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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Successful expedition for our Golden girls!

Posing with our assessor. We all passed!

The stunning Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons looked very inviting on Saturday against a bright blue sky as our D of E Gold group set off to trek up the mountain on Day 1 of their challenging four-day expedition. The steepness of the hill was daunting in the extreme heat but the girls – Kelly, Maisie, Alice and Tayla – coped really well, with the help of extra water, hats, sun cream, long- sleeved shirts and neckerchiefs, and by taking the climb slowly before walking along the ridge. The views were spectacular along the top and the girls were able to draw some interesting pictures and write great stories for their book.

After a tiring but extremely successful day the group set up camp in the farmer’s field to cook themselves a well-deserved pasta supper.

Day 2 began at 5am so as to beat the heat on another strenuous climb.  The girls did very well and were really enjoying the views when we met them at the top.  Arriving at their campsite they  were greeted with the welcome sight of their own stream – perfect for cooling tired feet!

On Day 3, the girls ventured out at 4am under a still starry sky, to miss the heat of yet another scorching summer day. Passing many waterfalls, they  made their way to the top of the mountain and walked along the ridge where they enjoyed spectacular views of two different valleys, one with a reservoir.  On the way down they could see their goal, the ruined Llanthony Abbey.

The last day was cloudier and cooler than the other three but the girls still decided to start out at 4am. The assessor was very impressed with the group, praising their navigation skills and team work and declaring them a delight to assess, thoroughly deserving of the passes he awarded all four.

Today we are travelling home – and in cooler conditions. Well done everyone – you were superb! Now click on the images to see the gallery of photos….

Mrs Grove

  • Did you know…?

Over the past three years our pass rate for D of E awards has averaged 97% against a Norfolk average of 50% and a national average of 52.7%


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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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Diamond Challenge presentations at HOHS

Certificates and diamond pins were awarded last week to the members of our school community who together raised over £1100 for the Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge. Well done everyone! The challenge was set up in the Scheme’s 60th year to give more disadvantaged and vulnerable young people locally the opportunity to benefit from the DofE. Each of the participants set a personal challenge and raised sponsorship to achieve it.

Sara Edwards                    Parent                   Cycling challenge

Chloe Sadler                      Year 1                    Learn 10-15 words in French

Rosamaria Elsley               Year 9                   Learn Portuguese

Anna Reed                          Year 13                 Run a charity event

Charlotte Harding             Year 12                 Run a charity event

Emily Edwards                  Year 13                  Run a charity event

Isabel Kingston                  Year 12                 Run a charity event

Kami Onalaja-Rabiu         Year 12                 Run a charity event

Lilyella Ayers                      Year 13                 Run a charity event

Molly Morris                       Year 12                 Run a charity event

Olivia Culling                      Year 13                 Run a charity event

Paisley Simpson                 Year 12                 Run a charity event

Tami Nkhata                       Year 13                 Run a charity event

Zai Zimpita                          Year 13                 Run a charity event

Miss Mann                           Staff                      Learn Polish

Mrs Grove                            Staff                      Learn to Breast Stroke and swim 1K

Thalia Silver                       Year 1                     Learn to ride a bike and cycle three miles

Lucia Denham                   Year 2                     Cycle 5 mile track at Thetford Forest

Maisie Alger                       Year 11                    Learn sign langauge

Kelly Kan                             Year 11                   Give up phone for a week

Mrs Johnson                       Staff                       Get Fit

Mrs Evers-Jones                Staff                       Learn Piano

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Diamond 2

 


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HOHS raises over £1100 for Diamond Challenge!

Christmas is a time for giving…so it seems apt to report today on the results of our Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge efforts from last term. Members of our school community have together raisied over £1100 for the Diamond Challenge, which was set up to give more disadvantaged and vulnerable young people locally the opportunity to benefit from the DofE. The idea was to set a personal challenge and raise sponsorship to achieve it. Here is a list of participants and the challenges they undertook:

Sara Edwards                    Parent                   Cycling challenge

Chloe Sadler                      Year 1                    Learn 10-15 words in French

