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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Happy smiles as Year 13 receive A Level results!

It may have been raining outside this morning, but there were sunny smiles in the hall as our Upper Sixth leavers celebrate another good year of A Level results and their next steps into the worlds of higher education and further training.  Mr Crump says:

“Our hard-working Year 13 girls can be proud of their achievements. They are a multi-national year group and we wish them well as they head off to universities in England and beyond – from Newcastle to Canada – or to their chosen workplace-based training.  I am delighted that all those applying to university have gained places on their chosen courses again this year –  something in which the school takes great pride – with  subjects as diverse as geography, animation, paramedicine, equine management and international development.”

The percentage of passes from A*- C has jumped up by twelve per cent on last year’s total – 73% compared to 61% in 2016 – so there is cause for celebration across the board.

Mr Crump added:

“Of course it’s not just about exam results, important and pleasing as they are. We hope our young women leave this school with well-rounded personalities, achievements in many areas and familiarity with leadership, hard work and high personal aspirations – these are the qualities every employer looks for in a rapidly-changing and uncertain world.”

Pictured below, left to right:  2016-17 Head Girl Anna, who will be studying Politics and English Literature at Newcastle University;  Emily, who is off to Royal Holloway College to study geography and Khloe,  who is heading for Brighton to study paramedic practice.

Deputy Head girl Tami, in the second picture,  has been offered places at  York University in Toronto and the University of Ottowa to study International Development as a step towards her ultimate ambition –  to open maternity clinics and paediatric centres in Malawi to help women with obstetric fistulas and premature babies. Tami received three good A Levels and an A* for her Extended Project Qualification,  for which she composed The Bluest Eyes, a song on black women’s self-image. Tami gained  the maximum 100% marks and you can  listen to her powerful song here.

 

 



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HOHS minibus service change

By popular demand, our friendly minibus service will be leaving school later –  at 5pm – each afternoon from September, to allow pupils to attend after school clubs before dropping them home. We currently serve families living in and around Roundhouse, Cringleford, Eaton and various parts of the city.  We are very flexible, though, so wherever you are and whether you need the service every day or could just use the occasional drop-off, do speak with Linda Jones in the main school office (01603 810390). We aim to help wherever we can!

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A smack of Jellyfish by Year 5

 

Year 5 pupils created this colourful ‘smack’ of jellyfish in art last term.

  • Did you know that jellyfish…

… can be bigger than a human, while others are as small as a pinhead?
… are eaten by people in some countries?
… have been on Earth for millions of years, even before dinosaurs?
… have no brain but some kinds have eyes?
… are mainly made up of water and protein?
… and that a group of jellyfish is called a ‘smack’?

 


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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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THANK YOU to the Parents’ Association – and would you like to join us?

THANK YOU on speech bubble price labels During the headmaster’s address on Speech Day, Mr Crump thanked all the members of our wonderful Parents’ Association for the fantastic job they do – especially with our very popular summer fete and Christmas markets. These events raise valuable funds for a variety of ‘extras’ for pupils of all ages to enjoy and to enhance their experience at school. This school year, for example, the PA has funded new wooden play equipment in the Nursery as well as several laptops for use in the Prep school and a new portable pa system.

Chair of the PA Joy Elsley spoke to the assembled families and friends about the work of the PA, inviting new members to step forward and join. “We are looking for new members to join us once a month for an hour to provide ideas and support for our future events,” she said. “The atmosphere is relaxed and amusing at times… we would love to see you there and you will be made very welcome.”
If you would like to find out more, please email Joy at PA@hohs.co.uk


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Are you ‘Running the Square’ on Sunday?

Don’t forget the annual two-mile ‘Run the Square’ fun run takes place in Hethersett this Sunday, 16th July, at 11am. This popular community event is now in its eighth year and as always,  staff, pupils, parents and friends of HOHS are invited to take part.

Good luck to all competitors taking part!

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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).