Prep Notice Board
The touch-typing course will recommence on Monday morning, (15th January), for all those pupils who use a laptop or are working towards the use of a laptop in class. The sessions will run as follows, and will be supervised by the staff indicated.
All sessions start 8.10am until 8.25am.
Monday Mrs Wainwright
Tuesday Mrs Campbell
Wednesday Mrs Hayes
Thursday no session
Friday Mrs Campbell
If anyone else is interested in improving his or her typing, speed and accuracy, please e-mail Mrs Campbell on email@example.com
Woodbridge Cross Country
It was an absolute pleasure to take the cross country squad to Woodbridge School on Thursday. It was a misty and damp morning but this did not show in the children’s enthusiasm. This was a challenging course, with a steep hill section, which tested all the athletes, especially after such a long Christmas break.
Ella Pryke ran first and ran a gutsy race to come 36th overall. The boys were next, Jasper Biggadike came 19th, Austin Carroll 18th and Freddie Harrison (competing a year young) 37th. Nicholas Warren displayed some true Warren grit and determination, competing alongside other Year 9 boys finishing the course in some fairly horrific conditions, huge credit to him.
Well done to the entire squad.
Tuesday saw our fourth and last informal concert of term, the biggest so far, where pupils from Year 3 to Year 8 presented an enjoyable variety of pieces. There were first-timers, pupils just about to take exams, and some of our most experienced students. Again there was a consistently high quality of performance, and the audience of parents and fellow pupils enjoyed the programme very much.
Extra Drama Showcase
On Monday evening, Middle School and Upper School pupils had the opportunity to show their parents what type of skills and activities they explore in their Extra Drama lessons. It was a delightfully informal and unrehearsed event which began with pupils showcasing some of the exercises which they use to warm up, get into character etc. Smaller groups then took ideas from the audience in terms of characters, setting, event, genre etc and had twenty minutes to create a sketch: a piece of horror at the zoo, an annoyingly talkative host at a talent show…we even had a deadly snowman.
It was great to see the pupils using improvisation with such style and imagination and then co-creating absorbing scenes with their groups. It was a fun evening for all the adults and the children.
After a number of successful Book Fairs, we are pleased to announce that we will be holding another fair next week. The event will run from Wednesday 29th November – 6th December. Books will be displayed for Years 3-8 in the Inner Hall and in the PrePrep foyer for the Pre-Prep children. This will be a great opportunity for the children to choose some holiday reading.
Second Hand Uniform
The Second Hand uniform shop is temporarily closing due to the balcony being needed for the The Worst Kids in the World production. The Shop will re-open on Tuesday 9th January at 8.30 am.
If parents require anything urgently please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do out best to help.
Over 90 pupils from Years 3-8 took part in our Autumn Concert this year, performing to a packed Britten Hall. A great evening was had by all, and every ensemble, group and choir were a credit to all the hard work put in over this term so far. We started with the School Orchestra who played a rousing Radetzky March, with plenty of noisy military percussion, and a beautiful Scarborough Fair. Every member of the Jazz Band bravely stood up and performed a solo in their piece (wow!) and our Wind Band, much less experienced than last year’s, gave us an indication of some excellent potential. Our three string groups, from beginners to advanced, all performed with beautiful tone, but with great energy as the music required, impressing everybody.
Our percussion-based groups gave us a very exciting Pirates of the Caribbean (Baird’s Band) and hugely energetic and tight performances from both Samba Bands, the juniors proving that you can never have too much fruit, and the seniors providing a great riff and rhythm. The Rock Band really sounded like they Smelt like Teen Spirit, with their suitably grungy version of the Nirvana classic. The Chantelles make a beautiful sound, and the atmosphere of Pasadena showed this with very enjoyable string and percussion accompaniment. The concert ended with our Junior Choir (all Year 3-4) who proved, with great energy and enthusiasm, that it is possible to sing four songs at the same time.
Spotty Dotty Day for Children in Need
The school was full of colour in support of Children in Need. Beginning with a thought provoking assembly about how the charity supports disadvantaged children in the UK the day moved on to the awards for the best spotty outfit in Pre-Prep, Middle and Upper School. With so many fantastic costumes it was a tricky decision. In morning break the children assembled in their Houses for the annual tug’o’war. Loud cheers rang out as the teams took the strain. Mercury, supported by an energetic and motivating Mrs Warren with Mr Gillott as anchor, were a force to be reckoned with and were the overall winners.
Girls experience a masterclass of lacrosse from an England international!
What a great experience for the girls this was, and judging by their intense concentration and effort throughout they seemed to really enjoy the experiences of playing a new team sport. The Year 2 girls especially, could not get enough and by the time this session ended, they were asking for more! Our thanks to the Benenden coaches for travelling such a long way to come and see us.
