Welcome to our school. Hele’s is a calm place where individuals flourish because of our high expectations for learning and behaviour. All within our community understand that success stems from setting our sights high.
We are a learning community where all of us want to improve – from the youngest pupils to the most experienced member of staff. We are not afraid to try new approaches, to attempt the hardest tasks, nor are we worried about sometimes facing setbacks – every coach knows that when we say ‘We can’t do it…’ we should be adding ‘…yet!’ The recent Olympics have reminded us that to be outstanding requires constant effort, fine tuning and determination to be the best we can be. The Paralympics show us that barriers to achievement can be challenged and overcome with a positive mental attitude and inspiring teaching.
Teachers are professionals who are constantly reviewing their own performance, rebuilding lessons taught each time they are revisited with new ideas to match the learners’ needs, and to stimulate and challenge them to scale even greater heights. One pupil recently summed it up beautifully; she described the best lessons as not following lines, but being ‘squiggly’ with interest and enjoyment.
Similarly, we expect our learners to be aspirational for themselves, and to show enthusiasm for learning, and originality and creativity in their work, making every effort to ensure that others learn and thrive in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. We expect lessons to proceed without interruption because we have systematic, consistently applied approaches to behaviour management, and we expect our learners to play their part.
Visitors frequently comment on the calmness of the school. It is a safe and caring place, and we are proud of our students who show high levels of social responsibility, helping others around them, and contributing to the community and world around them. Courtesy, collaboration and co-operation are the hallmarks of our community.
Mr A. Birkett, Principal
Inspiring teachers, aspiring learners
Bring out the best
for life, not school
On Tuesday 27th January Hele’s School will host a visit from American author Suzanne LaFleur. She will talk to Year 7 and then work with a select group of Year 9 students, developing their writing skills in a creative writing workshop.
Suzanne LaFleur has written three novels suitable for ages 9 and upwards; Love, Aubrey, Eight Keys and Listening for Lucca are all delightful family stories written in a warm and moving style. Love, Aubrey was her debut novel and it made an immediate impact in the world of children’s books, winning accolades from the Red House Children’s Book Award, a prominent prize in the UK. More information about this successful author can be found on her website at http://www.suzannelafleur.com/.
There will be a small supply of her books available to buy from the School Library at a discounted cost of £5.60. Please bring cash or cheques payable to “Hele’s School”. If you would like to reserve a copy and pay after the event, please email Mrs Wolf in the Library.
Suzanne will be the School Library during morning break to sign books and talk to the students.
I confirm the result of the Parent Governor election as follows:
Mrs Tina Hunt 24 votes
Mr Colin Davidson 13 votes
Mr Rod Else 6 votes
Mr Adam Nicholas 5 votes
Therefore Mrs Hunt, Mr Davidson and Mr Else are duly elected to the vacant posts.
Mr A Birkett