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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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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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Sixth Form Escape!

Yesterday, our Sixth Form stayed after school to participate in a fiendish escape room activity devised by Mrs Mann. With puzzles, clues and QR codes hidden all over the school, the teams battled against each other solving every clue as fast as they could to find the location of the next puzzle trail. They were trying to reach the final mystery destination with all the information required to complete the last task. The winning team was the one that finished in the fastest time. It took just under two hours for the teams to complete the whole route and there was only a few seconds separating the teams in the end. It was a fantastic, fun and truly unique start to the term designed to fuel curiosity, problem solving, persistence and resilience, all of which are important skills for sixth form study.


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The future starts here….

Pupils from Years 9 and 12 were at the Norfolk Showground today for the Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival 2018. The girls took  the opportunity to meet a variety of exhibitors from every sector of industry and commerce –  from the Armed Forces to the BBC and from VW Apprenticeships to Banking –  and take part in interactive activities to help plan for their future.

 


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Sports Results: U16 netball v Taverham High School

The U16 netball team had their second game of the new year yesterday against Taverham High School.

Sadly we were not victorious this time, but managed to sustain a strong amount of enthusiasm and determination throughout a tough match. Well done, girls, for your resilience in the face of
adversity.

Player of the Match is awarded to Alice for her agility and stamina.

Team: Brontë S (didn’t play), Hannah Y, Philippa H, Alice P, Ria S, Tayla D, Aisling K, Sofia G, Amy H.

Mrs Woods, Head of PE

 

 

 

 

 


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Sports Results: U15 rounders v City of Norwich School

On Thursday last week, our U15 rounders team played Thetford Grammar School -unfortunately losing our fixture by half a rounder! The Player of the Match accolade went to Aisling Kendall who managed to bowl both innings without giving away any half rounders – a very difficult task, well done! Other notable performances came from Alice Parker who took two great catches and Amy Hayhoe who scored two and a half rounders.

Mrs Woods
PE Department


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Sports Results: U16 /15 rounders v Norwich High

On Thursday afternoon the U16A/B rounders teams hosted Norwich High School. Despite suffering two losses we had a glorious afternoon and there were a number of excellent individual performances.

The A team score was 9 to 19 1/2 with the scorers as follows:

Emily 1, Aisling 1, Alice 3, Amy 1 and Isabel 1

Player of the Match was awarded to Alice.

 

The B team fought in a much closer game and finished 14 to 18 with the scorers as follows:

Francesca 1 1/2, Kelly 1 1/2, Mollie 1 1/2, Ella 1 1/2, Gabriella 2 1/2, Tayla 1/2 and Amelia 1/2

Player of the Match was awarded to Ella at backstop for some superb catching and getting a number of people out.

For many of our Year 11s this was their last competitive fixture for HOHS. Mrs Woods and I would like to say a big thank you and well done to the girls for their attitude, effort and commitment over the years. We wish them all the very best for the future.

 

Miss Mickleburgh
Head of PE