September, 2012:

Colts A Rugby Cancelled

Unfortunately, Moreton Hall have had to cancel the Colts A rugby match on Saturday 29 October due to injury/illness.

We are the Champions

What a fantastic first weekend back! We couldn’t have asked for better weather!

This weekend saw a group of dedicated cyclists participate in the Suffolk Historic Churches cycle ride. Our route took us to Brettenham, Thorpe Morieux, Felsham, Gedding and Rattlesden before returning to OBH. This was a great journey and the churches were very kind in providing plenty of drinks and snacks for our party.

We kicked off the evening entertainment with a traditional chip supper,(wrapped in newspaper) which had many reminiscing of holidays in Aldeburgh, . After a quick trip to Mrs Lennon’s tuck shop, the children got themselves into teams to prepare for the quiz.

Rounds included Sport, General Knowledge, TV and film music clips to name, a photo round where the children had to name to whom the picture of eyes belonged and a car badge naming round. The children all worked well in their teams and eventually we had a three way tie- break. Quiz master Mr Hayes instigated the tie break round with the final question being ‘what is the only mammal that can fly?’ Oscar Price said the answer was ‘bats’ and won the title for his team. Team member Harry Middleton had clearly strained his brain as, much to everyone else’s amusement, he said, ‘wait, what did he say? What just happened?’ So congratulations go to our winners.

We all had an enjoyable evening and thanks must go to Miss Mueller for collating the questions.

Team Photos

If parents would like to view and order team photographs from the Summer term could they please visit the website and follow the details as stated below:


The School Photography Company Old Buckenham Hall School Sports Teams

How to order
You can view and order your photographs online .

Simply log on to and click on the BLUE TRIANGLE p button.

School photographs capture a unique moment in our lives that cannot be repeated, so don’t miss your chance to order your copies.

Follow the instructions in the ‘orders‘ section, where you can ZOOM IN to see a close-up of your picture and choose from a range of options.

You will need the USERNAME & PASSWORD printed below for the photographs



Ultimate Manhunt

The children made the most of being outside this weekend and we kicked off with the much anticipated ‘manhunt’. I will try to explain the rules as simply as I can!

The children are split into teams and using a map and lightsticks have to navigate themselves and their team around the school grounds. They are being chased by our ‘Hunter force’ which try to capture the teams between the orienteering points. Once captured they hand over their ‘capture’ cards and points are taken away from them. Needless to say the team with the most capture cards left over and most orienteering points visited wins! It was great fun and all the children managed to get round the course. After an hour or so of fierce competition the children returned back to base for hot chocolate and biscuits before collapsing into bed for a well-deserved sleep.

Sunday morning was a long lie in and pyjama breakfast ready for a very busy day of activities. We had an extreme scavenger hunt in the morning where they had to solve clues and riddles to find items; we definitely have some future treasure hunters amongst us! After a hearty roast Dr Marshall hosted the ‘Jacot’ cup football tournament which we run every year with the trophy kindly donated by Mrs Jacot a former parent. Well done to all who took part in a very fair contest indeed. Whilst this was taking place the children had a chance to test our Go Karts out for the first time this year! (after Mr Drake had a go first obviously!) In fact the only thing that got Mr Drake out of the Go Karts was the smell of freshly cooked fairy cakes that had been made by some of the girls in the kitchen! A fine display of assorted cakes and all so yummy!

After supper the children settled down to a mixture of activities ranging from golf, touch rugby,, dvd’s, music and dodgeball. Needless to say Sunday night up in the dorms was relatively quiet!


Saturday 29th September 10.00 am — 12.30 pm

As parents know, we will be holding an Open Morning for prospective parents on Saturday 29th September.
If any parents know of families who may be interested in OBH as a future school please do encourage them to come along.

Please contact Jo Riddleston in the School Office for further information.

Singing Lessons

The music department are very keen to encourage children to sing as much as possible.
We would like as many boys and girls to sign up to have singing lessons to start after half term and to try it out for half a term to see if it is something that would interest them.
Children will be paired up with another pupil to have a joint singing lesson with the expense of music lessons split between the two (therefore £48.75 per half term).
If you are interested for your child to give this a go then please contact me at

Pre-Prep & Nursery Opening Times

Please note that the doors for the Pre-Prep and Nursery will be open at 8.10 a.m.
This is to align the opening times across the school.

Individual & Family Photos

On Thursday 20th September individual and family photographs will be taken.

Children should come into school wearing Sunday Best with jumpers rather than blazers.

Photos will be available to purchase at a later date.


Memorial Fund

We have now begun to raise funds for the commissioning of a War Memorial which will recognise the sacrifice made by former pupils of South Lodge School, now OBH, and erected in the grounds of the school’s current site in Brettenham Park.

Our aim is to raise £15,000 in total which will provide, in the words of T.J.E.S., “a worthy memorial to them”. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please send a cheque payable to “Old Buckenham Hall (Brettenham) Ed. Trust Ltd” in an envelope marked Memorial Fund to the following address, Old Buckenham Hall, Brettenham Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 7PH.

If you are a UK tax payer you can Gift Aid this donation by clicking on the link below.

Gift Aid Form

Your generosity now will serve as a striking memorial for generations of children to come.

150th Anniversary Service

This year we are celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Old Buckenham Hall, formerly South Lodge school. As part of our celebrations, we are delighted to have the opportunity to hold a thanksgiving Service at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St. Edmunds on Friday 21st September at 11.00 a.m. at which the Bishop of Dunwich will preside.

You are warmly invited to join us for this special service, which we have based on the Order of Service celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the school in 1962!

Coffee will be served to our guests after the Service at the Cathedral however, space will be limited and if you wish to join us for coffee please can you contact Jo Riddleston in the School Office.

The whole of the current school pupil and staff body will be attending the service and we very much hope that many former pupils and members of staff will also be able to join us.

Parking arrangements around the cathedral can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

Cathedral Map and Parking