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Guinea Pigs Require a Holiday Home

Winnie and Bubbles, our boarding house guinea pigs, need a host family for their Easter holidays. If you would like to look after them over Easter, please email Miss Kirkham, our Senior Housemistress, on boarding@hohs.co.uk.

Thank you.


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The Dinosaur Hunt!

It has been an exciting half term for our Nursery pupils. They have learned lots of facts about dinosaurs, painted dinosaur pictures and presented an assembly. Best of all, they went on a dinosaur hunt, following a trail of dinosaur footprints which led them to a dinosaur egg! To see the video of their egg-hunting adventures, please visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HethersettOldHallSchool/ (which is available to everyone even if you haven’t got your own Facebook account).


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Show me the way to Amaryllis!

Our Year 1 pupils have been busy planting their bulbs this week. They have planted different coloured amaryllis bulbs in pots and hyacinth bulbs in glass jars so they can observe the root systems developing.

They have put some bulbs in the dark and others in a light place, some bulbs have been placed outside and others inside and some bulbs have been watered and others have not. Year 1 will compare their pots to see which conditions help bulbs to grow.

The children will be keeping a bulb diary to record their finding and observations. We will share their results in a few weeks.

Watch this space!


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Apple Watch 2018!

We’ve found ourselves tip-toeing around some rather exciting windfall in the past few weeks, and thought we’d share our excitement with you. With a number of apple varieties littering our orchard and its trees, we’ve all been mulling over different ways to use them. Apple crumble? Apple chutney? Tarte tatin? We’d love to hear your suggestions!

To share your favourite recipes, pictures of your own garden apples or ideas for apple-y creations, click here to chat with us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter for more #AppleWatch2018!

In the meantime, take a look at our beautiful orchard and apples below.

Red apples in tree in beautiful orchard, set in Norfolk independent boarding school gardens.

Orchard in private school gardens based in Norwich, Norfolk.

Green apples in tree at independent boarding school, Norwich,

Pretty orchard in rural Norfolk private school grounds.


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Go Green for Big Brains!

A recent study has indicated that a green environment  could enhance academic achievement. The research showed that children who lived and learned in natural wooded and grassed areas had better spatial working memory, which is linked to higher academic attainment.

Almost 5,000 English young people were involved in the study, which was published in the British Journal of Educational Psychology. The authors wanted to see how important shared green spaces were to a trait strongly linked to academic performance, among other things.

We have always thought our beautiful surroundings here at HOHS must be good for learning, but now it’s official;  when our pupils are playing in the woods and running around on the lawns, they are not only developing their muscle power – they are building brainpower too!