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Christingle delights

Yesterday our younger pupils, from Nursery to Year 6,  enjoyed a lovely Christingle service in St Remigius church. We missed our dear friend Mary Kerslake very much, but send warm thanks to Reverend Derek McClean, who did a splendid job leading the service. The Lower Prep and Upper Prep choirs both sang beautifully and the pupils who did readings did so with confidence, clarity and feeling.

The Christingle service is a great favourite with all our families.  The candlelit circling of the church with our individually-made Christingles creates a magical atmosphere for us to reflect on the theme of giving; Reverend McClean encouraged us to think especially about helping children who are less fortunate than we are. Our thanks to all the parents and grandparents who came to share this special event, and who filled Christingle candle tubes: we collected well over £380 for the Children’s Society. More pictures of the Christingle Service are here.

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Boarders get busy decking the halls…

Christmas activities are now officially starting at HOHS!

At the weekend our boarders got into festive spirit by decorating the huge tree in our main hall. One of six kindly donated by  Great Melton Estates , it looks fabulously festive!

Elsewhere around the school, preparations are also in progress. As well as the lovely Christingle service tomorrow, our younger children have  been very busy painting and creating Christmas-themed arts and crafts – look out for some of these featuring in the blog in the coming week.

Of course, we are also working very hard on rehearsals for our nativity play next week!

Andrea and Christmas tree

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Reception pupils get busy for Christmas!

This week the children in our Reception class have started to get very excited as we begin our preparations for Christmas.

Monday morning began with the opening of our Advent Calendar with a difference. Each day in December the chidren take it in turns to find a little book which tells the real story of Christmas. Once the book has been read it is hung on our Christmas tree.

As well as the lovely Christingle service on Wednesday, the children have also been very busy painting and creating collage Christmas cards and making shape pictures of trees, houses, people and racing cars using only squares, rectangles, circles and triangles, for their calendars.

Of course, we are also working very hard on rehearsals for our nativity play next week!

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Christingle Service

We had a wonderful Christingle Service for pupils from the Nursery and Prep departments in St Remigius Church on Wednesday this week, led by our friend Mary Kerslake.

Mr Peace did a reading from St Matthew, pupils read prayers and there were lovely performances by Reception, Nursery and the Prep choir with beautiful harp accompaniment by Anna Luterbacher in Year 5.

Mary talked to us about how the Children’s Society helps poor children and how the money we had collected in our candles would help them. Everyone enjoyed singing the hymns, accompanied by Mr Osborne on the piano, but the highlight was when we all lit our Christingles and stood in a circle with our families and friends. With the church lights turned off it was very pretty.

Everyone was very careful to remember what Mary told us, “Don’t jiggle with your Christingle!”

See more photos here.


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Prep School Christingle Service

The Prep School Christingle Service will be taking place tomorrow (Wednesday 3rd December) at St Remigius Church. The service will start at 2.00pm.

All children from Nursery to Year 6 have been making their Christingles at school and have brought home their Christingle Collection Candle to fill with spare change; all proceeds to go to The Children’s Society.

Please return your voluntary donation, inside the plastic candle (with sellotaped lid if possible!), by Wednesday 3rd December. The collection will be offered by representatives of each class during the service.

Thank you, in advance, for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the service.



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Prep School Christingle Service

See all the photos and video clips of our Prep School Christingle Service that took place last Thursday at St Remigius Church.


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Christingle Service

Yesterday our Preparatory School pupils took part in the annual Christingle Service at St Remegius Church, Hethersett.

The Lower Prep and Upper Prep choirs both sang beautifully and Talia Garner did a lovely rendition of ‘Walking in the Air’.

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