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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Persephone’s Pomegranate in Year 1!

After Mr Crump’s recent assembly on Persephone and the pomegranate seeds,  Mrs Bird decided to buy a pomegranate for the children to look inside. They drew the outside first, then a cross section to reveal the beautiful seeds within. Finally, as a treat,  they tasted the seeds at the end of the lesson!

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Year 1 doing a spot of pond-dipping!

Our Year 1 pupils spent some exciting time exploring our eco-friendly pond during their science lesson yesterday. It is amazing how many different creatures make this their home! The sorts of things we expect to find there include water boatmen, spotted damselflies and pond skaters – and if we’re lucky, frogs!

Mrs Bird

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Prep School assembly dates this term

Dates for all our class assemblies  this term are as follows: parents, we hope this will allow you plenty of time to put the dates in your diary so that you can come along and support your child on the day.

All assemblies take place in the Barn at 8.55am.

Tuesday 26th September –  Year 6
Tuesday 3rd  Oct  – Year 5


Tuesday 7th November –  Year 2
Tuesday 14th November – Year 1
Tuesday 21st November – Year 3-4*

Nursery and Reception will have their next class assemblies in Spring Term.

Here are some happy memories from assemblies last term!

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Year 1 Bring Monet to life

In a beautifully-performed assembly this Tuesday, Year 1 pupils enacted the life of Claude Monet, the famous French impressionist artist. The story was presented through three scenes, each as pretty as a picture with props the children hade made: a bistro café with baguettes and crooissants, the artist’s studio with easel, and the young Claude’s school, with M. Blanc, his teacher, telling “l’etudiant” that he would never become an artist. The children presented their Monet-inspired artwork, danced at a wedding, grieved at a funeral and finished with prayer in French. Thank you to all the parents who came to share the children’s excitement – and for providing such lovely, authentic costumes. See the full gallery here.

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Flutter by Butterfly!

The last time we reported on Year 1’s butterflies, they were still at the chrysalis stage, hanging upside down in their habitat.  But now look!  They have transformed into beautiful painted lady butterflies. The children and Mrs Bird have been feeding the butterflies on sugar solution, strawberries and their favourite, mushy bananas, ready to be released into the school grounds.


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Giving Monet a run for his money

Year 1 pupils are studying the life and work of French impressionist Claude Monet.  Inspired by Nymphéas, the famous waterlilies picture painted in the artist’s stunning water garden in Giverny, the children are painting their own impressionistic pictures.  These are works in progress but we think they are already looking like masterpieces!

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More inspiring science

Year 1  made these  “lava lamps” using citric acid, bicarbonate of soda, oil and water. We then added colour and glitter, shook well and lit them up with a torch.  Very effective! Today is the last day of British Science Week for 2017 and HOHS has had great fun and learned a lot from the extra activities organised this week.