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Weekly News 10 September 2021

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

“EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON WHICH YOU CAN USE TO CHANGE THE WORLD.” – NELSON MANDELA

This week our new reception class have started to attend “Big School” for the whole day- they have even stayed for lunch on at least two occasions! Their nice new school uniforms have been well and truly christened with tomato pasta along with the other delicious food supplied by our school catering team!

 

We have welcomed a number of children to other classes across the school: Satwik and Christopher Year 2, Hanoc Year 4, Alexander and Danielson in Year 5. All our new children are settling well to life in St Simon’s and everyone has done their best to help and guide them through their first days.

 

This week we said goodbye to Kaia in Year 3 as she has gone to a new school to be with her brother. We wish Kaia and her family the very best and we will remember them in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Many thanks to all the parents who joined us for our “Meet and Greets” this week it is a real pleasure now to be able to hold face to face meetings within the school.

 

On Monday of this week our Year 5 went out on our first school trip of the new academic year when they attended the Kent Police Open Day. The children had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Mrs Warren their class teacher was extremely proud of the children’s excellent behaviour throughout the day. Well done Year 5.

 

We have two further school trips planned on Monday 21st September Year 6 will be visiting the Folkestone Triennial and on Friday Year 3 and 4 will also visit the Folkestone Triennial. Letters have been sent out to both classes.

 

On Monday violin lessons will begin again for the children who have signed up for these.

 

Next Thursday 16th September at 9:30 the children will be attending our first school Mass at the church since the beginning of the pandemic. For our Year 1 and Year 2 classes this will be the first time they will have attended Mass with the school at the church!

 

Let us all hope and pray that conditions will allow us to have no further interruptions to our normal school life.

 

We are still looking to restart our breakfast club if we can get enough numbers so if you are interested in breakfast club can you please let me know either while I am on the gate or via the school office.

 

Finally a number of our Year 6 children sat their Kent Test yesterday. We started the process at 8:45a.m and finished at around 2:15p.m. (We did of course allow them a mid-morning break and lunch!)

 

I cannot praise the children enough for their resilience and attitude during the tests. Every one of them gave their very best in what was a very tiring experience however despite this they were all still smiling at the end of the day. Well done children you are all stars of St Simon’s.

 

With best wishes

Peter McCabe

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