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A most notable occasion!

Where can you rub shoulders with the likes of Anne Frank, Messi, Madonna, Serena Williams, Darcey Bussell, Alan Sugar and Adele all under one roof? At HOHS, that’s where! Last Friday our Year 9 girls presented a fascinating ‘Meet the Notables’ event in the music room. Each girl had chosen a notable person from history or the current day, researched them and embodied them for the afternoon, answering visitors’ questions about their lives. Click on the thumbnails to see our gallery.






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Years 3 and 4 visit Kentwell Hall

Last Friday, Years 3 and 4 travelled back in time to 1593 when they visited Kentwell Hall in Suffolk to experience life in Tudor Times first hand. They discovered such things as Tudor pottery, basket making, cooking, sword school and dyeing.  They even visited the alchemist and made an explosion with gunpowder! The children explored the grand house and saw what life was like for Tudor gentry. After a long and enjoyable day, we all went through the time tunnel back to 2017…

Mrs Fisher

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Year 10 History Trip

On Friday, our Year 10 pupils visited the castles at Framlingham and Orford. From planning an attack on a stone keep castle to climbing inside a medieval bread oven, much was learned about the life and times of people who lived and worked in castles in addition to the layout and construction of these wonderful historical buildings.

Hist 1

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A very notable night indeed!

Yesterday saw Nadia Comaneci and Angelina Jolie rubbing shoulders with Nelson Mandela, Vera Rubin, Mahatma Gandhi, Judy Garland,  Alan Turing and a host of other notable figures from times gone by and the present day, as our Year 9 presented a memorable Night of the Notables 2016.

All the girls had worked hard since September researching their chosen notable and the final resulting display was really fascinating and very impressive!  Parents and friends visiting the Barn during the evening had the opportunity to find out about the notables from the girls, who were dressed in character and ready to answer questions beside their individual displays.

 The full list of notables  and pictures from the event are here.

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Tales from an Air Raid Shelter

Last week, Years 1, 2 and 6 enjoyed separate talks from a lovely visitor, Tawny Rae (Mrs Bird’s mother) about her fascinating and memorable experiences as a child during World War II. She recalled sleeping many nights in an air raid shelter and having to run for the midwife late one night when she was about nine years old. (Her mother had taught her carefully what to do…and her baby sister was born safely!)

Other topics for discussion included the role of Anderson shelters, ARP wardens, rationing and life at school. We would like to thank Mrs Rae for giving up her time and providing us with such a thought-provoking visit.

Yr 6 History talk

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Recording mini-beasts and building the Mary Rose

During their science lessons Year 4 have been using our wonderful grounds to identify and record mini-beasts. We are now going to use this data to create our own branching databases to classify each insect.Year 4 scienceAs part of their Tudor topic in History lessons they have also been busy making 3D pictures of Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose.

They started by sketching the ship, then used cardboard and paper mache to build up the hull. Next they used kebab and cocktail sticks for the masts, small yoghurt pots for the crow’s nest and wool for the rigging, before finally painting their vessels.

Watch out for their creations in the Upper Prep’s upcoming production of ‘Pirates and the Curry Bean’!

Mrs SinclairMary Rose in progress!finished mary rose



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Year 7 visit Norwich Cathedral

Year 7 went on a trip to Norwich Cathedral last week and learnt the history behind it.

Firstly we went through the giant nave and looked at the architecture of the beautiful arches and the outstanding stained glass windows. We learnt about all the types of limestone. We learned how the monks used the cloisters for a variety of activities such as reading and copying out manuscripts. They also used the cloisters to play games.

Then we had an interesting tour through the library and learned how books were made and printed. We even saw a very early reference book with a chain attached so people could not take it away!

Sophie Barrow & Isabelle Sellors (Year 7)