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
Wednesday 28th January 2015 from 4.00pm until 6.30pm
The Careers Fair is aimed at informing Year 9, Year 11 and Post 16 students of appropriate progression and career routes into employment, training and Higher Education. It is an opportunity for you & your son/daughter to come along and ask any questions you may have.
We are delighted to extend a warm invitation to you and your son/daughter to the above event, and hope you are able join us at what should be a packed and informative event.
Our inaugural Careers Fair will involve a wide range of Employers, Training Providers and Further/Higher Education Providers, with over 20 stalls already booked. If you are interested in coming along, the return date has been extended, please ensure slips are returned on Monday 5th January.
On Wednesday 10th December, the Year 7 Sustainable Gifts event took place – and it didn’t disappoint! Three months of hard work from the Year 7 students paid off in an event full of outstanding gifts, wonderfully presented stalls, and very enthusiastic (and persuasive) Year 7 traders. As in previous years, the Christmas Fayre was very well attended.
We are very pleased to announce that this year group took a staggering £1840 in the one hour event. Three stalls took over £100 each, with one making close to £230! These achievements smash all of the records from the previous three years of running this event. This is a phenomenal achievement and testament to the excellent work ethic of this year group. Minus the deductions for change and the initial investment, approximately £1600 will be donated to a local charity of the year group’s choosing. This process will take place after Christmas.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended last night; the parents for their support (and hard work!); the staff (especially the Year 7 tutors and the PD team who have worked tirelessly) and, of course, the fantastic Year 7 students.
Press coverage will appear soon in the Evening Herald, the Plympton, Plymstock and Ivybridge News and, finally, the Plympton Podcast (follow on Facebook/Plympton Podcast or www.soundcloud.com/plymptonpodcast).
Finally, we would like to wish all of our Year 7 families a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
The Year 7 Team.
From January 2015 cash will no longer be accepted for food purchased in the dining hall, at break or lunch times.
If you have not already activated your ParentPay account, a letter will be sent out to you during the next few days.
Each child will either have registered to access their account biometrically or given a PIN number.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school should you have any questions regarding the new system.
The cashless system has now been installed and will go live on the first day of term on 5th January 2015, as planned. If you would like to put any funds into your child’s account before we break up, please go ahead through Parentpay.
If you have any difficulty in doing so, please don’t hesitate to contact the school.
The Friends of Hele’s Christmas Fayre went from strength to strength this year with a grand total of £678.76 raised in support of the school. There were over 40 stalls to choose from and it was a great start to Christmas shopping, there were also some lovely refreshments stalls too. Pancakes were being cooked to order along with warm mulled wine and Pop Cakes to name a few so visitors were really getting into the Christmas spirit.
This was the best ever ‘ Christmas at Hele’s’ event for lots of reasons. More people than ever before attended with friends and family too and entry was free. Our raffle as usual was very popular with a donation from each stall. With the evening being so busy, stalls holders were very happy with their takings, on the evening. Hele’s school would like to thank the volunteer parents who made this event such a success. All funds raised by the Friends go into purchasing lots of additional equipment for the school and really do make the difference.