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
As part of this years Anti-Bullying Week we are asking each tutor group to consider the impact of bullying and come up with a tutor group pledge which the whole group are prepared to sign up to which demonstrated their commitment to promoting tolerance and kindness in their school community. It does not necessarily need to fit in with the theme of this year’s anti-bullying week which has a SEND focus but can be more general. We would like each tutor group to generate discussion about bullying at Hele’s school and sign up to something practical that they feel is important and that they can stick to. This pledge should be written on your tutor leaf – signed on the back by all (signatures/thumbprints/photos) and handed into your Head of House/year by lunchtime on Friday 21st November ready to put up for display.
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.
We are delighted to invite you to a meeting with your child’s Tutor.
Meetings will be conducted on Tuesday 2nd December, 4.00 – 7.00 pm and will consist of a 15 minute conversation with your child’s tutor.
This will be an opportunity to discuss your child’s performance and commitment to learning highlighted on their latest Assessment which you will receive later this week. The aim will be to identify any barriers to learning and to form clear ideas on how to make further progress. Three progress targets will be negotiated at the mentoring meeting, which will be reviewed with tutors later in the year. These targets and reviews will be recorded in the student planner.
Important: please note that the purpose of the Tutor Evening is to discuss general progress with your child’s Tutor, not performance in specific subject areas.
Congratulations to our students who bravely participated in a world wise geography competition at St Boniface on the 10th November. It was a very tight match the whole game and it came down to a tie breaker between one of our teams and a team from Eggbuckland and it all rested on the Outer Hebrides and Hele’s got there first (not literally!)
The Plymouth City geography champs are; James, Eve & Oliver.
Well done to the other students who also took part; Lizzie, Jasmine, Jessica, Matthew & Ashley.