L6 Outdoor Activities Group 2012

The Lower Sixth Outdoor Activities group have been busy on Wednesday afternoons throughout 2012 so far, trying a number of challenging sports.

Having developed our skills at the Runcorn Dry Ski Slope throughout the autumn, we visited Manchester’s Chill Factore in February to stretch our ski legs on the real white stuff.

In March we kept out of the cold weather climbing on the indoor walls of a converted church building at the North West Face in Warrington.

However since then it has been back outdoors to brave the elements at the Aerial Extreme High Ropes Course at Knowsley, followed by throwing ourselves into a selection of watersports including sailing and raft-building at Budworth Mere, near Northwich.

Unfortunately, the summer doesn’t seem to have arrived yet, but this has not affected the levels of Lower Sixth enthusiasm!!

Mr S Jankowski


You can view a selection of photos from the activities in our School Gallery – click here to view them.

Local apprenticeship opportunities for Helsby High School students

As part of Helsby’s CEIIAG, Careers Education, Impartial Information, Advice and Guidance we have developed an ‘Apprenticeship Opportunities’ page on the school website.  All local apprenticeship information that is sent to the school will be posted on this page and students can access the information at a time that suits them.

Mr Cooney and Mrs Schofield, along with the Year 11 and Sixth Form team will have further details on the jobs listed.  If your son or daughter requires any further information about a job listed they should contact Mr Cooney, Head of Work Related Learning or Mrs Schofield, Helsby High School Impartial Careers Advisor.

At regular intervals the page will also list other local apprenticeship opportunities listed on the national apprenticeship website www.apprenticeship.org

If you have any questions or would like to support any further development of apprenticeships or careers education, please contact the school directly.

Mr J Cooney 
Head of Work Related Learning

Link: Apprenticeship Opportunities page

Visit to Helsby High School by Italian Group

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Helsby High School were very pleased to welcome 18 students and two members of staff, Mr Fioretti and Mrs Susina from the Antonio Pesenti School, Cascina near Pisa in Italy on Monday 23th April.

The Italian school were visiting North Walesand the surrounding area as part of an EU funded project to observe Science teaching in High Schools and Universities. The students follow an international programme at their school and are taught through the medium of English for Maths and Science.

The group had all passed their iGCSE last year in Maths and are about to start GCSEs in the three Sciences.

The students were given a brief introduction to the school followed by a tour. They were then invited to observe and encouraged to take part in Science lessons with year 11 and the Sixth Form.

The Science staff were very impressed by their command of English and the Italian group were very impressed by our school and its many excellent resources and facilities. They were extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to join in Science lessons to see for themselves what GCSE Science would be like next year taught in English.

More photos from the Italian Group Visit can be found in the Schools Photo Gallery by clicking here.

Frodsham Bid Video

This video was made by Year 11 pupils Beckie Law and Ellen Gibson, and was actually submitted by CWAC Council as part of their bid for more funding for facilities for the young people of Frodsham. The soundtrack was created and performed by Tom and Josh Walker and is their own original work.

The video will also be the very first item to be aired on the brand new Frodsham TV channel! All the students featured in the video gave up their own free time in order to help create it, and we thank them for this, but an extra big thank-you goes to Beckie and Ellen who dedicated so much time outside of school to shoot and edit this video.

Mrs McGovern (Head of Media Studies)

Professor Dave Griggs

Professor Dave Griggs

Professor Dave Griggs

Former Helsby student Dave Griggs is today one of the world’s leading climate change scientists. He is currently Chief Executive Officer, ClimateWorks Australia, Director of the Monash Sustainability Institute and Professor at Monash University, Melbourne Australia.

On a recent visit to his mother, who still lives in Runcorn, Dave visited school to meet and talk with pupils about his work on climate change. Dave was at Helsby Grammar School from 1969 to1976 before moving to the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology to study for a BSc and then a PhD.

Since his beginnings as a PhD student studying cloud physics, Dave has gone on to lead some of the world’s most respected climate change organisations. He became the Deputy Chief Scientist at the UK’s Met Office – Britain’s Bureau of Meteorology – and director of the world’s leading climate modelling centre, the Hadley Centre for Climate Change.

Dave provided scientific advice during the Kyoto Protocol negotiations, and was Head of the IPCC science working group secretariat that gathered and assessed the research of the world’s top climate scientists. The IPCC would later share the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.

But after years of working at the forefront of climate science, Dave became frustrated with the lack of urgency he saw around him. “I spent 20 years in and around weather and climate and over 10 years trying to alert the world to the threat we were facing,”

“I felt that if I believed what I was saying, then rather than just keep saying for another 10 years that the world was going to end, I had better try and do something about it.” So in 2007 he moved to Australia to become the inaugural full time Director of the Monash Sustainability Institute (MSI).

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Parental Forum: Promoting Positive Behaviour for Learning

During the last and current academic years, in association with the Friends of Helsby High School, the school has hosted some very successful Parental Forums to update parents on aspects of school practice and procedures.

The second forum of this academic year has been arranged for Thursday 19th April 2012 in E1 from 6:30pm. The session will focus on promoting positive Behaviour for Learning and parents’ views on this issue will be invited.

If you wish to attend the Parental Forum on Thursday 19th April 2012, please return the slip on the letter handed out to students by Monday 16th April so that we can plan effectively for the event.