July 2017: Triathlon challenge for teaching assistant

LEARNING support teaching assistant Lee Trickett will be completing a triathlon in September in Leeds and used his school charity day for a test run.

Before his day started at Haslingden High School started he swam 1.5k at Marl Pits in Rawtenstall

Lee, 32, then rode his bike on rollers at the school charity day and completed 40k and he finished the triathlon off after school with a 10k run.

His Duke of Edinburgh team supported the fundraiser by selling drinks and cycling on static bikes.

Lee, from Rawtenstall, said: “When my wife is working late and our children are in bed I use the cycle on rollers to get some practice in.”

On a school trip to New York he didn’t miss the chance to keep up with his training regime by running the length of Manhattan Island north to south and east to west.

He said: “I have done three triathlons this year but never one that involved open water swimming.

“I was browsing triathlons and saw that there was one in Leeds for Macmillan and that they had places so I thought I would give it a go.

“I will be doing some practice swims in the summer at Three Sisters in Wigan and I recently completed a half marathon in Lytham.

“I set myself a target to raise £300 but I think I have probably already passed that.”

If anyone wants to sponsor Lee they can got to www.justgiving.com/lee-trickett

July 2017: Charity day nets more than £3,500

OUR SPECTACULAR charity day saw students from Years 7 to 10 arranging 82 different stalls that raised more than £3,500.
Lots of different charities benefited from the events on the day including local good causes Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary, Maundy Relief and Derian House.
Students could get their hands painted with henna, enjoy dining on home made cakes, sweets and Asian food, try their hand at different challenges including the lemon bucket challenge where a 10p piece had to be balanced on a lemon in water.

Year 10 student Jack Kendrick, 15, even raised £22 just by peforming back flips at 20p a flip.
Assistant Headteacher Ms Edyvean said: “This is the 15th charity day we have held and I have to say it is the best yet.
“The students have been so well organised. They have decided what they wanted to do, made the items for sale, arranged their stall and needed little help from staff.
“The Asian food and Henna painting stalls raised almost £1,600 alone, which will be going to help a project working with street children organised by the Muslim Charity.”

July 2017: Scholar Megan give top award in mentoring programme

SUPER scholar Megan Pickup was given the top award as part of a university mentoring scheme.

Students who have been identified as potential Oxbridge candidates are put forward for the Villiers Park mentoring programme.

Megan, 17, from Helmshore, was selected as the best scholar from all the Year 12 students who are on the programme from East Lancashire.

She said: “I am quite a shy person, but being on the programme has helped me and given me a massive confidence boost.

“I didn’t really know what was on offer outside of sixth form but now I have got to go to university and I really like Lancaster. Next year, with Villiers Park, I will also get to go to Cambridge University for a week.

“This has given me a different perspective of what I want to do after sixth form and I think doing the scholarship will help me to get to university.”

Megan is hoping to pursue a creative career and is interested in a degree course at Lancaster in fine art and film because it combines media, art and English.

At the awards’ ceremony another Haslingden High School student Brendon Fowley performed a solo piece on the guitar.

Seven Year 9 students at Haslingden High School have just joined the Villiers Park scheme after attending a launch at Lancaster University when they were interviewed.

Students had to present a topic of their choice and these ranged from poetry and books to drawing, football and dance.

Progress Mentor Nikki Mongan said: “The university staff thought our students were amazing.

“The students spoke eloquently, showed passion for their subjects and probably most importantly they all demonstrated a real desire to improve themselves.”

July 2017: Fundraising skydive planned by Molly

FROM the age of 11 daredevil Molly Blake has wanted to complete a parachute jump and next month she will get the chance.

Molly, a Year 12 student at Haslingden High School, will be raising money in memory of former student Matthew Densfield, who had a heart defect as a result of genetic condition, DiGeorge Syndrome, and sadly died in March aged 20.

Molly, 17, from Baxenden said: “Matthew is my best friend’s relative and he used to play in the school bands. I also used to play in the school wind band.”

Matthew was an accomplished drummer and also played with Haslingden and Helmshore Brass Band and Wingates Brass Band. He was studying music in Leeds and had been in Manchester Royal Infirmary after a third heart operation.

Molly said: “While Matthew was in hospital his family was able to stay in a Ronald McDonald House, which provides self-contained accommodation for the families of patients. It is amazing.

“I wanted to raise a bit of money because I was so close to Matthew and I have always wanted to do a sky dive.”

Molly said she loves white knuckle rides and roller coasters and has been determined to do a sky dive since she was about 11.

In August, she will be jumping from 10,000 to 15,000ft in tandem with an instructor from Black Knights at Cockerham.

Molly arranged for sponsorship forms to be placed in school and has an online JustGiving page. So far has raised £685 of her £730 target.

She said: “Family, friends, staff and students from school have all sponsored me. I love anything adrenaline and I can’t wait.

