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Headteacher's Welcome

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.
With best wishes,​

Miss Claire Doherty
Headteacher​

Notices:
Notice: We are closed for the half term holiday. We look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 2 November.
Word of the Week: KS1: Freedom; the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants. KS2: Justice; a concern for peace, and genuine respect for people.​

Recent News

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...
Young Voices
   
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...
Full Circle Opera - Royal Albert Hall
On 12th November, Choir had an opportunity to sing at The Royal Albert Hall as part of a mass choir. They were singing an opera "Full Circle" written by the young people of Newham, for the young peopl...
Choir Showcase of Christmas Songs
Year 4 Choir Showcase of Christmas Songs to the Mayor of Newham and the Councillors to support the Mayor's Charity "Young Star Mentoring" What an experience, they even gave advice as to how to spend C...
Years 3&4 Christmas Play
Year 3&4 performed Lights Camel Action 2 - The Sequin. Based on the format of Strictly Come Dancing, the children had fun sharing the story of Christmas and importance the birth of Jesus holds, throug...
Christmas Lunch
The whole school enjoyed a festive, traditional lunch; celebrated with party hats and festive music. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was brilliant and the children had a great lunch time.
Little Inventors
Sarah in 6B has won the Little Inventors Design Challenge. She designed an excellent organiser for her teacher. Her design was chosen as the best invention in Newham and was created into a real object...
Reception & KS1 Christmas play
On Tuesday 10th December Reception & KS1 performed 'Away in a Manger' with enthusiasm and joy. Children developed a greater understanding of their faith through sharing the Nativity story. In class, t...
Nursery and Preschool Nativity Play 2019
All the children’s family and friends were so pleased to see this little nativity for the pre-school and nursery children.  
Chess tournament
Children from year 3,4 and 5 attended the London Chess Classic Tournament and came in first place! 8 children also took home individual medals for being the top performers in their age group. Over 20 ...
World Homeless Awareness Day
On Friday 15th of November the Mini Vinnies 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. The children were ...
The end of mission week
We finished our mission week with a procession back to the Church with the Blessed Sacrament. The children and staff thought about all the actions they had taken in the week to take care of our common...
Odd Socks Anti-Bullying Day
On Tuesday 12th 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.  
Global Caring
Earlier this year, the film crew from CaFE (Catholic Faith Exploration) visited St Helen’s to find out how we help the children to understand the Pope Francis’ new act of mercy; Care for our Common Ho...
Year 3 - Mission Week
As part of our Mission week, in Year 3 we have discussed how some animals are now endangered and we decided to create a tiger animal portrait. Linking our learning to St. Francis 'Laudato si', we incl...
Peer Reading
During our non-fiction focus weeks there were many opportunities for reading. Peer reading with older children, reading to younger children is always really popular, as you can see in our photos, ther...
Character Parade
At the end of our character and setting focus weeks, the children dressed up as book characters, including super heroes, fairy tale and sci- fi characters.  
Mission Week
The week started in the chapel, and the procession with the Blessed Sacrament back to St Helen’s. Throughout the week children, parents and staff have had the opportunity to pray before the Blessed Sa...
Mission Week with School Community
Our school community has joined together adoring the Blessed Sacrament. Parents have prayed with their children before and after school.
Little Inventors Design Challenge
Sarah in 6B has won the Little Inventors Design Challenge. She designed an excellent organiser for her teacher. Her design has been chosen as the best invention in Newham and will be created into a re...
Sci-Fi Films
Pupils in years 5 and 6 filmed space monologues with the Redbridge Drama School. In order to prepare for the filming, pupils participated in various sci-fi drama workshops where they imagined that the...
Delivering Harvest Food
On Wednesday 16th October 2019, the Head boys and girls and members of the Mini Vinnies helped to transport the harvest food donations to the parish hall.Thank you for all of your generous donations. ...
Drama workshops
In order to develop their science fiction writing skills, KS2 pupils have participated drama workshops with the Redbridge Drama School. In the workshops, pupils imagined what it would be like to be an...
KS1 Year 1/2 Sportshall Athletics Competition
On 9th Oct KS1 took part in the athletics multi skills event. We had worked hard preparing the team for this over the last few weeks and we were so glad to have come first.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
On Friday 27th September the School Council hosted MacMillan Coffee Morning in the small hall. We raised a fantastic total of almost £300, thank you to all the parents and staff who donated cakes and ...
Harvest Festival 2019
Today we celebrated our annual Harvest Festival. Our families donated a huge amount of food, that we are going to donate to St Margaret’s Parish for their food bank.We also had a presentation from Edw...
Essex Cup 7
On Friday 4th October our girls football team took part in their Essex cup 7 aside group stage match vs Hallsville winning the match 7-2. The girls move on to face Langtons academy in their next Essex...
Sci-Fun Workshop
3Y had a very exciting morning, visiting space.We travelled in a space ship, experienced zero gravity and an asteroid attack.But it was totally worth it as it made us think about how we would feel, wh...
Football Competition
On the 3rd October 2019 children from year 3 and 4 competed in a mixed football competition. They did really well and finished 4th overall out of 14 schools, losing on penalties in the semi-final. Wel...
Cultural History 2019
Throughout September we had Cultural History focus weeks based on the theme ‘The Windrush Generation’ where Years 1-6 focused on this historic event. Each class researched and learnt about people of t...
The Michelle Harrison Workshop
On the 17th September Year 5 were very lucky to take part in a creative writing workshop with author Michelle Harrison. Michelle worked with year 5 on turning everyday objects into something magical. ...
Curriculum Evening 2019
On Monday 9th September, we were delighted to welcome over 125 parents to our curriculum evening. Mrs Hicks shared information about the school’s mission statement and how we live this each day at St ...
Scholars Programme
The final part of the scholars programme saw the graduation of a group of children from year 5 at Oxford University. Parents were so proud to attend and see this special ceremony. We hope all children...

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Admissions to Reception September 2021. If you are looking for a Reception school place for your child starting September 2021 the please contact the school office for more information and copies of our application packs as well as visiting the admission section of this website. If you require assistance with your application please contact the office to make an appointment where someone will be able to help you. If your child was born between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 then you need to apply for a Reception place before 15th January 2021. We welcome all potential applicants who wish to join these meetings. Please see our Admissions page on this website for forms and information.