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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Year 6 ‘s amazing holiday homework!

Year 6 kept themselves very busy over the half-term holiday! They were set optional homework which included making a model of a World War II Anderson shelter; Maisy and Lydia impressed Mr Peace by including a garden with a vegetable patch! Via PowerPoints, an iPod calendar and verbal presentations, we also enjoyed finding out about our adventures in the holidays…the North Norfolk coast…London…Sweden…and we even located Isabella’s town of Clovis in California. Welcome to HOHS, Isabella!

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Pumpkins in the boarding house!

Last night the boarders turned their creative talents to pumpkin carving…

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Boarders at Gressenhall

At the weekend, the boarders enjoyed a visit to Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum. The beautiful Suffolk Punch horses and very cute piglets were real favourites and we all went on a tractor ride. The museum was very interesting and particularly useful for Year 9 who are studying the period in school. We finished the trip with a session on the zip wire and giant slide which involved a lot of screaming!

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Bronze and Silver D of E Practice

Both Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award candidates were out at the weekend on their practice expeditions.

We set off early on Saturday morning and, having seen the dire weather forecast, were wondering how wet we were going to get. Luckily for us, though,  the area of North Norfolk we were in had very little rain so all we saw was a few spots and some glorious rainbows.

All of the groups walked and navigated well. They were cheerful throughout and worked brilliantly within their teams. They are really prepared for their assessed expeditions in two weeks time (for the bronze award)  and three weeks (for the silver).

Well done, girls!

Mrs Grove


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Our boarders are back!

Our boarders have been arriving back to school this afternoon, welcomed by new Head Housemistress Alison Kirkham and her team.  It’s lovely to see the girls back and busy catching up with each other’s news, unpacking and sorting their rooms.

We look forward to seeing the rest of our school family tomorrow morning, ready for an exciting and very busy new school year.


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Boarders at Pleasurewood Hills

The year was rounded off for our boarders with the traditional trip to Pleasurewood Hills theme park yesterday. The girls had cloudless skies and sunshine in which to celebrate the end of a very busy year. Despite sampling many of the foods on sale and trying every single rollercoaster at least three times, nobody was unwell and there was plenty of energy left to sing as we journeyed back along the A47!

We hope all our boarders have a wonderful summer holiday and we send our best wishes to the Year 13 boarders heading off to university in September.


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Flying start for Boarders

The summer term weekend programme got off to a flying start for our boarders with a visit to the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary. The girls were delighted to see the owl they had adopted two years ago, a tawny called Bug, and to learn that he was doing well. The flying display was a real treat with several girls finding the birds of prey brushing the tops of their heads as they swooped over the group.