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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All Go for our GoGo Hare!

In the last week of term, senior girls were enthusiastically interpreting Laura S’s winning design for our GoGo Hare, painting our very own leaping leveret ready to take its place amongst the many which will be on display around the city over the summer. It’s looking good already – watch this space for the finished version at the beginning of term!

You can also find out more about the GoGo Hares project here.

The winning design by Laura S (Year 11) which will be painted onto our leveret by pupils

Miss Coughlan
Head of Art


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Celtic Winner for our GoGo Hare

A wonderful array of designs was submitted for our GoGO leveret, which has been sitting patiently in the main entrance hall waiting to be painted! Voting times were extended to take into account the snow days last week, and we can now announce that the overall winning design was submitted by Laura S in Year 11. Depicting Norse symbols, with a dramatic tree of life and sun, moon and stars, it will be both challenging and fun to paint onto the hare – and to stunning effect, we are sure! Our leveret will join many others from schools across the area in the trail around the city this summer.

Painting has started, so watch the blog for pictures of its progress.

The runners up were:
Years 10-13 Darci S-M
Years 7-9 Liberty-Moon H
Years 4-6 Eve S
Nursery-Year 3 Harry T (Reception)

Find out more about the GoGo Hares project here!

The winning design by Laura S (Year 11) which will be painted onto our leveret by pupils

Miss Coughlan
Head of Art

Liberty-Moon was runner-up for Years 7-9

Eve S was runner-up in the Years 4-6 category

Agata is pointing to Darcey S-M’s design which was the runner-up in the Years 10-13 section


We had 126 votes in total

Which was your favourite?

Harry T (Reception) designed this colourful harlequin hare, runner-up in the Nursery to Year 3 section

A closer look at Liberty-Moon’s entry

Eve’s design was so detailed and colourful!

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Can you design the winning leaping hare?

Don’t forget to get creative over half term with your design for our leaping leveret, part of the GoGO Hares project! Miss Coughlan has distributed templates to every pupil in Nursery and Prep and Years 7-10 and we’d like as many entries as possible…be as colourful and imaginative as you like! The closing date is Monday 19th February – the day we get back after half term – and the designs will be on display in the main entrance hall for everyone to vote for their favourite!  The winning design will be painted onto our three-foot high hare (you can sign up to help!) ready to join over 100 from other schools as part of the trail around Norwich this summer. Find out more about the GoGo Hares project here!

Miss Coughlan
Head of Art

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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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Give a bird a home!

This week is National Nest box Week (NNBW), an annual event organised by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). As well as giving the birds in your garden a helping hand, hanging up your very own bird box lets you watch the blue tits and other birds as they collect moss and make their nest in readiness for egg laying this spring.

Mrs Bird is hoping some blue tits will move into her birdbox outside her Year 1 classroom. “I have checked that the camera is still working in the box and only last week found a live snail hibernating inside,” she said, “but the best news is, I’ve noticed some new moss and a collection of tiny feathers.”

The picture is the baby blue tits raised in the box last year.
birdbox 3rd May

Mrs Bird

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Sam, Ashlyn and Amelia tread the boards!

Towards the end of the summer holidays, Sam (Year 5), Ashlyn (Year 7) and Amelia (Year 7) found themselves on the same theatre course at Norwich’s Theatre Royal. The course lasted a week and culminated in a show put on for visitors to the theatre’s open day.  Our three budding thespians can be seen amongst the cast in the photographs on the Norwich Evening News website, which reported on the event.  Sam, pictured below,  said, “I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot about acting and theatre. I am now going to classes on a Saturday morning.”

You can see photos and read the full story on the Evening News website here




A Level results – another successful year

The wait for Sixth Formers is over; the results are here and Hethersett Old Hall School pupils are celebrating another set of successful examination results.

With a pass rate of nearly 100% and over 60% of A Levels attaining the top grades, Mr Crump said “Training for the clergy, make-up for the film industry, songwriting, astrophysics, interior design – just some of the higher education paths chosen by sixth formers at HOHS in another successful year for the school’s leavers. With most of the students having a D of E Gold Award under their belt as well as good A Level results, they are well positioned to impress their universities and future employers with skills that go beyond the academic.

The EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is now well established at the school and has proved popular with universities as it fosters research skills.  This has been another interesting and successful year, with 86% of the passes in this A-level standard qualification being at A or A* grades. The qualification enables pupils to explore a subject of personal interest to them – this year our girls have written songs, created books and conducted original research into their chosen areas.”

Many congratulations to all our girls. We wish them every success in the next stage of their education.

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