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Silver Duke of Edinburgh achievers

Congratulations to Gabriella, Hannah, Alice, Aisling and Tayla (Year 11) on successfully completing their assessed silver Duke of Edinburgh’s expedition last weekend. It was tough, but the girls all excelled in every area, with excellent navigation (don’t believe the locals – you know where you are!), being supportive of others in the team, good camping skills and a huge determination to succeed. The assessor complimented all the girls on their ability to cope with all aspects of the expedition, especially cooking in adverse weather conditions.

Mrs Grove said, “You are all stars. Well done and I hope that you rested those aching muscles before coming back to school!”

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“Absolutely Brilliant” Bronze girls

This weekend saw thirteen of our Year 10 girls pass with flying colours  their challenging Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition.

Mrs Grove said, “The girls worked in two groups and both were absolutely brilliant! Great team work,  no complaints, nobody got lost, everyone was on time and where they should be. The Dof E external assessor was so impressed that he asked far harder questions than for a normal Bronze award, and said that the girls were all at Silver standard already! Well done – and thanks to Mrs Wickham for coming along to help, too.”

Our congratulations to Rosamaria, Caitlin C, Caitlin M, Isabelle S, Isabel H, Sophie B, Sophie S, Lucy, Clara, Darci, Faith-Marie, Mia and Rebekah!

Did you know…?

The Bronze D of E expedition challenge involves planning, writing route cards and navigating a 12km walking route along mainly footpaths.  Once the candidates successfully reach camp six hours later, whatever the weather, they set up their own tents and equipment and cook an evening meal on a trangia, a small outdoor cooking stove. The next morning they get breakfast, decamp and walk a second 12km planned route to their collection point. HOHS is an accredited DofE centre and we are very proud of our record of almost every girl in our senior year groups achieving the awards.

Mrs Grove

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Silver Duke of Edinburgh practice

On Friday, our Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award group set off  for their camping practice expedition in North Norfolk.  The weather was perfect as they hiked with their tents and equipment from Binham to Cley and on to Blakeney.  At Morston, they met up with one of our governors, Mr Myerscough, who joined them for lunch. The Bronze group are also out and about this weekend…watch this space for more pictures and reports from Mrs Grove on both adventures!

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Hannah and Alice at the Palace!

Two of our former sixth formers had an exciting day at Buckingham Palace yesterday where they received their Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Awards.  Hannah Bacon and Alice Handley Howorth, who left our upper sixth last summer, were selected from the HOHS girls who gained their Gold awards in 2016 to attend the event, together with their parents and Mrs Grove and Mr Crump.  They were among more than 1,000 young people who were presented with their awards by around 60 celebrities including Anna Friel, Ben Cohen, Ronan Keating and Anton du Beke, who had all been drafted in to help Prince Philip and the Earl and Countess of Wessex hand out badges and certificates. The event was the largest ever held for the award scheme, which is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary this year.

It was Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing (pictured) who presented our girls with their certificates and Mrs Grove and Mr Crump with a plaque. He spoke eloquently about life’s opportunities and how you should take them with both hands. He also advised the award holders to have an open mind and listen to advice from people with more experience (this comment was much appreciated by the parents!)

Warm sunshine enabled us to enjoy the wonderful gardens with beautiful azaleas in bloom.  In total there were around 7000 people at this celebration including the award holders, parents and managers of operating authorities. It was a lovely day and very relaxed. Hannah and Alice at Buck Palace wareing_2858545b



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Gold D of E 2015

Up bright and early after dancing the night away at the Summer Ball, nine Year 12 students set off to the Brecon Beacons for their qualifying gold Duke of Edinburgh’s expedition.

After a good night’s sleep and a large Welsh breakfast, they started their first day climbing. The sky was blue and the sun was shining – could this really be wet Wales? After eight hours out their campsite, a small field came into view. Up early to beat the heat of the day, both groups headed up their next hill. Glorious views greeted them once the cloud lifted; another good weather day, but Wales was beginning to show that rain is rather more common than in Norfolk as the clouds gathered.

Another early start on days three and four meant that they were finished by early afternoon. A few showers tested the waterproofs – they hadn’t been carried in vain!At the end they were greeted by their assessor Andy, who had been observing their navigation, team work and camping skills. He was most impressed with their time keeping, skilled navigating and good camp craft. Both groups had excelled in the expedition.

Congratulations to Tina Au, Olivia Burrows, Alex Calton, Tracy Derby, Karen Maenje, Tammy Mahere, Emily Matthews, Sheki Oku and Shannon Osborne on passing this section with flying colours and who can now enjoy a well-deserved summer break.

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Update: Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award

Our Bronze and Silver candidates have all now finished (and passed!) the expedition component of their awards – congratulations to them all as these are rigorous tests.

Just before the half term break, the two groups separately, and successfully, ventured out to navigate the footpaths of Norfolk and Suffolk as well as practising their skills in cooking, campcraft and data collection.

The Bronze group’s luck held with the weather, which was unseasonably mild and sunny for their weekend away; however the Silver group had to contend with heavy rain and wind alongside the early dark nights after the clocks changed. Despite this, they managed to retain their humour and successfully completed every task.

The Gold group, meanwhile, are just about to begin the preparation for their challenge.

Well done, girls!

Mrs Grove

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Year 10 pass their Bronze D of E

Last weekend saw further success for the Year 10 Bronze D of E groups. The girls effectively navigated the paths and fields of south Norfolk, cooked and camped with great precision and even managed to miss the thunderstorm.

It was a real Harry Potter moment when the dark clouds parted on either side of us. Some of us enjoyed the fantastic pyrotechnic show that day – others not so much!

Congratulations to all the girls on passing their expedition.

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