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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Isabel makes regional final

Last Saturday, Isabel (Issy) in Year 8 took part in a very enjoyable National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) event, made even better by the wonderfully warm weather. Issy was delighted to get two clear rounds and very proud when she realised she was placed third in her class as an individual! Not only that, she has qualified for the NSEA Grass Roots Regional Final, too. Well done, Issy!

The NSEA is the recognised body for equestrianism in schools throughout the UK. Local competitions – including show jumping and dressage events – take place at Overa Farm Stud in Larling throughout the year. If you would like to know more, please contact Tina Hind on 07979 325289 or email tina.hind@btinternet.com


issy hind showjump

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Making nylon

Year 13 girls have been making nylon as part of their A Level chemistry studies on polymers. This was also a great opportunity for Mrs Ling’s Year 10 textiles group to come and see how this synthetic material is made and have a go at winding the strand up as it was formed.

nylon1 nylon3 nylon2



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Book of the Week

The Way To Sattin Shore by Philippa Pearce

Suitable for Year 6 upwardsBook of Week 2

This is a story about a sensitive ten-year-old girl called Kate. She has always been sad that she never knew her father and often visits his gravestone. Kate lives with her mum, brother and her grandma, in a peaceful home where they’re all fairly happy. Then one day the gravestone disappears, and a letter is delivered, which changes all their lives.

The book is seen through Kate’s eyes, combining everyday events with more exciting and mysterious ones. Kate works really hard to try and work out what happened to her father all those years ago. Towards the end of the book Kate learns a terrifying secret. Happily the book has a good but a predictable ending which makes the book a pleasant read.

Mrs Maher



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Year 12 raise over £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support

Our Year 12 girls worked very hard to make their Macmillan coffee event a success – and it was! Thanks to the many parents and staff who came and enjoyed the wonderful selection of sandwiches, cakes and biscuits, donations topped the £500 mark. This included a generous £75 contribution from sponsors Fine & Country, who also provided coffee cups. Our grateful thanks also to Tilly’s Vintage Teas, who not only lent pretty crockery but also made a fine selection of cakes and finger sandwiches for the event, and to our other sponsors, Wilkinsons of Norwich, Waitrose, Tesco, Foxes’ Biscuits, Merv’s Hot Bread Kitchen, Yorkshire Tea and Park Farm hotel.

Thanks to Miss Desgland for steering the girls through the project as part of their enrichment programme.


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Bird, bead and chess club alerts…

Owing to parents’ evenings in the Prep Department, there will be no Bird Club or Hama Bead Art Club on Wednesday next week (14th). Similarly, there will be no chess on Thursday (15th). Other clubs will go ahead as usual. Arrangements for after-school care will be sent out shortly.


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Tales from an Air Raid Shelter

Last week, Years 1, 2 and 6 enjoyed separate talks from a lovely visitor, Tawny Rae (Mrs Bird’s mother) about her fascinating and memorable experiences as a child during World War II. She recalled sleeping many nights in an air raid shelter and having to run for the midwife late one night when she was about nine years old. (Her mother had taught her carefully what to do…and her baby sister was born safely!)

Other topics for discussion included the role of Anderson shelters, ARP wardens, rationing and life at school. We would like to thank Mrs Rae for giving up her time and providing us with such a thought-provoking visit.

Yr 6 History talk


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Year 6 Evacuees

Yesterday, Year 6 performed the first Prep class assembly of the year. They dressed up as evacuees, pillowcase bag and gas mask box in hand, and reminded us of the bravery of children during World War II. Inside each bag, they carried a special possession to remind them of home and many well-loved soft toys made their stage debut!

Thank you to the parents who attended the assembly.

Mr Peace

Yr 6 Evacuees


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