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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Mystery letters for Years 1 & 2 found in fireplace!

Mr Crump was surprised to find two large envelopes in his study fireplace one morning last week, slightly obscured by ashes but clearly addressed to Years 1 and 2. The children came over to collect them and what do you suppose was inside? Individual replies to letters they had written to Father Christmas a few days ago and posted up the chimney! We hope all their wishes come true at Christmas.




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Oh yes it is the Sixth Form panto!

On the last day of term we were treated to the annual Sixth Form panto, this year a seasonal take (loosely!) on Alice in Wonderland, with Charlie in the title role narrowly avoiding having her head cut off. As tradition dictates, the panto is written, performed and directed by our Year 12 and 13 girls and also features a motley crew of staff. The panto always entertains, and this year’s offering was no exception, with an appropriate amount of booing and cheering required from the appreciative audience of pupils and staff from Years 3 and upwards. It would be unfair to single out any individuals for praise, but it must be said that Miss Mann and Mrs Heppell offered particularly charismatic performances as Brussels sprouts.

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Our carol service…

St Remigius parish church was filled with family and friends of HOHS last week for our carol service, led by Reverend Derek McClean. Head Girl Kami and Deputy Head Girl Charlie led the procession to the choir stalls, with Sofia’s beautiful voice soaring solo for the first verse of  Once in Royal David’s City. The traditional service of readings, carols and musical offerings also included The Kings sung by the Upper Prep Choir,  Silent Night beautifully played by Anna (Year 8) on the harp and In the Bleak Midwinter sung by the senior choir accompanied by Emilia (Year 9) on the flute.  The popular Ukranian Carol of the Bells was beautifully performed by the flute ensemble of Mollie and Alice (Year 11), Isabel and Alia (Year 10) and Emilia (Year 9) and all the girls who did readings and led prayers spoke clearly and with great expression, while Be Thou my Vision, sung by Charlie, Sofia (Year 11) and Ruby (Year 7) brought tears to many eyes.

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Traditional Carol Service fills St Remigius…

St Remigius parish church was filled with family and friends of HOHS this afternoon for our traditional service of carols, readings and musical offerings. The service was led by Hethersett  Rector the Reverend Derek McClean. A more detailed report will follow in the next few days. Thank you to all who came to share this special service with us.

Head Girl Kami and Deputy Charlie lead the procession to the choir stalls at today’s carol service in St Remigius.

Nativity and Children of the World: the gallery

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A King is Born and Children of the World – what a delight!

This afternoon’s performance was a magical treat for all the families who came to see our Nursery, Reception and Years 1 and 2 pupils showcase their talents in their Christmas production.  First we had a delightful musical take on the traditional nativity from our Nursery and Reception children.  A King is Born saw a word-perfect narrator, Samaara, ‘reading’ the story of the first Christmas to her eager, pyjama-clad children. Truly angelic angels, regal kings and vigilant shepherds meanwhile acted out the drama, with a convincing Mary and Joseph centre stage.

in the second half, we enjoyed a charming musical, Children of the World beautifully performed by Years 1 and 2. The children told us in words, songs and action about a wide variety of different Christmas traditions from around the world, with a group of highly individual angels accompanying us around the globe –  from Africa to China and from Poland to the US, Australia and Ireland.  With superb props, lighting effects and costumes and with everyone speaking their lines clearly and confidently, this was a production to be proud of. We hope that all the parents and grandparents who filled The Barn to the rafters this afternoon did indeed leave with a warm glow of pride in their children’s achievements. Thank you all for coming and for your support.

You can see the full gallery of pictures here – with more to come over the holidays.

The production has been filmed and will be edited and ready  at the beginning of next term so please complete your order form and hand it in by Friday if you would like a copy.

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The Four Schools Carol Concert

On Monday evening, our flute ensemble performed Carol of the Bells by Leontovych at the annual Four Schools Carol Concert held at St Remigius Church.

This is an event that brings together the four schools in Hethersett, each school contributing a musical item and a poem; the head teacher of each school also presents a reading. Our flutes sounded
truly beautiful in the wonderful acoustics of the church, the harmonies ringing out.

Deputy Head girl Charlie Harding read Christmas Carol, a lovely poem by Felicia Hemans, and Mr Crump read Ben Jonson’s A Hymn on the Nativity of My Saviour.

Remember: this week we have our own school carol service in St Remigius, on Thursday 14th at 2.15pm. All welcome!