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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

Word of The Week: EYFS & KS1: fascinating (interesting; gripping) Key Stage 2: riveting (captivating; intriguing)

Recent News

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 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.
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’.  
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

St George's Day
23rd April
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Year 4 residential visit to France
27th April
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Expression of interest meeting for Pre school 2018
3rd May
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