September, 2013:

OBH at The Aldeburgh Food and Wine Festival

OBH musicians busking  at The Aldeburgh Food and Wine Festival being held at Snape Maltings—do go and support them performing from 2.00 pm to 2.40 pm and then again at 3.10 pm to 4.00 pm in the Schools Section


Sports Dinner

All Parents in the Prep School are invited to this fun and sociable evening in the school Dining Room. You are invited for drinks at 6.30pm followed by a delicious curry supper.

Our Captains of the 1st XV , 1st Hockey Team, Colts A and U11 A Hockey will make speeches and give a report on all the teams that have played this term.

During the evening there will be a raffle for tickets for the Six Nations games at Twickenham and the evening should be finished by around 9.30pm.

We would love to see many of you at this evening. If you are able to come, please will you email Hannah Wijnen ( in the school office as soon as possible as we require numbers for catering purposes.


OBH Poetry Recitation Competition

The English department is organising competitions during the academic year for pupils from Year 3 to Year 8 inclusive. This term there will be a poetry recitation competition. The basic idea is to select a poem which must be six lines or more in length. The most important aspect is to learn it by heart so that you can recite it as naturally and comfortably as possible in front of the class. My one piece of advice would be that it is much better to look at your audience during your performance rather than peering at the floor or the ceiling. There can be a ‘performance’ element to your recitation.

The poem could be a ‘classic’ from hundreds of years ago, or it might be a contemporary poem written last year. You can get as much help as you like in terms of selection and practice. You might choose your poem from the ones studied in class, or a poetry book found in the school library or at home. In addition, there is the internet which is a great resource for poetry nowadays. Many online sites have poems which can be found according to theme; sometimes you can hear the actual poet recite his/her verse.

Everyone will have the opportunity to recite their poem in class, after half-term. The pupils and teacher will vote for what they feel are the best performances – by secret ballot – and finalists will then be selected. Remember that you will be voting for what you genuinely believe are the best recitations, not selecting someone because you are friends! If you are selected for the final but you really do not want to recite the poem again in front of a larger audience, then you can withdraw from the competition; after all, it is meant to be fun, not torture.

In the last weeks of term – date to be announced – we will have the finals in the Britten Hall: Year 3 and Year 4 will be judged separately, Year 5 and Year 6 will compete against each other, as will Year 7 and Year 8. Good luck, remember that ‘practice makes perfect’ but, ultimately, that it is the taking part rather than winning which really counts.

Dr. Marshall, English Department, September 2013


Wild West

On Saturday evening the cowboys and cowgirls tucked into a delicious ‘Wild West Meal’ before taking to the dance floor lead by Miss Bourke. Everyone made a real effort and thoroughly got into it. Afterwards, they had Cryptic Cowboy Hide & Seek game. The pupils were divided into houses with a leader/sheriff in charge of each team. They had to solve four cryptic clues in order to discover the hidden locations of four teachers, e.g. ‘If you didn’t know better you might think that art lessons took place here’ (the Drawing Room). At each location, they had a timed period to answer themed questions. Every clue was cracked and Mercury and Jupiter were the joint winners. To end the evening they bashed down a cowboy boot piñata and enjoying tucking into the treats.

After a leisurely PJ breakfast on Sunday morning, the children  dusted off their cowboy hats and boots once again and tried their luck on the bunking bronco, shooting gallery, bouncy castle, horse shoe and cactus games. Late afternoon the heavens opened so the fire was lit in the Inner Hall and Miss Pugh’s 1800 piece puzzle was started! After supper all children collapsed in front of a film in their PJ’s.

A special thanks to all the children and staff for making such a great effort with their costumes, Miss Bourke for the dancing and the kitchen staff for feeding us all so well.

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Weekly Music Ensembles

Monday 12.55-1.25 Junior Concert Band

Junior Concert Band is for all pupils who learn woodwind, brass and percussion at OBH or outside school in Years 3-5. We will be learning the same music as the Senior Concert Band in readiness for concerts later in the year.

Monday 1.15-1.45 Chantelles

The elite girls’ choir at school. Pupils are invited to be in the Chantelles by Mrs Nunn


Tuesday 8.00-8.30 Chapel Choir

For pupils who are able to commit to singing at Sunday services


Tuesday 1.10-1.45 Senior Concert Band

Senior Concert Band is for all pupils who learn woodwind, brass and percussion at OBH or outside school in Years 6-8.


Wednesday 8.00-8.30 School Choir

A choir for anyone in Years 3-8 who enjoy singing. We will be working on some large scale pieces and preparing carols for Christmas.


Thursday 8.00-8.30 String Orchestra

String Orchestra is a mixed ability string ensemble for everyone who learns the violin, viola, cello or double bass in Years 3-8.


Thursday (2) 12.45-1.05 Pre-Prep Choir

A Choir for anyone in the Pre-Prep who would like to sing in a small group.


Friday 1.15-2.15 School Orchestra

The school orchestra is an ensemble for everyone who learns a stringed instrument, woodwind, brass or percussion in Years 3-8.


Saturday (1) 8.15-9.00 Chamber Choir

Pupils are invited to be in the Chamber Choir by Mr Dunham. We will be working on some very complicated music for a performance in the Lent Term.


These ensembles replace the old style ensembles from last year. For any queries about ensembles please contact Toby Dunham directly on


Gastronomical Cookbook

For any parent who would still like to purchase one of Sophie Grant’s cookbooks (£10.00) copies will be available from the School Office.  The proceeds will be going towards the Astro Fund.

It is a great cook book with lots of good ideas and would make a fabulous Christmas/birthday present!


Tennis lessons

Pupil Tennis Coaching

If you would like your child to have a weekly tennis lesson please contact  Lee Tweed by email:  and your child will be found a suitable slot within the timetable.

Parent Tennis Coaching

Ladies intermediate Tennis Morning has started up again, taking place on Monday and Thursday mornings, 8:30am until 10am .

Racket re-stringing service is available.


OBH Challenge

We kicked off the first boarding weekend in style with the OBH Challenge.

On Saturday night the boarders were split into tribes and a tribal elder was elected to keep control and, more importantly, make sure everyone was in the right place at the right time. Once we had organised the tribes we

embarked on our boarders favourite game of  ‘Manhunt’, which ,this year, had a slight twist.  The hunter force were allowed to use their bikes which made the chase much more exciting!


After church on Sunday the tribes, led by their elders, designed their own flag to carry around with them throughout the afternoon.  They were colourful and very distinctive! Mrs Bolton would have been very proud of their creativity.

The children rotated around four stands which included:  rocket building and launching, fire making, bike obstacle course and a scavenger hunt. We finished off the afternoon with a final stand. They had to manoeuvre over a slippery obstacle course carrying water to fill a bucket holding a key to their prize box. Needless to say it was messy, wet and very funny!

The afternoon was a great success and the children all fell into bed at lights out totally exhausted!

Thank you to the boarding team for a fantastic start to this new academic year.


Syllabus Open Evening

All parents are invited to come and meet their child’s class teacher/teachers to the Syllabus Open Evening as detailed in the School Calendar.

This will be an informative evening to give parents an over-view of the curriculum for the coming year.