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Weekly News Friday 17 September

Dear Parents and Carers


“Jesus leads us to go out from ourselves more and more, to give ourselves and to serve others.” Pope Francis


Another busy week at St Simon’s the children have settled extremely well to the routine of school life. Some of our new reception class are looking a little tired at the end of their first full week but I am sure that they will soon get used to “Big School”.


This week we said goodbye to Olivia in Year 4, Shesema Year 2 and William in Year 1 as they move onto new schools. We also said goodbye to Miss Brown one of our dinner supervisors as she moves onto a full time position in another school. We wish the children and Miss Brown the very best of luck and we will remember them in our thoughts and prayers.


On Thursday the whole school with the exception of our new Year R attended our beginning of term Mass at the church celebrated by Fr Hans. This was the first whole school Mass since the beginning of the COVID Pandemic. The children’s behaviour was excellent and their singing was a joy to hear. Well done children.


Next week Year 6, Year 3 and 4 will be visiting the Folkestone Triennial please can parents in these classes make sure that the children wear appropriate coats for the weather conditions forecast.


Cycling to School


We do our best to promote healthy journeys to school be this: walking, cycling, scooting or skating as this helps get traffic off the road which is better for the environment and better for children’s health and fitness.


Bike to school week is from Monday 27th September until Friday 1st October we would like to encourage as many people as possible to cycle, scoot, skate or walk to school as possible this week.


There is a sale of affordable refurbished bikes on Saturday 18th September 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Goldwyn School Ashford.

“Dr Bike” will be visiting the school on Monday 18th October to carry out minor repairs and servicing of bikes. This service is free of charge as the school funds this as part of our Sports Premium. Booking is encouraged at


Year 4 and Year 6 have been given letters inviting the children to take part in “Bikeability” training where the children will be taught how to cycle safely. This is also free of charge although children will need a roadworthy bike and a cycle helmet.


School Uniform


All children are expected to wear full school uniform which can be purchased from our online providers at: This service does take time to get orders out to parents so parents are advised to order uniform in advance of when they need it.


We do have some limited uniform in stock at school which can be purchased from our school office e.g. we have a good supply of ties and book bags. The office is open from 2:30-3:00 p.m.


We still have a number of children who are not wearing full school uniform If children are not wearing uniform we expect parents to inform us in writing the reason for non-compliance.


Breakfast Club


We cannot run a breakfast club unless we have enough parents interested in taking up a place in this. If you are interested in your child attending breakfast club, please inform the school either by contacting the office or dropping a note into the class box at the front of the school at drop off time in the morning.


School One-Way System


We introduced a one-way system at pick up and dropping off during the Pandemic to help with social distancing. This one-way system is still in operation please can I ask all parents to follow this system as it has helped with congestion around the school and ease of access on and off the site.

With best wishes


Peter McCabe