Our Governors and Staff

Principals and Proprietors

Mr. D. A. Crehan  (Chair of Governors)
BSc  BA  MSc  MEd C.Phys  ARCS 

 

Dominic Crehan For Website

Mrs. G. R. Crehan                   
BA  MA  PGCE 

Jill Crehan
   

Governors

 
Miss L. Beckett Cert Ed    
Mr. D. Crehan BA GDL BPTC      
Mr. J.  Crehan BSc MSc Chartered MCSI QTS        
   

Head Teacher

 
Mrs. S. Drummond  BEd (Hons) PGCert MLDP FFCT      Shirley Drummond preferred
   

Senior Leadership Team

 
Deputy Head
Mr. A. McLaughlin  BA PGCE
 
Aidan McLaughlin

Head of Lower School
Mrs. L. Hunt Mont Dip  BEd   

Lucy Hunt

Director of Studies
Mr. M. Lewis BSc PGCE

Mark Lewis

Director of Co-Curriculum
Miss S. Walker  BSc QTS

Sharon Walker

Director of Administration 
Mrs. S. Smith  BA, CAMDIS

Su Smith

Teaching Staff                  

Form Teachers - Lower School
Mrs. N. Mann BA  PGCE
Miss M. Carmichael  BA                       
Miss S. Joiner BA                                             
Ms J. Matthews BSc PGCE Early Years Lead, Deputy DSL
Miss A. Cooper  BEd RE Lead
Miss E. Rackham   BA PGCE           
Mrs. L. Califano BA     

Form Teachers - Upper School                                  
Mrs. L. Hussein BEd                             
Mr. J. Bustard BSc                                           
Mrs. P. McLaughlin BA  PSHCE Lead
Mrs. V. Briggs BA PGCE 
Mrs. S. Belvoir BEd History Lead
Miss K. Linton  BSc PGCE Maths Lead
Mrs. K. Thompson BEd                            
Mrs. R.J. Allery GTCL  LTCL  PGCE 
Mrs. E. Gilham BTec  BSc  PGCE Science Lead
Mr. A. McLaughlin BA PGCE  Drama Lead
Mr. S. Roche  BA PGCE  English Lead

Art      
Mrs. N. Pruce  HLTA

MFL    
Mrs. T. Stark BA PGCE  MFL  Lead
Mr C. Aguiar  BA PGCE   

Drama
Mrs. L. Moore  BTec Dip. Perf. Arts   

PE      
Mr. M. Dyson Cert. PE                     
Miss S. Walker  BSc QTS PE/Games & Geography Lead
Miss S. Ward  BA, PGCE                   
Miss E. Barham  BTec Dip. Sport         

ICT     
Mr. M. Lewis BSc PGCE ICT Lead 

Music  
Mrs. C. Fawbert  BMus LRAM  Director of Music
Miss H. Collier BMus PGCE  Violin
Mr. T. Chan BMus PGDip  Guitar
Mrs. E. Edwards BMus PGCE  Music
Mr. G. Knox BMus  DipRCM  PGDip Piano
Mr. I. Lynch DipRAM Trumpet
Mrs. J. Maclean HNC  BA  LTCL  Cello
Mrs. K. Nash MMus GRSM LRAM  Violin
Mrs. J. Smith PPRNCM GMusRNCM  Flute
Mrs M. Garnes BA  Choir, clarinet

Special Needs
Mrs. D. Hopkins BAEd NASENCo                    
Mrs. N. Mann BA  PGCE                                                                       

Ducklings Staff        
Mrs. C. McGee NVQ3, EYFound.Deg. 
Mis K. Boden NVQ3          
Miss A. Burksfield NVQ3                         
Miss M. Douglas NVQ3                         
Miss K. Hill NVQ3                         
Mrs. B. Purewal NVQ2 
Miss E. Skinner NVQ3                        

Teaching and Learning Assistants (TALAs)         

