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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Winning, Witty Whittington!

Pupils from Years 3 to 6 delighted a packed audience in The Barn this evening with their first  performance of our Upper Prep production, Dick Whittington: a Summer Pantomime.  We won’t say too much about the show here because there is a second performance on Thursday evening – but suffice to say, those parents who haven’t yet seen it are in for a treat! A full review will follow at the weekend.



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Year 10 drama march for women!

Year 10 drama pupils will be performing their GCSE devised piece in The Barn on Speech Day at 1.00pm for all pupils, staff and parents who would like to see it.

For the exam, the girls were required to choose from several stimuli to devise and perform an original piece,  and opted for  ‘Sisters’.  After extensive research, they decided to base the performance on  the Suffrage movement – highly topical  in this centenary year of women gaining the vote.

We wish the girls luck with their exam performance on Monday.  Good luck, too, to Rosamaria E (Year 10) who has been selected as an ‘extra’ on the set of a forthcoming  Richard Curtis / Danny Boyle musical film.

  • Did you know….2018 marks 100 years since women in Britain got the vote, thanks to the tireless campaigning and personal sacrifice of the Suffragettes.

 


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Upper Prep Production – keep the date!

Our  Upper Prep production this year is Dick Whittington: A Midsummer Pantomime. It promises to pack a lively punch and really showcase the talents of our Years 3-6 pupils, so don’t miss out!  More details will follow later, but for now please note the performance dates for your diary: Tuesday 26th and Thursday 28th June, both in the evening in The Barn.

This picture is from last year’s fabulous production of The Keymaster. Why not take another look at the gallery of photos?


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Who is behind the mask?

Pupils in Years 8 and 9 have been working with full masks in drama, having completed a term’s work on Commedia Dell’Arte half-masks. Using atmospheric music the girls are experimenting with physical and visual comedy, with each group exploring its own ideas and concepts.



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Spellbinding drama in Years 5 and 6

This half term in drama lessons Years 5 and 6 are working on the theme of ‘Prophecies’.  We are reading extracts from Macbeth and creating an atmosphere in which to create imaginary spells.

The children have used music, percussion instruments and dance all to dramatic effect. How scaryingly convincing they all were this week in role- play!


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Congratulations to Chloe!

Chloe  (Year 2) entered two LAMDA exams over the summer, one a solo Entry Level Award in Communication, for which she got a distinction scoring 99/100; and the second  a group effort for which her group scored 98/100. She received the results a couple of weeks ago and was super pleased!

You can find out more about the exams on the  LAMDA website. Please ask at Reception if you are interested in taking LAMDA classes via HOHS, with  our highly experienced tutor Jane Hardy.


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Timelocked on The Keymaster

All pupils from Years 3 to 6 delighted two packed audiences in The Barn last week with their informative and sparkling adaption of Nick Perin’s  The Keymaster. As lead character, Emily G (Year 6) made a convincing transformation from boring supply teacher to a whacky time lord to take school children Skyla-Grace (Year 6), Ruby (Year 6), Maxim (Year 5) and Jennie (Year 5) on a magical journey through history.

Along the way pupils and time lord visited the Battle of Hastings, commented on as if it were the 1966 World Cup final in comic fashion by Toby and Alex C (Year 5). They also came across a Tudor doctor played to villainous dramatic effect by Sam (Year 5), and an 18th Century smuggling village full of idiots held together by landlord Eva (Year 5).

There were notable performances by Saffron and Ellie (Year 6) and Maisy (Year 5)  as feisty suffragettes on their march to parliament and Alex S (Year 5) as the police sergeant trying to stop them.

Leoni (Year 6), Amy  (Year 5) and Sophie (Year 5), in their portrayals of boss and workers evoked the feelings of the Industrial Revolution while Emma (Year 5) played a performance of a WW2 evacuee to melt any heart.

The children in Years 3 and 4 also took multiple parts in the drama and contributed enthusiastically to all the singing and dancing around the passage of time.

The show finished to heartfelt applause on both nights and Ms Mobbs would like to congratulate all the cast for their team spirit . I hope that each and every one of them is proud of themselves.

See the whole gallery of photos from the dress rehearsal and performance here.

Ms Mobbs

 

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