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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Former HOHS pupil inspires girls to study science

It’s wonderful to see former HOHS student Joy Chianu promoting science subjects to young women in this video from the prestigious McGill University in Canada. Joy, who won a scholarship to study chemical engineering there, achieved outstanding results in her biology, chemistry, physics and maths A Levels at HOHS, as well as in her EPQ. We are very proud of Joy and how she is encouraging other young women to study STEM subjects.

• We love to hear how our former students are getting on so if you have any exciting news, please get in touch with us.

Watch the video here


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Years 3 and 4 in the greenhouse

Mrs Gunn took Years 3 and 4 pupils to Mr Young’s greenhouse today, where the children helped to pot on some flower seedlings to provide extra colour in our gardens before the end of the summer term. The pupils also planted some seeds of their own – chillis, carrots and other good things to eat – that’s what they are doing in these photos. Some of the produce will be used in the wheelbarrow plantings we are planning for the Royal Norfolk Show in June – watch this space for news about this!


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Year 9 hands-on science for CREST awards

Horses, gravity and smoking have been under scrutiny by Year 9 who have been exploring topics of their own choice for their science Bronze CREST awards.

On Friday the girls presented the results of their considerable research to fellow pupils, teachers and an external CREST assessor who all had the opportunity to ask plenty of questions!

CREST is a UK award scheme recognising success, building skills and demonstrating personal achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) project work.

 

How does gravity affect the tides? Is it the same on other planets? Taonga, Emilia and Harriet took a detailed look at the force which affects us all

With a keen interest in matters equestrian, Ellie and Emily decided to explore aspects of selective breeding and the physiology of horses as well as the evolution of equines.

Smoking – Mia and Kitty looked at some of the science behind the effects of smoking


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Years 3 & 4 explore countries of Europe

In geography, Years 3 and 4 have been working together and with Head of Geography Mrs Grove to produce posters showing the countries of Europe. Mrs Grove said, “I was so pleased to see how much the children have already learned about Europe and the location of the various countries. Well done!”


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Years 3 & 4 pointing North!

In science, Years 3 and 4 have learned about compasses and made their own with floating magnets. Then they used them to follow directions to treasure Mrs Gunn had hidden in the gardens. Two merits each for working out the directions and finding the treasure!

 

 

 

 

 


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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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Year 6 are electrically charged!

Year 6 treated the rest of the Prep School and some of their own family members to an excellent, entertaining  assembly this morning. With fun, practical demonstrations they explained what they have been learning about electrical circuits, hovercrafts and the Micro:Bits we reported on a couple of weeks ago here.  Whose wheeled light box would survive the rigorous ramp test? And who blew hard enough to get their hovercrafts off the table, even though the motors haven’t been installed yet?

Well done, Year 6 – and a big thank you to the parents and grandparents who joined us in the Prep Hall, too – we hope you enjoyed it!