Mr. and Mrs. Crehan, and the staff at St. Helen's College, wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year!
The children in Nursery put on an impressive Nativity with some spoken lines and many lovely songs. They looked beautiful and exuded confidence and enjoyment!
Year 1 Assembly
The Year 1s spoke as usual with maturity and clarity as they told us of the Christmas Story as well as some facts about Christmas and how it is celebrated. They sang some great Xmas songs.
The Reception children gave a wonderful performance of a dramatic representation of the Nativity 'A Miracle In Town' with script and songs. All the children spoke their lines beautifully, without nervousness and with clear enjoyment, especially the last number where they almost danced off the stage! There were even some lovely sung solos.
Mrs. Hunt did wonders with her massive Infant Choir consisting of over 60 children from Reception and Year 1. They sang three songs, with actions. One of the songs was warning Santa that they had been 'little dears' and that they deserved their presents!
The Musician of the Term trophy was awarded this term to Tito for outstanding effort, commitment, dedication and achievement within the music department.
Tito has always worked conscientiously and demonstrated enormous enthusiasm over several years in all aspects of music at St Helen’s College. She has a sound musical knowledge and applies and shares creative ideas successfully in class work. She always practises the recorder for fluency, is a member of the orchestra and has been learning the violin over several years, recently taking her grade 3. She sings in senior and chamber choir, and has performed in school assemblies and concerts, including singing in the Barndo's final at the Royal Festival Hall.
Tito has regularly entered the singing and talent competitions and has been highly successful. She regularly sings at Sweetcroft Care Home, bringing great joy to the residents there. Tito is now working towards her Grade 6 examination in singing.
A tremendous well done to Tito!
Sports Personality of the Term
Many congratulations to Timi O in Y4 who has been announced as this term's Sports Personality of Term. Timi has shown a great deal of maturity working in senior teams this term, joining the Y5/6 football team to become one of our leading goal scorers and demonstrating the skills that have seen him become part of the Wycombe Wanderers Football Academy this year. Timi was also a member of the cross country team this term, finishing in 5th place in the District cross country, where he ran against athletes much older than him, and helping the team to secure silver medals. Timi particularly impressed the sports captains with his approach to sport in lessons, clubs and teams as he always tries his best and has made a significant contribution. Well done Timi!
Our Y5 and 6 netball team took part in a friendly netball match this week against St. Mary's, Gerrards Cross. The team struggled at first adjusting to playing on an indoor court but soon regained their rhythm and maintained possession of the ball to ensure they won the match 6 - 2. Sophie H was awarded the player of the match award by the St. Mary's team. Well done to all of the girls who played: Georgia E, Chloe N, Sophie H, Tito O, Rumanique D, Shian S, Helina A, Zoe P and Emily N.
Following work in class this term investigating the plight of people around the world who do not have access to clean water, the children in Year 5 have been busy looking down the backs of sofas, in car wells and elsewhere to collect pennies in water bottles to raise money for the charity WaterAid. Well done to everyone who got involved - you have managed to raise £274.57. This will be sent to WaterAid to help communities get better access to clean water by providing them with a village water pump.
Next term some Upper School children will be taking part in a mosaic project using recycled materials.
If you have any of the following items that you no longer require, could you please bring them to the art studio after the holidays. They do not have to be perfect as they will be made into mosaic pieces: ceramic tiles, ceramics such as mugs, plates etc. costume jewellery, buttons, beads, smooth stones, marbles etc.
An Out Of This World Christmas - A Pupil Review
It was the 3rd of December and St. Helen’s College were in for another spectacular Christmas production. This year it was definitely out of this world!
As the audience sat waiting to be enthralled they heard the sound that indicated that another impressive Christmas show was about to commence.
The story was extremely original and was clearly based on the recent Science Week we had at school with the topic of Space. Devastatingly, a crew of astronauts had crash landed on an unknown planet. They met some rather friendly aliens, who unfortunately would not be able to fix their rocket. This was heartbreaking as Christmas was only two weeks away and this would mean not only that they would miss Christmas but they would end up living on a planet far, far away from home!
Fortuitously, the aliens had a space craft available; however, their one request was that they go too as then they would be able to experience a Christmas celebration.
There was fabulous dancing, acting and singing from both year groups; as a result, it was a wondrous performance. The hard work put in by both staff, pupil and parents was clear to all.
This was definitely a memorable performance.
Congratulations and well done everyone!
(Review by Sreeya 6S)
Chamber Choir Visit To Denham Garden Village
Last week, the Chamber Choir sang at Denham Garden Village to entertain the residents for their Christmas Party yesterday. Because we didn't have enough choral music to fill a 45 minute slot the children prepared their own song and often dance routines using Christmas songs and they were wonderful. The residents really enjoyed it.
Musical Theatre Assemblies
The Middle and Upper School children showed us what they have been doing in Musical Theatre during our assembly this morning. The Middle School children sang a song from the Lion King and Annie. They gave a strong performance and have clearly enjoyed learning the song and dance routines. The Upper school children sang a lively song from Shrek, originally by the 60s band, the Monkeys, involving jumping onto and off of chairs while singing and acting. This was very much enjoyed by their audience and was clearly great fun to perform!