Welcome to St Vincent's
Children In Need - 14th November
We hope to have Children In Need wristbands for sale from the school office after half term priced at £1.50 each. (23.10.14)
Access via Caldershaw
From after the October half term holiday the gates leading from the Staff Car Park via Caldershaw playground and the gate at Meadowview will be locked until 3.20 p.m. each day.
This decision has been made for the health and safety of children at Caldershaw School. (20.10.14)
Our weekly school attendance target is 96%. Well done everyone we are at 97.5%. Let’s try to keep improving this each week. (16.10.14)
Operation Christmas Child
We are collecting Christmas Shoe Boxes at school. Can we ask you return any boxes by Monday 10th November. Click here for more information about what you can pack and labels. Thank you. (14.1014)
We are delighted to announce that a Mini-Vinnies group is now active within school. It is entirely appropriate that St. Vincent's school nurtures a new generation of Vincentians - members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. With the motto of "turning concern into action", our Mini-Vinnies will be collecting food for Rochdale foodbank this Friday, 17th October. Please send in an item of non-perishable food to support this first action. Thank you.
For more information please view www.minivinnies.org.uk. (14.10.14)
Poppies are on sale from the school office. (14.10.14)
KS1 - PTA DISCO
The PTA are holding a disco for the children in Key Stage 1 (Years R to 2), on Friday, 24th October from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. in the School Hall. The tickets are priced at £2.50 per child (including accompanying adult), and are available from school. The price of the ticket also covers the cost of opening a bar for parents, the disco, hot dogs and spot prizes. The children may come in fancy dress, if they wish to do so. Prizes will be given for the best fancy dress.
If you would like your child to attend, please complete the attached slip and return, including payment, to school, all children must be accompanied by an adult. All ticket request slips must be returned to school by Wednesday, 22nd October. No children will be admitted on the night without a ticket. Please note this is a Key Stage 1 event only. Click here for ticket request form. (10.10.14)
Morrison Let’s Grow Scheme - Voucher Request
We’d love to have any vouchers you may be offered when you shop at Morrison’s between now and 27th October. Last year we were able to swop them for a bee hive, insect hotel, and some hand tools. There is a collection box at the Office Reception you can put your vouchers in. Thank you. (10.10.14)
CAFOD - Family Fast Day
Thank you for the wonderful support on Friday 3rd October which was CAFOD Family Fast Day. The children and staff wore silly socks on this day and paid a price for doing so. We raised a wonderful £334.98. Thank you again for your support. (8.10.14)
Whole School - Special Halloween Menu
On Thursday 23rd October we will have a special Halloween menu available at dinner time. Those who normally have a school dinner will receive this automatically. If your child is in KS1 and they normally have a packed lunch and you wish your child to have this school dinner. Please inform either the school office or your child's teacher.
Those in KS2 who normally have a packed lunch and wish to have a school dinner on the 23rd October, please remember to advise the school office or your child's teacher, along with your £2 for the dinner. Click here to view the menu. (8.10.14)
Primary School Applications - September 2015
If your child was born between 1st September 2010 and 31st August 2011 your child will start primary school in September 2015. No admission packs will be available this year from school. Applications are being encouraged to be completed on line. Please note you can access a computer at the Rochdale Council Offices at Number One Riverside in Rochdale.
The forms and more information is available on line. Please click on the following link:-
The closing date for applications is 15th January 2015.
Allocation email / letters will be sent out on 16 April 2015 by 2nd class post.
St Vincent - Requirements
Please note that the St. Vincent's school office will require a copy of your child's birth certificate, Roman Catholic baptismal certificate and proof of your child's address (tax credits letter, etc) by 15th January 2015.
St Vincent - Open Days
If you wish to view school these are the only sessions that will be available, they are on Monday 3rd November and Tuesday 4th November at 9.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. Please contact the school office to book your slot - 01706 642 469. (11.9.14)
VOOSH October - Halloween Theme - 2014
The VOOSH Holiday Club is open from Monday 27th October to Friday 31st October inclusive.
Forms are available for you to book your child into the holiday club this October Half Term. Please click here to access. Thank you. (2.10.14)
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.
We now have a stock of book bags at £5.00 each if you wish to purchase them. Thank you. (16.9.14)
Tie with elastic
Ties with an elastic are back in stock in school (7.10.14).
Transferring to Secondary School - September 2015
All parents will receive a letter direct from School Admissions to home explaining how to apply for a place at a secondary school for your child. On line applications are being encouraged. Closing date for applications is 31st October. Notification emails / letters of the school place allocated are 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
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 (email@example.com ).
| Yorkshire Bank
|| Pay In
Robinwood Trip Payments
All School Trips
Acc : 24989920
| School Fund
We ask you to pay your balance
by the date stated on your bill.
Acc : 24995044
Sort : 05-07-22
| Voosh Club
Holiday Club Payments
Acc : 24804003
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 foe 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.
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