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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A sneaky preview of tomorrow’s Lower Prep performances…

Pupils from Nursery to Year 2 had their dress rehearsal this afternoon for the nativity and Children of the World productions. Everyone did very well indeed, remembering their lines and delivering them with panache – we’re all in for a treat tomorrow! Huge thanks to parents who have made costumes – it really does make all the difference to the production.

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The Four Schools Carol Concert

On Monday evening, our flute ensemble performed Carol of the Bells by Leontovych at the annual Four Schools Carol Concert held at St Remigius Church.

This is an event that brings together the four schools in Hethersett, each school contributing a musical item and a poem; the head teacher of each school also presents a reading. Our flutes sounded
truly beautiful in the wonderful acoustics of the church, the harmonies ringing out.

Deputy Head girl Charlie Harding read Christmas Carol, a lovely poem by Felicia Hemans, and Mr Crump read Ben Jonson’s A Hymn on the Nativity of My Saviour.

Remember: this week we have our own school carol service in St Remigius, on Thursday 14th at 2.15pm. All welcome!


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Christingle – the gallery

We promised more photos of Thursday’s lovely Christingle service – here they are! If you took some and would like to share them here, please email to marketing@hohs.co.uk and I will add them!


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Christingle Tingles!

This afternoon our Prep and Lower Prep pupils took part in an annual favourite: our Christingle Service at St Remigius Church. The service was led by Rev Derek McClean, with the children offering lovely musical contributions and leading the prayers.  With the lights turned off, Christingles lit and everyone circling the church and joining in with Away in a Manger, there was a magical Christmas atmosphere. Thank you to all the parents and families who came to share the service, and for your generous contributions for The Children’s Society. Look out for a full gallery of pictures over the weekend!

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Year 1 busy with Children of the World production

As well as thoroughly learning their lines and rehearsing, Year 1 have been making a variety of colourful props for next week’s production of  Children of the World. We are definitely in for a treat with this Christmas musical about festive customs around the world!  Can you guess from the props which countries might be included? The performance is next Tuesday afternoon, December 12th, starting with the Nursery and Reception children’s nativity show A King is Born  at  1.30pm  in The  Barn. The show will also be available to order on DVD.


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Our ‘stars’ this week were…


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

Vera C-M (Nursery), for her listening and understanding in class and for being thoughtful. Vera is doing well with being a good friend.

Grace T (Nursery), for very good improvement with her reading – Grace has gone up a level.

Noah H (Year 1), for always working hard and persevering. Noah has gone up in his reading and is doing very well with his handwriting.

Evelyn B (Year 2), for excellent participation in play rehearsals. Evelyn really gets into her character and knows all of her lines thoroughly.

Well done to all of these ‘stars’! Who will it be next week?


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Governors’ reception this Thursday

Our school governors’ coffee & mince pies event at 4pm this Thursday,  7th December will be taking place in the Quiet Room instead of The Barn.  We hope to see as many of our parents as possible. Pictured below is Chair of the governors Martin Matthews at a previous event.

  • The governors’ role “Our governors add an extra dimension to the expertise available in the running of the school. Governors bring outside skills to the educational setting, offer support and advice and also help shape future strategy. We are lucky at HOHS to have governors who not only have an interest in the school but also bring strong experience from their various professional backgrounds. It is about enhancing the spread of experience available to the school.” Stephen Crump, Headmaster