6L did a wonderful assembly about life in Victorian times. It was like going into a Victorian classroom when I later took visitors around and the children were working normally but wearing their Victorian costumes! The assembly consisted of solo singing, group singing and acting out scenes from the past. The children acted confidently and sang beautifully. It will have been a great learning experience for the younger children as well as very entertaining. Well done 6L!
The nursery children really enjoyed singing a selection of harvest songs for their parents. They sang energetically with beaming faces and loved their first experience of performing to a large audience.
The Reception and Year 1 children each gave us in their separate harvest assemblies a selection of songs and information about harvests and why we celebrate. Both year groups spoke individually in good clear voices and confidently told us their harvest facts. The infant choir, numbering over 60, sang a couple of songs between the two assemblies, and made a great sound with their enthusiastic singing and entertained us with their actions!
Cross Country Medals and Qualification
Some of our pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6 took part in the District cross country championships this week. With over 80 boys and 80 girls running over a 2km course the results St. Helen's achieved were excellent. In the girls' event, Elsie G-J finished 9th, Abigail Y finished 12th, Tito O finished 20th, Tia P finished 23rd, Sherifa G finished 31st, Ryeesa S finished 33rd, Zara S-P finished 40th and Lily F (DNF). These finishing positions contributed to our girls' team coming 3rd place and gaining bronze medals for their efforts. In the boys' event, Sam F finished 3rd, Timi O from Y4 had an outstanding run against much older boys to finish in 5th place, closely followed by Sammy K in 10th and Dhiren W in 11th, Tiago A came in 15th, James K in 31st and Deepraj in 36th place. The boys' team ran very well and their finishing positions gained the team 2nd place overall to gain silver medals, only 1 point behind the team winners Oak Farm in a very close competition. Both teams have now qualified for the Borough cross country championships to be held after half term.
Y4/5 Netball Success
Our Y4/5 netball team took on St. Mary's, Gerrards Cross this week in a friendly hi five match. Our team were able to put into action many of the skills and patterns of play they have be practising in lessons this half term to produce a solid performance against formidable opponents. During the first half it was very close with only a few goals scored, but St. Helen's led 2 - 1 at half time. During the 3rd quarter some excellent shooting from Elsie G-J, scoring 3 goals, ensured St. Helen's went on to win the match 5 - 1. The St. Helen's player of the match, awarded by the St. Mary's team, was Zoe P and the St. Mary's player of the match, awarded by the St. Helen's team, was Ellie; both players received certificates. Well done to all our players: Riya K, Ryeesa K, Zara S-P, Ruby C, Genevieve L, Zoe P, Elsie G - J and Sharvari J.
Y4 Football Team Triumph
Many congratulations to our Y4 football team who took on St. Andrew's in a friendly match this week and triumphed, winning 10 - 0! The team, with goals scored, was as follows: Joseph F, Max E, Lincoln B, Amrit R (3), Ryeesa S, Jai S (3), Timi O (1, Captain), Jed H (2), Daniel C and Arusan U-H (1). Very well done to all of those involved.
Netball and Football League Update
Our netball and football teams have made a good start to the School Games league competitions this term. The netball team played Cowley St Laurence first, winning 15 - 0 and this week played Oak Farm and won 8 - 1. The team is currently top of the league table. The football team have played two league games so far, losing the first very unluckily 3-2 and winning the second convincingly 3-0. We also won our first round game in the cup competition, beating Cherry Lane 1-0. It has been a good start to the season with the team playing some fast-paced, high tempo football.
Children in Need
During the second half of term, our chosen charity will be Children in Need. When you return to school in November, we will be selling Children in Need merchandise at both the Lower and Upper School offices. Please therefore encourage your children to wait and buy Children in Need products from school, if they should see them for sale in shops before then!
Well done to Nina and Alice, who ran a raffle in aid of the Alexander Jansons Foundation this week. They have raised a fantastic total of £208.10 for the charity. Raffle winners were drawn in assembly today and awarded their prizes.
