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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Staying Safe Online

Internet safety is covered at school but there have been some recent concerns in the media about children seeing distressing images or content whilst online. The following link takes you to a 2 minute video clip which reminds children about online safety and what they should do if they see any upsetting material. We hope it will help you to support them at home should they see anything inappropriate.

https://www.bbc.com/ownit/its-personal/when-you-see-something-scary-online

 


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Boosting University Success

A headline from last week – ‘Mini dissertations help thousands of pupils boost their university chances’.

Newspapers last week said that universities were extolling the virtues of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), where students have to write a mini dissertation or carry out detailed research to produce an artefact on a subject of their choosing. Sixth formers jostle to get into top universities and this qualification helps them to stand out from the others. Examiners also found that these essays are invaluable to students to prepare for university study as they allow them to debate complex issues, organise notes as well as helping them understand the intricacies of plagiarism. EPQs, worth half an A level, are increasingly popular with top university such as Bristol, Manchester, Southampton and Leeds all of which actually lower their A level grade requirements if students attain a good EPQ grade.

The papers stated that not all schools offer this qualification and, if they do, often only a handful of students undertake it as it requires a great deal of input from the staff and in large establishments there are not enough staff to manage the workload. Here at HOHS, all of our current Year 12s are taking EPQ and our Year 13s completed this qualification last year. In the past this qualification has helped our students to attain the university places of their choice.

Our Year 13 applied for university last term, way ahead of the January 15th deadline. They all have several offers of places already. Well done to our Year 13 girls and their Sixth Form tutors!


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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