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Helena College
Glen Forrest Campus, Bilgoman Road
Glen Forrest
Western Australia
The College is an independent, co-educational and non-denominational, International Baccalaureate school.
The Darlington Campus has 161 students from Kindergarten to Year 5, and the Glen Forrest Campus has 614 students from Years 6-12.
PO Box 52, Glen Forrest WA 6071
Perth East
Glen Forrest Campus 08 9298 9100
Darlington Campus 08 9299 9926
Ryecroft Road, Darlington WA 6070
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Bringing out the Best Together


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Ian Lyons, Principal; Greg Miller, Head of Junior School
Independent, Non-denominational
Non Denominational
Kindergarten to Year 12 across two campuses.
Please see College website for fees brochure.
161 Dasrlington Campus (K-5) and 614 Glen Forrest Campus (6-12)

It is with much pleasure that we welcome you to learn about Helena College via this website.

Darlington Campus (K-5)

The Darlington Campus is a co-educational learning environment committed to meeting the diverse needs of all students. The Junior School is dedicated to providing a quality education for students in Kindergarten to Year 5 where students are encouraged to challenge themselves to set high, but achievable, goals and steadily develop their skills and talents.

The staff seek to stimulate the students to reach their potential. Each child will embark on a learning journey which has been specifically designed to support the unique ways children learn at each stage of their schooling.

The partnership of parents and teachers is vital and through communication with their child’s teacher, home and school can complement each other in encouraging the development of the whole child. Parents play a valuable role in the classroom in extending the children’s experiences and in extra curricular activities. The engaging, developmental style of learning we aim to provide at Helena utilises parent support in the following ways:

• Language activities

• Mathematics activities

• Art and craft activities

• Excursions

• Other programmes / events

We have an outstanding teaching team who are here to make your child’s education a happy and successful experience where they will be cared for as a unique individual. As such, we invite you to visit our Darlington Campus. Talk to our staff and our students and experience our facilities. It is then that you will gain a sense of our community and how we at Helena care for each other.

Greg Miller, Head of Junior School

Glen Forrest Campus (6-12)

The decision of selecting a school for your student’s education is an important one. The friends made, sometimes on the first day, often stay with them for life.

The friendships they make shape their views and influence their actions and opinions. With this in mind parents need to look at the curriculum and beyond when they are deciding on a school.

The Glen Forrest Campus offers whole person development - education for the physical, the intellectual, the emotional and the social. We offer a rigorous International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme in Years 6-10, with Years 11-12 WACE courses in Upper School, a camps programme that is second to none and a strong pastoral care programme to nurture individuality and personal development. Rapport between staff and students is evident by all who vist the College. The small school environment contributes much to the success of the College. We are confident that our graduates leave the College with a well rounded education, fully equipped to be life-long learners and global citizens.

Ian Lyons, Principal



To be a school where students are inspired to be the best they can be; where they are encouraged to develop confidence, ability and passion to achieve their goals; and to have the skills and commitment to leave a positive footprint on the world.


To educate and inspire students to be the best they can be by providing a balanced focus on whole child development.

To be a school where students, teachers and parents actively engage as partners in the educational process.

To be a school with high expectations of learning and achievement by offering creative, engaging and challenging educational experiences in a nurturing environment.


  • Integrity and responsibility
  • Inclusivity and participation
  • Caring and compassion
  • Respect for self, others and our surroundings



Junior School offers an exciting and innovative Options Programme which allows students to select from a range of creative and challenging courses to provide learning experiences that cater for individual learning differences. Classes run both in school time and after school.

Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies (PATHS) PATHS is a programme that targets the development of social and emotional competence in order to build children’s protective factors and decrease the risk of behavioural and social problems. It is designed to promote social and emotional competence, prevent violence, aggression and other behavioural problems, improve critical thinking skills and enhance the classroom climate. PATHS covers five conceptual domains: Self-Control Emotional Understanding Positive Self-Esteem Relationships Interpersonal Problem-Solving Skills

The Senior School offers a 1-to-1 Apple Macintosh laptop programme. The John Fawcett Students-in-Residence programme is a programme aimed at providing lower socioeconomic students from Bali with an opportunity to enhance their future employment opportunities. The College is extremely fortunate to host two students on exchange from Bali during Term Four each year. The College is proud of the opportunities offered to these young, underprivileged students, many of whom go home with new found confidence to successful careers in management, optometry, hospitality or to begin university studies.

The Helena College camps programme provides an extensive range of experiences – from visits and sleepovers for Junior Primary classes through to major expeditions and adventure challenge camps at the Senior School.

Camps are often among the strongest and fondest memories of past students.

Principal's Message


The question about which school to choose to further your student’s education is a significant one. The fit has to be right for you and your student. The school has to meet your needs as a family and has to align closely with the values you support for your children. Helena College Senior School has been serving the needs of hills families since 1988 when it started with a few classrooms and just 27 students. I have long held the belief that the key elements of good schooling exist in meeting the PIES – the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social growth of students. Good schools should meet the physical needs of the students by providing an environment which is conducive to learning and which challenges and supports each student. The intellectual growth of the student is the core business of schools and comes through programmes which inspire and engage students both independently and collectively. The emotional and social wellbeing of the student ensures they feel valued and safe and underpins their ability to engage with the curriculum. The staff at Helena strive on a daily basis to meet these four core tenants of education through genuine connections with students and their parents. In this prospectus we have used the terms – mind, body, spirit and community to reflect these four areas of personal development. 
Helena College – the school of choice in the Perth hills.
Ian Lyons, College Principal 
Phone 08 9298 9100       GLEN FORREST campus

From the Head of Junior School
Child wonder, initiative and effort are celebrated at the Darlington Campus (K-5) where a learning and teaching process is designed to support and guide students in their formative years of schooling. For the students, it is a time of discovery as they are taught across a range of subject areas and options, providing them with a diverse and rich early learning experience. While a balanced, comprehensive and holistic curriculum is offered in the college, we consider literacy, numeracy and positive learning habits to be the foundation stones of all learning. We encourage each student to strive to be the best they can be, by allowing students to engage in a wide range of quality education programmes and learning experiences which are committed to both whole person development and creative and adaptive thinkers, encompassed in a safe, supportive environment. Collaborative relationships lie at the heart of the College community with staff, students and parents living out the school motto, Bringing out the best together, to achieve the best possible educational experience for each student.

Greg Miller, Head of Junior School


Phone 9299 6626        DARLINGTON campus


The College offers two tours at each campus per term. The best way to find out more about the College is to book in for tour. We would love to welcome you to Helena, to our school. It’s a great school – a rare and special bushland place with space to take our students on a journey of personal and academic growth, discovery, knowledge, skills, curiosity and challenge. Our College community, however, must be experienced rather than described. Come and experience it for yourself.




About Us

The Junior School - Darlington campus (Kindergarten to Year 6) is set on 2 hectares of tranquil, wooded surroundings overlooking hills, valleys and, in the distance, the city of Perth. The grounds include extensive playground areas for nature play and sporting activities. Facilities include the Helena House Hall, library, computing room, visual arts room, pottery centre, languages room, performing arts centre, uniform shop and Early Childhood Centre.

The Senior School - Glen Forrest campus (established in 1988) is situated on an 8.3 hectare site in Bilgoman Road.

The College is very proud of campus facilities that are very much in harmony with the surrounding bushland, the flora and fauna.

The Senior School facilities include a sporting and recreation complex, a performing arts centre which provides a cultural venue for the College and the surrounding hills community. A purpose-built media centre provides the opportunity for students to develop practical skills in radio, television, film and video production. The library is a student hub for on-line learning, research, reading and recreation. A building programme is currently underway for the purpose built Year 6 Junior Middle School facility ready to open in February 2016.
The Junior School is currently exploring the Australian Curriculum.

