February, 2015:

Clay Pigeon Shoot

It was a wonderful morning, more than anyone could have asked for brisk but bright sunshine. The first group of shooters arrived early and the lucky ones were treated to some bacon sandwiches with tea and coffee. After registering the shooters were given a brief safety introduction and then we went on a walk around the stands.


Stand A was a difficult stand to start off with a left to right crossing target followed by a rabbit left to right. The best shooter on stand A was James Kaberry who managed a very respectable 9/10 this was closely followed by Rupert Brown, Jamie Strutt and James Bevan with 7/10. The children only attempted the rabbit trap with both Tom LJ and Henry Bevan achieving 5/5.


Stand B was a fast left to right Midi target followed by a slow right to left standard target. The best adult scorer on this stand was Josh Bates who achieved a very good score of 9/10. The best children were Henry Bevan with 5/5 followed by George DLR and Oscar Brown with 4/5.


Stand C was up there with the most difficult traps of the layout.  A going away mini target (nicknamed the paracetamol trap) and a going away standard trap.  Notable adults scores James Bevan, Duncan Liddell and Josh Bates achieving a 8/10 score. Notable children scores: Max Woods, Tom LJ and Henry LJ achieving a 4/5 score.


Stand D was the most testing trap of them all a right to left simultaneous pair. This trap boasting the lowest scoring stand on the day with the average adult score of 4 and child score of 2. That said some adults were able to pull through and achieve some high scorings. Notable performances from James Bevan (10/10), Robert Woods, Josh Bates (9/10), William LJ and Alister Macintosh (8/10). Notable child performances, Theo Kaberry and Arthur Bagshaw 3/5 and Flossie Myers 2/5


The final stand for the day was a confidence boosting low standard incoming target and a high standard incoming target. This stand boasted some of the largest scores of the day albeit it being straight into the sun for most people. Several Adults score 10/10 on this stand and many children achieved 5/5. They include Flossie Myers, Tom LJ, Caspar Boyce, Sam Harrison, George DLR and Henry Bevan.


The pull shoot attracted a huge following on the day and was largely responsible to the delay of over one and a half hours for lunch… my apologies to the kitchen! With over 32 people taking part in the pull shoot to try and get their hands on the £100 prize fun – competition was fierce.  The stand was an interesting one.  An oscillating trap behind a cover to ensure a  surprise clay to test the shooter


Only 4 people managed to obtain a score of Zero naming no names…….   No one was able to get near 10/10 with the highest score being 7 closely followed by a 6. The average score for the pull shoot was 4.


Final Results

Highest Parent and Child Score Combined : James Bevan and Henry Bevan 68/75

High Adult Gun: James Bevan/ Josh Bates 43/50

High Child Gun : Henry Bevan 25/25

High Child Female Gun : Flossie Myers 12/25

Best Pull Shoot score: James Bevan / Rob Myers 7/10


Valentine’s Crafts and OBH Cupcake Bake off!

Following a peaceful Sunday morning in church, serenaded by the wonderful chapel choir – with Freddie Raymond singing a beautiful solo – the boarders returned to OBH ready and raring for a fun-packed Sunday.  The morning saw the pupils coming into the Art Studio for Mrs Bolton’s special ‘Valentine’s Crafts’.  With a number of pupils involved in Mr Chinnery’s Shoot, the remaining boarders seized the opportunity to make their own Valentine cards, glass paint Valentine’s designs, continue with the Hama bead craze, face-painting and badge-making.  Sienna Middleton and Poppy Simmonds made a super collection of cards, Oliver Meredith and Rupert Mathers got to grips with the finer points of button-badge design, Imogen Hainsworth, Georgie Jewson, Anlan Wang and Jemima Kaberry face painted to their heart’s content, whilst Mercedes Aguirre and Maya de Alwis were guided by Mrs Rice with her Hama bead expertise.

The boys headed out to the astro with Mrs Blackhurst to play football and then returned to the Art Studio for some crafting and to warm up!  The results were super and a good time was had by all.

Following a delicious Sunday lunch and tuck, the boarders piled into the dining room for the first stages of the OBH Valentine’s Cupcake Bake-off.  Rumours of a celebrity appearance by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood were rife (although there were concerns whether their busy filming schedule would permit them to judge).  So, with this in mind, all of the participants took their bakes very seriously and listened carefully to Mrs Blackhurst’s culinary pearls of wisdom. Following a bit of much needed ‘down-time’ and more card-making, the pupils (and some shooters) returned ready to decorate their cakes.  They made excellent use of the beautiful sprinkles, Mrs Blackhurst and Mrs Rice’s lovely fondant flowers and hearts.  There were so many wonderful creations the competition would be fierce and staff were quite relieved that Mary and Paul were making their way to OBH for the big event via the BBC limo.

