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
The CCF Open Evening will take place on Thursday December 12th from 5pm to 7pm. Year 9 students who are considering joining the CCF are invited to attend together with their parents. The purpose of the evening is to enable parents and students to see what the CCF has to offer and to experience a taste of the training involved. We hope that this will help students to make the decision whether to join us each Thursday after school for this entirely voluntary activity.
The presentation will start in the Lecture Theatre at 5.00pm with an introduction to the CCF, its aims and opportunities. We will also outline the standards and responsibilities that we expect of cadets in Hele’s School CCF. The contingent has a very high reputation amongst the cadet authorities and all cadets are expected to contribute to the maintenance of this reputation. Following this you will be invited to move to the Main Hall to see some of the training equipment and activities and to talk to cadets and officers.
We very much welcome this opportunity and we hope you will be able to attend. If you are intending to attend please ask your child to collect a letter and reply slip from the Message Table outside the CCF Office or e-mail Lt Messenger at MessengerP@heles.plymouth.sch.uk.
Cdr P J Glasspoole (CCF) RNR
Year 7 students at Hele’s have been working really hard over the past months to recycle as much as possible in preparation for our 3rd Sustainable Gifts Fair. Over the past two years over £2000 has been raised for local charities from gifts created from rubbish that would normally be thrown away. Each student is given £1 to purchase basic materials to turn ‘waste’ materials into desirable Christmas gifts. The students will be showcasing their entrepreneurial skills at the Gifts Fair which will take place on Wednesday 11th December in the Main Hall from 5.30pm and we look forward to seeing what they have been able to create this year.
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.