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 7 stamp of approval for coral reefs and oceans

Year 7 have been designing postage stamps for the British Indian Ocean Territory, for a competition with the theme Why are coral reefs and oceans important? Having submitted their entries, the girls decided to make an attractive display to showcase their ideas.


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HOHS gains Bronze Eco-School Status

We recently reported how Year 12 student Maisie A  has been working to earn the school a bronze Eco-Schools award. We are pleased to announce that this status has now been achieved. Well done, Maisie! In her own words, here’s how she did it, with the help of staff and pupils:

“To reach the bronze award we had to complete three simple steps: form an eco-committee, undertake an environmental review and complete an action plan. Since then, we have begun to make changes in school. So far we have placed recycling bins in classrooms and have put up signs to remind both pupils and teachers to turn lights and computers off when no one is in the room. I have also produced an eco-notice board to display the action plan and environmental review – you can see it on the stairs just outside the library.”

The next stage on Maisie’s Mission is to complete the silver award. More of this later!


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Maisie on a Mission!

Year 12 student Maisie A is passionate about the environment.  She writes:

“After Christmas I began working on the Eco-Schools project –  a global programme engaging millions of children, improving their environmental awareness through a seven-step process. Stages 1-3 enable you to reach a bronze award, stages 4-6 lead to a silver award and on completing stage 7, you are awarded a green flag.

I have formed an eco-committee, which involves one or two pupils from every year group from Years 3 – 12; we have started meeting once every half-term to discuss how we could improve the school environmentally. I have also surveyed the school,  outlining the areas which might be improved. Since doing this I have formed an action plan, with help from those on the eco-committee, and now am aiming to reach the bronze  award. This term I will be trying to introduce some ideas to make the school more environmentally friendly; for example encouraging recycling and finding ways to become more energy efficient.”

  • Have you got ideas for improving our school’s green credentials? Email marketing@hohs.co.uk and we will pass them to Maisie and the eco-committee!


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‘Eggsellent’ egg rolling and hunting!

On the last day of term, as you might expect, there was plenty of egg-citing activity. After the Prep’s Year group egg-rolling heats in the morning, the final took place in The Barn in the afternoon. Meanwhile, there were plenty of little chocolate eggs hidden in the grounds…who got one?

We have an egg-rolling champ!

Easter egg hunt in the gardens

There was one for everyone!

 


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Former HOHS pupil inspires girls to study science

It’s wonderful to see former HOHS student Joy Chianu promoting science subjects to young women in this video from the prestigious McGill University in Canada. Joy, who won a scholarship to study chemical engineering there, achieved outstanding results in her biology, chemistry, physics and maths A Levels at HOHS, as well as in her EPQ. We are very proud of Joy and how she is encouraging other young women to study STEM subjects.

• We love to hear how our former students are getting on so if you have any exciting news, please get in touch with us.

Watch the video here


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Years 3 and 4 in the greenhouse

Mrs Gunn took Years 3 and 4 pupils to Mr Young’s greenhouse today, where the children helped to pot on some flower seedlings to provide extra colour in our gardens before the end of the summer term. The pupils also planted some seeds of their own – chillis, carrots and other good things to eat – that’s what they are doing in these photos. Some of the produce will be used in the wheelbarrow plantings we are planning for the Royal Norfolk Show in June – watch this space for news about this!


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Year 9 hands-on science for CREST awards

Horses, gravity and smoking have been under scrutiny by Year 9 who have been exploring topics of their own choice for their science Bronze CREST awards.

On Friday the girls presented the results of their considerable research to fellow pupils, teachers and an external CREST assessor who all had the opportunity to ask plenty of questions!

CREST is a UK award scheme recognising success, building skills and demonstrating personal achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) project work.

 

How does gravity affect the tides? Is it the same on other planets? Taonga, Emilia and Harriet took a detailed look at the force which affects us all

With a keen interest in matters equestrian, Ellie and Emily decided to explore aspects of selective breeding and the physiology of horses as well as the evolution of equines.

Smoking – Mia and Kitty looked at some of the science behind the effects of smoking