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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 Friday 21 October 2022

Dear Parents and Carers

“When we live humbly, God takes our small efforts and creates great things.” Pope Francis

Well done to all the children and their parents and carers who turned up to support the parish with singing at last Sunday’s 10:00a.m Mass. The children’s singing helped to enhance the celebration. A great big thank you to all.


Music at the school under Mrs Withey-Harrison’s leadership is a real strength. This week the children were able to attend a music demonstration from our new Kent Music School teacher Mr Perry-Cockings.


On Monday the 31st of October all the children will be able to watch a “Music Roadshow” in which some of Kent Music’s instrumentalists will perform different instruments for the children to enjoy listening to. This will be a great opportunity for the children and hopefully inspire some future young musicians.


Harvest Festival

Today Year 3 did an amazing job leading us in our Harvest Festival. During Harvest Festival we say thank you to God for all the blessings we receive while at the same time thinking about others who are less well off than we are.


Many thanks to everyone who made gifts of tinned and dried foods which we will pass onto the charity “Vinnie’s Diner”.


Year R Bible Blessing

Year R visited St Simon’s Church for the first time this week to receive a gift of a bible which was specially blessed by Fr Hans our Parish Priest. The next time Year R go to Church will be to join us for Mass on Tuesday 1st of November at 9:30a.m for the Feast of All Saints.



Years 4 and 6 had the opportunity to take part in Bikeabilty training this week. Learning to ride a bike safely is an important skill particularly as roads are so busy now.


Unfortunately, Year 6 couldn’t complete their training due to instructor illness and the course will now be completed on Friday 4th November.

It was also a little disappointing that some of our Year 4 children who had signed up for the training arrived to school without a bike so couldn’t attend.


Times Tables Rockstars

The results of our latest Battle of the Bands: Year 3- the Girls, Year 4- the Boys, Year 5- the Boys, Year 6- the girls.


The next battle to be arranged will a national event “England Rocks” where we will compete against schools from all over England so come on St Simon’s top 5 finish please!


School Council

Our school council have been very active and they have decided that they would like to have a school flag designed to fly outside the school. They are asking children to enter designs for a school flag- a flag that will represent our school identity.


Children will have until Thursday 10th of November to enter their designs. The winning design will be made into our school flag.


The children will be taking part in some events to raise funds to pay for the flag and the installation of a pole to fly it from. The first event they wish to hold is a sponsored walk more details will follow after half term.


Stranger Danger

After the holiday the clocks change moving back an hour and the evenings will be getting much darker. Please can all parents make sure that they remind their children about strangers and keeping themselves safe when playing out or when walking to and from school.


New Reception Children September 2023

We are holding a number of “Open Afternoons” for prospective parents of reception aged children for next academic year. For full details of our open afternoons please check out the New Intake page here:



School is closed next week for the half term holiday. Children are due back to school on Monday 31st October.

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.