This was yet another excellent trip to Easton Farm Park. The weather was glorious and the pupils were able to gather a huge range of data associated with the factors affecting farming in an MEDC. The information obtained will now be analysed and then presented in various forms. One of which, will be a detailed land use map of the farm. This incorporates some excellent cross curricular work involving complex ICT skills. The pupils will also use the information to compile a specific case study on economic activity – one of the requirements of the Common Entrance syllabus.
The U13 boys showed huge grit, determination and skill at the U13 County Championships beating Culford, Woodbridge School and South Lee to set up a much anticipated semi-final against Orwell Park. Both teams played some sublime hockey and at the final whistle nothing could seperate the two teams. The finalists were decided on three penalty flicks, which, on this occasion OBH came out on top setting up a final with Ipswich Prep School. Ipswich dominated the first half, scoring late on in the half, but the OBH boys rallied and scored an equaliser to set up yet another penalty flick competition to decide the county championship. Some outstanding goal keeping from the OBH goal keeper, and the OBH players successful with each of their flicks to secured the title of county champions. Congratulations to the entire squad.
Such was the interest in Mrs Mannion’s introduction to the world of vets that a number of day pupils had also stayed on in order to attend. The talk explored the variety of occupations open to people once they have completed their veterinary science degree, including laboratory work for those people who do not want direct contact with animals and their owners. It was fascinating to see footage of dogs before and after surgery which highlighted the advances which have been made in the creation of artificial limbs. Mrs Mannion was keen to point out that it is not a glamorous profession and that life on the front line as a vet requires you to have as much compassion for humans as for their pets. Her revelation that something like 80 – 90% of vets nowadays are female will hopefully challenge some of our boys to aspire to join this wonderful, noble profession.
Certainly Mrs Mannion’s talk received the pupils’ full attention and a host of enthusiastic questions at the end as well as meeting Bruno, one of her patient’s whom the Mannion family have adopted.
A warm welcome back to all our boarders. It has been lovely to have you all back and to hear all about your festive break. The evening activities have started and all the boarders are busy; playing multi-sports, craft club, modelling club, tennis and doing extra drama, to mention just a few.
The first ‘in’ weekend was superb, everyone loved their evening by the campfire and playing extreme manhunt. Sunday was slightly more chilled, with a trip to church, an enormous treasure
hunt in the afternoon, followed by charades, and dodgeball and then a film by the fire in the evening. All of the boarders and the staff had a fantastic time!
Congratulations to Oscar (Year 3) on being selected for Suffolk Tennis. Oscar first came to pre-prep tennis club at the age of four and has been playing weekly at the school since. Oscar’s
progress has been extremely impressive, and he will now represent Suffolk, competing against some of the top junior players in the country in the months to come.