We set off at around 2.30pm on the coach to Menai. Everyone was excited. The coach journey took about an hour and a half and, once there, everything was taken off the coach and left in a pile whilst we were shown around in two big groups (one group going left to the building where we would be sleeping, and the other group going to the right) by two people from the centre.
After the tour, we took our belongings to our rooms and reassembled in the hall. Miss Wells told us which rooms the choir and bands were going to be in, then sent us to those rooms to get set up. The choir didn’t have very much to do as we only had to sort out the music we were going to be using, as well as where to sit.
After tea, the teachers prepared a quiz. We all went into groups and chose team names. The weirdest one was probably ‘pink fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows’, which was mostly made up of Year 7 boys!
The next day, after two more rehearsals, we had the ‘Silly Olympics’. The games were really fun and made everyone laugh (and shout a lot). That evening’s entertainment was to form groups and make up a jingle for a radio station. The teachers got involved too and Mr Hargreaves (who had also come with us) sang! The second part was a fashion show, where four models from each group were dressed up in bin bags, tinfoil, newspaper or other people’s clothes.
On Sunday 29th January fourteen Gifted and Talented English students were given the opportunity to enrich their current study of the history of the English language by seeing the Anglo Saxon story ‘Beowulf’ brought to life through live theatre.
‘Beowulf’ is perhaps one of the oldest legends in the English language written over 1000 years ago. The tale guides us through the life of the Geatish hero Beowulf as he quests to save the people of Denmark from three terrifying monsters.
Vivid traditional storytelling, striking carved wooden puppets and just one man revealed this thrilling tale of heroism, strength and bravery. The students were most impressed with the actor’s ability to remember every word and movement without prompt.
The students involved would like to thanks Miss McQueen and Mrs Foulder for their hard work in organising the trip as well as Dr McNeil who provided a safe and pleasant journey via the school minibus.
Two members of Helsby High School Sixth Form have been celebrating their success in being offered places at Oxford University. Oliver Martin is going to read Economics and Management at St. Hilda’s College, whilst Nicholas Simpkin will study Biological Sciences at Balliol College.
The Headmaster, Mr. John Dowler, said ‘our school is very proud of all our students’ wide range of achievements, both academic and extra-curricular. We strive to support all members of the school community to achieve their full potential and we are delighted that each year a significant number of our young people progress to the highest quality universities. We are particularly pleased that Oliver and Nicholas have been successful in Oxford University’s highly competitive selection process and I am confident that they will enjoy continued success during their time in Oxford”.
Year 11 kicked the festive season off with a cultural treat and visited the Brindley Theatre, Runcorn to see a production of “Scrooge”, an adaption of “A Christmas Carol”.
The trip was a first for many pupils as they had the opportunity to experience a one man show in a small intimate theatre. This was an original, refreshing and unexpected departure from traditional performances, which also managed to incorporate all the essential and indeed accurate, events of the novella. Which were expertly brought to life by the actor, who made the transition between characters seamlessly and effortlessly.
The supernatural mood and atmosphere was simply yet expertly recreated, complete with clanking chains and ghostly demeanour.
Helsby High School 94 v Reddish Vale (Stockport) 74
Helsby only had one England Basketball Schools game this week in the U16 Premier Competition. After winning their opening game of the season against Wright Robinson they were confident but not complacent and extremely hungry for another win. Knowing their competition well due to previous years of school matches against them and some of their players playing national league against most of our players it was truly a case of ‘better the devil you know’.
Knowing the opposition as a streetballing, well skilled fast paced team that lacked organisation, bench depth and coaching Helsby’s starting five differed from the previous game, matching them in speed but playing skilled, controlled, organised and well coached basketball. Helsby’s starting five was Joe Smith, Alex Jones and Cameron Mackay on the perimeter joined by Zac Baird and Arwel Goulbourne playing inside roles.
On Saturday 14th January 24 boys and girls from Helsby competed in the Cheshire Schools Cross Country Championships at Whitby High School in Ellesmere Port.
Of the eight races held Helsby runners won three of them. This meant that Liam Renton (Yr 13), Matthew Hulse (Yr 11) and Jess Parsons (Yr 10) were all crowned county champions. Jess’s achievement is even more remarkable as she was running against girls from both year 10 and 11.
Another notable performance came from Georgia Aston-Massey (Yr 8) who finished third in the race for Junior girls (Yr 8&9).
Special mention also to the following runners who by finishing in the top 15 have qualified to represent Cheshire in the inter-counties match against the West Midlands in February:
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.
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.
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