Lower School                         
Mrs. E. Coyle CACHE3                    
Miss E. Davies BEd                             
Miss H. Durkin BA                              
Mrs C. O’Mahoney NVQ3                                     
Miss L. Eaver NVQ3                         
Mrs. S. Lawrence NNEB/NVQ3              
Mrs K. Neri PGCE                         
Miss J. Williams BA                              
Mrs. L. Coker NVQ3                         
Mrs. V. Edgson NNEB                         
Mrs. V. Harker NVQ3                         
Miss G. Oakshott NVQ3                         
Mrs. R. Place NNEB                         
Ms S. Thomas NVQ3 HLTA                         

Upper School
Mrs. S. Schlachter CACHE2                    
Mrs. C. Reid  BA                              
Mrs. S. Hill NVQ3 HLTA                     
Mrs. S. Smith  NVQ4                         
Mrs. J. Brooker  CACHE3 Dip. L4                   
Mrs. K. Mahesaratnam BA                              
Mrs. T. Parker  NVQ3                         
Mrs. R. Place  NNEB 

School Counsellor 
Mrs. J. Brooker  Dip. L4 (BACP)   

Non-Teaching Staff                           

Director of Administration
Mrs. S. Smith  BA CAMDIS

Business Manager
Mrs. S. Cargill   SBM Dip.                                                                     

Finance Manager
Mrs. F. Bool  Dip. Business Management   

Finance Assistant
Mrs. J. Golis  MA, ACCA                             

IT Manager
Mr. P. Puchinszki                                                       

Librarians
Mrs. E. Smith  HND                                       
Mrs. S. Emanuel  BA                                          

School Secretary
Mrs. S. Clements                                                       

Office Assistant
Mrs. K. Rumney                                                         

Lower School Receptionist
Mrs. L. Rooney  HND                           

Welfare and Attendance Officer
Mrs. N. Wilcock L3 Paediatric First Aid           

Welfare Assistant
Mrs. T. Beale L3 Paediatric First Aid                                                            

Midday Supervisors

Lower School 
Mrs. J. Couto                                                             
Mrs. J Fong                                                                 
Mrs. S Daly                                                                 
Mrs. M. Moorfield                                                                   
Mrs. C. Shurety                                                          

Upper School 
Miss J. Brooks                                                           
Mrs. E. Bryce                                                             
Mrs. J. Hunter                                                            
Mrs. S. Hawkins                                                         

School Patrols
Mrs. J. Hunter                                                            
Mrs. J. Couto                                                                                

Funtasia                                    
Mrs. M. Carmichael BA  Holiday Club Manager
Mrs. E. Coyle CACHE3                                
Miss E. Davies BEd                                        
Miss H. Durkin BA                                          
Miss K. Hill NVQ 3                        
Mrs. S. Lawrence NNEB/NVQ3 Funtasia Manager
Ms K. Mellon BTec                                       
Ms S. Moonshadow Dip Arch                     
Mrs. B. Patel  NVQ3                         
Ms S. Porteous NNEB                                     
Miss J. Williams BA                                                                                                         
Miss A. Gilbey NVQ2, CACHE2   Funtasia Supervisor
Ms Z. Mirza
Ms A. Rai  LLB Law                                                      

Premises Manager   
Mr. C. Smith                                                               

Premises Assistants
Mr. G. Rizzo                                                               
Mr. K. Barnard   

