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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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Our fete made the news!


Our Wonderland fete was in the Eastern Evening News on Monday – look out for it in tomorrow’s Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury, too. The even better news is that the fete made in excess of £6,000 profit for PA funds – well done, everyone, that is a fantastic achievement!


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Garden Treasures

This time of year may be a bit less colourful in the HOHS gardens than in spring, summer or autumn… but if you look hard there are some lovely sights to admire! Mr Young, our gardener, identified the vividly-coloured Amythyst Deceiver (Laccaria Amyythestina) mushroom* pictured below, and the other photos were snapped on Thursday by Jess, one of our three gap year tutors.

Speaking of being outdoors…if you haven’t already been out into your own garden this weekend to see what’s flying, perching or feeding there, there is still time to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch today! Any good photos sent to marketing@hohs.co.uk will be published on the blog next week.

(*  As with any mushrooms or fungi, do not touch or eat any you find growing in the wild.)




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HOHS in the news

Our Christmas market – which, as reported earlier, was a huge success and raised £3,500 – made the news today in the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury!

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