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Welcome and thank you for taking the time to visit our school website. St Helen’s is a happy, family-like environment where each child can flourish spiritually, socially, and academically. We recognise the gifts of each child and nurture them to achieve their full potential. Our strong focus, centred around Christ; living out the Gospel values and Catholic Social Teachings is at the heart of all that we do.

Learning at St Helen’s is fun, safe, and enriched every day; we fully promote learning at school and at home, recognising the important role of working in partnership with parents and the community. Celebrating the diversity of the community and our families makes St Helen’s a wonderful place where everybody can grow together.
Three generations of my family, including myself, all attend / attended St Helen’s as children and so I view my journey from child, to teacher, to senior leader and into my headship here as an incredible testament to the school. My vision is to have similarly high expectations for all our children too.

I hope that this website provides an insight into what life is like at St Helen’s. Please click to see St Helen's creative film.

With best wishes,​

Miss Claire Doherty
Headteacher​

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Notice: We are now open for the autumn term. Welcome back and we hope you enjoyed the summer holidays.
Word of the Week: KS1: glimpse; to look quickly KS2: bewildered; perplexed and confused; very puzzled

Recent News

Roles and Responsibilities
We are pleased to announce, following the pupil campaign and staff vote we have elected our Head Boys & Girls, Deputy Head Boys & Girls, House Captains and Prefects.These children will have responsibi...
School Council 2021
We have had our School Council Campaigns in class over the last few weeks in years 3-5. Those who wanted to stand for election prepared speeches and posters for their class elections.We are please to ...
Hot Potato - Sporting Event
On Wednesday 15th September the year 2s took part in a hot potato competition. We entered two teams into the competition with the school finishing in 1st and 3rd place. Both teams gave it their all on...
International Evening 2021
On the 15th Sept 2021, we celebrated International Evening. This was the first time we have been able to come together as a community for some time and it was a great celebration for the beginning of ...
Mission Week 2021
We started our Mission Weeks with a whole school mass followed by a professional of the Blessed Sacrament back to school. The Blessed Sacrament will be remaining with us in school throughout our 2 wee...
Year 6 Camping 2021
Year 6 Camping 2021 - Day 1 The year 6 pupils from St Helen’s and St Joachim’s have arrived safely at their camp site. They have already begun their science lessons and other activities including - ha...
St Helen's Sports Day 2021
KS2 Sports Day 2021
St Helen's enjoyed their first sports days since 2019 and it was a great day! Congratulations to the St Martin De Porres - Red House, who won both the KS1 and KS2 days! A big thank you to the students...
Arts Week 2021
The children have worked very hard, learning about different cultures, being artists and also writing for a range of genres and audiences. Pre-school and Nursery children learnt Polish fairy-stories a...
First Holy Communion 2021
The children from our school and Parish have been preparing to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist. On Friday 25th June, they made their First Confession after their class mass and on Saturday 26th Jun...
Year 6- Memories assembly
The year 6 pupils put together a wonderful assembly to remember their time at St Helen's, sharing their happiest and funniest moments with us. They also shared a dance form their upcoming production a...
6Y Achieve a Blue Peter Badge
The children in year 6 wrote to Blue Peter to tell them about all the work they have been doing around climate change and caring for the environment.Blue Peter were so impressed, they awarded them a S...
Quad Kids
On Tuesday 22nd June, St. Helen’s was represented by the year 3 and years 5 & 6 quad kids teams in a borough competition. Each child took part in all of the four events; a vortex throw, standing long ...
Sensory Circuits Group
The children have been exploring their gross motor skills by engaging in activities that wake up and alert the body, organise and plan and then relax and calm. This helps to prepare the children to fo...
Year 5 & 6 visit to Adventure Island - Southend
The pupils and staff in years 5 and 6 had such fun today in Southend. After all of their hard work and dealing with so much after the last year - this was a great treat for them all! They had fun on t...
PRIMARY ROADSHOW 2021
Last week, Mr Lewis from St Bonaventure's and Mrs Siaw & Ms McKenzie from St Angela's & visited all 7 of our fantastic Newham Deanery primary partner schools. Year 5 students at St Helen's found out a...
