Welcome to St Vincent's
Chaplains' Word of the Week
The Chaplains' word of the week is 'Peace'.
"For to us a child is born. To us a son is given; and the government will be on his shoulders. His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor Mighty God Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace"
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.
The children have also shown their concern for the elderly and housebound of our parish. They have prepared Christmas cards for some of the residents of Alice Ingham Court. We hope that the Year 6 choir will deliver them when they go to sing carols there this week.
The Sound of Christmas on the Cobbles
The school choir entertained the visitors at the Coronation Street tour yesterday Tuesday 16th December. They sang a selection of carols and Christmas songs outside Audrey's salon! They also had the chance to be shown around the tour and take photographs of the street. Well done everyone! Click here to view a short slide show.
Police Horse Visit - Dec 14
Reception, Year One and some Y6 children were thrilled to meet Crackit and Bumble when they came to visit us in the playground. We had to walk in silence so we didn’t scare them and then after asking the police officers lots of questions, we were allowed to pat them. It was so exciting – they’re huge (17 hands)! We learned they live near Manchester United and work there on football match days and love to eat Polo mints. We hope you enjoy the slide show, click here to view.
Our weekly school attendance target is 96%. Well done everyone we are at 96.9%. Let’s try to keep improving this each week. Click here for the individual class attendance levels. (12.12.14)
Carols at the Hidden Gem Church
Congratulations to the school choir who performed so well at the lunchtime Advent Carol Service at the Hidden Gem Church in Manchester on Thursday 11th December. We are so proud of you all. A big thank you to friends, family and parishioners who came along to support us. We hope you enjoy the video below:-
KS1 Christmas Art Day
The children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 spent the day creating different Christmas crafts. They rotated around the classrooms and created:
Christmas characters, Sparkly birds, Rocking robins, Spiral decorations, Pastel manger scenes.
Click here to view a slide show of the day.
Christmas Jumper Day
We are asking the children to come into school in non uniform, wearing a Christmas Jumper on the last day (19th December) for the Christmas Dinner.
KS1 - Blunderbus Theatre performs "I've Seen Santa"
On Monday 1st December all the children from Key Stage 1, enjoyed a fantastic production by Blunderbus Theatre Company of ‘I’ve Seen Santa!’ Rosie and Arthur told the story of how Little Bear was desperate to know if Santa could fit down the chimney because if like Big Bear and he ate too many pies, he would get stuck and then there would be no presents on Christmas Eve. Rosie and Arthur were amazing in bringing the story to life and showing us how the love of your family is the best present of all. It was lively, funny and so well performed. Thank you Blunderbus! Click here to enjoy a slide show.
Ho Ho Ho...........
Father Christmas popped into school on Friday 28th November during our school Christmas Fair. He spoke with lots of children to see what they wanted for Christmas. He wanted to be sure he was packing the correct gifts for Christmas when he delivers to all the children's houses on Christmas Eve. He hopes everyone has a wonderfully happy and safe Christmas. Click here to view a slide show of his visit. (3.12.14)
Christmas Fair Success
Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the Christmas fair on Friday 28th November, it was a fantastic success, we raised a fabulous £2918.00 for school funds. Thank you to our hard working PTA, and all school staff who helped on the night.
Christmas Fair Bucket Raffle Winners
If you have the following raffle tickets from the bucket raffle :-
Blue - 174
Yellow - 42
Call into the office with your winning ticket and collect your prize.
Christmas Lunch Order
If your child is normally on a packed lunch and they wish to have a Christmas Dinner on the 19th December, could you inform the office by 12th December. Click here to view menu, those in KS2 (Year 3 to Year 6) please remember your £2.00. Thank you. (28.11.14)
Operation Christmas Child
Thank you so much for sending in your shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, we have collected a wonderful 75 boxes.
Click here for more information about what you can pack and labels.
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.
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
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 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!