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Pupils at the Palace!

Charlie and Izzy went to St. James’s Palace last week to collect their Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards. After volunteering, learning a new skill and taking part in a physical activity for a year as well as completing the five day expedition and a residential, the award was fully deserved! We would like to thank them for sending us these pictures to share with you. To keep up to date with all our news, please click on the following links to see our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HethersettOldHallSchool/or our new blog https://www.hohs.co.uk/news/

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HOHS golden old girls inspired at St James’ Palace

Four of our past pupils –  Sophie Beart, Megan Chainey, Hannah Kingston and Erica Nunney – were at St James’ Palace in London yesterday with Miss Mann and Mrs Grove for the first gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award presentation of the season.  They received their awards from Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, who conversed at length with the group, asking them many questions about their award experiences.

The guest presenter with our group was Amy Hughes. This inspiring young woman holds the world record for the most consecutive marathons, running 53 in 53 days – one in every English city. As if this wasn’t an amazing feat in its own right, she also raised £54000 for a brain tumour cancer charity. Amy, in the final picture below, was attending the presentation to receive her Diamond Award, for breaking another world record –  running the most miles on a treadmill 20 hours a day for a week!  She said this was far more challenging than the marathons and inspired the girls with her life motto: ” If your dreams aren’t scary, they are not big enough,” adding, “You are strong, you are fearless… and don’t ever give up!”

Did you know…?

HOHS is participating in the Diamond Award. Any parent or pupil, whether individually, as a family or as a group, can challenge themselves to a skill or physical activity and through sponsorship to raise money for the Award charity. Watch out for letters and sponsorship forms coming home this week.

Mrs Grove was invited to today’s event as a VIP – watch the blog over the next day or two for why!

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Gold D of E Expedition

The gold D of E girls set off to the Brecon Beacons the morning after the school ball. A few sore feet from dancing did not deter them. After a good sleep and a cooked breakfast they were ready to start their four day walk.

The weather forecast was not good – gale force winds on the mountain tops – so they decided to walk the bad weather routes, which are lower but just as hard to navigate. After eight hours they arrived at their first campsite. The tents were pitched and meals cooked before an early night. Although high winds and rain disturbed their sleep, they kept to their decision of on an early start for the second day so they were up at 5am and walking by 7am. Although the weather was better than the previous day it was still windy but they were determined to walk the tops of the hills. Another eight hours and they arrived at camp site two. Although this site was more sheltered it was right next to a stream which lulled some to sleep but kept others awake.

Day three was the longest walk along the ridges to Llantony. Wind and strong squalls punctuated the walk, which wasn’t fun on the top, but huddling under the tent outer helped to keep them warm and dry when they had their breaks.

With one more night to go, the girls decided upon an even earlier start for the last day. They left the campsite at 4:30am for their final eight hour walk. It was just getting light enough to see the well-worn track up the hill. They ate lunch at 9:30am – a strange time but it was half way through their day! Their assessor was ready to meet them at the end to congratulate them on a successful expedition.

Well done to Anna Reed, Lilyella Ayers, Charlie Harding, Isabel Kingston, Olivia Marks and Paisley Simpson.

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HOHS old girls to meet with a prince

badge-gold_1Of the eleven HOHS old girls who recently achieved their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (more than from any other Norfolk school!), six girls – Kelsey Borrer, Rina Chan, Kirstie Huang, Daniele Marta, Isabel Shaw and Shih-Lin Tseng will be heading to a presentation ceremony at St James’s Palace on March 11th to receive their certificates from the Duke of Edinburgh.

Congratulation to all the girls and we look forward to seeing some photos from the big day!

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Eleven HOHS girls achieve Gold D of E

On Wednesday 3rd September a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award presentation ceremony held at Sandringham saw 59 successful candidates from around Norfolk being presented with their brooches or badges.

Our school was very well represented as eleven of our girls had achieved this level of the award – more than from any other Norfolk school!imagePicture: Ian Burt

To earn their awards the participants had taken part in weekly physical activities and a gruelling expedition, learnt new skills, undertaken a residential visit and volunteered to help in their local community or for charities. Four of our girls were able to attend and were very proud to receive their brooches from inspirational paralympian silver medallist Mel Clarke, who told them to “use this award on your CVs ….the experience you have gained during these awards is invaluable”. The evening concluded with a reception.

Well done to the girls who achieved this level:

Sophie Amey, Holly Barrett, Kelsey Borrer, Rina Chan, Charlotte Dransfield, Sophie Gascoyne-Richard, Hannah Gaskin, Kirstie Huang, Daniele Marta, Isabel Shaw, Shih-Lin Tseng.

The girls will be going to St James’ Place in London at a later date to receive their certificates from the Duke of Wessex.

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Late date with a prince at the palace

Katie Nunney missed out on her Gold Duke of Edinburgh presentation last year as she was away at university taking examinations. She finally made it up to St James Palace on 25th September to collect her award. Jo Brand was the guest celebrity on the day and she kept everyone highly entertained. The day was topped off with a celebration lunch at Fortnum & Mason!d-of-e

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HOHS golden old girls make the press

HOHS old girl Charlotte Bacon featured in the EDP yesterday, with an article about her recent trip to St James’s Palace to receive her gold D of E award from Prince Edward.

Picture 2Charlotte – who has gained a place at the University of Kent to study English literature and philosophy – was not the only HOHS pupil to collect her award. With her that day was Sophie Zangerle, who had travelled back from Switzerland where she’s studying for a degree in Tourism, and Madi Gianfrancesco, who will be studying psychology at Royal Holloway.

A further 2 HOHS girls also achieved their gold D of E, although sadly they were unable to collect their awards in person. Katie Ross, who is currently in America, has been offered places at 4 different universities to study zoology, and Katie Nunney, who is to study geography at Aberystwyth University.