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"St Simon's mission is to work, learn, pray and play together to fulfil God's unique plan for each and every one of us."

Weekly News 15 December

Dear Parents and Carers


May the light of the world find a home in your heart.

And bring you hope, joy and health this Christmas.


It is very hard to believe that we are now at the end of another busy term. A term that is always full of joy as we look forward to celebrating the great feast of Christmas. The children and school staff have worked very hard and can now look forward to a good rest with all the fun that celebrating Christmas can bring.


School Fair

A tremendous thank you to everyone who helped and supported at our Christmas Fair we raised an amazing £1600. Money raised as follows:

Year R                   £76.15

Year 1                    £64.00

Year 2                    £86.30

Year 3                    £91.10

Year 4                    £82.50

Year 6                    £77.00

Teas                       £52.50

Bottle                    £275.75

Cakes                    £164.00

Face                       £46.60

Colour                   £249.10

Raffle                    £209.93

Santa                     £79.00

Uniform               £32.50

Mini Vinnies       £16.00


Year R and Key stage 1 Nativity

Well done to everyone in Reception and Key Stage 1 for the wonderful Nativity play they performed for their parents and carers on Wednesday and Thursday this week. It was truly a very festive occasion and a great celebration of Christmas. Thank you to everyone for supporting the children.


Key Stage 2 Carol Service

Key Stage 2 children led our school in our annual Carol Service in St Simon’s Church on Tuesday evening this week. The children certainly showed how well they can sing. Each class sang their own individual carols which involved soloists and supporting instrumentalists.


It was a little disappointing however that only around 70 children from 120 Key Stage 2 children joined us for the celebration. The lower numbers didn’t take away from the fact that those that attended did sing beautifully and did their school proud. Well done children and parents for supporting them!

A great big thank you to Mrs Withey Harrison for preparing the music and the children for all our performances.


Social Media

As a school we like to allow parents to film/take pictures at school events on the provision that any film or pictures aren’t shared on social media. We have many parents who do not wish to have images of their children shared. Unfortunately, on Tuesday evening a parent did post images of the Carol Service on social media. We have asked for this post to be taken down and hopefully this won’t happen again.


Santa’s Grotto at Riverside

Many thanks to all at the “Gateway Church” for providing a visit to Santa’s Grotto for a group of our pupils. The children enjoyed their visit to the Riverside Centre where they took part in Christmas crafts and visited Father Christmas and received lovely presents.


End of Term Mass

Today we celebrated our end of term Mass in the church. The children sang beautifully and were accompanied by Mrs Withey-Harrison on the organ and her daughter Arwen played the harp. Arwen’s harp playing certainly enhanced the service for us all. Thank you Arwen and Mrs Withey-Harrsion.


School Football

We have the latest results in from our football league we were forth in our group. Our top goal scorers are Aditya Year 5 and Archie Year 6 well done to both boys and the team.


Kent Catholic Schools Partnership Newsletter

A copy of KCSP latest Newsletter can be found here:


Children return to school on Wednesday 3rd January


School Uniform

When the children return to school in January we will be insisting that all children will be expected to wear full school uniform. If you are unsure about what is our school uniform please click on this link:


Finally, on behalf of us all at the school I would like to wish everyone a very happy, peaceful and holy Christmas.


With best wishes


Peter McCabe

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St Simon of England RC Primary School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Simon of England RC Primary School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.