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Can you design the winning leaping hare?

Don’t forget to get creative over half term with your design for our leaping leveret, part of the GoGO Hares project! Miss Coughlan has distributed templates to every pupil in Nursery and Prep and Years 7-10 and we’d like as many entries as possible…be as colourful and imaginative as you like! The closing date is Monday 19th February – the day we get back after half term – and the designs will be on display in the main entrance hall for everyone to vote for their favourite!  The winning design will be painted onto our three-foot high hare (you can sign up to help!) ready to join over 100 from other schools as part of the trail around Norwich this summer. Find out more about the GoGo Hares project here!

Miss Coughlan
Head of Art

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Noah’s Ark floats off in Reception’s assembly!

Our Reception pupils have been learning all about things that float and sink, including the story of Noah’s Ark.  Jake and Chloe have even made their own boats at home  and in one of the pictures here you can see Chloe holding hers, made from drinks bottles and pipe cleaners covered in a waterproof plastic bag.

Yesterday, in an enchanting Noah’s Ark-themed assembly, the children told us all about what they had been learning and doing on this topic.  They all spoke very clearly and sang beautifully – well done, everyone!  A big thank you to all the parents and family members for coming to watch and for helping to provide some amazing animal costumes, too!

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Artwork wanted!

Calling all our our creative pupils! If you have been busy painting, drawing or making something over the holidays – or fancy doing something over the weekend –  why not take a photo and email it to me at marketing@hohs.co.uk ?

I will publish the best ones on the blog – and there will be a small prize waiting at the start of term!

Liz French, Editor




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Year 1 decorations

We featured some pictures of Year 1 in the process of making Christmas table decorations a couple of weeks ago…and thought it was time we showed you the finished articles…we are sure they have been gracing the tables at home this week!


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Mollie’s Christmas Snowman is a winner!

Congratulations to Mollie D (Year 11), overall winner of our Christmas card design competition. Mollie’s colourful snowman-making scene will grace our printed cards, delivered later this week. With just a simple “Season’s Greetings” message inside, the cards are ideal to send to friends and family and will be on sale for £1 each or in packs of five for £4 including envelopes if you would like to buy some. Ask at Reception!

Worthy runners-up, in joint second place, were Harry T (Reception) and Izzy W (Year 6), whose designs are also shown here. Well done to them, and to all who entered – we had some excellent designs this year!

Joint runner-up Izzy W (Year 6)

Joint runner-up Harry T (Reception)

Overall winner Mollie D (Year 11)


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Year 1 crafty candle decorations

Year 1 pupils have been making some beautiful, imaginative candle decorations in their DT lessons. The decorations include a hanging walnut shell and bright red-and-white fly agaric toadstools (very pretty but very poisonous so be careful if you find one growing!) as well as metallic-painted leaves and some fir cones.  This week in praise assembly, Matthias was specially mentioned for his meticulous creative work with this project and in the first picture you can see him crafting the toadstools using Fumo, which we cooked in chef Howard’s school oven. Well done, boys and girls!

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Year 1 getting crafty

Year 1 have been working with Mrs Bird doing some metallic painting of plaster moulded leaves which they will make into Christmas decorations. Meanwhile,  Noah is shown here in a colour-mixing lesson, using a paint technique called “impasto”  which involves applying thick layers of paint in the style of Vincent van Gogh.  The sunflower pictures will be displayed in the Prep  corridor.