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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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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