Sport News: Chris Martin’s Basketball Match Report

in School News | By Mr S Edwards,

Chris Martin’s U14 Basketball Match Report
Helsby v Canon Slade

1st Quarter

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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End of Term Reward Assemblies (Christmas 2011)

in School News | By Mr S Edwards,

As we approach the end of 2011 it was time to reward some of those students who have worked so hard.

Year 8 Rewards AssemblyAs 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!

Well done!

Year 12 Physics visit to ‘BALL PACKAGING’ Deeside Plant, November 2011

in School News | By Mr S Edwards,

Visit to 'BALL PACKAGING' Deeside Plant“We visited the Ball Packaging factory as part of our AS Physics course.  Ball Produce cans for almost all the major alcoholic and soft drink beverage manufacturers in the UK.  The factory we visited was specifically for producing can ends, the top section of the can.  We learnt how the factory could produce 1900 can ends a second, equating to 23 million a day.  We were told about the measures taken to remain efficient and ensure that the products were made with precision.

We looked at the ring pull mechanism and discovered that the scored section which is to be ‘popped’ had to be accurate to around 17 microns.  Considering that a human hair is 70 microns, this was a great insight into the level of precision needed.

We enjoyed a talk on the processes used in the factory courtesy of the Plant Manager, Kev and the Production Manager, Anthony.  We were also given a free can of pepsi, a mouse mat, a sticker and all the can ends we could wish for!

Overall I found the experience to be very rewarding and it gave us a great insight into the way products that we take for granted are manufactured.”

Joe Roberts

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Leaver’s Certificate Assembly – Thursday 5th January 2012

Invitation to our class of 2011, Year 13 students.

There will be a leaver’s Certificate Assembly on Thursday 5th January 2012 at 2pm.

Your certificates will be presented by Mr Dowler; after the assembly there will be refreshments served and an opportunity to meet staff. If you would like to attend please email Mrs. J Burkhill-Howarth (6th Form Secretary):

Look forward to seeing you again!

Miss E Valentine

Sport News: Zac Baird’s Basketball Match Reports

Zac Baird’s Basketball Match Reports
U19 v Ellesmere Port Catholic High (Home) 5/12/11
U19 v Neston High (Home) 7/12/11

Helsby had two games this week, Monday against Ellesmere Port Catholic High School U19s and Wednesday against Neston High School U19s.

Monday’s game against Ellesmere Port was not the best performance from a young Helsby team made up of three U15s, three U16s and four U17s. Due to an inexplicable lack of confidence and motivation Helsby went down in the first quarter 11-27. The second quarter saw an improved performance, drawing the quarter 19-19 against a strong Ellesmere Port side but still 16 down at the half.

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Basketball Match Report: Helsby High U16s v Wright Robinson Sports College

Basketball Match Report

Helsby High U16s v Wright Robinson Sports College (Manchester)

 (Home) – 6/12/2011

The game started slowly with no points scored until the 3rd minute then Helsby seemed to come to life hitting shots and getting to the basket at will. Great pressure on the full court defence lead to numerous steals by Helsby’s Joe Smith and Zac Baird setting up Cameron Mackay with easy baskets.

Winning the first Quarter 23-15 Helsby went into the 2nd quarter with their heads held high and playing with confidence which led to another scoring run through superb shooting, strength getting to the rim and teamwork! Helsby struggled most on defence in this quarter allowing Manchester Magic Guard Nathan Hardacre (4) to make several shots from beyond the arc. However, Helsby still managed to win the quarter 24-17. This meant the score was 47-32 going into half time.

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Christmas Craft Fayre

in Events | By Mr S Edwards,

The School’s annual craft fayre was held this year on Sunday 27 November and once again was a huge success. Over forty stall holders set up in the Sports Hall, offering a range of products around the Christmas theme. From greeting cards to jewellery, the discerning shopper could make a flying start for the season of goodwill!

