find it as inspirational as all the staff and pupils have. Well done Kayden, such amazing writing.

Oliver Lomax

Useful Information

Take a look at the cafes and restaurants below for some great deals on eating out with children during the half-term break. Click on the links below for more information:

  • Asda Café – Kids eat for £1 with no adult-minimum-spend in family-friendly Asda Cafes.
  • Bella Italia – Kids eat for £1 with every adult main meal between 4pm and 6pm.
  • Bill’s restaurants – Up to two kids can eat free when one adult orders any main dish.
  • Hungry Horse – Every Monday at the Hungry Horse, there are selected kids’ meals for £1 and larger meals for £1.50.
  • Morrisons Café – Kids aged under 16 eat for free at any Morrisons café when an adult spends £4.99 or more on a meal.
  • Pausa Café at Dunelm – Kids can get one free main meal, plus two snacks and a drink for every £4 spent by an adult at the café.
  • The Real Greek – You can get a free kids meal for under 12s for every £10 spent on an adult meal.
  • Sainsbury’s Cafes – One kid’s meal or lunch bag for £1 with any adult main meal purchased over £5.20.
  • Yo Sushi! – Kids under 10 eat free for every £10 spent on food by the accompanying adult
  • Tesco – ‘kids eat free’ meal deal (sandwich, fruit, two snacks and drink) with every adult purchase in the café.

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

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

Tel: 0161 881 7843