We have been treated to some super class assemblies this week at school. 3T presented an assembly themed around Maths and problem solving; 1S prepared a colourful assembly all about Chinese New Year and 4T's assembly about India included some excellent dancing. We hope you will enjoy these photos of the children performing to their parents, other pupils and staff!
The children have thrown themselves wholeheartedly into the maths week activities. They have been taught maths through problem solving all week and we have been really impressed with their strategies and determination to reach the answers. Lower School enjoyed a day of 'Magical Maths' and had shows and workshops which left all the children (and staff) amazed! Upper School had an informative session on finances and learnt how to get the most out of their savings. A big thank you to all of the children who have submitted entries to the 3D shape competition; the results will be announced during assembly next week. We hope this week has proved to your children that maths really is fun and that their enthusiasm for maths continues throughout the year.
Some of our Year 5 and 6 girls took part in a friendly swimming fixture with Northwood College this week. All of our girls tried very hard in each race and although the Northwood girls had home advantage our girls really swam well. Our Year 5 girls (Libby, Mia, Abigail, Emma, Yasmin, Charlotte H, Dayna and Olivia) managed to tie the fixture with the Northwood College Year 5 girls, but our Year 6 girls (Aria, Millie, Anneka, Tanya, Maegan, Adeen and Karishma) narrowly lost to the Northwood College Year 6 team. Well done to all team members!
Write On! Short Story Competition
We would like to encourage pupils to enter the BBC Radio 2 'Write On!' competition. This competition is open to all children aged 13 and under. There are two age categories: Under 9 and 10 to 13. Entrants should write a short story in 500 words or fewer and submit it directly to BBC Radio 2 by the closing date of 7 p.m. on Wednesday 26th February. Full details about the competition, including information about how to submit entries, can be found here. We hope that many pupils will participate and we wish all entrants the very best of luck!
Read For My School - E-readers
The Read For My School competition, announced earlier this term, runs until the end of March. Children who have a simple e-reader such as a Kobo, Kindle or Nook may bring them to school for the duration of the competition for the express purpose of reading their books.
Only simple e-readers of 7 inches or smaller may be brought to school. The device may not be used to access the internet and it should not have 3G or 4G communications capabilities. It should preferably not have a web browser and we will, in any event, not allow access to the school wireless network. Please note that the school cannot take responsibility for the safekeeping of the devices and expensive, fully functional tablets such as iPads are not allowed.
Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers
Sainsbury's have launched their 2014 Active Kids Vouchers scheme this week. We would be very grateful if parents could collect vouchers and bring them in to school. The focus this year is on sports equipment, gardening equipment and cookery equipment and we hope to collect enough vouchers to get some lovely new equipment for the children to use at both Upper and Lower School. Many thanks indeed for your support.
Arriving At School
Please would parents make every effort to ensure that their children arrive at school in good time for registration at 8:30 a.m. every day. While occasional lateness can be accepted if there are exceptional reasons, the expectation is that every child arrives on time every day.
Lateness is doubly disruptive. Firstly, the child who is late does not have time properly to settle, and misses part of the first activity of the day (often the main teaching input of the lesson). Secondly, the rest of the class suffers as the lesson or activity is disrupted by the late arrival.
Your cooperation in this matter will be appreciated.
We are sad to announce that Mrs. Tiernan will be retiring from full-time teaching in July, after ten years of distinguished service at St. Helen's College. The good news is that she will continue to work at the Lower School part-time.
Miss Maxwell, who is on maternity leave and was due to return to Year 2 teaching next month, is very unwell and will not be able to return to work before the end of the year. Mrs. Hussein will therefore carry on as form teacher, assisted in the afternoons by Mrs. Helen de Mattos.
Mrs. Hegarty, Teaching Assistant in 2H, will be leaving at half term in order to develop her interests and spend more time with her family. She will be greatly missed. Her replacement is Mrs. Sharon Schlachter who will be working part time at St. Helen's College during the next fortnight, so that she and Mrs. Hegarty can have a full, detailed handover ahead of her full time start after half term.
The 2015 term dates have now been published on the website. Click here to access. Please note that the autumn half term dates are provisional, pending the publication of the Hillingdon school half term dates.
Please note that Half Term Holiday Club will be held at Lower School for ALL pupils. This is because of the building works which will be starting at Upper School.
Quiz Night – 1st March 2014
The PA quiz night will be held on Saturday 1st March at the Upper School Hall. Please save the date - flyers with more information will follow.
Wine Tasting Event – 14th March 2014
The PA would like to hold an educational Wine Appreciation Evening this year on Friday the 14th March at the Upper School Hall. Please save this date and we will bring you full details of this exciting event very shortly.
Mon 3 Feb
18:00-21:00 Nursery/Reception/Year 1 Parents' Evening
Wed 5 Feb
09:00 Portals to the Past visiting Nursery
16:00 Y5/6 girls' netball v. Langley Hall (A)
16:00 Football match v. St. Andrew's (H)
Thu 6 Feb
08:15 R2 coffee for parents followed by class assembly
16:00 Netball v. Heathrow (H)
Fri 7 Feb
08:15 3B coffee for parents followed by class assembly
Sat 8 Feb
Y5 parents' transfer meetings with Mr. Crehan
09:30-12:30 District handball tournament at Swakeleys School
Sun 9 Feb
Y5 parents' transfer meetings with Mr. Crehan
Mon 10 Feb
14:00 KS2 General Knowledge Quiz at Northwood Prep
Tue 11 Feb
18:00 N/R/Y1 Parents' Evening
Wed 12 Feb
Y4 trip to Harrow Synagogue (a.m.)
16:00 Football v. Heathrow (A)
Thu 13 Feb
08:15 R1 coffee for parents followed by class assembly
Fri 14 Feb
08:15 2C coffee for parents followed by class assembly
We were treated to a lovely music assembly on Thursday morning, with children from the Upper School performing confidently on their instruments. Milan played the guitar, having just passed his Grade 1. Sreeya performed on the piano; she has only been learning the piano since September so to be performing in public already is a great achievement. Sophie (Grade 3) and Shayla (Grade 2) played the flute and violin respectively and were also awarded with their ABRSM certificates. Finally, George played confidently on the trumpet. He is now working towards his Grade 2. Very well done to all of our performers!
As parents know, the building programme to erect an art studio, kitchen and refectory will begin at half term.
Our structural engineer has recently advised us that, as the buildings sit on shrinkable clay, substantial foundations and extensive underpinning will be required. In order to allow these extra works to take place, we will need to move the library to Cambria and vacate Windsor earlier than expected, during the February half term. There will be significant knock on effects which will require some re-timetabling, the relocation of music teaching and the use of every nook and cranny for storage. These pressures will be temporary - the art studio will be ready for occupation (initially by music) in April and the works are due to be completed during the summer holidays.
However, while these additional pressures will not impact on teaching and learning directly, they will cause logistical pressures and reduce the flexibility of use of many of our rooms. We have decided therefore to cancel Open Day this year, and instead arrange times next term for parents to view their children's work. We shall confirm details of these arrangements at the end of this term.