May, 2017:

OBH – Making a Difference

In September we will be launching ‘OBH – Making a Difference’. Our new and exciting charitable involvement programme. It will include fundraising, volunteering, partnerships and raising
awareness with lots of opportunities for the children to get involved.

Before the end of term we will be selecting the charities that we will be supporting for the next academic year. One will be local or national and the other will be international. We would
like one of them to be child-related. The children will be involved in the selection process. Please could you use half term to chat to your children about any charities that they would like to nominate. A few sentences describing their chosen charity/ies would be very helpful. We will be shortlisting the nominations in House meetings and then voting on them as a school.

Watch this space!

Academic Success

Charlie Martin has been awarded an Academic Scholarship to Oundle. The Oundle Academic Scholarship is particularly tough and Charlie has worked tirelessly and without complaint throughout the year and could not be more deserving of his award. It brings the total of scholarships awarded to this year’s cohort to a very impressive twelve!

Ash Rigby has successfully passed the extremely tough Winchester Entrance Exam. Again, he has really pushed himself hard and deserved to do well. We are so pleased and proud of them both.

Outdoor ‘Bush’ Cinema & OBH build your own crazy golf course

The weather was kind to us for most of the weekend! We managed to enjoy our bush burgers and ice-creams by the fire, unfortunately due to the torrential rain at the tail end of the cricket matches, we had to decamp inside for our movie on a big screen. PJ’s, duvets and yummy popcorn all round made up for the disappointment…..

Sunday was glorious and after church everyone was outside playing tennis, playing cricket and zooming around on bikes. The CE candidates did lots of revision and then joined in with the afternoon activity which was create your own mini-golf course challenge. The children took great delight in doing this task and were very creative. The most amazing hole managed to fire balls from the cricket nets to the tennis courts! After this, the water balloons came out as did a few water pistols! It was a truly special afternoon at OBH.

Summer Soirée

Summer Soiree Programme



It was a beautiful evening for the Summer Concert- there was great expectation from the audience; the children gave 100% and certainly delivered. The whole evening went with a swing and it was
great to see so many enjoy performing, particularly from the older years. The music on offer was an eclectic mix from Mozart to Bruno Mars, Jazz to Classical and through to rock as well as everything in between.

After a slightly premature but rousing start from Class Brass, the orchestra excelled with a brilliant performance of The Magic Flute by Offenbach’s Galop. And so we were in to the songs from year
group singing and ensembles as well as the occasional solo.

The performances from Voice Box (Bubbles and Something Spooky) and Dulcimer (Earth, Sea and Sky accompanied by Year 8 strings and A Whole New World) were delivered with musicality, character and feeling, whilst the performances from That’s Life (Bare Necessities and Sunnyside of the Street) and Octagoing (Nobody’s Sweetheart) were clearly enjoyed by audience and performer alike and received great applause. Chantelles delivered a beautiful performance of Beauty and the Beast and Force 12 entertained with Mama don’t Allow. The audience was delighted.

There was further enthusiastic singing from the Rock Band with Uptown Funk and Rejection giving us a rendition of Radioactive and it was good to see so many guitarists take to the stage, so obviously enjoying themselves. Year 2 excelled themselves with their recorder playing and singing Hey Ungua with Year 3. They were a real credit to themselves performing in front of such a large audience. Every one of the soloists played with panache and style.

All of the ensembles presented beautifully prepared musical performances from jazz to strings of all ages to percussion and Samba and wind so it really was a mixed bag with something to
suit all tastes. Wind Band gave a lively rendition of Gangster Prankster and Jive. Mini Fiddles produced a wonderful sound with their Hornpipe and Heave Away. This was followed later by Pachelbel’s Canon played with poise and emotion and James Bond which was delivered with gusto – Year 5 Musicians were a new ensemble and were certainly impressive.The Jazz Band (playing Moanin’) and percussion groups played with energy and fantastic rhythm. HotHot Hot lived up to its name and the Samba Groove was fabulous with tight rhythm and committed musicians playing with real concentration. Reservoir Dogs from Baird’s Band, was a great and tuneful contrast.

In many of these performances there were several children who have not been seen in small groups before and it is to be hoped they will continue to enjoy the music making in future years. Every child was a performer and seemed to enjoy taking part, and also showed great support as members of the audience in a most enjoyable evening of music. They should all be commended for their efforts. The children have been a joy to work with and we look forward to the next event.

Many thanks too, for all the support the music department has received. We have had some lovely emails and comments.

