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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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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Gold D of E Practice – Days 1 and 2

Four girls, Maisie, Kelly, Tayla and Alice set off on their gold Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition on Friday, ready for a four day walk and four night camp.

On day one, they got up early and took just one hour to eat breakfast and pack their camping equipment away so they were ready to begin their day. They started walking under threatening skies at 8am. Although there were a few showers throughout the day it wasn’t until they had just finished putting up their tents at the campsite that the heavens opened with an almighty downpour interspersed by the odd rumble of thunder. Luckily it was only a short storm after which they were able to cook their tea outside. 

Day two saw the girls getting up even earlier so they were out of their camp by 7am. They had some complicated navigation to overcome but managed it with aplomb. A long but pretty walk along Snake Path brought them up to the top of Kinder Scout. After lunch, they descended along William Clough which is the site of the mass trespass of 1932. This trespass allowed the ordinary people more access to walk on the land of the Peak District. The girls arrived at their campsite at 3pm and were able to rest before putting up their tents and cooking dinner – pasta, the staple diet of D of E!

More news of the expedition will be posted soon.

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Silver Duke of Edinburgh achievers

Congratulations to Gabriella, Hannah, Alice, Aisling and Tayla (Year 11) on successfully completing their assessed silver Duke of Edinburgh’s expedition last weekend. It was tough, but the girls all excelled in every area, with excellent navigation (don’t believe the locals – you know where you are!), being supportive of others in the team, good camping skills and a huge determination to succeed. The assessor complimented all the girls on their ability to cope with all aspects of the expedition, especially cooking in adverse weather conditions.

Mrs Grove said, “You are all stars. Well done and I hope that you rested those aching muscles before coming back to school!”
 


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“Absolutely Brilliant” Bronze girls

This weekend saw thirteen of our Year 10 girls pass with flying colours  their challenging Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition.

Mrs Grove said, “The girls worked in two groups and both were absolutely brilliant! Great team work,  no complaints, nobody got lost, everyone was on time and where they should be. The Dof E external assessor was so impressed that he asked far harder questions than for a normal Bronze award, and said that the girls were all at Silver standard already! Well done – and thanks to Mrs Wickham for coming along to help, too.”

Our congratulations to Rosamaria, Caitlin C, Caitlin M, Isabelle S, Isabel H, Sophie B, Sophie S, Lucy, Clara, Darci, Faith-Marie, Mia and Rebekah!

Did you know…?

The Bronze D of E expedition challenge involves planning, writing route cards and navigating a 12km walking route along mainly footpaths.  Once the candidates successfully reach camp six hours later, whatever the weather, they set up their own tents and equipment and cook an evening meal on a trangia, a small outdoor cooking stove. The next morning they get breakfast, decamp and walk a second 12km planned route to their collection point. HOHS is an accredited DofE centre and we are very proud of our record of almost every girl in our senior year groups achieving the awards.

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Bronze and Silver D of E Practice

Both Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award candidates were out at the weekend on their practice expeditions.

We set off early on Saturday morning and, having seen the dire weather forecast, were wondering how wet we were going to get. Luckily for us, though,  the area of North Norfolk we were in had very little rain so all we saw was a few spots and some glorious rainbows.

All of the groups walked and navigated well. They were cheerful throughout and worked brilliantly within their teams. They are really prepared for their assessed expeditions in two weeks time (for the bronze award)  and three weeks (for the silver).

Well done, girls!

Mrs Grove

 


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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme hot topic at Speech Day

Guest speaker at yesterday’s Speech Day, Georgina Brigden – Operations Officer for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme –  gave an inspirational talk about the scheme, a theme echoed in the Headmaster’s and outgoing Head Girl Anna’s speeches. We are proud of our record with the DofE – almost all girls completing at least the Silver Award, building their confidence, self reliance and a host of other skills valued by employers and universities.

Miss Brigden presented certificates, cups and prizes to over sixty of our Upper Prep and Senior pupils, for achievements ranging from academic to sporting, music, drama and art.

In house competitions, Austen swept the board, winning the cups for Lower Prep Sports Day, Upper Prep Sports Day, Senior  Sports Day, Overall Sports Day, House Music Festival and the Robertson Shield for the school quiz! The Victrix Ludorum (athlete’s cup) went to  Amy Hayhoe (Year 10).

 


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Speech Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow is Speech Day and the marquee is up and ready and looking stunning in our beautiful gardens. We look forward to warmly welcoming parents and family members tomorrow – please take your seats in the marquee by 11.00am.

If the weather stays as lovely as today, the traditional bring-your-own picnic on the lawns afterwards will be wonderful! Please remember that the school closes for the summer at 3.45pm tomorrow and there is no day boarding.