Feedback from senior citizens’ party

“All your boys and girls were so helpful and chatty and the music was lovely. I especially enjoyed the 12 Days of Christmas sketch (Pity about the jokes!) We are all looking forward to next year”

“We admire the effort and pleasure the staff and pupils put into making this event so enjoyable”

“It was great to see how your pupils entertained, cooked and conversed with us; you must have worked very hard and we appreciated it”

“The students were very attentive and helpful. The entertainment and food were very good and the hamper was much appreciated”

“This is an event I look forward to every year. The mince pies are delicious and the children are wonderful. I thought the modern art on display in the hall was very interesting”

“”We were particularly impressed by the performance given by the Drama Club and by the friendliness of the students who acted as hosts. The hampers represented an embarrassment of riches which we will enjoy with our friends throughout the Christmas period. Your invitation has given us an opportunity to see Helsby High School in action which does the school great credit”

“The welcome we received, the delicious food, the entertainment, the bingo and then the box of goodies were wonderful”

“I want to mention how polite and helpful the young people were; nothing was too much trouble – they were always there to help”

“Your pupils were a credit to your school”

“The food was great, especially the mince pies! The entertainment was fun and the musicians were very talented. It was nice to hear proper Christmas carols. Best of all were the smiling, welcoming faces of the young people. They couldn’t do enough for us and really made my day! Thanks for the ethos of the school that made it all possible.”

“I appreciate all the hard work you put into making the party and hampers such a wonderful event”

“The party was well organised as usual. The pupils were a delight, well-mannered, courteous, and able to communicate and make conversation – a skill that will stand them in good stead wherever they go. The 12 days of Christmas topped the bill – the jokes were truly awful! The music, food and hampers were wonderful and everyone should feel proud of their accomplishments”

Christmas Jumper Shocker!

Following a request from 6th Form students, Staff and 6th Formers were encouraged to wear their favourite Christmas jumper on Friday, 12 December 2014. They were asked to donate £1 each and a total of £130 was raised for Save the Children and the school charity Interburns.

On hearing of the fund raising, Mr Richardson the Headteacher of Helsby Hillside Primary School decided it would be a good idea to ‘lend’ Mr Dowler his ‘lovely’ Christmas jumper, which had been made by Helsby Hillside pupils. He must have thought it would be shown off at its best by a younger man. Indeed it was and it caused such a stir amongst students and staff that over £77 was raised from the very generous donations made at break and lunchtime.

Many students remarked on how lovely it looked and that the colours didn’t clash with Mr Dowler’s hair!

Mr Dowler is quoted as saying ‘A very big thank you to Mr Richardson for the loan of his prized possession and I intend to purchase some extra sprouts for him to enjoy this holiday in return’.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the collection.

Pictured is Mr Dowler with some Year 7 students and the ‘lovely’ Christmas jumper.

Christmas Jumper Shocker

Helsby High School Charity



2 familes, 1200 miles,6 motorbikes,3 countries,    1 dream

In 2014, two families (including 2 pupils from Helsby High) involved in Interburns are taking a creative approach to the challenge of raising funds for and awareness of the issue of burns by travelling on motorbikes from Nepal through north east India to Bangladesh, visiting a number of facilities Interburns works with as well as meeting both burns staff and patients: The Kathmandu to Dhaka (K2D) trip.

What will the money you’ve raised be used for?

This time your money will be used to help train doctors and nurses in Ghana in better methods for treating burns.

Burns are a massive global problem that affect over 11 million people each year – the equivalent of 30,000 people burned every day. 95% of burn injuries occur in poor countries and over 70% affect children, causing enormous suffering, death and lifelong disability.

Much of the suffering, death and disability that burn injuries cause can be prevented. Interburns works with local partners in Asia and Africa to achieve long-term and sustainable improvements in the standard of burn care and prevention.

L6 German class visit to German Christmas market in Manchester.

The Year 12 German class practised their speaking skills last Wednesday at the Geman Christmas Market in Manchester whilst experiencing the German culture and cuisine. The students tried all sorts of edible items from traditional Frikadellen (a popular German dish of flat, pan-fried mincemeat) to Glühwein – Kinderglühwein of course! Other stalls sold authentic Holzspiele (wooden toys) and a variety chocolates, sweets and cake such as Schokoküsse, Stollen and Strudel.

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In conjunction with the company who we rent the lockers from it has been decided the locks currently used by students will be changed.  Over the Christmas period the locks will change from a padlock to an integrated lock and key system.

For this to take place it is important that all lockers are emptied of their contents by the end of the day on Monday 15th December.  From Tuesday 16th December your padlock key will be collected from you by a member of staff.

When you return to school in January 2015 you will receive a new integrated locker key.  It is important to point out, as with the previous system, a lost key will result in a £5.00 replacement cost.

If you have any questions about lockers please see Ms Simmonds or go to the Finance Office.

Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party

It is hard to believe a whole year has gone by since last year’s party but it was lovely to see many familiar and smiling faces returning for another Christmas party.

The day began with collections and pick-ups around Helsby and the local area whilst back at base staff and students were getting the hall ready to welcome everyone and preparing the lovely food for them to eat.

The first guests were greeted by students and welcomed with a hot cup of tea and a warm, home-made mince-pie. After having their photo taken in front of the Christmas tree, our guests completed a photo quiz before enjoying several games of Bingo and chatting with old friends and students.

The junior choir along with some talented musicians entertained the party guests with some lovely carols and Christmas songs followed by a unique performance of “The Twelve days of Christmas” by the Sixth Form Drama group.

After a sumptuous lunch prepared by Mrs Wroblewski and her Food Students, there was just time for one more game of Bingo and the drawing of the Raffle before it was time for the collection of a hamper each and the minibus home.

The morning’s events were clearly enjoyed by all judging by the comments received on departure, but perhaps the one comment that sums it up best was from a gentleman attending for the first time. He said that we had “really done them all proud”.

The party is successful due to a strong staff team effort and some excellent student helpers and we are delighted that we can bring so much enjoyment, company and happiness to more senior members of our local community at this annual event.

Mrs Neal

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Hampers 2014.

It has been another bumper year for Hamper production at Helsby High School. Students, encouraged and supported by their form tutors and parents/carers, have managed to produce well over a hundred quality hampers to be distributed to senior citizens in our local community.

Staff and students have spent 2 full days delivering hampers to homes in the local area with another 70 being handed out to guests at the Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party at the school earlier today.

We have already begun to receive the first of many thank-you letters which express the sincere gratitude of the recipients and their joy at meeting such “delightful and charming students”. Their letters mention the overwhelming generosity of our students and the delight at receiving a personally-delivered hamper.

A very big thank you and pat on the back to all those students who contributed items to their form’s hampers and to the form tutors for encouraging such a worthwhile activity.

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