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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Little pupils in BIG castle!

Last Wednesday, our Nursery and Reception children set off for an adventure in Norwich Castle. Here is what they told us:

We were looking forward to being kings and queens for the day!  When we arrived a lady met us and told us all about the castle and who used to live there. We all wore crowns and some of us dressed up. We explored and discovered all the things in the castle. We visited the great hall and the old toilets. We are very glad they are not like that today! We even saw a very deep well which people had to get their water from. We dropped pennies down to see how deep it was. We had a story about a castle and made castles using building bricks.

“I loved the well. It was really fun dropping the pennies down. They went down a long way.” Charlie (Reception)
“Did you know, the castle is 99 years old?” Charlotte (Reception) Editor’s note: it is actually 900 years old!
“We pretended to open the castle door with a really, really big key.” Eddie (Nursery)
“I really enjoyed dressing up.” Samaara (Nursery)


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Children and the news

We know that some children can get very worried about events they hear about in the news, and this week many have felt upset and anxious about what’s happened in Manchester.   Mr Peace led a very appropriate assembly this morning reassuring children that adults are here to listen to them if they ever have any worries about anything, not just the news. If you find your children are still anxious, there is a useful feature on the BBC newsround site. This is the link:

www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/13865002


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Time for another look at our Hethersett Old Hall School video!

It’s just about a year since our HOHS promotional video was launched – and it had over 3,000 views when it appeared on our Facebook page! It still gives us that “aaaah” feeling, and reflects our happy, thriving school very well – so why not give it another look? Click here to link to  the video on youtube and let’s get the number of views there up!

The film was made by Winnie (Wing-Yee,  pictured below), a former HOHS pupil who is now a film maker.

Wing-Yee-filming

 


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What are you doing today?

We hope all our HOHS families and friends will be having fun this Bank Holiday Monday. Don’t forget to send us photos and news to marketing@hohs.co.uk for prizes at the start of term!

 

 


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No Junior Swim this Wednesday

Parents, please be aware that there will be no swimming for the juniors this Wednesday (4.00-5.00pm) as the pool is needed for GCSE moderation for at that time.

Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

Swimmers

 


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Happy St Patrick’s Day from HOHS!

Did you know that St Patrick, the famous fifth-century missionary and Patron Saint of Ireland, wasn’t originally from the Emerald Isle? It is thought that he was kidnapped by pirates when he was a teenager and taken to Ireland as a slave looking after animals. Then, later, he escaped but had a vision telling him to go back and spread the word about Christianity.  It is believed that St Patrick  used the shamrock, with its three leaves in one plant, to explain the Holy Trinity.  In assembly this week, Upper and Lower Prep pupils learned all about the famous saint – and our dining room was decorated with shamrocks and leprechauns for a distinctly Irish lunch menu of Beef and Guinness sausages and colcannon!


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Nursery and Reception ‘thumbs-up’ for new equipment!

Thanks to our Parents’ Association, the play equipment in the EYFS area has just been upgraded. Yesterday saw the children trying it out for the first time – and clearly approving!