February 27th, 2017:

World Book Day


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.


DT Department receives Laser Cutter

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!

Uppingham Music Day

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.

Young Art East Anglia Competition

Oliver Pryce Joseph Bates Isabelle Locke Indie Hart Ilyssa Hills


The Year 4 children have all worked exceptionally hard during their art lessons creating their beautiful tropical fish watercolour paintings for The Young Art East Anglia Competition in aid of Cancer Research UK. The theme this year was ‘Out of This World’ and it was judged by former OBH pupil and artist, Georgie Mason. Congratulations to Indie Hart, Isabelle Locke, Ilyssa Hills and Oliver Pryce whose work has been selected to be exhibited. Special congratulations to Joseph Bates whose work has been Highly Commended! If you are in Aldeburgh on the 11th and 12th March, then it is always lovely to pop along to the Peter Pears Gallery and see all of the wonderful work on display. Well done to all of our Year 4 children who have created beautiful work in aid of this worthwhile cause which is close to our hearts, particularly at this sad time.

Year 8 OBE’s Training Expedition

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!

Mr Drake