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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School not closing for Royal Norfolk Show next week

Parents – just a reminder that the school is open as usual next week on both the Royal Norfolk Show days, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th.

The school will be displaying at the show, though, so if you are visiting the Show, do drop in to our marquee and join us for refreshments and a chat. We are on Stand 5 on Third Drive (close to the Dereham gate). Do tell any of your friends who are going to the Show to drop in, too! We are also looking forward to seeing our art prizewinners receive their awards.

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After-school tea invitation


We think that picking-up time at school should be a relaxing experience and a chance to chat – as plenty of our parents and staff already do, in the car park and around the school. It’s one of the advantages of being at HOHS rather than rushing into the city, after all!  The weather looks nice today for our rollover day so if you’d like to linger a little after school please join us for tea, coffee and biscuits on the lawns from 3pm.




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Gold D of E Practice – Part 2!

Last Friday, Maisie and Kelly (Year 12) together with  Tayla and Alice (Year 11), Mrs Grove and Mr Johnston, set off on their very challenging, four-day  Duke of Edinburgh gold practice in the Peak District. We reported on their first couple of days earlier…and now can bring you the second instalment…

Day 3 – Despite grey skies, the girls set off bright and breezy at 7am for an all-day trek. After a brief, stiff climb they walked atop the ridge with amazing views of Edale, continuing on past some agile cows, who looked perfectly at home negotiating tiny paths,  to the ‘shivering mountain’ Mam Tor and on to  ‘Ringling Roger’  By the time the girls had picked their way down this impressive mountain to their campsite it was time to start preparing and cooking their evening meal and settle down for an early night in preparation for a very early start.

Day 4. – The girls chose to rise at 4am to get started by 5am up the mountain behind the campsite and on to Kinder Scout, enjoying a beautiful dawn followed by blue sky and bright sunshine. Before they knew it they had made it to the peak and were walking along the edge before most people had even had breakfast!  The descent took them  along the Roman Road.

Well done to all four girls for completing their gold practice so efficiently and being on time at all of their stops.  Good luck with your gold final expedition in the Brecon Beacons in July.


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Year 10 drama march for women!

Year 10 drama pupils will be performing their GCSE devised piece in The Barn on Speech Day at 1.00pm for all pupils, staff and parents who would like to see it.

For the exam, the girls were required to choose from several stimuli to devise and perform an original piece,  and opted for  ‘Sisters’.  After extensive research, they decided to base the performance on  the Suffrage movement – highly topical  in this centenary year of women gaining the vote.

We wish the girls luck with their exam performance on Monday.  Good luck, too, to Rosamaria E (Year 10) who has been selected as an ‘extra’ on the set of a forthcoming  Richard Curtis / Danny Boyle musical film.

  • Did you know….2018 marks 100 years since women in Britain got the vote, thanks to the tireless campaigning and personal sacrifice of the Suffragettes.


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It’s the HOHS Sports Day!

Excitement is mounting on the field as the younger pupils have started their races and field events for the HOHS sports day. Good luck, everyone! Great to see so many parents and family members ready to cheer on the children – do check the blog for results and photos this evening…


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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…


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


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


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


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


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