London West End Trip

On Friday 9th March a group of 40, predominantly Drama students, travelled down to the capital city. After a short train journey, we arrived at our very central hotel, right near Euston Station. We were able to spend an hour unpacking and freshening up before we braved the underground and headed for a deliciously fresh pizza dinner. After we all refuelled we headed to The Prince of Wales Theatre to see the first of our critically acclaimed performances, The Book of Mormon. All students enjoyed this satirical comedy and gestic acting but back at the hotel we took the opportunity to discuss the hugely important messages that the play explored. After a restful night’s sleep we woke early for breakfast and headed to our West End Workshop and this is where we got the opportunity to work with two West End actors who also choreograph and direct stage combat in and around The West End.

We worked on a section of script from the play we had seen the night before and played around with how different characters exuded energy on stage. The last 20 minutes of our 90-minute workshop was spent in a question and answer session with a performer from the previous night’s show. It was here that we were able to find out exactly what it requires to become an actor; what higher and further educational paths different West End practitioners take and what the process of creating such an incredible show was: a truly inspirational experience. After our workshop we had the opportunity to explore Covent Garden and grab a bite to eat as well as a few souvenirs. The Harold Pinter Theatre was our next stop and we witnessed a thought provoking and challenging performance of The Birthday Party with superb performances from many household names such as Zoe Wanamaker and Toby Jones, to name but a few. Once again, the Drama departments annual London Trip was a huge success!

Emily T – 6th Form Drama Ambassador




£1000 Generous Donation from Frodsham Ladies Circle

On Monday 12 March 2018 three representatives from Frodsham Ladies Circle came into school to meet with us. Also part of our meeting was Mr Dowler, Headteacher and Ms Simmonds, Assistant Headteacher. The purpose of their visit was to kindly present us with a cheque for £1000. This donation was as a result of their fundraising over the last year.

We spoke about the various ways in which Student Voice is gathered at Helsby High School. We discussed some ideas that had come out of this consultation, which had been discussed by students from Year 7 to Year 11. These included establishing a stationary shop, purchasing book boxes for each form class, healthy eating/drinking vending machines and HHS water bottles.

We explained to Frodsham Ladies Circle that we were really thankful of the amount donated and as a result this meant that the decision making process can take place sooner and one of these ideas could now be viable! Once the choice has been made and implemented we look forward to inviting them back to see where their donation has been used.

Student Voice Team

Spring Music Concert





German Exchange

Es lebe der Austausch!

Wilkommen in Helsby , Helmholtz-Gymnasium!

On Friday 2nd March Helsby High School welcomed thirteen German students from the Helmholtz-Gymnasium high school in Hilden, who were visiting as part of the German exchange programme. These students, aged 13-16 years old, stayed with their host families for one week, and spent days in school, participating in lessons, as well as visiting the cities of Liverpool and Chester. The exchange was a huge success, and the German students thoroughly enjoyed their time with their host families and at Helsby High School. The experience has been an invaluable way for all students involved to practice and improve their language skills, discover the different cultures and ways of life in Britain and Germany, and to build long-lasting international friendships. We would like to say a huge thank you to all students and families involved, and Auf Wiedersehen Freunde, Bis gleich!

Weaver Vale MP Mike Amesbury Visits Helsby High School

On Friday the 2nd March, myself and the other Year 12 and Year 13 Politics students met with our local MP for Weaver Vale, Mike Amesbury. Mike talked to us about how he’d got into politics and his career that lead to him becoming an MP. He was able to enlighten us on his experiences in parliament and what his typical working week involves. We were than able to ask Mike some questions both about himself and UK politics as a whole. Amongst other things, we asked him: about his future ambitions for Weaver Vale, his thoughts on Theresa May as a Prime Minster and Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the opposition, and any reform he would bring to the UK political system. Of course we also questioned him on his thoughts on the current Brexit negotiations and Labour’s position to stay in the customs union.

Overall it was a very informative and interesting experience, from which we learnt a lot about Mike and UK politics. It has also been useful in our studies as politics students, and we are thankful to Mike for giving us this opportunity and look forward to meeting him again when we visit the Houses of Parliament in July.

Alfie P (Year 12)

Online Safety Week February 2018

in Featured | By Andy Morfett,

Online Safety Week at Helsby High School

As part of Helsby High School’s continuing work to help our students become responsible young people, we had a focused week on Online Safety during February. Students in all year groups were given a very powerful, outstandingly performed and thought-provoking assembly from students in the Drama Department, then were asked to discuss the following four questions the next day during form time:
• How can we create more positive connections online?
• How can we show and share respect online?
• How would it feel to receive a hurtful/nasty message online?
• How would it feel to receive a positive/kind message online?

Each form was asked to put an answer together for each of these questions and then add to our Online Safety Thought Board. The thoughts are now being collated and will be used to feedback to all year groups via forthcoming assemblies.

Emily T. from Year 13 has given a review of the performances:

During Online Safety Week 2018, Drama students from years 8 to 13 performed in assemblies to all year groups. The actors chose their stories from research they had completed and found real life stories that, due to issues surrounding Online Safety, ended tragically. The students performed these stories as if they were the person these stories were about, and the effect was powerful and thought provoking.

I was one of the students who performed in the assemblies and I was surprised by how attentively the students listened when we were performing; you could have heard a pin drop. This made me realise how much Online Safety influences the lives of young people and it also made me realise that performing the stories made them seem so much more real.

I found a story to perform that didn’t end badly for the person involved and I spoke about the support network that she had in her school to help her through the issue she faced. I hope that this story reminded the students that we have a strong support network in our school. After the assemblies the Year Leaders made our school support networks clear to the students and made sure everyone knew how to receive help if they needed to talk.

I feel proud that our school is tackling the issue of keeping safe online in a new and interesting way. I find using Drama as an aid for social change very interesting and this is the area of drama which I wish to study in further education.

If any student is having difficulties online, there are a number of routes to get support, guidance or help. Students can access the SHARP System, via the school website, to report anything confidentially, or speak to a parent/carer, their Form Tutor, Student Support Coordinator, Year Leader, Key Stage Leader or the PCSOs, who are based in A54.



What Independence Means to Me – Bank of England Highly Commended Short Film

Helsby High are proud to announce a ‘Highly Commended’ entry from 2 of our Sixth Form boys for a recent Bank Of England competition.

Congratulations go to Alex U and Jack F in Year 13 who have received a Special Commendation from the Bank of England for their short film entry, entitled ‘What Independence Means to Me’. The boys planned, filmed and edited this video all in their own time, and the resulting piece reveals a sophisticated level of creative and technical skill, which impressed both the Media Studies department and the Bank Of England too!

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