Our Science Week, themed around Space, will take place the week beginning Monday 9th November. We have several exciting initiatives and events for this week and would like to encourage all children to take part, immersing themselves in the study of Space for the week.
There will be three competitions running in advance of the week and children might like to use some time over half term to begin preparing their entries. Entry to all competitions is voluntary; all three are open to children from Nursery to Year 6 and your child may enter as many as they like (but limited to one entry per child per competition please).
1. Write a poem about Space. Poems could be about planets, about exploration, spaceships, satellites, or any other space-related topic.
2. Design a space rocket. Pupils may use any materials and rockets may be any size - as long as they can transported to school easily!
3. Inventions challenge: to design either a piece of exercise equipment or any other invention that might be useful in the International Space Station.
On Launch Day, Monday 9th November, please send your child to school dressed as something to do with science or Space. Astronauts, aliens and space explorers will be welcomed alongside astronomers, physicists, famous scientists, test tubes...let your imagination run wild! Entries for all three competitions must be handed in by Monday 9th November and these will be displayed in the science lab.
During the week, children will enjoy special lessons and workshops about Space. There will be an evening talk for Year 3-6 pupils and their parents, details of which were sent out to families recently. After school on Tuesday 10th November, parents are welcome to join us for our rocket launching at Upper School from 4 p.m.
We look forward to exploring Space together!
It is that time of year when we invite staff and parents to make up a staff/parent choir to sing a Christmas item at our Carol Concert on the last morning of term. We will be rehearsing from 8.00 - 8.25 on Wednesday mornings in the Evans Hall (much to the interest of the Breakfast Club!)
We do hope you can join us - dads are particularly welcome as we are low on basses and tenors! Thanks.
Half term will be a good opportunity for parents to check that their children have all of the uniform items needed to keep the winter weather at bay. Children will need a green coat, and St. Helen's College scarves and green gloves are recommended.
For PE lessons, children should wear their tracksuit and fleece, with St. Helen's College woolly hat and gloves when necessary.
Please note that girls return to school after half term in the winter tunics and hats.
Our entry process for next year's Nursery has now begun. If any current parents have a child who will be eligible for entry to our Nursery in September 2016 (any child born between 01.09.12 and 31.08.13), please do remember to register him or her as soon as possible if you have not already done so. Likewise, if you have family or friends who have children in this age bracket, please let them know that they should register now to be considered for the 2016 Nursery intake. The same applies for any child who would be eligible for Reception entry next September (any child born between 01.09.11 and 31.08.12).
Week 8/9 - Half Term (Holiday Club running)
Tue 03 Nov
Y2 trip to Chiltern Open Air Museum
Wed 04 Nov
16:00 League football match
Thu 05 Nov
Y6 trip to Denham Country Park
08:15 Coffee for 1H parents & staff
15:00 Borough cross country finals
Sat 07 Nov
09:00 Y5/6 Packham Cup football tournament
Upper School Harvest Festival
The Year 5 children did some wonderful mini-musicals on the Little Red Hen and the Enormous Turnip for our Harvest Assembly at Upper School. The children acted enthusiastically and sang some lovely catchy tunes. They have taken these plays this morning to the Lower School to entertain them in their assembly.
The Middle and Upper School choirs also sang some songs beautifully that were part of the Year 5 plays and then sang some further songs to finish. The food donated by the parents has been distributed by St. Edmunds' Church.
2F did a beautiful summary of our half term theme - New Beginnings. They acted out a story and then told us why we were looking at particular values this half term. They spoke confidently and clearly in what was their first assembly at Upper School.
Well done to Year 6, who held a charity cake sale today in aid of the Alexander Jansons Foundation and raised over £300! They brought in a wonderful variety of cakes to sell, and ran their stall with confidence and good humour. Many thanks to the Year 6 parents who helped with cake donations and to all of the parents who sent their children in with money to buy cakes.
Next week, Nina and Alice will be holding a charity raffle in aid of the Alexander Jansons Foundation. Tickets will be £1.50 per strip and there are some great prizes, so please do encourage your children to buy tickets!