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How is your Easter break going?

Don’t forget to send us news and photos if you are doing something interesting over the holidays – or have been busy drawing, painting or creating! The senders of any published will win one of Windsor Bear’s cute bunny pencils! You can email words and pictures to marketing@hohs.co.uk

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Easter holiday ideas

Whatever the weather, there’s lots going on in and around Norwich and further afield to keep the family amused over the Easter holidays.  Find some great ideas in an article from today’s EDP, here. With everything from outdoor treasure hunts, Easter-themed days and eggstravaganzas to hands-on ‘create your dream room’ activities alongside the Castle Museum’s Small Stories exhibition, there’s something for everyone.

Do send us news and photos if you are doing something interesting over the holidays – the sender of any published will win one of Windsor Bear’s  cute bunny pencils! Send your news to marketing@hohs.co.uk

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See the Seals at Winterton and Horsey

A walk on the beach can be a refreshing antidote to all that eating we’ve probably done over the last few days. Norfolk of course has a wonderful choice of beaches, each with its own unique character and features. My personal favourite is Winterton  – I love the miles of empty sand and paths through the dunes, there’s a great café and it is dog-friendly all year.  I will be going for a walk this week with friends and family along the beach towards Horsey until we come to the seals…literally hundreds of them, mothers and babies, littering the water’s edge until around the end of January. If you’ve never experienced this amazing sight, it is well worth a visit. You can follow the crowds to Horsey itself  for sightings from the dunes if  the walk from Winterton is too long for any family members.  Do take care not to disturb the seals.

You can find out more and see videos here.

Liz French, Blog editor


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Free Pre-Christmas treat: Lights in Lynn!

With Christmas only a few days away, our HOHS families are doubtless busy with preparations. But if you’re looking for a pre-Christmas family outing – or perhaps have last-minute shopping to do and can’t face the city crowds – why not go west and hit King’s Lynn in the late afternoon or evening to see the historical town lit up in spectacular, festive splendour?

‘Lynn Lumière’ has seen French-designed illuminations light up the town since Spring this year, funded by the European Union Interreg IVA programme. Currently, from dusk until 10pm every evening, six of the town’s famous buildings are transformed with amazing animated light shows depicting Lynn’s heritage and history. Five of the illuminations are Christmas-themed and two include scenes (with sound!) from classic Disney films, while others have been specially commissioned to represent a joyous Christmas spirit.

You can find out more and see videos here.

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Year 11 rock climbing

Some of Miss Mickleburgh’s Year 11 GCSE PE group enjoyed a rock climbing trip to the UEA on Tuesday this week. The aim of the trip was to raise practical marks for their GCSE, and of course, have some fun.

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Year 5 get busy

Miss Hopwood’s Year 5 group were extremely busy over the half term – they kept diaries and worked on  projects to a high standard,  painting pictures and even creating a 3D man ‘walking’ on the moon! Lots of the work was about the Stone Age and forces such as gravity and resistance, ready for our science and history topics this term.  This was a fantastic effort by all the children – well done!

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Disneyesque afternoon in the Barn

Featuring songs from Disney films and with solos, duets, ensembles and whole House contributions, our annual house music festival was a feast for the ears and eyes in The Barn on Thursday afternoon this week.

The three houses, in hot competition, all performed beautifully in the allocated categories, making the adjudicators’ work very difficult!

Points were allocated for both musicality and performance and, in the end, it was Ryder who triumphed for the third year running. Well done everyone for all your hard work and commitment during rehearsals and for entertaining each other and the staff so enthusiastically.

Thanks, too, to Mr Osborne for performing his master of ceremonies role with aplomb, to Mrs Richards for her expert feedback and to the panel of judges, Mrs Richards, Mrs Grove and Mrs Crump.

See more photos here

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Applied science students dabble in pharmaceuticals

Our Year 12 applied scientists started to manufacture aspirin this week.

This involves a number of stages of crystallisation, recrystallisation and melting points. The girls have been set a task to make as high and pure a yield as they can. They will eventually test their aspirin against shop-bought tablets.

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Applied science students dabble in pharmaceuticals

Seven 6th Form applied science AS students made aspirin today during their investigation. They will test its purity against a commercial aspirin when their aspirin crystals are formed.

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