March, 2016:

Easter Eggstravaganza, Suffolk Hunt Point to Point at Ampton


The treasure was hidden, the clues were written and the boys and girls disappeared around the grounds searching for all the goodies.  Yes, the boarders were out and about on Saturday evening as part of the ‘Eggstravaganza’ and were able to sort out some extraordinary clues which allowed them to punch holes in cards and gain their deserved prizes at the end.  After the egg hunt, they put on aprons and became chocolatiers. The boys and girls created plenty of Easter Eggs and decorated them ‘eggstravagantly’ with coloured icing and treats that they found great fun and very messy.

The Year 8 boarders were treated to a fabulous evening at the Abbeygate cinema.  We were invited to watch Eddie the Eagle before going on general
release to the public.  The film is based on the story of how Eddie Edwards was determined to compete in an Olympic games and was put down by many who told him he couldn’t.  He chose to persevere and have his moment!

Ampton Point to Point

On a cold, but sunny afternoon last Sunday, OBH boarding children attended the annual Suffolk Hunt, Point to Point Steeplechases held at the
Ampton racecourse near Bury St Edmunds. This has become an annual event for the children at OBH as there are many family ties which make the event a really lovely occasion.

Every year OBH sponsors the penultimate race and last year this was won fittingly, by a horse owned by Mr Boyce senior, Caspar Boyce’s grandfather. This year the race was won by John Ferguson, whose daughter Georgina was previously taught by Mr and Mrs Campbell at Riddlesworth Hall. The race was fiercely contested after the entry of twenty two runners had to be split into two fields. The eventual winner ‘Honourable Henry’ owned by the Bloomfields partnership and trained by John Ferguson was victorious. John’s son Alex was in the saddle to ensure that the result was a real family affair.
Charlie Buckle, an old boy of OBH, had three rides at the meeting and rode some hard fought races to finish with some good results.  The children were keen to play the ‘Sweetie Tote’ using Starburst as ready currency to back their choice of runner! Much studying of the horses and the form were in evidence as the children took a full part in the proceedings.
It was lovely to see OBH parents in attendance in addition to other friends of the school. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Miller, Mrs. Riddleston, Mr Hayes, and Mr Campbell for accompanying the children during the afternoon and for giving the children the benefit of their advice on the bloodstock in the parade ring!

The Friends of OBH Quiz Night

There are still a few tables available for the Friends’ Quiz Night next Friday 6th May at 7.00 p.m.
For those who would like to join a table we can easily fit you in!
Come and pit your wits ….. always a fun evening and all in a good cause supporting the Friends of OBH.
Tickets £10 per person to include a complimentary glass of wine.

Please click here for more details.

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat


186 pupils, from Years 1 through to 8, took to the stage in a flamboyant, energetic and upbeat production of Joseph and the Amazing Tecnhicolor Dreamcoat.  Throughout the performance the cast thrilled the audience with superb singing and dancing, psychedelic costumes and set.

Photos are available to order.  Please make a note of the photo number shown on the bottom of the picture and record on the order form and return to the school office by Friday 1st April.  An order will be sent to the printers and photos will be distributed from the School Office once they have been received.

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Year 7s gain places at Rugby School

Each one of our Year 7s who was tested and interviewed for a place at Rugby in 2017 was successful and has also been offered a place in their first choice of house – many congratulations to them all.

Sport Relief Toddle Waddle & Fun Run

2.30pm ‘Toddler Waddle’
3.00pm Pre Prep
3.30pm Whole school Fun Run
The children have been sent home with sponsor forms.  Click here to download a copy.
We really appreciate your support and hope that you’ll have fun helping our school raise lots of money for Sport
Please use the following link to make your donations:

The Ambassador’s Ball & Jump Street

Boarders dance and bounce around!
The Ambassador’s Ball and Jump Street!!
The mansion was filled with dignitaries from all ages dressed in their refinery, the balloons were blown and the music began! Photos galore were taken as the guests made their entrances and discussed outfits within the Main Hall. The canapes and cocktails were consumed with ease before the Ambassador treated us to a superb dinner provided by his extremely dedicated chefs, Jane and Michael and their superb team.
The Auction would have put Christies’ to shame and the raffle was great fun as well before all the guests trooped out to the Ballroom to dance or to the Drawing Room to feast on the gluttonous fountains of chocolate and cocktails laid on for the rest of the evening.
Dancing of the less formal variety was performed by the younger guests with YMCA appealing to those who were more used to spelling it out…! The disco then finished and the balloons dropped to the floor from the canopy above with great cheers from the boys and girls.

A fabulous evening was had by all!
Sunday arrived with all the guests feeling a little jaded.  After church at Brettenham the children returned for some down time and play before another fine roast lunch which was consumed with delight. Then it was off to Jump Street for trampolining heaven. The children performed their twists, flips and turns and had a wonderful time before jumping back on the coach and returning to OBH.
Well done to all the children who participated and the Ambassador has said that he was delighted to see different people attending the open boarding weekend.
Next week sees the EGGSTRAVAGANZA taking place where teams will take part in a treasure hunt around the grounds followed by a trip to the ‘Ampton Point-to-Point’ on Sunday after church at 10.00am at Thorpe Morieux.
Thanks to all who participated and worked hard to put these splendid occasions together.
Rob & Jen Miller