November, 2015:

Supplies for Refugees in Calais

Louise Harrison has organised for transport to go from Lavenham to Calais with desperately needed supplies for the immigration camp. The lorry will be leaving on the 7th/8th December, so if you would like to donate any unwanted sleeping bags, blankets, 4 man tents or larger, tarpaulins, camp mats, wind up/solar torches and lanterns, men’s waterproof walking boots, high ankle or trainers (especially sizes 42 and 43), women’s boots up to size 39, waterproof warm winter coats, socks and underwear (men’s, women’s and children’s) and goody bags of hats, gloves and scarves. Please drop them in to the school office before Friday 4th December. There is also a just giving page detailed below:

Old Buckenham Hall Comedy Concert

Bonfire Night and Fireworks, Out of Buckenham and Home Again, Quiz night

With the nights drawing in and the weather being rather more inclement, evening boarding at OBH has been centred around indoor activities. There have been plenty of clubs and evening activities to keep all of the boarders busy. The children have been playing board games and indoor multi-sports, as well as dodgeball along with dance classes, self-defence, cookery, sewing and zumba.

Fortunately at the weekend the weather improved and we had the wonderful bonfire and fireworks display run jointly by Brettenham Village and the OBH Friends and Family. It was a fabulous event. All of the children thought the fireworks were amazing and that the display was the best ever. Thanks must go to all those who helped either in the run up to the event or on the night. It was good to see so many of you there too, supporting the event. Afterwards we were warmed up by the hot chocolate and biscuits before relaxing in the common rooms.

The Remembrance Service on Sunday at Thorpe Morieux was well attended and we must commend the children who read the readings and poems so well, paying great respect to all who fell both in our local community and around the world. Special thanks should go to Jamie Dilnot who performed ‘The Last Post’ – a significant reminder of thesacrifices that were made for us.

On Sunday afternoon the boarders were off on their travels again. Navigation skills were put to the test around the ‘hills and vales’ surrounding the school. The boys and girls chatted merrily to each other and the staff during our 4 mile ramble. Those who shot ‘clay birds’ had to catch up if they wished to have tuck at the half-way point! Well done to all the children who had a great time getting muddier and muddier as they went……

In the evening, “The OBH Quiz” was created by the children themselves using our new IPADs with the assistance of Mrs Blackhurst. Great fun was had by all as each team was desperate to outwit the other and win. After all the excitement of an action packed weekend a chilled out film night was the order of the day!

‘The Greatest Show on Earth’

Following the success of the Masquerade Ball and the Grand Medieval Banquet, the circus weekend is another open boarding weekend designed to give everyone an opportunity to experience a taste of boarding life here at OBH. Whether you are considering boarding your child imminently, or haven’t yet considered it, this weekend is designed to give your child an amazing experience. We know that they will leave with a positive view of boarding and can then look forward to it, whenever they start. There will be clowns, circus performers, delicious food, giant animals, hay bales galore and the building of OBH’s first ever big top. It promises to be the perfect final weekend of term.

Inter Schools Girls’ Science and Technology Day

A total of 85 girls from 11 different schools across East Anglia enjoyed an inspiring day of Science, Technology and Maths challenges at OBH on Monday 16 November.

Organised by Science Teacher Mrs Tiffany Blackhurst, the day challenged the teams of 5 year 5 girls to use logical thinking, problem solving, accuracy and their knowledge of the STEM subjects to complete a variety of challenging tasks.

The Chemical challenge was set by Long John Silver himself, on a mission to travel far and wide to collect bounty, he wondered which fruit juice would contain the highest level of Vitamin C to prevent his crew suffering scurvy.  Whilst in the Science Lab, Headmaster Tom O’Sullivan also taught the children how to make toothpaste for elephants!  Winners of the Science Challenge were a team from Bildeston Primary School.

The Maths Challenge, set by Head of Maths Fiona Chapple, tested the children’s logic, spatial awareness and teamwork.  The puzzles and activities made the children use their brain in a different way to solve problems and to see maths in a fun way.  The team from Dame Bradbury’s were winners in this challenge.

The DT challenge, set by Mr Tom Chinnery in the DT room made the teams work together to build a weight bearing bridge.  The best bridge was built by a mixed team of girls from OBH and Fairstead House.

The fourth challenge was an interactive quiz.  Teams answered questions about forces, the body, mathematical problems and general knowledge on iPads.  Points were awarded on a sliding scale according to the speed in which answers were submitted.  Between each question a scoreboard showed the positions of the teams after each question and led to some great competition.  It was interesting to see how the teams performed well in some rounds and not so well in others.  Eventual winners, demonstrating a superb depth of knowledge and quick thinking were South Lee.

Overall winners and recipients of the OBH Women in Science and Technology Day Trophy were Brandeston Hall.  As a team, their overall scores across the challenges demonstrated a depth of knowledge and understanding in all STEM subjects.

A very well done to all of the girls that took part.  We look forward to the OBH Women in Science and Technology Day 2016.

OBH Old Boy Angus Dowie on quest to make history

OBH old boy ANGUS DOWIE, 19, is part of a team of 4 attempting to become the first people to cross Iceland unsupported in winter, relying solely on the equipment and food they have carried and hauled with them since the start of the expedition. Documenting through film, writing and live blog updates they hope to inspire adventure into more people’s lives.


Preparation and training are well under way and the team will soon be departing for their adventure of a lifetime.  To find out more and follow their progress please go to

Middle School Service

The Middle School Service will be held on Friday 13th November at Thorpe Morieux church.  Parents are warmly welcome to attend.

Book Fair

After the success of our Book Fair in March, we are pleased to announce that we will be holding another fair later on this term. The event will run from Wednesday 18th November until Tuesday 1st December. This will be a great opportunity for the children to choose some holiday reading and also for us to invest in some more books for the Library.

Christmas Fair