Welcome to St Vincent's
Key Stage 1 - Rec, Y1 & Y2 Sports Afternoon
KS1 - (Rec, Y1 & Y2) will be having a Sports Afternoon from 2.00 p.m. on the School Field on Thursday 9th July. Parents are welcome to come and watch their child's race but we ask if you can stand behind the barriers and not to give your child anything to eat. The children will have their school water bottle to keep them hydrated. Once the races have finished parents can take their children home early. If we have to cancel this event due to the weather we unfortunately will not be able to rearrange.
Chaplains' Word of the Week
The Chaplains' word of the week is 'Courtesy'.
"But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men".
Caritas Mass at Salford Cathedral
Gabriel and Cydnee joined many young people and their teachers at Salford Cathedral last week for a special 'thank you' mass, celebrated by Bishop John Arnold. The Bishop thanked the people there for all their hard work in raising funds for SJP, which goes to CARITAS to help children and families in our own diocese of Salford.
The current total for SJP is £5213.27. Thank you everyone for being so generous.
A Plea for Help
This Summer, one of our Year 6 pupils called Ben and his family will be travelling to Malawi to visit and help out at an orphanage called the Tiyamike Mulungu Centre. The centre is home to 100 orphans and has a primary school on site with plans for a secondary school just starting to take shape.
St. Vincent's would like to support Ben and his family on their trip and have organised a non-uniform day for the children on Thursday 9th July in return for any old football/sports tops and trainers that you may have, and would like to donate to the orphanage.
We hope you can help Ben and his family with this worthwhile project.
The MP’s Visit
On Friday 19th June our MP Liz McInnes visited the school. She was here to see the Year 5 assembly which she had unfortunately missed because of the election on 7th May. Children from Caldershaw Primary School also formed part of the audience.
Our MP told us that she was unaware of the campaign before attending the assembly but was going to do everything she could to support global education in the future. Liz was very impressed with the children’s performance and asked if she could have her photograph taken with the ‘world leaders’. Click here to enjoy a slide show (26.6.15)
Sports Week - 15th-19th June
Thank you to all the children at St. Vincent’s for making National Sports week a huge success. The children took part in a range of activities over the course of the week, competing in their house groups. The events included mixed football matches, shot put, discus, rounders, ball throw, long Jump, hurdles, sprint, bean bag race, egg & spoon race and the sack race. Over the week scores were collected from each year group to produce the end result. Barlow is the winning house group for 2014-15.
I would like to give a special mention to the year 6 Sports Leaders who organised all the events. The children gave up their entire week to provide a fun filled School Games Week. It is due to them that the games were a great success.
I look forward to next years School Games week and the current year 5 Sports Leaders following on from a successful week. Click here to view a slide show. (26.6.15)
Our weekly school attendance target is 96%. Well done everyone we are at 96.6%. Let’s try to keep improving this each week.
Click here for the individual class attendance levels. (24.6.15)
Please be aware of the weather and send your child into school with a coat, the children will be playing outside even if light drizzle. Thank you.
St Joseph's Penny
Please could everyone return their St. Joseph's Penny boxes or sponsorship money to school asap. Many thanks for your generosity so far, we hope to advise you of the final total shortly.
London School Council Trip
The School Council had a fantastic trip to London on Friday 12th June.
They were treated to snacks by Virgin trains before touring central London.
They delivered their Send my Friend to School letters to the Prime Minister and had a wonderful tour of the Houses of Parliament.
All the children and staff had a great time sightseeing. Even though it was a very hot day,
all the children were so well behaved and should remember this special trip for a very long time.
Click here to view a slide show of the day.
Sacrament of Holy Communion
Congratulations to all the children who received Holy Communion for the first time on Saturday 6th June. It was a beautiful occasion. Thank you to everyone involved in preparing the children for this very special event. Click here to view more photographs.
