June, 2012:

Opro Mouthguards

Opro will be visiting on Wednesday 4th July at 2.00 p.m. If you would like your son/daughter to have a fitted
mouthguard by Opro please can you email Jo Riddleston in the school office (office@obh.co.uk) to indicate your
interest and preference of mouthguard. Please do look at the Opro website for all details:

Diamond Jubilee Balloon race results

We had a terrific response to our Diamond Jubilee Balloon Race; and as you can see, the winning balloon travelled for an incredible 662 miles!
Lottie was delighted to win a life-sized cut out of Her Majesty the Queen!

1. Lottie Rowland

Schwabisch Gmund, Germany

662 miles

2. Jack Philpott (domestic)

Dorfsrabe, Germany

617 miles

3. Paul Webster (chef)

Leinach, Germany

602 miles

4. Anna Groves (teacher)

Angelbachtal, Germany

577 miles

5. Maria Mendes

Vlissingen, Holland

300 miles

6. Eloise Bell

Londerzael, Belgium

293 miles

7. Henry Kelly

Stekene, Belgium

285 miles

8. Finn Millbank

Koewacht, Holland

283 miles

9. Charlie Drake

Bornem, Belgium

282 miles

10. Adriana Garcia

Sint Niklaas, Belgium

278 miles

11. Izzy Allanson

DC Hoek, Holland

270 miles


Activity Week

Activity Week

Mon 25th June – Fri 29th June

As you know next Week is Activities Week and all pupil in the Prep School are involved in a variety of workshops and adventures and I have outlined a few details below for your information.


Years 3 – 5

School uniform will not be required next week but please can you ensure that pupils have a spare set of tracksuit bottoms and a comfortable top for activities as well as their OBH tracksuit and waterproofs in school.  For the activities on Friday pupils will need a pair of water shoes or an old pair of trainers that can get wet.


Years 6 – 8

Please can you ensure that all kit bags are in school on Monday morning.  School uniform will not be required.



As you can see from the timetable the week is packed full of challenges and in order to fit it all in we would like day children to stay until 5pm.  If you would prefer they can be collected at 5.30pm after having written their daily diary.


On Tuesday 26th June, all pupils in Years 3 to 5 are away for the day;  Year 3 are going to Colchester Zoo, Year 4 are off to Bewilderwood and Year 5 to Kentwell Hall.  You have already had information from Mr Hayes regarding clothing and Years 3 and 5 may wear home clothes.  Please ensure that waterproof coats are in school.  Return from these trips will be approximately 5.15pm.


Pupils in Years 6 – 8 on residential trips will return on Friday at approximately 5.30pm

If you have any further queries please contact Sharon Schanschieff by email sharon schanschieff@obh.co.uk or on the school telephone number.

Swimming Gala Cancelled

Thursday 21st June 2012

Swimming Gala Cancelled

Unfortunatly the Swimming Gala has had to be cancelled for today due to the weather.

Happy Puzzle Company to visit OBH

On Monday 25th June, the Happy Puzzle Company are coming to OBH to run a Puzzle Challenge Day as part of activity week.  They will also be holding a Puzzle Shop at 5pm in the Britten Hall.  This voucher will give you a free Thinkathon Book with any purchase over £5.

The Happy Puzzle Company is a leader in providing educational games, toys and puzzles to schools and other educational establishments. With specialist experience in helping children with dyslexia, dyspraxia as well as gifted and talented children seeking a greater challenge.  The Happy Puzzle Company offers a fantastic range of over 400 award-winning puzzles, games, challenges and puzzle books to both families and schools.

There is something for everyone and their ethos is based on promoting family play and developing thinking skills. 

Take a look at their website http://www.happypuzzle.co.uk/

150th Celebrations

All parents are very welcome to join the OBH community in the festivities for this celebratory weekend and tickets are going fast for the special evening concert to be held on Saturday 23rd June featuring some well-known former pupils —the application form and details are attached.
If any parent would like to help by sponsoring the event with a corporate banner in the grounds, please contact Jo Riddleston in the School Office.

