Senior Ski Trip information for parents and students in Years 10, 11 & 12.
SKI TRIP FEBRUARY HALF TERM 2015
I have booked the Helsby Ski Trip for February Half Term 2015 (Friday 13 February 2015 – Saturday 22 February 2013) to Folgaria, Italy and am inviting students to return an initial deposit (non-refundable) of £150 together with the attached application slip for one of the 43 places available.
Once again we will be travelling with Equity, our usual ski company who provide the following information about the resort:
On a sunny plateau above the Trentino valley, Folgaria is a well-established resort and an ideal location for school groups. The centre of the traditional village is pedestrianised and very attractive with good shopping and plenty of coffee shops.
The ski area is quite extensive offering a good range for all abilities. Beginners and intermediate skiers are particularly well catered for with a good selection of blue and red pistes in all the main areas. Novices will, by the end of their first week, be travelling around the mountains with confidence.
We will be staying at The Garden Hotel which comes highly recommended by Equity:
The Garden Hotel is a family run property providing a warm welcome from Patrizia and her family. It is situated in its own grounds in a quiet and sunny position at the edge of the village of Costa.
Location: Only a short walk from the centre of Costa and approximately 400m from the ski lifts which connect with the plateau of Folgaria.
Facilities: The reception area leads to an attractive dining room which serves excellent Italian food. There is also a bar/lounge which may be used for activities in the evening. TV and video are available.
Accommodation: This hotel has 27 bedrooms and a capacity of around 70 guests. All rooms, which are located over three floors, have been well refurbished and have en-suite facilities.
Meals: Breakfast, hot lunch and full cooked dinner served in the hotel’s restaurant.
I am taking deposits now to secure our reservations as half term is a very popular time for all schools running ski trips.
Further details about the resort and hotel can be found at the Equity website www.schoolski.co.uk
- The total cost for this trip is £890
- Included in the price is…
- Return travel by ferry and coach
- 6 nights full board accommodation
- Lift pass
- Ski tuition with ski school – 4 hours per day over 6 days
- Ski equipment hire (including helmet)
- Fully comprehensive travel insurance (including ski breakage & snow guarantee)
- Collective passport
- In-resort representation and 24 hour emergency service
- Evening entertainments
- Not included in the price…
- Pocket Money
- Ski clothing
- Food and drink on the outbound and inbound journeys
- Further payments will be required as per the schedule below (Please feel free to pay earlier than these dates)
- £150 December/January Non-refundable deposit
- £150 February
- £150 March
- £150 May
- £150 June
- £140 September
If you would like your child to participate in this trip, please forward an initial deposit of £150 (cheques payable to ‘Helsby High School’) and completed reply slip to Mrs Eglin in the finance office. Could you also supply an up to date e-mail address so that I can keep you informed of developments.
It is to be made clear that the deposit does not guarantee a place on the trip as this will depend on continued good behaviour in and around school.
If you have any further enquiries about this trip then do not hesitate to contact me at school.
Head of Physical Education, Snowsport England Alpine Ski Course Leader (ASCL)
Attachment: Ski Trip February 2015 Information for Years 7 to 10 (Adobe PDF Document)
As a result of a recent accident on the road outside of school; we would ask all parents to share these key points on road safety with your children.
Crossing the road is the most dangerous activity for a pedestrian. It is important that we all know how to cross the road safely.
All students must cross the A56 outside of the school via the footbridge.
When Crossing the Road:
1. Find the safest place to cross.
This can be a pedestrian crossing nearby, a footbridge, or a straight section of the road where we can see clearly in both directions.
2. Stop near the edge of the pavement.
If there is no pavement, stop at the edge of the road.
3. Check carefully for traffic in all directions – use your eyes and ears.
If there is traffic coming, let it pass. Check again.
4. When there is no traffic near, cross with care.
Only cross when you are sure it is safe. Walk straight across.
5. Keep looking and listening while you cross.
Traffic can appear after you started crossing – stay alert.
SKIL stands for ‘Strategies & Knowledge for Independent Learning’ and is a new initiative that has been introduced to Helsby this year. Its aim is to develop Independent Learning skills while helping pupils to learn subject content for their exam courses.
A quick scan of the press these days will pull up quotes such as those below:
‘The main difference between school and university is that on your degree programme you are expected to take responsibility for your own learning.’
‘Learning how (to learn independently) is a vital bridge between school and university education and not necessarily a skill that comes naturally.’
It is with this in mind that the SKIL initiative has been developed and introduced into the 6th form science department at Helsby. However, in the New Year the program will also be extended to all Year 11 pupils, regardless of subject, with the aim of giving pupils a head start.
But what is it?
