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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Boarders go in search of the Gruffalo

This weekend the boarders explored Thetford Forest in the hunt for The Gruffalo. After downloading the free app, they bravely headed out into the forest to search for clues and gather evidence that The Gruffalo had been by. As you will see from the photos, they found him, and he very kindly posed for some shots! The other Gruffalo characters were out and about, too, and before the rain set in the girls had managed to find them all and gather the evidence they needed that the forest really is home to all sorts of furry and feathered friends.


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Welcome back!

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Our boarders have landed!

Today our boarders arrived safely back to school after their Christmas break and this evening they will be 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 new Spring term.

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Mysterious letter found in fireplace!

Mr Crump found a mysterious envelope in his fireplace last Friday just as the log fire was about to be lit. What a good job he looked first! It was addressed to Year 2 who were summoned to read it. Imagine the children’s surprise when they discovered it contained personal replies to letters they had written earlier to Father Christmas! We think the Sixth Form may have helped Santa with this.

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Oh yes it is!

As tradition dictates, on the last day of term we were treated to the annual Sixth Form panto, written, performed and directed by our Year 12 and 13 girls – and also starring a motley crew of staff. The panto always entertains, and this year’s offering was no exception, with an appropriate amount of hissing, booing and cheering required from the appreciative audience. But who knew that even uber-baddies like Cruella De Ville are not necessarily evil after all? All they needed was a little career guidance to ensure that everyone lived Happily Ever After…

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Once upon a time…

…Year 9 were asked in their English lesson to write some jolly Christmas stories for a young audience – Year 1, in fact – and so they began.

Soon Mrs Bird and her class were invited to visit Year 9’s lesson on Tuesday to hear the finished work. Accompanied by Mrs Vickers and special guest Tawny (Mrs Bird’s mum who was visiting for the day), Year 1 settled down on the carpet as the seniors took it in turns to read out their stories and show their beautiful illustrations.

Everybody had a very enjoyable double lesson and there was even an encore for one of the stories by popular request. Mrs Crump said: “I am very proud of Year 9 – they really rose to the challenge. Their stories were just right for the audience and they told them beautifully. The illustrations were a real bonus and enjoyed by the prep children, who were a very polite and attentive audience.” She went on to say that she intends to copy the stories to give to Year 1. And they all lived happily ever after!

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New Prep Department Council Reps

Last Wednesday, school council representatives from the Prep Department met in the Quiet Room to receive their special notebooks and appoint the Chairperson (Poppy) and Vice-Chairperson (Theo). Each form selected their representatives, who are:

Poppy and Saffron (Year 6); Jennifer and Maxim (Year 5); Maddie, Eve and Albert (Years 3-4); Evangeline and Theo (Year 2); Polly and Jack (Year 1). The reps will bring ideas from form discussions to Prep School council meetings at least once every half-term and also join the meetings held by our Senior School reps throughout the year.

 Together, we hope to turn our ideas into reality and make our lovely school an even better place to work and play!

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