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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News from the HOHS gardens

Over the summer, our beautiful gardens provided a wonderful, colourful display to staff and summer visitors, with Mr Young working hard throughout the holidays to keep everything tidy! This week, apples from our orchard have found their way into the fruit bowl in the dining room, and there is plenty of weeding, dead-heading and tidying to be done as autumn approaches.


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Mini garden competition winners!

Mrs Bird’s stall at our fete on Saturday was pretty as a picture adorned with the entries to the miniature garden competition. Visitors to the stall were invited to vote for their favourite and the overall winner was Amy (Year 1) – well done! Second prize went to Sophia and third to Hayden. There were also runners-up prizes of seed packets. Thank you to everyone who entered – the gardens were ALL wonderful!

Amy had an especially lucky day as she also won first prize in our raffle and took home a brand new bike!


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Have you made a mini-garden for Saturday’s competition…?

We are looking forward to seeing the entries for Mrs Bird’s fabulous miniature garden competition, with prizes to be awarded on Saturday at the summer fete! If you haven’t already designed your garden, there is still time, so do have a go! Your garden can be any shape as long as its overall size is no larger than 30 x 30cm. There are Taverham Garden Centre vouchers for the gardens voted into first,  second and third places, and a mystery gardening gift for the overall winner as well!  Mrs Bird will have voting sheets on her stall on Saturday so make sure to vote for your favourite (but not your own!).

Please remember to put your name on your garden – and maybe give it an imaginative title, too.

 


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Miniature garden competition

Fancy having a go at making a miniature garden? Now is the time to start planning your design for Mrs Bird’s fabulous competition – have a look at the poster for details. It’s a great way to exercise your imagination and creative flair! Your garden can be any shape as long as its overall size is no larger than 30 x 30cm. But don’t make the real thing yet unless you’re confident you can maintain it in peak condition until May 6th…because that is when judging will take place, at our Summer Fete. There will be prizes for different age groups and all the entries will be displayed at the fete. Go on, you know you want to!

 


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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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