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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Can Science Solve the World’s Problems?

This was one of the top agenda items at the GSA Girl Power conference in Cambridge on Wednesday. The event saw twelve of our seniors from Years 11-13 join with pupils from many other schools to hear a range of women scientists and engineers speak about their careers. This year’s theme was “ STEM solutions towards a sustainable world” and the aim is to get girls to “think big, think
future, think global and think sustainable”.

Year 11 pupils Laura and Filly (Philippa) told me: “It was really great, interesting…inspiring, actually. We learned a lot about marine ecology, astronomy and sensory design. We heard all the morning speakers – and there were many! – plus we attended a breakout session in the afternoon by Dr Jenny Tillotson about eScent sensory design. Standout speaker? For us, that would have to be the design engineer, Yewande Akinola. She was amazing and really engaged with everyone in the lecture theatre. Thank you Miss Mann and Dom for planning this trip and taking us.”
Liz French, Editor

 


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Little workers on Open Morning!

We can’t resist sharing these pictures from last Saturday’s Open Morning….

In the first image, some of our Year 2 pupils are demonstrating their creative skills for visitors to admire, while the rest show Year 1’s little Van Goghs hard at work. The children have been studying the life and work of the famous French Impressionist and have been really enthusiastic about his colourful sunflowers!


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Year 7 Bake Some Noise (part 2!)

Year 7  held their second CAKE SALE at lunchtime yesterday. Before the hungry hordes even descended, the girls had already exceeded their goal of raising £30 for the Make Some Noise campaign, so we will be excited to learn how much they made altogether!

  • Make Some Noise is the charity adopted by FM radio, supporting small but brilliant projects across the UK to provide vital help for youngsters and their families living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity.


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Please share our Winter Wonderland Fair poster!

From Joy Elsley, Chair of our Parents’ Association:

Parents and friends – if you haven’t already made a note in your diaries, please do now – and tell your friends and families. If you can, please share our poster, below!

Saturday November 18th is our big Winter Wonderland Fair. There will be stalls galore (over 45 of them!) selling everything from crafts to Christmas decorations, artisan foods and handmade clothes.  You can also enjoy food and refreshments from our wonderful chef and games and activities for the children.

Interested in having a stall, or know anyone who would like one?  There are just a very few spaces left now, so please email me at PA@hohs.co.uk as soon as possible! It costs just £25 for a 6ft table (supplied) plus a donated item for our raffle.

Speaking of the raffle – parents, could you consider donating a prize? The raffle is always one of our biggest fundraisers and the proceeds all go towards buying items to benefit all our children. You can bring prizes into the school office anytime from now. Thank you so much!

 


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Enjoy the half-term holidays!

Happy half term, everyone!

We hope all our families will enjoy the break – and that there will be plenty more beautiful autumn sunshine! School resumes on Monday 30th October.  A reminder, please, that all pupils should be in full winter uniform when we return.

  • Do email me on marketing@hohs.co.uk with your pictures and news if you are going away or doing something exciting! I am especially looking forward to hearing all about our senior school trip to Holland and Belgium…the girls’ special trip hoodies arrived earlier this week, to much excitement.

Liz French, Editor


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Match report: HOHS U12/U14 netball v Taverham High School

The U12 netball team had their first fixture on Wednesday against Taverham High School. Lots of positive skills on show and great team work ensured them a
5-2 victory – what a wonderful start!

The U14 team were also in action against a very tall Taverham side! Despite a valiant effort the final score was a 19-16 loss – which in netball terms is a small margin.

Well done, everyone!
Mrs Woods, Head of PE


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Fry triumph in House Music Competition!

The Barn echoed to the sound of the seventies yesterday when this year’s house music theme took us back to the age of flares, funny hairstyles and fantastic tunes.

The competition requires each house to produce a programme featuring a solo/duet, an instrumental number and both small and full-house choirs. The houses this year effectively covered a musically-varied decade; tracks chosen stretched from The Carpenters’ 1970 classic ‘Close to You’ (Fry’s ten singers contribution) to the haunting synth sounds of Joy Division’s ‘Love will tear us apart’ from 1979, performed by Austen as its instrumental contribution.

As always, the result was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon; competitive, supportive and light-hearted.  Mrs Collin gave some constructive feedback on behalf of the judges and the final result was a win for Fry, with a total of 265 points. Well done to all involved.

Mr Crump