Who is St. Simon of England?
Policies and inspection reports.
This policy is in line with the diocesan policy on Religious Education and Collective Worship and the content here in includes:
The moral and spiritual imperatives of the Catholic faith are experienced in every area of school life. Central to this, the children pray together three times each day and the prayer life of the school is a strong and a living feature of the family community we strive to create.
As an integral part of our Catholic ethos, all pupils are made aware, throughout the school year, of the changes and celebrations relating to the Church's Liturgical Year and their significance to our faith. These periods and events are highlighted, in our our assembly hall,our whole school theme displays, in every classroom’s through the focal point for prayer reflection and are also central to our shared worship.
Performance and Liturgies.
The Liturgical year is also punctuated by performance and Liturgies.
The children are aware of the liturgical changes with the changing colours of our cloths and displays.
Cafod's Liturgy for Children
Daily Family Worship.
Gather together as a family and light a candle.
Pope Francis declared a ‘Year of St Joseph’ on the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX
On 8 December 2020 Pope Francis wrote an apostolic letter reflecting on the fatherhood of Joseph: Patris Corde (With a Father's Heart).
Partnership and Parish.
At St. Simon’s, we work closely in partnership with parents and have strong links within the parish.
We believe that parents are the first and most important educator of the child. They are always kept informed of events and activities within the school and along with members of the parish are always very welcome to attend any of our Masses and liturgical celebrations.
At St. Simon’s we are served by the parish of St. Simon Stock. The Parish and school work together in supporting the development and enrichment of our children’s faith journey and Religious Education.
The Whole School joins Mass in the parish twice each term and all Holy Days of Obligation are observed. The children are responsible for the preparation of the Liturgy and every child is offered the opportunity of participating at Mass in some way.
Reverence and joy characterise the celebration of Mass for St Simon’s School and many visitors express their praise and thanks for the respectfulness, and prayerfulness of the children. The children also sing in a choir on significant fest days, attend Eucharistic adoration throughout the year and walk the Stations of the Cross during Lent.
Father Hans the priest in charge of the parish is always a welcome visitor and regularly visits the school to celebrate class Masses and liturgies and also to provide the opportunity of reconciliation for our Key stage 2 children.
Children at St. Simon's take part in the structured Parish-based sacramental program for First Holy Communion.
This celebration of First Holy Communion in the Parish is attended and shared by staff at St. Simon's .
The Wednesday Word.
We use the Wednesday Word as a scripture resource to enrich our home school and Parish partnership through the sharing of the Sunday Gospel with families.
Partnership in the Wider Community.
Social Justice and the Common Good.
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’(Matthew 25:40)
At St. Simon’s we teach our children the principles of Catholic Social Teaching as a guide to help them to understand and live their faith in the world.
This means helping others in need and caring for the world given to us by God the Father.
Each year, we turn our concerns into action, fundraising regularly for a variety of charities chosen by the children.
On Tuesday 8th October 2019, Year 3 led the school in our Harvest Festival Liturgy. During the liturgy we said thank you to God for all the gifts he has given us, at the same time as thinking of others who are less fortunate than us. We collected donations of tinned and dried foods, which were used to create a harvest display. All the goods were then donated to “Vinnie’s Diner,” a charity that prepares meals for the homeless and needy within the Ashford area.
In October 2019 we held our McMillan Coffee Afternoon to raise money to make a difference to the lives of people living with cancer.
In March 2020,We held a crazy hair and dressing up day to raise money for Cancer Relief UK, which was set up to help cancer sufferers in the UK during their illness.
We chose this charity because it is always there for families, helping with bills, travel expenses, treatment and even a special treat to help people forget about their cancer and have fun with their family for a day.
Also as part of our Lenten charity,every child in the school undertook a sponsored mile on our school mile track, to raise money for Sport Relief. This money will help to tackle issues including mental health, homelessness and child poverty right across the world. https://www.sportrelief.com/
What is God calling us to do?
We need to find our ‘Vocation’ in life.
The word comes from the Latin ’vocare’ which means ‘to call’. Vocation, then, is about a calling in people’s lives’. God calls each and every person into existence and then calls us to be a living sign of his love for the world.
This means that for Christians, a vocation is not just something that God calls us to do; it is also the person God calls us to be.
To discover your vocation look at others and consider the qualities they have, that you would most like to have yourself? What kind of person would you really like to be? What talents do you have, that you can share with the world?