Updated DofE Spring Training Schedule

Here is the updated DofE Training Schedule for the Spring Term:

  • Thursday 8th March – Navigation Skills 1
  • Thursday 15th March – Navigation Skills 2
  • Thursday 22nd March – First Aid
  • Thursday 29th March – Expedition planning (Campcraft and Personal Safety)
  • Thursday 19th April – Expedition planning (Route Cards)
  • Thursday 26th April – Local area information and research proposal
  • Thursday 3rd May – Navigation Skills Test
  • Saturday 12th May – Day Walk
All sessions will commence at 1:20pm and will be held in D1.

URGENT Notice regarding poisonous bracelets

The following has been circulated by the Local Authority regarding poisonous bracelets that have been seen in the area:

This urgent notice has been issued with regards to the sale of bracelets which may have been purchased.

Jequirity Bean BraceletThese bracelets have been on sale at various retail outlets across the UK, including the Eden Project in Cornwall. Information has been issued from those retailers urging customers to return the red and black bracelets made from the Jequirity bean.

The Jequirity bean bracelet is made from the deadly seed of the plant abrus precatorious. It contains the toxin abrin that if swallowed, has the potential to kill in doses of just 3 micrograms. Abrin is chemically similar to ricin, a chemical warfare agent. People who have bought, or are in possession of the bracelets, are being urged to bag them, then wash their hands and avoid touching their eyes.

You are advised that if you or any of your children are in possession of one these bracelets, then you should double bag the bracelets, seal the bag and hand it in to your local police station where they will arrange safe disposal.

German Exchange 2012

German Exchange 2012 (1)On Wednesday 8th February, we departed from Manchester Airport and after several hours of panic and thinking “Oh no why did we agree to this?”, we arrived at Düsseldorf Airport, greeted by our 12 German partners and their families. It was incredibly daunting at first, but my German family was so welcoming and friendly I felt at ease and soon started to really enjoy the experience.

The next day we visited the Aquazoo in Düsseldorf where we met an otter being taken for a walk on a lead! That afternoon we went shopping in the city centre and really started to become friends with the other German students. They told us all about the German festival of Karneval and took us to a Karneval costume shop.

The following day we had a day in school and it was interesting to see how their school worked and after that we went ice skating.

At the weekend we spent time with our host families and I tried a ‘Currywurst’ which is a type of German sausage in a curry sauce.

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Warrington Schools Cross Country

Cross Country BoysThe year 7 girls and boys cross country teams have had a great first season with both teams being placed in the top 2 in the Warrington Schools cross country league.

The league takes place over 3 Saturdays at Walton Gardens in Warrington with the results from all 3 races determining the overall team and individual medallists.
Cross Country GirlsThe girl’s team were crowned Warrington schools champions with Esther Wilson finishing in second place overall and the Boys were Warrington schools runners up.

The boys and girls work hard both inside and outside of school and thoroughly deserve their success.


Working to reduce our Carbon Footprint

Carbon FootprintHelsby High School has been lucky enough to participate in a pilot study with CWAC and Groundworks Cheshire to investigate reducing the energy used in school and ultimately our carbon footprint. An audit has been carried out around the school and the results will be reported to Governors at a meeting in March.

The Year 8 students in the picture with Mr Dowler also carried out a survey at lunch time to investigate our electricity usage. They  will also be reporting to Governors and have plans for activities in the future to reduce our energy usage around school!

Mrs J Robinson

Cape Town Visit 2012

Cape Town 2012 (1)In February Mrs Thomas and Miss Garside, together with two teachers from Hillside Primary, travelled to Cape Town to further links with our partnership schools, Settlers High School and Hector Peterson School.

The week was spent in the schools, developing our joint projects. Miss Garside ran two workshops, attended by students from both our partner schools and also the two partner schools of Hillside Primary. Students worked to design and create textile squares, based on traditional African patterns. These will join the work already done by Helsby and Hillside students, to create a quilt which reflects both African and British cultures and design. Students really enjoyed being able to work together and learn new skills, which are not part of their curriculum.

Mrs Thomas spent time in the geography department at Settlers High School, discussing a joint sustainability project. Teachers at Settlers enjoyed looking at work done by some of our Year 7 students who had considered the issue of living sustainably and had designed villages for a sustainable lifestyle. Settlers’ students will be considering the same questions, in the context of the issues presented by the growing city of Cape Town.

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ATS visit Helsby High School for Work Related Learning programme students

ATS visit Helsby High (1)Technicians and managers from ATS Euromaster joined staff at Helsby High School to provide pupils with an insight into the world of work. During a day of presentations, discussion and practical activity pupils involved in the school’s Work Related Learning programme were introduced to issues including Health and Safety legislation, employee and employer responsibilities. ATS Euromaster also delivered aspects of their Technician Training Programme to pupils who then applied their learning to undertake practical activities based around one of the company’s mobile service vehicles.

In the plenary session, both ATS and High School staff were impressed by the knowledge and understanding demonstrated by pupils in a quiz, discussions and their own feedback about their experiences. It was clear that the day had made a significant impact on them. ATS Euromaster managers awarded certificates of achievement to pupils to provide evidence of their success.

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U17 Development Program announced

Details of the new Under 17 Development Program – titled New Horizons – have been released. The full details on the Men’s program is announced today with details of the Women’s program to follow.

The aim of the New Horizons program is to provide a good quality player and coach development program for nationally identified U17 players and prospective national team coaches. The program encourages higher performance and is clearly focused on improving longer term international competitiveness as well as preparing players for their next step into senior basketball.

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Year 9 Enterprise Challenge

Enterprise Challenge (Feb 2012)On Tuesday 21 February 2012, a group of eight Year 9 pupils accompanied by Mr Hargreaves attended an Enterprise day held by UPM Manufacturing. The purpose of the trip was to broaden the knowledge students have about manufacturing and engineering and help them to develop skills they may need in a working environment. The team from Helsby competed against other school teams from the area to gain a place in the National Final.

The day started off with an introduction into what manufacturing is and the different types of manufacturing. The teams were then given booklets and had to assign each member a role. The Managing Director oversaw the project, which was to design transport products for a company that transported heavy cargo. This involved the teams making prototype transport vehicles, producing marketing ideas, and taking part in challenges like mazes. The task helped pupils to develop enterprise skills such as teamwork, communication, and organization.

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