Year 8 Rewards Lunch

in School News | By Mr S Edwards,

At lunchtime on Wednesday 14th December Year 8 had their first ever rewards lunch. The two top achievers from each form group were sent an invitation to attend an exclusive rewards lunch as part of the new Rewards System.

Sixteen students turned up to lunch where they were treated to pizza, sandwiches and chocolate cake as well as Christmas crackers and chocolate santas. Mr Dowler and Mrs Clark also attended and shared in the celebrations!

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End of Term Message – Christmas 2011

in School News | By Mr S Edwards,

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope that you all enjoy a really lovely Christmas break and that you find some time to relax.  I would like to thank you for your on-going help and support over 2011 and I would like to wish you well for 2012.

As I am sure you are aware, this has been a very busy term and the last two weeks have been particularly so.  Last Thursday the school held a superb Christmas Carol Service at Chester Cathedral.  It was a real pleasure to see and hear over 130 young people giving such fantastic and wide ranging performances.  It made all associated with the school extremely proud.  Our musicians have been particularly busy over the last three weeks as they have also given performances at The Brindley Theatre, Helsby Hillside Primary School, the Frodsham Festival, the party held in school for the senior citizens and at the school’s Awards Evening.

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Sport News: Chris Martin’s Basketball Match Report

in School News | By Mr S Edwards,

Chris Martin’s U14 Basketball Match Report
Helsby v Canon Slade

1st Quarter

The game started with a quick basket from Ross Frewin which gained the lead for Helsby. A minute later Joe Wilkinson got fouled and went to the line, unfortunately missing both the free throws, but he bounced back and made two lay-ups from fast breaks to make the score 6-0 in the next two offences. Chris Martin then managed to score back to back baskets to take the lead to 10-4. Due to some more fast breaks and excellent teamwork Helsby got six more unanswered points to make an 8-0 run. At the end of the quarter Cellan Goulbourne scored his first two points and Joe Wilkinson finished with the last basket; the score was now 20-13.

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End of Term Reward Assemblies (Christmas 2011)

in School News | By Mr S Edwards,

As we approach the end of 2011 it was time to reward some of those students who have worked so hard.

Year 8 Rewards AssemblyAs part of the schools new Rewards System we will be rewarding individual achievements.  During the last assembly of the year Mrs Clark joined the Heads of Year to present prizes to a number of students who have won some very special awards. These included the Unsung Hero, Highest Achiever and Best Effort awards. The students were asked to come to the front of the hall to receive their awards which were gift vouchers for VUE and WHSmiths.  Bronze certificates were also presented to a number of students who had also earned 75 merits since September, which is a fantastic achievement!

The rewards assembly for Year 8 was extra special for all involved. The newly formed Year 8 bands, who call themselves ‘Reaction’, played a Nirvana song whilst the Year 8’s all arrived.  They were fantastic with all the students and Form Tutors giving them a massive cheer when they had finished the track.

Can we take this opportunity to congratulate all pupils who have made the launch of the new Rewards System a huge success. Over 25,000 merits have been issued since its launch in September!

Well done!

Year 12 Physics visit to ‘BALL PACKAGING’ Deeside Plant, November 2011

in School News | By Mr S Edwards,

Visit to 'BALL PACKAGING' Deeside Plant“We visited the Ball Packaging factory as part of our AS Physics course.  Ball Produce cans for almost all the major alcoholic and soft drink beverage manufacturers in the UK.  The factory we visited was specifically for producing can ends, the top section of the can.  We learnt how the factory could produce 1900 can ends a second, equating to 23 million a day.  We were told about the measures taken to remain efficient and ensure that the products were made with precision.

We looked at the ring pull mechanism and discovered that the scored section which is to be ‘popped’ had to be accurate to around 17 microns.  Considering that a human hair is 70 microns, this was a great insight into the level of precision needed.

We enjoyed a talk on the processes used in the factory courtesy of the Plant Manager, Kev and the Production Manager, Anthony.  We were also given a free can of pepsi, a mouse mat, a sticker and all the can ends we could wish for!

Overall I found the experience to be very rewarding and it gave us a great insight into the way products that we take for granted are manufactured.”

Joe Roberts

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Leaver’s Certificate Assembly – Thursday 5th January 2012

Invitation to our class of 2011, Year 13 students.

There will be a leaver’s Certificate Assembly on Thursday 5th January 2012 at 2pm.

Your certificates will be presented by Mr Dowler; after the assembly there will be refreshments served and an opportunity to meet staff. If you would like to attend please email Mrs. J Burkhill-Howarth (6th Form Secretary):

Look forward to seeing you again!

Miss E Valentine

Sport News: Zac Baird’s Basketball Match Reports

Zac Baird’s Basketball Match Reports
U19 v Ellesmere Port Catholic High (Home) 5/12/11
U19 v Neston High (Home) 7/12/11

Helsby had two games this week, Monday against Ellesmere Port Catholic High School U19s and Wednesday against Neston High School U19s.

Monday’s game against Ellesmere Port was not the best performance from a young Helsby team made up of three U15s, three U16s and four U17s. Due to an inexplicable lack of confidence and motivation Helsby went down in the first quarter 11-27. The second quarter saw an improved performance, drawing the quarter 19-19 against a strong Ellesmere Port side but still 16 down at the half.

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Basketball Match Report: Helsby High U16s v Wright Robinson Sports College

Basketball Match Report

Helsby High U16s v Wright Robinson Sports College (Manchester)

 (Home) – 6/12/2011

The game started slowly with no points scored until the 3rd minute then Helsby seemed to come to life hitting shots and getting to the basket at will. Great pressure on the full court defence lead to numerous steals by Helsby’s Joe Smith and Zac Baird setting up Cameron Mackay with easy baskets.

Winning the first Quarter 23-15 Helsby went into the 2nd quarter with their heads held high and playing with confidence which led to another scoring run through superb shooting, strength getting to the rim and teamwork! Helsby struggled most on defence in this quarter allowing Manchester Magic Guard Nathan Hardacre (4) to make several shots from beyond the arc. However, Helsby still managed to win the quarter 24-17. This meant the score was 47-32 going into half time.

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Christmas Craft Fayre

in Events | By Mr S Edwards,

The School’s annual craft fayre was held this year on Sunday 27 November and once again was a huge success. Over forty stall holders set up in the Sports Hall, offering a range of products around the Christmas theme. From greeting cards to jewellery, the discerning shopper could make a flying start for the season of goodwill!

The final total raised for school funds is not yet known but indications are over £1,000 was raised from entrance fees, raffle, refreshments and games organised by members of the ‘Friends of Helsby High School’ committee. The support of pupils who came to sing Christmas carols or help with collecting money and serving refreshments was very much appreciated by the organisers. Many parents helped as well, some by volunteering for duties on the day but many by attending and making the effort put into the fayre worthwhile.

The people who deserve most credit are the members of the ‘Friends’ committee (and their families), who plan the event for months beforehand, set up on the Friday before the event and work from 9am until 4pm to make the event a success.

All this work helps provide school with funds it otherwise would not have and the ‘Friends’ try to ensure the monies they raise have a direct impact on the experience of as many pupils as possible. Recently, they managed to purchase a new minibus for school and there are funds available to support and enrich other initiatives in school. The work of the ‘Friends’ is invaluable to the school and every pupil does benefit in some way.

I know the committee appreciate all those volunteers who help.

Mr S Capstick (Deputy Head)