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Years 3 and 4 get planting!

Pupils in Years 3 and 4 have become gardeners! We have planted seeds in our own little windowsill tray, and are hoping to grow tomatoes, carrots, chillies and sunflowers. Watch this space for our results…


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Green Plan It Update!

We reported here at the beginning of the academic year that Art Club members from Year 9 were taking on an exciting green-fingered challenge.  As part of a national project supported by the Royal Horticultural Society, they set out to design a new green space for a corner of our school grounds.

The team –  Hethersett Old Hall Bean Sprouts – joined around 20 other Norfolk and Suffolk teams at Easton & Otley College for an introduction to the challenge, and then worked very hard over the following ten weeks, designing, costing and building a 3-D model of a very ambitious and colourful garden.

Last month the girls – Rosamaria, Sarah, Clara, Darci and Faith-Marie – returned to Easton College for the presentations and prize-giving.  Rosamaria and Sarah write:

“We first visited Easton and Otley college for inspiration in September with Miss Mann and Miss Coughlan and met our mentor, Will. Then over the next two months we researched, costed and made our model of a garden.  Will visited us on two occasions to help us.  In December we went back to Easton to present our model to the judges. We also all made a winter planter and then there was a speech by Adam Frost, from the BBC’s Gardener’s World, who presented us with our certificate.  Unfortunately we didn’t win the challenge but we definitely learned some vital skills and enjoyed ourselves immensely.”

Here are the Old Hall Bean Sprouts with their 3-D model, the framed certificate and, below, with their mentor Will, from Easton.

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Green Club is busy as ever

Green Club is back in full swing this term, and now that we have got the garden sorted for the winter, we are starting on our recycled crafting.

After completing miniature book mark bows last week, our next project was to try our hand at newspaper weaving. It was generally agreed that this was much trickier to do than it had initially looked.

Some of the pupils successfully completed their vases, while others persevered with the task in hand even when it got difficult. Regardless of the final outcome, everyone found the hour spent on this project very amusing.

A reminder that Green Club runs every Wednesday in Lab C from 4-5pm. Any pupils in Year 7 or above who would like to join us will find a very warm welcome.

Find out more about Green Club here.

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HOHS gardens in Spring

The gardens and grounds at HOHS are once again bursting with colour – thank you Mr Bray!  flowers-spring3spring-flowers5flowers-spring4 flowers-spring2flowers-spring