Cleaning Staff
Ms I. Fijalkowska
Ms L. deSouza                                                        

News

Posted on: 25/09/2020

Weekly News - Friday 25th September

Mindful Sit The Mindfulness in Schools Project will have their national Schools Sitting Together very soon and we will be participating as a school on Friday 9th October by having all the children from Year 2 - Year 6 sitting together in a mindful practice.  Harvesting The Crops Mr. Rizzo is very proud of the crops which have been harvested from our Upper School and Lower School gardens, including tomatoes, potatoes, beans, courgettes, marrows and pumpkins (which Soula intends use to make some soup for us).  We are most fortunate to have such enthusiastic staff who are keen to share their passion for the outdoors with the children and other staff.     Staff News Mrs. Couto has sadly broken her leg and will be away from school until she has recovered. We wish her a good recovery and will miss her presence in Lower School as one of the lunchtime supervisors and as patrol at 227 Long Lane. In her absence Miss Hunter (Mrs. Hunter's daughter) has joined our staff and will be covering for Mrs. Couto. NHS Test and Trace Covid App The government has just launched the new test and trace app.  We would encourage parents to download the app from the app store - more information can be found here. Face Coverings at Drop Off and Pick Up  Given the current situation, it is more vital than ever to ensure the safety of our children, family and friends. We would like to encourage parents to wear face coverings during drop off and pick up. It is a sensible precaution for parents and should help to lower the risk where social distancing can sometimes be difficult. Whilst this is not part of the official government guidelines, we should try and play our part in preventing the spread of infection at a time when cases are rising.   COVID Symptoms - Latest NHS Advice It is really important that you follow the latest NHS advice regarding COVID symptoms and whether/when to get your child tested. You can read this advice here. Holiday Club Unfortunately we have now taken the decision not to offer Holiday Club over the October half term period, due to COVID restrictions and uncertainty. We feel it will be beneficial for the school staff and pupils to have a 14 day quarantine from the school environment. This will also give us an extra opportunity to arrange further cleaning across the school sites, ready for the next half term. Parking  Parents are reminded not to park over neighbours' driveways on the streets around school. Many of the neighbours also need to leave home to do the school run or to get to work and we have had several neighbours being blocked this week.
Posted on: 25/09/2020

Family Instinct

This week I have a guest blog from Mrs. Hunt, our Head of Lower School. When Mrs. Drummond asked me to write a blog, my first reaction was one of panic! What would I write? What would be worthy? I have never been a fan of Facebook or the like because I think who would be interested in my life!  I am genuinely never happier than when I am with my family; we are lucky enough to share the same interests and the adage of ‘families that play together, stay together’ rings true for us. That said, I find myself in a position which many of my friends and colleagues are facing or have faced. My baby is off to uni! This, and the fact that I am about to reach a very significant birthday, has made me somewhat more reflective than usual. Many of you will know that I have been at St. Helen’s College for numerous years and was privileged enough to see both my children pass through the school. I have very fond memories of Tom staring lovingly through the nursery door, waving patiently as Miss Carmichael gently coaxed him back into her room.Whereas, a few years later, Lois would just burst in demanding the attention of Mrs. Mummy! How quickly those days flew by and how treasured they are. When I show prospective parents around at Lower School, I often refer to the ‘feel’ of the school. I will always remember when Mr. Crehan showed me around in 1999 and how I knew it was not only where I wanted to work, but also where I wanted my children to start their schooling. I would also like to add how impressed I was by the fact that Mr. Crehan was able to refer to each child we saw by name, something I have always tried to emulate. (It is at this point that I can hear my new Year 1 children calling, ‘but you always get in a muddle’!! I refer back to that aforementioned birthday as an excuse and the fact that there are approximately 164 of them at LS and one of me!). Anyway, going back to that ‘feeling’ you get inside when you know something is right; I have continued to trust that with many decisions, including future schools. I truly believe that when children are happy then they will learn.  Late last year I became aware that my eldest, Tom, was not truly happy. He was at Swansea University, half way through his engineering degree. We would communicate by text and the occasional phone call and he would make the occasional comment that hinted that things were not as they should be. My instincts were on high alert and over the Christmas holidays my husband and I managed to get him to tell us what was wrong. It turned out that he had realised that engineering was not for him, which was not an easy decision for someone who had been committed to a career in engineering since his first box of Lego! Anyway, after a great deal of discussion, he left Swansea behind and set forth on his new career path to be a paramedic. He has been an ECA on the frontline since June and he loves every minute of it - it is wonderful to see that he is happy once more. We are all currently coping in situations that none of us could have foreseen, but when I walk around the school I am greeted by joyful and happy children who, with dedicated support from the staff, are showing remarkable resilience and acceptance of their new normal. As I stand sentry at hometime, I am witness to more true happiness as I see them being reunited with you, their loved ones, their family. I am also delighted to report that despite our necessary adaptations, my recent prospective parents spontaneously commented on the ‘feel’ of the school and, I might add, complimented me on my ability to name the children we encountered!  So in summary, is there a profound message in my blog? Well actually I think there is. Family is everything. Treasure time together, laugh, cry, talk, listen and play together. Trust your instincts; they will serve you well.
Posted on: 18/09/2020

