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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Winter Wonderland Market alert!

It may seem too early even to think about Christmas shopping (shh…we’ll whisper it!), but do put Saturday November 18th into your diary! Our Parents’ Association will be hosting another of their amazing, hugely popular Winter Wonderland seasonal fairs – a chance to shop for gifts, food and decorations all under one roof in The Barn at HOHS and with plenty to keep the family happy too. Watch this space for more details over the coming weeks and months but in the meantime, if you or anyone you know would like to take a stall, please contact Joy at pa@hohs.co.uk

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THANK YOU to the Parents’ Association – and would you like to join us?

THANK YOU on speech bubble price labels During the headmaster’s address on Speech Day, Mr Crump thanked all the members of our wonderful Parents’ Association for the fantastic job they do – especially with our very popular summer fete and Christmas markets. These events raise valuable funds for a variety of ‘extras’ for pupils of all ages to enjoy and to enhance their experience at school. This school year, for example, the PA has funded new wooden play equipment in the Nursery as well as several laptops for use in the Prep school and a new portable pa system.

Chair of the PA Joy Elsley spoke to the assembled families and friends about the work of the PA, inviting new members to step forward and join. “We are looking for new members to join us once a month for an hour to provide ideas and support for our future events,” she said. “The atmosphere is relaxed and amusing at times… we would love to see you there and you will be made very welcome.”
If you would like to find out more, please email Joy at PA@hohs.co.uk


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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 picnic just beats the rain!

Today we celebrated arguably the biggest day of the school year  – Speech Day! A full report will be posted soon, but in the meantime, we wanted to share some photos of families enjoying their picnic lunches after the formal part of the day was completed.  Anyone who had hoped for a leisurely lunch in the sunshine over a couple of hours was disappointed though –  barely had the last sandwich been consumed than the skies opened, the thunder roared…and the marquee came into its own again!

We hope all the families who came to share this landmark event enjoyed the day.



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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.

 


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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

 

rehearsal-Keymaster


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Speech Day rehearsal – Wednesday 5th July

A reminder to girls in Years 11 and 13: you are expected in to school at 8.40am on Wednesday (5th July), please,  for a Speech Day rehearsal. You should be finished by around 12 noon.  Year 11 pupils should wear normal school uniform.