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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“We are stardust…”

Year 8 have been investigating fascinating facts about atoms and matter.  Did you know that the carbon, nitrogen and oxygen atoms in our bodies were created in previous generations of stars over 4.5 billion years ago?  Humans and every other animal as well as most of the matter on Earth contain these elements…so we are literally made of star stuff…!




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Year 8 Science: a great year!

From exploring sound through making their own musical instruments to growing microbes, learning distillation processes, bending light and undertaking ecological and biodiversity studies…Year 8 had a fabulous year in science! They even enjoyed some mindfulness sessions (you can try one of the activities for yourself here!)

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Year 8 science: why your mother was right…

Year 8 have been using petri dishes prepared with nutrient agar to reveal the bacteria hiding all around us…. look at the microbes they have grown !

You can also link to a short video that demonstrates how quickly bacteria multiply from swabs taken from a TV remote –  proving your mum was right every time she said “now wash your hands!”




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Creative seaside cushions

Year 8 have been busy in their textiles lessons using decorative techniques to make beach-themed cushions. These include resist-dye methods  (tie-dye and batik), embellishing, appliqué and fancy machine stitches.  They should be very proud of the results!

Mrs Ling

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Year 8 Geography Field Trip

Year 8 had a lovely sunny day for their geography field trip to Overstrand and Cromer last week. They were able to see the coastal defences working effectively as there was a very high spring tide. In Cromer, the girls looked at the land use and questioned people to see the impact of tourism on the seaside town.

Everyone enjoyed themselves, collected a massive amount of data, ate fish and chips and treated themselves to an ice cream.

Geog field trip Yr 8

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Year 8 get cooking

In the last week of term Year 8 were busy in the Home Economics room putting all of their new cooking skills to good use.

Here’s hoping that lovely looking chocolate tart made it home in one piece!   Year-8-cooking4Year-8-cookingYear-8-cooking2Year-8-cooking3


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Year 8 reading challenge

On Friday 27th February Year 8 presented their spring half term reading challenges. We had to choose a biography to read, make a poster and write a speech to present to the class. Each of us read a book on a person of our choice, ranging from Anne Boleyn to Taylor Swift, with lots in between. 

We all found the presentations really interesting and had plenty of questions to ask as well. Everyone showed the book they’d read and Gabriella also brought in costumes and dressed up Hannah and Ria as the two main characters in hers.

It was great fun making our presentations and we all learnt a lot from it. We are looking forward to starting the next reading challenge.
Lauren, Aisling and Lacey
Year 8