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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The Results are In!

Once again, owing to our small classes and tutorial-style education, we are pleased to announce that all our Year 13 students have gained places at their first choice of university. With a pass rate of 100% and the percentage of A*-B grades rising by 8%, our girls have gained places on courses ranging from mechatronics (a combination of mechanics and electronics) to international event management.

On Speech Day, we heard from our Head Girl, Kami, about her aspiration to read pharmacy at Aston University. Pharmacy is an over-subscribed course with high grade requirements and we would like to congratulate Kami on achieving her goal.

Well done to all our Sixth Formers. We wish you every success in your future. We hope you keep in touch and let us know how you get on in your degree.

If there are any recent graduates who would like to share their results and next steps, please send a photo and a brief outline of your plans to marketing@hohs.co.uk.


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Successful expedition for our Golden girls!

Posing with our assessor. We all passed!

The stunning Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons looked very inviting on Saturday against a bright blue sky as our D of E Gold group set off to trek up the mountain on Day 1 of their challenging four-day expedition. The steepness of the hill was daunting in the extreme heat but the girls – Kelly, Maisie, Alice and Tayla – coped really well, with the help of extra water, hats, sun cream, long- sleeved shirts and neckerchiefs, and by taking the climb slowly before walking along the ridge. The views were spectacular along the top and the girls were able to draw some interesting pictures and write great stories for their book.

After a tiring but extremely successful day the group set up camp in the farmer’s field to cook themselves a well-deserved pasta supper.

Day 2 began at 5am so as to beat the heat on another strenuous climb.  The girls did very well and were really enjoying the views when we met them at the top.  Arriving at their campsite they  were greeted with the welcome sight of their own stream – perfect for cooling tired feet!

On Day 3, the girls ventured out at 4am under a still starry sky, to miss the heat of yet another scorching summer day. Passing many waterfalls, they  made their way to the top of the mountain and walked along the ridge where they enjoyed spectacular views of two different valleys, one with a reservoir.  On the way down they could see their goal, the ruined Llanthony Abbey.

The last day was cloudier and cooler than the other three but the girls still decided to start out at 4am. The assessor was very impressed with the group, praising their navigation skills and team work and declaring them a delight to assess, thoroughly deserving of the passes he awarded all four.

Today we are travelling home – and in cooler conditions. Well done everyone – you were superb! Now click on the images to see the gallery of photos….

Mrs Grove

  • Did you know…?

Over the past three years our pass rate for D of E awards has averaged 97% against a Norfolk average of 50% and a national average of 52.7%


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Celebrating achievements at HOHS Speech Day

There was so much to celebrate at our Speech Day today – a lovely day and with perfect weather for the traditional family picnic on the lawns afterwards, too! A truly inspirational speech from guest Jo Cruse who used examples of young women who have become leaders in their field to speak to our girls about their futures ‘bursting with virtually limitless possibility’. She also spoke with candid honesty about the challenges and opportunities that accompany times of change – as she herself faces a crossroads. “I thought it was an amazing speech”, said Amy H (Year 11) “It was as if she was talking directly to me and understood my own thoughts and feelings, I was transfixed!”

Happy holidays, everyone!


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Speech Day on Thursday…order of events

This Thursday is Speech Day and we look forward to welcoming parents and family members. The marquee is almost set up and already looking stunning in our beautiful gardens – and with the weather set to be another hot and sunny day,  the traditional bring-your-own picnic on the lawns afterwards will be wonderful! Please remember that we close for the summer at 3.45pm after Speech Day and there is no day boarding. Here is a reminder of the order of events:

10.30am – Speech Day ceremony begins

12.00 noon – Bring your own picnic on the lawns

1.00 – 2.00pm – Upper Prep and Senior classrooms open to view displays

1.00pm -Year 10 Drama GCSE piece performance on the Women’s Suffrage movement (The Barn)

2.00pm – Tea for all

3.45pm – school closes and there is no day boarding

Setting up the marquee…

 

 

 


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On the menu this week

MONDAY LUNCH:
Jumbo Sausage Roll
Vegetable Kiev
Creamed Potatoes
Green Beans
Salad Bar
Sliced Peaches and Cream
Fresh Fruit
Yogurts

TUESDAY LUNCH:
Roast Chicken Breast
Roast Potatoes
Broccoli and Carrots
Quorn Fillet with BBQ Sauce and Melted Cheese
Salad Bar
Chocolate Fudge Brownie with a Chocolate Sauce
Fresh Fruit
Yogurts

WEDNESDAY LUNCH:
Fish Fingers
Fries
Peas
Mozzarella Sticks
Salad Bar
Fresh Fruit
Yogurts

THURSDAY LUNCH:
Speech Day Buffet


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Keeping cool the healthy way!

On a blazing hot summer’s day,  what could be nicer than cooling down with an ice lolly? Year 12 decided to make their own – but using pure fruit and no added sugar, they kept it healthy, too….


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On the menu this week

MONDAY LUNCH:
Beef Chilli and Rice
Vegetable Chilli
New Potatoes
Salad Bar
Assorted Hot and Cold Desserts
Fresh Fruit
Yogurts

TUESDAY LUNCH:
Chicken, Tomato and Pasta Bake
Tomato Passata Pasta Bake
Cheesy Garlic Bread
Cheese and Onion Pasty
Salad Bar
Pear Halves with Chocolate Sauce
Fresh Fruit
Yogurts

WEDNESDAY LUNCH:
Pork Casserole
Quorn and Root Vegetable Casserole
New Potatoes
Sliced Beans
Salad Bar
Warm Baked Egg Custard
Fresh Fruit
Yogurts

THURSDAY LUNCH:
Meatballs
Onion Gravy
Cheese Croquettes
Mashed Potatoes
Mixed Vegetables
Salad Bar
Creme Caramel
Fresh Fruit
Yogurts

FRIDAY LUNCH:
Chicken Burger
Cheese and Veggie Burger
Fries, Corn and Peas
Salad Bar
Low Fat Yogurts
Fresh Fruit