The local rounds of this competition started in October, with 2199 teams from 619 schools throughout England competing against other local schools in their County. The leading teams from these competitions held in each County then competed in one of nine Regional finals in early November. The National Final pits the three leading teams in each age group in each Region against each other. In each race, for scoring purposes, School Teams consist of 6 runners with the best 4 scoring for their team.
Having come through Round 1 as County winners before finishing 3rd in the Round 2 Regional Final, Helsby’s Intermediate boys (years 9 &10) produced an outstanding performance to finish 11th out of 27 teams in the National Final. All this despite only two of the six runners being in year 10 and being just one of five non-selective schools on the start line.
Congratulations to all seven students who made up the squad across the three rounds for all their hard-work and effort in the lead up to the race and their excellent performance in the final in some incredibly tough conditions against a high-class field consisting of 143 finishing runners.
Luke P (6th)
Oliver N (72nd)
Liam W (Reserve)
Tom L (117th)
Alex M (53rd)
Ben H (115th)
Ben C (98th)
The full results can be found by following this link:
Helsby High School supported Frodsham‘s Christmas festival with music students performing wonderfully at the event. The concert on the 27th November involved students from different musical groups displaying the array of talent within the school.
This was developed in partnership with our Music for Life peripatetic teachers whom did a tremendous job in supporting and aiding the pupils. We were also proud to be displaying our brand-new music stand covers received from the donations made by the Friends of Helsby High School, another important connection from the parents and friends to our school.
Students at the school formed a new rock band from rock club to play at the festival to a positive reception. Previous groups established included folk and string ensembles which got back together for this performance, additionally ex-pupils also played a different slot at the festival. We welcomed our new cohort of Year Sevens to the group, they were enthusiastic and contributed beautifully.
It was a cold and blustery day but the students excelled, we are so proud of them, and are grateful for the support from parents and staff, to be out celebrating music with the community and signal the start of the Christmas celebrations.
Students designed a series of posters for the Big Green Week which have been praised by the award committee. The designs have been utilised by the Climate Action Frodsham group for their bookmark to promote climate awareness and advise those within the community on how they can reduce their climate impact and make a positive difference.
Ruth from Climate Action Frodsham came into the school and gave an enlightening talk, discussing issues about food, recycling and gave some inspirational messages about reframing the issues currently faced to consider the opportunities for positive change.
The winners received prizes including Naomi Klein’s book ‘How to Change Everything’. This book is designed for young adults to give them an understanding about the issues currently faced, how we as a society came to this point and provides advice and support about the real changes they can make.
We would like to thank Ruth and the Climate Action Frodsham group for the valuable work they do, the prizes provided and for sharing their knowledge and experience with the students.
All students received a bookmark with Lucy’s first placed design for her clear and bold illustration demonstrating the stark choices that we have for our future. All the posters offered unique designs to illustrate the issues we are facing, and we want to congratulate the students for their impact and for bringing attention to Climate Change in such an effective way.
GCSE students here at Helsby High School have had the amazing opportunity of training not only on our brand new 3G pitch, but also receiving coaching and encouragement from football legends Sammy Lee, Paul Simpson and Ross Embleton.
The League Managers Association hosted a football coaching session as a trial for a potential new outreach project and decided to host it here at Helsby High School. The session welcomed the highest calibre managers to train our students. These included Sammy Lee (former Liverpool player and assistant manager), Paul Simpson (ex-Man City player and former manager of the successful England Under-20 World Cup winning team) and Ross Embleton (ex-Leyton Orient First Team Coach).
The managers undertook an extensive football session with the GCSE PE and Cambridge National Sports Studies football students, facilitating improvements to their game with passing, shooting and crossing drills, followed by a small tournament to apply those skills. The managers and students were also able to make full use of the new pavilion in this great new community facility for a warm cup of tea after the session on what was a bright but cold autumn day.
The session was supported by school governor Andy Wheeler and our Headteacher Mr Hill, as well as a number of keen and interested teachers who also came down to support the students and spot our star visitors. Towards the end of training the new 3G pitch accommodated two 7-a-side games which were enjoyed by students and staff alike.
The 36 GCSE students were thrilled to receive such extensive coaching and were delighted to talk with these football legends after the training. Sammy Lee told stories and gave advice to our students about working in this sport using his wealth of football experience; the students hung on his every word and it was a delight to see them so engaged.
We would like to thank the coaches for offering their valuable time and expertise to our students, who greatly enjoyed the session and were delighted to be able to get photos and autographs after the session!
We would like to say a big thank you to the Friends of Helsby High School for their generous donation and continued support in purchasing our beautiful new music stand covers! We will be proudly displaying the covers at events including the Frodsham Christmas Festival on the 27th November 2021 where students will be performing and sharing their musical talents within the community.
