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Girls 3-18 and boys 3-11, boarding for girls from 9


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And the winner is ….

Last term, when he was in Year 1, Matthais came second in the Royal Norfolk Show Art competition and this week his prize arrived. Along with a cheque which will be spent on art materials for our Phase 2 pupils, he received this beautiful wooden plaque. Well done, Matthias!


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Countryside Challenge

Following on from our success in the Food, Farming and Countryside Challenge at the Royal Norfolk Show, we would like to invest the prize money in another green project for the school.

If you have any ideas about an eco-project to inspire our pupils, please suggest it on our Facebook page or email marketing@hohs.co.uk. We would love to hear your ideas.

Pictured below is the winning entry.


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GCSE Students on Cloud 9!

Year 11 collected their GCSE grades this morning. As you will be aware, the grading system has changed to 9 – 1 with grade 9 being higher than the previous A* grade. We are delighted to announce that for a quarter of our pupils this new grade featured in their results! In fact, a quarter of all grades awarded to Year 11 were the equivalent of A and above.

Mr Crump said ‘It is very satisfying to see our Year 11 pupils gaining the results they need for their next steps. I know they have worked very hard for these results with the unwavering support of their teachers and parents. I would like to congratulate each and every one of them.’

 


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STEM at HOHS: Army Corporal helps girls bring robots to life

Pupils from Years 7-10 and Year 12 took part in some exciting workshops last Friday delivered by Corporal Thomas Power from the Army’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) team.  After hearing about the wide range of STEM-related careers the Army offers, each girl was set a challenge: to modify and wirelessly programme a Lego Mindstorm robot to move around The Barn.  By the end we had dancing robots, robots that could follow a map trail or collect boxes from across the room, and even one with an axe ready to compete in robot wars!

See what the girls said, and scroll down to see images from the workshops.

“We didn’t  know the Army had so many jobs! At first it was really challenging to programme the robot but then we got the hang of it and it was really fun!” Anna, Cristina, Rachel and Fleur (Year 8)

“I did know that there were all those jobs in the Army – I just hadn’t realised that most of them are connected to STEM” – Ashlyn (Year 8)

  • Did you know…?

Women make up just 14.4% of all people working in science and technology roles in the UK, despite being about half of the workforce.  Is it because girls are less able in STEM subjects? No!  In fact, studies show that the opposite is true – but traditionally fewer girls than boys choose to study STEM subjects at A Level and beyond.  At HOHS we are dedicated to breaking this tradition and have an excellent track record of success in STEM subjects.  We regularly plan events such as the workshop last week, to give our girls inspiration and insight into the world of STEM careers.


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Year 7 stamp of approval for coral reefs and oceans

Year 7 have been designing postage stamps for the British Indian Ocean Territory, for a competition with the theme Why are coral reefs and oceans important? Having submitted their entries, the girls decided to make an attractive display to showcase their ideas.


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HOHS gains Bronze Eco-School Status

We recently reported how Year 12 student Maisie A  has been working to earn the school a bronze Eco-Schools award. We are pleased to announce that this status has now been achieved. Well done, Maisie! In her own words, here’s how she did it, with the help of staff and pupils:

“To reach the bronze award we had to complete three simple steps: form an eco-committee, undertake an environmental review and complete an action plan. Since then, we have begun to make changes in school. So far we have placed recycling bins in classrooms and have put up signs to remind both pupils and teachers to turn lights and computers off when no one is in the room. I have also produced an eco-notice board to display the action plan and environmental review – you can see it on the stairs just outside the library.”

The next stage on Maisie’s Mission is to complete the silver award. More of this later!


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Fly me to the Moon…with Year 2!

What happens to fruit flies in space? What do astronauts eat? And how would you manage if you had to write when you’re in a space ship?  These and many other fascinating questions were answered by Year 2 in their excellent class assembly on Tuesday.  They also shared some creative writing pieces about why they would make good astronauts, and showed us the inspired artwork they had created for the space topic.  Their assembly finished with a lively rendition of “Fly me to the Moon”, complete with some great dance moves,  which was greatly enjoyed by all.   Thanks to all the families who came to see the children showcase their work – and well done, Year 2,  for a superb performance! Click on the images below to see the gallery.