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Year 7 scholarship application deadline

A reminder for parents of girls in our current Year 6 that the deadline for scholarship applications is tomorrow,  Friday 13th January. Academic, boarding, creative (art, music and drama) and sporting scholarships are available.

Assessments will take place on Monday 23rd January 2017.

Mrs Jones

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Calling HOHS Senior Thespians and stage managers…

The new Senior Production is under starters’ orders! This year it will be Daisy Pulls it Off, an adaptation of a classic girls’ school story set in an arguably more innocent age and full of hilarious characters and splendid scrapes. Expect sly wit and a big heart! The production  will be performed at the Norwich Puppet Theatre in March 2016.

Thank you to everyone who came along for the workshop auditions last Tuesday –  but it is not too late if you would like to be cast!  Another workshop audition will take place tomorrow –  Tuesday 21st – at 4.00pm, either in the Barn or in Room 14 – to be announced. Anyone from Year 7 and above is welcome. I am also looking for  stage management members, so if being back stage appeals, please come along and join the fun!  Jenny Richards


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Are you interested in LAMDA Examinations Coaching?

lamda-logo1I am pleased to be able to offer private coaching lessons for senior pupils at Hethersett Old Hall School who are interested in taking LAMDA solo or duologue acting, verse & prose and solo public speaking examinations.

As a former actress and children’s television presenter, I have used my experience as a drama teacher and member of the Association of LAMDA Teachers to coach many of my pupils to great success at virtually all levels of LAMDA examinations. The association of LAMDA Teachers is an association for teachers with a recognised teaching qualification who have an interest in preparing and entering learners for LAMDA examinations.Lamda-points1

LAMDA exams are about achievement – recognising and rewarding the endeavours of each individual and providing an opportunity to develop the life skills they will need to be a success, regardless of the chosen career: attributes such as self-confidence and the ability to communicate clearly and present ideas.

LAMDA’s Level 3 recognised qualifications are included in the current UCAS Tariff. Find out more at: http://www.lamda.org.uk/examinationsScreen Shot 2014-02-10 at 4.14.31 pm

If you are interested or would like further information, please contact me via the school office.

Please note that there are only a limited number of spaces available.

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Heads Roll in Cinderella!

Families and friends were treated to a spectacular evening’s entertainment by our Prep department last night. Singing, acting and dancing their way through Roald Dahl’s Cinderella, the talented cast left the audience delighted!

The Jam Man (Henry) was the perfect husband for sweet, down-trodden Cinders (Anna), conjured for her by a truly sparkly Magic Fairy (Cristina). How did she know that the Elvis-styled Prince (Ashlyn) would turn out to be so nasty? Comic moments were in abundance, not least from Warwick and James’ hilarious interpretations of the Ugly Sisters, the gruesome twosome getting more than their just desserts when the Prince decided to cut off their heads! All the characters – from spinning clock to acrobatic cleaning props and rats, carriage and footmen, townsfolk and a rather elegant band of ballroom guests – gave polished, energetic performances and really looked the part, thanks to the creative costuming skills of our parents. All in all it was a fabulous evening with every child taking part and many also involved in producing the effective panto-style backdrops. The children can be very proud indeed – well done, everyone!

More photos will be posted on the blog soon.

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Triumphant return for Cindy Fellaless – Senior Production

After its unfortunate postponement owing to illness a few weeks ago, Cindy Fellaless, our senior school production, blazed back with glorious pizazz last night, providing a great evening’s entertainment to the appreciative audience at Norwich’s Puppet Theatre.

Employing a clever ‘play (or in this case, pantomime) within a play’ device, the witty dialogue and well-paced action showcased the comedic timing, acting, dancing and singing talents of its young cast, under the skilled direction of Head of Drama Jenny Richards who also wrote the script.

Remember – you can still order photographs until Friday 29th April. Order slips are with the photo display in the “Black hole” and should be returned to Reception with the appropriate monies, please.


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Mrs Richards in Shakespeare’s Greatest Bits!


The Bard of Avon is believed to have died 400 years ago on his birthday, April 23, in his native Stratford-upon-Avon – and this landmark anniversary is being celebrated everywhere.  Not least in Norwich’s own Elizabethan-style Maddermarket Theatre, which is running a “Shakespeare 400 mini-festival” programme.

HOHS Director of Drama Jenny Richards is performing in one of the festival productions – this Sunday, 24th April at 7.30pm. She will be taking the roles of Lady McDuff from Macbeth and Maria from Twelfth Night in this romp through the best sonnets and speeches from the world’s greatest wordsmith.

Find out more here.



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“Hugely entertaining” Cindy Fellaless is on again tonight!

Don’t forget you can see our excellent senior production TONIGHT at the Norwich Puppet Theatre.  Please don’t miss out on this great production! There are still some tickets available from the Puppet Theatre Box Office.  Read a review below…

“Hugely entertaining! The production has been cleverly devised as a pantomime within a play, with many humorous moments and funny one-liners galore! The young cast really rose to the occasion and there were some excellent individual performances, though it would be unfair to single any out as the whole cast excelled themselves. I would thoroughly recommend this as an evening of good fun for all the family.” Audience member at first evening performance

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