November, 2012:

Prep Prep Nativity Play

‘Welcome to the World’ will be performed at 2.00pm in the Drama Studio on Friday 30 November.

All parents and friends are most welcome to attend.

Christmas Fayre 2012

Everyone is very welcome to join in the festivities of our Christmas Fayre.

For more information please click on this link

Sports Dinner – Astro Appeal & Auction Items

Thank you to all of you that have replied to confirm your places and support the dinner this year.

All parents are welcome from both Pre-Prep and Prep and if you haven’t booked a place please email Jo Riddleston (

All the funds we raise at the dinner will go towards the Astro appeal so please do come along and support us.

During the evening we will be running an auction and it would be great if parents were able to donate a gift. If you are able to please get in touch with Nick Drake on to give details.

So far we have the following items:

Sir Henry Cooper Signed boxing gloves Current Bid £2000
Jason Robinson Art Work Current Bid £250
William Greenwood Signed print Current Bid £175
Bill Beaumont Signed Black & White Current Bid £100
Trout Fishing on the River Itchen Current Bid £200
Top Gear Tickets Current Bid £500
McFly Signed Artwork & Drum skin Current Bid £150
Olympic England Hockey Shirt (Womens) Current Bid £100
England v New Zealand Rugby – Amazing Seats Current Bid £1000
Family or Pet Portrait (local artist)
Elemis, Men’s Jet set travel collection Current Bid £100
Elemis, Ladies Exotic Bodycare Royal collection Current Bid £100
Northampton Saints Signed Rugby Shirt Current Bid £100
VIP Tickets Chelsea v Southampton – 4 Amazing Seats! 15th December
VIP Tickets Chelsea v Wigan- 4 Amazing Seats! 9th February
Case of ‘Bordeaux St. Emilion Grand Cru, 2009’
T 20/20 World Cup 2010 Australia Signed Cricket bat
Private Tutored Whisky Tasting in the comfort of your own home for 4 People
3 Course dinner for two at our Award Winning Restaurant Buxhall Coach House
Free drawing, painting of your choice by Sophie Elliot
Case of 6 bottles of 2008 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe
3 Course Lunch or Dinner for 2 at Scutchers of Long Melford
Strictly Come Dancing comes to Ipswich Tickets for the show & back stage pass

With the Astro appeal well under way and a significant sum of money already collected, we hope that these events will help to reach our target of £450,000.


Please see below the format for the Sports Dinner. We have changed the format slightly as it is the Launch of our Astro Appeal. We have invited some children to help us out in the evening with the various Auctions that will be running and I am sure they will want to say a few words as well! Dress code as usual is relaxed, as will the evening be!

6.30pm Arrive, drinks, Silent Auction starts

7.30pm    Short address from Nick Drake

Silent Auction continues,

sit down for supper

8.30pm ish  Coffee, Children’s Address

9.00pm       Silent Auction ends

9.20pm       WJJC gives short address and then introduces CEBB

9.30pm       Auction!

9.50pm       Mystery Auction Draw

10.00pm    Close
Thank you on behalf of all the children for all your pledges so far, there is no doubt that with your help we can make this happen.

Charity Christmas Performance & Lighting of the Christmas Tree

Parents are invited to the Charity Christmas Concert and Lighting of the Christmas tree on Monday 26th November. The performance starts at 5.15pm in the Britten Hall, before moving to the Christmas tree. Every child in years 3-8 will be performing in this concert, singing a variety of Christmas songs to get us all into the festive spirit nice and early this year! The Middle School Choir, Chapel Choir, Orchestras and String Ensemble will also be performing. Day children will be required to stay at school and can be collected after 6pm however we do hope that you will join us at 5.15pm with the celebrations.

Due to of the large number of children performing, I anticipate that the Britten Hall will be packed to the rafters so I advise that you arrive early to avoid disappointment. There will be standing space on the balcony and walkway as well, if the chairs are full.

Thank you, and dare I say… Merry Christmas?

Yours sincerely

Toby Dunham

Director of Music

How do I Find Out Information About School Matches?

When your child is playing in a school match you will be informed by email the day before the match is due to take place. This email will contain a brief outline of where the match is being held, the time of the match and what clothing is required. It will also contain a link to schoolworks where, after logging in, you can obtain more detailed information including team lists, links to opposition websites and maps to the away venues. Please use this link after 11.15am on the match day itself so that you can see if there are any changes, particularly cancellations.

You will also receive an SMS message on your registered mobile phone. These messages have been known to bounce back to us on occasions so if you are at all unsure about any details please check the school website ( or call the school office (01449 740252). If you wish to receive SMS messages, please check that you have a mobile phone number entered in the schoolworks login area. The ‘latest news’ column on the website will also hold any match changes.

OBH Rugby 7’s Tournament

For a guide to this weekends tournament please click on this link.

“I’m an OBH Boarder, Get Me Out of Here!”

On Sunday morning, we went to Thorpe Morieux church for a very poignant and moving Remembrance Sunday service. We came back and made the most of the beautiful weather.

After lunch, the boarders enjoyed “I’m an OBH Boarder, Get Me Out of Here!”

There were four activities for each team – a mixture of team activities, physical challenges, problem-solving and taste and smell tests. Over the course of the afternoon, the boarders used benches, go-karts, gas masks and horseradish sauce! Our thanks go to Mr Drake for his help in organizing these events.

Mindful of exams the next day, all the children had plenty of opportunities to revise and we were very impressed by their conscientious approach. The day finished with a restful mix of revision, table tennis and relaxation.


Race Night

What a busy, enjoyable and productive weekend this turned out to be!

After many matches against Barnardiston Hall on Saturday afternoon, OBH boarders went to the races in a quest to turn their seventy “OBH pounds” into much more.

We studied the runners and riders, looked at the odds and chose our favourites. Bets were placed with reputable bookmakers “Knight Bruce” and we then watched the race. Spectators cheered on their chosen horse with great excitement, passion and volume! At the end of the meet, congratulations went to Paula Munoz who had managed to turn her 70 OBH pounds into 180!


Coffee with Jo Celerier

Girls’ Boarding Parents are invited to come and meet Jo on Friday 17th November in the Drawing Room at 11.30 a.m. before 12.30 pm pick up.

Sunday Service, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Inter-house Teaming Building

Sunday dawned and unfortunately the heavens opened.
After a rather soggy trip to the 10 am Communion service at Thorpe Morieux, the children enjoyed a morning of table tennis, football and a few brave souls ventured out for clay pigeon shooting.

After a delicious lunch of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, the children enjoyed an after-noon of team building. The children were put in mixed teams and a group leader was chosen. Each group were asked to carry out a range of challeng-ing tasks including working together to build the tallest freestanding newspaper tower, crossing a minefield and untying themselves from a human knot. All the children worked very well in their teams and there were excel-lent communication skills on display. At the end, the scores were totted up and well done to the winning team led by India Simmonds.
Despite the weather, everyone enjoyed getting involved and great fun was had by all. A big thank you to Miss Barrett for organising such a fun afternoon and putting together such a varied selection of activities.