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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 23rd February 2024

Dear Parents and Carers

“Lent is a favourable season for deepening our spiritual life through fasting, prayer and charitable giving.” Pope Francis


On Thursday our Children’s Liturgy Group led the whole school in our Lenten Liturgy when we marked the beginning of the school’s journey through Lent with a very prayerful and thoughtful service. This year Lent began on 14th February which was during half term so we couldn’t attend Ash Wednesday Mass as a whole school so this liturgy organised by the children has set us off to a good start.


I would like to thank the Liturgy Group for their hard work in planning the liturgy and for their very confident delivery. Many thanks to Fr. Jose and to all the parents and carers who joined us for this special occasion.


Stations of the Cross

During Lent the children will have the opportunity to take part in “The Stations of the Cross” in the church. The Stations of the Cross help us all to reflect upon the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on his journey to dying on the cross and then towards the great hope that the resurrection on Easter Sunday brings.


Year 3 and Year 4 have the opportunity to complete “The Stations” on Wednesday 28th February at 10:45 a.m. Parents and carers are very welcome to join the children should they wish to.


Our First Lenten Fundraiser- Crazy Hair Day

Today the children had the opportunity to take part in our first Lenten fundraiser Crazy Hair Day. The children were challenged to arrive at school sporting crazy hair on the theme of “Gods Wonderful World” for a donation to WWF (World Wildlife Fund). Our school council chose this charity as it reflects the Catholic Social Teaching principle of Stewardship caring for our world and creation.


The children had a great deal of fun while raising funds for this very worthwhile charity.


Next week the children are going to participate in a sponsored walk in aid of CAFOD they should have a sponsor form sent home this weekend.


Oscar Romero Award

I am very pleased to announce that we have been awarded “Participator Level” of the Oscar Romero Award in recognition of the work we have done on Catholic Social Teaching.


Trip to Dover Museum

On Monday Years 3 and 4 will be visiting Dover Museum to visit the artefacts on display and to take part in workshops on aspects of history they have been studying I am sure that the children will enjoy the visit and will learn lots.


Highworth Music Workshop

On Wednesday 28th February Year 6 will visit Highworth Grammar School to take part in a singing workshop. Children from schools across Ashford will meet together to take part in this singing event. This is an excellent opportunity for the children. Well done to Mrs Withey-Harrison for arranging this.


Children invited to sing at Mass on 10th March for Mother’s Day

On Sunday 10th March at 10:00 a.m. the children are invited to join the parish at a very special Mass to celebrate Mother’s Day. It is always a great pleasure to hear our children sing and their singing helps to raise the sense of celebration. The children are asked to arrive in their school uniform at 9:45 a.m and should be collected no later than 11:15 a.m. it would be good to have as many children possible attend.


Parental Survey 

The Education People’s Early Years and Childcare Service is conducting a survey on behalf of Kent County Council, of parents/carers and expectant parents to determine interest in the childcare entitlements that are being introduced this year and their arrangements for wraparound care of any primary school aged children. The survey will also gather the views of parents/carers using or wanting to use more childcare in Kent. This combined information will help us assess where there are gaps in provision. Survey can be accessed by scanning the QR Code below

 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.