There is a very strong tradition of charity work and fund-raising throughout the school.
Pupils are encouraged to think about the world around them and particularly those less fortunate than themselves. Pupils are also prepared to give service not only to the school but to the community generally.
A new charity is selected every two years, alternating between local and international charities. Each Christmas, foodstuffs for hampers are provided and distributed to the elderly and needy in the Helsby area.
Pupils responded spontaneously to the Asian Tsunami Disaster. They rapidly organised events to riase money to rebuild the lives of people in Thailand and Sri Lanka. Helsby felt an affinity with Sri Lanka because of the previous Shiva campaign. Pupils held sweet stalls, bring and buy sales, a talent contest and held a poster competition.
Pupils also raise the money to provide the food for and run an annual MENCAP party; this is a great success where the handicapped children and our own pupils benefit from a greater understanding of, and concern for, the needs of those less fortunate than themselves.
Computers for Romania
Seen to the right are some of the pupils loading redundant school computing equipment for Romania.
In previous years our international charity was STEPS (Shelter Training Education & Purpose for Street children). Money was raised to refurbish a hostel for homeless Romanian children. The girls in the picture on the right are collecting ‘Steps of Pennies’ to help orphanages in Romania.
Helsby High school students were actively seeking donations from the local community in their annual Christmas Hamper drive.