Pre-Prep Notice Board


Looking ahead…

Year 1 and Year 2 are swimming during the first half of the Summer term. Please bring named swimming kit in on the first Friday of term.

Keep Fit for Mums
Former parent and fitness enthusiast, Emma Garber, invites any parent to join her fitness class which she holds on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8.30 am for an hour or so in The Old Gym, term time only. She will start classes again at the beginning of the summer term on Thursday 20th April.
For any enquiries please email Emma: and she looks forward to welcoming you!

Sports Festival on Tuesday 9.45am – 11.00am.
We are very excited that Year 9 Sports Leaders from the Gipping Valley and Thurston School Sports Partnership are coming to OBH on Tuesday morning to run a sports morning for the whole Pre-Prep, Nursery – Year 2. There will be a variety of fun and energetic sporting activities and parents are very welcome to attend. Please could children come to school in their PE kits, with hats and suncream on if the weather is looking good.

Rumbling a day back!
We are moving the Pre-Prep Summer Show, Rumble in the Jungle, from Monday 19th June to Tuesday 20th June. The time will still be 2.30 pm. This is due to a number of factors, one of which will certainly enhance the performance! I do apologise for the change to the printed calendar.

We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo!
On Monday 22nd May we will be taking all of the Pre-Prep children on an educational visit to Colchester Zoo. This will include a ‘Dear Zoo’ encounter for Nursery and Reception and a ‘Rainforest’ encounter for Years 1 and 2. We will be travelling by coach and minibus and returning to school at approximately 4.45pm traffic permitting. Please could the children come into school wearing their school P.E kit on the trip day and please check waterproof trousers, coats and wellies and/or sun hats (!) are in school. Many thanks indeed.

A Peek at the Week:


As the weather has been so lovely, the children in the Pre-Prep have been spending more time outside this week. Nursery have been practising their cricket skills – Mrs Keeling was so impressed with how well they all did – and Reception went on an adventure to the outdoor classroom for a phonics lesson where they created the letters of their names using sticks, pine cones and leaves.
Year 1 and 2 loved having a go at long and high jump in PE on Thursday. All Year 1 enjoyed a clue hunt Geography lesson in the garden and a shadow investigation in the playground.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

The Friends of OBH have kindly taken on the running of the Second Hand Uniform Shop with effect from the Summer term 2017.
It will be located in the balcony area of the Britten Hall and will be open:

Every Tuesday morning from 8.30am – 9.30am
Every Home Weekend Friday from 2.30pm – 3.30pm

The shop would like to start selling second hand sports kit, hockey sticks, cricket bats, cricket pads, tennis rackets, etc.

If you have any queries with regard to second hand uniform, please email

Drop-in morning

We opened our doors and welcomed in families to come and look around. The Year 2 children all took part in the event as either a spotter, welcome or tour guide. They were fabulous ambassadors for the school and all our visitors were very impressed by them. A number of families were coming for a second visit and commented on how lovely it was seeing the school in action with the children so involved in their lessons and clearly enjoying themselves.


Nursery and Reception have now been using Tapestry – an Early Years Online Learning Journal – for a few months now. Instead of laboriously taking photos, cutting them out, sticking them in a book and annotating them, this app makes the whole process smooth and easy. Now that the staff are experts, we plan to open it up for parents to access after Easter. You will have your own log on and you can view the photos and observations of your child and even add your own. Mrs Hambling and Mrs Keeling are putting together a few helpful pointers which will be sent out before the end of term.

Lackford Lakes

We had a fantastic day at Lackford Lakes. We all rotated around three activities: learning about hedgehogs and making pinecone/clay models; a woodland walk where we talked about our senses and did some bird watching; and the highlight of the day – den building and hot chocolate in the woods! The dens were very impressive (brilliant teamwork!) and, once checked by an adult, the children were able to go inside for a quick photo.


Baby and Toddler

Come along to our friendly, fun and relaxed baby & toddler group on a Tuesday morning 10am-11.30am during term time.
Enjoy a variety of messy play, craft activities and music activities. We have lovely sensory and colourful resources for our younger friends to enjoy and delicious snack for both children and adults.

Late Stay and Owls

Please remember to sign up for Late Stay and Owls including supper when required. We need to give the kitchen advance notice of food requirements so that they can organise their daily menus and ingredients.