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Celebrating achievements at HOHS Speech Day

There was so much to celebrate at our Speech Day today – a lovely day and with perfect weather for the traditional family picnic on the lawns afterwards, too! A truly inspirational speech from guest Jo Cruse who used examples of young women who have become leaders in their field to speak to our girls about their futures ‘bursting with virtually limitless possibility’. She also spoke with candid honesty about the challenges and opportunities that accompany times of change – as she herself faces a crossroads. “I thought it was an amazing speech”, said Amy H (Year 11) “It was as if she was talking directly to me and understood my own thoughts and feelings, I was transfixed!”

Happy holidays, everyone!

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Speech Day picnic just beats the rain!

Today we celebrated arguably the biggest day of the school year  – Speech Day! A full report will be posted soon, but in the meantime, we wanted to share some photos of families enjoying their picnic lunches after the formal part of the day was completed.  Anyone who had hoped for a leisurely lunch in the sunshine over a couple of hours was disappointed though –  barely had the last sandwich been consumed than the skies opened, the thunder roared…and the marquee came into its own again!

We hope all the families who came to share this landmark event enjoyed the day.

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Speech Day 2016

Thank you to everyone who came to our annual Speech Day. Following a catch up on the busy school year, some farewell speeches, the presentation of many prizes and a thought-provoking speech from Jennifer Lonsdale OBE, co-founder of the Environmental Investigation Agency, it was time to make the most of the sunshine and enjoy a picnic and afternoon tea out on the lawn.

More photos from the day will be posted soon.

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Celebrating another successful school year

Speech-Day9We look forward to celebrating the biggest day of the school year tomorrow – Speech Day!

image As well as hearing from our Chair of Governors, Headmaster and Head Girls, Dr Anne Edwards BEM – a John Innes Centre research scientist who won recognition in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to the environment and the public understanding of science – will be giving a talk and presenting prizes.

The day will run as follows:

Prize Giving in the Marquee: 11.00am
Picnic Lunches: 12.30pm
Exhibitions & Performances: 1.30pm
Afternoon Tea: 2.30pm



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Speech Day 2014

Last Tuesday pupils, staff, Governors, parents and friends came together for Speech Day to mark the end of yet another busy school year.

Following a catch-up on all areas of school life, the presentation of countless prizes, a rendition of ‘Green Eyes’ by Bridget and an inspirational speech from Sophia Warner, Great Britain Paralympic athlete, it was time for everyone to enjoy their picnic out on the lawn. 

Predictably the weather decided not to play ball, and within half an hour of everybody setting out their rugs, chairs and hampers, the storm clouds had gathered and torrential rain had everybody running for cover!

See more photos here.

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The sun comes out for Speech Day

For the most part this term the weather has been cold, grey and decidedly wet. There have been drenched sporting spectators, cancelled matches, soggy teddy bears and plenty of waterlogged wellies at the recent picnic concert. However, as if to celebrate the end of term, the summer finally decided to put in an appearance for Speech Day on the 4th July.

Following a catch up on the busy school year, some emotional farewell speeches, the presentation of countless prizes and an inspirational speech from The Venerable Jan McFarlane, Archdeacon of Norwich, it was finally time for everyone to make the most of the sunshine and enjoy a picnic and afternoon tea out on the lawn.

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