The new issue of St. Helen's College Voice has been sent home with your children. A digital copy has been posted to the All School Documents page of the website.
Our pupils took part in the School Games Borough sports hall athletics competition this week at Barnhill Community High School. Eighteen St. Helen's College pupils from Years 4,5 and 6 took part in the competition, in which they took part in running, jumping and throwing events to score points for the team.
The team did very well indeed, especially our Y4 team members who were often competing against Y5 and 6 pupils from other schools. When all of the scores were added up, St. Helen's College had come 2nd overall. Congratulations to everyone who took part. Team members were: Tiago A, Leo G, Christian K, Daniel B, Lincoln B, Timi O, Kai P, Ethan V B, Max E, Elsie G-J, Tia P, Zoe P, Abigail Y, Zoe K, Grace R, Hebe E, Jada P and Zara S-P.
Mr. & Mrs. Crehan, Mrs. Drummond
and all of the staff at St. Helen's College
wish you and your families
a joyful, peaceful Christmas
and a healthy, happy and prosperous
We will be making offers of places for entry to Ducklings Kindergarten in September 2017 when we return to school in January. If you have a son or daughter who would be eligible for entry (children born between 01.09.14 and 31.08.15) then please register him or her now so that you may be offered a place. The registration form is available online here.
Christmas Lights & Carols
Thank you to all of the parents, pupils and staff who joined us for our Christmas Lights & Carols around the tree at Upper School last Friday. It was most enjoyable to share some songs and some mince pies and really got us all in the festive mood! We hope that this will now become an annual event.
Fantastic Parents' Association Christmas Parties
Huge thanks to the PA for the fantastic Christmas parties which they hosted for children on Saturday. The children all had a great time! A lot of work goes into these events behind the scenes and we are very grateful to the PA committee and all of their helpers for their time and commitment.
Note from the PA:
With 3 parties over the duration of the day the children of St. Helen's College really did party - with a tree, entertainment, food and of course Santa and his team of helpers made it a party to remember. We sincerely hope that the children had a memorable and enjoyable time.
As part of the on-going review of PA events we would like to request you to complete our 30 second survey (please select the link below) which will enable the PA to continue to improve its events and ensure that everyone has an opportunity to add their voice to future PA events.
Link to Survey: Select to take the Survey
Before we sign off we would like to inform parents that pictures of the children with Santa will be sent to the children after the Christmas break - so something to look forward to for the children.
Finally, the PA would like to thank parents, teachers, helpers and its members not only for the support on the day but the continued support that you all provide, enabling the PA to put on events and put a smile on the faces of our children. Please also at this time of the year spare a thought for those less fortunate and we wish you all a happy festive period and a wonderful 2017.
and its members not only for the support on the day but the continued support that you all provide, enabling the PA to put on events and put a smile on the faces of our children. Please also at this time of the year spare a thought for those less fortunate and we wish you all a happy festive period and a wonderful 2017.
Lower School Christmas Assemblies & Nativity
How magical it has been this week to see our youngest children performing their Christmas assemblies and nativity to parents at Lower School. Children in the Nursery, Reception and Year 1 all spoke their words with meaning and clarity and there were very few dry eyes in the house on each occasion! The Infant Choir performed twice, both times showcasing their enthusiasm and musical talent. Well done to all those involved! We hope that you enjoyed watching your children perform and that you enjoy these photographs too.
On Wednesday, children in Years 2 to 6 visited the Theatre Royal, Windsor to enjoy a super production of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. It was great fun for everyone and we are sure that all those attending had a wonderful time! Some of the St. Helen's College children even made it onto the stage and some were delighted to meet one of the stars of the show in the foyer afterwards!
The Lower School enjoyed a visiting Pantomime Show from Pyramid Pantomimes. Children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 watched 'Peter Pan' and had a Christmas party day. They even had a visit from Santa who brought every child a gift! No doubt they will remember it for many years to come!
The whole school enjoyed a Christmas lunch with all the trimmings on Thursday. Very many thanks to Soula and her team for a wonderful lunch. Our beautiful Christmas trees and decorations, along with some Christmas music, made it a very festive occasion indeed!
We were delighted to see so many parents and friends at our Upper School Carol Service at All Saints Church this morning. As ever, it was a beautiful service and those pupils who gave readings did so with poise and great projection. It was fun for the staff/parent choir to perform too - well done to Mrs. Phillips for organising us all and thank you to Mrs. Allery for accompanying us!
Lucy Crehan's book, 'Cleverlands', has been causing quite a stir in the educational community this week. Many of you will know Lucy, who was once a Year 5 teacher here and who is Mr. and Mrs. Crehan's eldest daughter.
As a specialist in international education who spent two years visiting, working in and analysing the world’s top performing education systems, Lucy was ideally suited to comment on this week’s publication of the triennial PISA international educational comparisons.
Her book launch at Policy Exchange was very well attended by educational policymakers and this week she has given half a dozen or so national and regional radio interviews, including Today with Nick Robinson on Monday. She has also toured the TV studios and was interviewed on both the BBC News and Newsnight on Monday. She had an article published (online) in Tuesday’s Telegraph and will have interviews published this weekend in both tomorrow’s Times and The Sunday Times.
The book itself has sold very well indeed. Amazon has sold out and ordered a reprint. Although written for the interested layman in a part-travelogue style, her book includes high-level analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the countries which she visited, and distils five keys factors which appear to be essential for educational excellence at a national level.
Well done Lucy! We are very proud of you.
We are delighted to report that our Year 6 children have performed very well indeed in the recent 11+ exams. 31 of our 39 Year 6 children took one or more 11+ tests and 26 children passed at least one of them. This makes the school's 11+ pass rate 84%, compared with a national average of 30%.
86% of children passed the Slough Consortium tests
83% of children passed the Buckinghamshire 11+ tests
Huge congratulations to our Year 6 children, who continue to combine their academic efforts with a great variety of co-curricular activities and interests. Many of these children are also currently preparing for 11+ entrance exams to independent schools. We wish them all good luck with their forthcoming independent school exams and interviews.
What a fabulous Christmas show we watched last night, when our Year 3 and 4 children performed 'Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!' at the Winston Churchill Hall in Ruislip. Without exception, the pupils who performed did so confidently and enthusiastically and their stage presence was quite something to behold! The play told us the story of some children who were more concerned with what they would receive than with the true meaning of Christmas. Happily, as the play progressed, the characters were shown the real meaning of 'giving' at Christmas and gained an understanding of those less fortunate than themselves. Well done, Year 3 and Year 4!
Once again, it has been a fabulous term packed with activities and the children have greatly enjoyed taking part in the wide variety of co-curricular clubs on offer. Co-curricular sessions have now finished, apart from the following two Upper School clubs, which will be running during the last week of term:
Monday 5/12 Year 1 Multisports (lunchtime)
Mon 5/12 Reception (lunchtime) & Year 1 (after school) Spanish
Monday 5/12 Y5/6 Drama
Tuesday 6/12 Year 1 (after school) Dance Club.
Wednesday 7/12 Y4 Drama
Any other missed sessions for other clubs will be refunded to parents on next term's fee statement.
There are still spaces in some co-curricular clubs for the Spring Term 2017. Please contact Mrs. Rooney (Lower School) or Miss Lang (Upper School) if you would like to enquire about spaces.