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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:
Notice: We are now closed for the summer holiday. Wishing you all a lovely summer break. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 3rd September.

Recent News

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.  
Year 3 Christmas Disco
The children and parents of St Helen’s enjoyed their Christmas disco this year. There was dancing and laughter for all involved.             
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...
World Mental Health Awareness Day
St Helen's celebrated World Mental Health Awareness Day on the 10th of October with children supporting the international theme #HelloYellow. The children dressed in yellow and participated in a range...
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...
Ship of Tolerance
A group of children from key stage 2 had the unique opportunity to be involved in the Ship of Tolerance an international art project created by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, two of the most celebrated arti...
Year 6 Production 2019
The year 6 production this year was High School Musical. The children showed their superb singing, dancing and acting talent as they wowed their parents with their performance. Leading roles were play...
Festival of Voices 2019
Children from Year 5 St Helen’s were joined by children from Britannia Village, Curwen, Ranelagh, Star and St Joachim’s primary schools for the 19th Festival of Voices. Licensed to Thrill was the them...
Bosco 2019
Year 6 pupils attended their Transition Day at the St John Bosco Camp. Participating schools included: St Bonaventure’s, St Angela’s, St Helen’s, St Francis, St Michael’s and St Winefride’s. Pupils ha...
International Evening 2019
On Friday 28th 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...
Arts Week
Year 3 have studied movement and the skeleton. We have enjoyed making our own skeletons and reading the traditional classic book; Funny Bones.The theme has allowed us to learn about our skeletal bodie...
Year 2 working with Vickie Keeble
Year 2 pupils worked with the artist Vickie Keeble to develop their artistic skills. They used water colours to recreate paintings in the style of Quentin Blake the illustrator of Roald Dahl books.  
Citizenship Awards 2019
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...
4B DT workshop
Class 4B went to St Bon’s for a design and technology workshop. The children made acrylic key-rings by using a range of tools and techniques. Their finished products look amazing.  
Bike training
Pupils from Year 5 took part in bike training with Cycle Confident. In the sessions children learnt to cycle safely with qualified instructors learning basics, building skills and gaining confidence t...
Power of Pictures Focus day
On Thursday 9th of May we had a power of pictures focus day. We were given the opportunity to create our picture books based on a story we read as a class. We created either a prequel/sequel or an ada...
Florence Nightingale workshop
Year 2 met Florence Nightingale. They learnt about her life and that of others. Children also had the chance to role play lives of those at the time.
Saxons and Vikings Workshop
Year 4 took part in a Saxons and Vikings workshop to develop their understanding of life in these times. They engaged in role play, quizzes and artefact inspections to learn about life in those times....
The cycle skills for adults programme
The cycle skills for adults programme offers one-to-one (although if preferred, trainees can book in pairs) sessions with a qualified cycle instructor.   Click on the link below for more details. http...
Music Show in aid of Cancer Research
The children in KS2 put on a Music Show in aid of Cancer Research. We were joined by special guests from St Bonaventure’s Choir and Function Band. We raised £738.90.
May Procession
May is the month of Our Lady.We began the month with our May Procession. It was a very special service praising and celebrating Mary, Our Mother, through singing the traditional hymns and saying a dec...
Year 3&4 - Stations of the Cross
Year 3 and 4 delivered a moving performance of the Stations of the Cross. The children told the story through a range of tableau scenes with skilled narrators.  
Year 6 Stations of the Cross
As part of their preparation for Easter, Year 6 prayed the Stations of the Cross at some of the City of London Churches. They were joined by their friends from St. Joachim's. As they walked between ea...
Mini Vinnies Convent Visit
Mini Vinnies spent a morning making Easter crafts over in the convent with the sisters. We’re unsure as to who enjoyed it more! Together the children and the sisters made Easter chic baskets.  
Reception & KS1 Easter Play
Reception and Key Stage 1 shared the Easter story showing a greater understanding of their faith. In class the children took part in a variety of activities learning about the events of Holy Week refl...
Year 6 Shakespeare play
Last Thursday, Selected year 6 pupils had the opportunity to act out Shakespeare's "A Winter's Tale" at the Beckton Globe Library. They participated in a competition called The Battle of The Bards whe...
Year 6 Action Jackson
On Friday 29th March Year Year participated in the ‘I am Amazing’ Action Jackson workshop. They learned how to think positive thoughts, manage their wellbeing and have a growth mindset. Action Jackson...
Fun Maths Roadshow
The children from year 1 to 6 took part in a problem solving workshop. They had to independently solve as many maths and logic problems as they could in an hour.
Brilliant Club Launch Evening
Selected children from Year 5 along with their parents went to St. Bonaventure’s to hear about The Brilliant Club programme. The children learnt all about the universities that they will be visiting a...
Year 5 Geography Workshop
On Monday the 18th of March Year 5 had a workshop about Rivers and Canals. This linked to our geography unit this term and also prepared us for our waterside workshop which will be held at the Olympic...
Science Assembly
Students from St Bon's very kindly came in to launch our British Science Week. They delivered two very informative presentations about the Solar System as well as the Human digestive system. All pupil...
Year 6 Shakespeare workshop
In celebration of Shakespeare, years 2 to 6 have participated in Shakespeare workshops with professional actors. In the workshops, pupils have acted out their allocated Shakespeare plays. The workshop...
Year 5 Shakespeare workshop
 