Je Vous Salue Marie
During the month of May, children, Y6 Chaplains and staff prayed a decade of the rosary, each lunchtime in the library. The children took turns to lead the prayers and the teachers and chaplains gave the thought for each day. This was a joyful way to honour our Heavenly Mother. Click here to view a slide show.
Summer VOOSH Club Ltd
Monday 20th July to Friday 28th August
Booking Forms are now available for you to book your children in the VOOSH Summer Club. Please click here for forms and more information.
Y3 - Sacrament of Confirmation
On Saturday 16th May the children from St. Vincent's who are in the Sacramental Programme received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Canon Brindle in Church. The children were very excited and spoke confidently about their chosen Saint. Thank you to everyone who attended and made the service such a prayerful and memorable occasion.
Hail Mary Full of Grace .....
Many children have spent time during their lunch break praying the rosary with the teachers and chaplains.
Although it rained on Monday 18th May it did not dampen the spirits of anyone! Children from each class read a prayer they had composed to Mary. The recorder group played and the whole school sang beautiful hymns to Our Heavenly Mother. We hope you enjoy the slide show below:-
Festival Celebration Concert
Well done to the school choir who sang at the celebration concert on Sunday 17th May at the Town Hall and received the biggest shield we have ever seen as winners of the part singing class at the Music Festival!
Walk, Jog & Run - St Joseph's Penny Sponsored Event
More photographs added today 20th May.
If you have any sponsor money to return to school for this event, please can you do so asap. Once all money in we can let you know what our grand total is.
Thank you for your support so far. Click here to view slideshows.
Thank you and best wishes
St Vincent's will be saying good bye to Miss Lonergan who will be leaving us on Friday 22nd May to take up a new position at St. Joseph's Heywood.
Miss Lonergan has served as a teaching assistant at St. Vincent's for 15 years and throughout her time has always shown a great dedication and commitment to the school and in particular to the many children she has helped and cared for. We wish her well for the future and remember with fondness her time at St. Vincent's.
On Saturday 25 April a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. It severely shook the lives of at least 8m people and left many homeless. Nepal’s major cities, including the capital Kathmandu, have been badly damaged and rural areas near the epicentre have been completely cut off by avalanches. On Friday 1st May we had a non uniform day to raise some money for this appeal and raised a wonderful £537.01. Thank you so much for your generosity.
VOOSH Update (T)
With effect from May half term, ownership of Voosh will be changing and will become independent of school. We (Jayne and Becks) will be taking over ownership of the club, but running it in exactly the same way as before. Your children will not notice any difference. The only changes that you need to be aware of are:
1. Bookings – these must be made directly to Voosh, either by email to email@example.com or by phone tel. 07594 124 638.
2. Payments – Lloyds Bank - Sort Code 30-11-48 - Account Number 14999668
Please ensure payments for the holiday club are made into the correct account and not into one of school’s accounts. The school office will no longer be able to issue receipts for Voosh.
3. Registration Number – our new Ofsted registration number is EY4 845 25.
4. Booking and Registration Forms – will still be available via the school’s website and also on facebook.
We hope you will still continue to support the holiday club and if you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to us.
Ms. J Hulse & Ms R. Smith
Click here for more information.
Holy Week Mission
Thanks to a wonderful group of ladies from the Marist Centre at Chorlton, the staff and children have experienced inspirational and emotional ways to follow the way of Christ's Passion during this holiest of weeks.
Thank you to Father Paul who allowed us to use the Church for these two special days. Sr. Anne, Sr. Silvia, Anne Tipper, Mary T and Mary McK helped us to bring this term to a close in a most fitting way. We hope you enjoy the slide show below:-
Caldershaw Green Visit
On Tuesday 24 March, 30 members of our Eco Team were lucky enough to be invited to visit Caldershaw Green. The children were selected to attend based on their dedication to the school's Eco Team.
Until recently the area, which is just behind school, off Caldershaw road, had been unkempt and misused. However, through the dedication and determination of one of our Team's parents and help from local organisations and volunteers, the creation of a wonderful nature and wildlife habitat in the heart of the community has begun.
