The Year 5 children have been studying the Tudors in History and Shakespeare in Drama so 5W thought it would be the ideal opportunity to combine both topics for their class assembly today. The children presented facts about Shakespeare's life and performed an informative (and catchy) song. They then delivered a modern day version of Romeo and Juliet.
Sunshine Nursery performed a lovely assembly this week all about books, to tie in with World Book Day. Each child came dressed as their favourite book character and introduced their character to the audience. The children said poems in their groups and sang some lovely songs. Very well done to our Nursery children; your assembly was fantastic!
Rainbow Nursery and 4A performed class assemblies this week, watched by parents, staff and other pupils.
Rainbow's assembly was all about the cold and the children looked lovely in their costumes! They did very well to remember their words and to recite the poem and sing the song so confidently. They shared a lot of information with the audience about what makes the weather cold and how the cold affects our lives. The bear enjoyed hibernating in his nice warm cave so much that he didn't want to come out at at the end!
4A's assembly was entitled 'Recipe Of Life' and was linked to Pancake Day. The children taught us all about Shrove Tuesday and the beginning of Lent, as a way of encouraging us to consider the ingredients of own lives, such as kindness, perserverance, patience and thoughtfulness. The children delivered their lines confidently and even demonstrated how to make pancakes - some of the children even had a go at tossing pancakes while singing! We hope that you will all enjoy making pancakes on Tuesday and that the children will remember the ingredients for a happy life!
We were also treated to some performances from musicians in Thursday's music assembly. Ayomide is working towards his Grade 1 on the trumpet and played 'One Hand, One Heart' from Leonard Bernstein's well known musical, West Side Story. Libby is working towards her Grade 2 and played the piano. Aajaibir played one of his Grade 3 pieces, Allegretto, and Rachel sang confidently a song from My Fair Lady, 'Wouldn't it be Luverly'. Well done to all those involved.
To celebrate World Book Day the children are asked to come dressed as their favourite book character on Monday 3rd March. Please help your child to focus on a book character rather than a film character and ensure that they know which book their character comes from! You may like to read the book together with your child and talk about their chosen character over the weekend so that they are well prepared for Monday. Many thanks for your support. We hope there will be lots of imaginative costumes!
Valentine's Day Assemblies
We were treated to two super Valentine's Day assemblies this week, by R1 and 2C. We hope you will enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed seeing the children perform.
General Knowledge Quiz
On Monday 10th February children from Years 3 - 6 had the exciting opportunity to show off their vast general knowledge and partake in the General Knowledge Quiz Championship at Northwood Preparatory School. The children had been studying various topics in their weekly General Knowledge Club session and were excited to put their new found knowledge into action. There were 12 teams and St. Helen's College worked extremely well, with the A team finishing in a very respectable 4th and the B team in a close 12th. The questions challenged the children on a variety of subjects including space expeditions, composers, mathematical equations and historical facts. We are extremely proud of both teams and hope to return next year to challenge Northwood Prep for the title!
Our Year 6 pupils took part in the District Handball Tournament held at Swakeleys School on Saturday. In the noisy and excited atmosphere of the indoor sports hall, watching parents cheered on the teams as they competed in some fast moving matches. Both our teams played well and made improvements to their play as the morning progressed and they got used to the pace of the games, and Miss Walker and Mr. Bustard were very impressed with how hard everyone worked. Our A team managed to progress through to the quarter finals where they met a strong Hillingdon team and they narrowly lost. Well done to everyone who took part: Sumeet, Kiran, Aarian, Dylan, Rex, Ajay, Muntasir, Shivraj, Kareena, Sahar, Aria, Maegan, Anneka and Shayla.
This week our Year 4, 5 and 6 hockey players took part in a two team round robin hockey match against Whitehall School. This was the first opportunity for some of the younger players to play hockey competitively. The St. Helen's College teams won all of the matches quite comfortably and all of the players seemed to thoroughly enjoy the afternoon. Congratulations and well played to all those pupils who took part.
Individual pupil photographs will be taken by Tempest on Monday 24th February (Lower School) and Tuesday 25th February (Upper School). Please ensure that your child comes to school on this day dressed in full school uniform. If your child usually has PE on a Monday (Lower School) or Tuesday (Upper School), they should wear full school uniform and bring their PE kit to school to change into before their PE lesson.
All children will be photographed individually during the school day. In addition, parents with two or more siblings currently at the school will have the opportunity to have photographs taken of their children together. If you would like a sibling photograph, please take your children to either the Lower School Hall on Monday 24th February at 8 a.m. or to the Upper School Hall on Tuesday 25th February at 8 a.m. Please note that it remains your responsibility to drop your child to the correct site for registration at 8.30 a.m. after their sibling photograph has been taken.
