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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“We are stardust…”

Year 8 have been investigating fascinating facts about atoms and matter.  Did you know that the carbon, nitrogen and oxygen atoms in our bodies were created in previous generations of stars over 4.5 billion years ago?  Humans and every other animal as well as most of the matter on Earth contain these elements…so we are literally made of star stuff…!

 

 

 


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Year 8 Science: a great year!

From exploring sound through making their own musical instruments to growing microbes, learning distillation processes, bending light and undertaking ecological and biodiversity studies…Year 8 had a fabulous year in science! They even enjoyed some mindfulness sessions (you can try one of the activities for yourself here!)
 





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Guineapigs’ holiday!

Our boarders’ two little ‘piggies’, Winnie and Bubbles, had a lovely half term holiday last week! Many thanks to the Tricker family for hosting them and taking such good care of them for us.


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Clara and Ruby’s Hearts for Manchester

Over half term, Clara (Year 9), together with Mum  Mary and sister  Ruby , who is joining us this September in Year 7,  got involved in the campaign to fill Manchester with handmade hearts  as a symbol against terrorism after the attack. Thousands of hearts were sent from all over the world and were distributed in the city on Monday of this week.  Clara made hearts from felt and designed wooden hearts, while  Ruby knitted hers.  The response was incredible as you can see from the campaign’s  Facebook page  #AHEART4MCR


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Year 8 science: why your mother was right…

Year 8 have been using petri dishes prepared with nutrient agar to reveal the bacteria hiding all around us…. look at the microbes they have grown !

You can also link to a short video that demonstrates how quickly bacteria multiply from swabs taken from a TV remote –  proving your mum was right every time she said “now wash your hands!”

 

 

 


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Happy St Patrick’s Day from HOHS!

Did you know that St Patrick, the famous fifth-century missionary and Patron Saint of Ireland, wasn’t originally from the Emerald Isle? It is thought that he was kidnapped by pirates when he was a teenager and taken to Ireland as a slave looking after animals. Then, later, he escaped but had a vision telling him to go back and spread the word about Christianity.  It is believed that St Patrick  used the shamrock, with its three leaves in one plant, to explain the Holy Trinity.  In assembly this week, Upper and Lower Prep pupils learned all about the famous saint – and our dining room was decorated with shamrocks and leprechauns for a distinctly Irish lunch menu of Beef and Guinness sausages and colcannon!


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Agata’s dog…Year 1 Pets’ Week news

For Pets’ Week in Year 1,  Agata brought in this lovely picture of her dog Ginger posing with her and little sister Vera. Agata has another dog too, a border collie called Obelix.

Agata told us, “I love them very much. They are sometimes a bit naughty. One of them eats the cushions and the other one sometimes bites us but only gently, it doesn’t hurt! They love it when I cuddle them”.

Some of the other children also have dogs, in fact we hope to meet Scarlett’s puppy soon!

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