December, 2013:

News from Design Technology…

Great excitement this week when the first half of the long awaited Land Rover arrived from motor Specialist Paul Rose, based near Diss, for the children to begin to restore as part of their Design & Technology curriculum. With only 5,000 miles on the clock, the 1975 Land Rover was in service at RAF Wattisham until 1989 as a fire unit with a water pump fitted to the power take-off unit.

Sadly its retirement was not a happy one as it was parked up and left to rot! However the vehicle was rescued and has now found a new home at OBH.
Tom Chinnery,Design & Technology teacher is planning for all children in Years 5—8 to take part in the restoration programme either as part of their DT lessons or as an extra-curricular activity in DT club.
The purpose of this long term project is to expose technical challenges to the children of stripping and re-building the vehicle and to learn a variety of skills to include metal work, mechanics, finishing and restoration. Once the initial strip down is complete, and the new galvanised chassis purchased, the second half of the Land Rover will arrive so that the children can continue with the ultimate aim of restoring the Land Rover to its original condition.Land rover 3

Land rover 2

Land rover 1

Baby & Toddler Group

Baby & Toddler will re-start in the New Year on Tuesday, 21st January 2014.

Any parent with a baby and/or toddler who would like to come along would be very welcome and do encourage any friends who might like to come as well.

For more information please contact Jo Riddleston (






Movie Night & OBH Snow Ball

Our last boarding weekend for the term ended on a true high.

The large screen movie night was a great success.  The children loved snuggling down with their duvets and pj’s  and munched on a picnic while watching ‘Despicable Men 2’.


We all bundled into mini buses on Sunday afternoon and went off to Bury to buy secret Santa presents, we arrived back just into time to change into a touch of white for the Snow Ball. The children pulled out some great moves on the dance floor!

Thank you boarders for always being enthusiastic when participating in all activities.

Happy Christmas from the Boarding Team.


Carol Service – Arrangements for the final day of term

Friday 13th December 2013

OBH Carol Service 3.00 p.m. at  St. Edmundsbury Cathedral



Nursery sessions will run as normal on this day.  Nursery children are not required to attend the Carol Service as part of the school, however, parents are welcome to collect their child early if you would like to attend the Service with your child.  Please speak to Mrs. Steward to arrange this.


Pre-Prep children should arrive in school wearing full winter uniform.  The Pre-Prep day will run as normal.  All Pre-Prep children are required to attend the Carol Service and will be transported to the Cathedral by coach.  Children will sit as a school in their Year groups and at the end of the Service can be signed out by their form teacher from their pews.

Prep School

The Prep day will run as normal.  All Prep children are required to attend the Carol Service and will be transported to the Cathedral by coach.  Children will sit as a school in their Year groups and at the end of the Service can be signed out by their form teacher from their pews.

  • All Day children should arrive at school in Sunday Best
  • Parents of Boarders can collect their child’s’ belongings from 10.00 am on Friday morning.
  • No belongings, of any kind, will be taken to the Cathedral for any child
  • School will be open after the Carol Service until 6.00 p.m. for collection of anything that children wish to take  home for Christmas
  • Parents of Children who are either Readers or in the Choir should  collect their child from the front of the Cathedral after they have disrobed.

If, for any reason, parents are unable to attend children will be returned to OBH for pick up.   Please email Miss Pugh ( to arrange.   Pick up  must be before 6.00 p.m.

If any parent has a query with regard to the Carol Service arrangements, please email Miss Pugh.


‘Rock n Roll Dick Whittington’ panto & Bury St Edmunds Shopping

44 excited children all bundled onto a coach  to Ipswich to enjoy Rock n Roll Dick Whittington’. Like all panto’s now they seem to be geared with grown up jokes and very modern music. Needless to say there were a lot of laughs and audience participation.

Sunday kicked off with the rugby 7s tournament here which was a great success and those not involved went shopping in Bury. Children came back clutching bags of tinsel to decorate their dorms! We all re-grouped and enjoyed a hearty Sunday roast.


A very big thank you to all who have kindly donated toys for Barnaby Anderson’s Toys4Astro appeal.

The big sale will be taking place at The Friends’ Christmas Fayre on Friday 6th December in the Britten Hall.  Ideal presents for brothers and sisters!

One final call to ask for any further donations of toys—please can any items be brought into the School Office by Wednesday 4th December.

Thank you


Friends’ Christmas Fayre

All the children are looking forward to going to the Friends Christmas Fayre.

The Pre-Prep children will be able to attend the Fayre with their parents after the Nativity play.

All Prep school children will be taken to the Fayre by their Form Teacher/Tutor during the afternoon. Every boarder will be given £5 in cash to spend at the Fayre. Please will all parents of day children give their child up to £5.00 to bring in to school on the day.  The Form Tutor/Teacher will look after the money during the day.

Click here for more information  from The Friends.




Sports Dinner

Last call…..if you are able to come or if you have said you are coming and your name is not on the list, please will you email Hannah Wijnen ( in the school office by Wednesday 4th December as we

require numbers for catering purposes.