In our welcome message to parents on the school website it states:
‘St. Helen’s College is renowned for its family atmosphere and its warm, welcoming environment’.
This has certainly been my experience over my first half term and, in particular, over this last week. I have been privileged to experience first hand the warmth, the love and the sense of family and community at so many events.
Parents packed the Lower School Hall on Monday and Tuesday to celebrate Harvest with wonderful performances from Nursery, Reception and Year 1. The Infant Choir’s performance was a sell-out event - I noted that we could probably fill Wembley Stadium if they were to go out on tour! The Lower School children took command of the stage and their confidence and sense of pride shone through. Even those who had a little bit of stage fright were stoic in their determination to stay put and be their very best self. Having the support of all the parents and the encouragement of the staff from the sidelines gave those girls and boys the drive to succeed and what a superb celebration we had. It was wonderful to see parents enjoying their children’s performances and supporting the children and the school.
On Wednesday we had our annual October ‘School at Work’ Open Morning. Mrs. Smith and I were filled with pride as the Year 6 tour guides finished their tours with prospective parents and their children. Every prospective parent commented on how amazing their guides were, the sense of pride in they had in the school, how confident and articulate they were and how welcoming they were to the adults and young children alike. Our pupils really are our best advocates for the school – St. Helen’s College is a product they truly believe in and they sell it well! The prospective parents were a joy to meet. Without exception, they were visiting St. Helen’s College because they had heard good things about us and because they are looking for a happy, harmonious and successful educational setting for their children. If their passion and commitment to the school’s ethos is anything to go by, the school community has happy times ahead.
The much anticipated launch evening of our super exciting ‘Ducklings’ Kindergarten was on Wednesday evening and, yet again, we welcomed many current and new parents to St. Helen’s College. The delicious canapes and drinks on offer from Soula, our brilliant catering manager, set the tone of the evening as parents and staff mingled and chatted happily. There was such a sense of anticipation as Mr. Crehan opened the evening by welcoming everyone to hear all about the unique and exciting opportunity we will be offering to children at 2+ from January. It has always been a dream for Mr. and Mrs. Crehan to be able to offer younger children the chance to become part of the St. Helen’s College family and that dream is now becoming a reality for many families. The questions asked by current and prospective parents were insightful and relevant, and really demonstrated again how much our parents care about their children’s educational experience and ‘buy in’ to the ethos of St. Helen’s College.
As I spoke with parents, both current and prospective, at these various events this week, it was heart-warming for me to see that we all regard family and community values so highly. A happy and mutually supportive partnership between family and school is one of the most important factors in a child’s happy education and I believe that this is a real strength of St. Helen’s College.
That sense of community continues as we look forward to our STEAM (or as we like to call it our TEAM) day on Thursday 3rd November. Thank you to all the staff and parents who have volunteered their time and skills to help on the day for our pupils, your children. It promises to be a wonderfully exciting and enriching day for them.
The children of St. Helen’s College are so incredibly fortunate to belong to such a great community surrounded and supported by loving parents and caring school staff. What a great platform to launch them from – our little stars of the future!
Have a wonderful half term holiday, everyone.