Hethersett Old Hall School (HOHS) blog – an independent day and boarding school near Norwich, Norfolk.

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Fees Frozen!

We are pleased to announce that the fees for next year have been frozen. To see the figures, please click the following link https://www.hohs.co.uk/admissions/fees/


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Diploma Distinctions!

This week, we received some external examination results and had an external moderator in school to assess the portfolios for some of our diploma subjects in the Sixth Form. We are delighted to announce that several distinction grades were attained by our students in both examinations and portfolios. The grade of distinction is equivalent to an A grade at A Level. Congratulations to our Health and Social Care and Business Studies students on an excellent set of results.


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Open Afternoon – Coming Soon!

Just a quick reminder that our Open Afternoon is less than a fortnight away on Friday 15th March from 1:45 – 3:45pm. There is a new slide show of photos on our Facebook page which you are able to look at even if you don’t have a Facebook account. Please click on the following link to see more photos showing our pupils from Nursery to Sixth Form https://www.facebook.com/HethersettOldHallSchool/


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Open Afternoon Friday 15th March

Have you booked your tour? Please contact our Registrar, Louise Vyse, on lvyse@hohs.co.uk or phone us on 01603 810390. Another slide show showing pupils from Nursery to Sixth Form is available on our Facebook page. Please click here https://www.facebook.com/HethersettOldHallSchool/ to see it. You do not need a Facebook account to view the page.


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Easter eggs for EACH

Easter is nearly here and I am helping to collect Easter eggs for children at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice. If you would like to help me, please bring an Easter egg to Reception by Friday March 15th and I will make sure it gets to a child at the hospice. If you prefer, you could donate £1 instead and I will use this money to buy an egg on your behalf. Let’s put a smile on the face of a child less fortunate than us at this special time of year. Thank you.

Rosamaria, Year 11


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Pupils at the Palace!

Charlie and Izzy went to St. James’s Palace last week to collect their Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards. After volunteering, learning a new skill and taking part in a physical activity for a year as well as completing the five day expedition and a residential, the award was fully deserved! We would like to thank them for sending us these pictures to share with you. To keep up to date with all our news, please click on the following links to see our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HethersettOldHallSchool/or our new blog https://www.hohs.co.uk/news/


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IELTS Success

Last week Kelly in Year 13 received her IELTS result (the International English Language Testing System). This qualification is a university entrance requirement for students with English as an additional language. Kelly achieved a grade of 6.5 which is higher than the 6.0 required by most universities. Kelly aims to study business and marketing at either the University of Leeds or the University of Surrey. We would like to congratulate Kelly on her excellent IELTS result.


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Collaboration and Communication

As part of the Health and Social Care course, Year 12 have to show how they can communicate effectively with younger pupils. This week, Year 12 have worked with some of our Year 7 girls. Hannah helped the girls to understand glacial erosion by building models of landforms out of Lego with them. Amelia supported their learning by showing Year 7 how to use Google Docs and Slides so they could all collaborate on the same slide presentation about glacial depositions. It was a really valuable experience for both Years 7 and 12 and Year 12 showed that they had wonderful communication skills in both individual and group work.


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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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Enrichment

As part of the Tuesday enrichment programme, sixth formers enjoyed the opportunity to form an impromptu steel pan band when steel-pan workshop providers ‘Spangle’ visited the school this week.

Steel pan drumming originated in Trinidad and Tobago, where old oil drums were cut down and their bases skilfully shaped by hammering to produce a range of notes. Since the Second World War the distinctive Caribbean sound produced by tin pan ensembles has become famous across the world. The instruments are ‘pans’ rather than drums because they are rigid rather than possessing a stretched membrane – but as our sixth formers discovered, playing technique is similar to drumming and they soon had an impressive set of rhythms going, guided carefully by the experts from Spangle.

After school, it was the staff’s turn and anybody passing the sixth form common room after four o’clock would have heard a not-half-bad version of Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry’ being tapped out, followed by a surprisingly melodic ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’.

It was a most instructive and enjoyable session for both groups, and we hope to welcome Spangle to further school events in the future.