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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Tennis Report from Katie Brooks

The tennis programme for Upper Prep and Senior pupils started this week and we have made a great start, hitting plenty of balls and having lots of fun on the courts. I am organising a range
of tennis activities, competitions, tournaments and events, including the fast-approaching annual tennis Easter egg hunts for our tennis players throughout the school!

Lower Prep School Mini Tennis Coaching has seen an action-packed week with our mini tennis stars practising their rallying skills, and volleys and working towards their first tennis award. Player of the Week awards go to Grace (Reception) for outstanding improvement with her racket skills and groundstrokes and to Jack (Year 2) for excellent improvement with his
rallying skills.

Katie Brooks, Tennis Coach


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On the menu this week

Crispy Southern Fried Chicken 
Mexican Sauce
New Potatoes
Mixed Vegetables
Vegetable Kiev
Salad Bar
Rice Pudding with Cherry Jam

Jumbo Sausage Roll
Diced Potatoes
Baked Beans
Cheese and Onion Pasty
Salad Bar
Fruit Jelly
Fresh Fruit

Macaroni Bolognaise
Garlic Bread
Mixed Salad
Macaroni Provencale
Salad Bar
Fruit Crumble and Cream
Fresh Fruit

Chicken Sausages
Onion Gravy
Sliced Green Beans
Creamed Potatoes
Glamorgan Leek and Potato Sausages
Salad Bar
Caramel and Chocolate Mousse
Fresh Fruit

Battered Cod Fillet
Freshly Chipped Potatoes
Barbecue Quorn Fillet
Salad Bar
Low Fat Yogurts
Fresh Fruit

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Chloe is Lego Master!

Last week we did Lego during ASC in the style of the LEGO MASTERS programme. After-School organiser Miss Dodd set the children a challenge to create a spaceship. Chloe and Oliver got involved (and were helped out by Lucia, Felicity and Adam) and at the end of the session we had a vote in which everyone got to vote which spaceship they liked the best. Oliver had two votes to Chloe’s 4 so Chloe was crowned the winner this week. More challenges after half term!



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Tennis Report

The last week before half term saw all my Mini Tennis stars working very hard on developing their racket and ball skills and basic strokes. We will be completing our first mini tennis award after half-term and all the pupils will receive a certificate celebrating their achievements. I am absolutely delighted with the fantastic progress made by all our mini tennis players this term.

Players of the Week
Jack (Nursery) for his excellent forehands and tremendous improvement this term.
Reno (Year 1) for outstanding improvement with his racket and ball skills and groundstrokes.

Tennis coaching for Upper Prep and Senior pupilsl starts again after the half-term break. I look forward to seeing you all then!

The photo is from an earlier tennis coaching session.

Katie Brooks, Tennis Coach


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World Book Day is coming!

World Book Day 2018 is Thursday 1st March and we are planning some great activities around it, such as story time with different teachers, a book trail and book swapping sessions.  Pupils in Nursery and Prep were given a letter on Friday with a voucher to choose one of the special £1 Book Day titles – keep it safe!

Here is what we plan:

  • Pupils can come to school on March 1st dressed as a favourite book character – there will be a parade during assembly and prizes for the best, most creative ones! Why not start planning your costume over half term?
  • The wonderful Ketts Books, Wymondham’s community-run bookshop, will have a book fair in The Barn on Weds 28th  February, from 3.00pm for Lower Prep and from 4.00pm for Upper Prep. Pupils can use their World Book Day voucher to claim one of the special titles on offer. We will also get one free Usborne book for our school library for every two sold on the day, so do have a look at the special Usborne display for some great information books!
  • You can find out more about World Book Day here.

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Happy Half Term!

We wish all our pupils and their families a good week off and look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Monday 19th February. Here’s hoping for some kind weather to bring more spring flowers out in our lovely grounds!




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The Big Garden Birdwatch update

After the excitement of the Big Garden Bird Watch a couple of weekends ago, members of our Bird Club have been presenting their findings in a variety of different graphs, charts and other records. We have also entered a competition Amy T found in her National Geographic magazine. We had to create a one-page report summarising Bird Club’s findings and send it in. It would be lovely if we won as there are some great birdwatching goodies as prizes! Mrs Bird.