The term break can often be a time when young people spend more time online using social media or gaming. With that in mind it is always important to consider the dangers of being online and the risks of online grooming.
'Online grooming’ is how sexual predators pursue young people through a digital platform or device. When it comes to children’s online activities, accessibility of personal information and lack of security and supervision are two of the main factors that help online predators commit these heinous acts.
Grooming happens easily, and doesn’t necessarily discriminate. ‘Good children’ can be just as vulnerable to online predators because of their developmental stage (lack of critical thinking ability) and innocent willingness to trust others who seem like fun, helpful or exciting new friends.
Children and teens of all ages are vulnerable to online predators; however, increased time spent alone on the Internet and more frequent access to Internet-enabled apps and games can raise the risk.
It is essential that parents ensure their children and teenagers access age-appropriate platforms and that children are constantly supervised when playing online games or participating in online platforms (younger children especially). Furthermore, teenagers should not be left to their own devices (so to speak!). Talking to teens about their digital habits is essential to keeping them safe from online threats and manipulative strangers.
The Helena College Cybersafety Hub is a great starting point for conversations around cyber safety. The Online Safety Hub can support parents by providing practical insights and advice directly from internationally-renowned experts. It can be accessed directly from the College website.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy term break.
Justin Pitt, Head of Senior Campus
Date: Thursday, 29 June 2023
This year’s Year 12 Ball is being held at Fraser’s Kings Park. Fraser’s Kings Park is located in the tranquil surrounds of Kings Park and sits high above the city with views of Perth and the beautiful Swan River.
Just a reminder, all Year 12 students will be expected to stay at school on the day of the Ball until 12.15 pm, so please make sure all appointments are in the afternoon. Be organised in advance with everything you need to do for the Ball.
Please note that nail appointments can be made during the week of the event. We will relax the usual nail restrictions for the week leading up to the Ball.
The College does not sanction any pre or post-ball parties. Any student who indulges in any activity contrary to the College policies and the Student Code of Conduct, including the consumption of alcohol or other illicit substance, will be IMMEDIATELY sent home in a taxi - at the family’s expense.
Additional information about the Ball will be published soon.
While our Year 12s have been through the exam cycle before, this is a timely reminder to brush up on good exam techniques. Elevate Education will also run their “Ace Your Exams” workshop for our Year 12s early in Term 2.
Our Year 11 students will be experiencing the exam period for the first time next term. To help them prepare beforehand, we will hold a short pre-exam information session in Week 3 of next term. The session will be attended by a select group of Year 12 students, who will share their exam tips with our Year 11s.
Our Student Councillors attended the Grip Leadership Conference with 600 other student leaders at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Conference sessions were focused on four main themes: activity, belonging, school customs, and diversity.
The presenters energised our students and inspired them to make the most of their year as student leaders.
While thought-provoking, the content at the Conference was presented engagingly, and our students appreciated it. To help the room stay focused, the Loud Noise Boys kept the crowd entertained with their high-energy
They got straight to work the next day and transferred their newly acquired knowledge at the year's first Combined Student Leadership Committee meeting.
Craig Hillman Director of Upper School
As we find ourselves at the end of Term 1, I am delighted with the many achievements of our Junior School students over the past few months.
From a teaching and learning perspective, the students have shown much growth and progress. They have engaged with their learning with enthusiasm and curiosity, and their dedication to their learning experiences has been impressive. We are very proud of their accomplishments and are confident that they will continue to flourish next term.
Beyond the classroom
Our Junior School students have enthusiastically participated in a wide range of activities beyond the classroom - from swimming lessons (which commenced Day 1), Easter hat parade (last day of Term 1), excursions/ incursions and interschool sporting events. The determination of Junior School aged children cannot be underestimated, and as adults, we can be reminded of this wonderful human trait.
Year 5 leadership program - congratulations!
For our Year 5 students, it has been a particularly busy and eventful end to Term 1. The Junior School leadership programme plays an important part of the student’s learning experiences. In having an excursion to Parliament House, it gave the students a greater understanding of elections and campaigning - as well as the Australian democracy process.
Students interested in running for a leadership position carried out tasks such as:
The various undertakings culminated in an exciting election day (for House Captain positions) complete with a polling place, polling officials, ballot papers and ballot boxes and democracy sausage sizzle. The following morning, there were peer speeches and voting for the Minister positions.
As such, sincere congratulations go the Year 5 students, Miss Martino and Mrs Berry for their tremendous efforts! Further congratulations go to the following students who have accepted House Captain and Minister positions for 2023.
Year 5 House Captains
Year 5 Ministers
Student Portfolios (Years 1-5)
At the completion of Term 1, students take home a Student Portfolio. The Portfolio is a celebration and record of an active and learning mind at work that emphasises individual ability and encourages children to be positive, confident and generally proud of their capabilities. It is designed to provide information regarding expected student outcomes and also encourages dialogue between home and school. To further foster this partnership, you are encouraged to share the Portfolio with your child and provide them with constructive feedback that reflects both effort and achievement. Invite and ask your child to read or explain some of their work as this will provide for them another opportunity to articulate their learning.
