Bus Service 36 & Helsby High School

The school are pleased to advise parents and carers that following a request to Cheshire West and Chester, the local authority have agreed with GHA coaches to change the commercial bus afternoon timetable by 10 minutes. This will mean that the bus will now collect students travelling towards Elton at 3.17 rather than 3.07, ensuring that students are not waiting for an unreasonable amount of time.

This change will take effect from November 3rd, the first day back after the half term break.

Year 7 Disco

Thursday 23rd October

6.30 – 8.30pm in the Main Hall

Tickets £3 in advance

Please drop off and collect at Main Entrance

All profits to support our Afritwin partner school,

Hector Peterson High, in

Wallacedene Township, Cape Town.


STEM workshop.

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A “Tomorrow’s Engineers” event was held for some year 9 students on Wednesday 15th October. The two hour workshop had a number of activities including a quiz on careers in Engineering, problem solving activities and using mechanical robots to model the remote collection of material samples. The students enjoyed working with the presenters from Learning By Design who conveyed their enthusiasm for engineering and the exciting possibilities it offers in finding practical solutions to problems around the world.

Their website is http://www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/

Competing in the Karate World Championships

On the 15th October, Finley from Year 8 at Helsby High School, will be travelling to Poland to represent England in the Karate World Championships. He is very optimistic that he will perform at his best in a knock-out competition that could see over 200 competitors in his age category. Undeterred by the fact that at 1m 52cm he is just into the upper height category (above 1m 51cm), he reckons that he performs better against taller opponents and that having a low centre of gravity is an advantage for him.

Whilst Finley comes across as any other cheery Helsby student, he prepares relentlessly in his spare time and is completely dedicated to his sport. During the week he trains with his Dad in their garden and he then attends further ‘training camps’ at weekends in Manchester. This photo shows him with one of his trainers “Sensei Mo” who is the current World Champion for Karate.

Finley already has an outstanding track record in this sport, having come fifth in the European Championships back in April. In the early rounds of each competition he carefully watches each of the other competitors to ‘suss out’ their techniques and possible weaknesses. When he finally enters the ring, Finley says that it is by concentrating and staying fully focussed, as well as controlling each physical move that helps him to win. We all hope he has a successful trip and wish him the very best of luck for this competition!

World Marathon Challenge 2014

Wednesday 1st October saw 35 Yr. 8 and 9 students compete in the World Marathon Challenge at Sportcity Manchester. The aim being to run the marathon distance in the quickest time possible in 200m legs. Our team completed the race in 1h 54:59, breaking the school and stadium record and placing us 2nd out of the 122 teams competing across the world. Countries represented outside of the UK included: Czech Republic, Canada, Estonia, Norway and France amongst others. Over half the team and 14/16 of the boys will be eligible to run again next year.

It was a fantastic effort from all involved and the team never allowed their effort and intensity levels to drop even as they started to tire, pushing each other on more and more as the race continued.

Full details are available at: http://www.competitioncentre.net/


A Levels not your bag?

Do you know that we offer courses that provide an alternative to A-levels in the Sixth Form? A-levels aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, and here at Helsby we recognise that. For a number of years, we have been running successful Level 3 BTEC courses in Engineering and ICT. The results are excellent and students really value being able to study courses with much less emphasis on exams and more marks gained from coursework. More importantly, students are able to gain valuable hands on experience rather than wholly theoretical learning about how things are done. Some students follow a BTEC course alongside, for example, Physics and Maths A-levels.  This provides evidence that they can actually produce real world outcomes as well as demonstrate the intellectual skills necessary at the design and development stages in Manufacturing and Engineering disciplines.

All past students have either gained places at university, gone on to do HNDs or have managed to secure highly sought after apprenticeship places in industry. The combination of ICT (which is worth two A-levels) with Engineering has been particularly popular. This provides students with the essential skills needed to secure places in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers. So successful are our students that Heat Trace in Helsby has taken several of our BTEC students on to their apprenticeships schemes. Our past BTEC students have gone on to secure much sought after Higher Level Apprenticeships with multinationals such as Fujitsu, Unilever, Vauxhall Motors and Shell.

The BTECs of old had a poor reputation but the modern versions are robust, exciting and dynamic courses that produce very employable young people. These people have the skills to go straight into industry or higher education.  You still need to meet the minimum requirements to get into the Sixth Form – this is not an easy option. However, it is excellent for those students who find exams particularly challenging.  The BTEC qualifications are equivalent to A levels in value and are worth points towards a university place. They can be combined with traditional A-levels ; with many of our students combining Engineering, ICT and Business.

So if A-levels aren’t your bag, why not consider a BTEC?

If you want more information, or a simply a quick chat about whether they would suit you, please speak with Mr Shelton, Mr Reid, Mrs Lindop, Mr Davies, Mrs Turner or Mr Duffel .

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