Year 6 Residential to Suffolk - Friday
Despite the rain we are still continuing with our activities. We are working as a team to get to the top of Jacobs Ladder as well as doing some target shooting! We have had the best week and wish we c...
Year 6 Residential - Thursday
Despite the rain today, we still managed to do our activities and have fun. We completed the sensory trail, with blindfolds on as well as more raft building. We have also been on the zip wire today to...
Year 6 Residential to Suffolk - Wednesday
Another fabulous fun packed day in Suffolk today. We have had a beach walk and paddle in the sea to cool down. We then enjoyed the fun of the giant swing. Some of the teachers got on the swing too, in...
Year 6 Residential Trip to Suffolk - Tuesday
On Tuesday morning we had lots of activities. We built rafts, completed the challenge course and went on the zip wire. We have enjoyed trying new things, working as a team and over coming any fears. ...
Year 6 Residential Trip to Suffolk-Monday
On Monday 14th June, year 6 set off on their journey to Suffolk. We went to Rendlesham Forest on the way for a picnic and some time to explore and play games. We arrived at Bawdsey Manor, unpacked our...
International Children's Day
Miss Miranda and the School Council organised a fun filled afternoon for everyone to celebrate International Children's Day. The children also raised money to buy some treats and to send to come child...
Annual May Procession
To finish the term and the end of the Month of May - we held our annual May Procession to honour Our Lady and crown the May Queen.A wonderful celebration of prayers and singing followed by Mass for th...
Summer 1’s Prayer Services
This half term, the children focussed on the role of Joseph and Mary in Jesus’ life.They learnt about Joseph the Worker and Mary our Mother reflecting upon their importance as parents and linked this ...
Shakespeare Focus weeks
Over the last few weeks in our English Lessons we have been studying Shakespeare. We have had workshops to re-tell the story and we have done lots of work in class around our focus text.
Brilliant Club
Some of the pupils in year 6 graduated last week from the Brilliant Club. They had worked hard over the last 2 terms researching and working in their assignments. The theme was - What is Fairness? The...
Street Tag 2021
After week 1 (10.05.21-18.05.21) St Helen's sit 5th in the Newham leader board with 50 people signed up and collecting tags which is a good start. We want more of our families to get out and about in ...
Year 6- Spring 2
Science Week:Pupil have been making crazy golf courses for science week. They drew diagrams, made circuits and measured and cut wood in order to make their designs. OrienteeringPupils have been devel...
TT rockstars dress up day
TT rockstars dress up day.  
St Helen's ROCKSTARS vs ROBOTS Fun Day
On Tuesday 30th March St Helen’s had a Rockstars vs Robots fun day to celebrate all children having access to TT Rockstars and Numbots. Which are excellent ways for children to improve their number fa...
Year2- TT Rockstars and Numbots
They did Maths activities and used the laptops to play TT Rockstars and Numbots.
Year 5- Castles & Palaces
In year 5 we have linked our Art topic of ‘Castles & Palaces’ with our Science week. We have used our innovative skills to design a castle with great defences ie drawbridge, moat, tall towers and a po...
Year 6 Back To School
Action Jackson Pupils completed a well-being workshop with Action Jackson. They discussed their feelings following lock down and developed strategies to support their happiness and well-being. P.E. T...
Pre-School Return to School
Pre-school has reopened and the children have been excited to return to us. They have missed their friends and the adults in Pre-school and have been ready to start their learning.Their return has bee...
A message from Action Jackson
A message from Action Jackson to help keep us focused and motivated. http://www.yout...
Year 6 Learning Jan 2021
On Monday 25th January, in celebration of Scotland's Burn's Night, pupils learned about the life and significance of Robert Burns. In an English comprehension zoom, they explored, discussed and wrote ...
Nursery Learning Jan 2021
Citizenship Week baking activity - Focus was on the importance of bees. Learning letter sounds, how to form letters and blend. Adorable Home Challenge - To recycle something old into something new w...
Year 1 Home Larning Jan 2021
For English we have been studying the book Max by Bob Graham. Max is a superhero who learns to fly saving a bird. The children had many English tasks linked to this text including writing a postcard a...
