The school uniform shop is closed and will re-open 31st August between 9:30am and 1:30pm and 3rd September between 9:30am and 12 noon.
Orders placed online during the holiday period will be dealt with in September and will be available for collection by your child from Tuesday 4th September.
We have had a busy year in Food this year with lots of extracurricular activities taking place alongside lessons.
GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
The first cohort of students for this new GCSE sat their exam this year. The GCSE is different to the previous Food Technology qualification in that students had to plan, prepare and cook three dishes in 3 hours. The theme this year was European Cuisine. Both Mrs McCann and Mrs Wroblewski have commented on the high standard and excellent quality of the dishes presented. As part of the GCSE, students also had to conduct a food science food investigation. These two practical aspects make up 50% of the GCSE and the final 50% is in the form of a written exam.
Active Kids Vouchers
This time last year the department received some new equipment which has been very beneficial to pupils in their lessons. We would like to thank everyone who gave us vouchers it has been much appreciated.
Senior Citizens Christmas Party
In December, the Year 10 students prepared a beautiful buffet for the annual Christmas party. We received many complimentary comments about the food served. This event provides students an excellent opportunity to work as a team whilst managing their time and prioritising tasks.
Cross Curricular Links
More recently, some Year 8 MFL students were given the opportunity to make crepes during their French lesson. Students listened and read the instructions in French and then had lots of fun to making some delicious looking sweet treats.
Rotary Young Chef Competition
Once again, we are very thankful to Frodsham and Helsby Rotary Cub who kindly sponsor this event. Budding young chefs created a 2 course menu in 90 minutes. Congratulations to Ben (Year 10) who won the competition and to Paula (Year 10) and Will (Year 9) who were the runners up. All three will go on to compete in the district qualifying stage of the competition which is held in the next academic year.
We welcomed some Year 6 pupils into the department last week. They had a taster of working in one of the food rooms. They were taught 2 knife techniques- the bridge and the claw. Students then demonstrated these techniques whilst making stripy salads. The salads all looked very colourful and appetising. Well done Year 6, we hoped you enjoyed eating them.
Thursday 27th September 2018 – Year 5 & 6 Open Evening 5.30pm till 7.30pm
This opportunity allows you to visit subject areas who will open up their classrooms in order for you to see work, look at displays, meet students and ask teachers questions. Upon arrival to Helsby High School you will be greeted by key members of staff including Ms C Simmonds, Assistant Headteacher and Mrs N Turner, Year Leader. In addition to this, Senior Members of staff will be available should you have any questions. The 6th Form Leadership Team will also be present alongside a group of Year 11 and Year 13 Student Leaders who will be available to take you on a tour of the school or alternatively, you may choose to collect a map of the school and have a walk around independently. Additionally, there will be a welcome talk from Mr Dowler at 6pm and again at 6.45pm. Year 6 Students will also be encouraged to complete an interactive activity as they move around school and then enter their answers into a prize draw!
Monday 1st October 2018 & Tuesday 9th October 2018 – Year 5 & 6 Open Mornings 9.15am till 10.45am
This opportunity allows you to see the school during a normal working day, which will give you the opportunity to see the positive working and supportive atmosphere. Please contact us on the details below to book a time slot. You can visit our school between 9.15am and 10.45am; please kindly bear in mind that a tour of the school will take approximately 20 minutes. Upon arrival you will be welcomed to the school by Ms C Simmonds, Assistant Headteacher. Two Year 8 Buddies will be allocated to you and will conduct a tour of the school.
If you have any questions regarding these events please contact us via email at: Year7Admin@helsbyhigh.org.uk
If you would like to view out Year 7 Prospectus please click here: https://www.helsbyhigh.org.uk/school-life/
“No matter how good you get you can always get better, and that’s the exciting part”.- Tiger Woods
Well done to the Year 7’s and 8’s who led at the Tri-Golf primary school event at Helsby Golf Club. Primary teaching staff attending the event noted the excellent behaviour and attitude of all our students. Laura W and Charlotte L were mentioned as outstanding leaders on the day.
Well done to everyone involved.
On Wednesday 4th July, twelve Year 10 students participated in an anti-bullying ambassador training day led by The Diana Award at St Patrick’s RC High School. The training day helped to teach us how to respond to different bullying scenarios as well as showing us some ways in which to promote anti-bullying within our school.
At the start of the day we were taught how to differentiate the various aspects of bullying such as verbal, physical, and indirect. We even learnt about the different tactics people use when cyber bullying others. These involved denigration (sharing false information about others online) and flaming (use of extreme and offensive language). By learning about all the different ways someone cam be bullied it reminded us how we are Anti-Bullying Ambassadors both offline and online.
After this, we were taught how to recognise when a peer might need support. We did this by watching a video in which a bully victim told us his story. From the video we were able to identify the warning signs that he was being bullied as well as how the bullying was making him feel. It is important that we can understand how a bullying victim may feel as well as the signs and symptoms that indicate a person may be being bullied. The Diana Award trainers clearly informed us on how vital it is that we can spot bullying before it becomes an even more serious situation.
From this we began to talk about how to handle a bullying scenario. The key message from the entire day was to make sure you were an upstander not a bystander. This shed a light on how much difference reporting a bullying incident that you witnessed makes rather than expecting everyone else to do something about it. They also emphasised how when talking to a victim of bullying it is important that you let them tell their story without interrupting and letting them think of solutions that they think would make a difference to the situation rather than just telling them what you plan to do to resolve it.
To test out whether we fully new how best to handle different scenarios, we were given a bullying scenario and had to come up with possible solutions. The scenario we received was “A boy in your year spends all his lunchtimes in the library on his own. At the end of every lunch break the popular kids wait out side the library to call him names like ‘geek’ and ‘nerd’. What do you do?” As a team we decided the best thing to do was to try and understand what interested him and see if there was a club in school that would appeal to his interests. We would also try to find him safer places to spend his lunchtime as well as ensure that the bullies were kept away.
Towards the end of the day we started to think about ways in which to promote our anti-bullying campaign. From this we now have lots of ideas which include talking in assemblies and finding ways to encourage kind behaviour within our school community. Now that we have returned to school we are beginning to formulate plans for the new academic year so that we can start to make a positive change in Helsby High School. You can recognise your Anti-Bullying Ambassadors by their blue anti-bullying badges. Please feel free to come up to us at any time if you have any questions about our role or you wish to report a case of bullying. We are all looking forward to making Helsby High a safer and happier environment in the new year.
The school would like to thank the Frodsham Ladies Circle for their kind donation which has allowed the school to pay for the training.
Written by Thea W, who is one of Helsby The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors
Please be aware of a change to the timings of the Induction Evening Wednesday 11th July 2018. A copy of the letter can be found here