The Friends of OBH Summer Cake Sale

Please support by baking biscuits, cupcakes or anything delicious for the cake sale on Friday.  All cakes must be nut free.  Cakes can be left in the School Office or the Pre-Prep foyer on Friday morning.


Thank you in advance for supporting the sale.  All funds raised will go towards the Rory’s Place refurbishment.

Year 4 Trip to West Stow

Year 4 had a great time on Tuesday as we travelled back through time to the Anglo-Saxon village of West Stow to explore what life was like 1,500 years ago. Starting off in the museum we found out all about the work of the archaeologists and how their discoveries have shaped out understanding of life in Anglo-Saxon times. We were lucky enough to see an amazing assortment of artefacts
including bronze brooches, combs made from antlers, wooden keys, pottery of various sorts, axes, arrows, shields and swords – all of which told us a little bit about what daily life would be like. We also tried on several Anglo-Saxon clothes (although we stayed away from the blue garments after hearing what the Anglo-Saxons used as a dye!) before rounding the morning off with a spot of lunch. In the afternoon we visited the Anglo-Saxon village to see for ourselves what Anglo-Saxon houses were like (and do our best to search for any bits of Anglo-Saxon flint or pottery which may be lurking in the molehills!). Having the chance to investigate the houses first hand was amazing and we really got a feel for what it would be like to live in 500AD.

Pre-Prep & Nursery Drop-In

Pre-Prep Drop-In 26th May 2017 v2

Parents are invited to take a look around the Nursery and Pre-Prep, meet the teachers and see the children taking part in their lessons and at play.  Tea and coffee will be available throughout the morning.  Booking is not essential, please feel free to drop in at your convenience.  To find out more contact Registrar, Jo Riddleston on 01449 740252 or email

“A minute to win it!” and Brandon Country Park

The weekend was packed full of fun and exciting activities. On Saturday night “A minute to win it” came to the Britten Hall. There were 11 activities such as the “Ponginator”, “Stack’em”, “The Bottle flip”, and “Breakfast scramble” to name but a few. Each contestant had 60 seconds to complete each challenge and gain as many points as they could for their team. All of the challenges had world record times, and suffice to say several of our Year 8 boys broke these records.

On Sunday we had a mini lie-in, followed by a PJ breakfast, and then the majority of us were off to Brandon Country Park. We had a leisurely stroll through the forest where the children scrambled across logs, climbed trees and played a version of French cricket. After lunch we all attended the beautiful confirmation service at Thorpe Morieux, where Lottie, Freddie, George, Marina, Thomas, Charlie and Oscar were Confirmed.

It was a lovely weekend.

Wattisham Open Day

On Wednesday evening a group of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils were lucky enough to visit Wattisham Airfield for their annual Open Day. Wattisham is the home of the British Army’s Attack Helicopter Force and the mighty AH-64 Apache helicopter. We regularly
see them flying around the skies over OBH, but this was a rare chance to get up close to inspect these impressive helicopters and to chat
with the aircrew who fly in them and the ground crew who look after them. The pupils clambered around the Apaches, tried on survival kit, handled small arms and learnt all about how the Apache is operated. Who would have thought that the sensors on it are so sensitive that pilots flying over fields can detect the difference between the night air and the warm breath of cows as they breathe out. We also enjoyed the chance to inspect some historical aircraft of the past, namely the mighty Phantom and beautiful Hawker Hunter. Right at the end of the
evening as we walked to the bus we were treated to an impromptu flying display by an Apache as its crew practised their manoeuvres – an
exciting end to a fantastic evening.

An Egg-static Easter Evening, Hadley’s Ice-Cream Farm

A warm welcome back to all of our boarders. Over the past week or so it has been fabulous to hear all about their Easter break and all
the exciting things they have done or places they have been lucky enough to visit. The evenings  have been reasonably warm and the boarders have been outside playing in the nets, on the astro or tennis courts and giving the golf course a try. They have been burning up lots of energy
whilst out on bikes and playing hide and seek around the grounds.

At the weekend the boarders enjoyed a mammoth Easter egg hunt around the grounds and the Easter bunny was kind and gave out chocolate treats to everyone once they had completed it successfully. A campfire was lit and marshmallows were then toasted as night fell.

Sunday church was at Rattlesden where the Year 8’s helped to serve breakfast and after which we all then enjoyed the Sunday service by
Rev. Tiffer. Later the boarders took turns to visit the Ice Cream Parlour in Lavenham for an extraordinary ice-cream tasting session.
It was truly amazing. Honeycomb was the favourite with strawberry sorbet a close second! If you have not been there yet, it is worth a visit. A truly lovely weekend with boarders who were just all impeccably behaved.