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Sea Life Centre Visit

This week, children in the Nursery and Reception classes visited the Sea Life Centre in Great Yarmouth. The children were given a guided tour so they could learn all about the fish and sea creatures in the centre. They were even allowed to touch a starfish! The trip was highly informative and thoroughly enjoyed by all the children. More pictures of this trip will be published on our Facebook page and in the website news section tomorrow.


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Boarders’ Outing

The Saturday trip for the boarders this weekend was to Blickling Hall. They had the opportunity to explore the house and gardens, which were looking beautiful, and, since it was Mother’s Day on Sunday, they looked for gifts. They particularly liked the very cute Egyptian goslings, pictured below, that wandered past them in the grounds.


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Banham Zoo

Earlier in March, Years 1 & 2 visited Banham Zoo. The children looked at the differences between animals from different continents and learned how to identify whether they were carnivorous, herbivorous or omnivorous. The picture below shows the children in the sloth enclosure and, above our heads, we were very lucky to see the sloths climbing and eating fruit – a very rare sight!For more photos, please see our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/HethersettOldHallSchool/

 


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A Trip to the Azores – October 2019!

We are offering Years 7 – 13 an amazing opportunity to visit the Azores, Europe’s secret paradise, a group of small volcanic islands in the Atlantic off the coast of Portugal. They are so remote, mass tourism is non-existent and nature is unspoiled. It has a fantastic climate, about 23oC in October and fertile land, which means the islands are all self-sufficient and don’t need to import food from mainland Portugal in order to survive. We will have many opportunities to visit wonderful places including waterfalls, hot springs, tea and pineapple plantations, magnificent coastlines and calderas, as well taking a walking tour through caves made from lava tubes and the having the chance to eat a lunch cooked inside a volcano.

Our five-day tour to The Azores will depart on Friday 18th October and return on Tuesday 22nd October 2019. The price is £970. The deadline for reserving a place is Tuesday 5th February. If you would like your daughter to join us, please fill in the reply slip your daughter brought home or pop into Reception to pick up the full information pack.


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Successful expedition for our Golden girls!

Posing with our assessor. We all passed!

The stunning Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons looked very inviting on Saturday against a bright blue sky as our D of E Gold group set off to trek up the mountain on Day 1 of their challenging four-day expedition. The steepness of the hill was daunting in the extreme heat but the girls – Kelly, Maisie, Alice and Tayla – coped really well, with the help of extra water, hats, sun cream, long- sleeved shirts and neckerchiefs, and by taking the climb slowly before walking along the ridge. The views were spectacular along the top and the girls were able to draw some interesting pictures and write great stories for their book.

After a tiring but extremely successful day the group set up camp in the farmer’s field to cook themselves a well-deserved pasta supper.

Day 2 began at 5am so as to beat the heat on another strenuous climb.  The girls did very well and were really enjoying the views when we met them at the top.  Arriving at their campsite they  were greeted with the welcome sight of their own stream – perfect for cooling tired feet!

On Day 3, the girls ventured out at 4am under a still starry sky, to miss the heat of yet another scorching summer day. Passing many waterfalls, they  made their way to the top of the mountain and walked along the ridge where they enjoyed spectacular views of two different valleys, one with a reservoir.  On the way down they could see their goal, the ruined Llanthony Abbey.

The last day was cloudier and cooler than the other three but the girls still decided to start out at 4am. The assessor was very impressed with the group, praising their navigation skills and team work and declaring them a delight to assess, thoroughly deserving of the passes he awarded all four.

Today we are travelling home – and in cooler conditions. Well done everyone – you were superb! Now click on the images to see the gallery of photos….

Mrs Grove

  • Did you know…?

Over the past three years our pass rate for D of E awards has averaged 97% against a Norfolk average of 50% and a national average of 52.7%


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Year 1 go down to Willow Farm

Last Wednesday, Year 1 and Mrs Bird had a fantastic day out  at Willow Farm, home of Amy T (Year 2). The children learned about many different aspects of farming  – from bees to cattle and crops – at the mixed farm which adjoins the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s  Hickling reserve. Highlights were undoubtedly the ride on the trailer and calling for Boris the Bull (who did turn up)!

Amy’s father is a previous award winner of the national Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group’s Silver Lapwing Award, achieved for the environmentally friendly approach to farming adopted at Willow Farm.  Many thanks to the Tallowin family for a wonderful trip!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/broadland-farmer-s-success-in-national-wildlife-award-1-1105724







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Gold D of E Practice – Part 2!

Last Friday, Maisie and Kelly (Year 12) together with  Tayla and Alice (Year 11), Mrs Grove and Mr Johnston, set off on their very challenging, four-day  Duke of Edinburgh gold practice in the Peak District. We reported on their first couple of days earlier…and now can bring you the second instalment…

Day 3 – Despite grey skies, the girls set off bright and breezy at 7am for an all-day trek. After a brief, stiff climb they walked atop the ridge with amazing views of Edale, continuing on past some agile cows, who looked perfectly at home negotiating tiny paths,  to the ‘shivering mountain’ Mam Tor and on to  ‘Ringling Roger’  By the time the girls had picked their way down this impressive mountain to their campsite it was time to start preparing and cooking their evening meal and settle down for an early night in preparation for a very early start.

Day 4. – The girls chose to rise at 4am to get started by 5am up the mountain behind the campsite and on to Kinder Scout, enjoying a beautiful dawn followed by blue sky and bright sunshine. Before they knew it they had made it to the peak and were walking along the edge before most people had even had breakfast!  The descent took them  along the Roman Road.

Well done to all four girls for completing their gold practice so efficiently and being on time at all of their stops.  Good luck with your gold final expedition in the Brecon Beacons in July.

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