April, 2012:

29th April: Avengers at 3D IMAX

On Sunday, the boarders descended upon the cinema to watch ‘Marvel Avengers Assemble’ in 3D. They all enjoyed the film and the enormous amount of popcorn that came with it!

After arriving back at school for supper, many of the children went for another swim but this time the sun made an appearance. We are glad to see the swimming pool is being used – some of the children have been in 6 times in the past week regardless of the weather!

All in all, a rather busy weekend which was enjoyed by everyone.

28th April: Race Night

For the first weekend of the summer term, the boarders were rather unlucky with the weather. After all the rain on Saturday, the boys spent their games lesson in the cricket nets and the girls swapped between ball skills inside and some rather fun aerobics, known as “Wake Up, Shake Up”, where they were encouraged to sing along! Many of the boarders then enjoyed a swim in the rain afterwards!

Supper was a scrumptious battered sausage and chips in paper (fish and chip shop style!) followed by a night at the races. Mr Bruce and Mr Knight dressed up for the evening to become the dodgy bookies of ‘KnightBruce’. The children really got into the spirit of the event and enjoyed betting their OBH pounds on the horse of their choosing. While some children lost all their money on the first race others were lucky and the eventual winner was Edward Carr who won an admirable £270 from his original £40.

World of Work talk given by polar explorer Eric Philips.

Following a fascinating and exciting day of teambuilding challenges on Monday led by Eric Philips, he then gave our first World of Work talk of the term on Tuesday evening. Eric is a very experienced polar guide who regularly accompanies groups walking to the North Pole. His accounts of his many trips was both fascinating and awe-inspiring and the children were gripped by his tales of survival in the most extreme conditions.

New OBH website launched!

We are delighted to launch our new OBH website which we hope will prove both interesting and informative for our current parents as well as for prospective parents. The website will be updated on a regular basis with news and others matters of interest. We would welcome any feedback as to to how you think the new site looks.

Rainy start to the cricket season. ‘Good weather for ducks’, says headmaster.

A full season of Cricket and Rounders matches awaits us this term – weather permitting! Parents and friends are always most welcome to attend matches either home or away. We look forward to seeing you on the  boundary!

26 February: Parents & Pupil Clay pigeon competition, Inter-house Squash & Tennis

Following the successful afternoon of matches with the Boys 1st XI, 2nd XI and U11A and Girls 1st VII, 2nd VII and U11A all winning their respective matches, the boarders settled down to the premier of the BBC show ‘Swimming with Crocodiles’. This was kindly given to OBH by Mr Nick Bullen following his fantastic World of Work talk on Thursday evening and which was then shown on BBC 2 on Sunday evening.

On Sunday after a wonderful Church service where the sermon was given by Brian Cunningham, Chaplain at Oundle School, 20 teams took part in the Parents’ & Pupils clay pigeon shooting tournament. This year Rory Hunnable and his father Julian regained the trophy having narrowly lost it last year having won it in 2010. Second were Hugh Stanton and his father Will who just beat Mr Drake and Archie Dixon-Smith into 3rd place.

After a great lunch for all the competitors many of the children then played in the Inter House squash and table tennis. Both were won by Mars with the individual trophies being won by Oscar Butcher beating Archie Maxwell in the final of the squash and Toby Rix beating Charlie Turner in the final of the table tennis. Meanwhile many of the children were enjoying time in the Art room where they had a chance to paint on a blank canvas.

4 March: OBH Bake Off

Sunday morning saw an early rise for those children who had to set off for the Oakham Tournament – this would end up to be an ill-fated move as it did nothing but rain all day but a few games of play were managed! Thanks to Mrs. Lennon for providing breakfast for the children and staff at 7:00am

Mrs. Lennon kept her chef’s hat on to cook French toast for our later, pyjama style breakfast while Miss Pugh manned the juicing machine – a great hit! The day was rather lazy to start with as we all crammed into the school room to watch a premier movie showing in the school room in pj’s before getting dressed to take part in the first part of the OBH Bake Off – baking.

The day continued with lots of other activities to keep the children amused, culminating in round 2 – decorating and round 3 – tasting! Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Brett who were faced with the difficult job of choosing the winners and well done to Spain who managed a clean sweep – Jan and Laia took the price for best overall cakes and Cristina and Anne for best individual cupcake.

A massive thank you to all the staff (academic and boarding) that were on site this weekend – lots of fun!!!

3 March: Brian Cox B’day party

Professor Brian Cox’s birthday party had caused some confusion since appearing in the calendar. So, to clear things up, a couple of fun loving staff wanted to spend the evening playing old fashioned party games with the children and unfortunately we were without a birthday child that day. A trusty Google search soon threw up the names of some ‘famous’ birthday boys and girls and due to the presence of Miss Pugh over the weekend, we decided on Brian Cox.

The night started with the traditional OBH birthday tea and continued with games in the library. A good two hours later we had exhausted pass the parcel (complete with dares and forfeits), the chocolate game and a great game of Rapidough. For anyone not familiar with Rapidough – buy it! It is a great family fun game involving play dough. The fun went on right up until bedtime when the children were sent upstairs slightly hyper and full of beans!

18 March: Lord of the Dance

On Sunday, the girls glammed themselves up for a night on the town and headed to Ipswich to see the evening performance of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance – sans Michael unfortunately. Due to it being Mothers Day, we also invited along our Mummies, so had a great turn out.  The girls weren’t quite sure what to expect, being far too young to remember Riverdance on the Eurovision Song Contest, but were pleasantly surprised. The evening was fantastic and the show even better. Lots of colour, bangs, flashes and, of course, unbelievable dancing moves. A firm favourite amongst the girls were the two women who could play electric violins, while dancing and wearing high heels- now that’s girl power!

Our ears were ringing with the sounds of taps as we left and the walk back to the coach was interesting as all tried their own Irish dance moves! We are still waiting for the phone call offering us the chance to join the show!

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