Helme is a small primary school nestled in a glorious position overlooking the foothills of the Pennines.
The school runs a Breakfast Club to allow children to start school early and benefit from a hearty breakfast.
Jellies, an independent out of school club, runs after school in the Church in Linthwaite. Jellies staff pick up children both directly after school and are aiming to pick up at the end of after school activities in the near future. In October 2015, Jellies were judged 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. For more information about Jellies visit their website here.
On Friday 11th December 2015, all children from Classes 3, 4 and 5 gathered in the hall to take part in the ‘Dance Off’. Dance had been our PE focus for the half term and our SSOC crew had come up with the magnificent idea of organising a competition to celebrate our learning.
The children worked independently during break and lunchtimes (and even at home with help from older siblings!) on routines with friends from any KS2 class. They also chose their own music to perform to.
To introduce the competition element, the SSOC crew decided that judges would be needed. Fortunately, Martha Dunn (an ex-Helme pupil and dance superstar) was thrilled to be asked to judge and Honley High gave her permission to spend the whole afternoon with us. We are also very lucky to have a dancer on the staff team at Helme and Mrs Rekis was happy to accept the position of judge too.
The afternoon started with a mass ‘Do the Strictly’ routine! Each class had learnt the dance with Mme Brian and it was great to see the children dance with partners from any class as a whole Key Stage (see the videos on the Twitter feed).
Then, every child performed their dance in front of the rest of the children and the judges. We watched group dances, pairs and even a brave individual dance. The music ranged from Black Magic to Santa Claus is coming to Town and most dance styles were covered, from street dance to modern and from robotics to Latin.
Mme Brian was (as usual!) spotted with tears in her eyes as two boys performed a very moving routine to Demons by Imagine Dragons. Another child’s feedback of ‘that made me feel fuzzy inside’ was very fitting.
After each performance, members of the audience were invited to give feedback and we waited with baited breath while the judges gave their comments and scores. Comments ranged from “Great footwork” to “lots of upper-body wiggles!”
The final dance of the afternoon was a mass Cha cha cha (again, see the videos on our Twitter feed).
Everyone was a winner in Mme Brian’s eyes, but the judges had awarded some very high scores and certificates were awarded to those groups and pairs.
Helme School is part of the Yorkshire Anglican Teaching School Alliance. The Alliance is offering opportunities to train in various schools leading to a PGCE qualification. Please click on the document below for further details.
Monday 8 February at 9.10 am – Family Service in Church. All welcome!
Tuesday 9 February at 9 am and repeated again at 2.45 am – Introduction to ActiveLearn for parents – more information to come soon
Tuesday 9 February at 9.30 am after meeting – Class 2 parents are invited into class to learn more about the ActiveLearn system
Tuesday 9 February at 2.15 - Class 5 parents are invited into class to learn more about the ActiveLearn system
Wednesday 10 February after registration ie about 9.10 am - Class 4 parents are invited into class to learn more about the ActiveLearn system
Thursday 11 February am – Team to attend the Seated Volleyball Festival
Thursday 11 February at 2.15 - Class 3 parents are invited into class to learn more about the ActiveLearn system
Friday 12 February at 9.10 am – Class 1 Sharing Assembly
Friday 12 February after Sharing Assembly - Class 1 parents are invited into class to learn more about the ActiveLearn system
Friday 12 February from 5.30 – 6.30 – FOHS Valentine’s Disco for Classes 1 and 2
Friday 12 February from 6.45 – 7.45 – FoHS Valentine’s Disco for Classes 3, 4 and 5
Please look in the Virtual Office and then the Calendar for dates in the future and holiday dates for the next academic year