Mon 24 Feb
08:00-08:30 Sibling photographs at Lower School
08:30-10:30 Individual pupil photographs at Lower School
Tue 25 Feb
08:00-08:30 Sibling photographs at Upper School
08:30-10:30 Individual pupil photographs at Upper School
20:00-21:00 PA meeting at 227 Long Lane
Wed 26 Feb
16:00-17:00 Football v. Cowley St. Lawrence (H)
Thu 27 Feb
08:15-09:15 N2 coffee for parents followed by class assembly
16:30-17:30 Netball v. Northwood College (H)
Fri 28 Feb
08:15-09:15 4A coffee for parents followed by class assembly
13:30-15:50 Y6 trip to Battle of Britain bunker
16:00-17:00 District tag rugby tournament at Oak Farm School
Week 9 Half Term - Holiday Club running
CHANGE OF DATE - Please note that Dressing Up Day for World Book Day will now take place on Monday 3rd March
Our newly appointed team of Year 5 Junior Road Safety Officers attended an Awards Ceremony and workshops held at The Beck Theatre this week along with other JRSOs from primary schools from across the borough. The event, organised by Hillingdon's Road Safety Team and supported by the local police service, gave our JRSOs the opportunity to learn more about how to promote road safety at school to fellow pupils, staff and parents.
Our JRSOs were encouraged to work collaboratively with pupils from other schools to share ideas. Dayna and Mia worked with pupils from Breakspear School in the balloon workshop to create a bicycle and it was so good they won a prize! Akash and Kiana worked with pupils from William Byrd School to construct a large scale pedestrian bridge; they were awarded a prize too! Charlotte and Arjun were excellent team leaders in the drama and games workshop where they learnt new games to play with younger pupils to promote the messages of road safety.
In the afternoon our team of JRSOs took part in an interactive school team road safety quiz for all the twenty schools taking part. The results were displayed on the Beck Theatre stage after each question so that we could see our team's progress as they moved ahead of Northwood College, Breakspear, Botwell House, Oak Farm and St Bernadette's. When the final question came our team was in second place. The team consulted, decided what they thought was the right answer and pushed the button to enter it. After a few tense seconds we discovered that St. Helen's College had won the road safety quiz! Our team members were awarded book tokens from the Deputy Mayor who congratulated them on their road safety knowledge. Our JRSOs returned to school with lots of prizes and ideas for their year in office and we look forward to seeing the initiatives they lead in the coming months.
Sat 8 Feb
Y5 transfer parents' meetings with Mr. Crehan
09:30 District handball tournament at Swakeleys School
Sun 9 Feb
Y5 transfer parents' meetings with Mr. Crehan
Mon 10 Feb
15:00 KS2 General Knowledge Quiz at Northwood Prep
16:00 Hockey v. Whitehall at Brunel University
Tue 11 Feb
18:00 N/R/Y1 Parents' Evening
Wed 12 Feb
Y4 trip to Harrow Synagogue (a.m.)
16:00 Football v. Heathrow (A)
Thu 13 Feb
08:15 R1 coffee for parents followed by class assembly
16:00 Netball v. Oak Farm (A)
Fri 14 Feb
08:15 2C coffee for parents followed by class assembly
Week 7 - Half Term
World Book Day
To celebrate World Book Day the children are asked to come dressed as their favourite book character on Tuesday 4th March. Please help your child to focus on a book character rather than a film character and ensure that they know which book their character comes from! You may like to read the book together with your child and talk about their chosen character over the next month so that they are well prepared for the day itself. Many thanks for your support. We hope there will be lots of imaginative costumes!
We have been treated to some super class assemblies this week at school. 3T presented an assembly themed around Maths and problem solving; 1S prepared a colourful assembly all about Chinese New Year and 4T's assembly about India included some excellent dancing. We hope you will enjoy these photos of the children performing to their parents, other pupils and staff!
Maths and Finance Focus Week
The children have thrown themselves wholeheartedly into the maths week activities. They have been taught maths through problem solving all week and we have been really impressed with their strategies and determination to reach the answers. Lower School enjoyed a day of 'Magical Maths' and had shows and workshops which left all the children (and staff) amazed! Upper School had an informative session on finances and learnt how to get the most out of their savings. A big thank you to all of the children who have submitted entries to the 3D shape competition; the results will be announced during assembly next week. We hope this week has proved to your children that maths really is fun and that their enthusiasm for maths continues throughout the year.
Some of our Year 5 and 6 girls took part in a friendly swimming fixture with Northwood College this week. All of our girls tried very hard in each race and although the Northwood girls had home advantage our girls really swam well. Our Year 5 girls (Libby, Mia, Abigail, Emma, Yasmin, Charlotte H, Dayna and Olivia) managed to tie the fixture with the Northwood College Year 5 girls, but our Year 6 girls (Aria, Millie, Anneka, Tanya, Maegan, Adeen and Karishma) narrowly lost to the Northwood College Year 6 team. Well done to all team members!
Write On! Short Story Competition
We would like to encourage pupils to enter the BBC Radio 2 'Write On!' competition. This competition is open to all children aged 13 and under. There are two age categories: Under 9 and 10 to 13. Entrants should write a short story in 500 words or fewer and submit it directly to BBC Radio 2 by the closing date of 7 p.m. on Wednesday 26th February. Full details about the competition, including information about how to submit entries, can be found here. We hope that many pupils will participate and we wish all entrants the very best of luck!
Read For My School - E-readers
The Read For My School competition, announced earlier this term, runs until the end of March. Children who have a simple e-reader such as a Kobo, Kindle or Nook may bring them to school for the duration of the competition for the express purpose of reading their books.
Only simple e-readers of 7 inches or smaller may be brought to school. The device may not be used to access the internet and it should not have 3G or 4G communications capabilities. It should preferably not have a web browser and we will, in any event, not allow access to the school wireless network. Please note that the school cannot take responsibility for the safekeeping of the devices and expensive, fully functional tablets such as iPads are not allowed.