Blessing our 'Home'
Fr John gave us some blessed chalk so that we can bless our school (which is like our home) with a traditional blessing for the new year.We have put 20+C+M+B+21 on the wall to the entrance to the scho...
Year 5- Hinduism
In year 5 we have been studying Hinduism. We all researched Hindu holy days and produced a slideshow​.
Year 5- Studying Forces
In Science this term we are studying Forces. We produced a fact file on Sir Isaac Newton .He discovered gravity after he watched an apple falling and questioned, “Why isn’t it going up or sideways?”.
Year 4-Citizenship Focus
For Citizenship focus children have been researching fossil fuels and the importance these have in our world today. They have been creating information booklets for ks1 pupils. In maths children have...
Year 6- The Epiphany
Year 6 pupils learned about the Epiphany on the 6th of January. Pupils in school shared knowledge over zoom by leading an assembly. Pupils at home and at school created jars of hope in celebration of ...
Year 6- French
Year 6 pupils are learning how to tell the time. Pupils created French clocks at home and at school.
Year 6- Citizenship
Year 6 pupils have created useful objects out of rubbish. In school, pupils created trees of hope and pen jars. At home, pupils created a variety of amazing inventions. Sarah (6B) created a particular...
Year5 -French
Pupils wore French clothes for French. Pupil gave their opinions on fruit and vegetables. Pupils used their fruit vocabulary to create French recipes. Pupils then made their French recipes at home. ...
Reception- Ice sculptures
Reception have been making ice sculptures.
Year 1-Art
In art, we have had fun identifying different objects belonging to the three primary colours. As part of citizenship, we have been researching and making fact files on how to protect endangered animal...
Year 3- Creating Motifs
In 3Y this week we have practised creating motifs. A motif is a feature in artwork that unifies the drawing. We have also been learning about life in the Stone Age. The Stone Age is the first period o...
Year -Bee Poster & Science
We made a persuasive posters telling people why its important to look after our bees This week we looked how we can change the shape of materials by stretching and preformed a little experiment find ...
Year 1- Beegu & Maths
This week 1B have been thinking about endangered animals, we have been researching why some animals are in danger and what we can do to help. We have been using the jamboard application to complete o...
Nursery
​Learning all about patterns. Making a birthday cake for my dad. ​ Looking after our Endangered Animals poster.  
Year 3- Patterns
In Year 3 for our Art 'patterns' topic we have been learning how to create a motif. In History we have written a postcard to our parents to describe them a day during Stone Age.  
Year 4- The digestive system
The class have been exploring the digestive system.
Reception and Nursery Christmas plays
This year's Nativity was especially written for our Preschool & Nursery children at St Helen's to tell the very special story of 'Once upon a Christmas time, the Angels sang with joy to herald the com...
Christmas Plays
With 2020 being a year we have never known before, our Christmas nativities have taken on a form we have never tried before.The Christmas Nativity is a story from the Bible the children hold close in ...
Prayer Services
Finn Allen, a local chaplain at St Margaret’s visited St Helen’s over the last couple of weeks to prepare children for the season of advent. He worked with a reception year group this week to support ...
Making face masks
The Mini Vinnies made a range of face masks this week which have been donated to people locally who cannot afford or do not have access to face masks.  
Bond's Donation
Bond’s Builders and Contractors (the builders over the road to the school in Chargeable Lane) made a donation to the school to enable the children to have a lovely School Christmas Day. This was put t...
Christmas Lunch
The children and staff all enjoyed their Christmas lunch day with a traditional festive meal.The hall was decorated with Christmas decorations, the children enjoyed pulling crackers and sang along to ...
Black Cultural History
As part of Black - Cultural History focus weeks children across the school wrote and performed poems from their learning of iconic black people and those that are special to them.  [embed width="500" ...
Advent Reconciliation
Years 4, 5 and 6 attended their Advent Reconciliation services led by Fr John Armitage.The children reflected upon the importance of saying sorry and being forgiven. It was good for the children to be...
