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The UK Hour of Code at Helsby High School
The UK Hour of Code takes place this week in schools across the UK and the Computing Department at Helsby High School is taking part by ensuring all students have a go at coding in their Computing lessons.
The UK Hour of Code aims to help demystify that coding is difficult and enable parents, teachers and students across the nation get a fun introduction to coding. We hope that this will help build awareness of and confidence in the changes in the September 2014 School Curriculum in England.
A number of high profile celebrities are supporting the UK Hour of Code, such as:
Baroness Martha Lane Fox
“Hour of code is fantastic. Yes, The uk needs many more technical skills but more than that learning to code can help unleash the next generation of creativity.”
Founder, Virgin Group
“Whether we’re fighting climate change or going to space, everything is moved forward by computers, and we don’t have enough people who can code. Teaching young people to code early on can help build skills and confidence and energize the classroom with learning-by-doing opportunities. I learned how to fly a hot air balloon when I was 30,000 feet up and my life was in the balance: you can learn skills at any age but why wait when we can teach everyone to code now!“
Founder, Games Workshop
“Our world has become exponentially reliant on technology. It is vital that children learn how to become creators, not just consumers of digital technology. It is the difference between reading and writing. Code powers innovation and creativity. Coding is no longer a marginal skill for geeks. From making games, to fighting cybercrime, to designing a jet propulsion engine, computing is essential knowledge. Learning to code will enable children to become problem-solvers and digital-makers for jobs that don’t yet exist.”
So if you fancy taking part have a go and get on to code.org to sign up and take some interactive tutorials in programming.
The Computing Department
ENGINEERING ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIP
If you are leaving school or college this year, this could be just the start you’re looking for an engineering Advanced Apprenticeship in electrical/electronic or mechanical engineering at the STFC Daresbury Laboratory in Warrington, Cheshire.
Your apprenticeship will take approximately 4 years to complete, with the first year spent at the North West Training Council, Bootle L30 6XT. You will then continue your apprenticeship at the laboratory, learning by being involved directly on exciting projects, as well as continuing your academic studies on day release with the expectation that you will achieve a foundation degree by the end of year 4.
We are looking for individuals who have or will have achieved 4 GCSE passes at Grade C or above, including English, Science and Maths. You must be self-motivated, enthusiastic and hard working.
If this sounds like something that interests you and for more information about the scheme and how to apply please visit www.stfc.ac.uk. Alternatively you can apply at www.apprenticeships.org.uk.
All applications must be returned by 31 March 2014
Could Liam be a future PM?
Liam, a sixth form student at our school, has been selected to stand as the Conservative Candidate in the forthcoming by-election for Frodsham Town Council in the Frodsham West Ward. Polling day is 13th March 2014.
“I am delighted to have been selected to stand for election to our Town Council,” said Liam. “Frodsham is a terrific place, and if I were elected, I would like to serve on the Town Council to ensure it continues to be a wonderful town in which to live and work.” Liam has lived in Frodsham for many years, and is currently studying Engineering and IT at Helsby High School. In his spare time he is a member of the local gym and Ju Jitsu Club. “I want to encourage more decisions that are taken about Frodsham to be decided in Frodsham by local people,” said Liam.
We wish Liam well for the forthcoming election.
Old boys Kyle and Devan go head to head in BBL Trophy quarter-final
Two ex-Helsby students, Devan Bailey and Kyle Squire, recently lined up against each other in the quarter-finals of the BBL trophy, basketball’s equivalent of the FA cup. The game was played at the Northgate Arena in Chester with Devan playing for BBL team Cheshire Phoenix whilst Kyle was representing Bristol Academy Flyers from England Basketball National League Division 1.
The difference between the professionals of the Phoenix and the young Flyers showed through with the Phoenix emerging as comfortable winners by a score of 85-56.
It’s a great credit to both Devan and Kyle that they are playing sport at such a high level and everyone at Helsby is very proud of their achievements.
Devan in action for the Phoenix
Kyle and Devan post-game
Kyle at Helsby (U16 National Finalists 2011)