The final total raised for school funds is not yet known but indications are over £1,000 was raised from entrance fees, raffle, refreshments and games organised by members of the ‘Friends of Helsby High School’ committee. The support of pupils who came to sing Christmas carols or help with collecting money and serving refreshments was very much appreciated by the organisers. Many parents helped as well, some by volunteering for duties on the day but many by attending and making the effort put into the fayre worthwhile.

The people who deserve most credit are the members of the ‘Friends’ committee (and their families), who plan the event for months beforehand, set up on the Friday before the event and work from 9am until 4pm to make the event a success.

All this work helps provide school with funds it otherwise would not have and the ‘Friends’ try to ensure the monies they raise have a direct impact on the experience of as many pupils as possible. Recently, they managed to purchase a new minibus for school and there are funds available to support and enrich other initiatives in school. The work of the ‘Friends’ is invaluable to the school and every pupil does benefit in some way.

I know the committee appreciate all those volunteers who help.

Mr S Capstick (Deputy Head)

Basketball Match Report: Helsby High U17s v Liverpool Blue Coat (Home)

It was the first game of the season for the Under 17s, with a match against one of our regular opponents Liverpool Blue Coat School, a team that we had faced in every English basketball competition.

The game started with some good early pressure by Helsby leading to some fast break points, taking the team to a 26–2 lead in the first quarter. Blue Coat started the second quarter making some shots creating a 7–2 run of their own. The teams then traded baskets until the end of the quarter, with Helsby just edging it 14 points to 11.

The score at halftime was Helsby 40 to Blue Coat 13.

At the start of the second half Helsby made sure of the victory with some excellent shooting with  the team scoring 5 three point shots to end the quarter. This stretched the lead to 42 points. At the end of the third quarter the score was 69-24.

In the last quarter Helsby changed their defence and some excellent passing by Blue Coat gave Helsby some trouble leading to foul shots on the line for the visitors. Helsby then finished the game strong scoring another 4 three pointers in the last period of the game.

Final score Helsby 96 – 33 Blue Coat.

Helsby scored 75% of their free throws and an excellent 15 three pointers. There were good contributions from all members of the team with Patrick Phelan scoring 24 points and Cameron Mackay with 19 standing out. A good win and a good start to the campaign, let’s keep it up!

Sean Martin (Captain)

Industrial Action – Wednesday 30 November 2011

Dear Parents/Carers


As you are probably aware, we have been informed by the NUT, NASUWT, ATL, NAHT and Unison unions that their members will be taking industrial action in the form of a strike on Wednesday 30 November 2011.

This action is not against Helsby High School itself but is part of national industrial action organised by these trade unions about changes to the pension schemes of their members.

Neither the Governing Body nor the Headteacher is legally allowed to close the school “in sympathy” with the strike.  However, we have to act in line with the advice provided to the school and assess the health and safety risks of remaining open as usual.

This assessment has been carried out by the school and a decision has been made to close the school for all pupils and students (although it will remain open for staff not taking industrial action).

This decision has been carefully considered and we very much regret the disruption to the education of our students and the inconvenience caused to parents and carers.  We have done all we can to come to a decision as soon as possible to allow families to make alternative arrangements.

We must all hope that the issues over which the industrial action has arisen are resolved as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continuing help and support.

Yours sincerely

J Dowler

B Ratcliffe (Mrs)
Chair of Governors

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Poppy Appeal 2011

in School News | By Mr S Edwards,

Poppy Appeal 2011Once again it is the time of year when we take a moment to think about a defining moment in history, and present our respect and support for the British Army, past and present, in the form of a humble poppy pinned to our shirts.

The Royal British Legion works tirelessly every year to raise funds for war veterans and currently serving armed forces who risk their lives for the safety of the country and the world, it’s hard to believe that something as simple as purchasing one of the poppies can make a difference – but it does. With the money raised so far the charity has managed to achieve so much, such as making the lives of wounded soldiers a lot more comfortable when they return home. Often men and women return from places like Afghanistan and Iraq having lost limbs or are suffering from mental illness, it is a massive change to their lives and the money can help to adapt their home environment, pay for medical bills and give hope to these brave people.

