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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Young People’s Election Debate

Senior pupils interested in the issues at the heart of our forthcoming election can ask questions and hear what local MPs  of all political persuasions have to say at a debate at Norwich’s OPEN venue in Bank Plain on Tuesday evening from 6.00-8.00pm. It’s free but you need to sign up to book a ticket. 

The MPs taking part will be:
• Clive Lewis (Labour)
• Norman Lamb (Liberal Democrats)
• Richard Bearman (Green Party)
• Chloe Smith (Conservative representative)

Going? Please email marketing@hohs.co.uk afterwards to let us know what you thought of the debate!



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Free virtual reality playground in Chapelfield Gardens this weekend

Don a VR headset, jump on a playground swing, and be transported inside an experimental virtual reality ride created by the world’s only Thrill Engineer, Professor Brendan Walker, and his team of Thrill Laboratory technicians! You may find yourself riding on the back of a giant mechanical jellyfish or atop a lumbering robot… you’ll find out when you get there!

As part of the wonderful Norfolk and Norwich Festival,  a virtual reality playground has been doing the rounds…and this weekend is the last chance to experience it if you haven’t already! It will be in the city’s Chapelfield Gardens from 12noon-6.00pm both tomorrow and Sunday. It’s free and there is no need to book.

Find out about other FREE events as the festival draws to a close this weekend.

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Aged 11-18? Write a poem or story and win a prize!

We know that there’s some amazing writing talent amongst our pupils – so here is an exciting opportunity for you to have your work recognised!  Entries have to come from your school email address, so send your poem, story or essay to marketing@hohs.co.uk,  making sure to include all the information asked for in the instructions below, and we will forward it on to the competition organisers. Good luck!


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Name that tune…in flowers!

While school may be closed for the holidays, the buildings and grounds are still buzzing with activity! We have had a Tai chi group using the sports hall and other facilities all week, and yesterday in the Barn, talented NAFAS demonstrators Melissa Sheldrake and Brenda Tubb provided an audience of more than 70 flower-arranging enthusiasts with some amazing ideas for floral arrangements with the theme “Name that Tune”, followed by afternoon tea.  This event was in aid of  Oaktrees Respite Care in Attleborough and was arranged by our Exams Officer Jane Morgan.


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Learn to Swim with former HOHS pupil Jess Warner

Former HOHS pupil and swimming teacher Jess Warner is now running some of her Swimming Gems classes at our pool.  Jess recently taught Mrs Grove to swim for her Duke of Edinburgh’s Diamond Challenge. “She is a fantastic teacher and helped me overcome my life-long reluctance to swim – it was fun and I was thrilled when I achieved my ambition to swim a kilometre!”, says Mrs Grove. “I would recommend Jess as a teacher to anyone of any age who wants to learn to swim or hone their techniques.” Anyone interested, please contact Jess direct – details are on the poster  below –  or pick up a leaflet from the school entrance hall.




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We can see our front door again!

Once again, we are grateful to all our parents and friends for their patience while our car park and driveways were disrupted last term by the building work being undertaken on our historic house.

The work is now finished: we watched while the last bit of scaffolding was removed just before Christmas and the front of the building looks wonderful restored to its original glory!


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New Year, New You?

With new year’s resolutions uppermost in many minds today, we thought you might like to know about the Run Together ‘Up the Tempo’ group held on our playing field on Friday mornings at 9.00am!  For HOHS parents only, the group is provided by parent Dudley Garner and is fun and free.  Click the link below to download the poster showing how to register…

Up the Tempo poster

Dudley running