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Buttons and Betty at Carrow Road

On the Ball City! Lottie (Reception),  her brother Noah (Year 1) and Reno (Year 1) were at the match on Saturday afternoon to see a valuable point added to the Norwich tally – and Mrs Bird was also there as their guest in the Players’ Lounge. As you can see, Buttons and Betty, the HOHS bears, definitely didn’t want to miss out….and are hoping to get mini Canaries outfits for Christmas (blue and white won’t do at Carrow Road!)

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New faces at HOHS

This term we welcome a number of new staff to our HOHS team:

Miss Alison Kirkham, Senior Housemistress in our boarding house.

Miss Amy Wright, PE teacher

Mrs Tammy Hall, Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hall with Mrs Fisher, who is teaching Year 5 this year

Miss Suzanne Chaplin, Teaching Assistant

Mrs Philippa Gunn, teacher of Years 3 and 4, with some of her pupils

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Maisy sees Bolt finale

How many of our HOHS families have been gripped by the World Athletics championships in London? Yesterday may not have brought the fairy-tale ending Usain Bolt’s fans all around the world were hoping for,  but it was certainly exciting! Lucky Maisy was there at the Olympic Park  to see the drama unfold and her mum has sent us these great photos we are happy to share. Thank you!

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Year 2 picnic creations

On Friday afternoon, Year 2 had a fun DT session learning how to make sandwiches and other healthy picnic treats….then it was out into the garden to eat them!

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HOHS Golden Girls at the Palace

Last year’s HOHS Deputy Head Girl Emily Matthews writes:

On May 24th 2017 five of us (last year’s Upper Sixth) got the opportunity to receive our Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award at Buckingham Palace. Most of us arrived early, which allowed us to explore the beautiful gardens, take photos and listen to the Royal Band in the glorious sunshine. Groups from all around the country were assigned a different area and we were part of a group of fifty people from Norfolk and Suffolk.

Presenting us with our award was celebrity soprano Laura Wright who performed at the opening ceremony of HRH Prince Harry’s inaugural Invictus Games debuting a piece she wrote called “ Invicible”. Laura also completed her Gold award and was therefore able to share some of her own experiences with us before we were visited by The Earl of Wessex. The Earl spoke to us about our achievements and asked us about our own unique Gold DofE experiences. Overall it was a great experience and it was lovely to see everyone, including former pupils, Megan and Libby.

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Miss Mickleburgh’s Magpies Flying High!

In addition to teaching and coaching at HOHS, Miss Mickleburgh plays hockey to a very high level in her spare time.  Last Saturday she scored her first national league hockey goal, followed by a second! Her goals were the first two in her team Harleston Magpies’  7-1 win over Northampton Saints. The Magpies currently sit third in the Investec Women’s Hockey League. Go, Miss Mickleburgh!

The photos below are courtesy Chris Dicken.

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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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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Year 1 really enjoyed their visit to the theatre last term to see Michael Rosen’s famous We’re Going on a Bear Hunt come to life. Now the children have been doing some excellent work with Mrs Bird to follow up on what they saw and heard.

They have been retelling the story in a drama session, remembering and checking the sequence of events and illustrating the action. Their work is now on display outside the Year 1 classroom – parents, do come and have a look!


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Reception pupils at the top of the beanstalk!

Thank you to all the friends and families who came to see our Reception children present their class assembly this morning – didn’t they do well? 

The children showed us what they have been learning this term about how things grow. They had listened to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and planted their own beans. Then they had done some creative writing about what they would find at the top of their beanstalks, from pink fairy castles to super heroes! We read the story about Jasper`s Beanstalk and painted beautiful, colourful pictures to re-tell the story.

The children told us how they have planted sunflower seeds and cress seeds and talked about the conditions needed for plants to grow – and how important it is to be PATIENT while you wait for this to happen! 

After the assembly was finished the children stayed for a little while in the Barn to share the excitement with their families…

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Miss Mickleburgh’s Magpies Flying High!

As well as coaching and teaching at HOHS, Miss Mickleburgh also plays mixed hockey at a high level.  Last Sunday, her team, the Harleston Magpies,  guaranteed their place in the national mixed hockey finals for the second consecutive year, with a comfortable 5-0 win over Khalsa from Warwickshire. 

The finals will be held on June 4th/5th at Lee Valley Hockey Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

 This is the journey the team took to reach the finals:

 Round 1: 4-1 vs Ipswich

Round 2: 4-1 vs Saffron Waldon

Round 3: 5-0 vs Norwich City

Round 4: 5-0 vs Wisbech Town

Well done – and good luck for the finals! Miss Mickleburgh is pictured bottom left with her team.