Bishop Heber High School have had cause for celebration recently. Seven students have been accepted on the ‘Young Artists in Tuscany’ trip, three sixth form students have helped to raise £17,000 for the Chester and District Samaritans and representatives for the school council have been appointed.

The seven students were accepted onto the Tuscany trip, which will take place over the October half term, from over 100 applicants from around the North West.

The trip is a highly regarded and nationally recognised course which is covered by both the Guardian and the BBC as one of the best of its kind.

Ffion Chapman, Beth Jamieson, Molly Garnett, Daisy Williamson, Siani Patel, Alice Jones and Ellen Stanton will spend the week drawing and painting in the Tuscan countryside as well as visiting places such as Siena, Florence and Arezzo to experience the work of Renaissance artists.

The work they produce will be on display in a public exhibition at the University of Chester on Tuesday, January 12 2016.

Students from Bishop Heber High School who have been accepted this year on the 'Young Artists in Tuscany'

Bishop Heber sixth form students Ellie Walley, Charly Crump and Sam Stratton helped to raise a total of £17,000 at a fundraising event at Eaton Hall, near Chester.

The three students demonstrated energy and commitment in promoting the auction, which raised £6000, and the raffle, which raised £2340.

Director of Samaritans Chester and District Jane Howarth congratulated the students in a personal letter and expressed how proud the school should be of the work completed by the students and the professional manner in which they carried out their tasks.

Ellie Walley, Charlie Crump and Sam Stratton

Finally, the Bishop Heber High School council has appointed a male and female student representative from each year group. The council is chaired by the head boy and head girl, with support from assistant headteacher, Karen McCarthy.

The group meet every other month and the council’s purpose is to consider the views of students at the school and voice their opinions.

They are also responsible for selecting the charities which the school supports each year and are expected to help with school events.

Members are:

Year 8 - Louis Davies and Emily Lister

Year 9 - Will Jackson and Millie Jones

Year 10 - Miranda Hopkins and Zac Lawton

Year 11 - Ed Rumney and Katie Jones

Year 12 - Tilly Smith and Joe Walker

Year 13 - Angus Thomas and Molly Garnett

Bishop Heber High School student council