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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Boosting University Success

A headline from last week – ‘Mini dissertations help thousands of pupils boost their university chances’.

Newspapers last week said that universities were extolling the virtues of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), where students have to write a mini dissertation or carry out detailed research to produce an artefact on a subject of their choosing. Sixth formers jostle to get into top universities and this qualification helps them to stand out from the others. Examiners also found that these essays are invaluable to students to prepare for university study as they allow them to debate complex issues, organise notes as well as helping them understand the intricacies of plagiarism. EPQs, worth half an A level, are increasingly popular with top university such as Bristol, Manchester, Southampton and Leeds all of which actually lower their A level grade requirements if students attain a good EPQ grade.

The papers stated that not all schools offer this qualification and, if they do, often only a handful of students undertake it as it requires a great deal of input from the staff and in large establishments there are not enough staff to manage the workload. Here at HOHS, all of our current Year 12s are taking EPQ and our Year 13s completed this qualification last year. In the past this qualification has helped our students to attain the university places of their choice.

Our Year 13 applied for university last term, way ahead of the January 15th deadline. They all have several offers of places already. Well done to our Year 13 girls and their Sixth Form tutors!


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Welcome Back

Happy New Year! We would like to welcome everyone back to school especially the new pupils who have joined us. There is plenty to look forward to in all areas of the school with another Woodland Adventure Day planned for the Prep School and Science Crest Award presentations, Night of the Notables and the Norfolk Careers Festival, to name but a few, for the Senior School.

Of course, we shouldn’t forget Year 11 who are currently doing their mock GCSE exams and the Sixth Form who are taking real examinations for their diploma subjects. We wish you all the best of luck.

I look forward to keeping you updated on all the things we get up to this term. Don’t forget, if you have any exciting news or achievements in your out of school activities, please email a brief outline and a photo to marketing@hohs.co.uk. Happy 2019 everyone!

 


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U16 Hockey Report

The U16 hockey team played on Thursday afternoon verses two teams of varying age groups from Norwich High School for Girls. It was a lovely afternoon of hockey played in the spirit of fair play and skill development. Sophie B was awarded the player of the match by the opposition and will captain the next game. Goals were scored today by Isabel, Rebekah and Sophie B and overall our girls were victorious!


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U13 Hockey Match Report

On Wednesday afternoon, the U13 hockey team travelled to Langley School for a match. The girls worked well together as a team and their confidence grew as the match progressed. There were some good defensive skills shown throughout the game. Unfortunately, we were defeated 4-1, however, Sophie demonstrated a high level of skill when scoring our goal. Player of the match awarded by the opposition went to Emily Gh. Well done to everyone who played. 

 


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Macmillan Coffee Afternoon

Thank you to everyone who baked or bought a cake for our coffee afternoon in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. We had lots of delicious cakes and biscuits to tempt pupils, parents and staff. Year 12 and 13 did a wonderful job of organising the event and serving the drinks and cakes. With your generous donations, we raised £270. Thank you to everyone who supported this event.

 


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On the menu this week

MONDAY LUNCH:
Butcher’s sausages
Vegetarian sausages
Creamed Potatoes
Green Beans
Salad Bar
Selection of desserts
Fresh Fruit
Yogurts

TUESDAY LUNCH:
Jacket potato with chilli and cheese
Jacket potato with beans and cheese
Salad
Salad Bar
Chocolate fudge brownie with a chocolate sauce
Fresh Fruit
Yogurts

WEDNESDAY LUNCH:
Crispy chicken fillets with a barbecue sauce
Crispy Quorn fillets with a barbecue sauce
Diced herb potatoes
Broccoli                                                                                                                                                                       Salad Bar
Tropical fruit salad with cream
Fresh Fruit
Yogurts

THURSDAY LUNCH:                                                                                                                                                    Beef and vegetable casserole
Mushroom and vegetable casserole
New Potatoes
Roasted root vegetables
Salad Bar
Fruity crumble with custard
Fresh Fruit
Yogurts

FRIDAY LUNCH:                                                                                                                                                      Chicken burger
Cheese and vegetable burger
Shoestring fries
Peas
Salad Bar
Selection of desserts
Fresh Fruit
Yogurts


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Whole school photograph

The biennial whole school photo will be taken next Wednesday (19th September).

We would like everybody to be looking smart and tidy so please make sure  you come to school in winter uniform on that day. Blazers should be worn, please, but not pullovers or cardigans. Could girls please ensure they have blue or brown hair accessories only; Sixth Form should be in a suit or smart skirt/trousers and jacket with blouse.

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