Helsby U15 vs. St Matthews (Manchester) – Away – 9/12/11
Helsby’s U15s started their season with a trip to St Matthews, Manchester. The game got off to a good start for Helsby and within a few minutes of the first quarter they had got into their stride resulting in a lead of 17-5 at the end of the 1st quarter. It could have been more but for some easy baskets missed.
Going into the second quarter Helsby knew St Matthews had no match for Alex Jones (22 points) or George Metcalf (26 points). Alex drove to the hoop with ease whilst George rebounded superbly and was a real threat on offence. Taking full advantage of this Helsby won the quarter 22-5. This meant that at half time they were 39-10 up.
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On Thursday 5th January, we held a celebration assembly to acknowledge the fantastic results of the upper Sixth students. At ‘A’ level our students did exceptionally well with 99.5% achieving A*-E grades, 55% of all grades were A*-B with 29% of all grades being A* or A’s. There were many outstanding individual performances with 16 students achieving 3 or more A*- A grades.
Students, many on holiday from university, returned to Helsby for an enjoyable afternoon. The certificates were presented by Mr Dowler (headteacher) and Mrs Ratcliffe (Chair of governors). The students then had the opportunity to meet staff at the end of school over tea and coffee.
A selection of photo’s taken at this event can be found in our Image Gallery, click here to head on over.
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On Friday 9th of December, Year 9 dressed in business attire and took part in enterprise day. The main aim of the day was to introduce us to the key aspects of enterprise: risk taking, managing change and having an entrepreneurial spirit.
We were put into non-friendship teams to represent what a work environment would be like and the day started off with an introduction to what enterprise is. We then took part in various challenges aimed to stretch our minds and give us a wider view of what business is. One challenge was making a roller coaster which lasted the longest.This involved good team-work and communication skills. Prizes were awarded to the winning teams, this aspect of competition made us all more eager to take part!
Overall, the majority of students, including myself thoroughly enjoyed the day organized by Mr Hargreaves. The challenges were engaging, different and a new, exciting way of learning about how to cope in a business environment.
More pictures from the Enterprise Day can be found in the online school gallery by clicking here.
Zac Baird’s U19 Basketball Match Report
Helsby High School U19s vs. Childwall College (Liverpool) Mersey Tigers Academy
Helsby only had one game this week against a strong Childwall College Mersey Tigers Academy side. Due to an educational visit to Liverpool University and injury Helsby were missing their two biggest inside players Jack Bamber and James Crosby as well as U15 big man Arwel Goulbourne.
Due to these missing players there was a change in the Helsby starting five, going for a smaller quicker approach focusing on high intensity defence with James Faint, Sean Martin and Cameron Mackay on the perimeter and Patrick Phelan and Zac Baird adapting to inside roles. Due to every player on the floor being able to handle the ball it seemed like this was a good change against Childwall who are renowned for their pressure defence and stealing the ball in the backcourt.
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Helsby High School pupils have once again hosted senior citizens from Helsby, Frodsham and the surrounding villages at their annual Christmas party. Once the guests had been collected and brought to the school by minibus, they were greeted by year 11 prefects and Health and Social Care student who served home-made mince pies and kept them busy with a Christmas quiz. The invitees were entertained by members of the school’s senior band and the junior choir and enjoyed the festive sing-a-long of some well-known carols.
The school drama group gave a very humorous performance of their version of “the Twelve Days of Christmas” before several games of prize bingo were won and a light lunch prepared and served by the GCSE Food group, was enjoyed. There was just time to draw the raffle for some wonderful prizes donated by local businesses and staff and pupils of Helsby High School before it was time to board the minibuses home. Everyone left extremely happily with a hamper of goodies, also donated by pupils of the school.
The party is eagerly anticipated by the senior citizens and pupils alike as friendships are renewed each year and much fun and enjoyment is had by all. Mrs Neal, Assistant Headteacher said: “The Senior Citizens Christmas Party is a wonderful event, which is enjoyed and thoroughly appreciated every year by members of our local community. The party is organised and hosted by a great team effort in school and it is very gratifying to see the obvious pleasure had by our guests and to hear the overwhelmingly positive comments from them as they depart.”
You can view more pictures from the Senior Citizens Christmas Party in our gallery by clicking here.
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!
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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Chris Martin’s U14 Basketball Match Report
Helsby v Canon Slade
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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As we approach the end of 2011 it was time to reward some of those students who have worked so hard.
As 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!