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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Should old acquaintance be forgot in Year 1?

This week Year 1 are learning about new year: what it means and the traditions surrounding it. Mrs Bird is teaching them “Auld Lang Syne” – and what better place to practise than in front of a glowing log fire in our main hall? Hooray for HOHS and hooray for 2018!


Wishing all our families and friends a very Happy New Year!

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An afternoon of Christmas Tales

Year 9 pupils were to be found recently in the Year 1 classroom, reading the children some picture-book stories they had created especially for them.

The storytelling followed two weeks of planning, writing and drawing in the girls’ English lessons, inspired by stories Mrs Crump had read them. The girls gave careful consideration to the vocabulary to use and the number of characters as well as the actual storyline and pictures, in order to create stories that would be engaging for a younger audience. There were some very impressive illustrations and the stories were set in places as varied as New York’s Central Park and a zoo!

Year 1 listened carefully and enjoyed the stories very much. Afterwards, Mrs Bird asked the children which was their favourite – and they said they liked them all! We all had a lovely afternoon!

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And the winners were…

The last day of term saw our annual, fiercely-contested House Shout singing competition, with the three houses – with pupils from Years 3-13 participating – each choosing a Christmas song to perform to a discerning panel of judges (Mr Peace, Mr Crump and Mrs Collin) and enthusiastic audience of pupils and staff.

This year Austen narrowly triumphed with their spirited rendition of I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day,  complete with enthusiastically executed choreography.  Other awards of the afternoon went to Saffron (Year 7) for winning the Best Christmas Jumper competition, Year 6 for best decorated Prep classroom and Year 9 for best decorated Senior classroom. 

The House Shout followed hot on the heels of the traditional Sixth Form Panto, about which more will be related here later (oh yes it will!).

Mr Crump presents Austen’s Sixth Formers Paisley and Isabel with the House Shout prize.

Austen’s rendition of I wish it Could be Christmas Every Day had the wining formula!




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Non-uniform day tomorrow!

A reminder that tomorrow – the last day of term – is a non-uniform day – pupils are encouraged to wear their wackiest Christmas jumper and bring £1 to enter our competition! All the money will go to Mini Donks, the local charity chosen by our senior girls for our fundraising this year. The little donkeys spend their days enhancing the well-being of people with dementia and others in need of a smile.


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Seniors telling tales!

One of the lovely things about our small, friendly school is the way our older pupils get to interact with the younger ones. Last week, with just four weeks to go to Christmas, librarian Mrs Maher thought it would be a good idea for some of our seniors to read seasonal stories to the children in Lower Prep. It seems they all thought it was a goo idea, too!

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HOHS getting ready for Pudsey

Today is Pudsey Bear’s special day and pupils and staff have been busy organising activities to support Children in Need. Look out for pictures later of our Prep pupils’ ramble round our beautiful grounds! Meanwhile, here are the beginnings of our Pennies for Pudsey activity – and Lacey (Reception) with her spotty-eared headband ready to do her bit!