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Yet more snow fun!

It’s been lovely to see what some of our families have been up to this week – here are a couple more from Agata (Year 2) and Vera (Nursery Yellow) and from Isla (Nursery Green) …plus an update on our boarders’ amazing igloo!

Vera and Agata’s slightly puzzled snowman!

Isla’s snow angel!

The igloo is really taking shape…

…you can fit three people inside

…and we even have fairy lights!

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We read about ‘The bluest eyes’…now hear the song!

This is a must-listen! Last week we reported how Tami (Year 13) researched self-perceptions of black women for her EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), culminating in the composition and performance of a song.  Now you can listen to the song on Soundcloud here. Beginning with an impassioned Spiritual-style plea, the song evolves into a haunting piece with a simple piano accompaniment that perfectly suits Tami’s beautiful and emotive vocals.





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The bluest eyes…

Tami (Year 13) has been researching self-perceptions of black women for her EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). Her research culminated in the composition of her own powerful song, reflecting how black women’s self esteem has long been affected by societal prejudices about skin colour and hair type.  Yesterday she presented her findings, and her song, to senior pupils and staff and afterwards took questions from the audience.

Tami, who is our Deputy Head Girl, said, “I chose to compose a song, The Bluest Eyes, because music is such a strong focus in my life. The inspiration came from a book of the same name by Toni Morrison, whose characters are so desperate to be considered beautiful in the white world that they hate their own skin colour and hair type.”

In the second picture below Tami is with Lilyella and Khloe who have also completed EPQ projects: look out for reports on their presentations coming soon.

  • Did you know…? The EPQ involves in-depth research into your own choice of topic and the creation of either a 5,000-word report or a ‘product’ and a shorter report. You then make a 15-minute presentation which is recorded for the external assessors.





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What have a prosthetic leg for a dog, a ski jacket and horror make-up got in common?

The answer is, they are among the topics independently researched over the past months by girls in our Year 13 group for their Extended Project Qualification ( a Level 3 qualification). Other projects included the effects of cyberbullying, ways to spice up your life in uni and more.

Each of the girls recently gave an individual presentation on her chosen topic – a great opportunity to showcase the hard work and research they had put in and answer questions from their audience  of staff and pupils.

EPQ pic


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Bronze and Silver D of E

Last weekend the Silver and Bronze (pictured below) Duke of Edinburgh groups went out on their first day practice.

They all worked extremely hard practising their navigation skills. Excellent team skills were seen and they all got back safe and sound without being rained upon!

Mrs Grove

Bronze d of e

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Setting off on a Silver D of E hike

Good luck to all our Year 11 students who set off this morning on their Silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition to Holt.

May the weather remain dry and the blisters stay away! Silver Dof E Sept2014s

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Braving the storms for the Silver D of E

At the start of the October half term 9 Year 11 students tackled the final qualifying Silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition. The three days went by without any mishap on the part of the girls. They were very good navigators, excellent time keepers, good team players and great campers. The group had to put up with horrendous weather conditions. It rained heavily and the wind gusts were very strong, but nothing seemed to dampen their spirits.

Congratulations on gaining this part of the award and a big thank you to Mr Johnston and Miss Mann who without their help I would not be able to run this award.

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Girl Power: Women in Science

scienceLast week some of our Year 11 and Year 12 pupils attended the GSA Girl Power: Women in Science conference, hosted by St Mary’s School in Cambridge.

During the visit the girls attended a series of lectures looking at careers in science. They also took part in a breakout session which they had selected. These included an insight into the NHS, materials science and a discussion with a panel of prominent female scientists.

Although it was a long day with plenty to take in, we hope our students were all inspired by at least one of the lecturers and that they are now considering the many benefits of studying science at A Level and degree level.

After all, the science department are very proud of our students at HOHS and we’d love the opportunity to bring our pupils to one of their lectures in the future!

Miss Mann


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Our very own HOHS weather girls

Year 8 have been studying weather. On Thursday they became weather girls for the day, producing forecasts which were both informative and great fun.