Newsletter 14th January 2019

Weekly Newsletter

14th January 2109 

A great start to the New Year!

We are pleased to report that we have had a great start to the New Year with the children enjoying school and trying their best!  Everyone appears to have settled back in quickly which is terrific!  As always, if you do have any concerns about your child, please do speak to your child’s classteacher or to Mr Richardson.

‘Travel with Us’ lunch day

A reminder there will be a special ‘Travel with Us’ themed lunch this Thursday 17th January. Choices will be Spaghetti Bolognese with garlic bread, vegetarian option or jacket potato and iced chocolate sponge or fresh fruit. Meals to be ordered on the day as usual.

Join your child for lunch day

In the past we have offered parents the opportunity to join us for a school lunch, normally on a Wednesday ‘roast dinner’ day.  We would like to extend this invitation again, starting with Reception, Y1 & Y2 parents who are invited to join their children for lunch on Wednesday 23rd January at 11.55am.  Cost of a meal is £2.30. Please confirm you wish to attend and make payment via your ParentPay account by Monday 21st January. Thanks.

Extra-curricular school clubs

A reminder to please return forms by Friday 18th January if your child wishes to attend any school clubs this term. All clubs and activities will start next week beginning 21st January, with the exception of Art Jam, Drama and Band practice which start this week.  Please note gymnastics club is only available to Reception, Y1, Y2 & Y3 pupils. Further details of the new Digital Photography Archaeology club starting after half term will be sent home with KS2 children.

Parent Governor Election

A reminder that any ballot forms need to be returned to school in the numbered envelope provided no later than 3pm today, Monday 14th January. The count will take place and results announced tomorrow, Tuesday 15th January.

School Council visit to London

The school council had a fantastic time in London visiting the Houses of Parliament and seeing the sights. Their superb attitude, manners and enthusiasm was evident throughout the trip which included a workshop on 'Laws and Debating'. A big thank you to Rachel Jackson and Steve Jones for their time and support. The school council will now prepare a whole school activity to share what they have learnt.

Year 6 – ‘Chemistry with Cabbage’

Year 6 pupils will be honing their science skills next Tuesday 22nd January when they investigate ‘Chemistry with Cabbage’!  This whole day experience is always great fun and provides a fantastic opportunity for Year 6 pupils to improve their scientific knowledge and increase their understanding.  We hope that they enjoy their day!

RSPB Birdwatch 25th-28th January 2019

This morning Mrs Thomas led an assembly about this year’s RSPB annual birdwatch.  Year 5 are participating during school time.  Details of the event can be found on the RSPB Birdwatch website if you wish to participate from home some time over the weekend.

PE and games kit

Whilst we are still currently experiencing very mild temperatures, it can still get very cold and children need a suitable PE kit for outdoor games and activities.  Please can the children bring a sweatshirt or ‘tracksuit’ top to wear over their PE T-shirt.  It is best if this is not their school sweatshirt as, if it gets wet or sweaty, it cannot be worn in school afterwards.  On particularly cold days, ‘jogging’ bottoms and a hat and gloves may also be appropriate if you have them.  Please check with your child’s classteacher or Mr Richardson if you’re unsure.  Thank you.

Running/walking track

Work on our new running track will start this week.  This will create a path of around 400m all the way around the perimeter of our school and will help us complete our ‘Daily Mile’, ‘Get Active’ programmes and cross country practice.  It will make a big difference to us and we are very excited about it!  During the works, the staff car park will be out of action and we are aware that this may impact on parking around school for a few weeks.  Please be aware of this and recognise that you may need to allow a little extra time at pick up and drop off.  We are very grateful to the Marshes Community Benefit Fund community development fund for a grant towards the cost of this project.


Frodsham Junior Football Club Academy - Reception pupils

The academy is a one-hour footballing session for children in reception year. It is run by fully CRB certified Frodsham Junior coaches and takes place every Sunday at 11am at the Frodsham Leisure Centre AstroTurf. Children need suitable clothing, shin-pads and a drink. It is £1 a session. It is a great introduction to football and an opportunity for children to gain skills, confidence and make new friends.

For more details contact:

Chester Women’s Aid! ‘RePresenting Women’ campaign

The ‘RePresenting Women’ campaign comprises three exciting events & activities

  • We’re inviting crafty individuals and groups across Cheshire & beyond to create their own piece of artwork that ‘re-presents’ women in a unique and inspiring way. The project kicks off with our exciting launch event – a FREE drop-in workshop at the Storyhouse on 12 January from 11-3pm. But entries are welcome up to 31 January, and you can register your interest here.  On 31 January, the top 4 entries as judged by our panel will each receive a £50 prize; and the top 12 will be featured in our exclusive citywide trail.
  • This February Half Term, selected artwork will be showcased in a thrilling treasure trail across the streets of Chester. The event not only promises a family-friendly day of fun, but raises awareness of how women are represented in our city, and our world. Maps will be available at selected locations*, and everyone is welcome to participate.
  • CWA’s annual International Women’s Day event at Chester Town Hall and Storyhouse is taking place on 9 March. The event promises to be a great day out for all ages, and everyone that completes the trail stands the chance of winning exclusive Family Funday tickets for Chester Racecourse.*

Free collection service

British Heart Foundation provide a free collection service for unwanted, but working/saleable, furniture and electrical items, which are then recycled and resold through stores and in turn generate much needed funds for the BHF. Contact the Warrington store on T: 01925 540 460 E:

Storyhouse Makefest

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