At the Lower School Talent Festival on Tuesday, we were entertained by a marvellous assortment of talents from Nursery to Year 1. Among some of the items were some stunning gymnasts, joke-tellers, magicians, karate demonstrators and ventriloquists! There were some talented pianists, a violinist and some lovely singers and dancers. It was a feast, and great to have discovered some very talented children.
Some pupils from Years 3, 4 and 5 went on an Able and Talented trip to Tate Britain at the end of last week. They enjoyed a session led by video artist Katriona Beales, which included seeing the installation works of Phyllida Barlow, drawing on cellophane and layering the drawings together prior to creating a piece of video art.
The pupils were excited to be able to see their work projected onto the gallery wall of the Tate and to be able to say that they had exhibited there, if only for a few minutes! In the afternoon they replicated the installations with their bodies as a piece of performance art. Then they visited the 20th/21st century galleries and thought of themes that linked some of the pieces. They decided on themes of: familiarity, wanting to know the back story to a piece, layers, colour and pattern and art work that made them feel uncomfortable. It was a tiring but thought provoking day and everyone felt that they had learnt something new and had had several surprises.
We hope that you enjoy these photographs of the day.
WOW Badge Competition Winners
Congratulations to Sahar M (Year 6), Zoe P (Year 5) and Navika S (Year 5) who were finalists in the Living Streets WOW badge design competition to design next year's WOW badges. They all received a finalist certificate from Living Streets and were commended for their commitment to the Walk to School campaign.
Relay for Life Update
Our fundraising for Cancer Research UK's Relay for Life is going very well indeed and we have raised over £2000 so far!
At both Lower and Upper School, children have been buying pink flowers and wristbands and making their 'Marvellous Moneyboxes', which they have encouraged friends and family to fill with coins. Pupils on both sites have also had the chance to 'soak the teacher' by throwing wet sponges at members of staff and, yesterday, Year 6 pupils took part in a raffle to become a teacher for the day. It was great fun seeing the children act as Heads, form teachers, subject teachers and support staff for the morning and they clearly enjoyed the chance to run the school for a while! As reported previously, the Year 5 cake sale was also very successful.
Thank you to all of you who have supported this very worthy charity so far. We will let you know about further events, including next term's tog day, in due course as we continue to raise money to help those fighting cancer.
Sports Personality of the Term
Many congratulations to Ayomide A in Year 4 who has been chosen by pupils in the Upper School as our Sports Personality of the Term. He was selected for being the outstanding athlete of the term, winning two gold medals at the triangular athletics competition and two gold medals at District Sports. He currently holds three District sprinting records! In addition Ayomide was a member of the school tennis team who won gold and bronze medals at the Borough tournament and went on to represent Hillingdon at the London Youth Games held at Crystal Palace. Well done Ayomide!
Summer Holiday Tennis Activities
Many of our pupils have enjoyed taking part in the Year 3 - 6 school tennis tournament this term and our lunchtime tennis club members have made good progress this term too. If your child is interested in trying tennis or developing their tennis skills further, Mr. Stidder and Miss Walker will be running tennis activities throughout the summer holidays at centres in Ickenham and Hayes. Details are available here and here.
School Tennis Champions
Our annual school tennis tournament has been played this half term and pupils in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 have taken part in the competition. Our finals were played on Thursday and congratulations go to all our finalists, since reaching the final is quite an achievement. In the boys' Year 3 mini tennis red final Aarush T beat James D and in the girls' Year 3 final Elise G-J beat Toke A. In the boys' Year 4 mini tennis orange final Taran B beat Ayomide A and in the Year 4 girls' final Tito beat Nina. In the Year 5 boys' mini tennis green final Sam Y beat Ben B and in the girls' event Olivia L was the winner and Navika S was the runner up. Finally in the yellow ball Year 6 boys' final Shivraj T beat Kiran P and in the girls' final Aria P beat Anneka B.
St Helen's Tennis Legacy
St. Helen's College has a long tradition of producing tennis players going back as far as the 1940's. Old Helenian Mrs. Pamela Swan, who attended St Helen's College from 1942 to 1949, kindly responded to our request in the local Gazette for alumni to get in contact with the school and sent in this picture. Mrs. Swan is in the front row on the far left. Our current pupils were fascinated to see the wooden rackets!
UK Athletics Awards
Many congratulations to the following pupils who have achieved a UK Athletics Triathlon award during our sports day preparations this term. The will receive their UK athletics certificates and badges next term.
Y6 Gold Awards - Sam T and Shivraj T.
Y6 Silver Awards - Aaron R, Balraj D, Charlie B, Milie B, Kiran P and Sumeet M.
Y6 Bronze Awards - Ajai T, Bela B, Kai L, Maegan S, Rex B, Sophie N, Aarian L, Dylan Y, Shayla S, Tanya S and Muntasir H.
Y5 Gold Award - Olivia L.
Y5 Silver Awards - Samuel Y and Lewis F.
Y5 Bronze Awards - Joe B-C, Mia E, Alex J, Anna N, Shaan P, Yasmin P, Tise B, Ethan H-S, Ayaan J and Navika S.
Y4 Silver Awards - Ayobami A.
Y4 Bronze Awards - Shian S, Sophie H,George O-T, Foluwa G, Seun O, Tito O, Miles O-T, Sam K, Sam F and Ayomide A.
