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Headteacher's Welcome

We are delighted to welcome you to our school website. St Helen’s is a very happy school where we continually strive to ensure every child develops their talents and achieves all they can spiritually, academically and socially. We focus on developing the whole child and believe that Christ and the Gospel values are at the heart of all we do. Providing a safe environment, excellent opportunities, both in and out of school, and celebrating the great diversity of our community, whilst learning to serve others, makes St Helen’s a wonderful place for children, families and staff to learn and grow.

We hope you enjoy our site, whether you are a pupil, parent, member of staff, governor or prospective employee, or just want to browse. We hope you feel the sense of achievement, enjoyment, hard work, love and care that the children at St Helen’s experience during their time at St Helen’s.

With very best wishes,

Mrs. Gael Hicks
Headteacher

Notices:
Word of the Week: EYFS & KS1 : simultaneously (At the same time) KS2: conspicuous (easily seen; readily visible)
Notice: The school is now open for the second autumn half term. We will close for the Christmas holidays at 1.30pm on Thursday 20 December .

Recent News

Barclays volunteers reading with children
Yr 4 - 6 were lucky to have some Barclays volunteers come in to read to them. They then had class discussions with the children about how Maths and English can both be used in Banking. The children th...
Custom House & Canning Town Community Neighbourhood Lights
The School Choir supported the annual Community Christmas Lights Switch on Event last Thursday. There were many school choirs from the surrounding areas. All choirs were enthusiastic and inspiring. Re...
School Christmas Disco
On the 6th of December 2018, the school council held their annual School Christmas Disco. This was another successful night. Thanks to all that attended.Love from the School Council.  
Stratford Library author visit
On Tuesday 4th December, selected year 3 and 4 pupils attended an author workshop at the Stratford Library. The Author, Jim Smith, who wrote the Barry Loser Series, hosted the event. Pupils had been r...
Rathbone Market
On 29th November, the key stage 2 choir went to Rathbone Market to sing for the switching on of the Christmas tree lights.
Gruffalo Show
Ry and RB went to the Stratford Circus to watch the Gruffalo show on Thursday the 29th November. We had a fantastic time, we sang and joined in with parts of the story that we know so well.
Jesus Being the Light of the World Assembly
Reception class had an assembly which was about the image of light being used in our faith to represent Jesus being the light of the world. After the reception class assemblies, the children have an o...
Join the Winter Mini Challenge
  http://youtu.be/46SJyqSpgpA   winterreadingchallenge.org.uk
Royal Opera House
Year 6 went to the Royal Opera House to watch Carmen.
Children at St Helen's love reading
Children at St Helen's love reading. Year 5 and 6 pupils independently read their books en route to their science quiz on Wednesday 22nd of November.
London Science Quiz
Our G&T Year 5&6 Scientists took part in a regional London Science Quiz in Wimbledon. They all took it very seriously even down to memorising the Periodic table en route to the event which did prove b...
Summer Reading Challenge
St Helen’s Catholic Primary School were awarded a trophy from Canning Town Library for having the most number of children take part the Summer Reading Challenge. Children at St Helen’s really do enjoy...
NSPCC Assembly & Workshop
The NSPCC came into school on Monday 19th Nov to talk to the children about the work of the NSPCC and Childline. They reminded the children to speak out to stay safe if something is worrying them. The...
Open day for prospective parents
We have welcomed parents who would like to apply to St Helen’s for a series of open days. The parents have been able to hear more about a typical day in reception and the excellent opportunities that ...
Odd Socks Anti-Bullying Day
On Friday 16th November pupils across the whole school wore odd socks to make a stand against bullying. This week was part of the ‘Say no to bullying’ topic.
Rememberance Day Service
The School Council plus the headboys and headgirls attended a specia memorial service as the Remembrance weekend commences. All the Catholic schools from the Deanery joined together alongside other Ne...
Mini Vinnies Homeless Sleep Out
On Friday 2nd November Mini Vinnie children from St Joachim’s and St Helen’s slept over at St Helen’s school with staff to raise awareness for World Homeless Awareness Day.
Knife Crime Assembly
The Key Stage 2 children welcomed a guest speaker to come in and talk to them all about the dangers of knives. This moving assembly informed the children of both the legal and the moral responsibiliti...
Parent Online Safety Workshop
At St. Helen's we have been promoting the importance on online safety both at school and at home for all children. Many parents have attended our workshops; to learn about how they can best protect th...
Prevent Workshop
Year 5 were lucky to take part in a workshop which taught the children about the importance of questioning what you read, being able to recognise sensitive or inappropriate material and what actions t...
Mission Week
We finished our Mission Week with precession with The Blessed Sacrament and Mass. We remebered all things Jesus told us in our hearts. Last week, every child visited the Blessed Sacrament. Each child ...
TT ROCKSTARS AWARDED PRIZES
After some hard fought battles on TT Rockstars last half term, the winning classes were given their prize - an afternoon of fun and games! 2Y, 3Y, 4Y, 5Y and 6B worked the hardest on their times-table...
