Headteacher's Newsletter

Dear Parents,

 

This week our newsletter focuses on wellbeing. You will know that we have worked hard on developing our wellbeing provision and have been working towards The Wellbeing Award for Schools. After a rigorous assessment day, we are delighted to share that we achieved the Wellbeing Award. Our assessor was so impressed with our provision that he put our school forward for a case study.

 

The award, which has been developed in association with the National Children's Bureau, recognises the school's commitment to promoting the emotional wellbeing and mental health of the school community. The school's ethos of regarding mental health as the responsibility of all and its strong working partnerships with parents were praised by the Inspector.

 

In order to obtain the award many criteria need to be met and evidenced. We’re incredibly proud to announce that our school’s hard work has been clearly recognised. We are currently the only school in Trafford to have such an accolade. The inspector had some lovely things to say about us such as:

 

“St Vincent’s is a very welcoming, nurturing and happy school.”

 

“St Vincent’s is a school where the mental health and wellbeing of all is a foundation principle.”

 

Pupils have aspirations and are clearly grateful for the support they receive. They are very proud of their school.”

 

“Pupil voice within the school is strong. Pupils are given many leadership roles, including wellbeing champions and playground pals. These roles contribute greatly to the wellbeing of others in the school.”

 

“Staff feel valued for their important role of teaching and supporting pupils.”

 

 

Our Wellbeing Journey…

We’ve always been proud of our strong tradition of pastoral care at St Vincent’s. Our focus has always been to meet the needs of our children in an ever-changing society. This is central to our school’s vision statement where we work hard to enable children to let their light shine. Follow this link to see how promoting and protecting emotional wellbeing and mental health fits in to our long term strategic vision. http://www.stvincents.trafford.sch.uk/uploads/120/files/st%20vincents%20strategy%20one%20page%20web.pdf

Since then, we’ve involved everyone in school…

We created a new group called Wellbeing Champions who are tasked with spreading the message and with building a programme of activities for pupils to enjoy. One of the highlights has been Thoughtful Thursdays, which take place at lunchtime on the last Thursday of every month on a drop-in basis offering the opportunity to take part in mindfulness, yoga and even peer massage!

One of the biggest changes we’ve introduced in school is to bring in a new PSHE scheme of work called Jigsaw. It offers a comprehensive programme of study in personal, social and health education. We believe that this is helping us to equip our children for challenges they may face and preparing them fully for the next stage of their lives.

We’ve introduced a Wellbeing area on our school website so that our work can be celebrated and identified and so that any additional support required is clearly signposted. We’ve also put in a series of workshops for parents such as the Wellbeing Workshop, Building Resilience and Emotion Coaching.

 

We’ve looked at ways in which we can look after the wellbeing of staff, including mindfulness apps, shout-out boards and a focus on work life balance. We celebrate World Mental Health Day every year in October and a number of our staff are now Mental Health First Aiders (this is in addition to a comprehensive programme of professional development). We’ve added to our pastoral care team and Mrs Gee now has Mrs Robinson to work with her, giving them both much more capacity.

We have the full support of our governing body and have a designated wellbeing governor. Governors have been involved throughout our journey, offering support in developing our provision.

Next Steps…

Despite having plenty to celebrate, we recognise that supporting the emotional wellbeing and mental health of our whole school community must be an ongoing priority and we’re going to continue to build on this great foundation. Look out for workshops and more new initiatives through the newsletter, twitter feed and the wellbeing area of our website.  http://www.stvincents.trafford.sch.uk/page/thought-for-the-week/49444.

 

Open Morning

We are looking forward to welcoming prospective parents to our open morning on Tuesday 26 March – 9:15am refreshments, 9:30am welcome talk and tour.

Lenten Activities

Lenten Mass

It was lovely to see so many parents and grandparents at the Infant Mass this week. Please join us for the Junior Mass on Thursday 28 March.

 

Purple Wednesday

Following our St Vincent’s tradition, each Wednesday is ‘Purple Wednesday’. Pupils are encouraged to wear an item of purple clothing. This could be an accessory such as a belt, bobble, hairband, wristband, socks or tights. 

Purple is used for two reasons: firstly, because it is associated with mourning and so anticipates the pain and suffering of the crucifixion, and secondly because purple is the colour associated with royalty and celebrates Christ’s resurrection and sovereignty.

Lenten Prayer Trails

In each department we have a Lenten prayer trail where pupils can visit prayer stations and reflect on the journey that Jesus made. Each prayer station has a different focus and children are encouraged to think, pray and respond as they become closer to Jesus during this time. As part of this trail, each child can make a very special Lenten promise.

Stations of the Cross

During Lent, children also have the opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. Stations have been displayed in each department for children to reflect, observe and pray.

Lenten Buddy

The children have been given a secret ‘Lenten Buddy’ from their class. During Lent the children will be extra nice to their buddy and try to guess who their own buddy is.

Lenten Fundraising

The children took part in the CAFOD Family Fast Day last Friday and managed to raise a fantastic £413.46!

 

Today we are taking part in a special Boot Camp session to raise money for The Good Shepherd.

 

Wednesday 27 March: all children can take part in Crazy Hair day for a suggested donation of £1, which will be donated to each year group’s chosen charity:

 

Year Group

Charity

Suggested donation of £1 to wear the following to school …

Reception

Wish Upon a Star

 

Crazy Hair!

Year 1

Macmillan Cancer Support

Year 2

Children’s Adventure Farm Trust

Year 3

Coffee 4 Craig – Homeless Charity

Year 4

Motor Neurone Disease Association

Year 5

Water Aid

Year 6

Cancer Research

 

Friday 5 April: £1 donation to the Good Shepherd Appeal: Mindfulness Session. Each class will be asked to complete a mindfulness activity during the school day. 

Friday 5 April at 9:15am: French Café for Parents run by Y4 Year 4 pupils will be running a French themed café in the junior hall on Friday 5 April. They will be serving breakfast and using their language skills to converse with you in French. Please come along to support this venture and raise additional funds for the Good Shepherd Appeal.

Tuesday 9 April: Year 2 and Year 6 Talent Shows.  The Year 2 and Year 6 children will perform a Talent show for the infant and junior departments respectively to say thank you to all our children for all their hard work during this Lenten period.

Thank you for all of your support so far on our Lenten journey.

Trim trail

Our amazing new Trim Trail has been installed this week – thank you to our fantastic PTA for funding it!

PTA News

Monday 1 April will be own clothes day and we ask Years 2 to 6 to bring a chocolate Easter Egg and reception and Year 1 to donate a small chocolate egg (such as a Creme egg or Kinder Egg).  

The PTA is holding the annual Easter “Eggstravaganza” on Friday 5 April 2019. This will be in the Infant Hall/playground from 3:15 until 4:30pm.  The event is always lots of fun! There will be various games with prizes, plus there will be refreshments on sale.

We are looking for volunteers on the day to help set up and run a few of the stalls. If you could spare just a couple of hours to help make the event run smoothly we would really appreciate it.

Attendance figures for previous week

Attendance Percentages

Highest infant class attendance

Miss Slater 100%

Highest junior class attendance

Mr Nicholls 100%

Overall school attendance

97.75%

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

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Harrop 

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