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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Message from Miss Mickleburgh

Pupils from Years 1 – 11 will be doing hockey in their games lessons until Christmas. This is just a reminder that all pupils must have both shin pads and a mouth guard for safety. Hockey sticks are optional.

Games sessions are on the following days:

Years 1 & 2:    Tuesday

Years 3 – 9:    Wednesday

Years 10&11:  Thursday

To inspire the next generation of hockey players, here is a photo of the Team GB gold medal winning hockey team. Maybe we could have a Team GB star in the making at HOHS!

Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 19/08/2016 - 2016 Rio Olympic Games - Hockey - Olympic Hockey Centre, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Great Britain celebrate beating Netherlands to win Gold in the Women's Hockey Final.

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Reading Challenge – A report from Year 8

Every half term in English we are set a Reading challenge based on a certain theme or genre. After choosing a book, we read it and write a review which includes a brief summary of the plot, our opinions, some information about the author and we also draw a poster which I try to make really colourful.

We present our reports and posters to the class and our classmates ask us questions about the book. At first, I didn’t like the idea of reading books and presenting what I thought about them, but after a while I started to become more confident about giving a presentation. Speaking in front of the class and answering questions has really helped me gain confidence.

The reading challenges have also widened my imagination and given me a chance to read things I didn’t think I would normally have read. Over the past year I have read some books that I could never have imagined reading before but are now some of my all-time favourites.

I especially enjoyed the reading challenge when it was adventure stories. I loved it because they’re exciting, thrilling and tense all at the same time.

IMG_0222Yr 8.1

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GCSE Artwork

Pictured below are some of the imaginative and exciting final pieces, for both coursework and exam, produced by pupils studying GCSE art in Year 11.


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Book of the Week

This week’s book of the week is A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Calypso’s mum died a few years ago and her dad can’t, or won’t, talk about Mum. Instead he throws himself into writing his book “A History of the Lemon.” Her dad grows more and more distant, and keeps himself to himself.  He tells Calypso that she shouldn’t cry but should instead develop “inner strength.” Calypso is a solitary girl and relies on the company of the fictional characters in her books until a new girl, arrives at her school who also loves books. The girls become fast friends but Mae’s very normal, noisy family life serves to highlight the disparity with Calypso’s quiet, lonely life with her dad. Things come to a head in a heartbreaking scene that involves lemon throwing. Calypso then finally starts to get some help with her father’s and her own grief.

Jo Cotterill’s writing is not overly sentimental and the story both highlights the lives of young carers and portrays grief in a very realistic way.

Suitable for age nine and upwards.

Library of Lemons


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Happy Birthday to Flora Gunns, Nursery!

Happy 4th birthday, Flora – hope it’s a really lovely day for you!


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Your Summer

Rosamaria and her family have been out on the Norfolk Broads this summer. It was a little windy but Rosamaria (Year 8) still learned how to steer the boat.

If you have any news over the holidays, please email us on marketing@hohs.co.uk.

R.Elsley 1 R.Elsley 2

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Happy Birthday to Ria Simmons, Year 9!

Very best wishes on your 14th birthday, Ria.



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