Newsletter 2nd July

Weekly Newsletter

2nd July

Year 6 £1 grow

Many thanks to everyone for your support with the Year 6 £1 grow last week. And a huge well done to all our Year 6 pupils for holding such a successful event in difficult and very hot conditions. The children raised an amazing £600.81! They have thought about what to spend the money on and have decided to but two ‘outside’ clocks for each playground so that children are aware of the time (and can learn how to tell the time) and a 3-D printer. This will enable pupils to produce 3-D models which will help in topic work and also mathematics. Any remaining funds will go to a charity of Year 6’s choice. Details to follow.

Summer concert

Thanks to parents, grandparents and friends who braved the hot conditions and attended the Summer concert on Wednesday evening. We were treated to a terrific range of performances including the school choir, the school band, guitar groups, KS1 singalong and the Y1/2 recorder group. We have some very talented young musicians and it was fantastic to see them all enjoying performing and doing so with a smile on their faces. Music has developed into a real strength at Hillside and we continue to make sure it has a high profile and that it is an important part of our curriculum. Any parents with any questions about music or who would like their child to learn to play an instrument, please ask Mr Richardson or Mrs Fletcher-Curran.


District sports – well done to the KS2 children who represented Hillside at the FAVSP district sports last Tuesday evening at Kingsley County Primary School. There were some brilliant individual performances with first places for Ryan Bagley (1st, Y6 boys lap race), Leo Morphet (1st, Y4 boys lap race) and a great team effort with a win in the Tug of War. An overall placing of second was well deserved.

Race for Life

Thank you for supporting our ‘Race for Life’. We raised a fantastic total of £782.30 for Cancer Research UK. It was great to see parents at the event and all the children did really well to run in the hot conditions. Well done everyone!


Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils are participating in the FAVSP athletics event at Helsby High school tomorrow, 3rd July. We hope they all enjoy the experience!

Ice Lollies

Apologies due to our catering suppliers there will be no ice lollies for the rest of this term.

‘Art Jam’ at Loxley Hall

As part of our efforts to make a positive contribution to our local community, a group of artists (members of our ‘Art Jam’ club and Y5 pupils) went to Loxley Hall last week to work with some of the residents on an art project. We have received some lovely feedback regarding the event. Well done to everyone involved!

Link governor day

This Thursday, governors are in school all afternoon to meet the teachers and discuss their link subjects. They will also conduct a learning walk around all the classes before meeting with members of the school council. Anyone who would like further information about the work of the governing body, or who is interested in becoming a governor, should speak to Mr Richardson or one of our parent governors :- Sarah Balogh (Y2), Karen O’Hanlon (Y2) and Nikki Skarnes (Y3).

Lunch accounts

A significant amount of pupil lunch accounts are currently in arrears. School meals must be paid for in advance as we do not offer a credit facility. Please ensure any money owing is paid asap on ParentPay and the account is in credit going forward. Please contact the office if you have queries or concerns regarding payment.

Marie Curie

Charlie Donnelly, a pupil in our Year 5 class, is walking up Mount Snowdon (and back down again) on Saturday 14th July in aid of Marie Curie and in memory of his Great Grandad Klauss who died of cancer a few years ago and who was cared for by Marie Curie before he died. He's got a Just Giving page set up for sponsorship if anyone would like to support him -

Summer Reading Challenge

This summer’s reading challenge organised by Cheshire West Libraries, takes place in Beanotown, where Dennis, Gnasher and their buddies are on an adventure to discover hidden treasure. Children will receive a foldup map of Beanotown when they register and a set of clues to follow throughout the challenge. As they read books they will collect stickers to add to the map (some are a bit smelly!), each with a different Beano character or item to help them find the treasure.

There are also lots of goodies to collect along the way including a foldup game, glasses and a wrist band. There is also an amazing programme of mischief-making activities to join in with – just ask at your local library when your children sign up. As always, for those who complete the challenge, there will be a special ceremony in the library where children will be awarded a medal and certificate.

So please encourage your child to visit the library and sign up, from Saturday 14th July. See the difference the Summer Reading Challenge makes to their reading this summer It’s Fun! It’s Free! It’s Local!



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Summer Fair Feedback!

WOW! What a night we had at our Summer Fair on Friday! One of the feedback we received was, this year’s summer Fair was the busiest they have ever seen! Amazing feedback - thank you! If you have any feedback you would like to share, please do email us - we all work so hard and always want to improve and provide the best, so please do share your feedback with us - it doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad, we want to hear from you. Many thanks!


Where do we begin? We could say ‘thank you everyone’ but we feel it’s important to show the team work involved when organising these big events, so here goes... (apologies if we miss anyone out, it’s not intentional)

Thank you to: Sean for setting up our fair and being brilliant as ever, to all of our stall holders who worked tirelessly in the heat - well done. Thank you to the girls from Year 7 for coming back to help us. To all of our sponsors and external stalls for supporting our event. Thank you for your generous donations for the raffle, tombolas and cake stalls! To the speedy Parents who responded to our Facebook requests. A big thank you to the lovely Mrs Porter for being our BBQ hero, to all our shoppers for getting the items, Mrs B for all her support. A big thank you to Mr Richardson and Mr Khan for doing the stocks (which seemed very popular this year!) thank you to Stella and Fleur for all their support. Thank you to our first time members for coming forward and getting involved - we hope you enjoyed it. Thank you to our helpers for setting up and clearing away! Thank you to Amy Munro for designing and Northwest Print for printing our amazing fair programmes. Thank you to all of our performers for keeping us entertained - we loved you! Thank you to Mrs Fletcher-Curran for arranging the match funding with her Son from Barclays. Thank you to Link Club for their support. Thank you to the FOH committee for all their hard work behind the scenes, and most importantly, Thank you to EVERYONE who came! As you can see, a true spirit of team work was achieved for this year’s summer fundraising event. Thank you all so very, very much!! Once we know the figures, we will announce on our Facebook page.

Summer Camp - Saturday 28th July, School Field

Our Summer Camp leader, Vikki White, will be sending out letters soon. Please do reply as soon as you can so that we can celebrate ‘Schools out’ on the field! The Summer Camp is a great experience for all who have never camped before, it provides an outdoor experience for Children in a safe environment amongst friends and also caters for the Camping lovers too! More details will follow soon.

Committee Roles

We have a few roles available from September. Davina would like to step down as Chairperson, Liz Wilson is stepping down as Secretary but we have David Bintliff interested in the Secretary role. We also have a vice treasury role available as Dorte embarks on a life as a High School Parent. Thank you Dorte for everything you’ve done for FOH! The handover for all roles are expected to take place at our AGM in School on Monday 17th September, 7pm, so if you have any questions or want to register your interest, please email us on the below address - thank you!


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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