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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Year 10 lighting up the lab

Year 10 girls took on an interesting challenge in their last science lesson at the end of term, working in pairs or small groups. The task? To create a working model lighthouse, the taller the better, using only newspaper and a few other specified bits and pieces.  They were halfway through the challenge when these pictures were snapped, so we’re not sure which team won, or what scientific principles were applied… but the concentration levels and competitive spirit were certainly in evidence!



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Years 3 and 4 visit Kentwell Hall

Last Friday, Years 3 and 4 travelled back in time to 1593 when they visited Kentwell Hall in Suffolk to experience life in Tudor Times first hand. They discovered such things as Tudor pottery, basket making, cooking, sword school and dyeing.  They even visited the alchemist and made an explosion with gunpowder! The children explored the grand house and saw what life was like for Tudor gentry. After a long and enjoyable day, we all went through the time tunnel back to 2017…

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Year 10 Visit Sainsbury Centre

Year 10 girls had a fascinating visit to the Sainsbury Centre  earlier this month.   With the help of a guide,they explored first the Paul Nash,and then the Rana Begum visiting exhibitions on display there. Begum’s work (pictured) blurs the boundaries between sculpture,painting and architecture and we found it very interesting indeed!

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The fluorescent coats  the girls are wearing were designed to be interactive with the colours in the exhibition.

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An installation piece constructed from a series of coloured modular architectural components.


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FANTASTIC ‘Fantastic Mr Fox!’

The big day finally arrived yesterday for Years 3 and 4 pupils who had been excitedly anticipating their trip to the Theatre Royal to see Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox.  They had an amazing time and all agreed that the show –  a fabulously funny stage adaptation brought to life with slapstick, music and larger-than-life characters – was just brilliant! Oliver was especially excited as it was his first visit to the theatre.

The children even had time for a spot of playing Chapelfield Gardens play area before the show.

Here is what the children said about the trip:

“The show was so funny!” Matilda
“I loved the part when Farmer Bean ripped his shirt open, it was so funny!” Adam
“I loved the music, it was my first time at the theatre>” Oliver
“Awesome!” Georgina


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Year 1 down on the farm…

Year 1 enjoyed a wonderful day at the Tallowin family’s Willow Farm in Hickling last Wednesday and learned an amazing number of new things! They had a good look at the huge combine harvester and found out how it works,  handled different crops and went on a tractor trailer journey to see the cows on nearby marshland, and Boris the bull. They spent some time pond dipping, investigating and naming a variety of mini-beasts, pond creatures and plants.  The children were shown a live collection of moths and bird-ringing of birds that migrate (one teal had flown from Russia and one from Sweden to England in eight days!) They had a go at potato picking, learned the difference between wheat and barley and saw the fava beans crop that Mr Tallowin sells to Egypt for making the traditional Ful Medames dish.

Since the trip, the children have been busy making booklets to record their journey of the day.  They have also each created a ‘memory sticky board’ with some of the seeds, feathers, petals, leaves, beans and plants they collected on their journey.

Thank you to all of Amy’s family and friends for making this such a special trip for us. See the full gallery of pictures here.


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Redwings ‘Gangsters’ at large!

This weekend,  those boarders not hard at revision visited the equine sanctuary Redwings in Aylsham. After a quick tour of the open paddocks the girls set off to explore the sanctuary, discovering donkeys, ponies and horses galore! We even found hundreds of tiny frogs – the size of a thumbnail – much to everyone’s delight. The biggest surprise was that Miss Mann secretly adopted the miniature Shetland ponies, seen here, for the boarders!  Redwings call this group The Gangsters as they are full of character…just like our girls.

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Little pupils in BIG castle!

Last Wednesday, our Nursery and Reception children set off for an adventure in Norwich Castle. Here is what they told us:

We were looking forward to being kings and queens for the day!  When we arrived a lady met us and told us all about the castle and who used to live there. We all wore crowns and some of us dressed up. We explored and discovered all the things in the castle. We visited the great hall and the old toilets. We are very glad they are not like that today! We even saw a very deep well which people had to get their water from. We dropped pennies down to see how deep it was. We had a story about a castle and made castles using building bricks.

“I loved the well. It was really fun dropping the pennies down. They went down a long way.” Charlie (Reception)
“Did you know, the castle is 99 years old?” Charlotte (Reception) Editor’s note: it is actually 900 years old!
“We pretended to open the castle door with a really, really big key.” Eddie (Nursery)
“I really enjoyed dressing up.” Samaara (Nursery)