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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Spring is on its way at HOHS – with a chance to win a prize!

Gardener Andy Young has been hard at work in the gardens, planting new things to provide colour later in the spring and summer.  This week has seen some lovely, warm sunshine and the children can now spend more time outside at break and lunchtimes. With that in mind, here is an opportunity for observant pupils to win some prizes and perhaps learn a bit about plants!

To enter, have a good look round the gardens and see how many flowers and flowering plants you can identify (they don’t have to be in bloom yet), then write down their names and where in the grounds you saw them.  You can ask Mr Young for clues if you find him!

Please bring your list to me in the office just next to Reception  by the end of term, Friday 31st March – I have some fun prizes for top entries! Alternatively, you can email your entry to marketing@hohs.co.uk

 

 


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Matilda’s our winner…and what else begins with an M…?

Congratulations to Matilda (Year 4) who has won the competition to identify the most tree species within the sixteen acres of our school grounds.  Matilda was awarded a £10 garden centre voucher for correctly identifying the species and their locations listed after the photo below. There are over 35 species growing here altogether…can anyone spot one Matilda has missed, with a name starting with an M, like hers? An additional small prize is available for the first correct answer emailed to marketing@hohs.co.uk (clue…start outside Mr Crump’s window and walk along the paths past the school buildings towards the woods and orchard…)

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Apple tree – near sports field

Copper beech – front lawns

Cherry tree – front lawns

Maple tree – in front of school

Yew tree –  woods

Horse chestnut – courtyard

Ash tree – sports field

Holly tree – in front of school

Oak tree – woods and playing field

Hawthorn – back of woods

Beech – near sports hall

Silver birch – outside sports hall

Wellington pine – woods

Elder tree – near road (sports hall end)

Lime tree – staff car park

Conifer – in courtyard

 

 

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Autumn glory at HOHS – and time to win a prize!

In preparation for winter, gardener Andy Young has been busy tidying up our borders, digging up and storing dahlia tubers and keeping the lawns reasonably clear of leaves. In fact, our grounds look particularly beautiful at the moment with the trees displaying their full Autumn colours. But did you know that we have over 35 species of tree within our sixteen acres?

Now is the time to have a good look – and why not try your hand at naming them? There’s a £10 Notcutts voucher waiting for whichever pupil can identify the highest number of  tree species. Notcutts stocks a huge range of toys, books and gifts as well as everything for the garden, so don’t miss out on your chance to win!

Please bring your list, with the names of the trees and where in the HOHS grounds you have identified them, to Liz French, Marketing Officer (in the school office) by Friday 2nd December. Alternatively, you can email your entry to marketing@hohs.co.uk

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Garden News: calling all dahlia lovers!

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We have a beautiful bed of dahlias just outside the Quiet Room – and gardener Andrew Young is looking for more varieties to add to its impact.  He would like any fellow green-fingered  friends who have different varieties to do a swap!

“It’s coming up to the right time of year to separate and thin out the dahlia tubers”,  he said. “I will have some spare ones of the four varieties we have (pictured above) – two are cactus types and two pompoms. If anyone has some different colours or shapes and would like to swap, please let me know via the school office.”

Did you know?

Dahlias are flowering plants native to Mexico, with a whole range of flower shapes and colours giving a great display right into Autumn. They are also related to sunflowers and chrysanthemums.

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