March, 2017:

Scholarship Success

Congratulations to Jamie Dilnot for gaining the Queen’s Scholarship and a Music Scholarship to Ipswich School.

The Masquerade Ball & visit to Ampton Racecourse


The Masquerade Ball on Saturday night was a huge success. The guests arrived in fabulous frocks and suits and many took advantage of our on-site beauty spa. Drinks and canapes were served on arrival and the magician performed lots of tricks as we all mingled and compared masks. The décor in the dining hall was amazing and the formal dinner sumptuous and all agreed the chefs had outdone themselves. We had a final show from the magician and the auction of promises be-gan. There were prizes galore, including breakfast in bed, pizza and ice-cream treats, a giant teddy and a space hopper to bid for! Lots of gold coins exchanged hands and there were lots of excited faces when they won their prize. After all this the disco began in the inner hall and the chocolate fountain and candy floss stalls were a huge hit in the drawing room. It was an amazing night!

Sunday breakfast was a treat, and after this we were off to church at Thorpe Morieux. A quick change and with our packed lunches in hand, we were off to the races at Ampton point to point. Clara Middleton, Ollie Topham-Smith and Nicholas Warren did a splendid job in the Paddock selecting the Best Turned Out horses which OBH sponsored. The sweetie tote was in operation as usual and the children all enjoyed seeing Francis Topham-Smith race in the Pony races.

A chilled out evening after an action packed two days with tuck enjoyed in front of a good film.

Summer Cricket Camp

As 2017 the Cricket Season approaches, OBH are pleased to announce a coaching partnership with Iain Fletcher. Iain, who lives locally is a former professional player for Somerset County Cricket Club and is currently the Director of Performance Cricket for Hertfordshire. He is in charge of all county representative sides in Hertfordshire from the Men’s and Women’s 1st XI down to the younger age groups. Iain radically changed the coaching program in Hertford-shire three years ago and similar ideas have now been adopted by Cricket Australia, the country’s Governing Body and also the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The school wishes to host a three day camp during the Summer Half Term, led by Iain with his team of coaches from Hertfordshire and also offer personal coaching to any children keen to develop their cricket leading up to and during the season.
3 DAY CAMP ( open to Years 3-8) 10.00am – 4.00pm
Dates: Monday, 29th May, Tuesday, 30th May
and: Wednesday, 31st May 2017
Programme: Each day will consist of batting coaching, bowling coaching, game based scenarios, personalised net sessions and fielding.
Cost: £35 per day or £100 for the three days
Please can you email me directly to book your place on this course.

Informal Concert

This was a delightful event with many young singers entertaining us with a wide variety of repertoire. At the other end of the spectrum we were able to enjoy singing and piano performances from some of the more senior musicians in the school. There were also performances on the drum-kit, flute and saxophone as well as the violin. True to form the children introduced themselves beautifully and encouraged each other with smiles and applause.
Our performers were: Tomas Villar, Bryce Surguy, Charlie Lock, Izzie Lock, Oscar Brown, Nolly Mannion-Miles, Charlie Harrison, Lottie English, George Romer-Lee, George Roberts, Florence Rook, Rose Williams, Oliver Pryce, Phoebe Thurlow and Margaux Brown

Framlingham College U18 1st Boys’ and Girls’ Visit

We have had the pleasure of hosting the Boys’ and Girls’ U18 1st teams from Framlingham College. The idea of the visit was to give our children a look at what level of skill they could achieve in the years to come. The teams arrived in time for lunch and the dining room was buzzing with our children chatting away to these young adults.

The OBH boys and girls were then treated to a masterclass by these very talented players who ran the sessions and obviously enjoyed the experience. The children felt inspired by the skills and attitude of these young sportsmen/women and appreciate the hard work it takes to get to the level that they are playing at – some are now representing their country.

Thanks go to Mr Gandy (Director of Sport) and to all the boys and girls from the College who gave up their time to come and visit us.

“Chocolate & Chilli Feast” & ” Jump, Jump, Jump Around”

On Saturday night the boarders were treated to an evening stuffed with Chilli and Chocolate. The meal was
lovingly prepared by the kitchen and the children raved about the soft tortillas stuffed with chilli con carne, guacamole, and extra chillies! For pudding we had chocolate fondues, with fruit, biscuits and marshmallows for dipping in, at which point the dining room was silent! Yum!

After this, the children learnt how to make chocolate and chilli cookies, with our expert guide Sarah. Some groups were brave and added lots of spice to them and these sent many a child running for water and milk! It was lots of fun and the children experienced different levels of chilli crisps and even tried some amazing chilli chocolate.

On Sunday morning, some of the Year 8’s went to Rattlesden Church to help serve the breakfast, other boarders went to play rugby at Sudbury and the rest of the boarders attended the service at Brettenham Church.

In the afternoon, all the boarders were very excited to go to Jump Street, and had an excellent time. There were numerous attempts at the Wall, the Bag, the new Wipeout Spinner, and teams of OBH children took on the general public at dodgeball. All agreed it was a brilliant afternoon out.

Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts

Congratulations to the two OBH choirs who performed at the Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts on Thursday. Both received distinctions and both were commended for their beautiful singing and their musicality.
The Chamber choir were awarded joint first place with Year 4 being awarded joint second place in their class, missing out on first by just a quarter of a mark!
Well done to everybody and thanks to all the staff involved as well as parents who came to support.

Scholarship News

We were thrilled with Charlie Martin’s result on hearing that he had proceeded to the next stage of the Oundle Academic scholarship, which takes place in May. He will be following in the footsteps of Arthur Bagshaw who attained the same standard last year. The Oundle Academic Scholarship is recognised as one of the most difficult to achieve. Our pupils compete against the very best pupils from prep schools across the country – all of whom are vying for these very prestigious awards.

We heard recently that Claudia Harrison has been awarded an academic scholarship to Rugby School, which is a wonderful achievement. Our congratulations go to her for her hard work and dedication to the whole process, which has involved a big commitment on her part in terms of application and dedication.
We were also delighted to hear that Sam Harrison in Year 7 has been awarded a place at Harrow School for September 2018. Well done, Sam; we are very proud of you.

G.J. Whitelaw Sports Rugby School
C.K.J. Rowland Albert Memorial Framlingham College
C.K.J. Rowland Academic Framlingham College
C.K.J. Rowland Headmistress’s Award Downe House
M.J. Webster Music Woodbridge School
A.J.T. Sprott Sports Oakham School
B.W.E. Anderson Sports Oakham School
R. F. I. Garfoot Music Uppingham
C. G. Harrison Academic Rugby School