Weekly News - Friday 18th September 2020

Chamber Choir Re-Starts! We are delighted that we will be able to re-start Chamber Choir rehearsals shortly, with an adapted timetable to allow children to practise in their year group bubbles. Remote Chamber Choir will start from next week, with lyrics and backing tracks put onto Google Classroom each week for the children to learn.  Mrs. Fawbert, our new Director of Music, will then begin to lead in-person rehearsals on Friday mornings from 8 - 8:30 a.m. in the Upper School Hall, as follows: Friday 2nd October  for Year 6 pupils  Friday 9th October for Year 5 pupils Friday 16th October for Year 4 pupils. Rehearsals will then continue after half term.  Harvest Festivals COVID restrictions do not allow us to put on Harvest Festival assemblies at Lower School or our Upper School Harvest Festival church service in the way that we usually would. We know that parents, pupils and staff will still wish to make donations of food items at Harvest time to support those in the local community who do not have enough to eat. Hillingdon has a website for Food Banks which highlights where to donate food and when, which you can see here: https://hillingdon.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/ Year 5 will be leading our Harvest assembly and we will be sharing further information about this in due course. Ducklings Kindergarten Our youngest children have been very busy this week building their relationships with each other and exploring their world through play and more focussed sessions, all carefully planned and linked to the seven areas of learning and development. You can see photographs of them enjoying themselves on our Galleries page here. Individual Pupil Photographs Individual pupil photographs will be taken by Tempest on:  Monday 21st September (Ducklings) Tuesday 22nd September (Nursery, Reception and Year 1) Friday 25th September (Years 2-6) Please ensure that your child attends school looking smart in their full school uniform, including blazers for Upper School children, on the day of their photograph.  We are sorry that, due to COVID restrictions, it will not be possible for sibling photographs to be taken at school this year. Welfare, Child Safety and Uniform Reminders Please note that, if you feel the need to give your child Calpol or any similar paracetamol based product in the morning, you should not send him/her into school. These products mask symptoms, including but not limited to high temperatures, which is why it is not appropriate to send a child to school after taking such medicines. If your child cycles or scoots to school, please ensure that they wear a suitable protective helmet. Girls who are currently wearing summer uniform should ensure that what they are wearing complies with the uniform list. Summer dresses should be worn with white socks only and never with tights. Modesty shorts may be worn under the summer dress for lunchtime physical activity (e.g. for girls who are likely to cartwheel!). These must not be visible when worn under the dress. Leggings and other long-leg coverings are not permitted. Drop and Go  Year 2 children may now use drop and go/pick up and go on Parkway, and morning drop and go on Long Lane. If you are dropping off at 227, you must not leave your child until there is a member of staff available to see them safely into school. Message from the Parents' Association On behalf of the PA Committee I would like to convey a huge warm welcome to the St. Helen's College new parents. We hope that you have all settled well into school life and that the children are enjoying their time at St. Helen’s College so far. This Saturday the PA team would have hosted the annual welcome event we hold for new parents, serving delicious fresh homemade cakes, sandwiches, tea and coffee. For the last few years we have had great weather so we are able to sit outside in the garden, mingle and chat. Unfortunately this year we have had to cancel this event due to the current situation we face. Many other events have also been cancelled this year but we hope next year we may be able once again to hold the PA Summer Fete, children’s Christmas parties and co-ordinate other activities for parents and students. The main purpose of such events is to bring the St. Helen’s College community together; however, some events that we host do generate funds and these funds are used to buy things that can enhance our children’s experience at school. This has included things like Camelot at Lower School and the tree house and games tables at Upper School. Those parents who are part of the PA Committee and wider PA Class Rep team really enjoy the role and are proud to make such an impact in our children’s experience here at St. Helen’s. However, time is a precious resource that we are sadly lacking, so we are always really grateful for any support that you can give. Please do look out for future updates on any events we plan to hold, what support is required and how you can get involved. If you have any suggestions then please do get in touch, we are always looking for fresh ideas to help our children get the best out of this fantastic school. If you would like to get involved please contact us at pa@sthelenscollege.com. Mrs. Jamani, PA Chair
Posted on: 18/09/2020

