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English Department KS3 News

October 2016

Open Evening

Room A9 was transformed into an array of Gothic scenes from each of the KS3 novels. Scrooge from ‘A Christmas Carol’, played by Jonathan J in U6, was about to be tormented by the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, Miss Havisham from ‘Great Expectations’, played by Olivia G in U6, sat awaiting Pip at Satis House and Frankenstein’s creature was seen laid out in his creator’s laboratory.

Year 7

What the Dickens* has been going on in Year 7? Well, Dickens! Year 7 have been stepping into the gloomy world of Victorian London through the novels ‘Oliver Twist’ or ‘A Christmas Carol’. Pupils have been learning about whether or Scrooge’s attitude to the poor at the start of the novel really did represent those of Victorian society and how terrible the prisons, workhouses and punishments of the time really were.

Pupils will continue to study their class novel alongside relevant non-fiction context and poetry until Christmas.

*The phrase ‘What the dickens?’ is actually unrelated to the author Charles Dickens and was used by Shakespeare in ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’.

Year 8

Year 8 have been getting their fangs into a range of Gothic horror classics this term, with classes either studying Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ or Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’. Recently, Mrs Foulder’s class have enjoyed investigating how Shelley’s description of the creature differs from the representations seen on film and stage as well as investigating the gruesome historical context of the novel.

Pupils will continue to study their class novel alongside relevant non-fiction context and poetry until Christmas.

October 2016

Room A9 was transformed into an array of Gothic scenes from each of the KS3 novels. Scrooge from ‘A Christmas Carol’, played by Jonathan J in U6, was about to be tormented by the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, Miss Havisham from ‘Great Expectations’, played by Olivia G in U6, sat awaiting Pip at Satis House and Frankenstein’s creature was seen laid out in his creator’s laboratory.

Year 7
What the Dickens* has been going on in Year 7? Well, Dickens! Year 7 have been stepping into the gloomy world of Victorian London through the novels ‘Oliver Twist’ or ‘A Christmas Carol’. Pupils have been learning about whether or Scrooge’s attitude to the poor at the start of the novel really did represent those of Victorian society and how terrible the prisons, workhouses and punishments of the time really were.

Pupils will continue to study their class novel alongside relevant non-fiction context and poetry until Christmas.

*The phrase ‘What the dickens?’ is actually unrelated to the author Charles Dickens and was used by Shakespeare in ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’.

Year 8
Year 8 have been getting their fangs into a range of Gothic horror classics this term, with classes either studying Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ or Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’. Recently, Mrs Foulder’s class have enjoyed investigating how Shelley’s description of the creature differs from the representations seen on film and stage as well as investigating the gruesome historical context of the novel.

Pupils will continue to study their class novel alongside relevant non-fiction context and poetry until Christmas.

Information about the BBC School Report

Just before the Easter holidays, on Thursday March 26th, a group of Helsby High English and Media Studies students visited the United Utilities HQ in Warrington in order to take part in the final stage of the UCreate competition and pitch a radio advert that they had created warning young people and their parents about the dangers of swimming in reservoirs. The group was one of just three finalists, chosen from hundreds of entries that the competition had received from schools and colleges across the whole region.

Back in December, English and Media Studies students across the school had taken part in workshops, led by Ms McGovern, to improve their understanding of the dangers of swimming in reservoirs; many were shocked and visibly moved by the first person accounts they heard from the bereaved relatives of children who had drowned in recent years. Students had then spent time analysing the key conventions of radio campaigns, such as the various THINK! road safety adverts, before putting the theory into practise as they subsequently went on to create, record and edit their own radio adverts.

The talented finalists were Sam M, Jake P, and Lauren R in Year 9, and Lewis W in Year 10, who had worked together to write, perform and produce a very moving, and highly effective, entry for the competition. Their task at the final stage of the competition was to formally pitch their advert to the board of directors at United Utilities, and to then answer questions about it, so the judges could decide upon which out of the three finalists would have their advert broadcast on regional radio to hundreds of thousands of listeners.

The four students conducted themselves with the utmost professionalism and were truly a credit to themselves and the school. Although the winning entry was eventually judged to be one from Oakfield High School, the judges were so impressed with the quality of Helsby’s entry and the students’ performance on the day, that they have decided to not only name us as official runners up, but also to broadcast our advert too, as they described it as being so “powerful” and “effective”.

Listen to the advert on vis this YouTube weblink:

 

OUR DAY FILMING WITH FABLAB FANATICS!
It’s BBC School News Report day 2015 and this morning, budding journalists from Year 9 and the Sixth Form visited FabLab in Ellesmere Port, where a group of Helsby students are building a 3D printer! At the end of this exciting project, the 3D printers our pupils construct will be brought back to school for student use.

The team of intrepid reporters enjoyed filming, editing and posting their TV news report to a 3pm deadline. View it below!

We asked the reporters to tell us more about their experience during the day.

Jen said, “I really enjoyed my experience at FabLab as not only did I gain experience in the media department, but also learnt a lot about the amazing piece of technology that is a 3D printer!”

John added, “FabLab was very interesting. I found the 3D printers fascinating. My favourite part was when we interviewed Dr David Armson, the manager. He was very thorough but interesting with his answers. I also enjoyed watching the 3D printer create the small pink robot.”

Amelia continued with, “I thought that FabLab was very interesting. I feel like I learned a lot of interesting facts regarding FabLab, the actual 3D printers, and how they work; it was really fascinating to see how the printers are made and discover what impact the 3D printers will make in the future.”, said Lucy.

Megan added, “It looked very difficult but the products they can create is amazing and it would be great to see the end result. It was all very technical and it seemed like everyone knew what they were doing!”

Olivia commented, “I really enjoyed reporting on FabLab. I learnt a lot through interviewing students and staff. I hope to return to FabLab on one of their public open days and create my own invention.”

We had help with the filming and editing side of the report from three Sixth Formers: Lucy Edwards, Ben Parker and Olly Hale. Lucy told us, “I enjoyed learning about 3D printers, and I found it an invaluable experience working with younger students.”

Keep checking the school website for further updates on how our 3D Printer Groups are doing!

Competitions

Poetry By Heart

The Helsby High School Poetry By Heart competition will be taking place in December and everybody in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 can take part.  Two poems from the Poetry by Heart anthology must be learnt and the winner will compete in the County Final in January. After-school sessions will be held on Tuesdays in the library. See Miss Ball or Miss Moffatt for details.

Helsby High School supports the Poetry By Heart National Competition for poetry recital because it:

– Encourages students to read more widely
– Develops in students the confidence to speak in front of others
– Leads students, through learning by heart, to really understand and appreciate the power of words and language
Please encourage your son or daughter to take part: you might even want to join in and learn a couple of poems yourself.

Click here to see poems : http://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/anthology/

Coming soon

Club info/theatre trips

PowerPoint Presentation

 

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Rewards and achievements

I am very pleased to announce that over 40 of our students were successful and have become published writers in ‘Mini Monologues – The North’ and Mini-Monologues – Northern Poets’
Congratulations to all of those involved; you should be very proud of your achievement!

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