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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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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Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly

There were plenty of hugs, tears and smiles last week as our Year 6 pupils said farewell to the Prep Department in their final class assembly – a time for memories, reflection and appreciation for each other and for their school. One highlight was a presentation of images of the group together and individually over the years, put together by Mr Peace to a soundtrack of Take That’s “Greatest Day”: there was not a dry eye in the house! We wish the girls every success in Senior School next year.








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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme hot topic at Speech Day

Guest speaker at yesterday’s Speech Day, Georgina Brigden – Operations Officer for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme –  gave an inspirational talk about the scheme, a theme echoed in the Headmaster’s and outgoing Head Girl Anna’s speeches. We are proud of our record with the DofE – almost all girls completing at least the Silver Award, building their confidence, self reliance and a host of other skills valued by employers and universities.

Miss Brigden presented certificates, cups and prizes to over sixty of our Upper Prep and Senior pupils, for achievements ranging from academic to sporting, music, drama and art.

In house competitions, Austen swept the board, winning the cups for Lower Prep Sports Day, Upper Prep Sports Day, Senior  Sports Day, Overall Sports Day, House Music Festival and the Robertson Shield for the school quiz! The Victrix Ludorum (athlete’s cup) went to  Amy Hayhoe (Year 10).

 


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Speech Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow is Speech Day and the marquee is up and ready and looking stunning in our beautiful gardens. We look forward to warmly welcoming parents and family members tomorrow – please take your seats in the marquee by 11.00am.

If the weather stays as lovely as today, the traditional bring-your-own picnic on the lawns afterwards will be wonderful! Please remember that the school closes for the summer at 3.45pm tomorrow and there is no day boarding.

 


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Timelocked on The Keymaster

All pupils from Years 3 to 6 delighted two packed audiences in The Barn last week with their informative and sparkling adaption of Nick Perin’s  The Keymaster. As lead character, Emily G (Year 6) made a convincing transformation from boring supply teacher to a whacky time lord to take school children Skyla-Grace (Year 6), Ruby (Year 6), Maxim (Year 5) and Jennie (Year 5) on a magical journey through history.

Along the way pupils and time lord visited the Battle of Hastings, commented on as if it were the 1966 World Cup final in comic fashion by Toby and Alex C (Year 5). They also came across a Tudor doctor played to villainous dramatic effect by Sam (Year 5), and an 18th Century smuggling village full of idiots held together by landlord Eva (Year 5).

There were notable performances by Saffron and Ellie (Year 6) and Maisy (Year 5)  as feisty suffragettes on their march to parliament and Alex S (Year 5) as the police sergeant trying to stop them.

Leoni (Year 6), Amy  (Year 5) and Sophie (Year 5), in their portrayals of boss and workers evoked the feelings of the Industrial Revolution while Emma (Year 5) played a performance of a WW2 evacuee to melt any heart.

The children in Years 3 and 4 also took multiple parts in the drama and contributed enthusiastically to all the singing and dancing around the passage of time.

The show finished to heartfelt applause on both nights and Ms Mobbs would like to congratulate all the cast for their team spirit . I hope that each and every one of them is proud of themselves.

See the whole gallery of photos from the dress rehearsal and performance here.

Ms Mobbs

 

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Year 1 Continental Talk

As part of their geography study on continents, Year 1 pupils had a visit from Mrs Bird’s daughter Jess last week. Jess has recently returned from an exciting five-month backpacking trip round Asia and Australia and she shared with the children many of her fascinating memories – including washing elephants, cuddling koalas, and snorkelling to find creatures such as turtles, clown fish (like Nemo), sword fish and sting rays. The children were also able to handle authentic artefacts that Jess brought in to show them. All agreed they had a lovely time hearing about her adventures!


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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!

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