November, 2016:

The Friends’ Christmas Fayre

Father Christmas is coming to OBH on Friday, 9th December at 2.30pm in the Britten Hall! We hope to see lots of you at the Christmas Fair for festive fun, games and music. Refreshments served. Bring your family and friends – the more, the merrier!

‘Ready Steady Cook Goes Wild’ & ‘Street Dance Fest’

On Saturday night the boarders were treated to slow cooked pork. Mr. Drake was up at 6.00am to light the firepit in the outdoor classroom where the pork cooked all day. All agreed it was simply delicious. Marshmallows were toasted, hot chocolate was drunk and a sing-song (apparently started by our Headmaster) was enjoyed by everyone. All were warm and toasty as the most enormous campfire was kept going by Mr Drake!
On Sunday after church the boarders learnt an amazing Street Dance routine which was choreographed and taught by a specialist dance teacher. After which a dance off ensued and there were some amazing moves, including the caterpillar, the tut, the bop, the snap, and the pop ‘n’ lock. We hope to arrange some more weekend dance classes with Josie, as the children were all raving about it! Film night and tuck
swiftly followed at the end of a very busy weekend.

An evening in the rain…. and a massive packet of marshmallows!

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It was a real pleasure for Mr. Drake to spend time with the boarders on Tuesday evening. The plan was very simple, light a big fire in his new home made fire pit (made out of an old washing machine drum!) and toast as many marshmallows as humanly possible! The heavy rain did not stop everyone from getting the fire alight and as the evening went on nobody noticed it at all! Most children managed to get their marshmallow in their mouth, but as you can see from the photos, some found it difficult! A really nice way to spend an evening—campfire, marshmallows, and the odd song!

Brettenham Village Bonfire Party & Curve Motion

It was bitterly cold on Saturday night but we all braved the chilly wind to stand by the bonfire to watch the amazing firework display. During the week the children had made the guy for the top of the bonfire as well as some pumpkins which lit the drive-way. The bonfire was lit by Madison and who were both very excited to have been given this honour. The food stall was manned by the Friends of OBH and all the boarders spent their pocket money on treats and glow-sticks. It was good to see so many parents there supporting the event.
On Sunday we had a PJ brekkie and enjoyed a leisurely full English breakfast. We then changed into our Sunday best and attended the Family Communion service at Brettenham Church. Several boarders opted for a lovely autumnal walk back to school with Tracey and Mrs Warren. After a delicious Sunday roast and apple crumble we headed off to Curve Motion where the boarders had a blast either roller skating or playing in the soft-play area. The busy weekend was rounded off with a film and a visit to the tuck shop.

Upcoming events at the Weekends
3rd & 4th Dec 2016: Open Boarding Weekend – Christmas Calypso
Please contact if you are interested in booking a place.

Independent Schools Show, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ

On Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November we will be show casing all that OBH has to offer at the Independent Schools Show in Battersea. As I mentioned previously, if any of you who would like to attend, it would be lovely to see you there and Jo Riddleston has some free entrance tickets if you wish to come along.

OPEN BOARDING WEEKEND: Caribbean Calypso Christmas Carnival



This is an exciting and fun weekend designed for children to try the boarding experience and all pupils in the Prep school are invited. If you would like join in the fun please either email Jen Miller at, phone the office to book a place or download, complete and return the form below.  All responses to be made by Friday 25th November.

Caribbean Calypso Christmas Carnival booking form


The Great Chariot Race and Unlocking the Lavenham Labryinth

The boarders this weekend had an amazing time being creative and designed cardboard chariots to race down the slippery race slope created specially beside the drive. All got suitably wet and thoroughly enjoyed it! A big mention should go to Ben, George and Max who were our best “slippy sliders”….
Sunday was spent wandering the streets of Lavenham playing detective and unravelling a rather complex treasure trail. The Year 8 boys’ team did it in just under 90 mins and were crowned the super sleuths of 2016! All of the staff and boarders enjoyed a rather lovely ice-cream at the ice-cream parlour to finish off a perfect day out.

‘Spooks and Ghouls’ Halloween Fancy Dress Party, Trials & Trails at Thetford Forest

The Spooks and Ghouls party was a big hit, the costumes were amazing and lots of very messy party games were enjoyed! Charlie and Nolly both won the best costume prize. The kitchen staff amazed us with eye balls in snakes and a graveyard cake – both were awesome.
After our church service at Thorpe Morieux, where the children acted out scenes from the Bible and sang beautifully we went for a rather brisk walk through Thetford Forest with treats galore at the end and a quick play in the adventure play-ground.