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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 the Christmas tree lights.

 

 

 

Pre-school and nursery began to understand the story of the nativity on 8th December.

 

On 11th December Reception and Key Stage 1 the children performed with joy and enthusiasm.

 

On 13th December Years 3 and 4 pieced together the meaning of the Christmas jigsaw with great feeling.

 

Finally on 15th December Years 5 and 6 reflected on the true meaning of Christmas.

 

The children have enjoyed the spirit of Christmas with performing for others. The choir sang for parishioners at St Margaret’s.

 

Pre-school children were very lucky and were able to visit Santa in his grotto.

 

The Christmas disco was an amazing success with great dancing. We raised over £850 for school funds.

 

There was great joy at a visit from Father Christmas on 18th December.

 

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 and 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 with all profits made given to Mission Together - the Bishops chosen charity for helping the poor.

The projects included a photo booth with optional face painting, a hot chocolate stand and an obstacle course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geography

Year 1 and Year 6 pupils went to West Ham Park for orienteering and compass making as part of their Geography work.

 

 

 

 

 

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 skills. In reception, pupils focused on learning about different types of environment. (water/sea) The workshop also showed them how to show care and show concern for environment and living things. ​ In year 1, pupils learned about the 5 oceans. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mission Week

During the week beginning13th November we celebrated Mission Week, beginning with a launch assembly in the Chapel and followed by a procession back to school following the Blessed Sacrament. We then gathered in the small hall to welcome The Blessed Sacrament (the Body of Christ).

We finished off the week with a Procession of the Blessed Sacrament followed by whole school Mass celebrating our faith.

 

 

 

 

 

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 and Key stage 1 classes got together with Key Stage 2 classes for peer reading sessions.

 

 

 

As part of Character Week Year 6 learned about about King Arthur on a visit at Dover Castle with pupils from St Joachim’s.

 

 

 

On Friday 13th October, we had a character parade where we dressed up as our favourite book characters and there were prizes for the best costumes in each year group.

 

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, inventors and scientists. At the end of our focus weeks we came together to share our learning. On Monday 2nd of October the St Helen’s children in Years 1, 3 and 6 travelled to St Joachim’s and on Tuesday 3rd October the St Joachim’s children in Years 2, 4 and 5 travelled to St Helen’s. We performed poems about our focus people or themes.

 

 

 

 

 

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 they raised £272.30.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 models from a range of different cultures to help us develop an understanding of how influential people of the past have had an impact on our lives.

Iconic people that were covered included Nelson Mandela, George Carruthers, Stevie Wonder, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Michelle Obama and Ella Fitzgerald. Children in the Early Years focused on who inspires them in their families.

Inventors and Scientists included Debbye Turner, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Frederic Banting, Mary Jackson and Lonnie Johnson.

As part of our learning we had different workshops. Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 learned a lot about Black History and Years 1 and 2 learned lots of Stories from Africa.

At the end of the 3 weeks we came together with St Joachim’s to share our performance poetry pieces about linked to our learning.​

Stories from Africa





 

Key Stage 1 Workshop





 

Key Stage 2 Workshop

 

Art Matters Exhibition

On 6th July Year 2 visited the University of East London for the Art Matters exhibition, Newham's annual schools' art exhibition exploring the power of creativity across the curriculum. We looked at work from primary and secondary schools across Newham including artwork by pupils from St Helen's and then took part in a sketching and collage workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Village, Ranelagh, St Joachim's and Star primary schools. This year's theme was A Better World. We sang Joyful, Joyful from Sister Act, Bad Romance by Lady Gaga, Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson and Happy by Pharrell Williams.

 

 

 

 

Art Matters Exhibition

On 6th July Year 2 visited the University of East London for the Art Matters exhibition, Newham's annual schools' art exhibition exploring the power of creativity across the curriculum. We looked at work from primary and secondary schools across Newham including artwork by pupils from St Helen's and then took part in a sketching and collage workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 to Year 6 provided the entertainment in the with song and dance performances from different countries.

After the wonderful concert, children and their families came out into the courtyard for the food fair. Parents, carers and teachers brought traditional foods from countries around the world to share such as Philippines, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Jamaica, Brazil, Poland, France, England and many more! Some people also came in traditional dress to add to the atmosphere of the day. Everyone had a fantastic time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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