The children spent a morning with a local Ranger, Jude and an Environmental Biologist, Chantelle, exploring the newly laid pathways and natural habitats that have been created.
The activities the children took part in included a nature walk along the newly laid paths, mini beast hunting amongst the many habitats on the Green; identifying and cataloguing insects using simple techniques and a wonderful session with Chantelle with close up views of pond life using a microscope attached to a monitor.
Both children and staff had a fantastic time and have picked up lots of tips for creating some natural habitats back at school. It's hoped that this visit is the first of many. Click here to view a slide show.
Ready, Set, Grow! (Potato Challenge)
The next stage of the Challenge is on. Over the past 2 weeks the children have successfully nurtured their seed potatoes. This week they have all carefully planted their crops, making sure they used just the right amount of soil and water and of course, making sure the tubas are the right way up!
Now for the exciting stage! They children will need to keep an eye on their potato sacks, earthing up as the shoots and leaves start to emerge and the weather making sure they get plenty of water.
We’ll be harvesting on 30 June – watch out for photos as the potatoes start to grow.
Mini-Vinnies Announce - 'Chocolate Tuesday' Success
Thank you for your chocolate donations yesterday (31st March). The children have been thinking about other children in Rochdale who do not have enough food to eat and cannot afford the treats that they are looking forward to after Lent. Thank you for your continuing support.
The Mini Vinnies are delighted to report that they have made a donation of £27.42 to the St. Joseph's Penny Fund as a result of continued play time sales.
Wind Band at the Music Festival
Congratulations to the school wind band who were awarded a Highly Commended Certificate at the Music Festival on Wednesday 25th March. We are very proud of you. Mrs Golding would like to thank all the staff who help with the wind band every week. There will be no rehearsal on Monday 30th March. Click here to enjoy a video and slide show.
Race Night - School Fundraiser
The PTA had organised an Irish themed Race Night for Friday 20th March in the School Hall hosted by Brian Durkin Race Nights. A good time was had by all, the evening raised a fantastic £740.00. The PTA would like to thank all involved and for your continued support.
Some of the classes watched the eclipse in class on our IWBs (Interactive Whiteboards) with the BBC's Stargazing Live broadcast from Jodrell Bank and we went outside with pinhole eclipse viewers, solar glasses and colanders to view the eclipse safely.
View of the solar eclipse from Scout Moor thanks to Guy Lee-Potter.
Rochdale Music Festival
Congratulations to the school choir who won their class at the Music festival on Tuesday 17th March. They sang two songs:"Wondering" and "Yesu Kwetuni Rafiki" and were awarded an Honours certificate with 95 marks out of 100 and a trophy. We now have one more rehearsal before the regional Music for Youth festival at the Town Hall on Saturday 28th March. A big thank you to parents, grandparents and friends who came along to support us. Congratulations also to our Y4 and Y6 guitar groups who were both awarded Highly Commended certificates for their performances on Tuesday 10th March. Click here to view a slide show of more of our music festival entry teams.
Red Nose Day- Friday 13th March
Thank you to your generosity the grand total we raised for Red Nose Day with a non uniform day, red nose sales, and school council raffle was a Whopping £915.71.
Reception First Assembly - Mother's Day Theme
The children performed wonderfully to parents/family/carers on Friday 13th March. We hope you enjoy the video below:-
World Book Day
The children had a wonderful day on Thursday 5th March and looked fantastic in their outfits. Thank you to everyone who dressed up on the day.
Click here to view a slide show. (11.3.15)
Mrs. Threlfall was delighted with the performance of her Choral Speaking Group on Monday 2nd March. They gave a very strong performance and received very positive comments.
We hope you enjoy the video below:-
PTA KS2 Disco - 27th February
The disco was a huge success on Friday 27th February evening. The children had a fantastic time. A huge thank you to all involved . We made a fantastic total of £350.00 for school funds. Click here to view a slide show of the evening.
