Binary is GR1000.


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Binary is GR1000

Our Year 7 students are learning about binary in Computing.  If you aren’t sure, binary just means using 1s and 0s to represent numbers. All data needs to be in binary for a computer to process it, this includes pictures, sounds images.


There are lots of free binary games and apps out there that parents can use to reinforce this topic. We particularly like “Learning binary” which is available in the App Store for free!

Do you get these binary jokes?

There are only 10 people in the world; those that understand binary and those that don’t.

Binary, it’s as easy as 1, 01, 11!

11 cheers for binary!

1+1=10 ……….well it does in Computing but definitely NOT in Maths!


Helsby High Refugee Collection.

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On Tuesday Ms McGovern and Mr Nicholson (one of our governors who kindly volunteered to drive the school minibus) delivered over 20 bags and boxes to a local Chester drop off point, to be collected by The Red Cross and taken to European areas affected by the refugee crisis.

For the last fortnight, Ms. McGovern and a small but dedicated team of Sixth Former volunteers (Matthew K, Lucy W, Morgan K and Charlotte W) have been collecting and sorting through a huge variety of essential items needed by refugees living in temporary makeshift camps, ranging from clothing and shoes, to tents, candles, pots and pans.

We would like to express our gratitude to all the kind students, their families and the local community who so generously donated so much. A special thanks also goes to Dandy’s Topsoil in Chester, who stepped in at the last minute to take all the donations in their containers when we discovered that the original planned drop off point (Chester Northgate Church) was overflowing – it’s truly heart-warming to see such a spirited community response to this terrible humanitarian crisis, so thanks once again to all who donated and helped.

UK Dairy Day 2015.


On Monday 14th September after school my Dad and I loaded up the lorry with four of our Dairy Shorthorn cows and everything we would need to look after them for the next two days and travelled to the International Centre at Telford to compete at UK Dairy Day. There were cows from all over the United Kingdom there.

Dad left me in charge along with my Grandma  and travelled home to look after the rest of the herd. I spent Tuesday clipping, milking and feeding the cows. Then after giving them a good wash we were ready for showing on Wednesday. Dad arrived back early Wednesday morning as we had two cows in the third class so he needed to lead one. We had a very good day gaining two second places, a third and a fifth.

Following the showing we had time to look round the trade stands some of which were showcasing new products available to the industry and to watch the demonstrations of new equipment. We then loaded back up for the journey home.

Year 12 Biology trip to Anglesey.

The end of another successful AS course was finished with our annual residential field study trip to Holy Island off Anglesey in North West Wales. The purpose of the July trip is to teach students about ecology, gathering data and for them to learn new statistical techniques analysing the trends in the data they collect. The photographs show that Anglesey provides a much more beautiful and engaging backdrop than any textbook ever could.

Dr R. Parkes (Biology)

Jack (Head boy) kindly wrote:

‘During the Anglesey field trip, it was great to collect data first-hand which we are continuing to analyse back at school. Essentially, the beach became our classroom and the fantastic weather for the whole 3 days was a bonus! Most field work took place at Silver Bay where it was rare to see anyone other Helsby High students.

Silver bay was just a short 10 minute walk from Ty’n-y-felin; the residential cottage for groups that we had exclusively. The accommodation was brilliant as was the catering – the whole group were very impressed!

Each day was split into various sessions of classroom teaching, practical data collection as well as free time. While there was work to do, the setting and more relaxed nature of the trip meant that it was very enjoyable. Even the class room sessions were very short and mainly consisted of collating data from other groups.

Overall the trip was enjoyable while offering a vital opportunity to collect raw data for A level study. Taking the classroom outside offers different insights into biology and makes data analysis more interesting. I’d recommend it for any future AS biology students.’

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Year 7 and Year 12 Pastoral Information Evening.

Year 7 and Year 12 Pastoral Information Evening for Parents

Tuesday 6th October 2015 – 4:30pm until 7.30pm

On Tuesday 6th October parents and carers of Year 7 and Year 12 pupils have been invited to attend a short pastoral meeting in school with Form Tutors.  Year 7 will be based in the Main Hall and Year 12 in the ECafe.  The meeting has been arranged by Form Tutors and will provide parents and carers with the opportunity to talk about how their son/daughter has settled into their new Key Stage.  We would also strongly encourage students to attend this event with their parents and carers.

On this evening, in A1, Mrs Parr, Deputy Headteacher and Mr Ford, Network Manager will be available to discuss SLG (SIMS Learning Gateway) which will provide parents and carers with online access to vital information about their son/daughter’s attendance, homework, behaviour and assessment.  This is a drop in service, no appointment is needed.

In addition to Form Tutors, key members of staff will also be available to answer any questions, these include:

Year 12:

Mr Duffell (Director of Sixth Form) and Mrs Speakman (Year 12 Leader)

Year 7:

Ms Simmonds (Key Stage Leader) and Mrs Tobin (Year 7 Leader).


Equestrian Achievement.


Orla M in Year 9 has recently been recognised for her equestrian achievements,  representing the Cheshire Hunt South pony club at the area qualifiers. Competitors’ ages in the event ranged from 13 up to 25 years.  Orla’s team consisted of three 13 year olds and a 14 year old and were over the moon when the results came in showing that the team had won the event. Orla and her teammates had just won the Cheshire shield (the most prestigious eventing prize in the county) whilst also qualifying for the National Championships.

The National Championships were held on 22nd August at Cholmondely Castle with teams coming from as far as the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland. Again the team was one of the youngest there. The cross country course stood much higher than the girls had previously jumped at or around 1 meter. Orla achieved her best dressage score ever and had a good show jumping round putting her individual 11th and the team got a spectacular 3rd out of 43 teams. This was the best anyone in the Cheshire Hunt South pony club had ever achieved.

Well done to Orla and her team.

Mr Callaghan

Year 9 Leader

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