Senior School

- Middle School
Helena College is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is undertaken by all students in Years 7 through to Year 10.

- Upper School
Students in Years 11-12 study a wide selection of WACE courses.

The Year 10 Vocational Education course includes a Community Service programme. Working in conjunction with the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, the programme fulfils the requirements of 15 hours of service. All Years 10-12 students participate in community service to develop leadership skills, social responsibility and citizenship. The programme encourages students to participate in activities that contribute to making their local community a better place. Gamelan Each year the Helena College music department offers an in-residence programme to enable our students, and others in the community, to learn about the music of Indonesia through the Gamelan programme. For many years Helena College has hosted Dewa Alit for a term, to work with the students in our music and Indonesian language areas. Gesture method All students at the College study a language until Year 10. At the Senior School, teachers of French have for a number of years implemented the Gesture Method, which has greatly increased the verbal fluency of students. Features of the method: Only French is spoken in the classroom Words and phrases are matched with gestures Both students and teachers make the appropriate gesture as they speak each word or phrase With this method, reading and writing skills are reinforced, while speaking and listening skills are developed to a level which could only otherwise be achieved by cultural immersion. Classes in Indonesian are also adopting features of this method.

Options Programme (Junior School) Debating Club Drama Club Robotics Running Club Zen Do Kai martial arts club

Pastoral care is an integral part of the educational process and Helena College is a community where people learn, work and grow together. Our aim is to build a just and caring community. A strong and enduring pastoral focus within the Junior School is based on identifying and rewarding positive student behaviour, efforts and achievements. Senior School Pastoral Care is provided Directors of Middle and Upper School, the College Counsellor, and Homeroom teachers. Aspects of the various pastoral Care programmes include orientation camps, peer support programmes, Student Council, Bus Buddies and House Captains.

All members of the Helena College community are guided by these values:

Personal excellence
To provide innovative, educational programs of study and extra-curricular activities which empower individuals to accept challenges, extend personal boundaries and be active contributors to society.
We seek to nurture individuality and self-worth in all members of our community while providing opportunities to strive for personal excellence, develop resiliency and demonstrate initiative.

Transport Options

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for transport information.

Past Student Profiles

The College alumni - Old Helenians - is coordinated by Sue Wallace, Alumni and Community Relations Officer. 

Reunions and Old Helenians events are held regularly with a 1 year and 10 year reunion. Check out the Old Helenians Facebook page or email for further information.

Your Invitation

You are most welcome to visit the College on a tour of facilities. Each campus holds tours each term for prospective parents.

The Junior School tours commence at 11am, followed by a morning tea with the Head of Junior School and Director of Community Relations.

The Senior School tours commence at 9.30am, followed by a morning tea with the Principal and Director of Community Relations, Directors of Middle and Upper School. All are welcome.

Please contact the Registrar to book in for a tour 9298 9100 (Senior School) or 9299 6626 (Junior School)

Junior School Tour dates for 2015 are as follows:

Term One 

Week 5 – Friday, 6 March 2015 and Week 9 – Friday, 2 April 2015

Term Two

Week 5 – Friday, 22 May 2015 and Week 9 – Friday,  19 June 2015

Term Three

Week 5 – Friday, 21 August 2015 and Week 9 – Friday, 18 September 2015

Term Four

Week 5 – Friday, 13 November 2015


Senior School Tour dates for 2015 are as follows:

Term One

Week 4 – Friday, 27 February 2015 and Week 8 – Friday, 27 March 2015

Term Two

Week 4 – Friday, 15 May 2015 and Week 8 – Friday, 12 June 2015

Term Three

Week 4 – Friday, 14 August 2015 and Week 8 – Friday,  11 September 2015

Term Four

Week 4 – Friday, 6 November 2015




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