Odd Socks Anti-Bullying Day 2020
On Friday 27th November pupils and staff across the whole school wore odd socks to make a stand against bullying. This week was part of the Anti Bullying focus week 'United Against Bullying.'  
The Character & Setting focus weeks
During the Character & Setting focus weeks we did lots marvellous & mischievous things. We made bus biscuits linked to the story 'The Naughty Bus' and Miss Burch read her favourite story the Gruffalo,...
Character Parade 2020​
We had a character parade to celebrate the end of our Character and Setting focus weeks. The children dressed up as their favourite book characters and prizes were awarded for the best costumes.    
Character and Setting Focus Weeks
During our Character and Setting Focus Weeks, the children have been reading stories about marvellous and mischievous characters such as Matilda and Dennis the Menace. Last week, they listened to thei...
Year 3 P.E. Gymnastic
In our P.E. lessons year 3 children have been learning and practicing a Gymnastic routine. [embed width="600" height="337" class="center" thumbnail="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/ACRadGhpKcw/hqdefault.jpg?r"...
A visit from our Parish Priest
A visit from our Parish PriestIt is always wonderful when we get a visit from Monsignor John Armitage. This week he popped in to see us and decided to take part in our lunchtime exercise health and we...
Nets and 3D shapes
Pupils in year 6 were learning about nets and 3D shapes. They used nets to create their own 3D shapes.
Geography Assembly
Geography AssemblyYear 6 delivered a geography assembly about mountains, earthquakes and volcanoes. They shared information about the earth's structure and tectonic plates. They also discussed mountai...
French Astérix
French AstérixIn celebration of the Marvellous and Mischievous focus weeks, children learned about France's most famous marvellous character Astérix. They used dictionaries to translate an Astérix com...
Remembrance Day
The children made a poppy garden to celebrate Remembrance Day on the 11th November. The children also held 2 minute silences in class.
Mini Vinnies
The Mini Vinnies were able to listen to a presentation from Sam, the president of the local SVP Society at St Margaret’s he helped them to understand their important role in building a better world to...
Poppy Sales
The School Council are supporting the Royal British Legion and will be organising the selling of Poppies and other goods over the next few weeks to help raise money for the charity. This Sunday Rememb...
Food Bank Donations
The Mini Vinnies have packed up all of the donations from St Helen’s families for the Harvest Festival. The food has been delivered to the St Margaret’s food bank.Thank you to everyone for your contri...
Rain before rainbows
Year 4 & 6 took part in an author event with Smriti Halls as part of their Let's Think in English lessons this week. They listened to Smriti talk about her book Rain Before Rainbows, what inspires her...
World Mental Health Awareness Day
The children dressed in yellow and other brightly coloured clothes in recognition of World Mental Health Awareness Day. The school was brightened up with the positive message of keeping bright and men...
Harvest Assembly
Today we celebrated the Harvest Festival; displaying the donations of food and pennies that the children have collected and brought into school. The children learnt more about the work of Cafod in cou...
Science quiz winner photos
After intense preparation and training, the year 6 science team won the National Science Quiz championships for the first time in St Helen’s history.  
World Mental Health Day
Friday 9th October is World Mental Health Day. In order to celebrate this the children are asked to dress in Yellow or a bright colour to support #HelloYellow to brighten up the school.
Harvest Festival & CAFOD
The School Council and Mini Vinnies will be collecting food for our local food bank next week. We are asking for donations of dried foods or tins. This will help to support our local community.We will...
Here We Are
The children have had unique experiences of and responses to the events of 2020. As a school community, we completed this unit of work provided by CLPE to help the children re-connect with each other ...
Macmillan Cake Sale
As we are unable to have our annual Coffee Morning in support of Macmillan, the School Council decided to hold a cake sale instead. Children will be able to buy cakes from their class teacher on Frida...
School Council Elections
Last week in KS2 children prepared their campaigns to be on the School Council. Speeches were made in class and then votes were held. Each class from Year 3-5 have representatives. The School Council ...
Year 6 Roles and Responsibilities
Year 6 pupils have been given their roles as Prefects, House Captains and Head Boys and Girls. They will take on responsibilities and represent our school. We are all very proud of their achievements ...
