Newsletter 10th September 2018

Weekly Newsletter

10th September 2018

Life Caravan

The Rotary Club ‘Life Caravan’ will be in school on Wednesday and Thursday this week.  This is a resource used by many local schools to support the teaching of our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) curriculum.  Each class will visit ‘the van’ for at least one session and study a range of themes including ‘Feelings’ (Year 2), ‘All About Me’ (Reception) and Discussions (Year 6).  We have always found it to be a useful addition to our curriculum and it is something the children enjoy.  Any questions or queries – please ask Mr Richardson.

‘My Happy Mind’ and mental health

Mental Health and wellbeing is becoming increasingly important in schools and in our modern society.  To help us address some of the issues associated with mental health and wellbeing we are introducing a new scheme called ‘My Happy Mind’.  This is a well-recognised, excellent, fun and practical approach that helps children develop confidence, resilience and character.  It is based on scientific research and helps children develop the healthy habits needed to ensure positive mental health and wellbeing.  The learning activities are all internet based and teachers will follow a programme for their year group.  Further details are available on or please ask your child’s classteacher if you have any questions. 

Extra-curricular activities/after school clubs

We are still working on all the extra-curricular clubs and will get the form out to you tomorrow.  We hope that you will like the range of activities on offer.  Please get the form back by Friday.  Thank you.


Can all new parents please ensure their ParentPay account is activated so you can start to receive school communications via text and email. Please contact the office if you have any queries.

‘No Outsiders’ – meeting the Equality Duty

To help us meet the requirements of the Equality Act (2010) and to meet our responsibilities as part of the Equality Duty, we are introducing some new books into each class library.  A range of books will help us address important issues and support our pupils in developing respect for, and an understanding of, all citizens and to learn not to discriminate against anyone, regardless of their race, sex, age, gender, social orientation, faith or religion.  More information on the ‘No Outsiders’ programme can be found at or please ask Mr Richardson.


Please note that dogs are not allowed anywhere on school grounds.  This includes the staff car park area at the ‘top of the bottom steps’ in the infant playground.  This is part of our local authority health and safety policy and will be enforced strictly from now on.  Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Pupil Survey 2018

Below are the results from our pupil survey conducted last term.



Do you like being at Helsby Hillside?












Do you learn new things in lessons?









Are your lessons interesting?









Do you get help when you find things difficult?









Do you try your best in lessons?










Do teachers show you how to improve your work?









Do most children at Hillside behave well?









If you have a problem in school is there an adult you can talk to?









Do you feel safe in school?









Do the teachers listen to your ideas?










As you can see, it is terrific to see that the outcomes of the survey are very positive.  It is vitally important that our children enjoy coming to school and that they feel safe.  We will continue to monitor this and strive to ensure the best education possible for all our pupils.  Any queries or questions, please ask in school.

Liverpool Cancer Hospital – LEGO

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is one of the UK’s leading technical centres and a new specialist cancer hospital is being built in Liverpool city centre to further develop the expert cancer care for our region.  Clatterbridge Cancer Charity are trying to raise money to make sure this is the best cancer hospital it can be and are organising a fund raising challenge: ‘THE BIG LEGO BRICK HOSPITAL’!

For the first time a replica of a NHS hospital will be made from the iconic toy bricks.  When complete it will be one of the biggest LEGO structures in the UK – over 5000,000 bricks! We are working with Helsby Scouts and Hornsmill Primary School to form a ‘Helsby’ team to support the ‘Buy a Brick’ project.  A brick can be bought for just £1 and we aim to buy enough bricks to build a unit/ward.  Further details will follow after an assembly led by Fran Darcy, the Community Fundraising Mayor, on Monday 17th September, so watch this space! 

Hornsmill 50th Birthday celebration

Hornsmill Primary School in Helsby are celebrating their 50th birthday this month and are holding a Celebration Fayre on Saturday 29th September. Former pupils and members of the local community are all welcome to attend, please contact Hornsmill for further details. 

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Welcome back everyone! We hope everyone had a lovely Summer!


Thank you so much to everyone who came to the Summer Camp in August. It was a really fun day for all. Thank you to Vikki White for leading this event. The event raised £100 for FOH, thank you everyone.


September is a quiet time for FOH but we do have our AGM next Monday, 17th September at 7pm in the School Staff Room. It’s a friendly meeting and a great chance to find out what’s going on. We share ideas, discuss and review events, have an update from the Treasury and generally have a nice chat about how we can continue to enhance every child’s experience at Hillside. We had an amazing year last year with renovating the KS1 Playground and new iPads etc. Please do come along if you can. Meetings generally last about 1 hour but you can leave at any time. We look forward to seeing you there.


Last academic year we announced that Davina (Chair) Liz Wilson (Secretary) will be stepping down this year, and Dorte (Vice-Treasury) has now left us to start her adventure as a High School Parent. This means we have three roles available to hand over on Monday 17th September. If you are interested in any of these roles or would like further information on what’s involved, please ask us by using any of the below communication options, or come to the AGM meeting on the night.

Have a great week Hillside!

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Contact the School

Helsby Hillside Primary School

Bates Lane
Helsby, Frodsham
Cheshire, WA6 9LN

Headteacher: Mr C Richardson
School Contacts: Mrs F MacCready
& Mrs S Tregilgas

Tel: 01928 722991