Senior Band Perform in the Helsby Jubilee Parade, Saturday 2nd June 2012

Concert Band Jubilee 2012After the initial surprise that the lorry we had to get on the back of was 40 foot long we set out to decorate it with our bunting, banners and balloons which proved an interesting task. After an hour of that we were ready to set off to go from Helsby High School to Helsby Community Centre and play the music after Miss Wells’ words of advice “No one play while we go over the speed bumps!”, thankfully no one did. The band comprised of students ranging from Year 7 to 11 and instruments such as trombones to flutes to saxophones and clarinets.

All in all the journey took around an hour and a half giving us lots of time to play our songs a few times; at least twenty times for the National Anthem which now I don’t think there is a single person in the band who cannot play that song without their music. Other songs that we played included Singing in the Rain; Meet the Flintstones; Pachelbel’s Canon; Flourish for Winds. Each song was brilliantly executed by everyone who was playing (well at least when the stands weren’t falling over or a certain trombone slider came off).

In the parade we were accompanied by cheerleaders, students of Helsby Hillside Primary, a rumba band and others. The cheerleaders and rumba band especially giving us a run for our money on how loud we played. However once we had reached our destination we made an attempt to play along with the rumba band instead, though we were quick to stop after Miss realised they weren’t noticing.

The day as a whole was fantastic! The weather held up for us, everyone played what they were meant to and it was such a privilege to be part of the parade with crowds of people waving and supporting you, making it impossible not to get into the patriotic mood.

Nick Chambers (11ASH)

A selection of photos from the Jubilee Parade can be found in the School Image Gallery by clicking here.

Year 12 Mathematicians Problem Solving Workshops

Free FMSP Online Summer School in Mathematical Problem-Solving for Year 12 Students

 Workshop  Date  Day  Start  Finish  Link
Workshop 1: A general introduction to mathematical problem solving 11th June 2012 Monday 18:00 19:00
Workshop 2: Problems based on number 18th June 2012 Monday 18:00 19:00
Workshop 3: Problems based on algebra 25th June 2012 Monday 18:00 19:00
Workshop 4: Problems based on trigonometry 3rd July 2012 Tuesday 18:00 19:00
Workshop 5: Problems based on calculus 5th July 2012 Thursday 18:00 19:00

Joining instructions – What to do now:

  1. To test that your computer is set up correctly to access the sessions go to  and follow steps 1, 2 and 3. This will automatically detect any updates that may be necessary to ensure that the sessions will run properly on your computer and tell you how to carry them out.
  2. Look above to find out when any session you would like to attend is running.
  3. About 10 minutes before the start of the session follow the corresponding ‘Web Link’ in the document.
  4. Please ensure that you join each session on time. It may not be possible to join the sessions more than 10 minutes after the published start time. This is to reduce the possibility of disruptions during the sessions.

Please note: All FMSP online revision sessions are recorded. Participants are able to interact with the session leader via instant messaging.

The moderator/session leader is able to see all interaction that participants engage in (including ‘private’ messages to other participants).

Inappropriate behaviour during these sessions will not be tolerated. This includes misuse of the messaging, audio interaction and whiteboard facilities by participants in the session.

Any participants behaving inappropriately will be removed from the online classroom immediately.

What do we need to participate in the sessions?

There is no booking procedure. All that is needed to access these sessions is a computer connected to the internet and an audio out put facility. (Speakers/Headphones.)

The ‘room’ will be live 2 hours before the start of each session to allow you to test your access, this process should only take you a few minutes but please ensure that you give yourself enough time to test your computer.

Will the recordings be available afterwards for absent students?

Recordings will be available via the MEI website from September 2012 until January 2013

Increase in School Meal Price from September 2012

The standard price of a school meal will increase in September 2012 by 5 pence.

The Secondary free school meal allowance will increase to £2.25 

The increase is required to combat food inflation and will be used to ensure the continuity of quality supplies and that decent portions sizes are provided.