At supper, the tension was palpable, with bakers anxious to find out who would be the lucky winners.  As ‘Mary’ and ‘Paul’ entered the dining hall to judge the competition, it was clear that all of the boarders were very excited!  Congratulations to ‘Star Bakers’ Maddie Anderson, Jorge Domingo, winners Maya de Alwis and Alick Liddell and finally to Arabella Woo – who had been a superstar all day for looking after the younger children.  The children tucked into their cakes before the start of Mr Drake’s amazing ‘THE CUBE’ competition where various skill games had been laid out in the Britten Hall.  There were several super achievements such as Ned Stanton’s and Francesca’s Hughes’ ball throwing into a hoop from the balcony.  A good time was had by all and I think it was fair to say that all of the pupils got into the spirit of the activity as they had done all day!  Mary and Paul both agreed that all of the children had been good sports – well done to all of the boarders!


Inside out, back to front party

This was a first for OBH, and it turned out to be a very entertaining!

The evening got underway with everyone walking backwards into the dining room and enjoyed being allowed to eat their desert before their main course, the Grace said backwards was very amusing.

We all bundled into the Britten Hall where the children were split up into teams and competed against each other. A number of games based on the themed were played. To name a few: pass the parcel -when the music stopped they had to wrap the parcel, musical statues standing still when the music was playing. Famous people’s names backwards and passing the shirt while still linking arms with your partner.

The evening finished off with the children breaking out some moves on the dance floor with DJ Mr Chinnery playing some awesome tunes.


Easter Cricket Camp

This Easter we will be running a Cricket Camp for Boys in Years 3-8  and Girls in Year 6, 7 & 8.

We have senior girls cricket matches this season, against The Perse, Holmwood House, Orwell Park ,Barnardiston, South Lee and a VII aside Tournament  We would really like to see as many girls at the cricket camp as possible.

The camp will include:

  • Indoor and outdoor net sessions
  • Fielding drills and target competitions
  • Super six games on the new astro
  • Square practice (weather permitting)

The cost for both days is £60. If you would like your son or daughter to join the camp please can you email Nick Drake on nick.drake@obh.co.uk


Winner of the West Suffolk Young Jazz Musician award!

The congratulations for Oliver Raymond (7AT) keep coming as he has won the heats for the West Suffolk Young Jazz Musician and so has progressed to the next round. This is on top of his winning the Level 2

singing category heats last week.

I don’t think anyone who watched his stunning jazz piano performance at the Mars House Music Concert can disagree with the outcome of the heats. Well done, Ollie!!!


More Scholarship Success!

Congratulations to Faith Bahar, Jonty Lecompte and Sam Ponty who were all awarded the Albert Memorial Scholarship to Framlingham College;  to Molly Webster who has been awarded a Music Scholarship to Framlingham College and to Tilly Lockhart who was awarded an Art Exhibition to Framlingham College.  These are in addition to the news from last week of William Hilsum, Chessie Hughes, Molly Webster and Maddie Anderson and their recent awards.


Scholarship Success!

Fantastic news that the following children have been awarded scholarships:

Chessie has been awarded a Sports scholarship to Oakham

Molly has been awarded a Music Scholarship to Woodbridge

Maddy has been awarded an Art Exhibition to Culford

William has been awarded the Headmaster’s Jubilee to Culford

Well done!

Scholarship Success-Molly, Maddy, William & Chessie

OBH Run & Toddle

It’s that time again when we all dress up in funny costumes and run around the cross country course! This year we are raising money for Comic relief and our Local charity EACH.
We hope you agree that these are two very worthwhile charities and deserving of our support. We will be sending details of the event and sponsor forms home with the children at half term so please do look out for them. We will also attach one to next week’s OBH mail.
More details to follow.
Mr Drake

Singing Congratulations

Many congratulations to Oliver who gave the winning performance in the Level 2 Singing category heats of the West Suffolk Young Musician. He will now progress to the finals at the Apex in July 2015.
Good luck, Ollie!


Ollie Raymond winning the Level 2 heats of West Suffolk Young Musician

Swim and Survive

This week the Year 7 boys and girls have started their Silver Swim Survive and Save badges as part of their OBE diploma. They will be learning new rescue techniques, learning about basic first aid and after care, whilst also improving their water based fitness levels. We hope to complete their Silver certificate by the end of the term.

Swim & Survive