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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STEM at HOHS: Army Corporal helps girls bring robots to life

Pupils from Years 7-10 and Year 12 took part in some exciting workshops last Friday delivered by Corporal Thomas Power from the Army’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) team.  After hearing about the wide range of STEM-related careers the Army offers, each girl was set a challenge: to modify and wirelessly programme a Lego Mindstorm robot to move around The Barn.  By the end we had dancing robots, robots that could follow a map trail or collect boxes from across the room, and even one with an axe ready to compete in robot wars!

See what the girls said, and scroll down to see images from the workshops.

“We didn’t  know the Army had so many jobs! At first it was really challenging to programme the robot but then we got the hang of it and it was really fun!” Anna, Cristina, Rachel and Fleur (Year 8)

“I did know that there were all those jobs in the Army – I just hadn’t realised that most of them are connected to STEM” – Ashlyn (Year 8)

  • Did you know…?

Women make up just 14.4% of all people working in science and technology roles in the UK, despite being about half of the workforce.  Is it because girls are less able in STEM subjects? No!  In fact, studies show that the opposite is true – but traditionally fewer girls than boys choose to study STEM subjects at A Level and beyond.  At HOHS we are dedicated to breaking this tradition and have an excellent track record of success in STEM subjects.  We regularly plan events such as the workshop last week, to give our girls inspiration and insight into the world of STEM careers.


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On the menu this week…

MONDAY LUNCH:

Baked Potato with Chilli, Baked Beans, Cheese
Coleslaw
Salad Bar
Vanilla Rice Pudding and Jam
Yogurts
Fresh Fruit

TUESDAY LUNCH:

Local Butcher’s Sausages
Mashed Potatoes
Mixed Vegetables
Glamorgan Sausages
Salad Bar
Cherry Sponge and Custard
Fresh Fruit
Yogurts

WEDNESDAY LUNCH:

Chicken & Vegetable Casserole
Root Vegetable Casserole
Rice & Baton Carrots
Salad Bar
Strawberry Mousse
Fresh Fruit
Yogurts

THURSDAY LUNCH:

Crispy Chicken Fillets
Mozzarella and Macaroni Croquettes
Mexican Sauce
New Potatoes
Sliced Green Beans
Salad Bar
Creme Caramel
Yogurts
Fresh Fruit

FRIDAY LUNCH:

Battered Cod Fillet
Shoestring Fries
Peas
Crispy Vegetable Rissole
Salad Bar
Low Fat Yogurts
Fresh Fruit


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Gold D of E Practice – Days 1 and 2

Four girls, Maisie, Kelly, Tayla and Alice set off on their gold Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition on Friday, ready for a four day walk and four night camp.

On day one, they got up early and took just one hour to eat breakfast and pack their camping equipment away so they were ready to begin their day. They started walking under threatening skies at 8am. Although there were a few showers throughout the day it wasn’t until they had just finished putting up their tents at the campsite that the heavens opened with an almighty downpour interspersed by the odd rumble of thunder. Luckily it was only a short storm after which they were able to cook their tea outside. 

Day two saw the girls getting up even earlier so they were out of their camp by 7am. They had some complicated navigation to overcome but managed it with aplomb. A long but pretty walk along Snake Path brought them up to the top of Kinder Scout. After lunch, they descended along William Clough which is the site of the mass trespass of 1932. This trespass allowed the ordinary people more access to walk on the land of the Peak District. The girls arrived at their campsite at 3pm and were able to rest before putting up their tents and cooking dinner – pasta, the staple diet of D of E!

More news of the expedition will be posted soon.

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HOHS winners at the Royal Norfolk Show again!

We are proud to announce that, yet again, our pupils have scooped awards in the prestigious Royal Norfolk Show schools art competition, which this year received over 600 entries from across the county.

Congratulations to Matthias S (Year 1) and Isabella W (Year 6). Matthias was Runner-Up in Key Stage 1 and Izzy was Highly Commended in the Upper Key Stage Two category. The awards will be presented at 11.30 on Thursday 28th June in the Discovery Zone at the Show, where selected artwork from many Norfolk schools will be on display. Matthias won £25 for the school as runner up and the children also won two free adult tickets and a free car parking pass each, so that they and their parents can attend the awards ceremony.

• HOHS will be at the Royal Norfolk Show on 27th and 28th June – if you are going, do drop in for light refreshments and a chat! Find us on Stand 6 (near the Dereham Gate)

 

 

Matthias working on his winning picture: a moonscape of Skagen, Denmark


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Sports Update: Rounders Club cancelled this week

Owing to a facility meeting, Rounders Club after school today (Wednesday 13th) has been cancelled.  Miss Wright will still be taking the U12 rounders team on their fixture. Rounders club tomorrow (Thursday) will run as normal.

Mrs Woods, Head of PE

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Uniform shop open all day this Thursday

Parents, if you need to pick up a house t-shirt in preparation for next week’s sports day, or are missing any other items of uniform, remember that the uniform shop will be open all day this Thursday, from 8.30am – 4.00pm. 

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The future starts here…

Year 12 will be attending the  Norfolk Higher Education Exhibition at UEA tomorrow.  With UCAS experts, university and college representatives from over 100 institutions and industry professionals present, it gives the girls a great opportunity to learn about the many possibilities open to them after their A levels.  They will be able to attend seminars on how to choose a university and find out what life is like on a university campus as well as talk to experts about options other than going to university.

Watch this space for pictures and the girls’ feedback from the event!