Thank you for visiting Hellesdon High School’s blog, where you can read our latest news and developments, hear about events and opportunities, learn about students’ achievements, and share your own views with other members of the School community.

PTA Lottery results, July

The results of the PTA Lottery draw in July were as follows:

1st prize of £45 to no. 152 – Sue Shackel

2nd prize of £20 to no. 74 – Ann Coe

3rd prize of £15 to no. 18 – Matt Brown



See the PTA page for details of how to take part: a chance to win cash prizes while raising money for the School.

Activities Week France trip

A coachful of HHS students pulled back into the school car park in the wee hours of 20 July: five days tireder, but two countries, two mind-opening, time travelling theme parks, and 1571 miles wiser than when they left.

On the way to Western France we took in panoramic views of Paris from the top of the Tour Montparnasse. Click here to have a gawp yourself.

Our home for the week, aside from the luxury Spratts coach, was the Hôtel du Futuroscope, where the students got to grips with living as a group and coping with unfamiliar cuisine. Futuroscope is a theme park unlike any other, offering a unique angle on the world, whether from the end of a gyrating robot arm or the back of a giant ladybird.

Next stop was the past, via another French park, voted best in the world last year. Le Puy du Fou goes to extraordinary lengths to bring history alive in a series of spectacular shows. The best of the students’ own descriptions and photos will be posted here in due course.

On Thursday we drove to La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast. One group visited its famous Aquarium, while the others explored the town – followed by an afternoon of sun, sea and sand for everyone.

The Menin Gate

The Menin Gate

On the last day, the homeward journey took us via Ypres in Belgium, where the students searched the walls of the Menin Gate for the names of relatives killed in the First World War. There was just time for a lightning tour of the chocolate shop run by Willy Wonka’s Belgian nephew, and a look round this attractive town, before we were whisked back up to Calais and the ferry to Blighty.

Un grand merci à Monsieur Armstrong and the Team (Miss Baker, Mr Thomson, Miss Stanley and Mr Berry), our drivers Dave and Andrew, and to all the students who helped to make it a successful and enjoyable trip.

Solar Boat Race at HHS

Photo: Evening News


Year 2 students from Horsford, Kinsale, Heather Avenue and Arden Grove Infant Schools attended our technology event on 4 July. This was an extended learning opportunity for gifted and talented pupils, based on a ‘design and make’ challenge: a chance to solve problems and compete on a local level, in order to build challenge and enterprise into their work. It also gave the teachers an opportunity to discuss experiences and thoughts on Design and Technology, in order to share innovative ways of teaching the subject.

The solar boat race was a perfect summer term project. The educational context of the challenge was environmentally friendly sources of energy. Year 8 technology students opened the event with a presentation on the importance of reducing harmful emissions into the atmosphere. The Year 2 pupils could take this message, with their boat as an example of sustainable energy, back to their classes.

The practical skills and understanding of the challenge of the 6 year-old pupils was exceptional. A wide range of boat designs were developed, and the timed race at the end of the event was very close.

The winners, with their air-propelled boat, manufactured using a clay mould and vacuum-formed plastic hull was team A from Horsford: Mia Simpson and Lewin Razzell. Horsford also took the overall school trophy, as both its teams produced the fastest overall speed. All contestants received a trophy for taking part, and were filled with enthusiasm to go back and show off their boat to their friends and teachers.

>> Read the Evening News report on the event

Thanks to our Y8 Technology Leaders and to Mr Page the D&T technician for helping to organize the day.

Mr Duncan, Director of Technology

Sports Day 2013 | hhsPE


Sports Day 2013 was the first competitive event to take place as part of the new HHS House Competition.

About 390 pupils from Years 7, 8 and 9 took part in a day of competitive track and field athletics in House teams: Cavell, Nelson, Fry and Kett.

The weather stayed fine and it was a fantastic event. It was a day of energy and enthusiasm! Pupils gave of their best to score points for their teams and supported one another very well throughout the day. There was a great atmosphere of team spirit and sportsmanship. The standard of athletics was impressive and there were some outstanding performances. The behaviour of HHS pupils was exemplary throughout the day.