Fair Trade Success
Thank you to every one who came and supported the Fair Trade Coffee Afternoon at Caldershaw School on Friday 6th February. We raised a wonderful £224.00.
Ramp The Red Day
Mrs. Tully would like to say a big THANK YOU for helping to make 'Ramp Up The Red Day' a massive success! Final total raised is £983.40!!! WOW. Thank you for your generosity.
WOW!! Look at all our new books! We would like to thank parents who supported the Book Fair which we held on Parents' Evening. Thanks to you, we have been able to purchase lots of new books for our library and the children can't wait to read them!
Mini Vinnies Financial Report
We are very proud of our Mini Vinnies. They have raised £53.65 from playtime sales. They have decided to split this money between a local charity, Rochdale Foodbank, and the SVP’s Sudan Baby Feeding Project.
Please can you ensure your child's name is on each item of school uniform. If your child misplaces an item of clothing, please can you check and reclaim any lost property in the lost property bins located around school , they are located under the shelter in the main yard, under the bike shelter outside the Y6 classrooms and under the canopy outside the Reception/Y1 Classrooms, as these bin will be emptied regularly.
Transferring to Secondary School - September 2015
Notification emails / letters of the school place allocated was issued on 2nd March 2015 . Click here for link.
I am concerned that some children are being dropped off in the playground very early in the morning. My concern is that these children are unsupervised and therefore, their welfare and safety is being put at risk. I would be grateful if parents of children from Years 2 to 6 did not leave their children unsupervised in the playground before 8.20 a.m.
Thank you. Mr. Callaghan (Head Teacher)
The children have been given an individual login and password to access Purple Mash from home. This password can be found in their reading records. Purple Mash is a website filled with hundreds of fun educational activities in the form of projects, games, apps and tools, click link below to be taken to the login page:-
IMPORTANT - Reminder Safety Notice
Could parents refrain from driving into the staff car park located between Caldershaw and St. Vincent's when dropping off or picking up children. The sign on the left has been located at the entrance to the staff car park outside St. Vincent's and Caldershaw School, please take note of the information for the safety of our children.
Please can we remind all parents that there are double yellow lines on the 'horse shoe' located between the schools and that parking on double yellow lines may lead to parking tickets being issued.
It has been brought to my attention that parents are parking on the pavements very close to the school gates, and surrounding residential roads causing problems for local residents. This is becoming a major safety concern for our children. Please respect the parking restrictions and consider the safety of our children when you are picking up and dropping off.
Thank you. Mr. Callaghan (Head Teacher)
School Uniform Stock - 2014
School uniform can be purchased from Top Form at 51-53 Drake Street, Rochdale. Lancashire.
You can order on line from them on the following link:
We have also been informed that Ziggy's - a uniform supplier in Rochdale is selling our uniform without school permission.
We sell elastic and non-elastic Ties (£3.50), PE Bags (£5), Water Bottles (£2.00) and Book Bags (£5). We have no more larger book bags available. All jumpers to be purchased from Top Form in Rochdale. Thank you.
Outstanding - Religious Education Inspection (T)
On Tuesday 8th April St. Vincent's underwent a Section 48 inspection of Religious Education by the Diocese of Salford. The inspection focused on the 5Ws - Welcome, Word, Welfare, Witness and Worship. I am delighted to inform you that the school was judged Outstanding in all areas and Outstanding overall. The inspectors were extremely impressed by all the children and the standard of Religious Education offered at St. Vincent's.
Click here for a summary of the report - it is a wonderful read!
Click here for Pupil letter.
As you are probably aware St. Vincent’s School was subject to an Ofsted inspection on the 4th and 5th July. This was not unexpected since our last Ofsted inspection took place in December 2007. The recent inspection was the school’s first under the new revised Ofsted framework (July 2013).
I was very pleased that school was graded as ‘Good’ with a number of ‘Outstanding’ features. Everyone in school is proud and delighted that Ofsted highlighted the behaviour and attitude of the pupils and their safety as outstanding, along with the outstanding contribution to the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Ofsted have also highlighted areas in which school can further improve and work in these areas has already commenced.
