We had our annual visit from Action Jackson to deliver a workshop to year 6 for motivation. He helped to encourage the pupils to think positivity, work hard and believe in themselves so that they can aim high and achieve well. Action Jackson is the self proclaimed Ambassador for Happiness and we always feel uplifted after his visit!
On Friday 24th Feb we had our annual French Day. We had a French Market in the hall set up by the year 6 pupils. Everyone who visited the market had to speak in French and use 'Euros' to buy from the market or have their face painted. The year 5 pupils planned lessons for the KS1 and EYFS classes. They taught the lessons to them and prepared all of the activities.
We also did some research on countries that are French speaking countries.
As part of the citizenship weeks, year 5 and 6 children took part in a Gangs workshop on Tuesday 10th January. The children were spoken to by an ex gang member who explained to the children the dangers of joining a gang or associating with them. He also gave the children useful information and tips on how to stay safe from gang crime.
On Tuesday 17th January, year 6 travelled to the Tate and Lyle Refinery to take part in Junior Citizens of Newham. The children took part in exercises and talks from a range of services including the London Fire Brigade, Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police Service. These services provided the children with helpful safety tips and advice to support them in becoming more independent as they transition to secondary school.
On Saturday 17th Dec, pupils from St Helen’s and St Joachim’s took part in a chess tournament to put to test all the skills they had learnt this term. Their concentration and tactical moves really shone through and many pupils played to a high standard.
We gathered for our whole school assembly to take time to remember. We have a 2 minutes silence and prayed for those who had died in the many wars. Our School Council and Head Boys & Girls, represented our school at the annual service in Central Park in East Ham. The School Council then also visited a memorial plaque in Canning Town to lay a wreath for a soldier who died in WWI.
Some of the year 6 pupils have been taking part in cycling training this week. They passed their level 1 training and then started learning how to cycle safely on the roads. The children have had an amazing week and thoroughly enjoyed their training (despite the rain).
Once again we have achieved Flagship Status for the Inclusion Quality Mark. Inclusion a St Helen's is a high priority and we are proud that our hard work has been recognised. We are grateful for the support from all stakeholders.
You can read the report here
The Beatbox Collective came to our school to support the learning in the music curriculum; children had the opportunity to enjoy a different genre of music.
The year 5 and 6 children enjoyed workshops with 2 world champion beatboxers learning the skills required to beatbox.