Donalda Williams
Principal Catering Manager 
Cheshire West and Chester Council 

Caution…student finance deadline today (31 May 2012)

Caution…student finance deadline today (31 May 2012)

Today (31 May 2012) is the deadline for students applying for their 2012/13 student finance.

If you have students who have not yet applied please urge them to do so immediately. Failure to act quickly may result in them not having their money in place for the start of their course which could lead to problems with them securing and paying for accommodation and other important expenses.

Students should apply online today.

Remind them that they don’t have to have a confirmed place – they can use their first choice of course and change it online at a later date if they need to.

More information including a range of resources to help you give students and parents expert advice can be found on the practitioners’ website

For regular updates:

Year 10 Prefect Applications

Applications are now open for Year 10 students who would like to apply to become Prefects. Please use the links below to download the relevant documents.

Applications can be completed electronically and e-mailed to with Prefect Application followed by your name in the subject box or can be printed, completed and handed in to Miss Oscroft in the Exams/Data Office.

The deadline for applications to be received by Miss Oscroft is Wednesday 20th June 2012. Please note: Applications received after this date may not be considered for the role.

If students have any questions please ask them to see Mrs Thompson, Head of Year 10.

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Prefect Job Description 2012 – 2013 (Word Document, 31kb)



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Prefect Application Form 2012 – 2013 (Word Document, 48kb)



Olympic Torch ignites excitement at Helsby High

Olympic Torch (3)One of our Year 11 Pupils visited the school this morning with the Olympic Torch she ran with yesterday in Saltney, Chester.

She described the experience as “unbelievable” and was overwhelmed by the number of people who turned out to support her.

She visited some forms with the torch this morning and everyone, including Mr Dowler, was keen to have a hold of it.




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Donkey Derby – Saturday 9th June 2012

in Events | By Mr S Edwards,

Frodsham Cricket ClubFrodsham Cricket Club is holding the annual Donkey Derby at 1.30 pm on Saturday 9 June at Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham. The event is an ideal day out for families with young children.

Attractions include donkey rides, bouncy castle, coconut shy, beat the goalie, tombola, BBQ, refreshments and other sideshows.

The Donkey Derby is the club’s main fundraiser and has, in recent years, helped fund the provision of a pavilion and practice nets.

Entrance is only £1 per adult and 50p per child.

For further information please contact Brendan Connolly on 07808 584481.


Brendan Connolly
Club Captain

Lucy Doherty – Olympic Torch Bearer

Olympic Torch Relay 2012Lucy Doherty from Year 11 will be Olympic Torch Bearer 112 and will be completing her 0.25 mile run next Tuesday 29th May 2012 at approximately 17:49.

She will be the first runner from Wales into England and will begin her run on the A5104 Chester Street in Saltney.

Please go along and support Lucy if you can.

If you aren’t able to attend, but would like to watch Lucy carry the torch then you can do so via the BBC 2012 Olympic Torch Relay – Day 11 page, or by returning to this page on the school website on Tuesday 29th May 2012.

You can access this page directly by bookmarking

The video feed embedded above is provided live by the BBC, Helsby High School does not accept any responsibility for the content shown on the stream.

Helsby High School Basketball Season Review 2011-12

Sunday 20th May saw the final games of a long season for the Helsby High School basketball teams as the U15s competed in the Dynamik National Schools Final Fours in Nottingham. The U15s had reached the final fours by defeating St Columba’s School (St Albans) in the quarter finals 82-47 after winning the North of England Group.

In the semi finals Helsby faced Barking Abbey (London), reigning champions and the first regional institute of basketball in England. After a slow start (22-6 down at the end of the first quarter) the Helsby team battled well but Abbey’s four scholarship international players proved too strong with the game finishing 76-54 in Barking Abbey’s favour.

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English Schools Athletics Track and Field Cup – Round 1 Cheshire County Competition

The Junior Girls (Years 7 & 8), Inter Girls (Years 9 & 10) and Inter Boys (Years 9 & 10) all came in first place at the Cheshire County Athletics competition. The event took place at Victoria Park, Warrington on Friday 18th May and victory means that all three teams have qualified for the North-West finals to be held in Blackpool in June.

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