Well done, to Zachary (Year 3) and Oscar (Year 4), who have both been selected for Suffolk Tennis, following a trial last month. Zachary has been selected for the U8 squad and Oscar has been chosen for both the U8 and U9 squads. This is a super achievement and we very much hope it is just the beginning of their success!
A huge congratulations to Madison on her selection for the Suffolk Development Squad. She has done incredibly well in her first year of trials and battled it out against over 80 other girls!
During half term we ran the first, of what we hope will be many bushcraft workshops at OBH. We are lucky enough to work alongside Ray Chin, from Back to the Wildeness, who has recently returned from a two week expedition in the Amazon. Both days of the course were full, with the children experiencing different aspects of bushcraft and survival; making ‘atlatl’ spears, nettle cordage, gutting and preparing rainbow trout, fire lighting and rabbit poo glue production, were all eagerly undertaken. Having completed the initial workshop courses we will now be offering more specific and detailed courses throughout the year alongside Ray. Details for which will be released before Christmas.
Year 5 Science Trip to Xscape Centre, Milton Keynes
Year 5 had an exciting opportunity to visit the Xscape Centre in Milton Keynes. The children have been learning about ‘forces’ and the best way to teach the them about air resistance, mass vs. weight and gravity, is to let the children feel the ‘forces’ in action!
The children started the day with a workshop with Professor iFly. They learnt all about the importance of air resistance when designing cars and wind powered vehicles. Once armed with a wealth of knowledge, they were set the task of building their own wind powered car. They worked well in their teams to construct the most stable and aero-dynamic car possible. Time was soon up and they were ready to go down the track. After a tense round of racing, the winning car was ‘The Flash!’ After a quick drink and biscuit break, we made our way over to the wind tunnel where the children would be experiencing air resistance on an extreme level! Once briefed on the best flying position and the relevant hand signals, all the children got dressed in their flight suits ready to enter the tunnel. All the children waiting with anticipation for their turn to fly, watching with interest as their friends flew high in to the tunnel. Everyone really enjoyed the chance to float in mid-air and some even held their positions long enough to soar up to about 15ft. Once everyone had flown twice, the instructors showed us how changing your body shape can make you soar up to the top of the tunnel before quickly plummeting back to the bottom again. All the children were extremely polite and well behaved, with both instructors commenting on their good manners. Everyone had a great day and certainly learnt a lot about the forces around us.
A special elite sport workshop when Danny Grewcock MBE, former British Lions and England rugby player and now Director of Sport at Oundle School and Oundle hockey coach, Jacob Reed visited OBH earlier this week. Their wealth of experience was shared amongst the U13 and U9 children who relished the chance to work with such seasoned coaches. They are now looking forward to putting into practice their newly honed skills on the local opposition.
The school committee met for the first time this academic year and discussed everything from rewards and sanctions to which treees to climb and most things in between. The children live and breathe the school more than anyone and so are often in the best position to see simple changes that can make a significant difference – watch this space!
The Worst Kids in the World
The Worst Kids in the World has now been cast. There were so many amazing performances that it has been an incredibly hard job. Every single child from Year 1 to 8 will appear in the final show so regardless of whether your child has a lead part or has a chorus role, they will be involved in what promises to be an incredibly exciting end of term production. The Year 5 & 6 show at the end of the Lent Term and the Year 3/4 show at the end of the Summer Term, along with a number of Pre-Prep productions, will provide further opportunities for the children to showcase their talents through the year.
Suffolk County Cricket
Congratulations to Cecilly Jewers who was selected for U11 squad. This is exceptionally good news as Cecilly was competing against other girls a year older than her. Madison Haworth-McKenna was also selected for the U11 squad. Fenella Jewers was selected for the U12 squad.
Congratulations to Casper Hall, Freddie de la Rue and Archie Miller who have been selected to train with the Suffolk County squad during their winter nets programme.
Visit to Downe House ‘Celebration of Scholars’ Evening
It was with great pleasure that I attended the inaugural presentation of Scholar’s Awards at Downe House last Friday. The evening was to celebrate this year’s award winners, which included Lottie Rowland who joined Downe House from OBH this September. As you may be aware, candidates from OBH including Lottie have received two of the very prestigious Headmistress’ Awards from Emma McKendrick in the last three years. This is an award which recognises academic excellence across all areas of the curriculum and for the contribution of individuals to the life of the school.
The evening was attended by all of the parents of scholars, along with those members of staff who had been instru-mental in helping pupils achieve their awards. It was a glittering occasion with everyone celebrating the academic, sporting, musical and artistic endeavours of those girls in Year 9, up to and including, the VI form. It was a very special evening and one that Lottie, her parents and I will not forget. Julia Campbell
The Friends Second Hand Shop
The shop will be open for purchasing on:
Tuesdays: 8.30 am—9.30 pm
Home Weekend Fridays: 2.30 pm—3.30 pm
If you have any queries with regard to second hand uniform, please email email@example.com