Following qualification back in November, our Y5/6 athletics team competed in the Borough Sports Hall Athletics competition this week. The event is for the top 5 schools from the 50 plus primary schools across the borough of Hillingdon to come together to compete in a variety of running, jumping and throwing events in the hope of being crowned Borough champions. Our team faced tough competition from some formidable opponents: Lady Banks Primary School, Newnham Primary School, Whiteheath Primary School and Oak Farm Junior School, all much larger schools than St. Helen's College. All of our athletes tried incredibly hard and gained many points in the field and track events, with the boys 4 x 1 relay team finishing the night with a splendid dip on the line to finish in 1st place! Overall St. Helen's College came 5th, with a very strong Whiteheath being crowned champions on the night. Well done to everyone in the team - reaching the Borough finals as one of the top 5 schools in the borough is a great achievement. Team members were Sam Y, Lewis F, Shaan P, Ayomide A, Ayobami A, Alex J, Tise B, Navika S, Yasmin P, Libby A, Olivia L, Sophie H and Shian S.
We have watched two wonderful class assemblies this week. At Lower School, 1H presented a super Chinese-themed assembly and at Upper School, 4A gave us an assembly about perseverance and finding within yourself the strength to go for your goals and achieve them. Well done to all of the children involved, who performed confidently and enthusiastically.
As you are aware, the school is currently raising money for About Asia. In response to School Council ideas, we are launching two competitions to help to raise funds for this worthy charity.
At Upper School, the School Council had the idea of a Lego competition, and they sounded very excited in assembly today when we announced that it will be going ahead! Children should bring in an entry fee of £2, and will have the chance to build their Lego model during their Golden Time in their classrooms. The theme for the competition is 'Our World' and we hope that pupils will come up with some imaginative ideas of what to build. We will take photographs of the models and there will be prizes for the winning entries. Please send in your child's entry fee early next week; money should be given in to your child's class teacher.
At Lower School, the School Council class representatives came up with an impressive number of fund raising activities and we considered carefully which one would work the best. The Lower School fundraising idea takes to the skies by way of…a paper plane competition!
There will be prizes for the best design/best decorated plane and the furthest flight. A template will be provided but it does not have to be used.
The entry fee at Lower School will be a minimum of £1 - any donations above this will be gratefully accepted for the charity. ‘Take off day’ will be Friday 6th February.
The children have really taken on board the idea of helping others less fortunate than themselves, so please do support them by taking part. The world is your oyster and the sky is the limit! Thank you and good luck!
We have made a video of the children taking part in the Earth Parade last Monday, which we hope you will enjoy! You can watch it by clicking here.
Individual pupil photographs will be taken by Tempest on Tuesday 3rd February (Lower School) and Wednesday 4th February (Upper School). Please ensure that your child comes to school on this day dressed in full school uniform. If your child usually has PE on a Tuesday (Lower School) or Wednesday (Upper School), they should wear full school uniform and bring their PE kit to school to change into before their PE lesson.
All children will be photographed individually during the school day. In addition, parents with two or more siblings currently at the school will have the opportunity to have photographs taken of their children together. If you would like a sibling photograph, please take your children to either the Lower School Hall on Tuesday 3rd February at 8 a.m. or to the Upper School Hall on Wednesday 4th February at 8 a.m. Please note that it remains your responsibility to drop your child to the correct site for registration at 8.30 a.m. after their sibling photograph has been taken.
As usual, proofs of photographs will be sent home with your child and you should place your order directly with Tempest.
We are delighted to announce two new appointments.
Miss Jade Williams will be joining the staff on Monday as a Teaching Assistant in the Rainbow Nursery. Miss Williams has a BTec in Childcare, Learning and Development and a BA in early Childhood Studies. She is currently working at a nursery in Pinner, and we are confident that she will be a strong addition to our team.
Elizabeth Rocque was appointed this Monday, by Accent, as our new Chef Manager. We are looking forward to working closely with Elizabeth to further enhance our excellent lunch provision.
St. Helen's College will once again be taking part in the national reading competition Read for My School, which is open to all children in Years 3 – 8 in England from January to March 2015.
