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Lost…large HOHS gym bag…can you help?


On the last Friday of term, Sophie (Year 2) mislaid her gym bag. It was last seen in the car park and her mother wonders if another parent may accidentally have picked it up while loading their car…if you were there that afternoon please could you have a look? The bag contains a named dress and shirt, swim bag and book bag and the bag itself is also named.  If you find it, please call us on 01603 810390 or email ljones@hohs.co.uk so we can let Sophie know before the beginning of term. Thank you!


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Year 7 challenge peer pressure

Wanting to fit in and be more like your friends is a normal part of being a teenager. Peer pressure isn’t always a bad thing,  but it can be if people are trying to persuade you to do something you don’t want to do or don’t feel is right.  How can you respond when you feel those pressures? Our Year 7 girls presented a very thoughtful assembly on Friday exploring this issue.

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Year 7 cake sale

There were tasty treats for sale at lunchtime yesterday in Mrs Heppel’s Year 7 classroom. The girls had made, or bought, a variety of cakes and bakes to sell to raise funds for our chosen charitable cause this year – the Mini Donkeys for Wellbeing. Watch this space to see how much they raise!

Beautiful cup cakes and tasty cookies made by Ruby H, Year 7, in aid of Mini Donkeys for Wellbeing

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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.