1H did a great assembly on Growth Mindset. They covered all of the scientific aspects and gave us really interesting facts about the brain and its health. They accompanied their information with songs and poetry - and wore very realistic skull-caps to demonstrate brains! Very well done to the children (and staff) of 1H!
The children in 2F did a fascinating presentation on Burns Night, the life of the poet and what he wrote. They also explained what happens and what is said at Burns Night Celebrations. They sang Auld Lang Syne, which was written by Robert Burns, and spoke some poetry written by him. A very mature and informative presentation.
After learning routines and improving their vaulting over the past few weeks, a selection of Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 pupils took part in the School Games Borough Gymnastics competition this week held in the purpose built gymnasium at Botwell Leisure Centre. Eleven schools from around the borough took part, with 66 children competing in each of the Y3/4 and Y5/6 competitions.
Our Y3/4 team took part in the competition in the morning and had to complete three disciplines: vault, body management and floor. There were some notable individual performances, with Chiara L scoring the 3rd highest mark of the day in the body management element and Ionie M scoring the highest vault score of the day with a perfect 10.00! But this was a team competition, with the best four gymnastics marks from all three disciplines determining the team score and the overall position in the competition. It couldn't have been closer with only a few points separating the teams. In the end our Year 3/4 team finished in 7th place.
In the Y5/6 competition our pupils had to learn more complex routines than the younger children and again our team performed very well, scoring a set of solid marks and with Ethan C scoring a very high score of 9.8 on the vault. However there were lots of very strong gymnasts in this competition and our team finished in 8th place.
Well done to all of our budding gymnasts!
We have many talented young actors, actresses and singers at St. Helen's College and would like to let all parents and children know of an opportunity to audition for a new stage production of Oliver!
RARE Productions, the UK’s largest youth musical theatre production company, has announced details of open auditions for its next production at Watersmeet, Rickmansworth, which is one of the best known and most loved musicals ever written, ‘Oliver’.
The audition takes between 20-30 minutes and entrants will be taught a short excerpt from a song, a short movement routine and maybe asked to read from the script. You do not need to book a time slot; just arrive anytime during the audition for the appropriate age group. You do not need to prepare anything and you should wear comfortable clothing. You only need to attend one of the two auditions.
Monday 1 Feb 2016
5.00pm – 6.30pm (8-12 years old)
6.30pm – 8.00pm (13-21 years old)
Watersmeet - High St, Rickmansworth
Saturday 6th Feb 2016
2.30pm -3.30pm (8-12 years old)
3.30pm – 4.30pm (13-21 years old)
Rickmansworth School, Scots Hill, Rickmansworth, WD3 2AQ
For information regarding the Audition Process and show fees click here.
The show will be performed at Watersmeet on 12-14 May 2016. A show fee is payable by all successful applicants but there is no charge to attend the audition.
There is no need to book an audition spot and nothing to prepare. Just come along in the time slot appropriate to your age group. Make sure you wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for dancing.
Further information can be had by phoning RARE on 01767 681049 or online at www.rareproductions.co.uk
Communicating With Parents
We would like to remind parents that, if you have not already done so, you should subscribe to this main school news blog, which publishes news and information of school-wide relevance, and to your child's class blog, which publishes information relevant specifically to your child's class/year group. We also encourage you to subscribe to the Heads' blog, through which Mr. & Mrs. Crehan communicate more generally about matters of significance to the school and to your children. It is easy to subscribe - just go to the Current Parents section of the website, select the blog to which you wish to subscribe and click on the link on the right hand side of the blog's home page. If you experience any difficulty, please telephone the school office and staff will be pleased to help.
In cases where we need to inform particular groups of parents about changes to arrangements e.g. for cancellation of co-curricular clubs, we use either email or SMS (text) message. If we know about changes more than 24 hours in advance, we will email you; if a change/cancellation is necessary with less than 24 hours of notice, then we will text you. Please do check emails and mobile telephones regularly so that you do not miss important information.
Parents are reminded of the following guidelines concerning snacks, which are published in the Parents' Handbook:
Good nutrition and a balanced diet throughout the day will help pupils grow and develop and a healthy diet can aid concentration and attainment in school, help raise activity levels and reduce obesity. We ask parents to support this by providing only healthy snacks for morning break.
Please wrap snacks appropriately and label them with your child’s name.
A number of children at the school are allergic to nuts and can experience severe reactions if exposed to nuts or nut products. Parents must not send nuts to school, and should do their best to exclude foods which contain nut products.
For Safeguarding reasons, parents must not use the boys' or girls' toilets at school. Please do not enter the toilets at any time, for any reason.
Parents are reminded that pupils are not allowed to bring mobile phones into school.
In cases where a mobile phone is genuinely required for a Year 6 child who makes their own way to/from school, written permission must be requested from the school and the phone must be handed in to the school office by the child immediately upon arrival at school and collected promptly, by the same child, at the end of the school day.