Mission Week 2020 - We are God's Special Children
Once again, we are very excited to be celebrating our school mission with our focus weeks learning about how God made us all special. We welcome back the Blessed Sacrament which was processed from the...
Goodbye Video to Mrs Hicks
The children made a goodbye video to Mrs Hicks in the summer term as she retired as headteacher. Retiring during partial COVID-19 closures meant that Mrs Hicks didn't get to say goodbye to all of the ...
Action Jackson
Action Jackson, our motivational speaker, sent a message to the year 6s to wish them luck as they start their new journey. Stay happy, believe in yourself and dream big.       [embed width="600" heigh...
Year 2 Bubble
Here is Ava doing the letter shape 'L' as a relaxation technique for the Well being focus. This is Ivanroe doing the letter 'K' as relaxation technique for the Well being focus. Year 2 home learning...
Year 1 Bubble
Children in year 1 have been developing their artistic skills by creating beach scenes.
Reception
This week reception had a prayer service with Father Andrew.We talked about how God is always with us, and we sang he's got the whole world in his hands, to show how God can care for us even in these ...
Year 3
During the last weeks, Year 3 worked very hard for the Art project 'people of the world'. We have explored different cultures, researching for patterns, landscapes and famous buildings that we could r...
Year 1
Year 1 have been making their own unique ID cards to show their likes and dislikes. They loved using blue ribbon to make lanyards so that their ID cards can be worn to make them look very professional...
Year 2
Year 2 have been learning about the seaside in Geography and have sorted human and physical features that you would find there. Please see some photos of work done for Science focus from children in ...
Nursery
We learn't all about New Zealand. The people, their culture, we learn't some Maori words and acted out a traditional Maori story. During the nice hot weather we have been enjoying having fun in the ...
The year 6 bubbles
Year 6 have been extremely busy this week in their 4 bubbles. They have rehearsed their final dances for their end of year memories assembly. Meanwhile, they have continued to improve their basketball...
Prayer Services
We were so very lucky to have Fr Andrew visit us to lead prayer services with each bubble.We have missed our collective worship opportunities and it was excellent to share our prayers with Fr Andrew a...
Year 4/5 key worker bubbles
The Year 4/5 key worker bubbles have been completing art activities linked to their focus on indigenous cultures.
Arts Week Year 1
As part of Arts Week, year 1 have been creating ethnic fans using African and Asian fabric. Great to keep us cool in this weather!    
Reception Art Week
Reception ​children were learning about other countries for Arts week.We learnt about Ghana and made Jollof Rice.We learnt about India and made flatbread.
Year 6 Bubbles
Year 6 have been extremely busy in their 4 bubbles. They have kept their brains active with daily maths challenges. Meanwhile, they have been super creative for Arts Weeks. They have experimented with...
Year 2- Creating flowers
Year 2 have been creating flowers and making rosary beads remembering Mary the mother of Jesus.
Year 2 Geography home learning project
Children were being explorers discovering the world outside as part of the Geography home learning project.
Staff Photo Message
Here is a message from some of the Staff at St Helen's.  
Year 1 Bakery Slide
Baking / Cooking Focus Week
Year 1- Home Learning
Children in year 1 have been learning about Pentecost this week. They have created some lovely posters to show symbols of the Holy Spirit such as flames, doves and the colour red. Year 1 have also bee...
Year 2-Home Learning
Some children have been baking lovely foods, for example, sausage rolls. Others have been cooking in a variety of other ways creating desserts like strawberries and ice cream - yummy.  
Reception-Home Learning
This week we have had a lot of fun in reception. We have started our baking focus with lots of lovely food being made at home!We have been finding objects listed in our scavenger hunts, using our obse...
Year 6 Bakery Slide
Year 6 Bakery Slide
Year 4 Bakery Slide
Year 5 Baker Slide
Earth Day 2020
April 22nd marked Earth Day which was celebrated all around the world. We celebrated by drawing self portraits on recycled newspaper. The children read and chose First News articles about climate chan...
