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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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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Green Plan It Update!

We reported here at the beginning of the academic year that Art Club members from Year 9 were taking on an exciting green-fingered challenge.  As part of a national project supported by the Royal Horticultural Society, they set out to design a new green space for a corner of our school grounds.

The team –  Hethersett Old Hall Bean Sprouts – joined around 20 other Norfolk and Suffolk teams at Easton & Otley College for an introduction to the challenge, and then worked very hard over the following ten weeks, designing, costing and building a 3-D model of a very ambitious and colourful garden.

Last month the girls – Rosamaria, Sarah, Clara, Darci and Faith-Marie – returned to Easton College for the presentations and prize-giving.  Rosamaria and Sarah write:

“We first visited Easton and Otley college for inspiration in September with Miss Mann and Miss Coughlan and met our mentor, Will. Then over the next two months we researched, costed and made our model of a garden.  Will visited us on two occasions to help us.  In December we went back to Easton to present our model to the judges. We also all made a winter planter and then there was a speech by Adam Frost, from the BBC’s Gardener’s World, who presented us with our certificate.  Unfortunately we didn’t win the challenge but we definitely learned some vital skills and enjoyed ourselves immensely.”

Here are the Old Hall Bean Sprouts with their 3-D model, the framed certificate and, below, with their mentor Will, from Easton.

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Learn to Swim with former HOHS pupil Jess Warner

Former HOHS pupil and swimming teacher Jess Warner is now running some of her Swimming Gems classes at our pool.  Jess recently taught Mrs Grove to swim for her Duke of Edinburgh’s Diamond Challenge. “She is a fantastic teacher and helped me overcome my life-long reluctance to swim – it was fun and I was thrilled when I achieved my ambition to swim a kilometre!”, says Mrs Grove. “I would recommend Jess as a teacher to anyone of any age who wants to learn to swim or hone their techniques.” Anyone interested, please contact Jess direct – details are on the poster  below –  or pick up a leaflet from the school entrance hall.




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Cambridge Botanical Gardens for Years 5 & 6

Last Thursday, Years 5 and 6 travelled to the Cambridge Botanical Gardens as part of their biomes and tropical rainforest topics in geography. We went into glasshouses, where we saw plants from different climates around the world: – cold, tropical, humid, hot and dry. The children were then able to look at and draw some carnivorous plants –  the ‘monkey cup’ and ‘Venus fly-trap’ were particularly popular! Miss Hopwood and Mr Peace then led the children on a nature hunt around the beautiful 16 acre gardens. It was a very enjoyable day!

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Over £350 raised for Children in Need, and still counting!

Last Friday’s activities for Children in Need at HOHS have now raised £367.40 (up nearly £100 since the first count noted in the picture below!) – and with sales of the second edition of Spotacular  still to count, the grand total will be even higher! Well done everyone and thank you for your generosity.  The Pennies for Pudsey activity yielded  1, 504 pennies,  960 two pence pieces and nearly 400 five pence pieces…there were also a few Canadian and American cents that slipped in and fourteen Euros!


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