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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Adventure club fun

Autumn is a wonderful time of year for gathering colourful materials for creative play, as these pictures from Lower prep after school adventure club clearly demonstrate!


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Persephone’s Pomegranate in Year 1!

After Mr Crump’s recent assembly on Persephone and the pomegranate seeds,  Mrs Bird decided to buy a pomegranate for the children to look inside. They drew the outside first, then a cross section to reveal the beautiful seeds within. Finally, as a treat,  they tasted the seeds at the end of the lesson!

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Roald Dahl brought to life by Year 5

An audience of family members and the other Prep School classes enjoyed a very imaginatively-performed and action-packed Roald Dahl themed assembly from Year 5 yesterday.  The children showcased some of the amazing work they have been doing with Mrs Fisher, inspired by Dahl’s stories – designing chocolate and sweets and writing instructions for how to make them. They also gave us songs, dance, an informative role-play interview… and several magnificent bows at the end to much applause! Afterwards, the children took time to share some proud moments with their families.  Many thanks to all who came to support the children and see them in action. The work will be on display in the Prep Department so do come and have a look!



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Year 6 are electrically charged!

Year 6 treated the rest of the Prep School and some of their own family members to an excellent, entertaining  assembly this morning. With fun, practical demonstrations they explained what they have been learning about electrical circuits, hovercrafts and the Micro:Bits we reported on a couple of weeks ago here.  Whose wheeled light box would survive the rigorous ramp test? And who blew hard enough to get their hovercrafts off the table, even though the motors haven’t been installed yet?

Well done, Year 6 – and a big thank you to the parents and grandparents who joined us in the Prep Hall, too – we hope you enjoyed it!

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Match report: U13 hockey v Norwich High School for Girls

Our U13 hockey team got their season under way today with a 2-0 win away against the Norwich Girls’ High School. First to score was Ruby H, in her debut match for the team,  with the second goal coming from Rachel Y. Player of the match was awarded to Ruby.  The afternoon offered a great coaching experience for the girls, with a chance to hone their technical skills and match play. Well done, everyone!

Mrs Woods

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Year 2 – art naturals!

Year 2 pupils have been working on a project about natural art  – and we think their beautiful leaf pictures deserve to be seen! Well done, Year 2!