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 8 Science: a great year!

From exploring sound through making their own musical instruments to growing microbes, learning distillation processes, bending light and undertaking ecological and biodiversity studies…Year 8 had a fabulous year in science! They even enjoyed some mindfulness sessions (you can try one of the activities for yourself here!)
 





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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme hot topic at Speech Day

Guest speaker at yesterday’s Speech Day, Georgina Brigden – Operations Officer for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme –  gave an inspirational talk about the scheme, a theme echoed in the Headmaster’s and outgoing Head Girl Anna’s speeches. We are proud of our record with the DofE – almost all girls completing at least the Silver Award, building their confidence, self reliance and a host of other skills valued by employers and universities.

Miss Brigden presented certificates, cups and prizes to over sixty of our Upper Prep and Senior pupils, for achievements ranging from academic to sporting, music, drama and art.

In house competitions, Austen swept the board, winning the cups for Lower Prep Sports Day, Upper Prep Sports Day, Senior  Sports Day, Overall Sports Day, House Music Festival and the Robertson Shield for the school quiz! The Victrix Ludorum (athlete’s cup) went to  Amy Hayhoe (Year 10).

 


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Speech Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow is Speech Day and the marquee is up and ready and looking stunning in our beautiful gardens. We look forward to warmly welcoming parents and family members tomorrow – please take your seats in the marquee by 11.00am.

If the weather stays as lovely as today, the traditional bring-your-own picnic on the lawns afterwards will be wonderful! Please remember that the school closes for the summer at 3.45pm tomorrow and there is no day boarding.

 


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Year 8 science: why your mother was right…

Year 8 have been using petri dishes prepared with nutrient agar to reveal the bacteria hiding all around us…. look at the microbes they have grown !

You can also link to a short video that demonstrates how quickly bacteria multiply from swabs taken from a TV remote –  proving your mum was right every time she said “now wash your hands!”

 

 

 


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Year 5’s magic beanstalks!

Before the holidays, we reported that Year 5 had been planting broad bean seeds in the greenhouse – you can see how small they were as they started to shoot.  While they may not really be “magic beanstalks”,  the second picture shows just how much they have grown in just a few short weeks.  Today our gardener, Mr Young,  helped the children plant them out in a raised and prepared bed in our orchard. He showed them how to prepare a hole for each plant and how to remove them carefully from their pots without disturbing the roots. The children have carefully labelled their plants so that we can see whose grows the highest and produces the most beans!



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Year 5 in the greenhouse

In their science lessons recently, Year 5 pupils have been learning about the life cycle of plants. To give them some practical follow-up, Miss Hopwood took the class to Mr Young’s greenhouse 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 broad beans – that’s what is in the pots they are holding in the picture below. They will be keeping a close eye to see whose grows the biggest!


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More little scientist photos

Mrs Bird made a wonderful shadow puppet theatre to show how shadows are created. The children made their own shadow puppets – Jessica’s crocodile has very sharp teeth!

Year 1 demonstrators with Year 5

As reported yesterday, as part of British Science Week, Year 1 pupils took on the role of demonstrators for a range of hands-on activities enjoyed by all the year groups in our Lower and Upper Prep Departments. Here are some more pictures, with captions, which show how much the children enjoyed the activities – and how much they learned!

As reported yesterday, as part of British Science Week, Year 1 pupils took on the role of demonstrators for a range of hands-on activities enjoyed by all the year groups in our Lower and Upper Prep Departments. Here are some more pictures, with captions, which show how much the children enjoyed the activities – and how much they learned!

‘Sound’ tests included banging a tuning fork on jam jars containing different amounts of water to see how the sound varied

‘Touch’ had a wormery to show how worms feel the rain through the soil and a ‘feely’ test to guess materials in a bag and their properties.

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Reno having a guess what’s in the feely bag!

Drinks such as elderflower and strawberry and different sweet and crisp flavours demonstrated our sense of taste – with the children holding their noses to prove that we really do taste with our sense of smell too.

‘Sight’ included some optical illusions and spinning colours to show that white is made up from all the seven colours of the rainbow.

Year 1 helpers bringing some of the materials into the Prep Hall

The activities included a sniff test, with items from lavender to cayenne pepper to identify – and some interesting guesses too!

A prism demonstrates how you can split up white light to form a rainbow spectrum. The children were also encouraged to make their own flick books to show how the first movies were made and create their own illusions based on the work of MC Escher.

‘Sound’ experiment beating drums and other instruments to create vibrations, which in turn moved rice on cling film wrapped over a bowl.

The shadow puppet theatre was very popular. Vera has made a shadow puppet cat!