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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Chicks update!

Last week we reported on the clutch of baby chick eggs which had arrived in the Prep School.

The children have been fascinated to see the little chicks hatch (it takes a while to break through the eggs’ shell, and looks like hard work!). They have also observed how the chicks need a bit of time to rest and let their downy feathers dry out and fluff up before they venture out and learn how to drink from the water bowls and find their food. The pupils have taken turns to handle the chicks, too. Here are some of our Year 1 pupils – they were being very, very careful and gentle!

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Chicks have arrived!

A clutch of baby chick eggs arrived in the Prep School earlier this week.
There was plenty of excitement all round – and now the eggs have hatched it is even better! All the Prep children will have the opportunity to see and handle the chicks up close over the coming week. Watch out for more pictures…


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Boarders visit Thrigby Hall

This half of term’s boarders’ weekend programme was rounded off  by a visit to Thrigby Hall yesterday for those girls not buried in A Level and GCSE revision.  Whilst the sun shone down on them they watched the tigers being fed at very close range and walked up into the trees to see the monkeys playing. The sheer size of the snakes proved to be too much for some people whilst most of the girls found the crocodiles a bit dull….until it lunged into the water and sent them running!

Miss Cushing
Senior Housemistress

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Nature’s Riches at HOHS

Mrs Bird’s nature/bird club went on a summer nature scavenger hunt around the school grounds last Wednesday afternoon in the warm sunshine. We saw enormous black crows on the lawn and parent blue tits, and heard blackbirds and robins calling in the orchard.  We met Mr Crump on our hunt and he showed us a photo of two young hedgehogs foraging in his garden, down by the cowslips behind School House.

We also spotted water boatmen and pond skaters in the pond, but sadly no frogs this year as the damsel fly larvae ate the tadpoles last month!

Until the next tweet…

Mrs Bird

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GCSE art

Miss Coughlan took these pictures while our Year 11 GCSE art pupils were absorbed in their work recently. The standard of art at HOHS is always high and we wish the girls every success in the practical art exams they have just completed.

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Boarders get cooking

Life is certainly never dull as a boarder at HOHS. After the fete last Saturday, perhaps inspired by the wonderful cake tent, they got busy baking and decorating some tasty cupcakes.


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Reception show us how beans grow!

What makes a little bean grow into a big, healthy plant? Our Reception pupils know – they have been experimenting and discovering that the magic ingredients are light and water. The children told us all about it in a wonderful assembly this morning, with Jasper the cat’s story helping to get the message across!  As always,  the class assembly is also a lovely, family occasion, as these pictures show.

Thank you to all the parents who came – we hope you enjoyed the opportunity to see the children working together and showcasing some of their achievements. Well done everyone!