Beyond the Senior 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 the classroom.
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 through everything we do.
In the senior school girls will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of residential trips and activities during their five years in the department. Recent trips have included the school ski trip to Switzerland, a cultural excursion to Paris, a tour of the battlefields of France and Belgium, a gastronomic tour of the Opal Coast, France and a visit to the geysers and glaciers in Iceland.
Teachers also organise a wide range of trips and excursions throughout the year to enrich what girls are taught in the classroom. For example, pupils have visited the John Innes Centre and the Institute of Food Research as part of their scientific studies, been to London to see a diverse range of theatre productions as part of their English and drama studies, enjoyed trips to Framlingham Castle and Norwich Cathedral to support history learning, viewed the graduate shows at Norwich University of the Arts and visited the Tate Gallery to inspire their art, photography and textiles work and explored our beautiful Norfolk coast as part of their geography studies.
There are also activities to enjoy much closer to home; at our annual May fete each class runs a stall and competes to raise the most money, our winter Snow Ball is held for girls in Years 7 -13, our Summer Ball for Year 11 girls takes place on the last day of term in a sumptuous marquee in our gardens and ‘The Night of the Notables’ is a project for Year 9 girls who dress up and perform as notable historical or modern day figures.
Pupils from Year 7 upwards are also invited to take part in our annual senior school drama production which is performed at The Norwich Puppet Theatre each Spring. We encourage all senior girls to get involved either on stage or behind the scenes. The majority of our older girls in Years 10 and 11, also take part in and achieve their bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh awards, which involve learning new skills, volunteering and camping expeditions.
House Competitions and Charity Work
The school also has inter-house competitions, including the House Music Festival, Sports Day, Recycled Fashion Show, the Christmas Quiz and photography, art and poetry competitions. Pupils also organise and participate in lots of events for charity such as cake sales, Children In Need and Red Nose Day.
Extra-Curricular Clubs and Activities
In addition, the school runs a comprehensive range of extra-curricular clubs and activities that cover a wide range of interests. Many of these clubs are free of charge and we encourage pupils to join clubs and get involved.
At Hethersett we firmly believe in the maxim; the more you put into life the more you get out of it! We hope that every girl will find something to enjoy and be part of in the senior school.