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
Monday 2nd December 7pm – 8.30pm
Come and support the GCSE Dancers performing a range of contemporary jazz and street dance
Tickets £2 available from Mrs Fergus in the Resources Department
Students in all years at Hele’s School have worked together during Anti-Bullying Week to produce an array of creative responses to reinforce the Anti-Bullying message. Reynolds House were the overall winners but there were some amazing pieces including 3 Anti-Bullying cakes, a film, some sculpture, masks, banners, poetry, a wooden design and lots of posters and slogans as well as a lovely piece where students had come together and printed their anti-bullying pledge with thumbprints forming the leaves of an anti-bullying tree. We are so proud of our students and staff for working together to support the Anti-Bullying message across our school community.
WEDNESDAY 11TH DECEMBER 5.30-6.30 P.M. (HELE’S SCHOOL – MAIN HALL)
Since September, Year 7 students have been working hard on creating sustainable Christmas gifts that could be sold at a real Christmas Fair. All of the students have created separate businesses and everyone has taken on a specific role. The school has invested £1 in each student and they have pooled their money in an attempt to come up with the best products available.
We would like to invite you to the Christmas Fair where you will have the opportunity to see the gifts your child and others have created and to purchase as much (or as little!) as you want. The business with the most sales will win a prize as will the best team workers. There are also tutor group prizes available. All profits will go to a nominated charity once their £1 has been repaid.
Last year, this was a huge success with hundreds of adults visiting the Year 7 Christmas Fair. Over £1000 was raised for charity, with many students and parents commenting that this was one of the highlights of the school year.
In terms of practicalities, all students are required to take part and to support the event. All students will need to turn up at the main hall for 4.30 p.m., in order to set up for the start at 5.30 p.m. I’m aware that this is quite soon after the final bell so we will be offering the chance for students to stay behind after school to watch a Christmas DVD in the lecture theatre until the main hall is ready.
Finally, could I also make a plea to bring as much change as possible as we may not have enough money floats for 210 students!
Your support in this event is invaluable and we look forward to seeing you.
Each tutor group must contribute an item that gets across the message in a clear and presentable way. A slogan, an app, a poem, a cake(!), a rap, a piece of drama, a poster, a painting, sculpture.. anything at all that gets across the anti-bullying message that we could display/use around school. Entries should be taken to HOH by Friday 22nd November. Tutor groups can contribute a number of items but one item per group should be nominated. Students should work across year groups on this and names should be submitted for each piece of work.
Prizes and House points will be awarded per House and per tutor group
Each House will be judged on their contributions at the end of the week