The initiative is based around providing methods for learning independently on easily accessible cards. The strategies outlined as instructions on the cards can be used on a variety of content so are transferable to all subjects. Pupils have the opportunity to attend SKIL sessions where mentors are on hand to introduce them; however, the cards are designed to allow pupils to use them independently, so taking responsibility for their own learning in a safe and simple way. Pupils can work individually or in groups and learn new ways of working that will help them in years to come.
During feed-back pupils decided that they required something they could talk about when applying to university and college, so as part of the initiative pupils can earn
certificates for attending SKIL sessions and also providing evidence that they have used the SKIL strategies in their own study time.
From January 2014 the SKIL cards will also be available on Moodle to download and use at home, they can be accessed via the ‘Independent Learning’ tab on the main page.
For the times of the SKIL sessions for Year 12 & 13 please contact Dr. Ravetz.
For Year 11 pupils interested in attending SKIL sessions please see your Form Tutor.
On 13th November, the great Mrs Chalmers took a number of Helsby High School students to Manchester to see the well-known musical that is ‘Wicked’.
The night started with a long coach journey filled with singing, sweets and suspense. As we pulled up outside the bright Palace Theatre the shine of the large bill board distracted the whole bus. One by one we flew off the bus and sped towards the lights. Out of the cold and into the warm embrace of the ticket master, we all waited patiently for the stage doors to open and reveal a huge drop to the stage.Spotting our seats, we all eventually took them and began waiting excitedly for the show of the year.
It did not disappoint.
The mesmerising lights twirling around with mind baffling sounds echoed through the hall as special effects and cascaded down off stage through the live orchestra, to the amazed audience.
The first half stunned us to silence. When the half way interval came and there was only one word we could say to each other….. “Amazing”. The group re-joined to gush about how fabulous the show had been. Echoes of whispers filled the stadium as everyone shared about the past hour’s enjoyment.
The end of the interval could not come quick enough we all were desperate to see the witches and handsome heroes bounce back into sight.
The second half stood up strongly to the first. With outstanding songs, remarkable colour and saddening story line we all held back our tears and got to our feet to celebrate and congratulate the outstanding work of hundreds of hardworking artistes and support staff.
A tired bunch of mind – blown students made their way slowly back to the awaiting bus, climbed on and sung “Defying Gravity” for every individual mile home.
This was time well spent!
On Friday 29th November, the Y11 Enterprise Team went to Manchester airport to take part in a sales opportunity. Along with a dozen or so other schools from the North West, we were given a ‘pitch’ in Terminal 1 of the airport. We spent the first hour decorating our stall and displaying our candles.
The scents that we have produced are:
- Nature’s Temptation – apple
- Christmas Spice
- Wild Orchid – vanilla
- Wicked Delight – chocolate
- Musk – sandalwood
- Lilac Blossom- lavender
We then began to sell…… we quickly found that sales would be hard to come by due to the fact that the airport was busy with people that were rushing to get to their flights. Most of our 30 plus sales went to airport staff on their lunch breaks. All the schools agreed that it was a very difficult location to sell our products at. We were quite pleased with ourselves when teachers from other schools suggested our stall appeared to have done the ‘most business. We did manage to sell over £150 worth of our candles due mainly to our selling and promotional techniques.
Helsby High School Governors have six committees which meet at least once a term. The full Governing Body also meets once a term.
The main agenda items for each meeting included the items indicated below:
The school reviews its policies and procedures on a regular basis.
Policies which have been reviewed during the Autumn Term and were formally ratified at the Full Governors meetings this term are:
- Governors’ Allowances
- Literacy across the curriculum
- Marking (2013-14)
- Whole School Pay
- School Lettings
- Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Copies of these and other school policies can be found on the school website by following the link:- http://www.helsbyhigh.org.uk/policies/.
Mrs N Bell
Clerk to Governors
On Saturday 30th November the Junior Boys’ cross-country team travelled to Southend to compete in the final of the ESAA Cross-Country Cup Final. The boys all ran well to finish 13th/24 teams.
It was especially encouraging that 4 out of our first 5 finishers were in Year 7 so can run again next year. Jacob B (yr8) finished in 8th position and Sonny D (yr7) in 29th.
The other runners were Ed J, Max C, Rob H (all yr7) and Brandon J (yr 8) with Luke S (yr8) the reserve.
World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic, observed by government and health. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day, with governments of other nations issuing similar announcements. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was in fact the first ever global health day, with the first one held in 1988.
Here’s some perspective: AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007. An estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007. This is one of most destructive epidemics in history. The AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children. Recent data shows that there were about 1.8 million deaths from AIDS in 2010, a decrease from 2.2 million in 2005.