Looking ahead, we have exciting plans for Term 2 (including a whole school assembly in Week 1). I would sincerely like to thank our dedicated staff, supportive parents, and most importantly, our students for making this term such a success. Together, we have created a vibrant and caring community that nurtures our students' learning growth and development.
Wishing you all a restful and enjoyable break, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back on Wednesday 26 April 2023.
Greg Miller, Head of Junior School
Sporting Success for Martin (Year 7C)
On Saturday, 1 April, Martin received the batting award for the Parkerville U12 Cricket Team. Martin made 210 runs at an average of 52.5 in just his second season of Junior Cricket and was a big improvement from last year. In addition, Martin also received the MVP trophy for the U14 Helena Hype Basketball Team. It has been a busy sporting summer for Martin, but he is ready for new winter challenges with 2023 being his first year playing for the Hill Rangers Aussie Rules Football Team. Well done, Martin!
Students in Years 3-5 are reminded to practice their Word Mania over the holidays to build up their speed and accuracy. Usernames and passwords are in students diaries - follow the literacyplanet.com link to access the program. This practice round is available until 23 April, with the Word Mania Interschool Competition commencing in May, for those students who wish to enter.
Based on one of LiteracyPlanet’s most popular exercises, in Word Mania, students race against the clock to build as many words as they can in three minutes, from 15 randomly generated tiles. Word Mania improves spelling, word recognition, and word knowledge and historically, the organisers has seen on average, game scores increase by 36% over the course of the competition.
By participating in the practice rounds over the holidays, students can keep their brains ticking over by expanding their vocabulary, improving their spelling, and simply having a lot of fun with words!
Our Junior School students were bunny-hopping with excitement this morning, as they started the day with our annual Easter Hat Parade. So many amazing creations to see, and it was terrific to have families along to watch. There was even more egg-citement to be had when Mr Miller announced that the Easter Bunny had been busy during the parade, and had hidden yummy chocolate eggs all over the Darlington Campus!
Once the parents had left, the children were able to go for gold and find the carefully hidden treats. They had to be fast, because some curious crows were very interested in the shiny paper that the choccie eggs were wrapped in! Fortunately, the very generous Easter Bunny had made sure there were plenty of treats to be had, and no one missed out (though the crows were a little disappointed).
PS: Did you know that the shiny wrapping that Easter treats are traditionally covered in can be recycled? The best way to ensure this happens is to bundle all the foil coverings in to one larger ball and add it to your yellow bin in time for the next pick up!
On 17 March Helena College attended the ACC Interschool Swimming Carnival. The weather was perfect, the students represented the College with enthusiasm, passion and outstanding sportsmanship and the day was a great success.
We finished 4th overall, against strong competition, with our Year 7-9 girls winning the Junior Girls Champions award for their overall aggregate! A massive effort!
1. Tranby College – 847pts
2. Geraldton Grammar – 829pts
3. Providence Christian College – 784pts
4. Helena College – 744pts
5. Living Waters Lutheran College – 728pts
6. Quinns Baptist College – 720pts
7. Peter Carnley Anglican Community School – 669pts
8. Mercy College – 506pts
Individual acknowledgement and congratulations also goes to the following students who achieved in the ‘Top 5 Champions’ for their respective age brackets:
Fife – 3rd, Caitlyn – 2nd, Jordyn – 5th and Elias – 5th
A big thank you goes to Mrs Emma Hayward, Mr Stefan Humphreys and Mr Joe Kendall for their efforts on the day as well as Mrs Emma Kelly, Mrs Vanessa Kennedy and Mrs Sue Wallace for working hard behind the scenes in the lead up. Thank you all!
Mr James Waterhouse, Sports Coordinator
WA Department of Health advises people – especially children and teens – not to look directly at the sun during the solar eclipse on 20 April due to the risk of permanent eye damage, including loss of vision, Please click Here to learn more about solar eye safety.
Make a note on your calendar. Great event not to be missed. Full details in Term 2 newsletter.
Having a clean out during the holidays? Secondhand Uniform Shop would appreciate donations of any sports uniforms, jumpers and jackets. If you have anything to donate please drop into Uniform Shop or hand in at the Administration office at Glen Forrest Campus during the holidays.
Closed Thursday 6 April
Closed Monday 24 April (Staff Conference) and Tuesday 25 April (Anzac Day)
Open Wednesday 26 April
For any URGENT matter, please contact Glen Forrest Campus administration 9298 9100. It should be noted that GFC are closed for the first week of holidays and will only be in attendance between 9am and 3pm during second week.
Closed Thursday 6 April - Friday 14 April
Open Monday 17 April - Friday 21 April 9am to 3pm
Closed Monday 24 April (Staff Conference) and Tuesday 25 April (Anzac Day)
Parents of students in Years 6 to 10 will have received an email this afternoon regarding the upcoming interviews, and the booking process. Unfortunately, a technical glitch has meant that parents may have received the email more than once - including one where the personalisation was missing. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.
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