Hethersett Old Hall School (HOHS) blog – an independent day school near Norwich, Norfolk.

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Why is chocolate bad for dogs? Caitlin and Rebekah take a look…

Regular readers of our blog will know that we have been looking at Year 9’s exploration of their chosen science topics for the Bronze CREST awards. Caitlin and Rebekah decided to look at chocolate – how it is made and how it affects our brain.

“One of the many things we discovered about chocolate is is that there’s quite a lot of the chemical theobromine in it,” they said, “and that can kill dogs if they have too much of it. Another interesting fact is that chocolate – or, at least, the cocoa bean it is made from –  used to be worshipped as a god by Mayan Indians of Mexico 1500 years ago!”

CREST is a UK award scheme recognising success, building skills and demonstrating personal achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) project work.

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Welcome back for an exciting half term!

We hope all our families have had an enjoyable half term break – we’re looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow, ready for more hard work and fun at the friendliest school in the area!
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Happy Birthday to Isabel, Year 9!

Have a wonderful 14th birthday, Isabel!

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Immunisations for Year 9

A reminder, please, for parents of Year 9 girls that the  Children’s Services School Immunisation team  are coming to the school to administer the routine vaccination of DTP and Men ACWY  next Tuesday, 21st February.  Please make sure the consent forms for your daughter are returned on Monday. You can of course contact Sister Grieg if you would like further information. Thank you!
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Could mermaids be real? Lucy, Mia and Izzy find out…

Year 9’s exploration of science topics of their own choice for their Bronze CREST awards has been fascinating! Lucy, Mia and Izzy set out to see if it might be possible to genetically modify a human to be a mermaid. Their research led them to explore the link between dolphins and mermaids and in particular looked at dolphins’ ability to communicate using echo location.

“The CREST work is great because you get to research your own topic and develop your team skills,” said Lucy, “and if we had unlimited time and resources I would love to test the genetic modification theory!”

CREST is a UK award scheme recognising success, building skills and demonstrating personal achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) project work.

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Happy Birthday to Polly, Year 1!

Hope you have a really super 6th birthday, Polly!

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Years 3 and 4 explore ‘Shades of Winter’

This half term we have been observing the winter landscape and producing some art work in different styles. One of the children’s creative tasks made use of winter-themed pictures from a magazine. They cut the pictures in two and stuck one part onto paper. Then, using observational skills and playing with colour mixing, they went about copying and matching up the missing part of the pictures. We hope you like the results – look out for more pictures soon!
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