Learning at home for nursery children
The children in nursery have continued to learn at home with drawing and practising forming letters correctly. Some children have been planting seeds and watching them grow.  
Learning at home in reception
Children in reception have shared their pictures of a queen’s crown in lego and a decorated cross for Easter. They have also been practising subtraction.
Home learning in Year 2
Some children made Easter bonnets in year 2 and practised their colours in French with a beautiful rainbow.
Home learning in year 6
Over Easter the children in year 6 had opportunities to reflect on the stations of the cross. They have completed their own research about coasts and some have been able to work together on line.  
Home learning in Year 1
The first piece of work was a task where children had to design and create their own playground structure using materials they could find at home (DT). In the second piece of work, children had to cre...
The recital poetry competition
St Helen's pupils enjoyed reciting classic poems in front of their peers throughout the classic poetry focus weeks. Class winners recited poems at the recital poetry assembly. KS1 winners included: Em...
Mini Vinnies Festival
Four Newham deanery primary schools came together on the 11th 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 the...
Action Jackson Workshop
On Friday 6th March Year Year participated in the ‘I am Amazing’ Action Jackson workshop. They learned how to think positive thoughts, manage their well-being and have a growth mindset. Action Jackson...
Geography Poetry Competition
The winners of the 'What the River Thames means to me' poetry competition received their prizes in assembly this week. They were able to communicate geography through poetry by identifying river featu...
World Book Day
Last Thursday, pupils celebrated World Book Day. Pupils came to school in their pyjamas and had some time during the day to relax and read their favourite books. In the afternoon, teachers read their ...
Year 1- Shakespeare Workshop
In English, year 1 have enjoyed learning A Midsummer Night’s Dream and took part in a Shakespeare workshop. They had great fun working as a team to act out the play!
WE Day 2020
On Wednesday 4th March 2020 the School Council we’re invited to attend the WE Day 2020 celebration at Wembley Arena.The children heard from inspirational speakers and celebrities about what they can d...
Class 4B Macbeth Workshop
Year 4 participated in a ‘Shakespeare 4 Kids’ workshop to introduce them to the story of Macbeth. The children learnt about the characters and plot through drama and discussion activities.
French Day
On Friday 14th February 2020, pupils celebrated French Day. Pupils came to school in French colours. The French Ambassadors helped set up the French market with French flag bunting and French signs. B...
Interests Fair
On Friday 7th February 2020 a variety of outside agencies & parents highlighted a range of interests/hobbies that children from Pre-School to Yr6 could become involved in outside of school. Children a...
Debate
The whole of KS2 took part in the school debate where they put forward arguments for and against the motions. Yr 3 & 4 'Money is more important than happiness’ & Year 5 & 6 'Academic subjects are more...
Danceathon
A danceathon was held by Yr2 to raise money for The Children's Society as their charitable event as part of the citizenship focus. Children were learning how to support a charity and to promote health...
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Holocaust Memorial Day
Our Head Boys and Girls had the honour of reading a poem at the Holocaust Memorial Day at Stratford Town Hall. This year marks 75 years since the Holocaust and whilst remembering that event we also re...
Now Press Play
The children in year 4 utilised the Now Press Play resources to help them develop their understanding on useful strategies to cope with negative emotions. The resources supported this learning through...
Year 5- Writing workshop
Selected year 5 pupils participated in a writing workshop last Thursday. They worked on developing characters, writing and editing stories. The also took part in drama activities in order to support t...
Year 2- Handprint Theatre
They listened to the story of Ozzie who couldn't control his feelings. After they shared ideas of how to share feelings, Ozzie felt happy. They made feelings catchers and thought about different strat...
Deanery Carol Concert
On 12th December St Helen’s choir joined choirs from all of the Newham Catholic Schools at St Antony’s Church in Forest Gate. With readings and beautiful carols, sung by all the schools, the congregat...
The Parish Nativity Play
On Christmas Eve children from St Helen’s read the Christmas story for the parish. Children acted and a sang traditional carols before the parish mass.
Primary Robotics
A group of children from St Helen's have joined with children from the other Catholic primaries schools to investigate programming and robotics. It is great to see their focus and great co-operation i...

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