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Pyjama Party for Year 13!

On their last day before study leave, as tradition dictates, Year 13 flouted the usual dress code, this year opting to turn up in their pyjamas. We know they will all be wide awake for their exams, though! Good luck, girls.

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Year 13 drinks reception

On Wednesday 24th May we held a drinks reception for our Year 13 pupils and their parents. It was a beautiful, sunny evening which allowed us to hold the reception outside for the first time in a few years. Pupils, parents and staff enjoyed drinks, canapes and cakes out on the lawn in the evening sunshine.

We are proud of our girls here at HOHS and we would like to wish them all the best in their rapidly approaching A Level examinations.

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Sixth Form Myth-Busting with the Matthew Project

A group of our Sixth Form girls participated in a dynamic workshop from Norwich-based Matthew Project last week as part of their enrichment programme. The workshop, delivered by Jack Santy from the Project’s Youth team, explored drug and alcohol issues, focusing on busting myths and giving the girls plenty of interesting statistics and insights. They learned about the risks associated with alcohol, tobacco and different kinds of drugs, including ‘legal highs’.

The sight of a lumpy, alcohol-damaged liver passed round in a pickle jar was a memorable ‘highlight’, while the ‘drunk goggles’ (pictured) demonstrated very clearly how reactions are affected by alcohol: trying to catch a ball or do a ‘high five’ proved more difficult than expected…

In feedback forms after the session, the girls variously described the workshop as “interesting, engaging and informative”, “so mega” and “valuable” and all had learned things they hadn’t known before. .

The Matthew Project provides information, advice, support and education throughout Norfolk and Suffolk on alcohol and drug issues. You can read more about it here.

 Miss Desgland

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Sports Results: Netball house matches

Years 7, 8 and 9 girls enjoyed an exciting afternoon of netball this afternoon in their house netball matches. Results were:

First: Ryder, whose players of the tournament were Sophie S and Paula

Second: Austen,  with Alice and Isabel their players of the tournament

Third: Fry, with Rosamaria and Lauren taking the honours for their team.


Miss Mickleburgh
Head of PE


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Year 13 hold Farewell Picnic

Last week Year 13 organised a farewell picnic lunch in the beautiful grounds of the school and invited staff and Year 12 along to join in the fun. The theme for the day was ‘Old Ladies’ and all the girls dressed appropriately and gave themselves suitably old-fashioned names.

Everyone enjoyed the magnificent spread and the sun even managed to stay out for the duration!Year 13 Leavers picnicYear 13 Leavers picnic2Year 13 Leavers picnic3Year 13 picnic5Year 13 Leavers picnic4

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Year 13 Leavers’ Reception

On Wednesday 20th May we held our annual evening reception for around thirty Year 13 pupils, parents and teachers in the Quiet Room.

Although the cool weather  meant it was an indoor event this year, there was no lack of warmth amongst the guests as happy reminiscences of the girls’ time in school were nostalgically recalled.

A fine buffet laid on by Mr Reeves made sure the evening went with a swing, which ended with a photoshoot! See all the photos here.

Mr Crump

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Sports Results: Netball house matches

Netball-HOHSCongratulations to Ryder who won the Sixth Form netball house matches.

After six matches played all three houses were on eight points but it was Ryder who had the higher number of goals scored thanks to the shooting of Olivia and Karen.

TEAM: Bridget, Olivia, Emily, Megan, Ellie, Karen, Amy and Miss Mann.

This takes the house match points total to:
1st: Austen 190 points
2nd: Ryder 180 points
3rd: Fry 130 points

Miss Mickleburgh
Head of PE

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Applied science students dabble in pharmaceuticals

Our Year 12 applied scientists started to manufacture aspirin this week.

This involves a number of stages of crystallisation, recrystallisation and melting points. The girls have been set a task to make as high and pure a yield as they can. They will eventually test their aspirin against shop-bought tablets.

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Meet our Deputy Head Girl

Picture-Frame-(ERICA)Find out why Erica, our Deputy Head Girl, chose to continue her A Level studies at HOHS and which school trip turned out to be an incredible experience that she will never forget.

Read what Erica has to say.

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A Level students jump for joy

From law to prosthetic limbs – Hethersett girls go for higher education places across the country!

Today we gave out A Level results to Year 13, a small group of young ladies with remarkably diverse talents. We are delighted that this year we achieved a 100% pass rate at A Level, an improvement on last year, and we congratulate all of our candidates on their hard work and achievement – not only those gaining the coveted A* grades. A Level Results 2014SMThis year’s cohort includes sportswomen and scientists, potential lawyers and linguists – and one student who is determined to help disabled people by specialising in prosthetic engineering, an unusual but laudable choice of career path.

That all of our girls are able to aspire to such higher education choices is a testament to the support they receive at HOHS in selecting appropriate courses and in completing their application form (including  the all-important personal statement) and to the detailed references provided by the school in support of candidates.

This year the applications have been bolstered for some active girls by their achieving their Sports Leaders Level 3 qualification, worth a valuable 30 UCAS points towards admission to chosen courses. The EPQ, a project-based qualification much valued by university tutors for its focus on independent research, has also been a popular choice of qualification, with achievement again reaching A* level.

These results are a fitting reward for all the hard work of the candidates and their teachers (not forgetting the support of parents!) resulting in almost two-thirds of passes this year at the higher grades A* – C, and almost a third gaining A* to B.

We wish all of our girls well as they embark on the next stage of their education, confident they will make a real contribution to tomorrow’s world as compassionate, committed and well-educated citizens.

Stephen Crump

See all the photos here.

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