“When Matthew was in the hospital he texted me and I wished him good luck, he said he was going down for the operation and he would see me when he came out of hospital. Sadly he suffered complications.

“Matthew was so talented. Everyone loved Matthew and no one ever had a bad word to say about him because he was such a nice guy.”

Molly added she was sure Matthew would have supported her and approved of her fundraising plans.

July 2017: Three cheers for Haslingden High’s athletes

ATHLETES from Haslingden High School gained a plethora of trophies at Rossendale Secondary Schools Athletics Championships.

The event was held at City of Manchester’s Athletics Stadium for the second successive year thanks to sponsorship from local construction firm B and E Boys.

Overall Haslingden High School was second. To check out how successful our students were see our Twitter page https://twitter.com/pe_hhs

July 2017: Duathlon team share county spoils

A TEAM from Haslingden High School were joint winners of the Lancashire School Games Duathlon trophy.

Students entered competitions at Stanley Park in Blackpool where they competed against schools from all over the county.

Eilidh Aindow and Ella Hall competed as a team in the Year 8 duathlon competition with Eilidh coming in second after completing six laps on a bike and Ella completing the running section.

Harry Etchells, 14, had to compete with Year 10s because he was the only individual Year 9 representative from across the county.

He said: “The cycling took it out of me and so I was not as strong in the running as I would have hoped. I came fourth out of six, but all the other competitors were a year older than me.”

Overall the Haslingden team shared the winners’ title with a high school from Chorley and all the competitors were awarded medals.

PE teacher Erika Wilson accompanied the team and said: “I am delighted that we were Lancashire Duathlon joint winners for 2017. Well done everyone.”


July 2017: Students enjoy tres bon time in France

AROUND 40 students from Year 8 at Haslingden High School enjoyed a fun-filled four days in France.

The school trip to the PGL Centre, near Calais, saw students visiting a theme park, an aquarium and fine tuning their French skills on a town trail.

Alyssa Cole, 12, said: “We had to go into different shops and answer questions on some of the items that they had for sale. We had to write the answer in French and also translate it into English.

“My favourite part was the day we spent at the aquarium. The visit has helped me with lessons because I now understand how French people pronounce their words.”

For Emily Nuttall and Sophie Holt, both 13, the best part of the trip was visiting the theme park.


June 2017: Young cyclists complete 90km ride around West Lancs

THREE young students at Haslingden High School completed a 90km – 56 mile bike cycle sportive ride around West Lancashire.

Year 7 student Hannah Wilson, 11, along with two 13-year-olds from Year 8, her brother Ben and Eilidh Aindow completed a cycle ride from Preston to Lytham and back.

They were in a group of around 20 including parents, but Ben said he left them behind as his group took the lead.

All three attend Cycle Sport Pendle, CSP, in Colne, on a Saturday where they take part in road rides.

Ben, from Colne, goes on long bike rides twice a week, while Eilidh completed three 30-40 mile rides every week.

Both said they enjoyed cycling because it kept them fit but they only wanted to enjoy the sport as a hobby.


June 2017: National final beckons for swimmer Beth

OPEN water swimmer Beth Hartwell has earned herself a place in the national final in Sheffield after finishing second in Lancashire.

The Haslingden High School Year 8 student competed in the North West Open Water Swimming Championships at Salford Quays.

The 13-year-old from Norden said: “I swam in a wetsuit because it was colder out of the water than it was in it, but although it gives you more buoyancy it restricts your reach so I could not swim as fast.

“It was a cold day and quite windy and at first, when I got in the water, there were so many people swimming I got a bit knocked about so I decided to hold back.

“Six of the swimmers got out early because of the cold conditions and as a result of suffering from cramp.

“I finished third in the North West region and second in Lancashire and earned a place in the national final at Rother Valley in Sheffield on July 24.”

Beth swims with Pioneer 79 in Accrington every week after school from Monday to Thursday and again on a Saturday.

She only got the chance to do a couple of open water swims in Elton Reservoir ahead of the competition.

June 2017: Wordsmiths win £200 for school

WORD wizards from Haslingden High School’s Year 7 are the third best in the country.

They took part in a literacy competition ‘Word Mania’ where they were given a grid of 15 letters and had to create as many words of any length within three minutes.

The online challenge pitted school against school through an app and Year 7, 8 and 9 at Haslingden High School competed.

Top of the class was Charlotte Clements, 12, who got the most words out of the selection of letters.

She said: “This is a game that we play on our iPads in our spare time and sometimes in lessons. It helps you with your English and is a bit like a wordsearch, the faster you type correct words and the longer they are the more points you get.”

Rebecca Ormerod, 12, said the game had improved her spelling. She said: “When I would have a spelling test at primary school I would get 3/10 but now I have improved and I am getting 10/10.

“We compete in different age groups and for us we were against other Year 7s across the country.”

The wordsmiths won the school a trophy and £200.

Kalan Uddin, 12, said: “It is a simple game but when you play it draws you in and you want to beat your friends’ scores.”