Weekly News - Friday 22nd April 2022Posted on: 22/04/2022
Today is 'Earth Day', a day during which we are all encouraged to celebrate our Earth and explore how we can look after our Earth. Children have thought about this at school today and we hope that you will encourage them to keep exploring at home.
You can find out more about Earth Day by following these links:
To celebrate Earth Day, our Nursery children children planted beans which they had grown from the bean.
They have also each created their own 'handprint' earth and made a pledge of something they are going to do to help look after Earth.
Plastic Free Schools - Objective Met!
We are pleased to announce that, in our quest to become a Plastic Free School, St. Helen's College has now successfully completed Objective 2: TRASH MOB!
Picking up plastic pollution from playgrounds, parks and streets stops it from getting into rivers and eventually into our oceans. With 12 million tonnes of plastic entering oceans each year, it is great that our Trash Mob has prevented even more from getting there.
We will now move onto Objective 3, which is Challenging the Government. Pupils will write and send letters to the local politician outlining their campaign, their findings in the school and asking the politician for help to tackle the issue.
Red Nose Day Fundraising
The final total raised by the St. Helen's College community in support of Comic Relief/Red Nose Day was a fantastic £1196.02! Thank you to everyone who supported the fundraising effort for this very worthy cause.
Our pupil Charity Reps were excellent in their work driving this initiative. They worked hard on making an exciting sports quiz for everyone and selling wristbands. A special well done to:
Year 2 - Shayna, Aakash, Shaylen, Avleen
Year 3 - Amelia, Isaac, Reet, Mufaddal
Year 4 - Roha, Arjun, Jeena, Nya
Year 5 - Matthew, Dylan, Albert, Anaiya
Year 6 - Ryan, Sahib, Avaani, Diyan
Year 4 Music
In music lessons, last term, Year 4 created artistic and poetic responses to a piece of music. They listened to "Storm" from Benjamin Britten's "Peter Grimes" opera, and created a stormy picture and a descriptive poem in response to the music.
You can watch and listen to their work here:
Year 5 Residential Trip to Isle of Wight
We wish our Year 5 children well for their trip to the Isle of Wight next week. They will be taking part in many exciting activities and we will report on their experiences when they return!
Co-Curriculum and PE/Games
There are spaces available in Karate Club on Mondays after school for Year 5 and 6 from 3.50 p.m. to 4.50 p.m. We are now also opening this club up to Year 4 as well.
We also have spaces in the Year 3 Taekwondo Club on a Tuesday lunchtime from 12.20 to 1 p.m.
Both clubs are run by fantastic experts in their field and provide lots of benefits for your children.
Please get in touch with Mr. Harrington if you are interested in your child attending either of these clubs. Remaining spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Year 6 Bikeability is starting this weekend and details have been sent separately to Year 6 parents. Please ensure that your Year 6 child is there, on time with the correct equipment.
Our Year 2 classes will undertake their intensive swimming programme next week.
For the summer term, please remember that your child should have the correct summer PE and Games kit (white PE technical polo shirt, no green shirts or socks to be worn this term).
Jubilee Flag Competition
With the Queen's Platinum Jubilee approaching, we have an exciting opportunity for three pupils to leave a lasting legacy here at St. Helen's College.
We would like pupils to design a flag in honour of the Jubilee. Flag designs may be themed around all things royal such as crowns, the Queen's portrait, corgi dogs, horses or a combination of The Queen and our school.
The only element that each flag must include is the fact that it is the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, or celebration of 70 years on the throne.
The winning designs (one for Ducklings, one for Lower School and one for Upper School will be made into a real flag and be raised above our three school sites!
Entries should be made on A4 landscape paper and be given to your form teacher or directly to Mrs. Pruce by Friday 20th May. Mrs. Drummond and Mrs. Hunt will judge the winning designs.
Congratulations to Grace O'H and Verity S (Y4) who held a bake sale on the day of our second hand uniform sale and raised £48. The money is going to an organisation in Kerala that promotes elephant welfare to prevent their torture and abuse. It is always wonderful to see our pupils embracing social responsibility.
We are delighted to share the news that Abhay K, who was Head Boy at St. Helen's College several years ago, has been named the new Head Boy of Royal Grammar School Wycombe. Congratulations to Abhay!