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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Update on the HOHS bees

We were thrilled to see bees back in our hive recently,  after 18 months of it being sadly empty.  Here is our resident beekeeping expert, Mr Johnston, doing a healthcheck on the hive yesterday. In the first picture, he is using a “smoker”, which prompts the bees to return to the Queen and prepare for evacuation, thinking there is a fire! This makes it easier to check (picture 2) on the location of the Queen, whose presence is crucial to the success of the hive. We can happily report that not only is she indeed in residence, but that her busy workers have already produced enough honey to supply the hive till spring. Safety alert:  The hive is safely tucked away out of reach of pupils, who will only be able to see it under strict and expert supervision.

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Surreal art work from Years 3-6

This term in Ms Mobbs’ art lessons,  our Prep pupils have been studying Surrealism. We promised to post some more photos of this fabulous work – so here they are! The ‘Long-legged elephant reflections’ and ‘Faces in the Landscape’ were created by Years 3-4 and the identity collages by Years 5 and 6. Enjoy!

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Norwich Science Festival 21-29 October

With over 125 events for all ages and interests, there’s something for everyone at Norwich Science Festival 2017 over the half term break. From the science of gin to the scientific secrets of Dr Who, enjoy nine days of inspirational exhibitions, sensational shows and an abundance of hands-on science and engineering activities for all ages and all levels of knowledge. Tickets are available now from norwichsciencefestival.co.uk. and you can download the brochure here.

  • Going to a Science Festival event? Send pictures and a report to marketing@hohs.co.uk and pick up a small prize after half term ( I have some new, fun giveaways!) Liz French, editor


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Adventure club fun

Autumn is a wonderful time of year for gathering colourful materials for creative play, as these pictures from Lower prep after school adventure club clearly demonstrate!


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Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Op Xmas Child logoPupils from Nursery to Year 6 took home a leaflet on Friday about the annual Christmas ‘shoebox appeal’ (Operation Christmas Child).

If your child would like to take part, they will need to find and wrap a medium-sized shoebox and lid (separately) then have fun filling it with new gifts – you will find suggested items are listed in the leaflet. A £5 suggested donation should accompany the shoebox and all  must be returned to the Prep library by Friday 10th November. The boxes are guaranteed to light up the faces of the children who receive them.

Our collection of shoeboxes will be displayed and eventually collected by a local representive for the appeal – the picture below is from our collection last year.

Thank you for your support.

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You have mail!

Parents, please look out for a message from school arriving in your email inbox this afternoon! You will find there a link to our anonymous on-line survey – one click should get you there.

Our reasons for the survey are simple: we want to hear your views and use them to improve on your family’s experience of HOHS. We will be analysing the results and letting you know the key findings and responses in November. We hope you will be able to spare a few minutes to complete it, and thanks in advance!

Prefer a hard copy? No problem, please email enquiries@hohs.co.uk 


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Matilda’s photos flutter into conservation members’ hearts

Matilda (Year 5) took these lovely butterfly photographs – and they were  selected from over one hundred others to take part in the final of the Norfolk branch of the butterfly conservation photographic competition at the end of September. Matilda’s photographs were highly commended by several butterfly conservation members. Well done!