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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Rachel in Road to Wimbledon county quarter finals

Last Saturday Rachel Y (Year 8) represented HOHS at the county finals of the Road to Wimbledon 14 and Under Challenge County Finals,  held at East Anglia Tennis and Squash Club. Rachel played superbly, reaching the quarter-finals to finish in the top eight players in this age group in the county.  Well done, Rachel! She is pictured below with HOHS team mates following a victory at Hethersett Academy last month.

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The Road to Wimbledon 14 and Under Challenge is a unique competition which enables schools and tennis clubs throughout the country to inspire their 14 and Under players, with regional winners having the opportunity to play on the grass courts at Wimbledon in August.  Throughout the Summer Term, many singles matches were played at school: these established Rachel Y and Anna L (Year 8) as our school champions eligible to participate in the County Finals. Sadly, Anna was unable to attend the finals event.


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Year 7 and 8 victory v Hethersett Academy

On Monday our Year 7&8 tennis team played against Hethersett Academy in their first league match of the season. The match format is four singles and two doubles matches.

Our team of Rachel Y, Anna L, Cristina M-M, Ashlyn G and Darcey W performed magnificently against a very strong team. Hethersett Academy’s number one player is ranked number 1 in Norfolk in the Under 12 age group.

After all the singles and doubles matches had been completed, in total six matches, the score was 3-3.

This meant that we had an exciting tie-break situation to decide the match: a  doubles tiebreak shoot-out, just like a penalty shoot-out in football!

Rachel and Cristina played brilliantly and won the tiebreak 10-5!

The overall match score was HOHS 4  Hethersett Academy 3.

It was an outstanding team performance and a wonderful result against a much larger school – well done everyone.


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Tennis report from Katie Brooks

We had a special Hallowe’en-themed tennis week before half-term, with lots of fun, activities, games and treats!

Players of the week:

Lower Prep : Agata (Year 2) for excellent
improvement in racket and ball skills and her forehand drive.

Upper Prep: Imogen (Year 4) for hard work
and fantastic progress.

Senior School: Skyla (Year 7) for outstanding effort and improvement.

Katie Brooks, Tennis Coach

 

 


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Tennis report

It has been a wonderful week within the tennis programme at HOHS, with  record numbers of pupils attending their weekly lessons. There have been plenty of tennis balls hit and lots of fun on the courts!

Next week, there will be a ‘Rafa Nadal Rallying’ competition for all mini tennis and tennis players throughout the school.

Players of the Week are:

Lower Prep School

Isla (Nursery) for excellent ball and racket skills.

Alfie (Year 2) for outstanding rallying skills.

Upper Prep School

Oliver (Year 4) for brilliant improvement, energy and enthusiasm.

Chloe (Year 4) for excellent rallying skills.

Senior School

Emily (Year 7) for outstanding improvement and hardwork.

Katie Brooks
Head of Tennis


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Tennis report from Katie Brooks

All our tennis pupils have continued with their ‘French Open’ themed tennis lessons this week, including coaching, drills, fun games, quizzes and prizes for everyone. Will Rafael Nadal win his tenth French Open this weekend?

Players of the Week are:

Lower Prep School – Evangeline for outstanding hard work and improvement.

Upper Prep School – Skyla-Grace for excellent improvement and the longest rally of the week.

Senior School – Cristina for outstanding hard work and teamwork.

The pictures were taken in earlier tennis lessons.

Katie Brooks, Tennis Coach

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Tennis report from Katie Brooks

This term, there are over 60 pupils attending tennis coaching sessions every week. A new school record!

Next week, I will be organising ‘French Open’ themed tennis lessons including coaching, drills, fun games, quizzes and prizes for everyone. Will Rafael Nadal win his tenth French Open?

Players of the Week are:

Lower Prep School – Charlie McNeilly for outstanding effort and improvement.

Upper Prep School – Imogen Glynn for excellent improvement with her ground strokes.

Senior School – Anna Luterbacher and Cristina Moretti-Miles – ‘Doubles Pair of the Week’ for outstanding hard work and teamwork.

The pictures were taken in earlier tennis lessons.

 

Katie Brooks, Tennis Coach

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Half-term tennis report

Mini Tennis

It has been an excellent first half of the Spring term – with lots of tennis and lots of FUN! Each year group from Nursery to Year 2 has their own weekly session, with record numbers of pupils attending. This half term all our mini tennis players have practised and improved their ball skills, racket skills, balance, footwork, and basic strokes. Pupils in Years 1 and 2 are also working very hard on their Highland Spring LTA Mini Tennis Rally Award – Red 5. Certificates and badges will be presented to all our mini tennis stars at the end of term.

Upper Prep and Senior School tennis
There has been no tennis coaching at school for Years 3-13 pupils during the dark winter months – but after the half-term break, the school mini tennis and tennis programme will be back! There will be a tennis quiz, a highest rally with the coach competition, a serving competition, ‘Andy Murray World No.1′ parties (I never thought in my lifetime that I would be able to write that Andy Murray is the World Number 1!) and Easter egg hunts…and plenty of games and skills development, of course!

Katie Brooks, Tennis Coach

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