Congratulations to Ayush A, who has won the chess tournament and has also qualified for the Delancey Chess Megafinal! Ayush has done very well as a Year 5 to prevail over the Year 6 pupils in the competition. Well done also to all of the children who have played in the tournament and collected points. It is super to see chess going from strength to strength at school.
Although we try not to cancel co-curricular clubs, on occasion it might be necessary to cancel a club due to adverse weather conditions or staff illness. If we do need to cancel a club, parents of those children involved will be sent a text message at the earliest opportunity. Please note that you should not reply to text messages sent by the school as we cannot read your replies!
At St. Helen's College we have really noticed the benefits of Mindfulness for our pupils and, as Mrs. Crehan has also trained in delivering Mindfulness to adults, we would like to invite any St. Helen's College parent who is interested in being able to support their own children in the practice of Mindfulness, as well as experiencing the benefits in their own lives, to a 9 week course held in the summer term on a Monday night in the Evans Hall.
We will begin with an introductory taster session and you are welcome to decide whether you'd like to continue the whole course after the first week.
Sessions will begin at 7.30 p.m. and run for about an hour and a half on the following dates:
Apr 24 - introductory session
Mrs. Crehan can take a maximum of 16 parents onto these sessions. If you are interested in reserving a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and a waiting list will operate if there is more demand than supply! At this stage, an expression of interest is all that is required; you can decide after the introductory session whether you would like to continue with the whole course.
2C Assembly - The Great Fire of London
2C treated us all to a wonderful historical recount of the Great Fire of London in their class assembly today, reminding us all of that fateful night when the fire started in the bakery. There was superb acting, singing and dancing from all - thank you 2C!
Just a reminder that children from Nursery through to Year 6 might be interested in designing a stamp for the Royal Mail's Christmas stamp design competition. This is an optional competition and we are sending home printed application forms to all children today. The theme this year is 'What Does Christmas Mean To You?' and primary school children are encouraged to submit as many designs as they like, using the form sent home or the downloadable/printable entry form on the link below.
Any entries should be brought into the school office at either Lower or Upper School; Miss Dear will collate these and submit them all together. Work must be original and completed by children without intervention from parents. All designs must be completed on the official entry form.
Full details and rules are available here:
We hope that your children will have lots of fun getting creative, even though Christmas seems a long way off!
Y4/5/6 Hockey v. St. Benedict's
On Monday we had our second hockey fixture against St. Benedict's. They had a stronger team this time, causing us many problems, and we found ourselves 5-2 down but with some amazing stick skills from Daniel B, we brought ourselves level to 5-5. St. Benedict's took the lead again in the fourth quarter but more determination from St. Helen's College brought us level again. It was a more competitive game for the hockey team which was what the squad needed, and will have done much for their development. There has been a lot of improvement in all the players over the season but Daniel B must be singled out for his five goals during this match - well done Daniel and all who played!
Team members were: Amar C, Nirmit N, Rajdeep B, Tristan M, Daniel B, Leo G, Dhiren W, Harrison N.
Football v. Heathrow
We started our season again after the mid-season break by travelling to Heathrow, knowing that a win would put us top of the league. On an extremely small pitch, which did not play in our favour, we went down 3 goals to 1. It was not our best performance of the season but we are sure that the team will pick themselves up for the final two league games and cup match coming up.
Team members were: Jai S, Leo N, Max E, Ryeesa S, Christian K, Daniel B, Timi O, Amrit R, Dhiren W.
Y4 Netball Team Success
Our Year 4 netball team visited Reddiford school this week to play their second netball fixture. The team showed real improvement since their last match in the Autumn term. Their passing and catching flowed and they were able to dominate possession because of this and effective marking. Shooting skills had also improved enormously indicating this team has great potential for the future. Our team took on both A and B teams from Reddiford and won both matches, 4 - 0 against the A team and 8-0 against the B team.