The competition website www.readformyschool.co.uk is hosting a free online library of over 100 books by top children’s authors. If your child chooses to participate, they will be able to read those books online wherever they have internet access. The programme is fully compatible with most major tablets. Children can of course also choose to read books in print or that are not part of the online library – the goal is simply to read as much as possible this term.
There will be a rolling schedule of prize draws for individual children and whole schools who are doing well. What’s more, major awards and prizes are available to be won by schools that can demonstrate wider success in nurturing positive attitudes towards reading.
Any encouragement that you can give to your child that supports them as they try to read a little more this term would be invaluable, whatever form it may take. If they do participate in Read for My School fully then your child will reap benefits for themselves as well as for our school.
If you would like to help your child access Read for My School at home, please follow these steps:
1. Go to www.readformyschool.co.uk
2. Select “Sign up as a pupil”
3. Enter your child’s classroom reading group code (974499)
4. Enter your child's correct name in "Display name" and "Username"
5. Choose the appropriate year group
Once your child has successfully logged into the website they can actively engage in the competition. If you need additional assistance or support, we encourage you to explore the website as well as the Educator Toolkit section which offers detailed documentation to guide you and your child through the many aspects of the programme.
Last year St. Helen's College won 100 books for the school library. Hopefully, this year, we will also have some individual winners.
Tue 03 Feb
Sibling photo's followed by individual photo's at Lower School
Wed 04 Feb
Sibling photo's followed by individual photo's at Upper School
16:00 Netball v. Oak Farm (A)
Thu 05 Feb
08:15 1S coffee for parents followed by class assembly
08:15 4T coffee for parents followed by class assembly
14:00 General Knowledge quiz (A)
18:00-21:00 Nursery/Reception/Year 1 parents' evening
Sat 07 Feb
Entry meetings for new Reception children
09:30-11:30 District Handball competition
Mon 09 Feb
16:00 Hockey v. St. Andrew's at Brunel University
Wed 11 Feb
Trip to Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
15:40 Gymnastic Squad team practice in Refectory
16:00 Football v. St. Mary's (A)
18:00-21:00 N/R/Y1 parents' evening
Thu 12 Feb
08:15 N1 coffee for parents followed by class assembly
p.m. - Key Steps Gymnastics Y3/4 & Y5/6 at Botwell Leisure Complex
16:00 Netball v. St. Catherine's (H)
Fri 13 Feb
08:15 2F coffee for parents followed by class assembly
Geography has really come to life at school this week as we have enjoyed the many activities of our Geography Focus Week. On Monday, children at both Lower and Upper School brought in the masks which they had made to represent their beings. Each child chose a being and spoke to their class about why their being is important in the world. Pupils from both sites joined together for a marvellous 'Parade of All Beings' in the Upper School playground.
The week continued with classes learning about Geography and Sustainability in many different ways. Nursery and Reception classes used their topic 'Your World, My World' to look at the different experiences of children around the world. Year 1 children learnt all about the rainforest and Year 2 compared different foods from around the world. Year 3 learnt all about Fairtrade products, Year 4 investigated food waste, Year 5 looked at the eco-footprints of products and Year 6 concentrated on climate change.
At Upper School, visiting workshops taught children all about alternative energy. Pupils investigated wind power and how it can be used to make wind-powered cars. They also looked at solar power, making their own solar-powered cells. At Lower School, pupils enjoyed paper-making workshops, learning how to recycle paper to make more paper.
A Fairtrade cafe was held at Upper School on Friday, at which pupils were able to buy Fairtrade products including hot chocolate, biscuits and bananas. As you can imagine, it was very popular! Parents were also served with Fairtrade products at the two coffee mornings this week, and asked to make donations.
Throughout the week, we have been raising money for About Asia, to help children in Cambodia. We thank all parents and children for their generosity - so far we have raised £653.51!
We were treated to two fantastic class assemblies this week. At the Lower School, R1 performed an assembly all about 'Hot and Cold', while at Upper School, 6S performed a Latin assembly. Well done to all of the children involved, including Charlotte H and Emma D who were absent from school and therefore unable to perform at the 6S assembly, but who were very involved in the production side of things.