Caring

  CARING (Adjective. feeling or showing care and compassion) The value which we are focussing on around school at the moment is ‘Caring’ and I am so proud of the whole school community as I observe such incredible examples of ‘care’ from the children, staff and parents. Over the past two weeks with our return to school there really has been an abundance of ‘care’, from the carefully planned and staggered gradual settling in of our very youngest new Helenians to the care shown by children welcoming new pupils joining existing classes, and the care shown by teachers as they lovingly and thoughtfully establish relationships and routines with their new classes. As you know,  part of our school motto,  written by the children, is ‘Care for each other’ and I will repeat also the wise saying Mr. Crehan quoted in his blog last week: ‘it takes a village to raise a child’.  I have actually been quite overwhelmed since the start of term at how our ‘village’ is coming together to support each other with such kindness and loving care. We have 79 new children, from Ducklings through to Year 5,  who have just started at St. Helen’s College, and I trust that all of our new families feel that they have received a warm welcome and feel cared for by everyone: staff, pupils and ‘older’ parents alike. If you are one of our new families, we look forward to many happy and fruitful years as a community, working together to care for your precious children and develop them into caring, responsible and loving members of our school and the wider community. The fact that we all show care ourselves is so important. Children learn best by example and it is every parent and educator's responsibility to raise caring children. Research in human development shows that the seeds of empathy, caring and compassion are present from early childhood but our children need adults to help them throughout their childhood to nurture and develop these virtues. We can do so by leading, suggesting or ‘instructing’, but surely the most effective way is by modelling: showing our children that we care, and that caring is rewarding and generates happiness and security. We need to cultivate children’s concern for others, partly because fundamentally it is the right thing to do, but also because when children can empathise with and take responsibility for others, they are likely to be happier and more successful. They will have better relationships their entire lives, and strong relationships are a key ingredient of happiness. In today’s workplace, success often depends on collaborating effectively with others, and children who are empathic and socially aware are also better collaborators - and likely to make better friends! As your children move through St. Helen’s College and they develop these key virtues, our young learners apply them every day - in the playground, in the classroom and at home.  It is heartwarming for me to take a virtual ‘learning walk’ around Google Classroom and pop into the classes - collaboration and care is evident in abundance as the pupils and staff question, support and challenge each other in their learning with the utmost respect and care for each other. Feedback is given, additional challenges are set (pupils and teachers) and the sense of belonging and pride in these virtual classrooms is phenomenal.  As a Head, I never envisaged the day where I would be able to take a virtual tour of the school and I feel such a sense of pride in the progress and outcomes of our pupils.  I am, however, grateful for now that Google Classroom has returned to its usual place as our flipped learning platform for homework (or home learning as I like to call it - the adults go to ‘work’!). There is no doubt that it is wonderful that face to face teaching has returned for our pupils, and that it is easier and more natural to show in person the care that is such an important part of the teaching/learning relationship.   Our current Year 6 pupils are stepping up to their new positions of responsibility and showing real care for others as the oldest pupils in the school; they should feel very proud of themselves. They are also preparing to sit the 11+ examinations which were postponed from early in the term and I would like to thank all the parents and teachers for the care they are giving the children as they approach this milestone in their educational journey. Our Year 6 pupils are superb ambassadors for St. Helen’s College and it is the exceptional care that they have received over the years which has enabled them to blossom into such inspirational young people: they are budding lifelong learners who contribute greatly to our school community and beyond. Finally, a word about self-care. Through our focus on Mindfulness, philosophy and positive psychology, as well as our wider PSHCE programme, we teach children that caring for themselves is one of the most important things they can do. As a school, we believe that when a child feels loved and valued, they are best able to learn and achieve their full potential. This is why school staff and parents show our children such exceptional care, but it is important to recognise that a significant part of feeling loved and valued is loving and valuing ourselves, too. So I encourage you to take care not only of your children but of yourselves and, in doing so, to set another excellent example for them. In this busy, busy world of full time jobs, parenting and caring for others, we can lose sight of how important it is to look after ourselves. You might like to re-visit the Self-Care September calendar from Action for Happiness, which has some great tips for self-care this month.  Mrs. Drummond
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