Many congratulations to the team: Mya, Aaria, Wenru, Hebe, Rhea Sa, Ionie, Georgia and Eshar.
Chess Team Moves
Our Year 4,5 & 6 chess team hosted a return match against St Bernadette school this week in the Evans Hall. The event, organised by Mr. Foale, involved two teams from St. Helen's College and two teams from St. Bernadette's playing timed matches and completing puzzles. Our Autumn term match against St. Bernadette's had ended in a draw but this week St. Bernadette's were victorious, winning 10 - 6 despite some very good play from our teams. Results were as follows:
St. Helen's CollegeA team 1.5 St. Bernadette A team 2.5
St. Helen's College B team 0.5 St. Bernadette B team 3.5
St. Helen's College A team 3 St. Bernadette B team 1
St. Helen's College B team 1 St. Bernadette A team 3
Well done to all those who took part in the fixture: Tristan W, Ayush, Ibrahim, Aditya, Joseph, Roma, Anuj, Reshaaan, Luke and Mya.
Women's FA Cup Final Ticket Offer
St. Helen's College has been contacted by the Football Association and offered discounted group tickets for the Women's FA Cup Final taking place on Saturday 13th May at Wembley Stadium. Children under 16 go free and adult tickets are just £7.50. If any parents are interested in tickets for themselves and their children please email Miss Walker on email@example.com no later than Friday 3rd March, indicating how many adult and children's tickets you would like.
We will be holding our dressing up day for World Book Day this year on Thursday 2nd March. Children should come dressed as a character from a book and we hope there will be lots of imaginative costumes. Please help your child to focus on a book character rather than a film character and please ensure that they know which book their character comes from! Please can they bring the book their character is from with them on the day. You may like to read the book together with your child and talk about their chosen character over the next few weeks so that they are well prepared for the day itself.
Lower School will be visited by Schweta Aggarwal, author of the Dev and Ollie books, and the Upper School will be holding a special ‘Adventure and Mystery’ day full of teamwork, problem solving and sharing all of our favourite books.
Many thanks for your support.
Wed 01 Mar
16:00 Football v. Hermitage (H)
Thu 02 Mar
World Book Day - Dress up as a book character
08:15 1S coffee morning & class assembly
16:00 Netball v. St. Mary's (H)
Fri 03 Mar
08:15 5W coffee morning & class assembly
Week 10 - Eco Schools Waste Week
Tue 07 Mar
19:00 Parents' Forum meeting in The Evans Hall
Wed 08 Mar
Magical Maths assemblies at Upper School
13:00 Borough netball finals at Newnham School
Thu 09 Mar
Y5 Computing & Maths Day at Bletchley Park
Y6 Junior Citizenship Day at John Locke Academy
08:15 N1 coffee morning & class assembly
13:30 Reddiford School netball tournament
Fri 10 Mar
08:15 6M coffee morning & class assembly
The next Parents' Forum meeting will take place on Tuesday 7th March at 7.00 p.m. Parents are asked to pass any points for discussion to your class representatives well in advance of this date, so that class representatives may collate the points and send them to the school, giving the school time to consult on them before the meeting.
We now have two Ducklings representatives on the Parents' Forum too. The class representatives are:
Mrs. O’ Holloran
Mr. and Mrs. Kullar
The week of 6th - 10th March is annual 'Waste Week' and, as an eco-school, we are keen to use this as an opportunity to teach pupils more about how to reduce waste and lessen our impact on the environment. This year, we are asking pupils to think about 'upcycling' and to find a creative way to re-use something to create something new. Full details, and examples, are available on the flyer here. Please do encourage your child to think 'outside the box' and to work imaginatively over the half term break to create something of value out of something old and seemingly worthless! We look forward very much to seeing their creations.
Mrs. Drummond has been out of school today at a conference and was therefore unable to wish parents and pupils a happy half term personally. She would like to pass on her best wishes to all for a restful and enjoyable half term holiday.