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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Following in Grandmother’s Footsteps…

We were delighted today to welcome family members of our school’s original founder as they enjoyed a nostalgic visit to Norfolk from their homes in North Norfolk and Hampshire.

Gladys Andrews founded the school at Hellesdon House in 1928 to educate her own children, moving to Hethersett Old Hall in 1935 when it outgrew the space.  Three of her grandchildren and a great-niece were amongst today’s visitors, some of whom have strong childhood memories of the Old Hall.

Grandson Michael (pictured below, left) recalls staying here often as a small boy. “My parents would drop me off at the beginning of the summer holidays to stay with my grandparents here”,  he told us. Looking around the upstairs boarding area brought back vivid memories:  “I recognise this fireplace”, he said, “ and remember going up these stairs in the mornings to my grandparents’ room to get dressed – I would have been about eight years old at the time.”

Jenny Youngs (nee Perowne, third left in the larger group photo below) is a great-niece of Mrs Andrews and a former pupil here. “ I was here from 1967-71 as a Prep boarder when Miss Lewin was Head ”, she said, recognising one of the current boarders’ common rooms as her first dormitory.

The family – some of whom had followed in their grandmother’s footsteps to become teachers –  looked through old photos and other artefacts and posed for pictures outside the headmaster’s study before enjoying a tour of the school and grounds with Linda Jones. We hope they enjoyed their visit as much as we did!

Hellesdon House was the first home of our school – from 1928 until 1935 when Mrs Andrews bought Hethersett Old Hall.

The three grandchildren of our founder Mrs Andrews who visited today: Michael (left), his sister Caroline (right) and their cousin Sophie (centre). Sophie’s mother “Barbs” was Gladys Andrews’ daughter – herself a pupil and, later, a governor of the school.

The family group included Jenny Youngs, nee Perowne, (third left), a great-niece of Gladys Andrews. Jenny boarded as a Prep pupil at HOHS from 1967-71.

 


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King’s Camps first week success!

The first week of activity camps at HOHS provided by kingscamps.org is just drawing to a close in the sports hall this afternoon, and has been a great success!  Manager Ryan and his team of coaches Emily, Dom, Dan and Megan have kept nearly 40 children from HOHS and other schools locally active all week with a range of exciting games, sports and active play. Safeguarding means we couldn’t take pictures while the  sessions were in progress, but Agata, Vera, Alfie and Matthias were very happy to be pictured with their coaches. Alfie’s mum told us, “It has been absolutely amazing, Alfie has really enjoyed every minute and we will definitely be signing up for the summer sessions!” Agata said, “It is really fun, we love it!”

The next sessions will be in the summer holidays,  in the weeks beginning July 30th and August 6th.  To book, go to the Hethersett Old Hall page of the Kings Camps website here. 


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King’s Camps opening ceremony – the gallery

As promised, here are some more images from the Kings Camps launch ceremony on Monday.

Remember you can book for our Easter week and bring a friend (or sibling) free! Go to http://www.kingscamps.org for details.

 


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King’s Camps opening ceremony – in the news!

Yesterday’s launch at HOHS of our partnership with Kings Camps made it into today’s Eastern Daily Press and Evening News! Click the link to read the story and see some pictures – and watch this space for a gallery of our own pictures from the event.  Many thanks to Norwich City legend Wesley Hoolahan for not only cutting the red tape but also joining in with the excitement of the activity sessions run by Joe from Kings Camps – all the children really enjoyed the fun!

Remember you can book for our Easter week and bring a friend (or sibling) free! Go to http://www.kingscamps.org for details.




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King’s Camps opening ceremony reminder

Parents of children from Years 1-3: please remember to send your child with a full PE kit tomorrow (Monday 22nd January) as they will be participating in free activity sessions in the afternoon. The sessions will follow the opening ceremony at 1.00pm to mark the partnership between HOHS and Kings Camps, who are running our holiday activity weeks here from Easter this year.

You are welcome to attend, and to watch the activity sessions but please note there will be limited spaces in the sports hall.

 


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King’s Camps opening ceremony news

On Monday 22nd January at 1.00pm, there will be an opening ceremony to mark the partnership between HOHS and Kings Camps, who are running our holiday
activity weeks from Easter this year.

After the ceremony, which will feature a special guest appearance by Norwich City legend Wesley Hoolahan (father of Noah and Lottie, Year 1 and Reception), there will be fun, free activity sessions in the sports hall for all our Years 1-6 pupils. Parents – please ensure your child has full PE kit with them that day (we will remind you nearer the time, too!)

Parents of Years 1-6 pupils are invited to attend the ceremony and come and watch the activity sessions but please note there will be limited spaces in the sports hall.

 


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Book your HOHS King’s Camps Weeks – and take a friend for free at Easter!

Parents – exciting news! You can now book your child/children in for the Easter and/or summer Kings Camps activity weeks at HOHS. We are especially pleased to tell you that, for the Easter week only (April 9th-13th), we have a ‘Bring a Friend for Free’ offer. So if you have two children, the second will be able to attend at no cost – and if you are bringing a friend rather than a sibling, you can share the cost between you. Please note that although there is a booking form online at the Kings Camps website, to take advantage of this special offer you will need to book by phone. Here’s how:

For siblings: Call 0114 263 2160 and you can make one booking over the phone.
To bring a friend: Call 0114 263 2160 and book your own child in. Tell the Kings Camps staff member the name of the additional child you will be bringing. Then ask their parent to call the same number to confirm the free booking, and arrange the cost share between yourselves!

After Easter, we will give you a discount code – for our HOHS parents only – for 10% off your summer and subsequent bookings.

On the blog tomorrow: news of our summer camps’ Grand Opening – with special guest appearance from Norwich City legend Wesley Hoolahan!