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Update on Ava, one of the HOHS-sponsored puppies!

The_Guide_Dogs_for_the_Blind_Association_logoWhen they were in Year 10, our current Lower Sixth started sponsoring Ava, a labradoodle pup who was a promising Guide Dog candidate. Now we have had an exciting update on her progress: she has just moved on to advanced training in London where she spends all day with Luke, her trainer, out and about in London, walking around the office or sitting next to Luke’s desk. Ava already has no trouble with London trains and buses and will start to go on the Underground and escalators with Luke soon.

Luke says, “I am hopeful she will take it all in her stride as she is very confident and picks things up easily. She is rarely scared to try things, which is great.”

The next step will be to find a suitable owner for Ava – someone whose life she really will change as a guide dog by helping them find more independence and confidence in their everyday living. Luke says that Ava’s future owner will have to suit a dog with personality – she’s quite a character!

The first two pictures are recent – Ava off duty and on duty with  Luke;  the third,  from the Sponsor a Puppy 2017 calendar,  shows Ava as a puppy with her brother at six weeks old. Aaah!

You can find out more about Ava – including a video from when she was a little puppy – on the Sponsor a Puppy website.




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Year 7 Cake Sale TOMORROW

Year 7 will be holding a CAKE SALE tomorrow (Tuesday 8th March) at break (10.40-12:30pm) in Room M1.

They are raising money for EACH (East Anglian Children’s Hospices), so don’t forget to bring in some money and support this very worthy cause!


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Update on Isaac, the HOHS sponsored puppy!


Year 8’s Sophie Barrow and Izzy Sellors give us an update on Isaac, the handsome guide dog that their year group sponsored last year.

“As you can see, he has grown a lot bigger since his last update (though is still very cute!). He has now started his training with his new trainer Helen. First Helen and Isaac are going to work on their bond and then she will find out what motivates him. After that she will test his overall obedience. Good luck Isaac! We look forward to seeing his next photo.”

The top picture is recent – with Isaac wearing his training harness;  the second shows Isaac as a puppy last year. You can see more pictures and a little video of Isaac on the Guide Dogs website.

Sophie and Izzy, Year 8



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Charity cake sale next Tuesday

cup cakeDelicious cakes will be on sale for 50p each from 10.40am on Tuesday 7th July, thanks to Year 4 pupils who are aiming to raise money for Australian volunteer firefighters.

The pupils have heard about the bush fires and the dangers they bring and have decided they want to help.


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Meet Isaac, the HOHS sponsored puppy!

The_Guide_Dogs_for_the_Blind_Association_logo Year 7 have raised a total of £142.25 and have sponsored a puppy called Isaac.

He is a beautiful black golden retriever cross Labrador and we hope he is successful with his training to become a guide dog for the blind.

Is he cute or is he VERY cute?!

Year 7 & Mrs Heppell


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7H raffle for the Guide Dogs

Thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets from Year 7 – we have raised £64 his term to add to the £70 raised last term and now Year 7 will be able to sponsor a dog for the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity.47Top prizes went to:
Sarah Kendall (Year 7)
Annie Harris (Year 5),
Rosamaria Elsley (Year 7)
Mrs Grove

Mrs Heppell

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A VERY BIG thank you!

Class 7H and Mrs Heppell would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who came along and supported us at our cake sale.

We have raised over £50 and next term we shall be planning another event in order to raise over £100 for the charity Guide Dogs For The Blind.

7H and Mrs Heppell