Scholars’ Trip


Monday 11th June

Woke up and everyone was nervous for the day ahead but they all seemed very calm which was good. We waited until their first exam had finished which was Biology and asked them how it went, apparently it went really well. At 10 o’clock with gloves, jumpers and socks we left for Milton Keynes! It was a long journey because Miss Pugh got lost quite a few times as we went round each round-about at least twice! When we finally got to the Xscape centre, it was massive. A huge ski slope and loads of shops and a bowling alley. Delicious lunch at Ask – Charlie ate a massive chilli which made him cry! We then checked into the Airkix indoor sky diving area where we had our briefing. There were lots of hand signals to remember and you had to always keep the same body position. We got into our flying suits, funny hats, put our glasses on and put our earplugs in. We were ready to fly. René was the first one to get into the wind tunnel. It was awesome, but you still had to remember all your positions. René went really high up the side of the wall and fell, luckily Ryan, our instructor, was there to catch her. Then it was Charlie’s turn, it was fantastic. We both then had a second go where we dived into the tunnel. After sky diving a game of bowling finished off a great day.


Tuesday 12th June

Tuesday – we got up really early to go to London with Mr Schanschieff. We drove to Newbury Park underground station where we caught the tube into Waterloo station and then went to ITV studios. We were shown round by Scott and had a private tour of the whole “This Morning” studio. There were so many people and rooms to be shown – the dressing and make up rooms and the green rooms, which is where the celebrities hang out before and after the show and the light and sound departments. We then went onto the studio floor where Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were being filmed; we stood behind the camera whilst it was on air and going out to millions of people around the country.

We then went to the editing room and Gino D’Acampo came in and hugged René and gave Charlie a handshake! Back on the set we watched the fashion section and saw a performance by two members of the Lion King cast who sang and danced to the song “Can you feel the Love Tonight” and we met the comedian Griff Rhys Jones and actor Phil Davis –it was all very surreal . We finished our tour off meeting Holly and Phillip and having our picture taken with them, they were both really nice and chatty. We gave our chocolate cake (kindly made by Mrs Schanschieff) to the crew at “This Morning”. Mr Schanschieff then showed us how to hail a cab in London as we went to have lunch with Charlie’s dad at a lovely restaurant called Cheese, it was fantastic food and everyone had clean plates. After lunch we had a tour of Charlie’s Dad’s company. The building was huge with hundreds of desks and lots of busy people. We met some of his colleagues and they tried to teach us about insurance but we didn’t really understand much but it was very interesting! To finish the day off we went to Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum. There were loads of cool and freaky stuff in it including a mirror maze which Mr Schanschieff was too scared to go into and a tunnel called the black hole which felt like you were spinning but in fact it was the walls that were spinning, it was a very amusing and weird experience. At the end of the museum there was a laser race which we had to climb through lasers to finish the mission. It was quite challenging but was really fun as we all, including Mr Schanschieff, crawled across the floor. We got back to school tired but with loads of memories.

Thank you very much to Miss Pugh, Mr Schanschieff and Mr Turner for a fantastic few days. We will remember the experiences forever.
René Bahar and Charlie Turner

Mothers’ & Pupils Tennis

Thursday 21st June 4.15 p.m.

Mothers’ & Pupils Tennis

Any Year 7 or 8 mothers who would like to partner their child in this tournament please contact chris.schanschieff@obh.co.uk by Tuesday 19th June.


Kwik Cricket and Cinema Trip

A Boarder’s View of the Weekend

Saturday 9th June

Had our last ever lessons at OBH. All quite excited but also sad, some of us have been here for 11 and a half years so it will be hard to leave but I think we are also ready for it. In the after-noon we had the athletics field events. We were split up into our sports teams and went round to the different stations. It was a competitive after-noon with some very good athletics. That evening we all chilled in the school room after a very sporting day.


Sunday 10th June

Sunday morning – had a communion church service where Mr Schanschieff gave a very relevant sermon about preparation which was mainly aimed at the C.E candidates who would be taking their entrance exams on the following Monday morning. After church walked back to school and the rest of year 8’s had a revision session, the clay pigeon shooters had a double shoot and after lunch a Kwik cricket tournament where we were all split up into countries; India, the West Indies, Australia and England. It was a fantastic way to spend some of the afternoon, there was some very competitive cricket going on and everyone played very well with India winning the tournament. Year 8’s then went to the cinema to watch Snow White and the Huntsman. It was a very good film and even the boys who thought that they were going to watch a girly film came out and said that they had enjoyed it. That evening we came back and went swimming. You could see that some of Year 8s were already nervous but most were very relaxed about C.E the next morning.

Swimming Gala Postponed

Due to the low air temperature, sadly tomorrow’s swimming gala has had to be postponed.

A provisional date of Thursday 21st June has been set and confirmation of this date will follow shortly.