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D of E Diamond Challenge

Last week, Phil Brown the Director of the Central Region Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and former Olympian came to the school to launch the schools Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Diamond Challenge to celebrate the award’s 60th anniversary. He spoke inspirationally about the award and how the diamond challenge will allow people to have a go at something new as well as raise some money. This money will allow local children who are not able to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme for financial reasons to participate.

The aim of the challenge is to get as many pupils, parents and staff to raise some money and earn a diamond pin as an individual, group, family or class. 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

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Gold D fo E Practice

Last week the gold Duke of Edinburgh’s group went to the Peak District for their practice expedition. Although they knew how to navigate and camp, nothing could prepare them for the hills! Their determination meant that the slopes were not going to beat them. They were lucky with the weather and after this week away they are ready for their qualifying expedition next week in the Brecon Beacons.

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D of E Honour for HOHS

We were delighted to meet regional officers from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme this week. They came to present Mrs Grove with a certificate showing that we have gained the status of a Directly Licensed Centre for the scheme.

We are the first school in Norfolk to achieve this honour and we are now able to organise, assess and present awards from start to finish. Our record of high achievement in bronze, silver and gold awards is testament to the hard work of Mrs Grove, Miss Mann, Mr Johnston and the girls that take part. Well done to everyone involved!

D of E Certification

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Silver D of E Practice

Last weekend the Silver Duke Of Edinburgh’s group left school on Friday to start their three day practice expedition.

Day 1 – the weather was glorious and the girls set off. Seven hours later they arrived at their first campsite where they set up their tents and prepared their dinner.

Day 2 – the weather was not as kind. We awoke to rain and so the girls cooked and packed up their tents in the rain. Although the rain was heavy for a short time, by the afternoon, the sun came out and the girls were able to dry themselves off and set up camp in dry weather.

Day 3 was another successful day. The girls completed their seven hour walk without a hitch. They are very well prepared for their final in October.

During their time away, the Silver D of E girls also practised tent assembly, navigation and first aid skills. To see all the photos of the expedition, click here.

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13 years of D of E success at HOHS

badge-gold_1In the last 13 years, over 370 girls from HOHS have achieved bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, with 82 gaining the gold.

No fewer than thirteen of our sixth formers received their gold awards at the annual presentation at Sandringham last year – more than any other school within the Norfolk County Council area.

These are rigorous awards involving a variety of tough challenges and are valuable additions to girls’ CVs and UCAS applications.

Mrs Grove and other members of staff work tirelessly to make this a really rewarding part of the senior girls’ experience at HOHS.


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Bronze and Silver D of E

Last weekend the Silver and Bronze (pictured below) Duke of Edinburgh groups went out on their first day practice.

They all worked extremely hard practising their navigation skills. Excellent team skills were seen and they all got back safe and sound without being rained upon!

Mrs Grove

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Day 2: Gold D of E expedition

Our Gold D of E girls are making great progress on their second day in the Brecon Beacons!
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