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Headteacher's Newsletter

27 November 2020

Dear Parents,

Headteacher’s newsletter

Covid Update

We are pleased that we have not needed to isolate any class bubble since October half term. Thank you for supporting class bubbles to stay in school by following local and national guidance.

You may have seen that some schools in other local authorities have made the decision to switch to remote learning in December. St Vincent’s will remain open until the end of term whilst safe to do so and unless there is a national directive.

Advent

We are thankful to have been given the opportunity to spend our Advent together and have modified many Christmas activities for the children to join in through this special time.

This Sunday marks the start of Advent. The children will be taking home their Advent booklets to work through each week to learn more about the Christmas story. The booklets have been kindly funded by St Vincent’s Parish.

You will also find a Mission Together Advent calendar attached based on the Sunday Gospel readings to talk to your children about.

St Vincent’s Children’s Liturgy

St Vincent’s Church are very excited to invite you to the first online Children’s Liturgy, which will take place on 29 November, the First Sunday of Advent, at 10am. To watch this Children’s Liturgy please go to http://vimeo.com/showcase/stvincentsaltrincham and use the password: stvincents. This is a wonderful way to prepare as a family for Christmas during Advent and to come together as a parish community.  

Advent Giving Mass –Thursday 3 December 9:30 am

On Thursday, we are asking families to donate a brand new toy that will be given to a family in need. Toys can be for babies up to teens. Children will bring their toy in on the day of the Mass and offer the toys to those in need as part of it. We have a number of local charities and organisations we will donate the toys to, so that we can help to spread joy this Christmas. Thank you in advance for your generous donations. The Mass will be live streamed on our school’s YouTube channel; this can only be accessed via the link: https://youtu.be/m0iFPLc6xQg

Year 3 and 4 Reconciliation Service

Mrs Needham and Mrs Jennings’ class will be leading a Year 3 and 4 reconciliation service in the week beginning 7 December. This will be accessed via a private link to our school’s YouTube channel, which will be emailed to parents of the children in this class.

Home Learning Books

Next week, children in Year 1 – Year 6 will come home with a remote home learning exercise book. It should be kept in a safe place at home and should only be used by your child if they need to self-isolate and are therefore accessing our remote learning provision. The work recorded in this book can be photographed and submitted through Google Classrooms and should also be brought in at the end of the period of isolation so the class teacher can monitor the work your child has completed and give them further feedback. The book is a contingency for self-isolation; we have no plans for closure and school will remain open in line with the school term dates unless there is a national directive.

Kindness Calendar

Children can be encouraged to learn about and practise kindness this December with The Snowman and The Snowdog in the new kindness calendar from the British Red Cross.

Times have been challenging this year, and we have all had to cope with many changes to our lives. The British Red Cross is dedicated to helping create resilient communities and being kind and connected is an important part of resilience. Their new kindness calendar featuring The Snowman and The Snowdog, in partnership with Snowdog Enterprises Ltd, helps children see the power and strength of kindness and friendship in supporting themselves and others in overcoming challenges and changes.

As an optional activity, you can use the blank kindness calendar attached and supporting activity sheets in this pack, featuring the Snowman and the Snowdog, with your child to encourage daily acts of kindness and further explore topics relating to kindness and friendship.

Pastoral Update

This week's Pastoral theme is anger awareness. National Anger Awareness Week is from 1 - 7 December and is an opportunity to highlight awareness of this unregulated emotion. For children, anger can lead to classroom and home disturbances. For adults, prolonged anger can lead to stress related illnesses. For tips on handling anger appropriately and calming strategies, please go to: https://www.angermanage.co.uk/national-anger-awareness-week/

Zones of Regulation is a systematic, cognitive behavioural approach used to teach self-regulation of emotions. It can be very useful for children who regularly find themselves in the angry 'Red Zone'. For more information about this approach, please visit: https://www.zonesofregulation.com/learn-more-about-the-zones.html

Technology Support

If you have an unused laptop at home or have been asking yourself “Where can I donate my old laptop/iPad?” please consider donating it to our school. During the lockdown in March, we tried to support families without devices who could not access remote learning. There is an ongoing need for this support and we would be grateful for donations of unused laptops/iPads in good working order/condition. The specification needs to be Win10 pro operating system and we will accept any memory size. All devices will be cleared/cleaned ready for use.

