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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Little workers on Open Morning!

We can’t resist sharing these pictures from last Saturday’s Open Morning….

In the first image, some of our Year 2 pupils are demonstrating their creative skills for visitors to admire, while the rest show Year 1’s little Van Goghs hard at work. The children have been studying the life and work of the famous French Impressionist and have been really enthusiastic about his colourful sunflowers!

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Please share our Winter Wonderland Fair poster!

From Joy Elsley, Chair of our Parents’ Association:

Parents and friends – if you haven’t already made a note in your diaries, please do now – and tell your friends and families. If you can, please share our poster, below!

Saturday November 18th is our big Winter Wonderland Fair. There will be stalls galore (over 45 of them!) selling everything from crafts to Christmas decorations, artisan foods and handmade clothes.  You can also enjoy food and refreshments from our wonderful chef and games and activities for the children.

Interested in having a stall, or know anyone who would like one?  There are just a very few spaces left now, so please email me at PA@hohs.co.uk as soon as possible! It costs just £25 for a 6ft table (supplied) plus a donated item for our raffle.

Speaking of the raffle – parents, could you consider donating a prize? The raffle is always one of our biggest fundraisers and the proceeds all go towards buying items to benefit all our children. You can bring prizes into the school office anytime from now. Thank you so much!


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Enjoy the half-term holidays!

Happy half term, everyone!

We hope all our families will enjoy the break – and that there will be plenty more beautiful autumn sunshine! School resumes on Monday 30th October.  A reminder, please, that all pupils should be in full winter uniform when we return.

  • Do email me on marketing@hohs.co.uk with your pictures and news if you are going away or doing something exciting! I am especially looking forward to hearing all about our senior school trip to Holland and Belgium…the girls’ special trip hoodies arrived earlier this week, to much excitement.

Liz French, Editor

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You have mail!

Parents, please look out for a message from school arriving in your email inbox this afternoon! You will find there a link to our anonymous on-line survey – one click should get you there.

Our reasons for the survey are simple: we want to hear your views and use them to improve on your family’s experience of HOHS. We will be analysing the results and letting you know the key findings and responses in November. We hope you will be able to spare a few minutes to complete it, and thanks in advance!

Prefer a hard copy? No problem, please email enquiries@hohs.co.uk 


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Fry triumph in House Music Competition!

The Barn echoed to the sound of the seventies yesterday when this year’s house music theme took us back to the age of flares, funny hairstyles and fantastic tunes.

The competition requires each house to produce a programme featuring a solo/duet, an instrumental number and both small and full-house choirs. The houses this year effectively covered a musically-varied decade; tracks chosen stretched from The Carpenters’ 1970 classic ‘Close to You’ (Fry’s ten singers contribution) to the haunting synth sounds of Joy Division’s ‘Love will tear us apart’ from 1979, performed by Austen as its instrumental contribution.

As always, the result was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon; competitive, supportive and light-hearted.  Mrs Collin gave some constructive feedback on behalf of the judges and the final result was a win for Fry, with a total of 265 points. Well done to all involved.

Mr Crump


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On the menu this week

Pasta Bolognaise
Garlic Bread
Mixed Salad
Vegetarian Bolognaise
Salad Bar
Assorted Hot and Cold Desserts
Fresh Fruit

Crispy Chicken Fillets
Mexican Sauce
Baby New Potatoes
Mixed Vegetables
Vegetable Kiev
Salad Bar
Baked Egg Custard
Fresh Fruit

Mild Beef Curry
Rice and Saag Aloo
Naan Bread
Quorn and Mushroom Curry
Salad Bar
Chocolate Fudge Brownie
Chocolate Toffee Sauce
Fresh Fruit

Roast Chicken Breast
Yorkshire pudding
Roast Potatoes
Baton Carrots
Nut Roast
Salad Bar
Fruit Strudel
Fresh Fruit

Cheese and Tomato French Bread Pizza
Freshly Chipped Potatoes
Salad Bar
Low Fat Yogurts
Fresh Fruit

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Boarders fun at crazy Congo Rapids

At the weekend our boarders enjoyed a visit to the Norwich Family Golf Centre in Easton to play crazy golf on the Congo Rapids. The course was great fun and included many water features and two boats. There was a lot of friendly cheating and laughter and many golf balls had to be retrieved from the ponds!