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Have you got your tickets yet?

Bushcraft2Why not come along on Saturday (11th October) and enjoy our Bushcraft Activity Day.

Want to build a den using sheeting and cargo nets? Try your hand at pebble painting and wand making? Mould a clay mask on the trees or make fat balls for the birds? Toast marshmallows and listen to stories around the open camp fire?

If that sounds like fun don’t forget to buy YOUR tickets this week..


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Have YOU got your ticket for the Family Quiz Night yet?

Friday 7th February
6.45pm – 9.00pm

Come join us for a fun family quiz night in the Barn and put your general knowledge to the test!

Children of all ages are welcome and there will be quiz rounds for them to join in with. Pizza and salad will be served and is included in the ticket price. You are very welcome to bring along your own drinks and ‘nibbles’.

Cost: £5 adults / £2.50 children / £12.50 family tickets (2 adults/2 children).
Tickets can be purchased through the school office.

Please make the effort to come along and support your PA.

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Fun at the PA fete

A massive thank you to all pupils, parents, teachers and friends of the school for supporting yet another hugely successful PA fete.

Great fun was had by all and even the weather played ball! Updates on the monies raised and more photos of the day to follow soon.


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Just 18 days left till the summer fete!


Our fun-packed summer fete is not far off now (Saturday 11th May), and this year, as part of our 75th anniversary celebrations, we are going back to the good old days and bringing you all those ‘fete classics’ that we’re sure you’ll love.

With swing boats, archery, welly wanging, Punch & Judy, coconut shy and tug o’war, as well as all the usual class stalls, BBQ, crepes, ice cream, plants and produce, raffle, tombola and more, it’s fast shaping up to be a fantastic day out for all the family.

This year we are also holding the first-ever Great Hethersett Bake Off, with a range of categories suitable for all budding pastry chefs to enter!

Following on from the success of last year, and the record amount of money we raised – much of which was spent on improving the outside play equipment in the Prep Department – we are hoping to make this another event to remember, and of course to raise plenty of money for the extra items in school that your sons and daughters will benefit from.

None of this would be possible without your help, so if you are able to donate any of the following we would be extremely grateful. They can be brought into school and left in the office as soon as possible.

* Good condition books and toys
* Tombola prizes
* Raffle prizes
* Jams, preserves and produce
* Cakes and Plants (to be brought into school on Friday 10 May or Fete day)
* Gazebo and bunting
* Children’s Jam Jar Tombola

Finally, we are looking for offers of help on the day. ‘Many hands make light work!’ So if you are able to spare an hour or two please contact Deborah Clemitshaw via the School reception desk.


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Interview with Mark Thompson, presenter of Stargazing Live

An interview with Mark Thompson, presenter of the hit BBC programme Stargazing Live.

When and why did you first become interested in astronomy?

My father took me to the Norwich Astronomical Society when I was about 10 years old and I saw Saturn through the Society’s 25cm reflecting telescope and it was that view which hooked my interest in the Universe.

Were you very good at science at school?
I did Physics at school back in the day when you could choose a particular science subject rather than the current triple science module. I loved it but never took science studies further than GCSE.  A few years later, I started an OU astrophysics degree but gave up after two years because I discovered flying lessons which seemed much more fun!

Did you go to an astronomy club when you were growing up?
I was a very keen young member of the Norwich Astronomical Society and my Dad was very supportive in taking me there every week and waiting for me in the car. I think this experience among like-minded people was key in developing my enthusiasm for the subject.

Why do you think it is so important for children to study science at school?
Science is crucial to so many aspects of modern life and it gives children a great understanding of how the world works.  It’s also a great enabler to get children into loads of different career options so I would really encourage children to study science at school.

Which is your favourite planet?
It would have to be Saturn.  It was the first thing I saw through a telescope and even now, about thirty years on it still holds me captivated.

Why is Norfolk such a good place to star gaze?
Three criteria for a good place for star-gazing are; 1) clear skies – can’t do a lot about that, 2) little industrial pollutants in the atmosphere and thankfully Norfolk is a rural county with few factories.  This means we don’t have to peer through gas and dust. 3) dark skies – because Norfolk is a rural county you don’t have to go far to get away from lights from its few large towns.

What’s the best thing about presenting on Stargazing Live?
It’s a pleasure to work with Brian Cox, Dara O Briain and Liz Bonin but the crew also make the whole experience fun.  It’s long 14 hour days but to be a part of a show that has inspired the nation to look up is something I am very proud of.

 See all the photos from the Stargazing evening at HOHS.

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Have you got your tickets yet?

imagesWhy not come along next Saturday (16th March) and enjoy our first-ever Bushcraft Day.

Run by a qualified Forest School organiser, this PA event includes lots of outdoor activities suitable for girls and boys of all ages.

Want to build a den using sheeting and cargo nets? Design, saw and drill your own wooden ‘bling’? Mould a clay mask on the trees? Hunt for prizes and take part in an interesting nature trail? Toast marshmallows and listen to stories around the open camp fire?

If that sounds like fun don’t forget to buy YOUR tickets this week..

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Stargazing, wormholes and travelling in time

On Friday night nearly 100 pupils, parents and teachers enjoyed a talk by Mark Thompson, one of the presenters of the hit BBC programme Stargazing Live.
stargazing4Armed with a boggling array of information, facts and figures – plus some stunning imagery – Mark’s presentation left the whole room a little more clued up on the contents of space and the workings of our universe.

Following a break for refreshments, Mark once again took to the floor to field a mixed bag of questions from an increasingly curious audience. Subjects ranged from the likelihood of time travel and the existence of aliens, to wormholes, the speed of light, String theory and an estimation of how long it would take to drive a car to Jupiter.
Perhaps the most interesting of all was the revelation that it is indeed possible to turn back time and get a little younger, if you can run around a room really, really fast!

To finish up, Mr Lutkins gave a brief talk on how easy it is for amateur astronomers to take photos using a simple digital camera or web cam. Perhaps after this evening there will be an increase of numbers in the Astronomy Club.

The PA would like to say a big thank you to Mark for coming in to talk to us all. If you missed out on Mark’s words of wisdom on the night, why not pick up a copy of his latest book: A Down to Earth Guide to the Cosmos.

See all the photos from the evening.

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Update: Stargazing tonight


Unfortunately, due to the forecast of cloudy skies tonight, it is unlikely that all the stars and planets will be out and playing ball.

For those of you who were planning on bringing your own telescope, whilst you will probably not need it to go outside, you are still more than welcome to bring it along and receive some expert tuition in the Barn!

As part of the Young Enterprise scheme, Year 9 will be selling truffles, assorted chocolates, doughnuts and brownies in the dining room tonight.

See you all at 6pm.

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Tickets are limited so book yours now!


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Save a date with the stars!

667df8aeb9c5c94a3ca4164bed46ec6bOn Friday 1st March the HOHS PA will be presenting an evening of ‘Star Gazing Live’ with Mark Thompson from the BBC.

Come and learn all about the constellations and the wonders of the galaxies from one of the presenters of the hugely popular BBC programme, Stargazing Live.
As well as enjoying a presentation by Mark, they’ll be an opportunity to try out a robotic telescope and receive some lessons on how to use your own telescope and take photos of the stars.

Evenings events will kick off at 6pm. Tickets cost £5 (adults) and £2.50 (children) and will include soup & roll/hot dog and a hot drink. Places will be limited so be sure to secure your space straight away to avoid any disappointment.

More details to follow, but DON’T FORGET TO KEEP THE DATE FREE.

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