Many thanks to the PE staff for their efforts and organisation. Many thanks also to the Sports Leaders and many pupils who helped out during the event.

Congratulations to all who participated in a splendid day of athletics.

Overall results: 1st Nelson House, 2nd Fry, 3rd Cavell, 4th Kett

>> Read the full story at Sports Day 2013 | hhsPE.

Staff Charity Triathlon | hhsPE

After school on 20 June, intrepid members of staff swam, cycled and ran to raise money for charity, in particular for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Some raced individually and others as teams, under the watchful eyes of the Year 10 Sports Leaders.

The race was started by Emily Hinde in Year 9, who has been doing and inspiring a huge amount of fundraising in recent months. There is still a chance to donate by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/HHSTriathlon


Congratulations to everyone involved in this fun event, and especially to…

The overall winner: Mr Ayers

The winning team: Mr Borthwick, Mr Male and Mr Rukin

Swimming champs: Miss Clark and Mr Holroyd

Cycling champs: Miss Bingham and Mr Rolfe

Running champs: Miss Shorten and Mr Edwards


Mr Batty led from the front, completing all three disciplines, and Mr Brown from the back, soldiering on in spite of a puncture in the Taverham area.

In the bike ride, Mr Lewis was just seconds behind nemesis Mr Claydon.

Many thanks to Mr Heron and Mr Life for organizing the Triathlon, the Sports Leaders, Mr Brown and Mrs Swords, and to everyone else who took part, supported the athletes, gave generous donations, and helped it run so smoothly.

via Staff Charity Triathlon | hhsPE.

PTA Lottery, June 2013

Congratulations to this months’ PTA Lottery jackpot winners:

1st prize of £40 to no. 92 – Peter Jones

2nd prize of £20 to no. 177 – Eleanor Smith

3rd prize of £15 to no. 7 – Christine Calver


See the PTA page for details of how to take part: a chance to win cash prizes while raising money for the School.

hhsPE | Sports news from Hellesdon High School

HHS Athletes at County Championships

The following students from Hellesdon High School competed at the County Championships at UEA on Saturday 8 June 2013.

Congratulations to these pupils on some excellent performances. You can see the full list on the hhsPE blog.


Junior Girls

Tallulah Bell came 1st in the final of the 100m, with a time of 12.60 secs – NEW SCHOOL RECORD!

She was also 1st in the 200m, with a time of 26.5 secs – NEW SCHOOL RECORD!


Intermediate Girls

Charlotte Williams threw a personal best throw of 24.93m to finish 2nd in the Javelin.

Jade Murphy had not competed at this level before, but surprised herself by finishing 1st in the Shot with a throw of 6.92m.


Senior Girls

Gemma Thrower came 1st in the Javelin (37.93m), 1st in Discus – 29.28m, and… wait for it… 1st in the Shot (9.48m)

An amazing achievement!


via hhsPE | Sports news from Hellesdon High School.

PTA at Carnival – prizes needed!

The HHS PTA will be having a stall at the Hellesdon Carnival on Saturday 20 July.

We will be running a variety of games with lots of prizes.

Please come along and say hello on the day.

If anybody could help for an hour, maybe with setting up or during the event, please contact the PTA by emailing pta@hellesdonhigh.norfolk.sch.uk

We are also looking for donations towards our tombola.  Please hand anything into reception for the attention of the PTA. Many thanks!

Pre-Prom Evening



The Year 11 students have decided to use the funds raised from this evening last term to have a chocolate fountain at their “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory” themed Prom in July. We hope they will all enjoy a great evening.

The PTA would like to thank all the students and staff that took part in the Pre-Prom Evening, and all the businesses that came along to promote and share ideas. We look forward to doing it all again early next year!

PTA Lottery winners

Here are the results of the latest PTA lottery draw in May 2013:
1st prize of £45 to no.113 – Tom Spillane
2nd prize of £20 to no.71 – Rebecca Bell
3rd prize of £15 to no.21 – Milana Grainger


See the PTA page for details of how to take part: a chance to win cash prizes while raising money for the School.


The winners in April were:

1st prize of £45 to no.74 – Ann Coe
2nd prize of £20 to no.41 – Della Brown
3rd prize of £15 to no.71 – Rebecca Bell