Precession of the Blessed Sacrament
This week we have our Mission Week. The theme this year is; One body, many parts based on the scripture Reading 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 ​which is linked to our key issue on uniqueness, celebrating ever...
Cenotaph – Dedicated to all who served King and Country
On 1st November, Commonwealth Choir performed at a Requiem Service in the Guards’ Chapel in Birdcage Walk. This was a very moving service, remember those who had lost their lives in many battles espec...
Accelerated Reader treat afternoon
These are the children who reached their points target in accelerated reader and they had an afternoon playing the Nintendo switch with sweets and treats.
Peer Praying
Through the month of October the children met each Friday to pray a decade of the Rosary together. The took time to remember Our Lady and reflect upon her importance and significance.It allowed the ch...
Character Parade
On Friday 19th October, we had a character parade to end our focus weeks. Children dressed up as their favourite book characters and there were prizes for the best costumes in each year group.
Commonwealth Choir
On Wednesday 26th September children from St Helen’s joined the Commonwealth Choir to sing at Christ College Cambridge. There were 35 singers taking part in the Commonwealth Children’s Choir – from Ho...
3D-printed School Dinners
On Friday 5th October children in year 6 had a great opportunity to see a 3D printer making vegetables into shapes to encourage children to choice healthier options.   Click on the link below for...
Accelerated Reader Treat
Congratulations to Victor and Lillian for exceeding their personal points target on Accelerated Reader. For their prize they had an afternoon with pizza and playing computer games!
Character & Setting Focus Week KS2
As part of our Character and Setting Focus weeks, the children in KS2 have been reading stories to their buddies in KS1. The children have enjoyed telling stories and talking about the books with thei...
The Harvest Assembly
Over the last few weeks we have been donating food for our Harvest Festival. The School Council and the Mini Vinnies will be making up food parcels for the SVP and we will be donating to local food ba...
Character & Setting Focus weeks
As part of our Character and Setting Focus weeks, today started with Teachers reading their favourite stories to groups of children. The children enjoyed listening to stories and talking about them. S...
Coffee morning for Macmillan cancer support
On the 28th of September 2018, the school council held a coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan cancer support. Thanks to all those that attended to make this another successful coffee morning at...
Cultural History
During September we had Cultural History focus weeks based on the theme Inspirational Women where each class focused in on an iconic person. Each class looked at inspirational female role models from ...
British Red Cross Assembly
St Helen’s joined other Newham Catholic primary schools at St Francis' for a joint assembly presenting the charity with fund raising efforts during Citizenship focus weeks. Red Cross representatives t...
Progress & achievement awards
At the end of the summer term, it was with great delight that Mrs Hicks presented two children from each class with an award. Each child was chosen by their class teacher for either making outstanding...
Year 6 - Memories Assembly
The year 6s shared their memories of their time at St Helen’s at their final assembly. 
Year 6- Production Disco Inferno
On Tuesday the 10 of July, pupils in year 6 performed in their end of year production, "Disco Infernos" They wowed parents and teachers as they danced and harmonised at the top of their lungs to 70's ...
Festival of Voices 2018
Year 5 performed at the Hackney Empire for Festival of Voices. The stage was so big and we were under the spot light. Our very own Mrs Venn conducted the concert as schools sung songs represeting the ...
St-Helen's 110th anniversary Mass
St Helen’s welcomed Bishop Alan on Friday the 6th of July alongside many other guests and visitors. We celebrated a wonderfully special mass in the Convent as a whole community and then continued the ...
Year 6- Bosco Transition Day 2018
The Year 6's spent the day at the St John Bosco Camp with the leavers from the other 6 Catholic Primary Schools in our deanery. The day started off with ice breaker games lead by pupils from St Angela...
St-Helen's 110th Anniversary Day
On Saturday 30th of June the whole community celebrated the school’s 110th anniversary. Children, parents, families, staff and past pupils came together for a Fun Open Day. Activities included bouncy ...
Pre School- Fathers Day
On Friday 15th June the children invited a significant male in their life to attend a Tea Party. The children had prepared fresh sandwiches and cooked biscuits for their guest. The men were also chall...
Arts Week 2018
In Reception we have been learning about religious art. We visited the National Gallery, and saw lots of paintings. We have been learning about how God created the World in seven days. This is called ...
KS1 Sports Day 2018
On Tuesday 19th June all of KS1 participated in their annual House Sports Day. All pupils took part in a range of field and Track events such as Javelin, Speed Bounce and Long Jump. It was a very succ...
Key Stage 2 Sports Day
On Friday 8th June all of KS2 participated in their annual House Sports Day. All pupils took part in a range of field and Track events such as Javelin, Speed Bounce and Long Jump. It was a very succes...
St Helen’s 110th Anniversary Celebration Edwardian Day
