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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Buttons and Betty at Carrow Road

On the Ball City! Lottie (Reception),  her brother Noah (Year 1) and Reno (Year 1) were at the match on Saturday afternoon to see a valuable point added to the Norwich tally – and Mrs Bird was also there as their guest in the Players’ Lounge. As you can see, Buttons and Betty, the HOHS bears, definitely didn’t want to miss out….and are hoping to get mini Canaries outfits for Christmas (blue and white won’t do at Carrow Road!)

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Visitors and parents – please take extra care…

Many of our blog readers will already be aware that Anglian Water are working on the roadside just outside our school and have put temporary traffic lights in place. The work is nothing to do with the school but we have had concerns about cars getting in and out of our entrance safely. We have consulted with Anglian Water about this and they have been very helpful.  Today they moved the position of the traffic lights to give clearer visibility on exiting the school; they have also put some extra signs in place alerting other drivers to the fact that traffic from the school is not controlled by the lights.  The work is likely to continue for a few more days, so please take extra care when dropping off and picking up your child.


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Traffic lights at Hethersett – parents please note!

picture : Archant

Parents – if you will be driving to school via the Thickthorn roundabout when term starts this Wednesday, please be aware that there are currently temporary three-way traffic lights on our road (the A1172 Norwich Road)  as you approach Hethersett. This may add a few extra minutes to your journey, particularly as, in addition, work starts today for three weeks to install a new pedestrian island refuge further up the road opposite the Church Farm shop. Read more in this article in the Evening News. 

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Get on board the Titanic…

How would you like to discover what life was really  like on board the most famous and ill-fated ocean liner of all time, and meet some of  her famous characters – before disaster strikes? Time and Tide museum in Great Yarmouth is currently hosting  Titanic: Honour and Glory,  voted one of the top five exhibitions in the UK by The Times newspaper.  It’s a unique exhibition which really brings to life the history of the legendary ill-fated ocean steamer and will capture the imagination of all the family.  Daily from  10am-4.30pm until 24 September 2017 – find out more from the Time and Tide website.

  • Going to this, or any other exhibition or event? Don’t forget to send us your pictures – small (but fun!) prizes from Mrs French at the beginning of term for any we can use on the blog!

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Mrs Woods’ run for Great Ormond Street

HOHS Head of PE  Laura Woods was among more than 6,000 runners to complete yesterday’s Run Norwich 10km event – well done to her!  The route took competitors in a circuit around the city, passing landmarks such as the castle, cathedral and Carrow Road stadium, before finishing in front of City Hall.  Mrs Woods  writes:

“Congratulations to all those who ran in the Run Norwich 10k event yesterday,  Sunday 6th August. I ran on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital with a group of my friends.  I’m not as fast as the legendary Mo Farah but I still felt a huge sense of achievement, pride and relief when I crossed the finish line! Thank you to the crowds of people that supported all those who ran. The cheering really helps!! Enjoy the rest of your summer holiday.”

The Eastern Daily Press has a great gallery of photos from the event which you can browse here.



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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.