December, 2014:

OBH Big Sing

Bollywood night professional dancer and Bowling and scavenger hunt

This weekend was great fun, we went from busting out some amazing moves on the dance floor dancing ‘Bollywood style’. Everyone made a huge effort to look the part and took their dancing moves to a new level.

Sunday morning we enjoyed a leisurely PJ breakfast before heading outside for a scavenger hunt around the grounds, hunting and gathering as many things as we could from our list.

In the afternoon we headed to Sudbury to hit the bowling lanes with Rupert Mathers coming first with a record breaking score of 120 points. Our weekend ended with a delicious roast supper followed by a visit to the tuck shop.

Bonfire Night and Fun Day

Last Thursday after supper the Year 3, 4 and 5 boarders bundled into the art room and were told that we would be having an Italian evening next week and they would all be chefs and make their own pizzas.
In preparation for this the children made their own Toque’s. With great excitement on Tuesday evening the chil-dren grabs their toque’s and rolled up their sleeves to make their own pizzas- they were delicious!
Many thanks must go to our school chef Michael for all the preparation and to Miss Gee and Mrs G for the help during the pizza making.

Weekend Fun
The weekend started with a big bang with a fantastic fireworks display at OBH. We were incredibly lucky with the weather as the heavens opened as it had finished and we had just got back inside to enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows.
On Sunday the Remembrance Service was very moving and our two readers Poppy and Rupert read superbly. Once back at school the children dressed down to enjoy the Fun Day Sunday. Parsnip soup was made with Mrs C’s new machine! Children busied themselves in the art room, a visit to the tuck shop, nails were painted and a mixed football match and squash were played. Before ending the day a very competitive boules competition was played in front of the fire in the inner hall!

OBH Christmas Crafts and Gingerbread Bake off

With the ‘season to be jolly’ rapidly approaching, at Rudolph’s top speed, this was the perfect excuse for OBH boarders to get into the spirit of the occasion, by participating in a fun-filled Sunday.
Following a pyjama breakfast, many of the Rugby players and helpers wrapped up warm and courageously prepared for a somewhat chilly and rainy Rugby Seven’s Tournament; the remaining boarders donned their aprons and headed for the Art Studio where there were a range of glittering crafts on offer, accompanied by the melodies of a somewhat ancient Christmas CD. The boarders had great fun making mini Christmas trees out of mini pots, stars and pinecones and an impromptu singing of Happy Birthday to Mercedes set the tone of the morning.
Maddie Anderson established her own Christmas card making company whilst Anlan Wang made excellent use of Mrs Bolton’s glitter stocks, producing a beautiful , multi-coloured glimmer tree. Imogen, Georgie,
India and Grace led the way in the glass lantern corner with numerous festive designs. At the end of the morning, there was an enormous array of Crafts, destined to adorn the dormitories for the much anticipated competition. Mr Hayes’ festive crooning provided light entertainment throughout and Mrs Griffiths was on hand to help make the Art Studio spick and span again.
Following a delicious indoor BBQ lunch, some of the intrepid helpers returned in search of warmer activities. With hands washed, Mrs Griffiths led the way with our very own OBH bake off. This week: Gingerbread. Fearing soggy bottoms and other gingerbread no-nos, the children all listened carefully and got stuck into mixing and needing their dough. There were numerous shapes created from the humble Gingerbread man, to various Christmas delights, including stacked trees. The boarders took great pleasure in decorating their designs, with silver balls, sprinkles and a good dollop of icing. The designs were beautiful and it made the
judges task very challenging. Well done to our top bakers Jorge, Poppy, Imogen and Emma. We all agreed that the gingerbread tasted delicious!

Ultimate Manhunt and Christmas shopping in Bury St Edmunds followed by disco.

On Saturday night the children eagerly grabbed their pillows and blankets and headed over to the Britten Hall where they thoroughly enjoyed watching How to Train a Dragon 2 while munching on tuck and popcorn.

Sunday arrived with a leisurely PJ breakfast before going to church. After lunch (a delicious roast) the children were armed with their Secret Santa name and their £5 and went into Bury on the hunt for the perfect gift for their chosen person. Once back, presents were quickly wrapped and party dresses put on before hitting the dance floor. A superb finish to another entertaining term of boarding fun!


Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas Jumper Day











Don’t forget we are having a Christmas Jumper Day!

All monies received to be split between Save the Children and Daisy and DIPG Brain Cancer Research. 

As there is no prep on this day children may be collected at 4.30pm.


Pre-Season Hockey & Netball training

We will be running pre-season training sessions on Tuesday 6th January at 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm for the following age groups:


  • U13 Boys Hockey
  • U13 Girls Netball
  • U11 Boys Hockey
  • U11 Girls Netball


Please can parents email the relevant member of staff below to confirm that you would like your son/daughter to attend.


Children should wear tracksuits on arrival, and have the appropriate footwear for the Astro/netball courts. They may wear any ‘home’ sports kit underneath their tracksuits if they wish. They should also bring a water bottle of their own.

We look forward to hearing from you shortly,


Nick Drake

Director of Sport



Tennis Competition

Highest Rally with the coach:


Mr Tweed & Mr Bolt have organised a “Highest rally with the coach” competition for the children, to take place in the remaining weeks up until Christmas. There will be prizes for overall winners, plus the chance to earn “Plus’s” for other good scores. This is designed to be a fun and enjoyable competition, with the rallies taking place during children’s tennis lessons. There will be a poster on the tennis notice-board where children can see their current high scores.



Friends Christmas Fayre

We do hope to see many of you at the Christmas Fayre this year!

Pre-Prep children will go straight to the Christmas Fayre with their parents immediately after the Nativity play.

The Prep school children will visit the Christmas Fayre with their Form Tutors during the afternoon. All Boarders (Trans, Weekly and Full) will be given £5 pocket money. Please will parents of day children send their child into school with some pocket money on this day.

Day children may be taken home straight from the Fayre after having dismissed themselves from their Form Tutor.


Lighting of the Christmas Tree

You are warmly invited to join us for the annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree. There will be mince pies and mulled wine for you to enjoy whilst singing carols round the tree accompanied by the Long Melford Silver Band. Please wrap up warmly and bring a torch!

All children in years 3 – 8 will be attending, so if you are a parent of a day child and are not intending on coming to this event, please collect your day child at approximately 6.05pm.