The school celebrated its 110th anniversary on the 6th of June 2018. Children came into school dressed as Edwardians or wearing their party clothes. Mrs Hicks joined the fun as an Edwardian lady. The ...
Year 5-Cycle Confident training
Year 5 pupils took part in Cycle Confident training. In the sessions children learnt to cycle safely with a qualified instructor learning basics, building skills and gaining confidence to be able to n...
May Procession
At the end of term the children took part in our Annual May Procession, giving thanks to Mary our Mother through singing and prayer.      
Road Safety Walk
1Y went on a road safety walk around the local area looking for different road signs, signals and crossings. We also practiced our skills in stopping, looking, listening, waiting, looking again and li...
Partnership Event
On Thursday the 10th of May St Helen's took 3 teams to a year 5/6 tennis event at Langdon Secondary School. All three teams celebrated success. The A team won the competition they were entered into an...
Keeping children safe in and out of school
Workshops held reinforced important messages how we can keep children safe in and out of school. Information shared at the workshops including links are below to view. https://www.nspcc.org.uk https:/...
Diocese Citizenship awards
Nominated citizens from each KS2 class attended the annual awards at Brentwood Cathedral celebrating the outstanding awareness of being good citizens through their faith. They joined other Catholic sc...
Year 2 RE conference
Pupils learnt about different religions as well as secular world views believing about living respectfully and thinking about why this is an important British value. Children were given opportunities ...
Flute Assembly
The children all did themselves proud, as always. They were able to showcase all the amazing work they have done this year!
Geography workshop
On the 23rd of April 2018, pre-school, nursery and reception participated in a drama geography focused workshop with Perform4all. The workshop focused on developing pupils’ understanding of the world ...
The chess tournament 2018
On the 26th April a group of children from St Helen’s entered a chess tournament. When playing chess the children have to think strategically and really focus on the moves their opponent is making. Se...
Nursery Sunshine Fun
The Nursery children enjoy the beautiful sunshine as they play in the water garden. The children have fun and keep cool whilst pumping the water to fill buckets and watering cans as well as let their ...
The Children in Tamara’s Garden
Children enjoying the beautiful weather in Tamara's garden, reflecting and reading through a variety of activities in relaxing surroundings.
Keyboard Assembly
 Children from year 5 and 6 showcased their talents on the keyboard to Key Stage 2 during an assembly. They gave an insight to different aspects of the history of the keyboard and how it has evolved t...
Year 2 & 5 fire safety workshops
During workshops in class Year 2 & 5 learnt about the dangers and hazards of fire in the home and how to deal with situations appropriately if they arise and how to be responsible citizens.    
Commonwealth choir
The mission of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir is to use music as a means of international dialogue, knowing no boundaries and through its initiatives programmes and three-point delivery pl...
Midsummer Nights Dream workshop​
​The year 6 children enjoyed taking part in a Shakespeare workshop and acting out A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Year 3 & 4 Stations of the Cross
We worked in our peer learning groups to read through the stations of the cross reflecting upon Jesus' journey through Holy Week. We discussed how Jesus was sent as the Messiah and sacrificed himself ...
KS1 Easter Play
Reception and Key Stage 1 developed a greater understanding of their faith through sharing the Easter story. In class the children learnt and discussed the events of Holy Week which they then performe...
Year 5 Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet Workshop
Year 5 completed a Fantastic workshop about Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. During the workshop, the children had opportunities to act out the different roles in the play and use Shakespeare language ...
Space to Earth Duathlon Challenge
On 13th March children from years 2 to 6, had great fun taking part in the Space to Earth Duathlon Challenge.   They had to run and cycle to cover the distance from Earth to the Space Station: 717km. ...
Mini Vinnies Festival
All Newham deanery primary schools joined together on the 13th of March for this years Mini Vinnies Festival. The children from each school were able to present on what being a Mini Vinnie means to th...
Peer Reading
Year 5 read with their year 1 friends encouraging the love of reading.Year 1 were smiling as their year 5's read them stories and completed activities the year 5 children had designed in English lesso...
Peer praying
Through Lent, the whole school will take part in collective worship on a Friday morning. Children join with their peer class; the key stage 2 children lead a 15 minute reflective prayer session. This ...
St Angela’s Sports Focus
Year 5 worked with St Angela's pupils studying PE. The pupils from St Angela's led sports sessions, football, basketball and dance. Each session allowed for the year 5 pupils to develop skills in each...
Year 1 Shakespeare Workshop
Year 1 really enjoyed dressing up and acting out the different characters from the play. We especially enjoyed the character of the mischievous fairy who made us all laugh.
Action Jackson
