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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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)


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Fantastic Mr Fox Excitement for Years 3 and 4!

Pupils in Years 3 and 4 have been reading Roald Dahl’s book, Fantastic Mr Fox, in preparation for their theatre trip next Thursday  to see the touring stage production. Their English lessons are full of exciting tasks based on the popular novel and we are all looking forward to seeing it come to life at the Theatre Royal!

Take a sneaky preview peek at the show with this trailer



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Field trip for ‘Broad-minded’ Year 9

Year 9 enjoyed an interesting and informative day at the Broads National Park on Wednesday for their geography studies. Beginning with a guided boat trip, they learnt about the uses of the Broads, past and present, and the human impact on the environment. Next the girls had a walk round a nature reserve with the conservationist, who explained the work being done to improve the water quality. The afternoon saw the girls in Hoveton looking at the impact of tourism, interviewing members of the public and gathering statistics on pedestrian and traffic counts, land use and environmental quality. Here are the girls with a new friend!

 


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Year 5 & 6 Kingswood pictures

Last Wednesday,  pupils in Years 5-6 set off to spend three very adventurous and thoroughly enjoyable days at the Kingswood Activity Centre, Overstrand.

A huge thank you to Mr Peace, Miss Hopwood and Miss Baxter for looking after the children and well done Years 5-6 for your many achievements!

You can see the full gallery of photographs and summary of the children’s adventures by clicking here.