When we talk about the learning program at Helena College, we are talking about much more than simply what is happening in classrooms across the school. While delivering the Western Australian curriculum is our primary aim, there are so many more opportunities for students to learn and grow through a range of other school activities.
In the past couple of weeks we have had students off on camps in both the Junior and Senior Schools. Our Junior School camps program is a wonderful way for our youngest students to grow their independence by being away from home overnight and engaging in a wide range of activities. My own daughter was very proud to tell me of how she was really scared before she did the flying fox on the Year 3 camp, but after doing it how she felt much braver. Some of our Senior School students visited Canberra as part of their Politics and Law class. While in Canberra, the group had the opportunity to chat with the Prime Minister who posted this picture on his Twitter (X) account!
It was wonderful to see so many parents join us recently at the Glen Forrest campus for both the Junior and Senior School Interhouse Athletics days. These were two days filled with enthusiasm, sporting skills, participation and Helena Spirit. Congratulations to Kiara (Senior) and Waughul (Junior) for their victories in the Interhouse competitions.
Participation in the Arts has been at extremely high levels recently with our students performing wonderfully well with Wakakirri at the Perth Concert Hall, and at the One Big Voice massed-choir concert at RAC Arena with hundreds of students from other schools around Western Australia. This week also sees the opening of our musical, Peter Pan for four sold out performances.
I would like to extend my gratitude to the dedicated students, our talented staff, the supportive parents, and the enthusiastic volunteers who have made these events possible. Your collective efforts have contributed immeasurably to the success of these endeavours, demonstrating the power of collaboration and the unwavering commitment to supporting our students.
Of course, academic learning remains important and parents in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 recently received information regarding their child’s NAPLAN results. Overall our NAPLAN results show continued improvement in student achievement at each year level, which is very pleasing. It was also a pleasure to welcome parents to a coffee morning hosted by our Director of K-12 Teaching and Learning, Dr Maree Baddock, last week for a discussion around NAPLAN. Dr Baddock has included more information about NAPLAN in this newsletter.