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Bronze and Silver D of E

Last weekend the Silver and Bronze (pictured below) Duke of Edinburgh groups went out on their first day practice.

They all worked extremely hard practising their navigation skills. Excellent team skills were seen and they all got back safe and sound without being rained upon!

Mrs Grove

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HOHS old girls to meet with a prince

badge-gold_1Of the eleven HOHS old girls who recently achieved their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (more than from any other Norfolk school!), six girls – Kelsey Borrer, Rina Chan, Kirstie Huang, Daniele Marta, Isabel Shaw and Shih-Lin Tseng will be heading to a presentation ceremony at St James’s Palace on March 11th to receive their certificates from the Duke of Edinburgh.

Congratulation to all the girls and we look forward to seeing some photos from the big day!


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Eleven HOHS girls achieve Gold D of E

On Wednesday 3rd September a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award presentation ceremony held at Sandringham saw 59 successful candidates from around Norfolk being presented with their brooches or badges.

Our school was very well represented as eleven of our girls had achieved this level of the award – more than from any other Norfolk school!imagePicture: Ian Burt

To earn their awards the participants had taken part in weekly physical activities and a gruelling expedition, learnt new skills, undertaken a residential visit and volunteered to help in their local community or for charities. Four of our girls were able to attend and were very proud to receive their brooches from inspirational paralympian silver medallist Mel Clarke, who told them to “use this award on your CVs ….the experience you have gained during these awards is invaluable”. The evening concluded with a reception.

Well done to the girls who achieved this level:

Sophie Amey, Holly Barrett, Kelsey Borrer, Rina Chan, Charlotte Dransfield, Sophie Gascoyne-Richard, Hannah Gaskin, Kirstie Huang, Daniele Marta, Isabel Shaw, Shih-Lin Tseng.

The girls will be going to St James’ Place in London at a later date to receive their certificates from the Duke of Wessex.


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Setting off on a Silver D of E hike

Good luck to all our Year 11 students who set off this morning on their Silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition to Holt.

May the weather remain dry and the blisters stay away! Silver Dof E Sept2014s


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Braving the storms for the Silver D of E

At the start of the October half term 9 Year 11 students tackled the final qualifying Silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition. The three days went by without any mishap on the part of the girls. They were very good navigators, excellent time keepers, good team players and great campers. The group had to put up with horrendous weather conditions. It rained heavily and the wind gusts were very strong, but nothing seemed to dampen their spirits.

Congratulations on gaining this part of the award and a big thank you to Mr Johnston and Miss Mann who without their help I would not be able to run this award.

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HOHS golden old girls make the press

HOHS old girl Charlotte Bacon featured in the EDP yesterday, with an article about her recent trip to St James’s Palace to receive her gold D of E award from Prince Edward.

Picture 2Charlotte – who has gained a place at the University of Kent to study English literature and philosophy – was not the only HOHS pupil to collect her award. With her that day was Sophie Zangerle, who had travelled back from Switzerland where she’s studying for a degree in Tourism, and Madi Gianfrancesco, who will be studying psychology at Royal Holloway.

A further 2 HOHS girls also achieved their gold D of E, although sadly they were unable to collect their awards in person. Katie Ross, who is currently in America, has been offered places at 4 different universities to study zoology, and Katie Nunney, who is to study geography at Aberystwyth University.


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Silver Duke of Edinburgh

During the first weekend of half term 14 Year 11 students braved the wind, rain and flooded campsite to complete their expedition section of the silver award. They had to walk for three days on average 16km per day and camp for two nights, carrying their food, tents and clothing.

They set off on a bright sunny Saturday morning near Sizewell in Suffolk. The first day went without a hitch. The weather was kind, and both groups were on time at every stop. That night they camped at Hawwood Farm. We were hoping for a clear sky that evening as on the campsite was a magnificent 15 foot telescope pointing in anticipation towards the heavens. Unfortunately the sky became overcast and at 8pm the rain started. It lasted throughout the night and all of the next day until late on Sunday evening. This was such a shame as the walk to Souhwold across the marshes is so beautiful at this time of year.

That night the girls camped at Southwold. We had a problem trying to find a raised area of ground that was not a small swimming pool on which to pitch our tents.  We had never seen this campsite so flooded.  After dinner everyone went to bed and fell asleep to the crashing of the waves on the beach. The last day’s weather was much kinder as the girls wound their way north to Benacre. At the end their Assessor was so impressed with them that he suggested that they all tried Gold Duke of Edinburgh.

Some agreed with him but others thought it was too soon to make that decision. We drove back to Norwich and not a sound was heard on the minibus – the girls were all asleep.

Thanks go to Mr Johnston, Miss Mann and Mrs Grove for making this expedition possible.