World Book Day
Today we wore our pyjamas to school for World Book Day. We enjoyed listening to our teachers reading us their favourite stories. Year 4 children had the extra special opportunity to visit the Canning ...
Year 3 - Shakespeare workshop
Children really enjoyed learning the play of Twelfth Night through drama and Role Play. They were able to sequence the key events and retell the story in their own words.  
Some hymns for the Sisters
The choir sang some hymns for the Sisters in St Margaret’s Convent this morning to start the season of Lent. The Sisters were delighted to share in this special celebration and the children are happy ...
Poetry recital winners
On Tuesday 5th March, Poetry winners recited classic poems at a whole school recital. The class winners were well prepared, confident and showed excellent expression in their performances. In KS1, Sta...
West Ham Presentation
On 1st March 2019, Tyanne in 2B was presented with a certificate and a prize by a representative from the West ham football association. She had won the West Ham Writing Stars poetry competition. Chil...
Choir performing at Music for Youth
The Choir performed at the Southbank Centre in the Music for Youth Regional heats.
The Classic Poetry Weeks
Children have been learning classic poetry. They performed their poems as a class in a whole school recital. They also performed individual poems in class.  
French Day
On Friday 15th February 2019, pupils celebrated French Day. Pupils came to school in French colours. The Mini Vinnies helped set up the French market with French flag bunting and French signs. Breakfa...
Shakespeare 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.
UNICEF BRONZE AWARD
We have achieved Bronze: Rights Committed School Award The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is an initiative run by UNICEF UK, which encourages schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of...
Able Maths Workshop
On Wednesday selected children from year 3 and 4 went to a maths, problem solving day. They explored number, shape and time.  
Measuring Liquid Capacity
In maths this week year 4 have been learning how to measure liquid capacity.
Young Voices Concert
The choir are part of the Young Voices Concert at the o2 tonight. They will be singing with thousands of other children, after months of rehearsals learning songs and actions. The concert is in aid of...
Pantomime visit
The Moral Maze
The Year 4’s were joined by 30 children from St Joachim’s to take part in the Moral Maze. Children are posed a variety of questions which develop their thinking about everyday issues. Children then de...
Danceathon
Year 2 held a danceathon to raise money for UNICEF as their charitable event as part of the citizenship focus. Children were learning how to support a charity and to promote healthy lifestyles.​  
Nursery at the post office
   
UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award
UNICEF – Rights Respecting School AwardAt St Helen’s we are committed to making every child feel: • SAFE in school.• RESPECTED by and enjoy supportive relationships with the adults who care for them.•...
The school debate
Year 3 took part in the school debate for the first time this year now they are part of Key Stage Two. The house discussed if every child should make choices for themselves. It was very interesting to...
Holocaust Memorial Day 2019
Torn from home was the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2019. This theme helps us to reflect on how the loss of a safe place to call “home” is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecuti...
Finette Agyapong Visit
​We were so privileged to have a visit today from ex pupil Finette Agyapong at school today. She is a professional athlete who has already won many medals competing in the 200m and 400m races and rela...
EYFS & KS1 handprint theatre
EYFS & KS1 Thoroughly enjoyed workshops from Handprint Theatre on the theme 'This is Me'.The children were learning about: The Rights of the Child Making friends - getting on with others Reinforcing s...
Reception Fruit Pots
RY and RB made fruit pots to sell to raise money for Unicef during citizenship week. We made a joint total of £71.
Mini Vinnies Festival 2019
All Newham deanery primary schools joined together on the 17th of January for this years Mini Vinnies Festival. The children from each school were able to present on what being a Mini Vinnie means to ...
Home Design Project
Pupil's of St. Helen's have been working together with their parents in our whole school Home Design Project. We had an overwhelming response from the school community. A wide range of entries were re...
Primary School Engagement Program
As part of the Primary School Engagement Program the metropolitan police delivered workshops to pupils across the school. They gave pupils information to make better choices as they are growing up. Th...
Christmas Nativity Play
As everyone in school is preparing for the Christmas nativity play, the pressure is on! The traditional nativity is unpacked as each class prepares to present different elements of the original story,...
Yr 3 & 4 Christmas Play
In Years 3 and 4 our Christmas nativity was delivered through the style of Strictly Come Dancing. The children wowed the audience with a tango, disco dancing, line dancing, ballet, funk and jives to c...
Carol Singing
The school choir raised £1279.15 for the charity HCPT, taking children on pilgrimage to Lourdes at Easter.

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