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Enjoy the Easter holidays!

We hope that all our pupils, parents and staff have a wonderful Easter holiday. May the weather stay warm and the Easter Bunny be kind!

We look forward to seeing you all back again when the summer term starts on Monday 24th April. Meanwhile, watch the blog for lots of pictures from the fun end-of-term activities we’ve been enjoying,including today’s Easter bonnet parade and prize-winning. And to kick off, here are the winners in the Prep department’s egg-rolling competition. In first place  is Grace, second Reno (sporting his fabulous Easter bonnet competition entry!)  and third Maxim. All three won several heats in their year groups to get to the grand final in The Barn this afternoon and were awarded Easter eggs by Mr Crump. 


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Years 10 and 11 house netball result

On a beautiful sunny afternoon Ryder were crowned champions of the Years 10 and 11 netball house matches. With all three teams winning one and losing one game it came down to goal difference, with Ryder just edging ahead. Fry and Austen were awarded joint second with a +1 goal difference.

Player of the tournament was awarded to Amy for a fantastic performance at GA. Amy has made significant progress since the start of the term and can be very proud of her shooting efforts for Fry. At the end of this term’s netball and football house matches the house points are as follow

1st AUSTEN 360 points

Joint 2nd FRY & RYDER 330 points

As we look forward to the summer term there is everything still to play for!

Miss Mickleburgh, Head of PE




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Upper Prep music festival

Thank you to all the parents and friends who came to see our Upper Prep pupils perform a selection of musical items in The Barn this afternoon. Some of the children have been learning their instruments for a year or more, while others are just beginners, but the festival gives all those who wish to perform the opportunity to show what they have been practising in their music lessons. The audience enjoyed a varied programme of solo and ensemble pieces before joining the children for refreshments.


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Our ‘stars’ of the week


Our ‘Stars’ this week, receiving special mention from Mr Peace and their teachers in our Prep Department Praise Assembly this morning, are:

Ruby (Year 6) For working hard in English – Ruby wrote a wonderful piece of writing on the theme of ‘Flashbacks’.

Sophie W (Year 5) For excellent work in geography – Sophie wrote a fantastic letter and a fact file all about Ghana.

Eve (Year 4) For her creative writing about Narnia using fabulous descriptive words. Eve is also making great progress in maths!

Imogen (Year 3) For great progress working on time using a 24-hour clock.

Well done, everyone! The picture is from a recent Assembly.

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Upper Prep music festival tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon Upper Prep pupils will be performing a selection of musical items in The Barn. We hope as many parents and friends as possible will come and share the performance and refreshments afterwards. The festival provides a great opportunity for all the children who wish to perform to show what they have been practising in their music lessons; some have been learning for a while and others have only recently started, so the programme will be varied and entertaining.






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Year 7 cake sale tomorrow

Year 7 will be holding a cake sale at lunchtime (12.30pm) tomorrow, Thursday 30th March, in Room M1.

All proceeds from the sale will go to the girls’ chosen charity Hope into Action, which provides homes for the most vulnerable in society in partnership with local churches. We hope as many pupils and staff as possible will come along and buy some cakes from us tomorrow and help raise lots of money for this very worthwhile cause!

Some of the Year 7 girls who are selling cakes tomorrow

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Austen win Years 1 & 2 House Football

Years 1 and 2 produced some excellent skills and team work in the end of term football matches. Results are as follows:


Austen – 7 (Sophie 5, Jessica 2) beat Ryder – 1 (Beatrix)

Ryder – 6 (Sahara-Star 4, Sophia 2) beat Fry – 2 (Mani 2)

Fry – 5 (Mani 4, Polly 1) beat Austen – 2 (Jessica 1, Sophia 1)

Player of the Tournament awards: Austen – Sophie, Fry – India, Ryder – Sahara-Star



Austen – 3 (Theo 3) beat Fry – 0

Fry – 1 (Lucia) drew with Ryder – 1 (Harvey)

Austen – 4 (Theo 3, Evangeline 1) beat Ryder – 0

Player of the Tournament awards: Austen – Theo, Fry – Lucia, Ryder – Harvey

Miss Mickleburgh, Head of PE


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Ryder and Austen triumph in Years 3-6 house netball

Congratulations to Ryder A and Austen B who were the winners of the Year 3-6  netball house matches on Monday.  Results are as follows:

A League:

Austen 3 beat Fry 0

Ryder 3 beat Fry 1

Ryder 3 beat Austen 1


B League:

Austen 15 beat Ryder 2

Fry 10 beat Ryder 5

Austen 21 beat Fry 0

Additional points were awarded to Sophie, Toby and Jennifer for outstanding play throughout.


Miss Mickleburgh

Head of Physical Education


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Boarders visit Oxburgh Hall

On Saturday the boarders rounded off the term with a visit to Oxburgh Hall to experience what life was like in the 15th Century. The sun came out and the hall enchanted the girls with its secrets. The priest’s hole was a huge excitement but luckily nobody got stuck in the small entrance to it. The beautiful grounds were the perfect place for the picnic and it was a lovely end to the term’s excursions.

Oxburgh 1

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Uniform Shop open longer this week

A reminder that all pupils should wear their summer uniform, including boater hats for the Prep Department girls, on their return to school after the Easter holidays, please.  If you are missing any summer uniform items, the uniform shop will be open from 8.30am until 12 noon this Thursday 30th March for your last minute purchases. Please note that it won’t be open all day the first week back after the holidays, as Mrs Clemitshaw will be away.  You can email uniform@hohs.co.uk with any queries about uniform.