Newsletter 21st Oct 2019

Weekly Newsletter

21st October 2019 

Global Waste Assembly

Thanks to parents, grandparents and friends who joined us for our ‘Global Waste Assembly’ last week.  It was a terrific assembly during which the children showed everything we have done to tackle single use plastic and try to improve our planet before thinking about what we are going to do next!

We will continue to ask families to try and give up using an item of single use plastic each month.  We are going to construct something using our ‘eco-bricks’ – these can still be sent into school if you are still making them please!  Leaflets are being printed about our zero-plastic project and these are going to be delivered to all homes in Helsby soon.  Finally, we will be supporting the next ‘school strike’ for climate change on 29th November.

It was fantastic that we were joined for the assembly by Delyth Curtis, deputy chief executive and Mark Parkinson, director of education.  They were very impressed with the work the children have done and plan to share it across Cheshire West and Chester.

Harvest Week

We are looking forward to our Harvest Festival at St Paul’s Church on Wednesday 23rd October at 2pm.  Do please join us if you can for what is always a lovely service.  Each class will share their thoughts about Harvest through a song, poem or readings and the children will sing their favourite Harvest songs.  We are collecting food and donations for ‘Save the Family’.  Please send in any food or money for this on Wednesday.  ‘Save the Family’ are one of our dedicated charities for this year.

The children will be enjoying their Harvest breakfast on:-

  • Tuesday 22nd October - Reception and KS1
  • Wednesday 23rd October – KS2
    Parent progress evenings
  • Thank you to everyone for your support at last week’s parent progress evenings.  It is only by working so closely together and creating a strong home-school partnerships that we support our pupils in achieving much stronger outcomes and help them in their personal development, confidence and readiness for the next stage in their education.  We hope that you found the information useful.  If you do have any further questions, please contact school or speak to Mr Richardson.
    FOH Discos

It's the Friends of Hillside Halloween disco on Thursday, come along and join in the fun:

Time: KSI (Reception, Yr1, Yr2) 18:00 – 19:00

KS2 (Yr3,4,5,6) 19:15 – 20:15

Cost: £2.50 per child (including hot dog and juice/water)

Glo sticks on sale for 20p each

For the parents Grab a brew and have a chat whist the children are entertained. Hot drinks available for £2 including a thermal cup to take home!

Helpers needed: We’re still looking for parents who can help out serving hot dogs and drinks in the kitchen and tidying up at the end of the evening. If you can spare an hour or two drop us a line at or contact us via our Facebook group 'friends of hillside'

FOH PTA meeting this evening

Come and join us in the staff room at 7pm this evening. We're always looking for others to share ideas and help us to plan our events. Our focus tonight will be the Christmas Fayre. 

Please do come along if you can – everyone is welcome and you can stay as long or as little as you like.


Please remember that we break up for half-term this week at 3.15pm on Friday 25th October.  School will reopen at 8.55am on Tuesday 5th November.

Special Bonfire Lunch

Just a quick reminder there will be a special bonfire themed lunch on Tuesday 5th November the choices are sausage and mash, a veggie option and jacket potato.

PDS Streetdance festival

For children attending streetdance club, there is a change of date for the Streetdance Festival it is now on Thursday 28th November 4-8pm.

Extra-curricular clubs

A reminder that mad science after school club starts this week on Wednesday. Current clubs will continue after half term with dodgeball starting on 12th November. Please see attached flyer if you wish your child to continue or start attending Artjam club after half term.

Parent governor

Paul Hedges, parent of Ava Kendrick in Y2, has been nominated as our new parent governor.  As there were no further nominations, Paul will start as a governor at our next meeting.  Thanks to Paul for volunteering for this role.  We hope he finds it rewarding and productive.

Music for Life

"Learning a musical instrument brings so many benefits to a child's overall development as well as developing a skill and interest that a child can have for life. Music for Life is a not-for-profit music service working in partnership with schools which currently arranges lessons for more than 4,000 young people across our area. The deadline for booking a new course to start after half term is 20th October, subject to a final confirmation from the tutor that the extra course can be accommodated. You can find out more and book online here:

Payment for courses can be made using almost any debit or credit card and can be spread over several months (typically £25.50 per month for a shared lesson or £38 per month for a one-to-one lesson) or paid in full in advance on booking if you wish. Financial support with the cost of lessons may be available in cases of hardship; please contact Music for Life before booking if you would like to discuss this. All new courses enjoy a 12 week "taster" period, so when you book you are only committed to 12 lessons to see how things go. After that time, a report on progress will be sent and you can then decide to continue with lessons, cancel further lessons or change the course.

Some other links you may find helpful in learning more about the work of Music for Life are:


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

SEN Contact: Mrs Lynda Thomas

SEN Email: