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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Happy Valentine’s Day!

We hope there will be warm hearts and smiles in your homes today! But did you know that the traditional day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century –  but that it has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.


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World Book Day is coming!

World Book Day 2018 is Thursday 1st March and we are planning some great activities around it, such as story time with different teachers, a book trail and book swapping sessions.  Pupils in Nursery and Prep were given a letter on Friday with a voucher to choose one of the special £1 Book Day titles – keep it safe!

Here is what we plan:

  • Pupils can come to school on March 1st dressed as a favourite book character – there will be a parade during assembly and prizes for the best, most creative ones! Why not start planning your costume over half term?
  • The wonderful Ketts Books, Wymondham’s community-run bookshop, will have a book fair in The Barn on Weds 28th  February, from 3.00pm for Lower Prep and from 4.00pm for Upper Prep. Pupils can use their World Book Day voucher to claim one of the special titles on offer. We will also get one free Usborne book for our school library for every two sold on the day, so do have a look at the special Usborne display for some great information books!
  • You can find out more about World Book Day here.


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Cross country…

We finally managed to beat the rain and get outside in the woods to play and on the field for cross country this week –  lots of muddy legs and rosy cheeks!

Three little soldiers guarding the king’s fort in the woods!

Time for some safe tree climbing for Year 1!

Year 1 ready to go…

Year 1 jump to it!

What colour are your socks, Jack?!

Year 2 nice and clean at the start of cross country…


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Nursery Dance to a Jungle Beat!

A big thank you to all the parents and family members who came to see our lovely jungle-themed Nursery class assembly this morning. Didn’t the children look fantastic in their animal costumes – and how well they spoke and sang! We are so proud of what they have achieved, and it is good to see their increasing confidence in stepping up onto the stage. Well done, everyone!  We hope you like the gallery of pictures – click on the first one and then click through to see them all.


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Noah’s Ark floats off in Reception’s assembly!

Our Reception pupils have been learning all about things that float and sink, including the story of Noah’s Ark.  Jake and Chloe have even made their own boats at home  and in one of the pictures here you can see Chloe holding hers, made from drinks bottles and pipe cleaners covered in a waterproof plastic bag.

Yesterday, in an enchanting Noah’s Ark-themed assembly, the children told us all about what they had been learning and doing on this topic.  They all spoke very clearly and sang beautifully – well done, everyone!  A big thank you to all the parents and family members for coming to watch and for helping to provide some amazing animal costumes, too!





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Year 10 jump in the river!

Our Year 10 geographers experienced two field days away at the weekend, based at Overstrand Hall near Cromer.  After arriving by minibus on Friday evening they settled into the impressive hall, ate together and prepared for the next day’s data collection in the River Glaven.  Although Saturday dawned grey and cold,  the girls plunged into the river undaunted. They collected a variety of data including velocity (using a hydroprop and a float), bedload measurements, width, depth and wetted perimeter. Using computer software they then analysed the data to see if a significant impact has been made on this river by man – and proved that it has. On Sunday we travelled into Norwich and collected data at Riverside and King Street to observe regeneration factors. The girls worked very hard until 9.00pm on both evenings: perhaps the chocolate cake and sweets helped!

Mrs Grove



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Year 10 geography trip to Kingswood

Our Year 10 geographers headed to Overstrand Hall on Friday for a weekend of practical work and data collection to enhance their GCSE studies. Watch this space for a full report but meanwhile here they are setting off in the minibus and settling in on arrival!
Mrs Grove