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Year 7 challenge peer pressure

Wanting to fit in and be more like your friends is a normal part of being a teenager. Peer pressure isn’t always a bad thing,  but it can be if people are trying to persuade you to do something you don’t want to do or don’t feel is right.  How can you respond when you feel those pressures? Our Year 7 girls presented a very thoughtful assembly on Friday exploring this issue.

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Year 7 cake sale

There were tasty treats for sale at lunchtime yesterday in Mrs Heppel’s Year 7 classroom. The girls had made, or bought, a variety of cakes and bakes to sell to raise funds for our chosen charitable cause this year – the Mini Donkeys for Wellbeing. Watch this space to see how much they raise!

Beautiful cup cakes and tasty cookies made by Ruby H, Year 7, in aid of Mini Donkeys for Wellbeing

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Hope into (Tasty) Action by Year 7

Year 7 held a cake sale at lunchtime the day before the end of term in aid of their chosen charity Hope into Action, which provides homes for the most vulnerable in society in partnership with local churches. Plenty of pupils and staff came along and bought tasty treats. The sum raised will be announced later, but meanwhile, well done, girls, for bringing our attention to this very worthwhile cause, and thank you to all the girls and parents who made or donated items to sell.

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Year 7 cake sale tomorrow

Year 7 will be holding a cake sale at lunchtime (12.30pm) tomorrow, Thursday 30th March, in Room M1.

All proceeds from the sale will go to the girls’ chosen charity Hope into Action, which provides homes for the most vulnerable in society in partnership with local churches. We hope as many pupils and staff as possible will come along and buy some cakes from us tomorrow and help raise lots of money for this very worthwhile cause!

Some of the Year 7 girls who are selling cakes tomorrow

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British Science Week Demo Day at HOHS

As part of British Science Week, Nursery to Year 7 pupils took turns this afternoon to get a close look at a variety of exciting experiments relating to ‘change’,  demonstrated by our Head of Science Victoria Mann.  From King Kong hands to pressure changes, vacuum suction to methane bubbles, plasma ball, powdered flames and more, the children enjoyed the chance to see science in action in our senior school labs.

Yesterday and today in the mornings, Year 1 pupils took on the role of demonstrators for a range of hands-on activities enjoyed by all the year groups in our Lower and Upper Prep Departments. From a sniff test to a shadow puppet theatre, sound vibrations to a wormery,  and  a ‘feely bag’ to  taste-bud tests, this was a great way to explore the science of our senses. The children were totally engaged and learned so much about how our senses work. Thank you to Mrs Bird and Year 1 for all their hard work! A  full gallery of images and more information is coming soon on the blog.

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Ellie’s cake and Hama bead sale

Ellie (Year 6)’s mum is training for the next London Marathon in aid of Wellchild, a charity which helps get seriously ill children across the UK out of hospital and cared for at home.  Ellie, Leoni, Poppy and friends are holding a cake and Hama bead sale on Friday 9th December at 1.00pm in the courtyard to help raise some money for this worthwhile cause.  Do come and support them! Look out for Ellie’s posters around the school!





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Birds will be nesting in style…thanks to Year 7!

Year 7 have been using a variety of workshop and woodworking techniques to build bird boxes to their own designs. Here they are working on them yesterday: we hope to feature the boxes again when they are finished and painted ready for some feathered friends to move in!

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Update on Ava, one of the HOHS-sponsored puppies!

The_Guide_Dogs_for_the_Blind_Association_logoWhen they were in Year 10, our current Lower Sixth started sponsoring Ava, a labradoodle pup who was a promising Guide Dog candidate. Now we have had an exciting update on her progress: she has just moved on to advanced training in London where she spends all day with Luke, her trainer, out and about in London, walking around the office or sitting next to Luke’s desk. Ava already has no trouble with London trains and buses and will start to go on the Underground and escalators with Luke soon.

Luke says, “I am hopeful she will take it all in her stride as she is very confident and picks things up easily. She is rarely scared to try things, which is great.”

The next step will be to find a suitable owner for Ava – someone whose life she really will change as a guide dog by helping them find more independence and confidence in their everyday living. Luke says that Ava’s future owner will have to suit a dog with personality – she’s quite a character!

The first two pictures are recent – Ava off duty and on duty with  Luke;  the third,  from the Sponsor a Puppy 2017 calendar,  shows Ava as a puppy with her brother at six weeks old. Aaah!

You can find out more about Ava – including a video from when she was a little puppy – on the Sponsor a Puppy website.




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Birds of a feather can nest in style…thanks to Year 7!

Last half term,  Year 7  used a variety of workshop and woodworking techniques to build bird boxes to their own designs. Here they are as works in progress: we hope to feature the finished articles soon, too!


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Update on Isaac, the HOHS sponsored puppy!


Year 8’s Sophie Barrow and Izzy Sellors give us an update on Isaac, the handsome guide dog that their year group sponsored last year.

“As you can see, he has grown a lot bigger since his last update (though is still very cute!). He has now started his training with his new trainer Helen. First Helen and Isaac are going to work on their bond and then she will find out what motivates him. After that she will test his overall obedience. Good luck Isaac! We look forward to seeing his next photo.”

The top picture is recent – with Isaac wearing his training harness;  the second shows Isaac as a puppy last year. You can see more pictures and a little video of Isaac on the Guide Dogs website.

Sophie and Izzy, Year 8