February, 2017:

World Book Day


The children had a fabulous day celebrating World Book Day.  Their outfits were brilliant, ranging from Spider Man to The Cheshire Cat. Throughout the day all of the children took part in book themed activities, including  paired reading during House assemblies, making miniscule books, designing bookmarks, creating stories based on the roll of a dice and they made ‘Play with your food pictures’ using a combination of Jacob’s Oddities crackers and Rowntree Randoms sweets to create different objects in the picture.  It was amazing to witness some of the extraordinary talent at OBH on show during our World Book Day assembly yesterday. To see pupils in both Years 3 and 4 reciting whole tranches of text from memory – in front of the whole school, was remarkable. The assembly coordinated by Mrs Rice was a delight, with pupils from the Reception Class, to Year 8, displaying their talents.


DT Department receives Laser Cutter

Tim Weston, Head of DT from Oakham School, delivered a wonderful laser cutter, which has been loaned to OBH for the remainder of this term. This is a brilliant opportunity for the pupils to explore CAD/CAM and it will be able them to use TechSoft 2D Design to create a number of prototypes using the laser. We are enormously grateful to Oakham and this will broaden the DT experience for our pupils. The DT curriculum has been reinvigorated and the children have really enjoyed exploring Food Technology, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Systems and Electronics with
their teachers. The future for the Department looks exciting – watch this space!

Uppingham Music Day

13 OBH children joined in with 350 budding musicians to produce a fabulous concert at the end of the day. After sectionals in which the strings studied the’ Largo’ from the New World Symphony and Offenbach’s ‘ Can Can’ , and the wind and brass learnt ‘Disco Lives!’ and Earth Wind and Fire’s ‘September’, the full orchestra came together and played ‘Frozen Favourites’.

Whilst it was a long day, it was an incredible experience for all involved and during the concert Uppingham’s own Big Band treated us to ‘Flight of the Foo Birds’- a fabulous Count Basie Number and Maynard Fergusons ‘Gospel John’. Every item in the performance produced an impressive and musical sound for those in the audience.

Many commented on the standard of yesterday’s event, saying it was possibly the best music day so far and it is certainly wonderful to hear other music teachers say how much their Grade 2 trumpeter had been inspired sitting next to somebody of Grade 7 who was only three years older – just goes to show how much can be achieved with a little regular practice!

All the children did their best, were exemplary in their behaviour and were a real credit to OBH.

Young Art East Anglia Competition

Oliver Pryce Joseph Bates Isabelle Locke Indie Hart Ilyssa Hills


The Year 4 children have all worked exceptionally hard during their art lessons creating their beautiful tropical fish watercolour paintings for The Young Art East Anglia Competition in aid of Cancer Research UK. The theme this year was ‘Out of This World’ and it was judged by former OBH pupil and artist, Georgie Mason. Congratulations to Indie Hart, Isabelle Locke, Ilyssa Hills and Oliver Pryce whose work has been selected to be exhibited. Special congratulations to Joseph Bates whose work has been Highly Commended! If you are in Aldeburgh on the 11th and 12th March, then it is always lovely to pop along to the Peter Pears Gallery and see all of the wonderful work on display. Well done to all of our Year 4 children who have created beautiful work in aid of this worthwhile cause which is close to our hearts, particularly at this sad time.

Year 8 OBE’s Training Expedition

On the Friday of half term the Year 8 boys and girls embarked on the first of their training exercises, before their Gold Expedition in the summer. The aim was simply to cover as many km in six hours as possible, carrying their own provisions and navigating along the way. The weather stayed on our side and I am pleased to say that the navigations was accurate and at 3.00 pm the Year 8s walked through the OBH gates having covered a little over 18.5 km.
A great effort by them all!

Mr Drake

Former teacher Jeremy Hill has passed away.

