Welcome to St Vincent's
KS2 - Monthly House Points
Winners for April 2015:-
Non-uniform day for Clitherow will be 13th May 2015.
Chaplains' Word of the Week
The Chaplains' word of the week is 'MOTHER'.
"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it".
This week as it is the first week in May, the month of Our Lady, we are thinking about the word 'mother'. Mary gave us a great example of how to 'mother' people in her actions towards Jesus. She gave herself selflessly even though she knew that her life with Jesus as her Son would involve hardship. Our own mothers love us unconditionally just as Mary loved Jesus, they continually put us before themselves and demonstrate their love through their actions. We would like you to spend time thinking about other people who 'mother' us even though they are not our mothers. Our teachers and other members of staff may 'mother' us by their caring actions; our friends may 'mother' us and we them, when we feel they need an extra bit of care and attention. Let us thank Mary for giving us this great example of 'mothering'.
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. (6.5.15)
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.
St Joseph's Penny
Please could everyone return their St. Joseph's Penny boxes to school asap. Many thanks for your generosity!
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
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
Y3-Y4-Y5-Y6 Milk 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 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!