St. John Vianney is a Catholic School, seeking to encourage the child's deeper love and understanding of our faith and foster a desire to follow Jesus.
The family, the school and the Catholic community of our parish are three main areas of development for our children. Religious Education although part of the Curriculum is far more than a subject to us at St. John Vianney School. It influences all aspects of school life and relationships. We hope that by developing this Catholic emphasis, we are building a caring attitude in school which will be evident in all our relationships between staff and children.
Example, instruction and practice within the context of family, school and parish create an all-pervading atmosphere of Catholic attitudes, values and ethos.
As a Catholic school, we feel that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is a major strength of our school. It underpins the education of our pupils and establishes a caring, orderly and self disciplined learning community. We seek to encourage the children to work together and to willingly take on responsibility. They learn to share and value the achievement of others. The moral development of our children flows from a firm spiritual base.
Here are a selection of wonderful displays around our school.
As part of the Year of the Word, we have chosen some of our favourite scripture.
It reminds us that the Bible is a book for everyone and can provide personal guidance and inspiration for all those that experience it.
Faith In Action Award
This year, the children in Year Six have been working towards the 'Pin' level of the CYMFED 'Faith In Action Award'. The Faith in Action Award builds on what young people already experience in serving others, asking them to reflect upon it so that they may find new ways of living out and exploring their faith. There is an opportunity for both guided reflections, through group reflection points and personal reflection, through journaling.
As part of the award, the children have created beautiful illustrations based on their favourite scripture passages from the Bible, which they would like to share with the school community on our website in the hope that it inspires faith in others.
Over recent years we have supported a range of charities. We are actively involved in supporting a range of charities including: CAFOD, MacMillan, Marie Curie, SWAN, and we provide Harvest bags for our local community. We are very grateful for the great generosity that our families show when we are fundraising for a chosen charity.
Trips and Retreats
Children have regular opportunities to go on trips. Teachers plan outings to enrich children’s learning and bring it to life. Our older children have the chance to take part in overnight trips.
Each year in the Summer term, Year 6 children go on a 3 day trip to Holy Island. This year we were joined by Year 5 children from another school, St Josephs, Stanley, on our trip,
We welcomed Mama Cath into school, an inspirational missionary from Malawi. She talked to the children about her work in Malawi and the school she is building for the children in a village out there. The children danced and sang many African songs and they enjoyed an Assembly and activities that they will never forget! We will be working alongside many other Catholic Primary schools in Newcastle will be fundraising this year to help Mama Cath raise the £20,000 she needs to build the school.
On Monday 24th May, Feast of Our Lady, Mother of the Church, is National Rosary Day of Prayer for our Schools and Young People. This flyer will be shared with all children using the hashtag #PraytheRosary
On this day we are inviting children to come to school dressed in blue to celebrate Mary. The Rosary will also be prayed in school that day. Pupils and staff set up interactive prayer stations around school for different elements of the rosary.