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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A New Year in the HOHS gardens…

Mr Crump took this picture today of the first snowdrops bravely peeping through in our gardens….a lovely sign that Spring is just around the corner.

We hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of the holiday – do send us your pictures and news for the blog if you are doing something exciting, to marketing@hohs.co.uk

 

 

 


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Beautiful Snow Ball!

Yesterday evening the Barn was transformed by hardworking members of our PA into a beautiful winter wonderland for our annual Snow Ball. The senior girls dressed to impress and once again the Mocktail Bar proved a big hit on the night! Many photos were taken and girls are welcome to bring a USB to the marketing office to have them uploaded: here is just a small selection. There will be some more printed out to look through in the Black Hole at school tomorrow – and a gallery on the blog soon.

A huge thank you to our Parents’ Association for helping to fund the evening as well as transforming the barn into such a beautiful wintry venue…


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Christingle – the gallery

We promised more photos of Thursday’s lovely Christingle service – here they are! If you took some and would like to share them here, please email to marketing@hohs.co.uk and I will add them!

 



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Christingle Tingles!

This afternoon our Prep and Lower Prep pupils took part in an annual favourite: our Christingle Service at St Remigius Church. The service was led by Rev Derek McClean, with the children offering lovely musical contributions and leading the prayers.  With the lights turned off, Christingles lit and everyone circling the church and joining in with Away in a Manger, there was a magical Christmas atmosphere. Thank you to all the parents and families who came to share the service, and for your generous contributions for The Children’s Society. Look out for a full gallery of pictures over the weekend!




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Year 1 assembly: the gallery

We promised some more photos from Year 1’s lovely assembly on Tuesday….and here they are. Well done, everyone! Click on the first picture and then you can scroll to see them all.


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You’ve got a friend in Year 1!

Year 1 and Mrs Bird presented a wonderful class assembly this morning! The focus was on the children’s history topics, so they told us all about toys from the last century. showing us some of their own favourites from today as well as some special ones lent to them for the class ‘museum corner’ by grandparents. The children also displayed some stunning three-dimensional artwork and puppets they had made… all with a backdrop of  images from their trip to the Bridewell Museum earlier this term.  The song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” was a great addition to a lovely assembly, and of course there were special moments with family and friends afterwards, too. Well done, Year 1!

Look out for the full gallery of pictures in the next couple of days!



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Review: Norfolk High Schools’ Choir Festival 2017

On Thursday, our senior choir members took part in the 2017 Norfolk High School Choir Festival at St Andrews Hall in Norwich – a fantastic opportunity to sing with a full range of voices in a large choir. The girls spent all day polishing a variety of pieces to perform to an appreciative full-house audience in the evening.  Our thanks to Mrs Greene for her coaching and for taking the girls, and to Felicity’s mother for the following review:

“The choir and orchestra kicked off with a jubilant rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus. I was very impressed that no one inserted an extra ‘Hallelujah’ in the pause before the end, a mistake that even highly professional singers have been known to make. The other highlights of the evening for me were the performance of ‘Rule the World’ (Take That), the selections from ‘Wicked’ and Carl Orff’s ‘O Fortuna’.

In the last two performances, the orchestra and wind band were a perfect accompaniment to the choirs. The high voices of the pupils were a great contrast to the depth of the orchestral score. In ‘O Fortuna’ the choirs brought fantastic cheerfulness to the gloomy Latin text: you would never have guessed that the singers are actually railing against fortune! As the singers sang their hearts out, the cymbals clashed, the tubas boomed and the rafters rang, ending the evening on a fantastic note of exhilaration. Well done to all of the pupils who participated. You did a fantastic job.”