Regional orienteering success for Emma

Congratulations to Year 9 student Emma who has recently won the Cheshire and Merseyside regional schools Orienteering League. In the race series she obtained the highest point score by a girl of any age group, which is an outstanding achievement.

Orienteering combines cross country running skills with map reading and quick decision making – you chose your own route to navigate to a number of control points in the fastest time that you can. The schools league is organised by Deeside Orienteering Club, and comprised five races through the winter months.

London Drama Trip Review

A group of keen Theatre Studies students went on a trip to the centre of London, departing from school on Friday afternoon. Leaving Chester station about 12.20 we arrived at Euston mid-afternoon and headed for the hotel in central London. As soon as we had settled in, we headed for a quick meal: traditional London pizza, and then straight for ‘Her Majesty’s Theatre’. We took our seats for a showing of ‘Phantom of the Opera’, our seats were described as “Within spitting distance” of the stage; a great performance (watch out for the chandelier!).

The next morning there was a breakfast buffet at the hotel, where there was a range of food to choose from, the full English breakfast was popular along with a variety of cereals. We then walked to the tube and travelled to the dance studio. The students took part in an Aladdin workshop, which was led by a dancer from the show! Kayleigh, taught the willing group a short dance from the opening song, ‘Arabian Nights’. After the strenuous warm-up and dance routine, we then had a Q&A with Kayleigh about life and work in the West End (London’s theatre land).

We were then given some time to look around Covent Garden and the surrounding area in glorious sunshine; there were great shops and of course a marketplace along with street entertainers and acts performing in the square.

We all joined again before taking a short walk to the Prince Edward Theatre to see ‘Aladdin’. The matinee showing was well received and then ended with everyone headed back to the hotel to grab the bags that we’d left there, followed by a rush to the tube. Once we arrived at Euston we were able to grab a quick bite to eat before catching the north bound train. We arrived back at Chester train station where everyone went their separate ways for a well-earned rest!

By Jonathan J

Careers Convention 2017

On Thursday 23rd March 2017 Helsby High School will be holding its Careers Convention from 6.00pm to 8.30pm.  This event is open to all pupils and parents/carers in Years 10, 11 and the Sixth Form, and will provide an opportunity for you to meet and talk with representatives of organisations in Business, Manufacturing, Services, Further and Higher Education and the Arts.

Please watch the slideshow below to find out more:

SkiClub@Runcorn 2017

Well done for the efforts of all the students who signed up to the 6 dry ski slope sessions at Runcorn this winter. It was a bumper year, with many Year 7 students showing off their skiing skills alongside students from Year 8-11 who were preparing for the ski trip to Italy at half term.

In all, over 55 students were regularly attending each Wednesday evening, and all ski abilities had fun and made excellent progress. For students who would like to ski again, there will be some further opportunities organised by Mr Jankowski coming up soon!

FAME – The Musical at Helsby High School

I thought the play was very entertaining and enjoyable to watch and the 3 hours of viewing time went by very quickly as I was so engrossed in the play.

I thought the music and the singers were particularly impressive as they were all able to work together in harmony. I realise how difficult this is as I also was able to watch the rehearsal and I saw how many times it took to get everyone singing and playing together. I also feel that to do this in such a short amount of time was very impressive, it was brilliant to watch.

Some moments of the play were really funny and made the enjoyment of the show even more impressive. The most entertaining moment was when one of the actors was laying on a box watching the Love Bird characters ‘Nick and Serena’.  They were acting out a scene from Romeo and Juliet.   The box was pushed forward in between the two Love Bird characters and they didn’t see but the audience really noticed and it was very funny. Also, in this scene the backstage crew had been forced to come on with bunches of balloons and when Nick and Serena (in their role as Romeo and Juliet) started to kiss the two back stage lads brought their balloons to cover the kiss!  They had disgusted looks on their faces; I couldn’t stop laughing when I looked at their expressions.  The play also had some very sad moments, for instance when Schlomo sang about his poor deceased girlfriend in the graduation scene. The music and singing were really touching and lots of people in the audience were moved by this moment.

I will always remember how brilliant our teachers at Helsby High School are for working so hard to put on the school musical and I will remember the hard working and talented students in this school.

March 2017 written by Cameron F. Year 11.

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