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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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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“Absolutely Brilliant” Bronze girls

This weekend saw thirteen of our Year 10 girls pass with flying colours  their challenging Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition.

Mrs Grove said, “The girls worked in two groups and both were absolutely brilliant! Great team work,  no complaints, nobody got lost, everyone was on time and where they should be. The Dof E external assessor was so impressed that he asked far harder questions than for a normal Bronze award, and said that the girls were all at Silver standard already! Well done – and thanks to Mrs Wickham for coming along to help, too.”

Our congratulations to Rosamaria, Caitlin C, Caitlin M, Isabelle S, Isabel H, Sophie B, Sophie S, Lucy, Clara, Darci, Faith-Marie, Mia and Rebekah!

Did you know…?

The Bronze D of E expedition challenge involves planning, writing route cards and navigating a 12km walking route along mainly footpaths.  Once the candidates successfully reach camp six hours later, whatever the weather, they set up their own tents and equipment and cook an evening meal on a trangia, a small outdoor cooking stove. The next morning they get breakfast, decamp and walk a second 12km planned route to their collection point. HOHS is an accredited DofE centre and we are very proud of our record of almost every girl in our senior year groups achieving the awards.

Mrs Grove

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First day of term!

It has been a delight to see our pupils back in school and smiling, happy faces, including some new ones,  have been everywhere today! You can see a full gallery of photos snapped this morning here.

New friends

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Welcome Back

A warm welcome back to all our day pupils, boarders, parents and staff – and to our new pupils, parents and teachers too, from nursery to seniors. We hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer break and are excited to be back! We’re all looking forward to another busy, productive and exciting school year. Look out for ‘first day of term’ photos coming soon…

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Celebrating GCSE results at HOHS!

There were smiles and hugs all round at HOHS this morning as our Year 11 girls collected their GCSE results and celebrated the fruits of their hard work. Well done, everyone – and we wish you all the very best with your A Levels and vocational programmes next year.

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Rosamaria and Sophie’s US adventure

Over the summer holidays, Rosamaria and Sophie (Year 10) have been with Rosa’s family to New York for a week before flying down to Orlando for another two weeks. In New York they visited the Empire State building, cruised on the Hudson river and wandered round Times Square, of course. Then it was off to Florida, where they had time to explore Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. They ate dinner in The Leaky Cauldron, bought a wand and rode on the Hogwarts Express train. They visited Islands of Adventure for more rides before heading to the NASA Space Centre to marvel at the Atlantis space shuttle. They even experienced a dolphin cruise on the Gulf of Mexico. Rosamaria said, “It was a fantastic holiday and great that Sophie came too…”

Lucky girls – and thank you for sending these pictures!

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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.