School Meals: Notice to all parents/carers

Cheshire West & Chester Council have changed the banking arrangements for school meals. As a result, all cheques issued for school meals must be made payable to CWAC Helsby High School. This change is effective immediately.

Payment for school meals can also be made in cash or by debit or credit card via the school website. Please contact the school’s Finance Office for more information.

Website Outages

Apologies for technical issues we have been experiencing over the last 3 days which have affected the school’s website, emails, Show My Homework and other platforms.  We have been assured by our Internet Service Provider that the problems have been resolved.  We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Autumn Music Concert – Tickets payable on the door

On the 25th October the Music department will be hosting another of their intimate concerts to showcase the hard work of their current Music students. Pupils from all year groups will come together to play and sing for the enjoyment of our friends, families, colleagues and governors.

The evening will also showcase some special solo performances from year 12 student Lauren R who is excited to perform her first piece in A-Level Music to an audience.

We are particularly excited as this intimate concert marks the first of the newly formed Expressive Arts Faculty and will also showcase a piece of dance created by our year 13 students Abby K and Eleanor H and which will be performed by year 7 dancers Mille E and Rebekah M.

Tickets can be purchased on the door and we hope you will join us for a very enjoyable evening.

Upcoming Events in Expressive Arts

  • School Production 29th, 30th Nov and 1st Dec: Years 10-13 with guest appearances from yrs 7,8,9.
  • The Christmas Carol concert 14th Dec at Chester Cathedral: years 7-13 perform in a variety of musical groups, with guest speakers.

Student Voice update

Throughout the last school year, students have been consulted on a regular basis on a variety of issues, pastoral as well as academic. Pastoral issues from last year included the following:

Student quotes:

‘Having the new swipe cards to get in and out makes you feel safer in school’

‘It was good when we got listened to about mobile phones’

‘I think the new bike shelter will definitely be a good idea’

‘There are now a few more veggie options in the canteen’

‘When the Sixth Formers are wearing their ID badges its good, because they are wearing their own clothes every day’

‘The school nurse visiting in school regularly is good – and the police (PCSO’s) – but I don’t always know when they are in…… the adverts and posters in school did help’

All these represent cases where students have given their views, and school has acted upon them.

Plans for 2017/18

Will include:

  • Continuation of online Student Surveys (covering academic and pastoral)
  • Student Governor Panels
  • Student Pastoral Panels
  • Continuation of subject-specific student voice and feedback
  • Consultation on specific issues e.g. school uniform review

Parental Voice:

This will continue via:

Continuation of parental feedback opportunities at every parents evening

A reminder that PV continues to be available via Sharp system, and at any point contacting school via Year7admin@ address, (or Year8>11admin depending on the Year group), or by phone.

This year we also aim to create new opportunities for parents to come in and talk to us, where the school will be open for any visitors from our local community, including parents, to come in and share a tea or coffee with us. The first such event is planned for later in the Autumn term, and will be promoted via our website and social media platforms.

Mr Howe

Shakespeare & Magic

in School News | By Mr S Edwards,

On Thursday 28th September 2017, a number of Helsby’s partner primary schools came to the high school for a workshop on William Shakespeare and magic.  The workshop was led by Helsby’s English department who provided a number of different workshops throughout the morning.

The students enjoyed studying and exploring Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Tempest’ and the theme of magic within those plays.  Students took part in a range of tasks from spell making, drama and craft work.

Key Stage 4 Parental Information evening presentation

in School News | By Mr S Edwards,

HHS Charity Update 2017

in School News | By Mr S Edwards,

During the last academic year the students, staff and parents made nine charitable donations, which were:

  • £881 for The Royal British Legion via the Poppy Appeal
  • £308 for Save the Children Xmas Jumper Appeal
  • 700kgs of food donated to the Foodbank
  • 151 Rucksacks for Refugees
  • £2000 for Cancer Research UK
  • £938 for HIP (local charity based at Countess of Chester Hospital) supporting brain injury patients, families and carers.
  • £653 to Comic Relief 2017
  • £600 to Children in Need 2017
  • 1400 old textbooks to School Aid

Thank you to everyone who donated.  Without the commitment and support of the students, their families and the teachers who led these initiatives we would not have been able to make these donations.

Moving forward into 2017-2018 the main school charity continues to be Cancer Research UK.  We will have a new Student Charity Team who will soon start work with Ms Simmonds on whole school fundraising.


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