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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Show me the way to Amaryllis!

Our Year 1 pupils have been busy planting their bulbs this week. They have planted different coloured amaryllis bulbs in pots and hyacinth bulbs in glass jars so they can observe the root systems developing.

They have put some bulbs in the dark and others in a light place, some bulbs have been placed outside and others inside and some bulbs have been watered and others have not. Year 1 will compare their pots to see which conditions help bulbs to grow.

The children will be keeping a bulb diary to record their finding and observations. We will share their results in a few weeks.

Watch this space!


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Boosting University Success

A headline from last week – ‘Mini dissertations help thousands of pupils boost their university chances’.

Newspapers last week said that universities were extolling the virtues of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), where students have to write a mini dissertation or carry out detailed research to produce an artefact on a subject of their choosing. Sixth formers jostle to get into top universities and this qualification helps them to stand out from the others. Examiners also found that these essays are invaluable to students to prepare for university study as they allow them to debate complex issues, organise notes as well as helping them understand the intricacies of plagiarism. EPQs, worth half an A level, are increasingly popular with top university such as Bristol, Manchester, Southampton and Leeds all of which actually lower their A level grade requirements if students attain a good EPQ grade.

The papers stated that not all schools offer this qualification and, if they do, often only a handful of students undertake it as it requires a great deal of input from the staff and in large establishments there are not enough staff to manage the workload. Here at HOHS, all of our current Year 12s are taking EPQ and our Year 13s completed this qualification last year. In the past this qualification has helped our students to attain the university places of their choice.

Our Year 13 applied for university last term, way ahead of the January 15th deadline. They all have several offers of places already. Well done to our Year 13 girls and their Sixth Form tutors!


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Welcome Back

Happy New Year! We would like to welcome everyone back to school especially the new pupils who have joined us. There is plenty to look forward to in all areas of the school with another Woodland Adventure Day planned for the Prep School and Science Crest Award presentations, Night of the Notables and the Norfolk Careers Festival, to name but a few, for the Senior School.

Of course, we shouldn’t forget Year 11 who are currently doing their mock GCSE exams and the Sixth Form who are taking real examinations for their diploma subjects. We wish you all the best of luck.

I look forward to keeping you updated on all the things we get up to this term. Don’t forget, if you have any exciting news or achievements in your out of school activities, please email a brief outline and a photo to marketing@hohs.co.uk. Happy 2019 everyone!

 


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More Christingle Photos

Following our Christingle Service yesterday, I am pleased to have some more photos to share with you. Thank you for sending them in.


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Christingle Service

This afternoon our Upper Prep and Lower Prep pupils took part in one of our favourite festivities, our Christingle Service at St Remigius Church. The Reverend Derek McClean led the service, with the children singing songs, making musical contributions and leading the prayers. Once the Christingles were lit and the lights were turned off, everyone circled the church and sang Away in a Manger. It was a wonderful start to the Christmas celebrations. Thank you to all the parents and families who came to share the service, and for your generous contributions for The Children’s Society. If you have any lovely pictures from the Christingle, please send them to marketing@hohs.co.uk.

 


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Gopher Science Day

Yesterday, we welcomed pupils from Notre Dame and St Nicholas schools – click here to see how they got on!


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Christmas Card Contest

🎄 Announcing the HOHS Christmas Card Competition 🎄
 
Draw or paint a Christmas tree for our school Christmas card!
 
Entries should be square, and painted or drawn – no glitter or stick-ons, please. Hand in to school reception with your name and form on the back.
 
Deadline is Monday 19th November. Prizes for best design and runners-up – good luck everyone!