Y3 Silver Awards - Toke A
Y3 Bronze Awards - Tiago A, Daniel B, Leo G, Elise G-J, Demi O-D, Tia P, Vy E and Zoe P.
We would like to give our heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful efforts of the PA for a very successful fete despite the downpour. There was the usual atmosphere of family and fun which the PA are so good at engendering. Mrs Plummer-Walrond at the mike was encouraging us all to dance in the rain! Thanks also to the efforts of other parents and teachers who ran stalls, and kept smiling until the end, many clearing up for hours afterwards.
We would also like to thank the PA for a great year, showing commitment to the school and an enormous amount of energy, putting on many events to get parents together and creating bonds of friendship amongst the parents which demonstrates our ethos of everyone working together for excellence - 'excellentiam e concordia' - as our new school motto says! The children also benefit from the very professional Christmas parties put on by the PA. Thanks again and have a well-deserved rest over the summer!
A Note from the PA
As we come to the end of another academic year, the PA would like to wish all the Year 6 children good luck as they set off on their new journeys into secondary school.
We hope you and your children have enjoyed the events we arranged throughout the year. We have had tremendous support through the year from the entire school community so a huge Thank you to all. It is not possible to put on such a number of events without support and attendance at our events.
Please look out for dates next term:
New Parents Welcome Event - 20th September
Quiz night – 11th October
Christmas Parties - 29th November
From the PA to you all – we hope you have a pleasant and relaxing summer break!
As always if you do have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The co-curricular programmes for the Autumn term have now been published to the All School Documents page of this website and are available by following the links below:
Lower School Co-Curricular Programme
Upper School Co-Curricular Programme
Please complete and return your booking forms, with payment, by 31st August. Club allocations will be sent home during the first week of term.
A number of the younger boys will need to have haircuts before returning to school in September. The Parent Handbook specifies the following requirements: Boys’ hair must be cut above the collar and ears and must be neither too short nor too long. No shaved patterning, obvious layering or gelling is allowed. Girls with long hair should ensure that it is fastened with clips or ribbons (white, black or green) to prevent it from falling across the face. Dying or highlighting is not allowed.
Please buy new uniform early in the school holidays, in case items need to be ordered. The supplier is Pullens in Northwood or you can order online at www.uniform4kids.com. Girls should return to school in their summer uniforms. Shirtsleeve order must not be worn next term - back to normal uniform please!
The next newsletter will be posted on 29th August, the Friday before term begins.
Our grateful thanks to the huge number of parents who have helped this year, through the Parents' Association and Parents' Forum, or with costume making, backstage supervision, assisting with trips, hearing reading in class, or in any other way. Your support, energy and expertise are highly valued!
We wish you and your families a relaxing and enjoyable summer. To those families who are leaving St. Helen's, we offer you every good wish for the future, and encourage you to keep in touch. As for the rest - we look forward enormously to welcoming you back to the school in September!
Many thanks to those parents who have already returned their questionnaires. If you have not yet returned them, please do so as soon as possible. It is very important to us to hear parents' thoughts about what the school is doing well and what can be improved. You may send the questionnaires in to either the Upper or Lower School office, or ask your child to hand them to their form teacher. Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your experiences with us.
The children in Year 6 performed very well indeed in their various entrance tests, and we are delighted now to publish their results.
All but one of the children who applied for independent schools have been offered places, in many cases at more than one school, and the vast majority at their first choice school. Of the 24 who applied to independent schools, one in three (8 children) have been offered, between them, a total of 10 Scholarships (9 last year). This is a fantastic result - our best Scholarship results ever - and particularly pleasing given that a number of our most able children did not sit for independent schools this year.
So, many congratulations to Aarian L (Sports Scholarship at The John Lyon School), Adeen (Academic Scholarships at The Abbey, Reading, St. Joseph's, Reading and Northwood College), Anneka (Academic Scholarship at Notting Hill and Ealing High), Aria (Academic Scholarship at Lady Eleanor Holles School), Kareena (Drama Scholarship at St. Helen's, Northwood), Rex (Academic Scholarship at The John Lyon School), Rhys (Music Scholarship at the Purcell School) and Sahar (Academic Scholarship at St. Mary's, Gerrards Cross).
The children who sat for Grammar School have also done exceptionally well. 82% (27 out of 33) of the children who sat them passed the Grammar School tests (77% last year). This is a fantastic result which compares very favourably indeed with the overall average Grammar School pass rate of 30% for all schools.
Many congratulations to all of Year 6, who have managed to combine academic brilliance with a huge commitment to sporting, musical, dramatic and aesthetic activities in and out of school, and have been great role models for the younger pupils all year.
As usual, the children will be moving on to a range of excellent senior schools, as listed below. The number of pupils transferring to each school is shown in brackets.
Northwood College (2)
Purcell School (1)
The Abbey School, Reading (1)
St. Benedict's School (1)
St. Mary's, Gerrard's Cross (1)
The John Lyon School (4)
Thorpe House School (1)
Beaconsfield High School (5)
Chesham Grammar School (1)
Dr. Challoner's Grammar School (2)
Dr. Challoner's High School (3)
Henrietta Barnet School (1)
John Hampden School (1)
Langley Grammar School (1)
Queen Elizabeth School for Boys (1)
Royal Grammar School (6)
Tiffin School for Girls (1)
Upton Court Grammar School (1)
Watford Grammar for Boys (1)
Brentford School for Girls (1)
Khalsa Secondary Academy (1)
Swakeleys School (1)
Vyners School (2)