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Headteacher's Newsletter

Friday 27January 2023

headteacher’s newsletter

Dear Parents,

St Vincent Values

 

We have been reviewing our school values and are excited to let you know they will be shared very soon. Our values will reflect our mission, the warm and nurturing environment we create for all and, of course, our focus on learning. Our values will support the way in which we ensure all children let their light shine in every way.

Lunar New Year

This week we have been celebrating the Lunar New Year in school. The children learnt about Chinese traditions and songs in assembly and Reception made delicious vegetable spring rolls with the help of Mrs Chang and Mrs Hu. Year 1 and Year 4 took part in a workshop where they made ‘Year of the Rabbit’ themed craft. Next Wednesday Mrs Thorley and her team will be preparing a Chinese style meal for children at lunchtime.

              

Assessment Parent Meetings

We have planned a Y2 and Y6 parent meeting where we will give information about the assessment tasks the children will complete in the summer term. We will also give information about how parents can support their child with their learning.

  • Year 6 parent meeting will be on 7 February at 5pm in the junior department hall.
  • Year 2 parent meeting will be on 8 February at 5pm in the infant department hall.

Music

Year 5 started their music project this half term. Children will receive music tuition from our Trafford Music Service teacher Mr Thomas. The children will be learning to play the trumpet, tenor horn and French horn and each child has been given their own instrument to take home to practise on, ready for their weekly lessons. At the end of the project, all parents and carers are invited to attend a concert on Friday 24 March at 10am where the children will perform what they have learned.

Learning to play a musical instrument enables children to develop musical awareness. With practise, they experience a sense of pride for what they can achieve. As well as our curriculum lessons, we offer a range of music lessons across string, wind and percussion instruments both 1:1 and in groups. Please visit the link below if this is something you would be interested in for your child:

http://www.stvincents.trafford.sch.uk/page/music/133784

Twitter

More curriculum updates and enrichments can be found on our school Twitter account.  Please follow us on @StVincentsPr

Pre-Loved Uniform Swap

As part of Eco-School’s ‘Cut Your Carbon’ campaign, Our Eco Leaders are holding a pre-loved uniform swap on Thursday 9 February at 3pm – 3:45pm in the infant hall.  If you have any unwanted uniform, please could you drop it off (washed) at school or send it in with your child by Wednesday 8 February.  Any donations can be made on ParentPay and will go towards the Eco leaders’ chosen charity, Rainforest Trust UK.

Diocese Building Fund

Thank you to those parents who have already paid their contribution to the Diocesan Building Fund. Families are asked to make a contribution of £105 per child whilst at St Vincent’s (or £15 per child per year).

For those who have not yet paid, please log on to your ParentPay account to make your voluntary contribution:

  • For reception   -           Diocesan Building Fund for 2022 Intake
  • For year 1        -           Diocesan Building Fund for 2021 Intake
  • For year 2        -           Diocesan Building Fund for 2020 Intake
  • For year 3        -           Diocesan Building Fund for 2019 Intake
  • For year 4        -           Diocesan Building Fund for 2018 Intake
  • For year 5        -           Diocesan Building Fund for 2017 Intake
  • For year 6        -           Diocesan Building Fund 2022-2023
  • All years           -           Diocesan Building Fund Extra Voluntary Contributions 2022-2023

St Vincent’s has benefitted from a programme of repair and refurbishment funded by the Diocese over the past few years and all contributions are gratefully received. Parentpay

Parking and Safeguarding

Unsafe parking behaviour has been observed outside of school. Please support us to create a safe environment outside of school.

Parents are discouraged to drive down Orchard and Osborne Rd.

Behaviour observed includes:

  • Cars parked across driveways. 
  • Cars parked up very early and leaving car engines running polluting the environment.
  • Cars parked in permit areas
  • Cars parked on the pavement not allowing prams to pass
  • Cars driving too fast down Orchard Road and Osborne Road
  • Abusive comments from parents and grandparents

The school has stressed many times the importance of safety. It is critical that we all work together to ensure our children are safe.

School Entrances

We have four entrances to school you can access on foot:

  1. Orchard Road.
  2. Osborne Road.
  3. Balmoral Road (accessed by Oakfield Street at the back of Blessed Thomas Holford; an ideal entrance for those parking at Tesco).
  4. Stockport Road public pathway (next to the golf course).

You can help by:

  • Walking to school
  • Park and stride to school
  • Respecting our residents
  • Keeping your speed low near school if it is absolutely necessary to drive down Orchard and Osborne Rd.
  • Always letting your child out of your vehicle on to the pavement - never on to the road

Please don’t:

  • Don’t drive down Orchard and Osborne Rd unless using the Sunshine Club.

Have you thought about?

  • The health benefits of walking one or more days a week
  • Joining our walking bus with other parents and the school
  • Car sharing
  • Parking nearby and then walking the rest of the way

These changes make a real difference to the congestion around school, making the school run less stressful and far safer for everyone. Not only that but they will help your child’s education. Research has shown that children who walk to school are more receptive to learning at the start of the school day than those who travel to school by car. Please help us to be a part of the solution.

Dates List

Please see the dates list for this half term.

Please follow this link for the dates for the rest of the school year and the sacramental programme.

http://www.stvincents.trafford.sch.uk/page/key-school-events-and-dates/13549

 

 

Day

Date

Event

Location

Thursday

02 February

Candlemas Assembly: Led by Y1 Mr McCann’s class 9am

Candlemas Assembly: Led by Y4 Mrs Bullock’s class 9am

Infant department

Junior department

Thursday

02 February

Sacrament of Reconciliation 6:30pm

Y3 Mrs Needham/Mrs Robinson’s class

St. Vincent’s Church

Monday

06 February

Children’s Mental Health Week

School

Tuesday

07 February

Safer Internet Day

School

Tuesday

07 February

Year 6 Parent Meeting- Assessment

Junior department hall

Wednesday

08 February

Year 2 Parent Meeting- Assessment

Infant department hall

Thursday

09 February

Sacrament of Reconciliation 6:30pm

Miss Slater’s class

St. Vincent’s Church

Thursday

09 February

Eco Leaders’ Pre-loved Uniform Swap

Infant Hall

Friday

10 February

School closes for half term

School

 

Attendance

Please note we do not authorise holidays in term time. Please see the link for our term dates.

http://www.stvincents.trafford.sch.uk/page/term-dates-school-day-attendance/6182

 

We monitor the attendance of all children and here are the attendance percentages for last week.

Class

Attendance %

Class

Attendance %

Class

Attendance %

RMH

91.67

2CG/EL

92.67

4JM

97.67

RLT

87.67

2AB

92.33

5JK

96.67

RML

96.21

3ES

97

5LM

96.55

1LH

92

3DMcD

97.24

5CL

98.71

1AMcC

96.67

3CN/CR

97.33

6NS

95.67

1CR

98

4FJ

98

6DH

91.61

2LC

94.33

4HB

97.33

6DK

95.33

Overall percentage: 95.26%

 

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

Yours sincerely,

Mrs A Harrop

Headteacher

 

Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road,
Altrincham,
Cheshire,
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

SEND Contact: Mrs Farrell and Mrs Sutton

Tel: 0161 911 8040

admin@stvincents.trafford.sch.uk

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