Newsletter 10th Feb 2020

Weekly Newsletter

10th February 


Please can we remind parents that school closes at 3.15pm on Friday for the spring half-term.  School will reopen on Monday 24th February at 8.55am.  We hope that the children enjoy their break!  We are looking forward to Mrs Ellis, our new school business manager, starting straight after the holiday

Sports update

Y5/6 basketball: An extremely strong performance by Hillside’s basketball team.  Unbeaten and won first place taking away gold medals at the FAVSP basketball tournament.  They now go on to represent the FAVSP area at the finals in March.

Dodgeball Festival: This Wednesday sees four dodgeball teams participate in the FAVSP dodgeball festival.  We hope that everyone enjoys their day and performs well! Good luck everybody!

Parent progress evenings

We do hope that you found last week’s progress evenings useful.  If parents have any further concerns or queries, please speak again to your child’s classteacher or Mr Richardson.

Internet Safety

This Tuesday, 11th February, is national ‘Internet Safety Day’.  Mrs Boudier, our computing lead, will lead a whole school assembly informing our pupils of how to stay safe online and how important this is.  Laura Davies, our PCSO, is also visiting KS2 classes to talk about online safety and the children will be completing various activities around keeping safe.  Further information is available at  There is lots of information, top tips, resources and a quiz!  If you have any concerns about keeping your child safe online at home or have any questions, please ask in school.  We are here to help!  Thank you.

Book Fair

We would like to say a big thank you to all that attended our after school Book Fair last week.  We raised an amazing total of £620 which Hillside be able to spend £300 on books for the school.

Build a Burger – Lunch

Just a quick reminder this Thursday we are having a special lunch which is ‘Build a Burger’. 

The full menu is displayed on our noticeboards.

Art Jam

Art Jam will be continuing their classes after half-term see attached flyer.

Books available to support mental health and wellbeing

Cheshire West and Chester Council have provided hundreds of new books recommended by experts to support children’s mental health and well-being.

Reading Well is a national books on prescription programme. It provides a new booklist of expert endorsed reading to support children’s mental health and wellbeing. The list is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 but includes titles aimed at a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers.

The books will be held in ten libraries (Storyhouse, Ellesmere Port, Northwich, Winsford, Neston, Upton, Frodsham, Great Boughton, Barnton and Lache) but children can reserve the books for free for delivery to any library in the borough.

To learn more about the scheme and the enormous need for quality assured health information, advice and stories to support children in understanding and managing their mental health and wellbeing please visit your West Cheshire

Cheshire West Voluntary Action-poster on the noticeboards

We are hosting a Family Volunteering event during half-term. The first one is over the half term Wednesday 19th February at Bridge Community Farm in Ellesmere Port. It will be from 10am-2.30pm with lunch included. You can email me for further details. There is also a tree planting event at the Countess of Chester Country park on Saturday 14th March from 11am. A way we can all work together to try to combat climate change.

Please let me know if you are interested in either activity as soon as possible.

Kind regards,

Dee Gunning Cheshire West Voluntary Action  The Bluecoat | Upper Northgate Street | Chester | CH1 4EE      Tel 01244 401272

Smart Survey

The local authority have a survey (LCWIP) ongoing at the moment in reference to improving cycling, walking and running in and around Frodsham and Helsby. 

As a school, we would like to support any developments that may improve the health and wellbeing of our children and the wider community.

We are therefore encouraging as many of you as possible to take part in the survey. You can access the survey using the following link:

The closing date for the survey is the 13 February 2020


We’ve a few dates for your diary coming up …

Love yourself day – Friday 14 February

We think the children are fantastic just the way they are and are encouraging them to come to school in whatever makes them happy and comfortable – no uniform required.

Any donations to the PTA would be welcome (£1 suggested donation).

Curry and quiz night – Friday 28 February

It’s your last chance to join us for our curry and quiz night. If you’d like to come along, send your money (or cheque made payable to ‘friends of hillside) into school in an envelope with your name and number of attendees by the end of the day (Monday 10 February).

Cost is £8 per adult and £2 per child including curry for the adults and chicken nuggets and chips for the children. The evening begins at 18:30 and there’ll be prizes for the winning teams.

School disco – Thursday 5 March 

It’s the night the children look forward to ... Hillside's school disco. The party starts at 18:00 – 19:00 for key stage 1 and 19:15 – 20:15 for key stage 2 and costs just £2.50 including a hot dog and a drink. If you can help out on the night drop us a line!

If you’d like to get involved or help in any way contact us by joining the Friends of Hillside Facebook group and sending a message or email








Contact the School

Helsby Hillside Primary School

Bates Lane
Helsby, Frodsham
Cheshire, WA6 9LN

Headteacher: Mr C Richardson
School Contacts: Mrs Julie Ellis
& Mrs S Tregilgas

Tel: 01928 722991