Childcare vouchers may be used for payment of school fees for three terms after your child's third birthday and for three terms after their fourth birthday. Once your child turns 5, we are no longer able to accept childcare vouchers for payment of school fees. Throughout your child's time at St. Helen's College, you may continue to use childcare vouchers to pay for Funtasia (Breakfast Club and After School Club), and for Holiday Club (with the exception of the annual Upper School Summer School week, when children are looked after away from the school site). If you have any questions regarding the use of childcare vouchers, please contact Mrs. Dennington via the school office or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bookings are now open for the February half term Holiday Club, which will run from Monday 15th to Friday 19th February. The booking form is on the All School Documents page of the website and is available here. Please note that completed forms must be returned, with payment, by Friday 5th February. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
On Tuesday 23rd February, as part of our E-Safety Awareness Day, a visiting speaker will be running an evening session for parents about how to keep your child safe online. The session will take place at 7.00 p.m. in The Evans Hall and is expected to last for about an hour and a half. Paul Hay, a specialist in Internet Safety, will talk to parents about how young people use the Internet, including programmes such as Club Penguin, Minecraft and Instagram. He will describe how information posted by young people can be misused by people who are not their friends, and will explain what you, as parents, can do to keep them safe. Above all, the session will give you confidence to help your child to get the most benefit and enjoyment from the Internet while keeping safe.
We hope that many parents will take advantage of this informative session on this important topic. There is no charge to parents. If you would like to attend, please book your place by following this link. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers
Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers can be collected from 27 January until 3 May. We would be most grateful for all donations, which will be used to buy new sports equipment for the school. Please send your vouchers in to the school office at either Upper or Lower School.
The art department at Upper School are going to make a mosaic. If you have any old crockery or tiles (no glass please) which can be donated, please bring these to the school office at either Upper or Lower School. As always, we are most grateful for your help.
Mon 01 Feb
13:30 Borough basketball festival
Tue 02 Feb
Individual pupil photo's at Lower School (sibling photo's from 07:45)
08:15 4T coffee for parents followed by class assembly
Wed 03 Feb
Individual pupil photo's at Upper School (sibling photo's from 07:45)
Thu 04 Feb
08:15 1S coffee for parents followed by class assembly
16:00 League netball match v. Colham Manor (H)
18:00-21:00 Nursery/Reception/Year 1 parents' evening
20:00 PA meeting in Evans Hall
Fri 05 Feb
08:15 6L coffee for parents followed by class assembly
Sat 06 Feb
09:30 District handball tournament
Mon 08 Feb
10:00 Eco Team trip to Thames Water
Tue 09 Feb
Y3 trip to Science Museum
Wed 10 Feb
14:00 Netball v. Langley Hall (A)
16:00 League football match v. Heathrow (H)
18:00-21:00 N/R/Y1 parents' evening
Thu 11 Feb
08:15 N1 coffee for parents followed by class assembly
16:00 Netball match v. St. Bernadette's (A) - CANCELLED
Fri 12 Feb
Reception trip to Kidzania
08:15 3B coffee for parents followed by class assembly
The 2C children enacted a very exciting dramatisation of the Great Fire of London. They spoke their lines confidently and enjoyed the drama of their story. They also sang in harmony and sang a cannon, so they were very accomplished in their singing. It was a gripping tale and they have clearly learnt a lot from that time in history. Well done 2C!
The R2 children have been learning about Hot and Cold and they shared their knowledge confidently with the parent audience. They danced, played instruments, spoke poetry, acted out an Aesop's fable and did wonderful animal impressions! A very entertaining and informative assembly. Congratulations R2!
Athletics Team Shine
After qualifying in the heats last term, our Year 6 athletics team took part in the School Games Borough Sports Hall Athletics Finals this week at Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex. The event was for the top 5 schools in the borough who had come through the heats and the finalists were St. Helen's College, Oak Farm, Whitehall, Whiteheath and Newham.
Once again our athletes gave a good performance. In the running events, facing very strong opponents, our best placed finishes were 2nd, 3rd and 4th place. However, in the jumping and throwing events our team proved their technical strengths and performed very well, gaining sometimes two top 5 finishes in each event. There were some notable individual record breaking performances from Ayomide, who jumped an amazing 6.05m in the standing triple jump and Sophie H, who jumped 1.88m in the standing long jump!
As the results were announced we were pleased to learn that the boys' team had finished in 2nd place and the girls' team had finished in 4th place. The overall combined results then followed; we knew Whiteheath couldn't be beaten after winning the boys' and girls' team event, but could St Helen's College get a medal? 5th place went to Whitehall, 4th place to Oak Farm, 3rd place to Newham and 2nd place and silver medals to St. Helen's College!
Many congratulations to the team who have all worked so hard, attending extra sessions and making the commitment to refine and improve their skills. Great job! Your practice really paid off, you gave your best performance on the day and you are very deserving medal winners!
Team members were: Foluwa G, Sammy K, Sam F, Samuel E, Ayomide A, Ayobami A, Georgia E, Rumanique D, Shian S, Tito O, Seun O and Sophie H.
Daley Thompson Academy - 25% OFF TODAY ONLY
If your child is an aspiring athlete, or would like some help developing his or her running, jumping and throwing skills, you might be interested in the Daley Thompson Academy's one day course, which is being run during half term on Tuesday 16th February at Brunel University. Full details are on the letter attached here and there is a 25% discount off the price if you book TODAY (Friday 22nd January). The discount code is on the letter. We do hope that many of you will take up this opportunity for some extra, very good quality coaching for your children.