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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Remember to bring in your Sports for Schools tokens, please!

Just a reminder to all our families and friends that we are participating in the  Sports for Schools competition? If we can collect 1,000 tokens we will get a £60 sports pack – and be in with a chance of winning a share of a £20,000 sports kit cash pot.  You will find the tokens in the Eastern Daily Press, Evening News and local weekly papers from Archant, such as the Wymondham and Attleorough Mercury. Find out more by clicking on the picture! Thank you, everyone!   Miss Wright, PE Teacher


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Sports for Schools tokens, please!

Have you heard about the Sports for Schools competition? It involves schools and communities collecting tokens for a chance to win a share of a £20,000 sports kit cash pot. We have signed up for it and need you to collect as many tokens as possible to bring in to school please! If we can collect 1,000 tokens we will get a £60 sports pack. You will find the tokens in the Eastern Daily Press, Evening News and local weekly papers from Archant, such as the Wymondham and Attleorough Mercury. Find out more by clicking on the picture! Thank you, everyone!   Miss Wright, PE Teacher


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Eastern regional award for HOHS parent Dudley

 

Congratulations to Dudley Garner,  whose two daughters Isabella and Cecily are pupils at HOHS.  Dudley has won a ‘run group leader of the year’ award for the eastern region for his ‘Couch to 5k‘ running group.  Dudley’s story is really inspirational – do click here have a look at this article from yesterday’s Eastern Daily Press!  As well as the  written article you will also find  a Mustard TV video about Dudley’s recovery from a severe head injury.

We at HOHS owe Dudley huge thanks for his support as an ambassador for our school and especially for all his help with our fundraising events.  Watch this space for news of one of his ‘Up the Tempo’ running courses starting again at HOHS  next Spring…

picture: Mick Shortland

 

 

 


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Lord of the Flies: Performance Review

Pupils from Hethersett Old Hall School produced a memorable evening of drama when they tackled one of the most demanding productions in their history.

Their adaptation of William Golding’s ‘Lord of The Flies’ at Norwich Puppet Theatre stretched their abilities to the max and they certainly delivered, producing a work that was in turn thought-provoking and more than a little scary.

In her programme notes director Jenny Richards spoke about her deep love of Golding’s book and its serious subject matter and complex challenges. The fact that these challenges were met effortlessly by the cast – all female apart from the parts of the naval officer and airman – says much for both their skill and resilience.

At first the director considered casting the boys in the book as girls. That would have put a different spin on the story and possibly led to a loss of power as well as a loss of macho adolescent boy-style angst struggles that are such a major part of the book:

“Girls do not behave in the same way as boys and if I were to adapt the story to suit their behaviour, I would lose the very essence of the text,” Jenny Richards said.

The result is a powerful drama that drags the audience into the believability of it all. We always see the cast as boys, at times little more than savages and the themes of Britishness, inherent power struggles and a dystopian society are always at the forefront. Above all the cast show that the fight for survival is intertwined with elements of evasiveness as the “islanders” struggle to come to terms with the inverted reality of the situation and their survival takes a back seat to the various issues that raise their head.

There was a brooding intensity to the performance, quite remarkable in people so young. Letitia Gaskin as Jack is menacing, whilst Megan Chainey as Piggy displays just the right amount of vulnerability without turning the part into a caricature. Francesca Udberg gives a creditable performance as Ralph and Zoe Baker as Percival and Lacey Mayes as Simon bring a chilling naivety to their parts. The support players also do a fine job in immersing the audience in the subject matter.

This was a performance that will live long in the memory.


Peter Steward
Owner/editor: Hethersett Village Web Site
Hethersett correspondent: Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News and Wymondham Mercury