Ski Trip February 2015

Please click the link for the Ski Trip Letter Ski letter

There are still places available for all students in Years 7-12 on next year’s Ski Trip to Folgaria, Italy.

If you are interested please either print off the letter available here or see Mr Park or Miss Wilkes for more details.

Here are what some of the students who skied this year had to say about the trip:

“We had a great time. Our ski instructors were really good and it was an amazing trip. I would recommend it to anyone to experience a fun week in Italy” (Alfie P. Yr. 8)

“An amazing experience; the most phenomenal holiday I’ve been on!” (Sam M. Yr. 8)

“It was an amazing trip. We learned how to ski much better and had so many great experiences.” (Katie C. Yr. 8)


Go4SET Launch Day at Daresbury Laboratories.

Go4SET Launch Day at Daresbury Laboratories

Six year nine students began their Go4SET project at Daresbury Laboratories yesterday. The scheme which is run by the Engineering Development Trust is a ten week project working alongside a local company.

The students, Mustafa Al-Zubiady, Nathan Bentley, Ben Brown, Emily Heatley, Ben Mayoh and Sam Parry, were introduced to the scheme and then an inspirational presentation was given to by Daresbury Laboratories explaining what they do on a day to day basis, which included helping build the Large Hadron Collider and developing parts to go on a new telescope to replace the Hubble telescope.

Their first task of the day was to produce a rollercoaster out of card and use a marble as a carriage. The team managed to keep their marble in flight for eleven seconds and beat the other schools, winning a prize for their efforts!

The students were then walked around the site on the Solar walk were they could see the impressive synchrotron building.

Their second task was to build a chair out of balloons and sellotape, this time with the assistance of their mentors from Scottish Power. Again, the students worked well as a team and managed to support one of their team members on the chair for the desired five seconds.

The day concluded with a presentation on report writing and project management. They then were given the options of project title – ‘Eco-classroom’ or ‘Energy’. They chose ‘Energy’ and began to discuss their initial thoughts with their mentors from Scottish Power.

The project continues until the beginning of July and will include a company visit to Scottish Power and a Celebration and Assessment Day back Daresbury Laboratories.P1010020 P1010024 P1010028 P1010032 P1010044

Dreams of Revenge

I have been part of Action Transport Theatre for two years both as a writer and an actor. In 2013 I was fortunate enough to be one of six writers selected to work on a project in collaboration with the writers from Steppingstone Theatre, Minnesota, USA. Over the course of a year, using Skype, we managed to write a play, called Dreams of Revenge. The play explores one young person’s experiences of bullying, her feelings of persecution and isolation and how the people around her react to her situation.

The play was performed by 8 college students who worked with Action Transport Theatre, creating a fast paced and physical piece, creating characters recognizable to everyone who goes to school and helping students to think about their own actions and consequences. The play has been performed in several primary and secondary schools locally as well as in a local theatre.

Chandler Beyer, one of the young writers from Minnesota came to stay with me and we went to see Dreams of Revenge. As well as time at Action Transport Theatre Chandler also came to school with me to gain insight into a British High School. She really enjoyed her time at Helsby, and I’m looking forward to spending some time with Chandler in America.  This is what Chandler thought of Helsby High.

“I had an amazing day at Helsby High School. I think the best part of the overall experience was getting to meet the wonderful students. Everyone was so friendly, and very welcoming. They seemed truly interested, and showed that they wanted to learn about me and my country. As a student for the day, I saw my peers at school had major respect for all of the adults, which is something I don’t see often from groups of students. Overall, it was an amazing experience, and I’m so glad I got to learn more about Katy and all of her friends!”



Year 8 Celebration Tea.

On Thursday 3rd April the Head Teacher, Mr J Dowler, had tea with several Year 8 students to celebrate being the most improved students in the Year. They were recommended for their hard work and Miss Mounsey (Year 8 Leader) and Mr Cooney (Key Stage Leader) have been very impressed with their effort.  Congratulations to Tabitha H, Chloe L, Sam M, Bailey P, Ben R, Emily D, Finley L, Kurt M-A, Bradlee M, Callum S, and Mia W.

Parental Feedback

As we have now concluded our Consultation Evenings for this academic year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents/carers for the many constructive and valued contributions which have been made via the pastoral and curriculum area questionnaires. Parental feedback is carefully considered following each Consultation Evening and helps to shape and improve our practice in school. If you would like to read some of the feedback given to us and the responses the school has made, please visit the Parental feedback page of the website which you will find under the parents tab.

Parental Feedback

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