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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Update on the HOHS bees

We were thrilled to see bees back in our hive recently,  after 18 months of it being sadly empty.  Here is our resident beekeeping expert, Mr Johnston, doing a healthcheck on the hive yesterday. In the first picture, he is using a “smoker”, which prompts the bees to return to the Queen and prepare for evacuation, thinking there is a fire! This makes it easier to check (picture 2) on the location of the Queen, whose presence is crucial to the success of the hive. We can happily report that not only is she indeed in residence, but that her busy workers have already produced enough honey to supply the hive till spring. Safety alert:  The hive is safely tucked away out of reach of pupils, who will only be able to see it under strict and expert supervision.

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Happy Birthday to Amy, Year 2!

Happy 7th Birthday, Amy – hope you’re having a lovely half term on the farm!


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Surreal art work from Years 3-6

This term in Ms Mobbs’ art lessons,  our Prep pupils have been studying Surrealism. We promised to post some more photos of this fabulous work – so here they are! The ‘Long-legged elephant reflections’ and ‘Faces in the Landscape’ were created by Years 3-4 and the identity collages by Years 5 and 6. Enjoy!

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Norwich Science Festival 21-29 October

With over 125 events for all ages and interests, there’s something for everyone at Norwich Science Festival 2017 over the half term break. From the science of gin to the scientific secrets of Dr Who, enjoy nine days of inspirational exhibitions, sensational shows and an abundance of hands-on science and engineering activities for all ages and all levels of knowledge. Tickets are available now from norwichsciencefestival.co.uk. and you can download the brochure here.

  • Going to a Science Festival event? Send pictures and a report to marketing@hohs.co.uk and pick up a small prize after half term ( I have some new, fun giveaways!) Liz French, editor


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Can Science Solve the World’s Problems?

This was one of the top agenda items at the GSA Girl Power conference in Cambridge on Wednesday. The event saw twelve of our seniors from Years 11-13 join with pupils from many other schools to hear a range of women scientists and engineers speak about their careers. This year’s theme was “ STEM solutions towards a sustainable world” and the aim is to get girls to “think big, think
future, think global and think sustainable”.

Year 11 pupils Laura and Filly (Philippa) told me: “It was really great, interesting…inspiring, actually. We learned a lot about marine ecology, astronomy and sensory design. We heard all the morning speakers – and there were many! – plus we attended a breakout session in the afternoon by Dr Jenny Tillotson about eScent sensory design. Standout speaker? For us, that would have to be the design engineer, Yewande Akinola. She was amazing and really engaged with everyone in the lecture theatre. Thank you Miss Mann and Dom for planning this trip and taking us.”
Liz French, Editor


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U12 and U14 Netball Reports

Our U12 netball team had their first fixture last Wednesday against Taverham High School. Lots of positive skills on show and great team work ensured them a 5-2 victory – what a wonderful start!

The U14 team were also in action against a very tall Taverham side! Despite a valiant effort the final score was a 19-16 loss – which in netball terms is a small margin.

Well done, everyone!
Mrs Woods, Head of PE

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Adventure club fun

Autumn is a wonderful time of year for gathering colourful materials for creative play, as these pictures from Lower prep after school adventure club clearly demonstrate!