Safer Internet Day is a global event that brings together communities, families, schools and organisations from more than 180 countries to help create safer online spaces.
The world is more connected than ever before, making online safety awareness even more important. That’s why the 2023 Safer Internet Campaign is encouraging everyone to Connect. Reflect. Protect:
Did you know that Helena College has a free cybersafety hub that is accessible to all parents, students and staff? Powered by ySafe, the Helena Cybersafety Hub provides lots of resources - from guides to popular apps, through to advice on dealing with online bullying, and more!
There is also a wide range of support, information and webinars available through the eSafety Commissioner's website.
If you would like information on Helena College's Child Safe program, please contact Mr Justin Pitt, Head of Senior Campus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What a warm and wonderful start we have had to the 2023 school year - with the Summer temperatures being ideal for our swimming program!
There is nothing better than hitting the reset button and launching into something new - and the commencement of the school year embodies this notion well. We have loved seeing the Helena community come back together and we have many exiting experiences planned for Term 1.
Parent information evenings
A huge thank you goes to all the parents who were able to attend our annual parent information evenings held this week. The purpose of the evenings included providing parents with specific class and teaching and learning information to facilitate the transition into a new year level or, into the College.
Positive partnerships are an underlying philosophy of our school, and as such, the information sessions are viewed as a very important component in assisting families as they settle into the new academic year. Should you have any questions relating to your child’s teaching and learning experience, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant staff member at any time throughout the year.
2023 marks for me over 27 years in the field of education. Needless to say, I am genuinely excited to be working together with our community to make this year an outstanding one. If you would like to discuss any questions or school matters at any time, please feel free to contact me via telephone (9299 6626) or schedule an appointment to come and see me through Holly Clatworthy (email@example.com).
As week two draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our students, parents and staff for a great start to the year. I have appreciated the positive comments regarding how well your children have commenced the school year, along with the pleasing comments regarding our College, their new classroom and teachers.
Wishing everyone a super weekend ahead.
Greg Miller | Head of Junior School, Kindergarten to Year 5
The popular Interhouse Lap Challenge is back in 2023. The fun starts on Monday 20 February (Week 4) will run through until the end of term. Students and staff are encouraged to come down to the oval from 7.45am to 8.30am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to walk, jog or run laps. The winning House at the end of the term will receive a prize.
If you have any questions please contact Mr Kendall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our NEAS interschool season is back for 2023! After several years of postponed and modified programs due to COVID-19, this year sees a return to normalcy for students in Years 7 to 12.
For those new to the Senior School, NEAS is the North Eastern Associated Schools, a division of the Associated & Catholic Colleges (ACC) sports organisation. The schools we compete against in NEAS include Ellenbrook Christian College, Holy Cross College, La Salle College, Swan Christian College and Swan Valley Anglican Community School.
Juniors (Years 7 to 9) play on Tuesdays and Seniors (Years 10 to 12) play on Wednesdays from 4pm-5pm, competing against Swan Valley Anglican Community School, Swan Christian College, La Salle College, Holy Cross College and Ellenbrook Christian College. Year 6 students participate in interschool sport at a primary level, joining the older students from the Junior School campus in Darlington.
The season consists of Home and Away fixtures in Week 4 to Week 8, with finals held in Week 9 for the top two teams. Sports on offer in Term 1 include Basketball and Ultimate Frisbee, in the age brackets below:
Students who are interested in playing in any of the NEAS teams should nominate through the link in the Seqta notices as soon as possible.
For any further information about NEAS please contact Mr Waterhouse at email@example.com.
During the school holidays Oskar was selected to play in the West Australian U15 Boys Indoor Hockey Team that competed in the National Championships in Brisbane during January.
Mum, Kendra, lead the way as Team Manager making sure all the players had enough to eat! On the court it was tough going against the best U15 indoor players in the country and unfortunately no medals this time around. However off the court fun was had by all.
If your child is not at school for the photo day, there will be a catch-up session for individual photos on Monday 27 February (Week 5).
Further details will be provided in What's On closer to the time.
This year, Helena is excited to welcome a new group of staff members. This diverse and talented group comes from different backgrounds and brings with them unique perspectives and experiences that will help to create an even more vibrant learning environment for our students. We are confident that their enthusiasm, dedication, and strong work ethic will be invaluable assets to the school community as we strive for excellence in all aspects of education.
As part of this team, they will have the opportunity to grow professionally while contributing their knowledge and skills to enriching the lives of our students. We look forward to working together with these new staff members as they embark upon this exciting journey!
We have pleased to confirm that a number of staff are taking on new challenges this term. We wish them all the best for new roles and look forward to seeing the great things that will be accomplished. We hope that these new roles will be rewarding and fulfilling.
Lauren Bates - DC Auslan Teacher
Pippa Barnard - Year 1 Teacher
Peter Cumming - Year 4 Teacher
Hazel Granville - GFC Indonesian Teacher
Janelle Dowler - GFC Food Technology Teacher
Béatrice Archambaud - Head of Languages
Shane Gray - Head of Mathematics
Karen Coombs - Head of Technologies
Anne-Marie Lee - Head of Year 6
Matt Zarb - Head of Year 7
Steve Emanuele - Head of Year 8
Tim Hayward - Head of Year 9
James Waterhouse - Sports Coordinator
CLASS OF 2022 | Calling the newest Helena graduates! Come along for a tasty (free) brekkie on 17 February. Mr Hillman will be cooking up a storm, and you'll have the chance to catch up with your classmates, and your teachers. We'd love to hear where life has taken you!
A maths expo – now that’s something different!
The Expo is targeted at families with the aim to provide support to parents and students with mathematics learning at home by showcasing interactive resources.
Date: Sunday 12 March 2023
Venue: Stirling Community Centre - Karrinyup
Time: 10am - 1pm
Check out the link to the expo.
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