Prizegiving tonight, at the Winston Churchill Hall, will begin at 7 p.m. Please note that this is a ticket only event and that all tickets have been allocated. Unfortunately it will not be possible, therefore, to admit anybody who arrives without a ticket.
Last Friday nine pupils in Years 3- 5 went to University College School in Hampstead for the national semi final of the Eurotalk Junior Language Challenge.
As top scorers from the first round, where they learned German, they had three months to master the basics of Greek. Playing live against some fifteen other semi-finalists from the South of England our pupils acquitted themselves very well indeed with some most impressive scores. Well done to Dayna, James L, Sam F, Sharvari, Suraj, Shreeya, Dhiren Shwan and Ibrahim.
Emily, winner of the Drama Week Scriptwriting Competition 2012, brought her writing to life when she enlisted her classmates to star in her very own film inspired by Prizegiving. Please view her wonderful short film, acted by pupils and filmed, edited and produced at school by pupils, assisted by Mrs. Savage.
The Lower School classes will have their Harvest Assemblies on Monday 14th October at 8:45 a.m. (Nursery), 9:15 a.m. (Reception), and 9:45 a.m. (Y1). We expect the Infant Choir to perform on this occasion between the Reception and Year 1 assemblies.
Children should each bring a donation of food, which will be given to the organisation ‘Hillingdon Foodbank’ which cares for underprivileged and homeless people in Hillingdon. If you are able to come along, you will be most welcome. Lower School parents are invited to wait in the Methodist Hall after 8.30 a.m. Coffee will be served until 9:30 a.m; we are limited to this time as the hall is then booked by others so you are welcome to then take your coffee into the playground while waiting for the Year 1 assembly.
The Upper School (Years 2-6) Harvest Festival will take place at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday 8th October, at All Saints Church. Again, all pupils should bring a donation of food, and parents will be most welcome.
We would like to remind parents that Holding Area is an area in which siblings may wait, supervised by staff, until the end of the school day while their older sibling is still in lessons. Holding Area may not be used for childcare while a sibling is attending a co-curricular activity. If you have one child attending an after school club and their sibling needs to remain on site, the sibling must be booked into Funtasia.
Data collection forms were sent out to all parents recently. Please check these and return them to the school office with any amendments clearly marked as soon as possible.
Attain is the magazine of the Independent Association of Prep School (IAPS), the independent schools association to which St. Helen's belongs. The autumn edition includes a wide range of articles which might be of interest to parents, and can be viewed here:
Our next fun and exciting Quiz Night will be on Saturday 12th October 7pm onwards at Upper School Hall. Get your teams ready for a fun evening. Look out for posters in the school (also here) and tickets via your children’s book bags.
Wed 2 Oct
16:00 Football v. Laurel Lane (H)
Thu 3 Oct
08:15 R2 coffee for parents and staff
Mon 7 Oct
16:00 U11 girls' hockey v. St. Benedict's School at Brunel
Tue 8 Oct
09:15 Upper School Harvest Festival at All Saints' Church
Wed 9 Oct
13:30 Y1 visit to Eyewise Opticians
16:00 Football v. Highfield School (A)
16:00 Neball v. Oak Farm School (A)
18:00-21:00 Nursery - Year 6 parents' evenings
Thu 10 Oct
Costume day for History Week
15:45 Netball festival at St. Mary's School
Fri 11 Oct
Y3 to St. Alban's Cathedral
08:15 6L coffee for parents and staff followed by class assembly
Parents' evenings for all classes from Nursery to Year 6 will take place on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 17th October. We are now using an online booking system which you can access here after 6pm today (Friday). Please follow the instructions to book appointments with your child's teachers. A full booking guide is available here.
History themed days will be taking place from Thursday 10th to Tuesday 15th October. The main themes will be archaeology and prehistoric times, giving the children the opportunity to explore aspects of History not often covered in school. There are some exciting workshops planned for the children with a visitor from ‘Portals to the Past’ who will take them back in time in a ‘Meet the dinosaurs’ session for children in Reception – Year 2 and a ‘Prehistoric World’ session for children in Years 3-6.
An early warning - we will be encouraging the children (and staff!) to dress up on Thursday 10th October as a fun start to the week. This could be linked to our theme with an Indiana Jones style costume for those budding archaeologists; an early man or dinosaur related costume; or they could wear a costume from a particular period of history, or dress as a famous historical figure. We hope that the children have an enjoyable and informative few days!