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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Match report: U9 hockey v Norwich School

Yesterday afternoon our U9 hockey team travelled to play Norwich School. It was a great opportunity to put into practice the skills the children have been learning in games and – most importantly – have some fun! We even enjoyed some hot teas and chocolate brownies afterwards. Player of the match was awarded to Amelia for her determination in the game. A special mention to Adam who played in goal for the first time and made some vital saves.

Miss Mickleburgh

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On the menu this week


Southern Fried Chicken Fillets with Chipotle Sauce
Broccoli and Cauliflower
Parmentier Potatoes
Crispy Mozarella Sticks
Salad Bar
Eve’s Pudding
Fresh Fruit



Savoury Curried Mince Beef
Vegetarian Curry
Rice, Corn and Peas
Salad Bar
Peach and Pear Combination
Fresh Fruit



Honey Roasted Gammon Ham
Cheesy Mash
Sliced Green Beans
Savoury vegetable Roast
Salad Bar
Fruit and Oatmeal Crumble, Fresh Cream
Fresh Fruit



Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Pie with Shortcrust Top
Buttered Baby New Potatoes
Quorn and Mushroom Pie
Salad Bar
Pear Halves with Chocolate Sauce
Fresh Fruit



Crispy Coated Turkey Burger in a Bap
Freshly Chipped Potatoes
Vegetable Cheeseburger
Mixed Salad
Salad Bar
Fresh Fruit



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Year 9 in Green Plan It Zombie Apocalypse!

Art Club members from Year 9 are set to take on an exciting green-fingered challenge over the next ten weeks. As part of a national challenge supported by the Royal Horticultural Society, they will design a new green space for a corner of our school grounds and present their ideas and a 3D model for assessment by the Green Plan It organisers.

On Friday, Darci, Faith-Marie, Sarah and Rosamaria , together with Miss Mann and Miss Coughlan, joined  teams from at least 20 other Norfolk and Suffolk teams at Easton & Otley College for an introduction to the challenge. Who knew it would involve zombies…?

Step One: Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse!

Under the guidance of horticulturalist Will Twentyman,  who will work with the HOHS team as a mentor throughout the project, the girls were challenged  to consider a post-apocalypse world …a world of Zombie-wreaked havoc, where growing the right plants in the right places would be crucial to survival.  From a long list of plant and horticulture-related experts, who would be the most useful? This task got the girls thinking about  the many and varied career paths in this sector, and has inspired them to think about horticulture in a different way.

Returning to school with mascot Larry the Lavender – entrusted to their care by Will – the girls are inspired to get started on the project.

“We had a great time and are looking forward to creating a really good garden design” said Rosamaria.

“Perhaps even winning!”  added Sarah,  “and we can have up to eight people in our team, so if you are in Year 8 or 9 and would like to join us please come along to Art Club on Wednesday lunch time.”

Look out for more posts about the challenge coming soon!

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Garden News: calling all dahlia lovers!


We have a beautiful bed of dahlias just outside the Quiet Room – and gardener Andrew Young is looking for more varieties to add to its impact.  He would like any fellow green-fingered  friends who have different varieties to do a swap!

“It’s coming up to the right time of year to separate and thin out the dahlia tubers”,  he said. “I will have some spare ones of the four varieties we have (pictured above) – two are cactus types and two pompoms. If anyone has some different colours or shapes and would like to swap, please let me know via the school office.”

Did you know?

Dahlias are flowering plants native to Mexico, with a whole range of flower shapes and colours giving a great display right into Autumn. They are also related to sunflowers and chrysanthemums.



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Year 1 homing hedgehogs

Year 1 have been studying hibernation and plan to buy a hoglet igloo like the one pictured below, so that they can give some hibernating hedgehogs a home this winter near the logpile in the garden. Meanwhile, the children have been making clay hedgehogs, using twigs for the spines. Here is Agata painting her hedgehog!

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Parents’ Association meeting next Tuesday…

A call-out to all parents: we are having a meeting next Tuesday, 27th September at 4.00pm in the Quiet Room, specifically to discuss our Christmas Fair. Any new faces will be made very welcome!

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Match report: U15 hockey v Wymondham College

The U15 team had a fantastic start to their season with a 1-0 win, away to Wymondham College A yesterday.

Player of the match was awarded to Ella for her goal and some solid, flat stick tackling. Special mentions to Alice, the ‘engine’ of the team, who tackled back the entire game, and to Sophie B for her individual stick skills and Emily for her first game in goal and making some vital saves. Well played girls!

Miss Mickleburgh