Coding Lessons

The Raspberry Pi Foundation have launched a free Learn at Home initiative to support parents and young people with coding resources at home. You do not need any coding experience to join in, and all of their resources and activities are free forever. Get involved with their space challenge, Astro Pi Mission Zero in partnership with the European Space Agency, where young people can send a message to the International Space Station! Every Wednesday, their team of educators host a digital making live stream to inspire and teach young people about getting creative with technology. They provide over 200 coding projects you can follow on any computer, with themes from looking after yourself to protecting the planet. All with step-by-step instructions, accessible online at any time, for free! Simply visit their website to get started right away.

term dates 2021/22

Our term dates for academic year 2021/222 have now been published on the website.  A copy is also attached to this Newsletter. 

School Admissions for 2021

Do you have a child ready for school next September? If so, the application process for children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 to start primary school in September 2021 is open.  The closing date for Primary applications is 15 January 2021. You will need to apply to both Trafford and school. 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 along with a supplementary application form to us before the 15 January deadline. Please follow this link to Trafford to apply for a place at St Vincent’s: https://www.trafford.gov.uk/residents/schools/school-admissions/Admissions.aspx  Please follow this link to the school website for further information and to download a supplementary application form http://www.stvincents.trafford.sch.uk/page/admissions/6191

PTA News

PTA Christmas Hampers – donations needed

You will have seen that the children will benefit from an exciting Christmas pantomime in December funded by the PTA. We need your help and support so that we can fund future treats for the children. As we are not able to hold a Christmas fair this year, the PTA will be organising our very own remote raffle.

In order to prepare for the Christmas hamper raffle, all children will have an own clothes day on Friday 4 December. In return, we ask that children donate a luxurious Christmas food item for our hampers or a £1.

 

Year

Suggested donation

Reception

Chocolates, Christmas chocolate or after dinner mints

1

Luxury biscuits, shortbread or biscuits for cheese

2

Christmas puddings, mini Christmas cake, fruit cakes

3

Luxury nibbles e.g. olives, pretzels, dates, popcorn, luxury crisps – NO NUTS

4

Mince pies or Christmas themed mini cakes

5

Preserves or chutneys

6

Bottle of mulled wine, prosecco or similar

Tickets can be purchased via ParentPay from Monday 30 November for £1 each.  Before the draw, you will receive an email from the PTA with your unique raffle ticket number(s). 

A live virtual draw will be held via zoom on Friday 11 December.

Silent Auction

As we could not proceed with our Summer Ball this year, the PTA would like to take the football memorabilia auction virtual.  We plan to hold a virtual silent auction for:

  • Liverpool shirt - signed by Mo Salah
  • Manchester city shirt – signed by Sergio Agüero
  • Football boots – signed by Sadio Mané

They would make great Christmas presents! Photographs and bidding details coming soon.

Fundraising While Shopping

If you have not already signed up to support a charity using Easy Fundraising or The Giving Machine, please consider supporting the PTA.

The links are:

https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/  enter code 56643 in the search for causes

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stvincentscatholicprimaryptaaltrincham/

Attendance figures for previous week

Attendance Percentages

Highest infant class attendance

Y2 Miss Campbell 100%

Highest junior class attendance

Y5 Miss Kirk 99.4%

Overall school attendance

97.9%

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

We work in partnership with parents. Mrs Tiernan (deputy head teacher based in the infant department), and Mrs Sutton (deputy head teacher based in the junior department), and I are very happy to answer any questions you may have.

Once again, thank you for working in partnership with us.

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