6th form Rugby

Helsby’s combined 6th form and Year 11 team went out to play in their first Pitch Up and Play FE festival at Winnington Park.


Helsby High School, West Cheshire College and Reaseheath College attended the festival with late cancelations from East Cheshire College and Sir John Deanes. It was a fantastic opportunity for players of all abilities to get their school/college rugby experience up and running.

Each of the games were played in a fantastic spirit, with both individual and team efforts being rewarded in some fast fluid rugby and plenty of end to end tries. Man of the Match performances from Helsby were in the form of William Cawley Gelling, playing at loose head prop with the marauding Liam Brown and George Houghton in the back row. From Reaseheath/West Cheshire the standout players were George in the back row, Freddie at scrum half, Ben at wing/fly half and Jack popping up anywhere in the backs.


I would like to thank Winnington Park RFC for all of their work and effort that they put on to allow this to take place and the food which was provided afterwards.

Mr Callaghan

Rugby Coordinator


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!

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