Headteacher's Newsletter

29 November 2019

Headteacher’s Newsletter

Dear Parents,

360 Degree Safe Award

Over the past couple of years, we have been reviewing, improving and refining our IT curriculum and infrastructure for online safety. In order to ensure we covered all aspects of this topic, we signed up to work towards the 360 Degree Safe award. We formed a steering group made up of staff, parents, governors and our pupil digital leaders and we worked together to ensure we met specific criteria. The award criteria were split into policy, infrastructure, education and standards. During the assessment day, the external assessor confirmed that we securely met the criteria to be awarded the safety mark and that our safeguarding practice was of a very high standard.

It was also pleasing to hear that the assessor also thought our children’s behaviour was impeccable.  Thank you to all the parents, governors, pupil digital leaders and Mrs Needham and Mrs Patiniott, our computing subject leaders, for all their hard work and commitment.

Curriculum Enhancements

This week we welcomed Mrs Higson, one of our parents, and some university students to talk to the children about engineering. Year 3 were visited by civic engineers who inspired us to be future engineers. The children had the opportunity to plan a healthy street and build tall, strong towers. The most successful teams were awarded a sustainable pencil for great team spirit and innovative designs. Thank you civic engineers for a fantastic afternoon, the visit really enriched our curriculum.  We really enjoy having visiting speakers and we are keen to welcome more speakers in school. If you have a particular field of expertise related to our curriculum, we would love to hear from you.  If you feel that you can offer a talk to a class, year group or department please can you email in your field of expertise and we will see if we can match you up to a particular subject or topic in our curriculum.

This week we were also fortunate to welcome The Code Show company. Year 4 and 6 children learned about computing through the ages. It was really interesting to see the early computers, typewriters and telephones and the children were fascinated. This is another great example of how we are enhancing the educational experience of the children.

Christmas Fair - 30 November 11am until 2pm

We are looking forward to our Christmas fair tomorrow from 11am-2pm. For those of you who are new to St Vincent’s we have lots of stalls for you to enjoy. Father Christmas has arranged to see the children and we have lots of food and drink to enjoy, so please do stay for lunch. The stalls are spread across the infant and junior department, so please visit both departments. Our choir will be singing at 11:30am in the junior hall, too. You will be able to enter the school from Osborne, Orchard and Balmoral Road entrances and there will be some parking available on the junior playground. Please note that there is a 5 mile per hour speed limit and children should be accompanied if cars are on the playground. We really need your support so please do come along and join in the fun.

Wreath-Making Evening 4 December

Tickets are still available for our fabulous wreath-making evening organised by Sarah and Alison from Bloom and Gorgeous. Tickets are £35 and available on ParentPay.

If you would just like to come along for the evening there are tickets available for £5 which includes a glass of wine and a mince pie and there will be a bar selling Prosecco and other alcoholic drinks and nibbles.

Cornerstone Shoebox Appeal

Thank you for your generous shoebox donations for Cornerstone day centre for the homeless. Each year we ask families to cover a shoebox and fill it with nice gifts. These can include hats, a scarf, gloves, toiletries and sweets and there is an example on our school twitter newsroom @StVincentsPr. We added in sending a Christmas card and message too last year. We will be taking them to Cornerstone the week beginning 9 December so please bring them to school when you have filled them.

General Election 12 December

The school will be open on 12 December, the day of the Parliamentary General Election, but the junior hall will be used as a polling station so junior children are asked to bring in a packed lunch on that day.

Winter Weather

Now that the weather is getting colder, please can you ensure children wear a thick coat, which should be named. We have a large number of coats in lost property.

Parents’ Reflection

All parents, carers and grandparents are warmly invited to the next Prayer Reflection, which takes place on Friday 6 December 2019 at 9:10am in the Rainbow Room at the infant department.



School Advent Dates Reminder

School Christmas Fair Saturday 30 November 11am-2pm - Infant and Junior Departments.

Nursery Nativity Tuesday 3 December at 2pm and Thursday 5 December at 2pm - Infant Department Hall. Refreshments provided afterwards.

Junior Advent Mass Thursday 5 December 9:05am - Junior Department Hall. All parents and families welcome.

Reception Nativity Dress Rehearsal Monday 9 December - All infant children and junior siblings of children in Reception will get to watch.

Y4 Christmas Play Dress Rehearsal Monday 9 December - All junior children and infant siblings of children in Y4 will get to watch.

Reception Nativity Play Tuesday 10 December 9:30am - Infant Department Hall. Refreshments provided afterwards.

Y4 Christmas Play Tuesday 10 December 2pm - Junior Department Hall. Refreshments provided afterwards.

Reception Nativity Play Wednesday 11 December 9:30am - Infant Department Hall. Refreshments provided afterwards.

Nursery Carols at Dusk Wednesday 11 December 4pm - Nursery garden, weather permitting (inside otherwise). All nursery parents and families welcome.

Y4 Christmas Play Wednesday 11 December 6:30pm - Junior Department Hall. Refreshments provided.

KS2 Advent Service at St Vincent’s Church Tuesday 17 December 6:30pm - All KS2 Children to attend in full school uniform. The area will be busy so please allow plenty of time.

Children’s Christmas Lunch Wednesday 18 December - With a special visit from Father Christmas for the infant children!

Christmas Pantomime for Nursery pre-school, Infant and Junior children Friday 20 December - Junior Department Hall, ‘oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is…’

School Closes for the Christmas Break Friday 20 December

St Vincent’s Church Advent Dates

Tuesday 3 December                         7:30pm Advent Service of Reflection

Tuesday 10 December           7pm Local Missionary Area Service of Reconciliation

Sunday 22 December             3pm Carol Service (before the carol service, come and join the carol choir! The first rehearsal will be Sunday 1 December at 4pm; no previous experience necessary)

Tuesday 24 December           5:30pm Christmas Vigil Mass

11:30pm Carols followed by Midnight Mass

Wednesday 25 December      8:30am, 10am, 11:30am

No evening mass

Holy Angels Church Advent Dates

Saturday 14 December          7pm Youth Christmas party/Quiz (11-21years old)

Sunday 15 December             4pm Carols by Candlelight Family Service

Tuesday 24 December           4:30pm Children's Christmas Mass (children are invited to dress up in their Nativity costumes to take part in the story)

                                                 6:30pm Vigil Mass of Christmas 

                                                 11:30pm Carols followed by Midnight Mass

Wednesday 25 December      9am & 10:30am Christmas Day Mass

Thursday 26 December          10am St Stephen's Day Mass




Attendance figures for previous week

Attendance Percentages

Highest infant class attendance

100% Reception Miss Sheppard

Highest junior class attendance

99.33% Y5 Miss Carr/Mr Blain and Y5 Miss Kirk

Overall school attendance


*Please note that disability related absence is not taken into account when calculating best attendance


We are a listening school and offer an open door to parents. Mrs Sutton (deputy headteacher based in the junior department), Mrs Tiernan (deputy headteacher based in the infant department), and I are very happy to answer any questions you may have.

Yours sincerely,


Mrs Harrop


Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

Tel: 0161 911 8040


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