May, 2016:

E-Safety Seminar

Acclaimed e-safety expert, Karl Hopwood will be spending the day at OBH and will be running sessions for both children and staff.  At 5.30pm there will be a seminar for all parents – we do urge you to attend as he is a brilliant speaker on this most important topic. If you have not already done so, please email if you plan to attend so that we can keep track of numbers.

Marcus Hall gains place at Winchester College

Congratulations go to Marcus Hall for gaining at place at Winchester College in September.

‘A Night Under the Stars’ & the South Suffolk Show

Tents, sleeping bags and roll mats galore were laid out by the out-door classroom where the fire burnt all night unravelling its warmth to all. There were however a few uninvited guests who conveniently located and introduced themselves during the night and hence were warmly welcomed by shrieks and screams. Before this though the campers enjoyed the smoked salmon and lamb cooked in the pit by Mr Drake. Burgers, sausages and salad, followed by ice cream which all went down a treat. Mr Barrett introduced Danish Long Ball which was played by all and then marsh-mallows were melted on the fire, stoked by Mrs Chapple, to end off a great night. The boys and girls then tucked themselves into their sleeping bags and to one tent’s surprise a ‘tiger’ came scratching at the canvas. The matrons were gladly there to calm them down and reassure them that Colchester Zoo had not lost one of their big cats.

Sunday dawned……
The morning dew reflected off the canvas and the boys and girls busily started to evacuate their tents. Holy Communion at Thorpe Morieux was a wonderful occasion and it was lovely to see the church full with friends and family. Delightful canapés and drinks were served back at school outside the drawing room in beautiful sunshine. Congratulations to all those who were confirmed and we hoped that you enjoyed the rest of your special day with your families.

South Suffolk Show & Bury Rugby
In the afternoon the boarders were either entertained by some thrilling rugby at the Bury 7’s or they were able to enjoy the South Suffolk Show. The children were a pleasure to be with especially as they had to contend with the heat at each venue. It was then time to return for a well-earned roast before taking tents down and relaxing around the grounds before bed. A big thank you must go to all staff who participated during the week-end and also to the children for being such good value.

Arthur Bagshaw gains Academic Scholarship to Oundle School

Congratulations to Arthur for gaining a 13+ Academic Scholarship to Oundle School.

Grandparents’ and Godparents’ Strawberry Tea


Thank you to all of the Grandparents and Godparents who came along to the Strawberry Tea.  The children were very proud to show their families their school and the year 8’s thoroughly enjoyed serving the Strawberry Tea.  The musical interlude of singing, trumpet, trombone and piano from musicians in years 7 and 8 was a superb accompaniment to the delicious tea, strawberries and cakes.

St George’s Day Celebrations & Jimmy’s Farm


Welcome back to all the boarders, new boarders and the birthday boys, Josh and Francis. The boys celebrated their big days with pizza and party food. This was followed by the customary screams when the cakes were cut and then demolished!
The unusual weather has seen extreme action after supper in the form of cycling, cricket, tennis, footy, golf and of course the culinary delights afforded to the staff after the classy cook group delivered some wonderful tarts…filled with jam. Shorts have been worn…briefly and I am sure that we will soon be able to bask by the poolside whilst enjoying a refreshing evening dip!!!!

On Saturday night, St George’s Day was celebrated with traditional bangers and mash before scones, jam and cream were consumed with great enjoyment. We then enjoyed some traditional pugilism with ‘Knock Your Block Off’ and ‘Gladiator Duel’. This provided great entertainment as the girls and boys fought gallantly against each other. Quoits and skittles were also on offer and there were squeals of delight when points were scored! Hot chocolate was then served to the hardy warriors before bed.
Church on Sunday at Brettenham, as well as the breakfast served by Year 8 pupils at Rattlesden before their service, was well received by all. The afternoon at Jimmy’s Farm was a hit all round and between the icy showers the children enjoyed extreme den building, sausage making and tasting. The marmite sausages proved to be a favourite and feeding the animals on the farm was highly entertaining as some lost their bags to the emus and ostriches.
A fun weekend was had by all and with warmer weather on the way we look forward to ‘Camping under the stars’ on Saturday 7 May. The boarders will need sleeping bags, roll mats where possible and warm pyjamas/clothes. Please could they bring them in to school in a clearly named plastic bag and place them on their beds on their return to school after the Bank Holiday. We look
forward to the South Suffolk Show on Sunday 8 May as well as the confirmation of many of our Year 7’s and 8’s.
We hope you enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend and would like to wish Marcus, Edward and Arthur all the best in their upcoming entrance / scholarship exams.

Rob & Jen Miller & the Boarding House Staff.