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Year 10 BTEC Construction Visit to Liverpool One

in School News | By Mr S Edwards,

Year 10 BTEC Construction Visit to Liverpool OneAs part of their coursework tasks, the Year 10 BTEC Construction students went on a visit to Liverpool city centre on Wednesday 9th November.  Students have been studying the social and economical implications of the development of Liverpool One in lessons and this visit was to see the impact it has had on the city of Liverpool.

Students saw the range of leisure facilities on offer in Liverpool One, from the shops, gym, hotels and restaurants.  In lessons we had discussed what was demolished to create the Liverpool One area and how this had now become the main location to visit in the city centre.  We also wanted to investigate the types of shops in the ‘old’ part of town and Church Street, compared to the shops within Liverpool One.

Students got to view the city from the top of the St John’s Beacon, better known as the Radio City Tower.  After an express lift ride to the top students had a panoramic view of Liverpool, the Wirral and Lancashire.  Many of the boys were trying to spot Frodsham, but the sky was too hazy to see that far.

We bumped into one of the presenters from Radio City whilst at the top of the tower and he gave us an interesting story about being stuck in the lifts a few years back……whilst we were in the lift going back down!

Year 10 BTEC Construction Visit to Liverpool OneOn the way back to the bus the boys got their chance to see the Winter Wonderland being built on Chavasse Park.  Many Christmas stalls were in the process of being set up and constructed, ready for the Christmas lights switch-on that evening.

All in all the boys had a great day out in Liverpool and were extremely grateful for the day.

Mr J Cooney

Work Related Learning Co-ordinator



BTCV Environmental Day at Norley

BTCV Environmental Day at Norley

On Friday 21st October Mr Cooney and Mrs Robinson took us on a trip to the BTCV Environmental Day in Norley.  When we got there we had an introduction from the people that work there about what happens there and what sort of things they do.

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Year 8 E-Safety Competition

E-Safety WinnerIn October 2011 a competition was launched with Year 8.  The task was to design a poster for school which offered E-Safety Advice including Internet Safety Rules

The winner was Jasmine Hulse 8REV, her entry has now been put onto the desktop of all school accounts so when students log on they now see her poster in fully colour.

The runner ups were Rebecca McKennall and Jade Worrall 8PTA, Ross Frewin and Aled Cropley 8NWI, Lauren Miller and Leah Stockton 8MDA and Oliver Marx 8PTA.  The runner ups will have their poster printed in colour and on A3 paper, these will be displayed around school.

In Year 8 Assembly on Tuesday 18th October the winner and the runner ups also received a gift voucher prize from the Deputy Head, Mr Capstick.

There were over one hundred entries.  Thank you so much to everyone who entered there are obviously a lot of very creative students in Year 8!

Ms Simmonds

Head of Year 8

Link: Click here to see all the winning posters (Opens in Microsoft PowerPoint).

Year 8’s Second round of English Schools Cup

Year 8’s football team were beaming and ready to take on second round Holy Family in the English Schools Cup. The team knew it was going to be difficult from here on in.

The boys began the game at 100mph; was this going to set the tone for the rest of the game. YES IT WAS!

Johnny Cooper sent a sensational ball from the right corner flag over the keepers head only to meet James Stamp on the head and into the back of the net. The team celebrated with James however know the job wasn’t done.

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Year 11’s Visit to World Skills London 2011

Year 11’s Visit to World Skills London 2011

On Friday 7th October Mr Cooney and Mrs Robinson took 10 Year 11 students to the World Skills festival in the ExCel Arena, London.  World Skills is the Olympics of the skills industry and is a showcase for practical skills in the fields of construction, IT, engineering, catering and fashion.

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World Marathon Challenge for Save the Children

On Wednesday 5th October, 36 Year 7 & 8 boys and girls raced in Manchester, completing the 26.2 miles in 2hrs 2 mins 9 secs. This placed us 3rd in England and 6th overall out of 51 in the world table. As well as the Engish schools there were teams from Ireland, France, Canada, Spain, Norway, China, Kenya, Mali, Mexico and New Zealand competing in the challenge.

Full details can be found at

A report of the World Marathon Challenge by Save the Children can be read by clicking here.