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.
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.
Last week, Year 4 spent three days in the idyllic surroundings of Flatford Mill, a field studies centre in Suffolk famous for its ownership by the family of the landscape painter John Constable. The children enjoyed a very full programme of outdoor learning, which saw them interviewing villagers, trapping and weighing small mammals, catching, identifying and sketching fresh water and land invertebrates, building shelters, studying and sketching scenes painted by John Constable, and even making their own beds and packed lunches! Dozens of photo's and three videos were posted on the Year 4 website blog while the children were away, but we thought that other parents might like to have a taste of Flatford life, so here is a selection of photographs for you to savour.
We are delighted to report that the Chamber Choir have been selected to perform at the Barbican on 4th March at the finals of the prestigious Barnado's Choir Competition. The competition judges heard the Chamber Choir sing when Mrs. Crehan submitted a recording of them performing. The St. Helen's College Chamber Choir reached the finals two years ago, but since then the competition has grown significantly and to progress to the live performance stage this year, against such quantity and quality of competitors, is a tremendous achievement. Further details will be sent to parents of Chamber Choir members in due course and everybody will be welcome to buy tickets to attend the concert in the evening.
Year 5 and 6 took part in a Wednesday games afternoon with a difference this week when they went Ice skating to Absolutely Ice in Slough.
For some it was the first time they had ever been ice skating and lacing the ice skates was the first challenge but help was on hand with the many parents who kindly volunteered to come along on the trip. Once on the ice all our pupils were able to improve their skating skills. Some were even brave enough to venture away from the edge and after some practice were whizzing around! Who knows we might have the next Torvill and Dean at St Helen's College!
Year 3 had an exciting visit to St. Alban's Cathedral this week as part of our History topic about the Romans.
The children were very enthusiastic when learning about the story of Alban, which was brought to life through acting out the story complete with costumes! Everybody also worked hard to design and make a small mosaic in the art workshop. The children thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities.
We were also very lucky that the weather was so good and we could have a well deserved playtime in the park during our lunch break. In fact the most challenging part of our day was what to choose in the shop as a souvenir!
The staff at the cathedral were very complimentary of the children's behaviour and were incredibly impressed with their knowledge.