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Headteacher's Newsletter

8th December 2023

Dear Parents,


We have been enjoying all of the wonderful activities in school this week. Please read below to find out more.

Reception Nativity

This week we enjoyed a wonderful Reception Nativity. The children told the Christmas story beautifully and sang so well.

Thank you to the staff for all of the work that went into making them so very special and to you as parents for all of your support.

Year 4 Bah Humbug! Performance

Well done to the Year 4 children who performed Bah Humbug! A Dickens of a Christmas Carol this week. It was wonderful to see the high standard of singing and acting on the stage. As usual, the singing was fantastic. Well done also for thinking about our value of kindness during Advent. #Be Kind

Information on how to purchase recordings of each performance via download will be made available next week. #Make a Difference

Christmas Lunch/Jumper Day: Wednesday 13th December

Next Wednesday the children will be served a Christmas lunch and there will be a special visitor arriving in the infant department. To make the day even more festive, children are welcome to wear a Christmas jumper or accessory as part of a non-uniform day.

First Ever Santa Dash!

Children in Year 1 to 6 enjoyed a fabulous Santa Dash. Well done for running laps around the field to Christmas music!

‘Tea Room Chats’ & Fussy eating support: Friday 15th December

Next Friday, all parents are invited to join our ‘Tea Room Chats’ coffee morning in the Infant Department Hall at 9am. This is an opportunity to meet other parents/carers and staff within the school community. The school nurse will also be joining us to talk to parents about supporting children who have difficulties with eating certain foods. Please see attached flyer for further information. #Make a Difference

Year 3 to 6 Advent Service

Children in Years 3 to 6 will hold an Advent Service in Church on Monday 18th December at 6:30pm. The service will take place at St Vincent’s church and all children in the junior department are expected to attend this lovely service. It is a wonderful opportunity to come together during Advent. #Make a Difference

PTA Christmas Fair

Thank you so much to the PTA, staff, parents and governors who helped run stalls at the Christmas fair and to everyone who supported it. #Make a Difference

PTA Christmas Raffle

Below is the link to enter the Christmas Raffle. There are some great prizes to be won and tickets can still be purchased until Monday 18th January. #Make a Difference

Enter Raffle to Win St Vincent's Christmas Raffle hosted by St Vincent's PTA (

Curriculum: Stay and Share

It was lovely to see so many parents in year 1 to 6 come to school for the Stay and Share book look today. It was nice to see the children talk through what they are learning with their parents.

If you would like to know how children build their knowledge and skills, please see the curriculum information on the website, links to each subject are below. These detail how children will build and deepen their knowledge from Reception to Year 6 in each subject. #Be Passionate about Learning





Religious Education










SEND Link Newsletter

The Link Newsletter gives lots of information and advice for families who have a child with special educational needs. The December edition gives information on the following:

  • Festive season tips- from a parent carer and local offer advisor, Sarah Bradley.
  • Congratulations to Stockdales- find out about how they have been selected as a charity partner for the Trafford Centre and how you can get involved.
  • Child to Parent Abuse resources- services that can help if you are experiencing this.
  • Skylarks- London based organisation that is open to anyone living anywhere, with online courses and activities
  • SEND What's On- for things to do, activities and training going on throughout the year, click here: SEND What's On.

Follow the link to read the December edition.

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#Passionate about Learning

Autumn 2 Dates






13 December

Christmas Lunch/ Parties/ Father Christmas Visit

Both departments


14 December

KS2 Class Assembly 9:15 led by Y4 Mrs Bullock’s class

Junior hall


18 December

Christmas Service 6:30pm

St Vincent’s Church


20 December

Christmas Pantomime

Both departments


21 December

School Closes


Christmas holiday


We know that pupils fall behind their friends and classmates when they miss school. At St Vincent’s we want the amount of missed education to be reduced as much as possible. We believe that our community is stronger together, with all of our pupils in school, on time, every day. We are building life skills, life-long friendships and preparing your child for future success. 

We would really appreciate your help and support ensuring that pupils come to school every day so that they can get the best possible outcomes. We want to work with you to achieve this.

We have recently received several requests for holidays. Holidays in term time are not authorised and are recorded as such. The end and start of school term is very important and even with one day of absence pupils can miss important information and learning.

We know that sometimes our pupils cannot come to school because they are very unwell - and that's the right thing to do for them and other pupils.

Schools are issued with NHS guidance. Medical advice is clear however it states that children with mild illness will often be well enough to attend - for example if they have a cough, or cold, without a temperature. The NHS guidance Is my child too ill for school? - NHS ( is designed to support parents in their decision making about mild illness. 

Please see below the attendance percentages for last week.







Rec-Mrs Dreniw


Y2-Mrs Burke


Y4-Mrs Gerrard /Mrs Leather


Rec-Miss Turnbull


Y2-Mrs Wormall/Mrs Robinson


Y5-Mrs Luckham


Rec-Miss Doherty


Y3-Mrs McDuff


Y5-Mrs Maguire


Y1-Mr McCann


Y3-Miss Hutton


Y5-Miss Hobday


Y1-Miss Hollins


Y3-Mrs Needham/Mrs Jennings


Y6-Mrs Sheldon


Y1-Miss Reid


Y4-Mrs Bullock


Y6-Mrs O’Keefe/Miss Kirk


Y2-Miss Campbell


Y4-Mr Kerigan


Y6-Mrs Black


Overall percentage: 96.43%


We offer an open door to parents. If you have any questions about school life, please liaise with your class teacher.  Mrs Farrell (infant deputy head), Mrs Sutton (junior deputy head), and I are also available to work in partnership with you.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs A Harrop




Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road,
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

SEND Contact: Mrs Farrell and Mrs Sutton

Tel: 0161 911 8040


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