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Apple Watch 2018!

We’ve found ourselves tip-toeing around some rather exciting windfall in the past few weeks, and thought we’d share our excitement with you. With a number of apple varieties littering our orchard and its trees, we’ve all been mulling over different ways to use them. Apple crumble? Apple chutney? Tarte tatin? We’d love to hear your suggestions!

To share your favourite recipes, pictures of your own garden apples or ideas for apple-y creations, click here to chat with us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter for more #AppleWatch2018!

In the meantime, take a look at our beautiful orchard and apples below.

Red apples in tree in beautiful orchard, set in Norfolk independent boarding school gardens.

Orchard in private school gardens based in Norwich, Norfolk.

Green apples in tree at independent boarding school, Norwich,

Pretty orchard in rural Norfolk private school grounds.

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Felicity is latest Library Assistant

Congratulations to Felicity (Year 7) who recently earned her Library Assistant badge. Pictured here with school librarian Mrs Maher, Felicity undertook a variety of tasks to achieve the badge, including learning about the Dewey classification system for books. She now helps in the library when she is free at break times, mainly with issues and returns.

“I like the fiction section best,” says Felicity, “and because I love reading myself, I can sometimes make suggestions for what books other pupils might like to borrow.”

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See the Seals at Winterton and Horsey

A walk on the beach can be a refreshing antidote to all that eating we’ve probably done over the last few days. Norfolk of course has a wonderful choice of beaches, each with its own unique character and features. My personal favourite is Winterton  – I love the miles of empty sand and paths through the dunes, there’s a great café and it is dog-friendly all year.  I will be going for a walk this week with friends and family along the beach towards Horsey until we come to the seals…literally hundreds of them, mothers and babies, littering the water’s edge until around the end of January. If you’ve never experienced this amazing sight, it is well worth a visit. You can follow the crowds to Horsey itself  for sightings from the dunes if  the walk from Winterton is too long for any family members.  Do take care not to disturb the seals.

You can find out more and see videos here.

Liz French, Blog editor


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Snow one day and spring the next!

Pupils from Year 3 got busy during our open morning on Saturday creating cards and designing jars for their flower arrangements. And who were they for? Mummy, of course, just in time for Mothering Sunday!

Paintings and poems can be seen in the Year 3 classroom, which is looking very colourful and rather like springtime despite the flurry of snow we had this morning – we hope you like them!

Ms Mobbs

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Free Pre-Christmas treat: Lights in Lynn!

With Christmas only a few days away, our HOHS families are doubtless busy with preparations. But if you’re looking for a pre-Christmas family outing – or perhaps have last-minute shopping to do and can’t face the city crowds – why not go west and hit King’s Lynn in the late afternoon or evening to see the historical town lit up in spectacular, festive splendour?

‘Lynn Lumière’ has seen French-designed illuminations light up the town since Spring this year, funded by the European Union Interreg IVA programme. Currently, from dusk until 10pm every evening, six of the town’s famous buildings are transformed with amazing animated light shows depicting Lynn’s heritage and history. Five of the illuminations are Christmas-themed and two include scenes (with sound!) from classic Disney films, while others have been specially commissioned to represent a joyous Christmas spirit.

You can find out more and see videos here.

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Year 5 get busy

Miss Hopwood’s Year 5 group were extremely busy over the half term – they kept diaries and worked on  projects to a high standard,  painting pictures and even creating a 3D man ‘walking’ on the moon! Lots of the work was about the Stone Age and forces such as gravity and resistance, ready for our science and history topics this term.  This was a fantastic effort by all the children – well done!

Miss Hopwood's class


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Disneyesque afternoon in the Barn

Featuring songs from Disney films and with solos, duets, ensembles and whole House contributions, our annual house music festival was a feast for the ears and eyes in The Barn on Thursday afternoon this week.

The three houses, in hot competition, all performed beautifully in the allocated categories, making the adjudicators’ work very difficult!

Points were allocated for both musicality and performance and, in the end, it was Ryder who triumphed for the third year running. Well done everyone for all your hard work and commitment during rehearsals and for entertaining each other and the staff so enthusiastically.

Thanks, too, to Mr Osborne for performing his master of ceremonies role with aplomb, to Mrs Richards for her expert feedback and to the panel of judges, Mrs Richards, Mrs Grove and Mrs Crump.

See more photos here

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HOHS U13s netball v Open Academy

This match took place on 17th October at HOHS. The girls were very keen to get started, in what was a very intense battle played over four quarters. All the girls managed to sustain their fitness and play well up until the final whistle.

The scores were neck and neck throughout the game with each team scoring on their centre pass.
Final score 6 – 12.

Captain: Anna Allen
Player of the Match:
Erin Reed

Jo Beale
Head of PE