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

Mrs Neal

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What is your role at HOHS?
I am the teacher in charge of  KS3, KS4 and KS5 Religious Studies and KS3 History.

What is your favourite thing about HOHS?
My favourite thing about HOHS is the family atmosphere. Having worked in several HUGE schools where I literally saw faces every day that I hadn’t seen before, it is so nice to work in this environment where everyone knows each other and looks out for each other.

What is your favourite memory of your own time at school?
My favourite memory from school is when I was in Year 4 and I met the girl who would become my best friend. We were sat together alphabetically in class by our teacher; she could never have foreseen that that act would result in a friendship that has lasted for over 30 years and counting!

What was your favourite subject at school and why?
My favourite subject at school was music. I was very musical and played a few instruments including classical Spanish guitar and the violin. I loved the freedom I was given to play and compose my own pieces. I enjoyed taking an active role in all the productions at school. I also sang in the choir. I was privileged to be able to be part of the school choir that sang Evensong once in Norwich Cathedral and also Faure’s requiem along with other schools in St. John’s Cathedral. It began in me a love of classical sacred choral music which persists to this day.

What was your  least favourite subject and why?
Believe it or not, I hated Religious Studies at school! I never took GCSE RS and only did A-level RS because I had very little choice of options. It was during the course though, that I realised what I had been missing out on and subsequently went on to read theology at university. I’m glad to say I still dearly love my subject and find it fascinating, thought provoking and, at times, deeply challenging.

If you could go back in time and give your “younger” self a piece of advice, what would it be?
A piece of advice I would give my younger self if I could would be to appreciate my brother. I am quite a bit older than him and, when we were little, I wasn’t always a very nice sister to him even though he loved me very much. I’m glad to say that has changed now, we get on really well; also he is much bigger than me now so any fights we might have would not end well for me.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your pupils wouldn’t know.
Something people might not know about me is that I have loved rock and heavy metal music since I was a teenager and was a regular at festivals like Download. I have an eclectic taste in music and in my collection you will find all sorts including: Purcell, Pink Floyd, The Stranglers, Seth Lakeman and Rammstein!

 

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