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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Can Science Solve the World’s Problems?

This was one of the top agenda items at the GSA Girl Power conference in Cambridge on Wednesday. The event saw twelve of our seniors from Years 11-13 join with pupils from many other schools to hear a range of women scientists and engineers speak about their careers. This year’s theme was “ STEM solutions towards a sustainable world” and the aim is to get girls to “think big, think
future, think global and think sustainable”.

Year 11 pupils Laura and Filly (Philippa) told me: “It was really great, interesting…inspiring, actually. We learned a lot about marine ecology, astronomy and sensory design. We heard all the morning speakers – and there were many! – plus we attended a breakout session in the afternoon by Dr Jenny Tillotson about eScent sensory design. Standout speaker? For us, that would have to be the design engineer, Yewande Akinola. She was amazing and really engaged with everyone in the lecture theatre. Thank you Miss Mann and Dom for planning this trip and taking us.”
Liz French, Editor

 


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Adventure club fun

Autumn is a wonderful time of year for gathering colourful materials for creative play, as these pictures from Lower prep after school adventure club clearly demonstrate!

 


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Years 3-6 mannequin Challenge

Congratulations to Year 3-6 Prep pupils for a brilliant mannequin challenge last week  in gymnastics – look how they are holding these poses!

 

 


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Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Op Xmas Child logoPupils from Nursery to Year 6 took home a leaflet on Friday about the annual Christmas ‘shoebox appeal’ (Operation Christmas Child).

If your child would like to take part, they will need to find and wrap a medium-sized shoebox and lid (separately) then have fun filling it with new gifts – you will find suggested items are listed in the leaflet. A £5 suggested donation should accompany the shoebox and all  must be returned to the Prep library by Friday 10th November. The boxes are guaranteed to light up the faces of the children who receive them.

Our collection of shoeboxes will be displayed and eventually collected by a local representive for the appeal – the picture below is from our collection last year.

Thank you for your support.


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Please share our Winter Wonderland Fair poster!

From Joy Elsley, Chair of our Parents’ Association:

Parents and friends – if you haven’t already made a note in your diaries, please do now – and tell your friends and families. If you can, please share our poster, below!

Saturday November 18th is our big Winter Wonderland Fair. There will be stalls galore (over 45 of them!) selling everything from crafts to Christmas decorations, artisan foods and handmade clothes.  You can also enjoy food and refreshments from our wonderful chef and games and activities for the children.

Interested in having a stall, or know anyone who would like one?  There are just a very few spaces left now, so please email me at PA@hohs.co.uk as soon as possible! It costs just £25 for a 6ft table (supplied) plus a donated item for our raffle.

Speaking of the raffle – parents, could you consider donating a prize? The raffle is always one of our biggest fundraisers and the proceeds all go towards buying items to benefit all our children. You can bring prizes into the school office anytime from now. Thank you so much!

 


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Tennis News

We had another fantastic week of tennis – there are some very talented players at HOHS!

Players of the Week:

Lower Prep: Jake (Reception) for outstanding improvement

Upper Prep: Lydia (Year 6) for excellent improvement and hard work.

Senior School: Laura (Year 7) for great improvement with her groundstrokes.

The photo below was taken after school today – a lovely, sunny afternoon!

Katie Brooks, Tennis Coach


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Enjoy the half-term holidays!

Happy half term, everyone!

We hope all our families will enjoy the break – and that there will be plenty more beautiful autumn sunshine! School resumes on Monday 30th October.  A reminder, please, that all pupils should be in full winter uniform when we return.

  • Do email me on marketing@hohs.co.uk with your pictures and news if you are going away or doing something exciting! I am especially looking forward to hearing all about our senior school trip to Holland and Belgium…the girls’ special trip hoodies arrived earlier this week, to much excitement.

Liz French, Editor