May, 2012:

Friends News

The Friends are organising a Jubilee themed Cake Sale for Half Term, Thursday 31st May at 12.00 noon in both Pre-Prep and Prep.

As many cakes and buns as possible—please leave in the Library in the Prep School or in the Foyer in pre-Prep at Thursday morning at drop off.

Tennis Success

Following an extensive Winter training programme with a large number of pupils taking tennis lessons either at school or at their local clubs, the school tennis teams have achieved tremendous success this term in their respective tournaments.

The Under 9 mixed team won their 1st round tournament comprehensively and have qualified for the Suffolk Finals on Thursday 14th June.

The Under 11A boys team remain unbeaten and have also qualified for the Suffolk Finals on Tuesday 19th June at Brandeston. Meanwhile the Under 11B team still have a chance to qualify if they can win their last game in the yet to be rearranged game against Ipswich Prep School.

At Under 13 level the Boys 1st IV were not quite so successful against some very strong schools having won 2 and lost 2 ,but the matches have given the opportunity to a number of different players in Year 7 & 8 to play in the team.

The Girls 1st IV meanwhile have remained unbeaten in the Suffolk ‘B’ league and they now qualify for the Suffolk Finals at Woodbridge on Friday 22nd June.

Huge congratulations to these teams, for the hard work that they have put in to practising and to Mr Whiting for all the time and effort that he has put into helping them progress with their tennis. We look forward to reporting on the Suffolk Finals later in the term.

The Leys School Adventure Challenge

On Thursday 24 May, a group of Year 6 children travelled to The Leys School in Cambridge to take part in The Leys Adventure
Challenge – and what a day they had for it. The weather was perfect; the kids in great form and a great selection of activities were put on by The Leys for the children to take part in.

The day started with .22 rifle shooting and the climbing wall. In true OBH form, our children didn’t waste any time on the “safe” climbs. They went for the overhangs and shot straight up the wall without many issues.

Following that activity, we moved onto team building and low ropes where the children were truly impressive. Being able to travel around a low ropes course with a full cup of water and then to order themselves into birth order while standing on a log was not an easy task. In fact, we were the only group of the day that managed to complete it. Oh, and did I mention, they weren’t allowed to speak!

After lunch, the children moved onto the water based activities and spent the afternoon kayaking, sailing and getting a few rosy cheeks.

As always, the children impressed throughout the day and got “stuck in” to everything thrown at them. A great experience for the children but also for the OBH staff, who picked up many great ideas to use back at OBH with the rest of our children.

Beach Trip

After a busy afternoon of matches, the boarders ‘chilled out’ on the Saturday evening; some going outside for a swim or round of golf
whilst others watched a film. The Champions League Final caused great excitement in the boys’ house, especially the penalty shoot-out at the end!The highlight of the weekend was undoubtedly the Sun- day trip to Southwold –

Fifty seven boarders accompanied by Mr Bunting, Rev’d Watson, Mrs Warren, Mrs Kirby-Smith, Miss Bullen and Miss Mueller, set off for Southwold. With a rather mixed and chilly sounding weather forecast, all were wearing plenty of layers but thankfully no wet weather gear was needed.

After numerous head counts on arrival and reminders to stay within groups, the children shot off holding tightly
to their pocket money to explore the arcades and souvenir shops along the pier. The children pumped all their 2ps into the slot machines and a particular favourite proved to be a game called “Whack the Banker” which Mr Bunting joined in with much gusto.

It was also a nice opportunity to buy little goodies for Miss Mueller whose birthday was the next day.

Mr Bunting brought everyone a well deserved ice cream and then the children entered into the spirit of the sand castle building competition. The eventual joint winners were a very realistic looking shark with sharp little stones as teeth and a very impressive face that unintentionally looked rather like Shrek!

Summer Musical Showcase

All parents are invited to attend the Summer Musical Showcase on Friday 25th May at 7pm in the Britten Hall. The concert will be informal in nature and will include performances by the four music scholarship candidates from this year, the OBH Orchestra, Chantelles, String Ensemble, Flute Trio, Saxophone Trio and the Chapel Choir.

Drinks will be served in the foyer from 6.30pm and the concert will finish at approximately 8.30 pm and we look forward to seeing you there.

Concert Recording:

The concert at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral is now available as an mp3 audio download from the school website at: the-arts/music

Saturday’s Sports Results

Matches v Barnardiston Hall

1st XI Won
2nd Xi Won
Colts A Won
U9 A Won
U9 B Lost
U9 C Won
1st IX Draw
2nd IX Won
U11 A Won
U9 A Lost

World of Work Talk: Mr Charlie Ross-Stewart

“How the World Really Works”
We were extremely fortunate to welcome OBH parent Mr Ross-Stewart into school for the latest in our fascinating World of Work talks. This turned out to be a real education as we learnt about the monetary system, the legal system, investment banking and the role of lawyers in these banks.

It was highly interesting to hear how these institutions work and to hear more about the banking system; something some of us only hear about in the news.

There were plenty of questions from the children keen to find out about these many different aspects of his career.

We are very grateful to Mr Ross-Stewart and thank him for being so generous with his time.

Crafty Cooks Inter-schools’ Baking Final

On Saturday 19 May, 7 of our pupils competed in the Crafty Cooks Inter-schools’ Baking Final at the Hadleigh Show.  We had a fantastic result with OBH pupils taking 1st place in all three age categories.

Jemima Grant

Samuel Harrison

Fergus Grant

Well done to Henrietta Watson and Caspar Boyce who were place second in their categories and Caspar Vaughn who was place third.  Also well done to Oliver Sirret whose entry was highly commended.

Not bad for 1000 entries!!


Wednesday’s Sports Results

Wednesday 18 May


1st XI v New Hall          Lost

2nd XII v New Hall      Won

3rd XI v New Hall         Lost

U9A  v Finborough      Won

U9B  v Finborough       Won



1st IX v RHS:           Won 22.5 – 14

2nd IX v RHS          Won 19 – 3

U11A v Ipswich High        Lost 11 – 14.5

U9A v Ipswich High          Won  13 – 6



U11A  Boys v Orwell Park    Won

U11B  Boys v Orwell Park     Lost

Grandparents’ Morning Friday 11th May

We were delighted to welcome Grandparents into school last Friday for a very special and eventful Open Morning. There is always a wonderful atmosphere when grandparents visit the school and the children were especially excited to welcome many of them into their classrooms to take part in lessons! We are very mindful of the special relationship that exists between children and their grandparents, and we celebrate that relationship. Can we say ‘thank you’ to all our OBH grandparents, whether near or far, for all that they do for, and mean to, their grandchildren.