April 10th, 2012:

Michaelmas Term 2011

10 Sept          Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Cycle Ride

Last Saturday, thirteen cyclists joined Dr Marshall and myself for an afternoon cycle ride to some of our local churches.

Setting off from OBH, we made the short journey up to Brettenham church. From there we headed to Gedding church before heading to Felsham church. We finished by cycling to Thorpe Morieux church before running out of time and heading back to OBH.

The weather was perfect for cycling and we made good speed – covering ten miles in about one and a half hours – as well as enjoying refreshments which were generously provided by the churches. It was a lovely route and we never got lost once!

Plans are afoot to make next year’s event one to remember but, in the meantime, we would very much welcome some donations to raise monies for this worthy charity; please hand them into the school office.

11 Sept          Church – Morning Prayer

Clay Pigeon Shooting

OBH Challenge

Last Sunday saw the annual OBH Challenge for our boarders. Having been put into mixed teams, the children had to negotiate a series of challenges around the school.

They bravely faced Mr Drake‟s “Death Maze” – complete with soft foam missiles being fired at them, as well as completing a “Jungle Fever” obstacle course whilst Mr Hayes squirted them with water pistols. There were Mrs Bolton‟s Art chal- lenges, Dr Marshall‟s penalty shootouts, Mr Bunting‟s slow bike races, the gappies‟ “welly wanging” and Mrs KS‟s stable yard challenge.

A great deal of fun was had by all and the children all got fully involved on a lovely Sunday afternoon. And this all fin- ished just in time for Mrs Lennon to open the tuck shop! What better way to spend a Sunday!


18 Sept          Grand Henham Rally

1 Oct               Race Night

Visit to BBC Broadcasting House & Covent Garden

It was always going to be a good day when you wake (after a nice sleep in) to a bright sunny day. We made our way to London with Mr and Mrs Schanschieff at the wheel of the minibus and a car.

After a long journey with only a minor case of being geographically challenged in the middle of London we arrived at the BBC Radio Headquarters. With a quick lunch we headed inside to be treated to a tour which started with a visit to a number of studios where many bands and artists such as Robbie Williams have performed, as well as being the home to a number of radio shows including „Just a Minute‟ and „The News Quiz‟.

We then moved on to do a little recording of our own where Cosmo, Eddie, Christina, India, Charlie and Ali were running the show (and Mr Simms made a wonderful British Butler!). Having laughed our way through hearing the recording played back to us the tour ended with a visit to the top floor and its balcony with a magnificant view of London.

Next up was Covent Garden and after finding a place to park we walked up the street to find a number of statue artists performing in the street. With a donation and a few photos we then hit the ice cream shop and settled down to watch a man juggle swords on top of a skateboard which was on a rolling pin which was on a wobbly table! He then went on to wriggle his way out of 30 metres of chains and padlocks before doing a number of cartwheels and backflips to celebrate his achievement.

With our minds and stomachs satisfied we strolled back to the minibus and car to head back to school for a lovely roast dinner.

It was another excllent trip for the Boarders and all those who were part of the day had a most memorable day. I now look forward to the next optional weekend where I believe I am battling against 30 other boarders who want to take me on in the Lazer Quest zone!


9 Oct               Robin Hood Country Show – Ipswich

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Church – Evening Prayer

31 Oct             Halloween Party

Ghosts, witches, vampires, mad scientists, ghouls and cats (!) were stalking or floating in the halls and corridors of OBH on Monday as the boarders enjoyed a halloween evening.

Staff costumes were in evidence too: the coven of witches, Dr Death and Count Dracula causing much hilarity!

After a spooky supper, the children played games in House Teams such as apple bobbing, doughnut eating, eyeball bouncing and coin rolling to great amusement from participants and onlookers.

The evening finished with a dancing competition and toffee apples! Prizes for best costumes were awarded to
the Mad Scientists (aka Emily, Rosie, Lucy and Rene) and to Jaime Colomer.


5 Nov              Bonfire Night & Fireworks

All the Boarders had a wonderful firework night enjoying burgers, hot dogs and other treats with the rest of the OBH community in the Park.

6 Nov              Church – Baptism

OBH Treasure Hunt

Scottish Dancing

Sunday dawned and the children stood on the touchlines at the OBH Sevens, cheering their teams on resulting in the U11’s winning the Cup and the U13’s winning the Plate!

Then, if that was not enough, there was Scottish Dancing in the evening led by Mr. & Mrs. Ross- Stewart with the children learning Strip the Willow and Dash of the White Sargeant and many more………

13 Nov           Laser Quest

On a gloriously, autumnal Sunday morning two mini-buses set off for Laser Quest, in Sudbury. Two teams were chosen and spent the next hour and a half in battle. A welcome break was taken outside in the warm autumn sunshine and we eventually returned to school at 2pm for a delicious roast chicken lunch.

The afternoon was spent visiting―Mrs Lennon‘s Tuck Shop‖, followed by a mixed hockey tournament. Altogether, a very busy and enjoyable day!

26 Nov           Mothers v 1st XI & 2nd VII

The Mothers played their annual fixture against the girls’ 1st XI and 2nd VII teams last weekend. The Mothers were determined not to be a push over and there were certainly a number of tough tackles. Luckily all the girls came out without too many bruises while although a little stiff in the morning I am sure that the Mothers will be looking for revenge in the netball match next term.

Quiz, fish and chips Night

Our gap-years had worked hard all week to put together an excellent quiz which was enjoyed while devouring a sausage-in-batter-and-chips supper.

The excitement – or it might have been a second sausage in batter – was too much for one boy (no names mentioned) who had to abandon his ice cream for a lie down.


27 Nov           Church – morning prayer

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Football Tournament

The following day we had our annual Jacot Trophy football tournament. Two of the teams remained unbeaten and defences were on top throughout as just eight goals were scored in the ten matches. It was competitive and fun, with the emphasis on the latter.


Scottish Dancing

4 Dec              Christmas Shopping Trip – Bury St Edmunds

Sunday saw great excitement from the boarders (and Gap students!) as we embarked on our annual Christmas shopping trip.

To allow for more time browsing and purchasing, Norwich was discounted and three minibuses headed to Bury St Edmunds with some super singing from members of the Chantelles on the way.

Once in Bury St Edmunds, the pupils split into groups and staff were very impressed that everyone‘s needs were catered for: Year 6 boys headed straight for the Apple store, nearly everyone made a trip to HMV at some point and Mrs Allanson was suitably pleased that French crêpes were high on the agenda for Year 8.

Many girls used the outing as an opportunity to think carefully about what to wear for the Glitter and Snow Balls that are taking place later in the month and some beautiful outfits were purchased – all top secret of course!

New rugby balls and footballs were bought from Sports Direct but perhaps the best thing about the trip was the kindness that many of the pupils showed towards one another and their families. Thomas Newton and Cosmo Oliver were not alone in spending nearly everything on carefully chosen gifts for family members while most people got something for others in their dorms.

All in all, it was a lovely afternoon that really demonstrated what the ‘season of goodwill‘ is all about.

8 Dec              Fireside Entertainment

All this week the Boarders have been busy practising their acts for the special Fireside get-together on the last night of term.


Summer Term 2011

1 May             Church – Morning Prayer

8 May             Clay Pigeon Shooting

Church – confirmation service

Eight members of OBH were confirmed by the Bishop of Dunwich at a special service at St. Mary‘s, Thorpe Morieux. Taking as his text from Luke‘s Gospel The Road to Emmaus, the Bishop spoke about how God comes alongside us as we journey through life and how, as Christians, we need each other‘s support whether we are older or newer members of the Church.

19 May           Summer Concert

21 May           Walking with the Wounded – sponsored walk

‘We’re on the road to nowhere….’

Last Saturday was the whole-school sponsored walk in aid of Walking With The Wounded. The day had dawned with brilliant sunshine, the children and staff were raring to go and the parents were arriving. It seemed that nothing could go wrong…. And then it did! Due to some slight technical hitches involving maps and turnings the school found itself on a ramble around the Suffolk countryside, missing out the juice and biscuit stop – which is extremely unlike the OBH community – and happening upon some unlikely walking companions. Dr Marshall is still extremely disturbed by his brush with death by lama trampling.

Despite the mishap, the weather stayed fine, both parents and children enjoyed their walk and most importantly everyone managed a very respectable mileage for the charity, some quite a few more miles than they thought they would. As a very wise man said recently in school assembly ‘things don’t always work out the way we want or plan but a positive attitude is always helpful in life’ .

Staring into the face of challenge and adversity seemed quite fitting considering where our sponsorship money is going. Walking With The Wounded is an extremely worthwhile charity who will no doubt be extremely grateful for the tremendous sum we have raised – £3500 at the last count – with more still coming in. It is our hope that we will be able to welcome members of the team back into school to collect the cheque. For anyone still wishing to make a donation the web site http://www.justgiving.com/ OldBuckenhamHall will remain live until next Friday (3rd June) a big Thank You to the many parents and friends who have donated and who joined us on the day. I am sure it will be a talking point for some time.

You will be pleased to hear that we are considering orienteering and map reading skills as a future staff training day!







Coast Trip

5 June                        Church – Morning Prayer

Clay Pigeon Shooting

18 June         Taste of Boarding

19 June         Church – Morning Prayer

3 July             Church – Morning Prayer

Parents’ and Pupils’ Golf

Cricket 1st XI, 2nd XI & Colts v Fathers

Rounders 1st IX, 2nd IX & U11 v Mothers

8 July             Leavers’ Service

Leavers’ Supper with Parents