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Weekly Newsletter Thursday 1 April 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

 

"By our baptism, then, we were buried with him and shared his death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from death by the glorious power of the Father, so also we might live a new life."
(Romans 6:4)

 

Today is Holy Thursday and Year 4 led the school in our “Passion Reflection” in which the children explored the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. If you would like to share in the “Passion Reflection” it is posted on the Catholic Life page on the school website or can found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVqXHB3kNoM

 

Well done to our Year 4 children and to the adults who supported them in producing this very moving reflection. Thank you Year 4.

 

On Wednesday we joined St Teresa’s Parish for Mass on their YouTube Channel if you wish to attend any of the Masses over the Easter period St Teresa’s YouTube Channel can be found by clicking here: YouTube Channel.

 

Today is the last day of term as we now break for Easter. I would like to thank everyone once again for all the hard work completed during lock down and on the children’s return to school.

 

Mrs Marcia Stevens our Chair of Governors has written a lovely letter to all parents on behalf of the Governing Body of the school thanking all for the tremendous efforts made in helping to support the children with their learning. You can view the letter on the Latest News page.

 

Lenten Fundraising

Well done to everyone we raised a magnificent £973.60 for our Lenten charity everyone needs to be congratulated on such great efforts.

 

Consultation on Relationships and Health Education Programme

To take part in this, please access the Parent Consultation and undertake the parental consultation course which can be found here:

www.tentenresources.co.uk/parent-consultation-primary

 

You will need the following login for our school:

Username:st-simon-tn234

Password: england-rose

 

You will then need to complete the following questionnaire:

 

 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5968G5J

 

Your views really are valued and appreciated.

 

Easter Holiday

The Easter holidays are from Friday 2 April and children return on Monday 19 April. Term dates for 2021-2022 have now been placed on the “Parents” then “Useful Information” on the school website.

 

During the holiday should your child test positive for COVID 19 please can you report this to the school through this link: Report your child has tested positive for Covid-19.

 

After the Easter holiday we are returning to a 3:15p.m finishing time however arrangements for dropping off and picking up children will remain the same.

 

Our COVID-19 restrictions remain in place until we get further advice from the Government. Please look at our risk assessment or our COVID 19 Home School Agreement for further information.

 

Looking ahead we will be arranging our next parents evening on Monday 14 June and Wednesday 16 June these will most likely once again be online using the “school cloud” system. Parents will receive a Pupil Progress Report before the meetings. More details will be given closer to the time.

 

Holiday Activity and Food Programme HAF

The local authority will also be arranging a Holiday Activities and Food programme where children entitled to benefits related free school meals can go along and take part in various activities for 4 hours per day for 4 days over Easter Holidays. The children will be able to take part in fun activities and receive a school meal.

The details for the Ashford Providers of the programme are below:

 

The John Wallis Academy

Millbank Road

Ashford

TN233HG

01233623456

John Woolley Email: rwooley@thejohnwallisacademy.org  Their programme will run 6th to 9th April and 12th to 13th April for children aged 8 to 11.

 

Kiddie Kapers The Willow Centre

Brookfield Road

Ashford

TN234EY

03000 412950

Sheila Tong Email: Sheila.tong@kent.gov.uk Their programme will run 8th and 9th April  and 12th and 13th April

 

ALT ASH Creative Art Activity

This amazing free creative opportunity and event in Ashford, which can be enjoyed safely on the streets as well as at home.  It starts on the 1 April and has been developed by two talented Ashford residents and creatives, Aoi and Esteban. You can enjoy three interactive digital art installations across Ashford Town Centre. The installations are designed to engage young audiences with the installations. For further details: https://www.aoiesteban.com/altash-home-experience

 

Online Safety

Just a brief reminder to all parents to monitor what the children are accessing when using online resources. There has been an increase in reported incidences of online abuse across the country so we all need to be vigilant in keeping children safe.

 

Congratulations

Easter is a time of new life and I am sure that you will join me in congratulating Lydia, Ruth and Isaac on the birth of their new baby brother. I am informed that mum and baby are doing well.

 

It is always great to end a term on happy news.

 

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy and Holy Easter.

 

Peter McCabe Headteacher

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