Last Friday, 6L introduced the story of St. Helen to us through a wonderful assembly in which they acted out St. Helen's life story and told us all about her achievements and passions. We learnt that she was born in Britain and was the mother of Emperor Constantine. She is said to have discovered the true cross upon which Christ was crucified, and to have worked tirelessly to found Christian churches and to end the persecution of Christians. The values by which she lived - tolerance, love, faith and virtue - are very much a part of the St. Helen's College ethos today.
As we write, celebrations are still going on at school and we have some very special guests with us: former Headmistress Mrs. Evans and some pupils and staff who were a part of the school during her time as Headmistress, from 1970-1987. These ex pupils and staff have been sharing memories of days gone past with our current pupils. We have enjoyed an exhibition of old photographs and other memorabilia which has helped to teach us all about the history of St. Helen's College and how the school has developed.
At Lower School this morning, children paraded wearing the green and white St. Helen's College hats which they had designed specially for today. Then Lower School pupils joined with those from Upper School to create a huge '90' in the Upper School playground. As you can see, this made for a wonderful photograph which we will cherish for years to come. The professional photographer who had been booked to take the photograph let us down at the 11th hour and so Mrs. Crehan, displaying the St. Helen's values of resilience and fortitude in times of challenge, climbed onto the roof of the school herself to take the photo!
We hope that your children have enjoyed themselves today and that this has been the first of many, many more St. Helen's Day celebrations to come.