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An Icelandic Saga, HOHS-style!

Last Tuesday 22 girls and four members of staff set off on an exciting trip to Iceland, as Mrs Grove reports below. Read on for the full story and then see the gallery of photos here.


After our three-hour flight we found ourselves luxuriating in the blue lagoon – there could have been no better start to our Icelandic adventure! Having regained our youth by applying silica mud to our faces we set off to our hotel….

Hurricane Nicole means revised itinerary

As the tail end of hurricane Nicole was providing very high winds across Iceland, after a night’s rest we set off on a revised schedule. We were amazed by a visit to Pingvellar (National Park and World Heritage Site),  where we stood on the American Plate and looked across the Rift Valley to the Eurasian Plate. Here we also saw the oldest democratic parliament in the world, first assembled there in 930 AD.

Geysers and Waterfalls

Our next visit was to see the incredible geyser at Strokkur (Icelandic for “churn”), a fountain geyser located in a geothermal area beside the  Hvítá River . It is one of Iceland’s most famous geysers, erupting once every 6-10 minutes. Its usual height is 15–20 m, although it can sometimes erupt up to 40 m high!  We could have stayed there for ages.  However we were soon off to visit two of the many amazing waterfalls we were to see: Gullfoss,  and then along the south shore to Skogafoss (where we all got very wet not only from the rain that had been falling but from the waterfall itself!).

Black Sand Beach

The next day saw us at the famous Black Sand Beach (Reynisfjara). The waves here were stunning and we also saw basalt columns and many coastal features which the girls all recognised from their geography lessons.

Glacier Walk

After this was another highlight: putting on crampons, hard hats and ice axes for a fantastic and thrilling glacier walk!  The ice was incredibly blue,  with layers of black ash. We saw moulins (shafts in the ice which can be very, very deep!) and learned how quickly the ice was melting due to global warming – quite frightening.   One wondrous sight followed aother all day as later we walked  behind Seljandfoss waterfall.

Reykjavik tour

On our last full day we enjoyed a guided tour of Reykjavik, taking in cultural and architectural sights from the stark but beautiful Halgrimskirk to the 25.7metre high Pearl,  a modern dome perched on six geothermal water storage towers.

This was an amazing trip enjoyed by everyone. All of the girls were a joy to be with. The Sixth Formers were a great help,  but a special mention has to go to the staff who were the A –Team. Without them the trip would not have been possible.

Mrs Grove
Trip Co-ordinator




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October 2016 Iceland Trip – a few places left!

Have you ever wondered what it is like to swim in a geothermal pool under the stars, or luxuriate in warm water with a clay mud pack on your face, or walk behind and look through a waterfall, or walk around the rim of a volcano? Our magical tour of Southern Iceland next October,  for girls in Years 8-13, offers all this and more.

The dates are Tuesday October 18th– Saturday October 22nd 2016 and places are filling fast. To reserve a place please return the form sent home recently, with your deposit, by 9th December. If you have mislaid your original form, please ask at Reception.

Mrs Grove
Trip Co-ordinator

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More photos..

See all the photos from the boarders’ trip to Eaton Vale Activity Centre last weekend.

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2015 South Italy Trip – October Half Term

Have you ever wondered what it is like to glimpse into the past and walk the Roman streets of Pompeii and Herculaneum, or look down into the crater of Vesuvius, travel along the spectacular Amalfi Coast, eat dinner in the theatre before the brightly coloured show begins, or even watch how they make mozzarella?DSC_4048Herculaneum-today336-1-grande-3-vesuvius_06amalfi-CoastHere is the opportunity for your girls in Years 7 to 13 to experience a magical tour of Italy.

Sorrento is regarded as one of the most stunning regions of Europe.  It has dramatic landscapes, classical culture and wonderful Italian food. It is an amazing place, which the school last visited in 2002.  We have planned an itinerary that will suit everybody, with interesting daily excursions and exciting evening activities, including the Teatro Tasso and time to visit the local shops.

Interested? Places on this exciting and educational trip are limited and likely to be taken very quickly. To reserve a place please return the form with your deposit cheque by 23rd February, or earlier.

Mrs Grove
Trip Co-ordinator


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School trips this week

There are plenty of school trips on the agenda this week, with pupils from Nursery through to Year 13 heading off to see sharks and stingrays, enjoy the theatre and play with old toys in a Tudor house. 242_logo copy