Hethersett Old Hall School (HOHS) blog – an independent day school near Norwich, Norfolk.

Girls 3-18 and boys 3-11, boarding for girls from 9


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Years 5 and 6 head to Kingswood

Our Year 5 and 6 pupils recently went away on a residential trip to the Kingswood Activity Centre in Overstrand, North Norfolk.

Judging by these pictures Mrs Doughty sent us, they obviously had an exciting time, learning some new bushcraft skills and, no doubt, boosting their confidence, independence and teamwork as well as having fun!

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Sports results: Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 swimming v Norwich High School

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 competed at home against the Girls’ High School on Tuesday in a fantastic, roof-raising gala. All pupils in these year groups had been invited to compete this time, so it was a very well attended fixture, with about 30 swimmers from HOHS competingSwimmers and a good crowd of spectators.

It proved a very evenly-matched gala and we achieved some fantastic wins across the board. Everyone held their breath as the final points tally was read out…to discover our ‘A’ team had achieved TOP position by a margin of just one point!

Boy of the Gala is Maxim and Girl of the Gala is Ellie – it was their first time in a gala and I was so proud of them both for overcoming their nerves and swimming magnificently!

Well done to all the swimmers and thanks to all the parents for their support.

Mrs McEvoy




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Occassional boarding for busy parents and pupils

The summer term is always packed with events, meaning long days and busier than usual parents. So it’s worth remembering that our boarding facilities can always be used on an occasional basis, for girls age 9 upwards.

If your daughter has an event at school during the evening, or is on a trip that is back late, why not take advantage of our boarding house and let them enjoy a ‘sleepover’ including supper and breakfast.

Girls can board any day of the week and over the weekends.  See all our boarding options here.
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Tracey’s epic bike ride for THREE very worthy causes

Tracy Barrow, whose daughter Sophie is in Year 7 and whom some of you may know from the PA and the tearooms at the fete, has written: “In October I will be taking part in the fifth Women V Cancer Challenge, a 350km bike ride across Tanzania starting in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro and finishing at the impressive Ngorongoro Crater.Women_V_Cancer_Cycle_Afri000001 BCC New FinalThis challenge is raising money to support the work of three amazing charities: Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cerivical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action. These charities work tirelessly to research and support cancer sufferers and their families. I know many of us have been touched or affected by one of these cancers in some way or another be it a close family member or a friend.

On Thursday 4th June I will be holding a Women V Cancer Coffee Morning at the Methodist Church Hall Great Melton Road Hethersett from 10am till 12.30pm. This is a great opportunity to catch up with friends over tea/coffee and lovely homemade cake, so if you’re free why not pop in and help support these great charities.”

If you can’t make it to the coffee morning but would like to make a donation, you can do so at Tracy’s fundraising page. Tracey-Barrow-bike-ride


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PA UPDATE: Save the date/book a table for our Christmas Market

Many of you are going to think that I’ve gone completely mad to have started the planning of a Christmas event already!

On Saturday 21st November 2015 we will be holding our Christmas Market, a very exciting event which will involve 65 independent businesses showing what they have to offer, ranging from luxury hampers, bags, jewellery, home and lifestyle gifts to handmade chocolates, artisan foods and more.
Shopping-the-marketplace-of-holiday-craftsSo not only will you be able to buy unique gifts for family and friends but also stock your kitchen cupboards ready for Christmas! This is going to be a great family event not to be missed. I will tell you more closer to the time as we have a few exciting surprises in store!bilde

This event will be held in our Sports Hall (so no weather worries). Table space is selling very quickly after the success of our Summer fete and all will be sold prior to the summer holidays, so if you would like to book space to showcase your own talents, please don’t leave it too late, thinking it’s a long way off – email me at charissa@taygar.co.uk to reserve a table.

Tables are £25 for a 6 x 2.5 foot space, with electric supply available if you require it.

This event will receive a lot of publicity closer to the event and will attract plenty of local interest.

Charissa Garner
Chair of the PA


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Year 13 Leavers’ Reception

On Wednesday 20th May we held our annual evening reception for around thirty Year 13 pupils, parents and teachers in the Quiet Room.

Although the cool weather  meant it was an indoor event this year, there was no lack of warmth amongst the guests as happy reminiscences of the girls’ time in school were nostalgically recalled.

A fine buffet laid on by Mr Reeves made sure the evening went with a swing, which ended with a photoshoot! See all the photos here.

Mr Crump


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Thank you Mr Bray!

Michael Bray will be retiring from his post of maintaining our beautiful gardens and grounds at the end of this school year after almost twenty years at the school. He has worked as a gardener and groundsman since leaving school and training in horticulture at the forerunner to Easton College, situated back then in the Norfolk village of North Burlingham.

Before joining HOHS, Mr Bray worked for eighteen years as grounds and gardens supervisor at the large Colmans site at Carrow in Norwich.

“I will miss the school, the gardens and the friendly people here but I won’t be putting my trowel and fork away just yet! Gardening is my favourite pastime as well as my job and I shall be spending a lot more time in my own garden.”

Mr Bray and his wife will also be able to pursue some of their other favourite pastimes including walking and visiting open gardens and National Trust properties.

“I am also looking forward to being able to watch Formula One and have the occasional lie-in without feeling guilty!”, he said.

We all wish Mr Bray every happiness in his retirement when the time comes, and thank him for keeping our grounds so beautiful all these years.

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