Principal’s Welcome

I often ask prospective parents to consider, What makes Helena different? 

Helena is certainly an academic school, providing the right environment for the majority of our students to achieve WACE results that qualify them for entry to the university of their choice. For others, our general course study programme enables them to make strong applications for challenging TAFE courses.

It is no more or less than any school should offer – so what makes Helena different?

At Helena College, from Kindergarten to Year 12, we focus on developing the whole person, equipping each child with the skills and knowledge to fully embrace life after school.

Academically we stretch our students through an inquiry-based approach to learning, delivered within the renowned International Baccalaureate Primary Years (K-5) and Middle Years (6-10) Programmes. We offer specialist classes right from Kindergarten, so even our youngest students stretch themselves through Physical Education, Indonesian, Performing Arts and Computing as well as core curriculum subjects.

From Pre-primary to Year 12, our students stretch themselves physically and emotionally through our integrated camps programme, with age-appropriate experiences to enhance resilience and personal growth as well as forging strong relationships. Relationships are the basis of school culture and must be built on a foundation of mutual respect. Respect, tolerance and empathy are the cornerstones of the value system at Helena College.

There’s no doubt our unique environment also makes Helena special. The natural bush setting enhances learning for our junior students at our Darlington Campus, Kindergarten to Year 5  and at our Glen Forrest Campus, home to the Middle School (Years 6-9) and Upper School (Years 10-12). At Helena College heart, mind and body align to affirm independence, self-motivation, and responsibility for self, others and the environment. I invite you to visit us and experience it for yourself.

I look forward to welcoming you into the Helena family.

Ian Lyons, College Principal


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