February, 2016:

Former Pupils Edward Turner

Our congratulations go to former pupil, Edward Turner, for gaining a place to study Economics and Management at Oxford University.

Edward is currently in his final year at Oundle School.

Race Night with Mocktails & Canapes, Adventures in the Wild @ Colchester Zoo

At the weekend the boarders had an evening at the races; bets were placed and ‘racing form’ was discussed and lots of lovely ‘mocktails’ and canapés were served. There were the usual winners and losers, but all agreed it was lots of fun!
The next day was bright and sunny so we started the day at a leisurely pace with a PJ breakfast. Then we were off, two by two to the zoo. The children behaved impeccably and were really curious to see all the different animals, many of which they had not seen before. Henry Bevan’s impression of a wallaby was first class. Barney Anderson found out what it felt like to be in a kangaroo’s pouch, and Ash Rigby learnt how to swing like an Orang-utan! It was a long day but a very enjoyable one. All the staff were very proud of their behaviour and look forward to our next off-site trip.
Chinese New Year
This year we welcome the Year of the Monkey and our Chinese girls, along with the rest of the boarders, celebrated with a fabulous dinner of chicken chow mein and prawn crackers cooked by our amazing chefs!


Pancake Making
During the week the matrons Debbie and Helen helped the children to cook pan-cakes! All of the children loved it and the pictures tell you all you need to know…… who is hiding behind their pancake?

Formal Concert

Open invitations to all parents, friends and families to watch the children perform in a music concert.

World Book Day

Children are invited to come to school dressed as their favourite literary character.

Musical Soiree at Swaynes Hall Friday 26th February 7.00 p.m.

If you would like to join us at Swaynes Hall to have an evening of wine, music and song you would be very welcome.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet current parents, staff and children.

Please get in touch with Jo Riddleston for more information: admissions@obh.co.uk

Friends of OBH half term cake sale

There will be a cake sale in the Pre-Prep and one in the main school car park on Friday 12th February at 3.30pm.  With a Valentines theme, any and all donations greatly appreciated and can be left with Hannah Wijnen in the school office.  Please make sure to name any containers you would like returned and please remember we are a nut-free school.

Forthcoming Musical Events

Friday 26th February, 7:00pm: Musical Soiree at Swaynes Hall Barn
Thursday 3rd March, 7:00pm: Formal Concert in the Old Gym
Friday 4th March, 3:15pm: Informal Concert in the Old Gym
Tuesday 8th March, 7:00pm: Evening Recital by Classical Guitarist Craig Ogden
Friday 8th March, 3:15pm: Informal Concert in the Old Gym


For more information about any of these events please get in touch.

Year 3 Trip to The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Mr Hayes, Mrs Warren and Mrs Powell are taking the Year 3 children to see the Ancient Egyptian artefacts at the Fitzwilliam Museum on Tuesday 9th February.

Lord Buckenham’s Burns Night, The Buckenham Highland Games and evening activities

Lord Buckenham’s Burns night was a huge hit……all came dressed with a bit of tartan and once we had found our seats in the dining room, the haggis, carried very ably by Arthur Elveden and Ash Rigby, was piped in by Mr Caird. The “Ode to the Haggis” by Robert Burns was read superbly well by Alick Liddell and Seb Milbank. The boarders and staff then tucked into some yummy haggis, neeps and tatties and most declared it was rather good, and there were even requests for seconds!
Our piper piped us to the dance floor where the live band organised the reeling. We all joined in very enthusiastically and whilst not getting the steps straight away, lots of fun was had by all! It was an amazing night and we were all exhausted by the end and headed up to bed.
On Sunday afternoon the Highland games came to Brettenham, where the different clans had to compete in our version of the haggis roll and the caber toss. Arthur Bagshaw’s caber toss was amazing and he is one to watch for the future! There was a bit of welly wangling and some hoopla. The afternoon was finished off with the Tug of war and it was very competitive, with an all girl team beating nearly every other team – technique was definitely the key here!
After all the excitement of an action packed weekend a chilled out film night was just what was needed.
During the week the boarders have been busy attending the numerous clubs. Kabaddi, the national game of Bangladesh seems to be a great hit, as is Hama Beads, the ever popular Dodge-ball, Escape and Evasion games. There is now Football outside on the small astro as well as the usual tennis lessons. Wild-life club is going down a treat and the children love learning new facts about rare and endangered animals.

World Book Day

World Book Day  will soon be upon us and will be an exciting opportunity for the children to spend the day dressed as their favourite fictional character. There will be some special prizes for inventive, innovative costumes.