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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 22 March 2024

Dear Parents and Carers


Dear Lord Jesus, as Holy Week approaches, we thank and praise you for giving your life for us, so that one day we too may know the joys of heaven. Amen.

Holy Week

Next week is Holy Week the most important week in the Church’s year. It is the Final week of Lent and begins this Sunday which is Palm Sunday. It is the time when we remember and participate in the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. To help prepare for the great celebration of Easter the children in Key Stage 2 will have the opportunity to take part in Reconciliation for those who have made their First Holy Communion. The other children are offered pastoral support from the priest if they wish.


On Tuesday 26th March at 9:30a.m the children will be attending Mass in the Church. Parents and carers are welcome to join us.


On Thursday 28th March which is Holy Thursday the children in Year 4 will lead us in our Passion Reflection when we pause and think about the great sacrifice of Jesus dying on the cross. This is usually a very moving liturgy. Parents and Carers are most welcome.


Prayer Intentions

If parents or carers have any intentions they would like the children to pray for we have a prayer box in the reception area.


Lenten Fund Raising


Year 6 Activity Afternoon

This week our Year 6 pupils arranged an activity afternoon for the rest of the school. The children were able to take part in a range of different fun activities such as a “Penalty Shoot Out”, Emoji Guess the Name of the Country, Guess the Number of Eggs in the Jar etc. all to raise funds for the “War Child” charity. Well done to our Year 6 for making sure everyone had a most enjoyable time.


Easter Egg Raffle

Parents have been very generous with donating Easter Eggs for our raffle however we are still looking for more donations of Easter Eggs. Tickets will be on sale again next week at 20 pence per ticket.


When all our Fundraising has been completed I will be able to inform everyone of how much we have raised for each of our Lenten charities.


One-Way System

We still operate a one-way system in the school grounds for dropping off children in the morning and collecting in the evening. This system allows everyone to access and leave the grounds safely. Please can everyone make sure that they keep to the system.


Parents are also asked to make sure that their children stay with them and not run off ahead unattended.


Pupil Mental Health and Well-Being

We have a dedicated page on our website to promote pupil mental health and well-being. There is a great deal of content on the page e.g. there is information to help our Year 6 pupils with anxieties around transition to secondary school, there are great ideas on the “Happy Newsletter” and information and advice for parents.


I recommend that all parents should check this page out here:


Congratulations Mr Hunt

Congratulations to Mr Hunt our Sports Coach as he has been awarded South Eastern Basketball Coach of the Year. This is a fantastic achievement for him, he will receive his award later in the year. One of his teams is in a county final next Wednesday so we wish Mr Hunt and his team the very best of luck.


With best wishes



Peter McCabe

Our Mission and Values

"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."

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Trust Information

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.