The sports personality of the term was announced in the final assembly of the term by our sports captains. Our winner has shown this term that she is a determined participant and courageous competitor, taking part in the District cross country competition in Arctic conditions to finish in 5th place overall and qualifying for the Borough finals next time. She was also a member of the sports hall athletics team, winning her team race and she is always a great supporter of school sport at St. Helen's. Many congratulations to this term's winner Emily.
The netball and football seasons are now at an end so please could all kits be washed and return on the first day of the new term to the PE shed and placed in the kit return crate. If you still have a St. Helen's College 2012 team t-shirt or athletics kit, these too need to be returned for future team members.
Most of the summer term sports fixtures are on the school calendar and diary for your information and once again it will be a busy term.There may be one or two new fixtures added when other schools confirm.
We are delighted to announce that Sharon Walker has reached the final of the Pearson 'Primary Teacher of the Year' competition!
The Teaching Awards were founded twelve years ago by Lord Puttnam CBE to focus on inspired education professionals. 2013 is a record year for the Pearson Teaching Awards with over 24,000 nominations.
Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK said: ‘Supporting the Pearson Teaching Awards gives us a unique opportunity to champion exceptional teaching professionals across the UK. Pearson has long held lifelong learning to be at the heart of all its business. All young people deserve the very best chance to make progress in their lives through education. That is why we believe it’s vital to recognise inspirational teachers, for their commitment to teaching and learning and improving the life chances of the next generation.’
Two Pearson judges visited the school on Monday this week to interview Ms Walker, colleagues, pupils, parents and ex-parents. The results will be announced by the Pearson Teaching Awards on Thank a Teacher Day, 17th May 2013, and we shall let you know the outcome of the competition then.
On Tuesday 21st May we will be holding our annual Singing Competition. Entry to the competition will be voluntary and children will need to give their entry on paper to the office by Friday 17th May. The competition will run for Year 2 to Year 6. We will have three categories:
1) best solo singer;
2) best duet - singing in harmony;
3) best group - singing in harmony.
The children will need to provide a score for Mrs. Allery to accompany or a karaoke-style CD for accompaniment. This is essential and the children will not be allowed to enter without some form of accompaniment (but not with singing already on the CD). The music can be popular or traditional, but not rap!
We are advertising this now so that the children have the Easter Holidays to think about it or get together to rehearse. The winners in the different categories will perform at our Singers' Concert on Thursday May 23rd and at the School Fete. They will also receive prizes. Many thanks for your support.
The summer term calendar is now on the All School Documents page of the website and may be accessed by clicking here.
Summer Uniform and Appearance - Reminders
Please remember that the girls return to school next term in their summer uniforms.
All children will need a St. Helen's sunhat, which they will be required to wear during games lessons and at playtime when the weather gets really sunny. Sunhats may be purchased from Pullen’s or from the school office.
We shall write with information about 'shirtsleeve order' next term and children will be allowed to wear shirtsleeve order from half term. Please do not send your children to school in shirtsleeve order until then.
A number of boys need to have their hair cut. Please remember that boys' hair must be cut above the collar and ears and must be neither too short nor too long. No shaved patterning, colouring, obvious layering or gelling is allowed.
The Road Safety and School Travel Team is running a campaign over the Easter Holidays for child car seat safety. Advice clinics will be held across the borough - see poster here for details.
Despite the inclement weather, Open Day was very successful indeed. The vast majority of parents and pupils attended, and feedback to the teachers about the children's work and displays was very positive indeed. A large number of prospective parents visited, and the pupil guides did a splendid job of showing them around and telling them about the school.
For all of your support with this special event - thank you!
We wish you and your families a happy and peaceful Easter.
PA Easter Raffle – The PA have donated 2 large Easter Chicks for Lower School and Two Easter Eggs for Middle and Upper School for an end of term raffle. All the children’s names were put into this raffle so no tickets sold for this. We hope the lucky winners enjoy their prizes!
PA Quiz Night – We had a good number attending the quiz night last Saturday! A very fun and entertaining evening was enjoyed by all! We do hope to hold another quiz night at the beginning of the next school year so don’t put those encyclopaedias away just yet! Thank you to all those that supported this event.
Bags2School – You will have seen posters for bags to school day which will be on 26th April. Bags and letters will be sent home via book bags after Easter. Items can be returned to school in any bag so please support this event if you are having a spring clear out.
Bollywood Night – The PA Bollywood Night has been booked for Friday 3rd May at Bayliss House, Slough. Details for this event will be available after Easter. This is a family event so do save the date.
Please do come! the teachers and children have worked very hard to prepare lovely displays for you to enjoy, and you will get a real insight into your child's work so far this year. You will also have a chance to visit other classes and see what lies ahead for your child in years to come.
Thank you for the hundreds of flowers donated – the school should look lovely tomorrow. The teachers are looking forward to seeing you, but please note that individual consultations on progress will not be possible. Children should attend in school uniform.
Open Day - Parking
Parking close to the school will not be easy on Open Day, owing to the number of parents visiting. It would be most helpful, to reduce congestion, if as many parents as possible would park away from the school, perhaps in neighbouring side streets, and walk to the school. The Windsor (227 Long Lane) gate will be open. Please remember the school parking regulations, and in particular:
The girls' netball team played exceptionally well throughout the season, winning all of their matches and retaining the league trophy for the eighth consecutive year - a fantastic achievement. Well done to everyone in the team! They were also semi-finalists at the girls' district rally on Saturday and quarter-finalists at the borough girls' netball rally.
At Monday's District Cross Country Championships, our boys and girls braved near-Arctic conditions to race against the District's finest. The boys' team were third overall, with Eshar coming 7th in this tough race. The girls were not placed in the top three team positions but ran with great energy, and Emily H did very well to come 5th. Team members were:
Boys - Eshar, Brendan, Freddie, Huey, Daniel, Shreerag, Harun and Rishi
Girls - Emily H, Oyin, Anneka, Sophie, Mille, Bela.
Emily and Eshar have now qualified for the Borough cross country finals on Monday.
Well done to our hockey team who qualified for the Borough hockey finals on Monday this week, hosted by St. Helen's at Brunel University. Our team of Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils, played very well in the very cold conditions to finish in third place.
There is an article about our visit by the Olympian, Alex Partridge, on the British Olympic and Paralympic Assocation Get Set website. See link below.