Beyond the Prep School Classroom
School should be a time in life when you enjoy and experience as much as possible and at Hethersett we ensure that this extends beyond teaching in the classroom. We encourage our girls and boys to get fully involved in all aspects of school life and firmly believe in the maxim that the more you put into life the more you get out of it.
One of the reasons many parents choose to send their children to Hethersett is the sheer breadth of opportunities available to our pupils and the community atmosphere that pervades everything we do.
In the Preparatory School pupils will have the chance to enjoy a wide range of activities to support their learning in the classroom.
Typical visits, trips and activities include:
- British Athletics Sportshall Competition – competing against other children from Norfolk
- Carrow Road, Norwich City Football Club – tour of the stadium and behind the scenes at the grounds
- Churches and places of worship – learning about architecture, different religions and religious festivals
- Cromer – visiting the Henry Blogg Museum and exploring the seaside and environment
- Cross-country championships – competing against other local independent and state schools
- Kingswood Residential Centre, Overstrand – residential stay and outdoor activities including archery, rock climbing and quad biking
- Norfolk County Music Festival – performing alongside other local school
- Norfolk Wildlife Trust Centre at Holme Dunes – learning about coastal erosion and animal life in a dune habitat
- Norwich Castle Museum – investigating history
- Norwich Playhouse Theatre – watching performances to support classroom learning
- Norwich Puppet Theatre – designing and making puppets
- Pizza Express – making pizzas and learning about nutrition and cooking
- River Tiffey, Wymondham – collecting data for geographical studies
- Sea Life Centre, Great Yarmouth – learning about different sea creatures
- Seamere Gardens, Farm and Study Centre – learning about natural history
- Sports Matches, Galas and Fixtures – competing against other local independent and state schools
- Stranger’s Hall Museum, Norwich – investigating the toy museum and learning about the past
- Theatre Royal, Norwich – taking backstage tours, watching performances and learning about the theatre
- United Kingdom Mathematical Trust Team Challenge – competing against other schools to solve mathematical puzzles
- Victorian School in Great Cressingham – taking part in traditional Victorian school day activities
- Wroxham Barns – experiencing the countryside and farm animals
There are also activities much closer to home; our annual Summer Fete, enjoyed by the whole school and where each class creates a stall, our annual nativity play for our younger pupils, the Christmas christingle service at St Remigius Church in Hethersett, the Christmas carol service at St Remigius Church, Harvest Festival and Speech Day held in a marquee in our grounds.
All pupils in Years 3 – 6 take part in our annual Preparatory School drama production which is performed on stage in The Barn. Musical recitals and class assemblies are also held each term and parents are invited in to watch their child perform.
House Competitions and Charity Work
There is also friendly rivalry within the school in our inter-house competitions, including the House Music Festival, Sports Day, our Recycled Fashion Show, Photography Competition, Christmas Card Competition and our House Shout at Christmas. Pupils are also made aware of others less fortunate than themselves and help organise events for charity such as cake sales and raffles. They also take part in Operation Christmas Child providing gifts for children in third world countries, Sports Relief, Children in Need and other national charity events.
Extra-Curricular Clubs and Activities
In addition, we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities and clubs at lunchtimes and after school for Preparatory School pupils to enjoy if they wish. These clubs and activities change every term so there is lots of diversity and no opportunity for pupils to get bored! For pupils in Nursery – Year 2, the cost of after-school care is included in our fees until 4.00pm. There is an additional charge until 6.00pm for pupils who wish to stay until that time, have a light supper at 4.30pm and enjoy further activities.
For the pupils in Years 3-6, after school care is included in our fees until 6.00pm. This includes supervised prep (homework) between 5.00pm – 5.45pm. The vast majority of extra-curricular clubs after school have no additional charge, but there are some optional clubs which pupils can enjoy for an additional fee – for example, badminton, trampolining and dance. However there is always an activity every evening that has no additional charge.