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Aged 11-18? Write a poem or story and win a prize!

We know that there’s some amazing writing talent amongst our pupils – so here is an exciting opportunity for you to have your work recognised!  Entries have to come from your school email address, so send your poem, story or essay to marketing@hohs.co.uk,  making sure to include all the information asked for in the instructions below, and we will forward it on to the competition organisers. Good luck!


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Kennings riddles by Year 4

In poetry Year 4 have been learning about Kennings. They are like ‘mini riddles’ and describe something without saying exactly what it is. The word ‘Kenning’ is derived from an old Norse word which means to ‘describe something in terms of another.’

The Vikings and Anglo-Saxons enjoyed word play and described their swords as ‘skull-splitters’. Even today we use Kennings in every day speech – ‘sky-scrapers’ and ‘gold-diggers’.
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Paintings and poems by Year 3

After learning all about the life and work of the artist Vincent Van Gogh, Year 3 have produced their own beautiful paintings. Their pictures have been inspired by the Van Gogh paintings ‘Self-Portrait’, ‘Sunflowers’ and ‘Starry Night’. We are very pleased with the results and more of their work can be seen on display in the Prep School.

Year-3-Oct3Year-3-Oct8Year-3-Oct2Year-3-OctYear-3-Oct7Year-3-Oct6After reading the book ‘I’ll Take You To Mrs Cole’ by Michael Foreman, Year 3 have also been writing poems about all the things they’d get up to if their parents and grandparents went out for the day and left them without any grown- ups! Year-3-Oct4year-3-poetryYear-3-Oct5year-3-poetry2Much fun would of course be had, but everyone agreed that they would be very pleased to see their parents return at the end of the day!

Ms Mobbs

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‘Sea Poetry’ by Year 5


Read more Sea Poetry by Year 5.


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Autumn Poems by Year 2

This term Year 2 have been drawing their inspiration from nature and writing some lovely poems about ‘Autumn’. Read all of their poems here.Year-2-Autumn-Poems

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Year 5 get creative with their words

Year 5 have been busy writing poetry using auxiliary verbs. Year-5-poetry6

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Our winning ‘Star’ poems and more

Mrs Maher and Mrs Young recently held a competition for pupils to write a poem about ‘stars’.

All pupils from our Reception class through to Sixth Formers were encouraged to get creative and we had some wonderful entries.

The results are as follows:

Best academic poem: Emily Edwards (9C)
Most creative poem: Grace Greenfield (5T)
Best use of a metaphor in a poem: Letitia Gaskin (9C)
Best presented and wittiest poem: Alexander Cooper (1H)

Well done to our winners.

A selection of the poems can be seen HERE – can you spot yours?!