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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Year 1 trip to Bridewell…the gallery!

Last week we reported briefly on Year 1’s fantastic trip to the Bridewell in Norwich. At this treasure trove of a museum, they explored all kinds of items from the last hundred years or so, such as mangles, shoes, games and even Christmas crackers! The main focus was on toys, though, and the children were able to look at and handle toys from the past, compare them to ones from present day and – as a link to our science topic – talk about the different materials they are made from. They sorted, drew and made a climbing man puppet each and enjoyed their lunch in the prison yard.  The children are now busy learning songs and poems about toys for their toy-themed assembly next half term on Tuesday November 7th.
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Our ‘stars’ this week were…


Our most recent ‘Stars’, receiving special mention by Mr Peace in today’s  Prep Department Praise Assembly, are:

Alfie (Year 2), for being punctual, sensible and always smart in his uniform. Alfie also did fantastic ICT work on the  Great Fire of London and a superb poster for homework!

Oliver (Year 1), for exceptional following of class rules, ALWAYS working hard and focusing well.  Oliver is also always very polite!

Harry (Reception), for trying very hard, always. Harry only joined us on September 18th and has settled in fantastically well and made friends already!

Jack (Nursery Yellow), for great improvement all round. Jack is much more settled and happy and demonstrated superb bravery demonstrating skills in the swimming pool!

Well done to all of these ‘stars’! The picture was taken in an earlier assembly and shows how well the children listen.

Who will it be next time?

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Year 1 off to the Bridewell…

Watch out on the blog for news of how our Year 1 pupils got on today at their exciting visit with Mrs Bird to the Bridewell Museum in Norwich.  Meanwhile, we managed to snap the children just as they were off to get on the minibus this morning!

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It’s all about me in Nursery!

Our Nursery children’s current topic is About Me and this week they have been learning all about their bodies and what’s inside them. Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s Funnybones is always a great favourite and the children’s artwork based on the classic story was just going up on the wall when the roving camera popped in this morning!

The children were also enjoying some free play, drawing and working one-to-one with their teachers on number work.

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Our ‘stars’ of the week


Our ‘Stars’ this week, receiving special mention from Mr Peace and their teachers in the Prep Department Praise Assembly this morning, are:

Maisy (Year 6) For trying hard in all lessons and particularly for working very well indeed in her computing lesson.

Georgina (Year 5) For tremendous effort in reading and writing, for excellent independent work on South America in geography and for being very kind and helpful!

Adam (Year 4) For being so keen in all lessons and for his great “have a go” attitude!

Felicity (Year 3) For making good progress in her transition to Year 3 and for excellent independent work in maths. Felicity is also always very polite!

Well done, everyone!


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What are you doing over the holidays?

We hope all our HOHS families and friends are enjoying the summer holidays so far. Don’t forget to send us photos and news to marketing@hohs.co.uk – there will be little prizes from Mrs French in September for any we use on the blog or Facebook!

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Our ‘stars’ of the week

Our ‘Stars’ of the week, receiving special mention from Mr Peace and their teachers in our Prep Department Praise Assembly yesterday, are:

Albert (Year 3) for the very good presentation of his handwriting with controlled, correct orientation.

Grace (Year 4) for very careful work and concentration on a portrait.

Toby (Year 5) for his free-hand work on a Victorian factory project. Toby was also praised by both Miss Hopwood and Mr Peace for his good back stage behaviour and excellent contributions to school life.

Camilla (Year 6)  for producing some excellent work and contributing so well in her first week at school.

Well done to all of our ‘stars’! The photos are from another recent assembly. Look out for pictures and news on the blog soon from our end of year Early Years concert and praises today!