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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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!


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“We are stardust…”

Year 8 have been investigating fascinating facts about atoms and matter.  Did you know that the carbon, nitrogen and oxygen atoms in our bodies were created in previous generations of stars over 4.5 billion years ago?  Humans and every other animal as well as most of the matter on Earth contain these elements…so we are literally made of star stuff…!

 

 

 


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Year 8 Science: a great year!

From exploring sound through making their own musical instruments to growing microbes, learning distillation processes, bending light and undertaking ecological and biodiversity studies…Year 8 had a fabulous year in science! They even enjoyed some mindfulness sessions (you can try one of the activities for yourself here!)
 





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Year 8 science: why your mother was right…

Year 8 have been using petri dishes prepared with nutrient agar to reveal the bacteria hiding all around us…. look at the microbes they have grown !

You can also link to a short video that demonstrates how quickly bacteria multiply from swabs taken from a TV remote –  proving your mum was right every time she said “now wash your hands!”

 

 

 


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Year 5’s magic beanstalks!

Before the holidays, we reported that Year 5 had been planting broad bean seeds in the greenhouse – you can see how small they were as they started to shoot.  While they may not really be “magic beanstalks”,  the second picture shows just how much they have grown in just a few short weeks.  Today our gardener, Mr Young,  helped the children plant them out in a raised and prepared bed in our orchard. He showed them how to prepare a hole for each plant and how to remove them carefully from their pots without disturbing the roots. The children have carefully labelled their plants so that we can see whose grows the highest and produces the most beans!



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Year 5 in the greenhouse

In their science lessons recently, Year 5 pupils have been learning about the life cycle of plants. To give them some practical follow-up, Miss Hopwood took the class to Mr Young’s greenhouse 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 broad beans – that’s what is in the pots they are holding in the picture below. They will be keeping a close eye to see whose grows the biggest!