April, 2017:

OBH invited to take part in the Lord Mayor’s Show



On Saturday 11th November this year, OBH will be taking part in the Lord Mayor’s Show. Many of you will know Charles Bowman, old boy of the school and ex-parent. We are all thrilled that he will be the Lord Mayor of London. We are equally thrilled that he has invited us to have a float in his show.

The Lord Mayor’s Show is one of the nation’s most spectacular annual events.  6,500 participants, 70 floats, 20 military and civilian bands, dozens of horses and carriages parade from the Guildhall, via Mansion House and St Paul’s Cathedral, to the Royal Courts Justice where the Lord Mayor will swear an oath of allegiance to the Sovereign.  Crowds of 500,000 people will line the route and millions of people worldwide will watch the broadcast on TV. Dating back to 1215, the parade that originally was made by barge on the Thames – hence “float”, marks the inauguration into what was once one of the most prominent offices in England.

We are very keen to use this exciting opportunity to unite the wider OBH community, past, present and, hopefully, future. We intend to use the float to highlight all that OBH has to offer and to celebrate both our current children and our alumni. We also hope to put on an event over the weekend that will allow all associated with OBH to come and join us and be a part of a very special occasion.

We have set up a small committee, with current staff, Friends and Alumni, to ensure that we make the most of our participation in this prestigious event. We would be very keen to hear from anyone in our community who feels they could offer support in any way, to help guarantee the success of the venture. This may be advice and experience in similar events, it may be practical; for example, in having a low loader we could use for the float or a venue for our party. It may be that a financial tie up with your company is mutually beneficial – none of us having been involved in such an event before, we will be grateful for all contributions.  If you can help in any way please contact Linda Williams on linda.williams@obh.co.uk.

More information will follow once we have finalised the float and party details. In the meantime, please put the date in your diary. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible to both celebrate the success of one of OBH’s finest, and to hold an event to bring the wider OBH community together.


Friends’ Quiz Night

The Britten Hall was buzzing with twelve teams of determined quizzers competing to take the title of Winner of the Third OBH Quiz Night. Nick Bullen, Chairman of the Governors, was in the hot seat as Quiz Master, not only reading out the questions but also controlling the chatty competitors! There were seven rounds of questions from history to sport, including the popular celebrity picture round with the young Mrs Trump looking rather different from her adult self!

Delicious curries, brownies and ice-creams were served at ‘half-time’ and the barmen were kept busy pouring drinks for the thirsty teams. As the last round was played, the scores were very close but the eventual winners were a team of OBH teachers! Well done to them!

The Friends of OBH would like to thank everyone for their support and generosity during the evening – we raised a total of £2000, which will go towards the refurbishment of Rory’s Place. The final target to start work on replacing the zip wire is £3600, so if anyone who was unable to attend the Quiz Night would like to make a donation, please do get in touch with Sophie Stanton on stantonsophie@hotmail.com.

Ashok Rathoud, founder of OSCAR Foundation visits OBH


Years 3 & 4 visit to the Schools Farm & Country Fair

The children in the Middle School came into school with great excitement about the forthcoming day. We arrived in Trinity Park after an uneventful and thankfully traffic free journey. We were welcomed by our guides for the day, Rupert and Imogen who were part of the stewarding team. Rupert Brown is no stranger to the children at OBH and showed us the very best that the Country Fair had to offer. The children were brilliant ambassadors for the school as always!

Here a few of the children’s highlights of the day:
‘I loved looking at the Viking ship and having a look inside.’ Matteo
‘The best part of the day was seeing the piglets. They were so cute and I loved them.’ Tiara
‘Yesterday, we all went to the School and Country Fair. I collected lots of cool stickers from the stands. My favourite tractor was the one with caterpillar tracks.’ Ismene
‘The fair was very interesting. My favourite part was touching the pig’s head and balancing screws on top of each other.’ George

Year 3 & Year 4 visit the Country Fair at Trinity Park

Children in Year 3 and 4 are off to Trinity Park, Ipswich for a day of learning about food, farming and the countryside through fun and interactive activities.

They will be leaving OBH at 9.00 am and will return to school by 3.00pm. Children can wear their usual school uniform with their OBH tracksuit top and trainers. The school will provide lunches and suitable refreshments.

IAPS Ski Championship 2017

Leaving OBH in the dark, at 4.45am on Sunday 12th March, I contemplated whether we could possibly repeat last year’s stunning successes, or was it just first time lucky? How could I have doubted the team? OBH ski team were no flash in the pan, fly by night, here today – gone tomorrow type. No, they were returning to conquer and firmly establish their name on the prep school ski circuit.

Training was intensive; the boys practised gates, after gates, after gates again, tuck positions, exploding starts, skiing on one ski…. As well as fitting in a packed après ski programme including discos, shopping, quizzes, movie night, pizza… oh, and prep….

Qualifying day dawned, the sun shone and the boys flew down a new course in Temu. Excellent times meant everyone went through to the Championship competition.

More training ensued, running orders debated and then it was Thursday. The dining room was silent at breakfast as 250 children forced down food, donned their bib numbers and left to inspect the course.

Rupert set the tone for the team with a blistering 39.27secs; every-one followed in his tracks and successfully completed the course. We waited impatiently for the evening prize giving. The results were spectacular!

U11 Championship Competition – IAPS Champions
U13A Championship Competition – Silver Medallists

The championship is very much a team competition but notable individual times included:
Rupert: 2nd fastest time in the Championship, Freddie: 2nd fastest U11 boy

Roll on 2018……….

The OBH Fun Run for OSCAR Foundation

All the children, some of the staff, a few plucky parents and some four legged friends toddled, jogged and even sprinted their way around the OBH Fun Run course in aid of the OSCAR Foundation. The fancy dress costumes ranged from dinosaurs and superheroes to 101 Dalmations, wizards, fairies and weird and wonderful creations. A tremendous effort to reach the finish line was made by all participants and it was great to see flushed and happy faces.

So far, the money raised has reached over an amazing £6,600 and counting. We are still accepting outstanding sponsorship money which can either be paid straight into the Virgin Money Giving account or brought into school and handed in to the school office. A massive thank you to the children and parents and all of those that have offered sponsorship in aid of the OSCAR Foundation.