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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STEM at HOHS: Army Corporal helps girls bring robots to life

Pupils from Years 7-10 and Year 12 took part in some exciting workshops last Friday delivered by Corporal Thomas Power from the Army’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) team.  After hearing about the wide range of STEM-related careers the Army offers, each girl was set a challenge: to modify and wirelessly programme a Lego Mindstorm robot to move around The Barn.  By the end we had dancing robots, robots that could follow a map trail or collect boxes from across the room, and even one with an axe ready to compete in robot wars!

See what the girls said, and scroll down to see images from the workshops.

“We didn’t  know the Army had so many jobs! At first it was really challenging to programme the robot but then we got the hang of it and it was really fun!” Anna, Cristina, Rachel and Fleur (Year 8)

“I did know that there were all those jobs in the Army – I just hadn’t realised that most of them are connected to STEM” – Ashlyn (Year 8)

  • Did you know…?

Women make up just 14.4% of all people working in science and technology roles in the UK, despite being about half of the workforce.  Is it because girls are less able in STEM subjects? No!  In fact, studies show that the opposite is true – but traditionally fewer girls than boys choose to study STEM subjects at A Level and beyond.  At HOHS we are dedicated to breaking this tradition and have an excellent track record of success in STEM subjects.  We regularly plan events such as the workshop last week, to give our girls inspiration and insight into the world of STEM careers.


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Year 7 stamp of approval for coral reefs and oceans

Year 7 have been designing postage stamps for the British Indian Ocean Territory, for a competition with the theme Why are coral reefs and oceans important? Having submitted their entries, the girls decided to make an attractive display to showcase their ideas.


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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!