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In early 2020, students from across the high school were invited to enter a poetry writing competition in conjunction with Weaver Words & The Frodsham Literature Festival. The topic of the festival was ‘The Edgelands’:
You can find them on the edges of towns and cities. They are often forgotten places, both literally and in the heart and mind. They are the places of possibility, of hopes and wonderful extremes, but also places of reflection, loss and broken dreams.
The competition was put on hold due to the pandemic, but was recently revived. The poems were judged by local writer Tim Firth and on the 16th of November, the winning students received prizes and listened to a talk from Tim Firth on writing, crafting ideas and not being fearful of the empty page.
Well done to the students that won prizes, but also to all the students that took part in the competition and entered a poem.
Jessica P (Year 10) won first prize and a £30 book token for her poem The Land Inbetween. Read it here.
Amelie J (Year 10) was awarded the runner-up prize of a £20 book token. Read it here.
Highly commended other poems were awarded a £10 book token include:
On this Remembrance Day we reflect upon those who have lost their lives in wars around the world. Helsby High School played The Last Post throughout the school, with students standing at 11am followed by a 2 minute silence and presentation on the First World War.
Staff and students represented Helsby High School at the local Remembrance Day service at the Frodsham War Memorial where our student Aran D played The Last Post to strong positive feedback from attendees including ex-personnel.
“Originally in the 1790’s ‘The Last Post’ was a signal to soldiers in British Army Camps to mark the end of the day, this changed during the 1850’s. When a soldier died in a foreign land, there was often no music available to accompany him on his final journey, as a result, a new custom arose of charging the regimental bugler to sound the Last Post over the grave.” (BBC, 2015)
The service was organised by Jo O’Donoghue the Town Clerk for Frodsham Council. It was a humbling experience with prayers provided by Rev Elaine Atack from Frodsham Churches Together and a roll call for the names of soldiers from the surrounding areas who had fallen in battle. This list included surnames of students from our school bringing the closeness to home, imbuing this when taking the time to remember those and reflect upon their sacrifice to one day achieve peace and prosperity for all.
Sixth formers have also been working hard to raise awareness and pay their respects by selling poppies during form time to fellow staff and students.
These funds will go towards the Poppy Appeal, aiding veterans and others within the Armed Forces, we wish to thank our students for all the hard work they have done and parental support for ensuring those are never forgotten.
We are delighted to invite you to a Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening where you can find out information about the fantastic opportunities offered in the Sixth Form.
Helsby Sixth Form offers a huge range of vocational and traditional A-Level courses on your doorstep as well as multiple student leadership and enrichment opportunities.
If you are currently a member of the school community in Years 10 and 11 you will automatically be sent a link to join us in Microsoft Teams. If you are not currently at Helsby High and wish to join our successful Sixth Form please email SixthFormOpenEvening@HelsbyHigh.org and we will arrange for a link to be sent to you to join us.
We used two Alternative Provision providers to come on to site and facilitate the sessions, which had a numeracy and literacy focus all incorporated into sporting activities, art activities, ICT activities and well-being sessions. For example, the huge inflatable dart board was used to improve addition skills. A rapper and a drummer were commissioned to come in to deliver sessions to make the interests catered for as broad as possible.
24 pupils were invited. These pupils were selected following analysis of the data and information gathered through the transition process. The students invited were identified as the most vulnerable in the cohort, with most being under a Child Protection or Child in Need plan. Additional factors were also considered such as SEND needs (particularly children with EHCPs) and those with SEMH needs and disadvantaged children who may have suffered more significantly from lost learning during the lock down periods of the previous 18 months.
All food was provided for pupils over the 4 days; a snack on arrival with a drink and then a cold lunch.
16 pupils in total attended over the 4 days. A lot of effort was made to contact parents who did not respond to the initial invitation. Most non-attendance was due to pre-booked holidays, as Covid travel restrictions were just starting to ease, or lack of parental engagement. A small number of parents said that their child would attend and they did not turn up. We collected and dropped off two children who would not have been able to attend otherwise.
School Senior Leadership Team were present all week and the Transition Lead, Mrs Walker, supported the sessions. There was a first aid trained teacher and the DSL for Safeguarding present all week.
All pupils in attendance had a great time and provided positive feedback at the end, saying that they felt better connected to the school and had started to know their way around and recognise some staff members. A number recognised that they had been having fun but had been learning at the same time, without really realising it.
This map gives you a flavour of the destinations of our alumni.
As you can see they are spread far and wide. From St Andrews to Alabama, Germany and the Netherlands our students have developed the confidence to spread their wings and go to pastures new. We have alumni at Oxford too. In addition to those going to university our students also choose to complete Higher Level Degree Apprenticeships which can be based all over the country.
We wish them all the very best and are encouraging them to keep in touch with us so we can celebrate their adventures too!