Hethersett Old Hall School (HOHS) blog – an independent day school near Norwich, Norfolk.

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Silver Duke of Edinburgh achievers

Congratulations to Gabriella, Hannah, Alice, Aisling and Tayla (Year 11) on successfully completing their assessed silver Duke of Edinburgh’s expedition last weekend. It was tough, but the girls all excelled in every area, with excellent navigation (don’t believe the locals – you know where you are!), being supportive of others in the team, good camping skills and a huge determination to succeed. The assessor complimented all the girls on their ability to cope with all aspects of the expedition, especially cooking in adverse weather conditions.

Mrs Grove said, “You are all stars. Well done and I hope that you rested those aching muscles before coming back to school!”
 


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Silver Duke of Edinburgh practice

On Friday, our Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award group set off  for their camping practice expedition in North Norfolk.  The weather was perfect as they hiked with their tents and equipment from Binham to Cley and on to Blakeney.  At Morston, they met up with one of our governors, Mr Myerscough, who joined them for lunch. The Bronze group are also out and about this weekend…watch this space for more pictures and reports from Mrs Grove on both adventures!

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Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice


On Saturday 20th September the participating Year 10 students left school in the minibuses for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition.
 

The weather was overcast but not cold, so ideal for walking. Setting off from either Swannington or Cawston Church, the girls walked for 12.5km along narrow lanes and footpaths, some of which were very overgrown with nettles and brambles. This was their first unaccompanied walk and the groups navigated successfully, following the OS map and route cards with due care and attention.

They arrived at the campsite in plenty of time to put up their tents and cook their evening meal. It was their first time to camp on D of E and they all organised themselves efficiently, with a variety of menus for their evening meal. A full day of walking meant they were all very hungry, so some students chose to eat lots of different small courses; one reckoned she ate 7!

As darkness fell at 7.30pm they all prepared themselves for bed and before long the campsite was quiet as everyone was tucked up in their tents. An early night was had by all.

The girls emerged from their tents at 6.30am and started to prepare for the day. After a hearty breakfast of porridge, pancakes and cereal bars, washed down with plenty of coffee, tea and hot chocolate, they all set off from the campsite at 8am for another successful walk through the fields and lanes of Norfolk.

Well done girls on a successful practice expedition. We look forward to your qualifying venture on Saturday 11th/ Sunday 12th October 2014.

Mrs Grove
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Silver Duke of Edinburgh practice

On Friday 12th September, ten senior students departed bright and early on the minibus for their camping practice expedition in North Norfolk, as part of their Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

After a long day trudging along footpaths, through woods and across heath land they were all glad to finally arrive at the first campsite. Having cooked their own meal on trangias, the girls spent some time relaxing and chatting before heading off to their tents as the sun set.

Very early on Saturday, one group emerged pre-dawn to cook breakfast (very quietly!) by the light of a full moon. The other group joined them an hour later and everyone left the campsite on time – long before breakfast time on a normal weekend!

Saturday saw a tiring walk along the beach and more heath navigation before arrival at a new campsite near the sea where there was a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights. Unfortunately, cloud cover meant there were no wonderful skies, but it did mean that a good night’s sleep was had before another early start on the final day. To help tire the girls out even more, Miss Mann challenged them to a bout of ‘shoulder fencing’, a game that she had devised in South Africa!

Everyone worked hard this last day to ensure that they did not get lost and were on time. The expedition was very successful and all the girls are now well prepared for their final expedition, which will take place during the October half term.

Well done everyone!

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Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice

On a hot and sunny Saturday, twelve of our Year 9 students arrived at school bright and early to prepare for their one-day Bronze Duke of Edinburgh walk.

After learning how to pack their rucksacks and marking their routes on to a map, we drove to our starting point. The two groups learnt how to navigate around a course of nearly 14km whilst carrying their bags. It was hot and tiring but they all worked really hard and were able to decide in which direction they should be walking.

Well done everyone, you are now ready for your two-day practice and overnight camp in September.

Mrs Grove

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Silver Duke of Edinburgh practice

Just 2 days after starting back at school the Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s group set off on their 3 day practice expedition. Being a very well-organised set of students they completed each stage on time, navigated well and had excellent camp craft skills.

The weather, on the whole, was kind to us with just a brief rainstorm as we were putting up tents on the first night. We enjoyed some brilliant sunshine after that, but the nights were rather on the cold side. In hindsight perhaps a few more fleeces would have been helpful!

Well done everyone. Looking forward to the final in October.

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Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice

The second week of term saw the Duke of Edinburgh staff out again, this time heading off into the wilds of Mid Norfolk with the 3 Bronze groups.

Everyone turned up early at school on Saturday morning, dressed for the occasion and raring to go. They were driven to their start points where they set off in light rain. The weather soon cleared up and the girls enjoyed a very good day of navigation; no-one got lost, which was quite an achievement!

After arriving at the campsite the girls put up tents and cooked their evening meals on the trangias. Some groups seemed to have brought a small shops worth of food and were eating for ages. There was certainly no risk of them being short of energy the next day! They all went to bed early in preparation for their 6am start.

The following day started bright and sunny but unfortunately didn’t stay that way for very long. Luckily everyone made it back to the safety of the minibus before the deluge.

Well done to everyone who took part. Just 2 weeks to go until the final!

Mrs Grove

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