Helena College actively seeks ways to enhance student learning and wellbeing by partnering with parents and families, other education and training institutions, local businesses and community organisations.
Parents and families are recognised as integral members of the school community and partners in their children’s education.
Helena College builds partnerships with parents, families, local businesses and community organisations to improve opportunities and outcomes for our students, providing access to experiences, support and intellectual and/or physical resources not available within the College. For example in the work experience programme and the community service programme.
Helena College’s school community partnerships are sustainable and are very much part of the culture of the College community and our partner organisations.
- Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) – HIPP with Year 4 students
- Darlington Arts Festival, (P&F stalls, student performances, student entries to the art exhibition)
- Friends of Darlington Station – assisted Darlington Campus students with tree planting for Waabiny Hill Project; Year 10 Community Service programmes
- Gooseberry Hill Community Art group – Year 11s exhibit their work each November
- Guest speakers from various agencies, associations and charities for Values, Culture and Wellbeing assemblies eg Sorry Day, Harmony Day, Peace One Day, Refugee Week, Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal etc
- HeartLines Literature Festival, Mundaring Arts Centre (student participation in workshops and author/illustrator sessions)
- Kanyana Wildlife Centre (volunteers for their Open Day fundraising efforts, incursions at the Darlington Campus)
- Land For Wildlife – provides ongoing support for managing our bushland for biodiversity (weed control, revegetation, disease control – particularly for the Waabiny Hill Project
- Life drawing classes with local community artists teaching drawing skills
- Madjitil Moorna Choir (performance partnerships with College choirs)
- Men of the Trees (student participation in community tree planting projects)
- Men’s Shed Mundaring – in 2015 volunteers sculpted a jarrah goanna for the Waabiny Hill project
- Mundaring Art Centre (student participation in exhibitions and provision of facilitators for College visual arts projects; shared contributions for artists in residency within the College)
- Mundaring in Transition – vision to promote a resilient and sustainable global community, working with Helena College parents and the local community to create Boomerang Bags
- Natural Resource Management – great supporter of the Waabiny Hill Rehabilitation Project
- Programmed – donated/supplied 1000 tree guards for the Waabiny Hill Project
- Regional shows – Students produce/exhibit artworks at local festivals and shows around the region
- Rise – Centenary House, Koongamia (students provide inter-generational activities for the elderly citizens from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds)
- RSL Mundaring (ANZAC Day; speakers for assemblies; flag ceremonies; guests to events)
- Salvation Army, Midland (students involved fundraising for the annual Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal)
- South West Noongar Land and Sea Council – gave permission for Noongar Language to be used in the WaabiHill Project, ongoing support of the implementation of greater Noongar understandings
- Trek the Trail – student artworks installed along the trek trail
- Whiteman Park – Year 7 Service and Action annual land care programme – students plant about 2000 native plants annually
- Work Experience programme (Year 10 students have one week of actual work experience via placements with business in the hills community )
- Worklink programme (Years 11-12 students have Worklink placements at businesses within the community)
- Yallambee Village Aged Care Facility (Year 10 Community Service students work with the elderly residents playing board games and planning and running other activities to entertain and provide stimulation for the residents)
- and many others
- International Baccalaureate network of schools
- Sharing of resources with other schools in Australia and overseas eg IB Schools (asssessments, worksheets etc)
- Shared professional learning days with teachers from other schools
- and many more
Educational partnerships between our two campuses
- Language Ambassadors in Years 5 and 9 for shared teaching and learning and cultural experiences
- Year 5 graduating class and Year 11 media students – competition for students to create a videotape for the graduation night presentation. The winner of the contest has their edited video shown on Graduation night.
- At least two combined assemblies each year – eg in 2016 ANZAC Day and Access Asia Day
- Shared facilities eg Performing Arts Centre, sporting facilities, Food Science Technology Centre
- Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Year 10s undertake the expedition and community service components towards the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and are encourage to complete the additional requirements to achieve Bronze level. Some students progress to the Silver Award.
- World Challenge – Students who participate in a World Challenge expedition will embark on an amazing journey of self discovery. The life skills they learn will help to prepare them for adulthood and the world beyond home. By planning their own itinerary and travelling overseas, volunteering in a developing community and trekking through challenging terrain, students come back with a different perspective on life as they ‘knew’ it!