Weekly News - Friday 10th February 2023Posted on: 10/02/2023
One World Day
It has been an amazing day of culture at St. Helen's College today as we have celebrated our 'One World Day'. Children, staff and parents across the school arrived dressed in clothes representing their culture and/or heritage and we have spent the day learning about each other's cultures and traditions.
There have been music and dance workshops, arts and crafts from around the world, food stations, chances to try sports from across the globe and taster language sessions. Many parents came into school to run workshops alongside staff and we are very grateful to those who did so. The smiles everywhere have said it all - we are extremely happy and proud to belong to such a multi-cultural community and to have made time and space to share our knowledge, interests and customs with each other. You can see a few photographs of the day on our Galleries page.
Turkey/Syria Earthquake Appeal
The St. Helen's College school community is supporting the people in Turkey and Syria affected by the recent earthquake. Over 21,000 people have lost their lives with countless more displaced, injured, bereaved and in urgent need of assistance.
Heartfelt thanks to those parents, staff and pupils who have already made donations to the appeal. The total raised so far by our community stands at over £1000.
You can continue to donate online for this appeal via our St. Helen's College Just Giving Page. All money raised by our community will be donated to The Red Cross who are working to assist those in desperate need.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to go to all of those affected by this terrible disaster and we thank you for your generous support at this difficult time.
6B Class Assembly
On Monday the children of 6B gave us an accomplished performance as they presented their assembly themed around Diversity, at the start of 'One World Week'.
The class celebrated the diversity of our school community and shared many of the traditions of their cultures, including some Bhangra dancing from some of the boys! Arshia led us all in a wonderful meditation session and the class also joined together in singing and sharing some words from various different cultures too. This was a lovely way to start the week and left us all feeling very grateful for our diverse, interesting and inclusive school community.
Owls Class Assembly
On Thursday our Owls Reception class performed an assembly all about Love and Valentine's Day to an enthusiastic (and rather emotional) audience of parents and staff. They told us the story of St. Valentine, who married Romans in secret when the Emperor declared that men could not marry and must fight in the army instead. St. Valentine was imprisoned but could not be deterred from his belief in love. The children also told us some interesting facts about our hearts and sang two beautiful songs for us. This was a heartfelt, moving, confident and educational performance and an absolutely super way to start the day. Thank you, Owls.
Football v Heathrow
The football team were defeated 5-1 by a strong Heathrow team on Wednesday. Despite the disappointing final scoreline, the St. Helen's College boys played well and they have learnt much from coming up against such strong and organised opposition. We look forward to resuming the league campaign after a well-deserved half term break!
Our annual Speech Competition will take place in the last week of term as usual. Between now and then, children in Years 1 to 6 will each learn a poem to recite and there will be preliminary rounds in the classrooms, judged by school staff. The finals for Years 1-3 and Years 4-6 will, as usual, be judged by an external adjudicator who will give the children feedback on their performance. Parents of finalists will be invited to attend.
Each child in Nursery and Reception will also learn a poem to recite and all Nursery and Reception parents will be invited to hear the recital towards the end of term.
We thank you for your support in helping your children to learn their poems and perform them with understanding, expression, clarity and projection.
World Book Day - Bedtime Stories!
On Friday 3rd March, we will be celebrating World Book Day. This year's theme is 'Bedtime Stories.' In keeping with the theme, we would love for the children to come to school wearing bedtime clothing. As it is likely to be cold, pyjamas and a dressing gown would probably make for the most comfortable option. To celebrate the joy of bedtime stories, children are also encouraged to bring their favourite ‘bedtime’ story into school.
Prior to the event, all children are invited to take a photograph of themselves reading in a cosy place before bedtime (NOT in bed); form teachers will create an area on Google Classroom for these to be uploaded. In class, the children will be sharing and discussing their nighttime reading routine with their classmates. Sharing stories really is a special experience, so this year’s theme celebrates reading as a way to relax and send us happily into sleep.
During World Book Day, pupils will take part in a number of activities including a World Book Day assembly, reading activities in the library and a class story at the end of the school day.
Thank you for your support in celebrating the world of books and reading.
PA Quiz Night - Tuesday 14th March, 7 p.m.
Do you fancy a fun packed evening where you can test your grey matter? The PA has arranged a quiz night on Tuesday 14th March 2023 at The White Bear in Ruislip. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the quizzing starting at 7.45 p.m. Teams should comprise 4-6 adults and places are limited so get your booking and payment made as soon as you can to avoid disappointment (one team member will need to make the booking and one single payment for their whole team).
There will be a prize for each person in the winning team (who will also win the associated bragging rights). Raffle tickets will also be available to buy on the night so even if you don't win the quiz, you might still be able to win a prize.
Parents, school staff, friends and relatives are all welcome to put a team together (as long as they're over 18). Watch out for the link to the booking form which will be circulated via your class rep and don't miss out!