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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Years 1 and 5 prepare for the jungle!

At HOHS we love getting our different age groups working together, building each other’s knowledge and confidence.  Today Year 1 visited Mrs Fisher’s Year 5 classroom, where the pupils presented them with some fascinating facts they have been researching about animals and tropical rainforests, ahead of our visit next week to Amazona.


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Little monkeys in the Nursery!

As part of our jungle topic, the Nursery children have been looking at monkeys this week. We have moved like monkeys, danced like monkeys and every child has painted a monkey to hang around the classroom!

Everyone has made their own monkey to hang around the classroom

Some monkeys like to hang upside down!

Dancing like monkeys!


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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


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Busy Nursery days!

Everyone has been quickly getting back into the swing of school in our Nursery classes this week, and on Thursday the roving camera spotted children doing all kinds of
interesting things…identifying animals, role-playing, sponge painting, cutting-out-and-sticking and playing imaginative games together.


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Our carol service…

St Remigius parish church was filled with family and friends of HOHS last week for our carol service, led by Reverend Derek McClean. Head Girl Kami and Deputy Head Girl Charlie led the procession to the choir stalls, with Sofia’s beautiful voice soaring solo for the first verse of  Once in Royal David’s City. The traditional service of readings, carols and musical offerings also included The Kings sung by the Upper Prep Choir,  Silent Night beautifully played by Anna (Year 8) on the harp and In the Bleak Midwinter sung by the senior choir accompanied by Emilia (Year 9) on the flute.  The popular Ukranian Carol of the Bells was beautifully performed by the flute ensemble of Mollie and Alice (Year 11), Isabel and Alia (Year 10) and Emilia (Year 9) and all the girls who did readings and led prayers spoke clearly and with great expression, while Be Thou my Vision, sung by Charlie, Sofia (Year 11) and Ruby (Year 7) brought tears to many eyes.


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Traditional Carol Service fills St Remigius…

St Remigius parish church was filled with family and friends of HOHS this afternoon for our traditional service of carols, readings and musical offerings. The service was led by Hethersett  Rector the Reverend Derek McClean. A more detailed report will follow in the next few days. Thank you to all who came to share this special service with us.

Head Girl Kami and Deputy Charlie lead the procession to the choir stalls at today’s carol service in St Remigius.