At our recent Macmillan coffee morning a local resident Mrs June Carrington came to Helsby High School to judge our 70th birthday logo competition. We were particularly proud to have June attend as it had been 70 years since she had stood in our main hall and her memories of helping bring books to Helsby Grammar School (at the time) from the previous Runcorn school came flooding back.
Helsby Grammar School was built as the replacement site for the Runcorn school 80 years ago but during WW2 the Army took over the building as war broke out. After 10 years and some refurbishments, it became Helsby Grammar School for Girls and Helsby Grammar School for Boys. As part of the comprehensive agenda the school changed names to become Helsby High School in the 1970’s. It was June that contacted the school to reminisce about her visits to the school and confirm this momentous year for Helsby High School.
We are all so proud that our school is 70 years old and students and teachers alike have been enjoying looking at old articles and pictures about our school. June who is a retired local journalist, has been able to collect interesting articles about the school over the years, many written by June herself and presented this to the school at the coffee morning.
Over 50 students entered the competition to design a logo to help celebrate our anniversary. Students were asked to design a logo that could be used on both letterheads and a poster and this was a challenge – but as is typical of Helsby students, they rose to it!
June chose the winner and Hannah S in Year 10 received a £20 voucher for winning the competition and her logo has been turned into a digital logo by a local design agency.
June was so impressed with the designs that two more were also chosen to feature in our celebrations: Sam H in Year 10 and Iona A in Year 8. These ‘runners up’ designs will also be used to help celebrate our anniversary.
We would like to say well done to all three of these students and a special thank you to June for coming to spend time at our school.
To celebrate the 150 anniversary of St Paul’s Church, Helsby and to further develop our community links, we were asked to help create a logo for the anniversary year. Hannah S in Year 10 has created a beautiful logo design that St Paul’s can use in its anniversary year.
We are very proud of Hannah, as she has shown both reliability and professionalism in the creation of her design. Hannah was able to listen very carefully to the brief as outlined by the Rev Graham Green from St Paul’s and translated this into a beautiful watercolour design.
Hannah’s designs were given to a local designer who used her actual watercolour as part of the finished design as well as changing the colour hue for different types of events at the church. Rev Green was so impressed with Hannah’s design that he felt compelled to write to her to express his gratitude. We are so pleased that one of our students has been able to contribute to our community.
Helsby High School will also be helping to celebrate 150 years of St Paul’s by holding a special music concert in the beautiful space. The event which will take place in April 2020 is set to be a wonderful occasion and we hope to see as many friends, families and community members there as possible.
On Thursday 26 September 2019, Helsby High welcomed hundreds of families into the school to meet with staff and pupils.
Families heard from the Headteacher, Mr Hill and the Transition Coordinator, Mrs Tobin who explained the Key values on which the school prides itself and some of the support offered to parents, carers and Year 6s as they transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3.
In addition to hearing from Mr Hill and Mrs Tobin, a hall full of families listened to the experiences of a Year 7 and Year 8 student who talked about how the transition process and extra-curricular opportunities have helped them to develop their soft skills. The talks were concluded by 2 members of our 6th Form Leadership team who spoke positively about their experiences, both socially and academically at Helsby High School. All four students who spoke were a credit to themselves, their families and us.
As well as listening to the talk in the Main Hall, families were treated to interactive activities in all curriculum areas. Upon leaving the school that evening, many spoke about how they had enjoyed producing artwork, or carrying out scientific experiments. Lots of our visitors complimented the students on the cakes they had produced as part of the European Bake-off and which were consumed by our visiting families in the MFL department.
It was lovely to welcome back so many former pupils, now parents themselves, here to look at how Helsby can support their children.
We appreciate that evenings like these are only successful because of the visitors who take the time to come and look around, and so our thanks go to everybody who attended.
Helsby High is proud to be recognised as an Autism Inclusive School. This demonstrates Helsby’s continued commitment to understanding autism and setting the standard for autism practice. We were awarded this based on fulfilling criteria set out by Cheshire West and Chester’s Education Autism Service and completing their Autism Service Social Communication Programme. This programme included embedding regular good practice into all aspects of the school and was monitored and evaluated by the Autism Service.
We implement many strategies school wide so all our pupils with autism feel safe and in the most comfortable learning environment possible. All lessons adhere to the following 5 ASC-friendly strategies to help us achieve this:
- If expecting pupils to get into their own groups, each teacher will have a strategy for any students who could potentially be “left out”.
- Visual cues are present in each classroom for getting resources out and packing them away.
- Pupils who may struggle are not put on the spot when being asked to contribute during a lesson.
- The learning environment is tidy and organised.
- The routine at the beginning of a lesson is made clear.
We are very proud to have received this Kitemark and strive to constantly evaluate and improve our practice so that all learners can have the very best experience.
As part of our charity and community work at Helsby High School, we held a MacMillan Coffee Morning on Friday 27 September 2019. We opened our doors and had an open invite to the wider community to come and visit the school, whilst helping to raise money for this worthy cause. Year 10 students from the Food Technology Department baked a number of cakes, under the watchful eye of Mrs Wroblewski that went down a treat!
The Year 11 Student Leaders were also on hand to serve tea/coffee and cake to our visitors who all commented on the welcoming atmosphere they experienced. During the coffee morning, we started the launch of our 70th Anniversary Celebrations and welcomed some past students of Helsby High School to be guests of honour. Watch out for further updates on our 70th Anniversary events.