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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Boarders go in search of the Gruffalo

This weekend the boarders explored Thetford Forest in the hunt for The Gruffalo. After downloading the free app, they bravely headed out into the forest to search for clues and gather evidence that The Gruffalo had been by. As you will see from the photos, they found him, and he very kindly posed for some shots! The other Gruffalo characters were out and about, too, and before the rain set in the girls had managed to find them all and gather the evidence they needed that the forest really is home to all sorts of furry and feathered friends.


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Artwork in the After School Club

Pupils in our Lower Prep After School Club have turned their hand to arts and crafts during the colder winter months and created these fantastic wall displays for the Lower Prep hall.

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The Gruffalo visits Year 2

Last term the Gruffalo and a very brave mouse joined the class in Year 2 to learn all about Julia Donaldson and the many wonderful books that she has written.

Following their visit to the Norwich Playhouse to watch ‘The Snail and the Whale’ each pupil wrote an account of their trip to the theatre.Gruffalo-in-Year-2Yer-2-workYer-2-work6Yer-2-work7 Yer-2-work5 Yer-2-work3 Yer-2-work2 Year-2-work8 Year-2-work4


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Going wild in the woods for Bushcraft Day

The first-ever Parents’ Association ‘Bushcraft Day’ on Saturday proved to be a huge hit, with nearly 90 pupils, parents, family and friends coming along to enjoy the sunshine and the great outdoors.

The afternoon (coordinated by Hannah at Nurture by Nature Forest School) involved a number of activity stations located throughout the woods. There was wooden jewellery to saw and drill, clay faces to mould all over the trees and a chance to get completely covered in cooking lard and bird seed. For those who wanted to keep their hands clean, there was also den building, tight rope walking, nature trails and bark rubbing.

Following a short pit stop in the dining hall to refresh and refuel, everyone headed back out to the woods and gathered around the camp fire to listen to stories and toast marshmallows. Naturally The Gruffalo featured on the reading list.

As well as being a really fun, action-packed afternoon, the event also raised plenty of money; the PA will now use these funds to benefit the whole school. Thanks to everyone who came along to support us on the day, and to Hannah and those extra hardworking members of the PA who made it such a resounding success!

Congratulation to Tabby in Year 3, who won a half price ‘Nurture by Nature’ birthday party by correctly identifying the most trees in the bark rubbing competition.

All the photos from the day will be on the blog soon.

The PA

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