It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of Jeremy Hill on February 14th. Jeremy worked full-time at OBH from 1982 until 2011, teaching DT and, for many years, history. It is of note that of the eight Heads of OBH since 1862, Jeremy served under four of them. Countless former pupils and teachers remember him for his friendliness and kindness and also for his willingness to give of his time; he was never too busy to help someone. Our thoughts are with Penny and with sons Sam and Tim – both former OBH pupils.

All are welcome at Jeremy’s funeral, which will take place at 1pm on Tuesday 28th February in St Mary’s Church, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1RT, and at his burial, which will be at St Mary’s Church, Brettenham, IP7 7QR. There will be refreshments at approximately 4pm at Westgate Chapel, Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3JT.

If anyone has any photos or memories that they would like to pass on to the family, they would be most grateful. No flowers please, but donations would be gratefully received by any of Jeremy’s preferred charities:

France Mission – PO Box 743, Exeter, EX1 9RN

The Christian Institute – Wilberforce House, 4 Park Road, Gosforth Business Park, Newcastle upon
Tyne, NE12 8DG

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, PO Box 47432, London N21 1XP

Year 6 work together to complete their Bronze OBEs Expedition

Year 6 embarked on their Bronze OBE’s (Old Buckenham Explorers) expedition in Thetford Forest. The brief was simple; teamwork and problem solving.

Not long after arriving in Thetford Forest the children were set off on an orienteering exercise. Armed with a basic map to navigate the complicated footpath routes, the teams were also given the challenge of building a stretcher to carry their team mates and complete a simple 1st aid exercise.  After three hours and following plenty of map discussions, teams arrived back at base camp ready for the afternoon tasks.

The groups rotated around activities which included fire lighting, shelter building and bush cooking.  By the time the sun had set they were all very hungry and set about making bread filled with ham and cheese.  With a roaring fire going, the ham and cheese toasties were cooked on some slate that was found lying nearby. The toasties were delicious and after a second course of pasta, they all settled down around the fire for some quiet time before the night navigation exercise (or man hunt) began! It was so good to see all the children getting along, and the atmosphere around the fire was that of excitement, friendship and laughter.

Following a well deserved sleep, cooked breakfast and plenty of warm drinks, the children finished off their shelter, which was now bigger than the White House. They set about testing how waterproof it was! The children all positioned themselves in the shelter as Mr Miller, armed with two huge buckets of water approached.  He poured the water over the roof, and luckily not one of the children came out wet!

After a short break, the children were picked up and transported to the start point of the final phase of the expedition; the 15km walk and navigation exercise. The children navigated the entire way back. The children demonstrated great self reliance, determination and resillience and will continue to be challenged in the next stages of the OBE’s programme.

Pre-Prep visit Lackford Lakes

We had a fantastic day at Lackford Lakes. Luckily the children were wrapped up very well and did not seem to
feel the cold. We all rotated around three activities: learning about hedgehogs and making pinecone/clay models; a woodland walk where we talked about our senses and did some bird watching; and the highlight of the day – den building and hot chocolate in the woods! The dens were very impressive (brilliant teamwork!) and, once checked by an adult, the children were able to go inside for a quick photo.

BBC political journalist Edwina Simmonds

Mrs Simmonds came in to give the latest in the series of OBH World of Work talks. With the aid of a number of fascinating film clips, the BBC political journalist showed us what it can be like working as a journalist for the BBC. She spoke with enthusiasm about the excitement which a career at the BBC can bring and illustrated the ways in which each day can bring endless variety, unforeseen events etc. The need for a political editor to react to these and make major decisions (re stories to lead with, follow etc.) made the job sound wonderfully exhilarating.

There were lots of questions from the floor and it was clear that the talk had genuinely inspired its audience.

Scholarship Success

Our Year 8 children continue to excel.  Maisy Webster has been awarded a music scholarship to Woodbridge School, Barney Anderson and Archie Sprott have both won sports scholarships to Oakham; Freddie Garfoot has been awarded a music scholarship to Uppingham and Lottie Rowland has been awarded both an academic and all roun (Albert Memorial) scholarships to Framlingham.  Charlie Martin has also made it through to the final round of the Oundle Academic Scholarship in May.