On Friday 23rd February, year 6 participated in an Action Jackson workshop where they learned how to be positive and how to believe in themselves. The aim of the workshop was to boost their confidence...
The Beast of the East
The Beast of the East caused national panic. However, in year 5 we did not fear the snow, we explored it!We had great fun experimenting with what we can do with snow, how it melts and freezes into ice...
Recital Poetry
During our recital Poetry focus weeks children have been learning classic poems off by heart. Each class performed their poems at the sharing assembly. Reception performed Monday’s Child;Year 1 perfor...
Shakespeare Workshop
Year 2 participated in a Shakespeare workshop - The Tempest. Children were introduced to the text through drama, developing understanding of character, plot and setting of the story. They were able to...
Harry Potter
On Wednesday 21st February 2018, year 6 visited the "Harry Potter: A History of Magic Exhibition" at the British Library. At the exhibition, they discovered ancient objects, magical books and recipes ...
French Day
On the 9th of February 2018, pupils at St Helen's celebrated French Day. Pupils came to school in their French colours. Breakfast club helped to set up a French market by chopping bread, croissants, b...
Jazz Workshop
In year 5 we have been learning about Jazz in preparation of this year Festival of Voices. On Wednesday we had an opportunity to work with a real Jazz band led by Louise Marshall. We learnt lots of ne...
Mini Vinnies Marathon
The children in the Mini Vinnies completed a 26 mile relay marathon to raise money for The British Red Cross. Children participated in a range of ways; walking, running, jogging, scooting and roller s...
KS2 Debate
The whole of Key Stage Two took part in the school debate where they put forward arguments for and against the statement 'First aid should be compulsory in the curriculum’.  
Danceathon
Year 2 held a danceathon to raise money as their charitable event and to promote healthy lifestyles.
EYFS & KS1 Handprint Theatre
EYFS & KS1 Thoroughly enjoyed workshops from Handprint Theatre about Preparing for Life.The children were learning about:• Making friends - getting on with others• Reinforcing skills; turn taking, sha...
Fruit Kebabs
The children in Year One have raised money for The British Red Cross by making fruit kebabs and selling them during their playtime.
First Aid
St. John's Ambulance came to Year 5 last week to teach us basic first aid. During our session, we learnt how to perform the recovery position and how to help others with some basic first aid skills.
Norwegian Visitors
St Helen’s welcomed nearly fifty Norwegian headteachers and inspectors to the school on Wednesday 24th January. The focus of the visit was Innovation; therefore they spent the morning in presentations...
Junior Citizens
Year 5 attended Junior Citizens at Tate and Lyle on Monday 22nd January 2018. They worked with the Metropolitan Police, Transport Police, St John's Ambulance, the London Fire Brigade, RNLI (Royal Nati...
The gold TFL stars award for 2017
TfL's STARS schools accreditation scheme inspires young Londoners to think differently about travel and its impact on their health, well being and the environment. St Helen's was re accredited in Octo...
Christmas Events
We have been exceptionally blessed to be reminded of the meaning of Christmas by the children throughout the school. On 30th November, the choir went to Rathbone Market to sing for the switching on of...
Kellogg's Breakfast Club Award
St Helen's won the Best Breakfast Club in London Award. The children had a tour of the Houses of Parliament and attended an award ceremony to accept their trophy and £1000 prize.
Maths & Economy Focus Weeks
As part of our Maths and Economy Focus Weeks Year 6 have been looking at making profits from investments and businesses. On Monday 4th December we set up and ran our own business during break time wit...
Under the Sea
On Monday, year 1 and reception participated in "Under the Sea" workshops with Perform for Schools. They were drama workshops that focused on developing their  understanding of the world and geography...
Character Week
Before October half term we had Character Week, focusing on myths and legends to help develop the children’s love of reading and books.Our teachers read their favourite stories to us and Foundation an...
OLOG Cultural/Black History
During September both St Helen’s and St Joachim’s have been focusing in on Cultural History or Black History. Within our schools we focused on different inspirational role models, iconic people, inven...
Coffee Morning
On the 29th of September 2017, the school council along with the the head boys and girls held a coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan cancer support. The morning was very successful and in total...
Cultural History
During September we had Cultural History weeks based on the theme Icons and Inventors where each class focused in on an iconic person and a scientist/inventor. Each class looked at inspirational role ...
Festival of Voices
On 3rd July, Year 5 sang for the crowd at the Tower of London in preparation for the Festival of Voices.On 11th July, we performed at the Hackney Empire in the Festival of Voices with Britannia Villag...
International Evening
On Friday 30th June we held International Evening and invited families to come along and share the fun. We started the celebration with a special mass in the chapel and then all classes from Nursery t...

Upcoming Events

KS1 and Reception Christmas production
11th December
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Christmas Lunch
12th December
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Mass
13th December
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