I would like to thank all those parents who took the time to complete the online parent view questionnaire. The inspectors were very impressed with the response and positive support for the school. Thank you for your continued support.
The full report has now been published by Ofsted - please click on link here to view.
St Vincent’s has taken delivery of the latest ‘defibrillator’ and is a registered defibrillator site. All members of staff and First Aiders have been trained in the use of this vital life saving equipment by the NW Ambulance Service.
There is a new resource for parents and carers about internet safety. "Video guides for the free ISP parental controls". These guidelines have been produced by Safer internet who have been working with BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media, who have each made short video clips outlining where you can find their free parental controls, what they do and how you set them up.
These films are available on the UK Safer Internet Centre website and you can embed the films if you want to use them or download them. See http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parental-controls . Do please make use of them and let people know about them. The ISPs have committed to keeping these films updated, and if you embed the films on your site, we are able to update them for you if they change. (8.2.13)
I would like to take this opportunity to thank and praise the PTA for their hard work so far this year. The PTA is made up of a small number of committed volunteers, who work hard to raise invaluable funds for school. Each year about £5,000 is raised and spent on projects that benefit school and the children. The PTA has funded the mosaic that flows along the corridor called ‘the procession’, 2 lighting rigs that are used to enhance the atmosphere at concerts, picnic benches for the playground, items for the prayer gardens, interactive displays for the rec / Y1 playground and more recently, the improved lighting to the playground and Church car park. The PTA would like me to explain that attendance at meetings is not a requirement, but if any parents could help at events, it would be much appreciated. Please contact the school office if you are able to offer your services.
For the safety of our children at St. Vincent's the gate from the Church Car Park to the school playground will be closed from 9.10 a.m. until 3.05 p.m. each day. Parents & Visitors to the school outside of these times must report via the Main School Entrance situated off Edenfield Road. Parking is available on the 'horseshoe' - please avoid parking in the staff car park between St. Vincent's and Caldershaw School. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but the safety and well-being of your children is paramount. Click here to view map entrance.
'The Wednesday Word’
The ‘The Wednesday Word’ is an exciting and colourful weekly leaflet aimed at carrying the message of the Sunday Gospel from school to home and on to Church.
Each week the children in KS2 will be given a copy of ‘The Wednesday Word’ for them to take home and read with the rest of the family.
The Gospel message of each ‘Wednesday Word’ will be introduced to all the children during the KS1 and KS2 assemblies and in class.
Please support your child in this new and exciting initiative by reading and sharing the message of the Sunday Gospel with them each week and by attending Mass at the weekend.
In readiness for when banks withdraw their cheque book facility, we would like to encourage parents to use internet banking for any school purposes. This is a safe, secure and also a free service.
Please see table below detailing which account you should use for each item. We would ask you to email school when you have made a payment to enable us to ensure our records are kept up to date (firstname.lastname@example.org ).
| Yorkshire Bank
|| Pay In
Robinwood Trip Payments
Y3-Y4-Y5-Y6 Milk Payments
All School Trips
Acc : 24989920
| School Fund
RAFC Football Coaching
We ask you to pay your balance
by the date stated on your bill.
Acc : 24995044
Sort : 05-07-22
Free School Meals
It is likely that there will be no increases to the school budget over the next few years. However, schools are to be given extra funding of £1300.00 per pupil for children entitled to free school meals, (total annual household income below £16,190) and for any children who have, at any time in the last 6 years been on Free School Meals . If you think your child may qualify for free school meals please click link here.
This site is designed as a resource both for existing parents and for new visitors who wish to learn more about our school. Our Prospectus is now online and should answer any questions you may have regarding the school, and school life.
Visit our latest Letters page for a full archive of past and present Letters for parents - or why not browse our Memories section to get a picture of daily life in our school.
We hope you enjoy exploring our website – please let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions!