The children had a fabulous day celebrating World Book Day. Their outfits were brilliant, ranging from Spider Man to The Cheshire Cat. Throughout the day all of the children took part in book themed activities, including paired reading during House assemblies, making miniscule books, designing bookmarks, creating stories based on the roll of a dice and they made ‘Play with your food pictures’ using a combination of Jacob’s Oddities crackers and Rowntree Randoms sweets to create different objects in the picture. It was amazing to witness some of the extraordinary talent at OBH on show during our World Book Day assembly yesterday. To see pupils in both Years 3 and 4 reciting whole tranches of text from memory – in front of the whole school, was remarkable. The assembly coordinated by Mrs Rice was a delight, with pupils from the Reception Class, to Year 8, displaying their talents.
Tim Weston, Head of DT from Oakham School, delivered a wonderful laser cutter, which has been loaned to OBH for the remainder of this term. This is a brilliant opportunity for the pupils to explore CAD/CAM and it will be able them to use TechSoft 2D Design to create a number of prototypes using the laser. We are enormously grateful to Oakham and this will broaden the DT experience for our pupils. The DT curriculum has been reinvigorated and the children have really enjoyed exploring Food Technology, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Systems and Electronics with
their teachers. The future for the Department looks exciting – watch this space!
13 OBH children joined in with 350 budding musicians to produce a fabulous concert at the end of the day. After sectionals in which the strings studied the’ Largo’ from the New World Symphony and Offenbach’s ‘ Can Can’ , and the wind and brass learnt ‘Disco Lives!’ and Earth Wind and Fire’s ‘September’, the full orchestra came together and played ‘Frozen Favourites’.
Whilst it was a long day, it was an incredible experience for all involved and during the concert Uppingham’s own Big Band treated us to ‘Flight of the Foo Birds’- a fabulous Count Basie Number and Maynard Fergusons ‘Gospel John’. Every item in the performance produced an impressive and musical sound for those in the audience.
Many commented on the standard of yesterday’s event, saying it was possibly the best music day so far and it is certainly wonderful to hear other music teachers say how much their Grade 2 trumpeter had been inspired sitting next to somebody of Grade 7 who was only three years older – just goes to show how much can be achieved with a little regular practice!
All the children did their best, were exemplary in their behaviour and were a real credit to OBH.
On the Friday of half term the Year 8 boys and girls embarked on the first of their training exercises, before their Gold Expedition in the summer. The aim was simply to cover as many km in six hours as possible, carrying their own provisions and navigating along the way. The weather stayed on our side and I am pleased to say that the navigations was accurate and at 3.00 pm the Year 8s walked through the OBH gates having covered a little over 18.5 km.
A great effort by them all!