Headteacher's Newsletter

 

 

9 November 2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

We Remember

This week we held moving class assemblies about remembrance. Today, the children remained silent while we remembered those who lost their lives in the two World Wars. Our remembrance reflection was made extra special by the children listening to the “Last Post” played so well by our pupil, Ben McBride. Thank you for your donations to the poppy appeal, they will be sent to The Royal British Legion.

 

Reading Challenge Reminder

Many thanks to all the children who have already returned their reading challenge booklet, it is great to see so many children celebrating their love of books. There is still plenty of time to complete the six books challenge, the deadline is Friday 14 December.

 

Wellbeing Focus

At St Vincent’s we consider it very important that we support the emotional wellbeing and mental health of all pupils. We are proud of our caring ethos and we regard mental health as the responsibility of all. We have lots of schemes and support in place for our children, and several staff are trained in mental health first aid. We recognise that there are more pressures on our children than ever before and we are committed to ensuring we support their development in every aspect. In order to acknowledge our accomplishments, we are working hard to achieve a recognised Wellbeing Award. We have lots of initiatives we’d like to tell you about and will find out about them in the coming weeks.

 

 

Wellbeing Parent Workshop  

All parents and carers are warmly invited to a Wellbeing Workshop on Thursday 22 November 9:15am to 11:00am. This is an opportunity to discuss the work we have been doing to promote wellbeing in school; have a look at the new PSHE scheme of work; learn a little about mindfulness; meet our Wellbeing Champions and learn about ways in which we can all look after our mental health and wellbeing. Part of the morning will be led by our pupil wellbeing champions and we’ll be treating parents to a special relaxation exercise. Please log on to the parents area of the school website to book a place.

 

Wellbeing Champions

Our new pupil Wellbeing Champions have been appointed and they are working hard to promote emotional wellbeing and good mental health. Look out for tweets about their exciting work during anti-bullying/ friendship week.

 

 

Mental Health Spotlight

November sees a particular focus on men's mental health, please follow the link for more information: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/blog/putting-focus-mens-mental-health-november?utm_source=email&utm_medium=referral

Wellbeing Communication 

We have put together some extra information about wellbeing on our school website. Please visit http://www.stvincents.trafford.sch.uk/page/thought-for-the-week/49444 for more information.

 

NSPCC Pants Guide Reminder

This is a reminder that on Friday 16 November teachers will be talking to the children about how to keep themselves safe. There are lots of resources for professionals and parents if you follow the links below. Please be assured that this subject will be delivered in a sensitive, age-appropriate manner. 

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/ https://www.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/advice-and-info/pants/pants-2018/pants-parents-guide-online.pdf

 

Anti-Bullying Week 12-16 November

To mark anti-bullying week, the children are asked to wear odd socks on Monday 12 November. The message behind this is that all children are special and we are all different. The odd socks activity is just one way of celebrating our individuality.

 

Do You Have a Child Ready for School in September?

The application process for children, born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015, to start primary school in September 2019 is open. The closing date for Primary Applications is 15 January 2019.

 

If you are not a Trafford resident, you can still apply for a place in a Trafford school but you must make your application to your home authority where you live and pay your council tax. Please note the importance of providing evidence of baptism to the school before the 15 January deadline. Follow this link to apply for a place at St Vincent’s: https://legacy.trafford.gov.uk/content/admissions/login.asp?

 

Open Morning

Our next open morning for prospective school and nursery parents is next week on Tuesday 13 November at 9:15am. Please do let your friends and family know of this date.  

 

Sports for Champions Visit to School

Matt Lee is a decathlete and is training to possibly represent Great Britain in the future. Matt is coming to school on Monday 19 November to complete 10-minute circuits with each class. Children are asked to collect sponsorship for two reasons – the money raised will be split between helping unsponsored athletes like Matt receive the vital equipment they need to progress in their sport and buying sports equipment for our school.

Responsible Parking

We have received several communications from residents about parking recently. Residents have reported the following:

  • 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 a pram to pass
  • Cars driving too fast down Orchard and Osborne Road
  • Abusive comments from parents and grandparents

 

The school has stressed many times the importance of responsible parking and driving down Osborne and Orchard Road. It is critical that we all work together to ensure our children are safe and that we maintain good relations with our neighbours. There are many alternative places to park and walk to school and we also have a wonderful walking bus scheme with details on our website. Please follow this link for further details:

http://www.stvincents.trafford.sch.uk/page/the-walking-bus/27905

 

If you have arranged for grandparents to drop off or pick up, please can you pass this information on to them. Thank you in advance for your support in this important matter.

 

Christmas Fair Sign Up

The fair is Saturday 24 November 11:00am until 2:00pm.  Thank you to everyone who has signed up to help so far, but we are still looking for a number of volunteers to help set up and run a stall. The Christmas Fair is our biggest fundraiser, so if you can help, please get in touch on stvincentspta@gmail.com, talk to a committee member or log on to the school website. Every family should receive a Christmas pack today, please take the time to read and see how you can help us make this a successful event. Please return Father Christmas slips as soon as possible as slots fill up very quickly. We are also looking for some ‘jolly’ dads or grandads to help fill a special role, please get in touch if you can help.

 

Christmas Raffle

Every year the PTA runs a raffle which is drawn at the Christmas fair. Prizes range from money donated by the PTA to prizes donated by parents and local businesses.  We are looking for a small team to help us organise this year’s raffle and help source some raffle prizes. If you feel you could help with this or offer us a raffle prize please speak to a committee member or email us on stvincentspta@gmail.com.

 

Christmas Lunch

A Christmas lunch will be served to all the children in school on Thursday 13 December. 

 

For those children that would normally bring in a packed lunch this means that they will be served a hot Christmas meal on this day. If you normally bring in a packed lunch you may opt out of the Christmas lunch by emailing the office no later than Friday 30 November. However if you do not opt out and your child is in the juniors, you will be you will be charged £2.15 for the meal.

 

For those children in the junior department the cost of the meal is £2.15 payable via ParentPay, payment item ‘School meals - St Vincent's Catholic Primary School’. Please ensure that you have paid for the Christmas meal by Friday 30 November. There is no cost for children in the infant department as they are entitled to government funded universal free school meals.

 

ATTENDANCE FIGURES FOR THE PREVIOUS WEEK

Attendance Percentages

Highest infant class attendance

 Miss Slater’s class 100%

Highest junior class attendance

 Mrs Jennings’ and Mr Kerigan’s classes 100%

Overall school attendance

 97.9%

 

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

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

A Harrop (Mrs)

Headteacher

Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road
Altrincham
Cheshire
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

Tel: 0161 911 8040
admin@stvincents.trafford.sch.uk

Testimonials

We couldn’t be happier with St Vincent’s, our children are really happy there. - Parent Survey
It is a wonderful environment, our children are flourishing - Parent Survey
The school ethos gives the children excellent opportunities to develop their spirituality and knowledge of their faith. - Parent Survey
It is a really friendly school, I have been made to feel very welcome. - Parent Survey
We love St Vincent’s, keep doing what you are doing! - Parent Survey