Rosamaria Elsley               Year 9                   Learn Portuguese

Anna Reed                          Year 13                 Run a charity event

Charlotte Harding             Year 12                 Run a charity event

Emily Edwards                  Year 13                  Run a charity event

Isabel Kingston                  Year 12                 Run a charity event

Kami Onalaja-Rabiu         Year 12                 Run a charity event

Lilyella Ayers                      Year 13                 Run a charity event

Molly Morris                       Year 12                 Run a charity event

Olivia Culling                      Year 13                 Run a charity event

Paisley Simpson                 Year 12                 Run a charity event

Tami Nkhata                       Year 13                 Run a charity event

Zai Zimpita                          Year 13                 Run a charity event

Miss Mann                           Staff                      Learn Polish

Mrs Grove                            Staff                      Learn to Breast Stroke and swim 1K

Thalia Silver                       Year 1                     Learn to ride a bike and cycle three miles

Lucia Denham                   Year 2                     Cycle 5 mile track at Thetford Forest

Maisie Alger                       Year 11                    Learn sign langauge

Kelly Kan                             Year 11                   Give up phone for a week

Mrs Johnson                       Staff                       Get Fit

Mrs Evers-Jones                Staff                       Learn Piano

lucia-cycling

Diamond 2

 


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Lucia raises £100 for Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge

Lucia (Year 2) took on the Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge, learned to ride a bike and rode five miles through Thetford Forest! She has raised over £100 – well done, Lucia! The aim of the challenge was for as many pupils, parents and staff as possible to raise some money by the end of November by challenging themselves to learn a new skill and gain sponsorship for doing it. Any individual who, like Lucia, has raised £60 or more will get their own diamond brooch.  If you raised this amount as a group then there will be one brooch but everyone will receive a certificate.  We will be submitting all the money raised to the D of E Head office before the closing date later this month.

Look out for more challenge results coming soon. For example, Miss Mann has been learning Polish and Mrs Grove has not only learned breast stroke but last week swam a kilometre!

lucia-cycling

Diamond 2

 


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D of E Diamond Challenge

We would just like to remind everyone about the Diamond D of E Challenge launched at HOHS by Mr Phil Brown, Olympic silver medallist. You can do it as an individual, group or a family. The aim of the challenge is to get as many pupils, parents and staff to raise some money and earn a diamond pin. If you as an individual raise £60 you will get your own diamond brooch.  If you raise this amount as a group then there will be one brooch but everyone will receive a certificate.  The money has to be raised by November and we will submit it to the D of E Head office before the closing date in December.

The challenge should be something that you would like to achieve.  It could be anything from learning a new skill, like knitting, singing or gardening to swimming, abseiling or running a marathon. Miss Mann is learning Polish and Mrs Grove is learning breast stroke.

The school will be taking part in this challenge.  If you would like any more information or a sponsorship form, please contact the school on enquiries@hohs.co.uk

Diamond 2

 


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Gold D of E Expedition

The gold D of E girls set off to the Brecon Beacons the morning after the school ball. A few sore feet from dancing did not deter them. After a good sleep and a cooked breakfast they were ready to start their four day walk.

The weather forecast was not good – gale force winds on the mountain tops – so they decided to walk the bad weather routes, which are lower but just as hard to navigate. After eight hours they arrived at their first campsite. The tents were pitched and meals cooked before an early night. Although high winds and rain disturbed their sleep, they kept to their decision of on an early start for the second day so they were up at 5am and walking by 7am. Although the weather was better than the previous day it was still windy but they were determined to walk the tops of the hills. Another eight hours and they arrived at camp site two. Although this site was more sheltered it was right next to a stream which lulled some to sleep but kept others awake.

Day three was the longest walk along the ridges to Llantony. Wind and strong squalls punctuated the walk, which wasn’t fun on the top, but huddling under the tent outer helped to keep them warm and dry when they had their breaks.

With one more night to go, the girls decided upon an even earlier start for the last day. They left the campsite at 4:30am for their final eight hour walk. It was just getting light enough to see the well-worn track up the hill. They ate lunch at 9:30am – a strange time but it was half way through their day! Their assessor was ready to meet them at the end to congratulate them on a successful expedition.

Well done to Anna Reed, Lilyella Ayers, Charlie Harding, Isabel Kingston, Olivia Marks and Paisley Simpson.

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