September, 2017:

Senior Boarding

The boarders have been busy in the evenings this week taking part in activities such as board games, dance, drama and DT Club in which the children are creating wooden pinball machines with Mr Swiney. Escape and Evasion is now up and running as Mr Drake coaches his tactical awareness games around the grounds whilst craft and Hama Beads take place inside, in front of the fireplace in the Inner Hall – this is enjoyed during the colder months when the fire is roaring and the creations are in full flow.

As the evenings have been dry, the tennis courts have been in action with lessons occurring on the astroturf and hard courts whilst Hockey and Multi-Sports are always well attended.

Play rehearsals and Headmaster’s Suppers for Year 8 have begun and therefore the children are more than ready for bed when the time comes each evening. We are looking forward to a wonderful weekend of fun and amusements both in the great outdoors on Saturday night and the pier at Southwold on Sunday, before we prepare to welcome the OSCAR Foun-dation to the boarding houses for the next In-Weekend as part of their wonderful football tour.

Spero News

Finally the long awaited sofa arrived to complete the Common Room. The children happily ripped off the packaging and tried it out for comfort – although we do need to wait until Mr Mitchell and his team put on the legs!!

This week Daisy the biggest, softest (toy) dog arrived and she has been taking it in turns to sleep in each dorm. We have done some lovely letter writing home, so check your mail boxes, and tonight Mr Drake is putting on a special Spero team building night adventure for the Year 5 children! Don’t worry Year 3’s and 4’s we will do another one for you…

OBH Baby & Toddler

The OBH Baby & Toddler Tuesdays, 10.00am – 11.30am.

Each week has themed activities and crafts, a music session, ride-ons and soft play and, of course, tea/coffee and something freshly baked from the kitchens.

Please do come and along and join us, no need to book. £3 per family.

The theme for Tuesday 3rd October is Harvest.


E-Safety Day

We are holding an e-Safety Day on Monday 25th September. Nathan Simmonds, Online Safety Trainer for Suffolk County Council, will be visiting us and meeting with the children. Additionally, there will be a session for all parents both in Prep & Pre-Prep in the Britten Hall at 5.00pm – we urge you to attend as he is an excellent speaker on this most important of topics. Please email if you will be attending.

Waterslide/Knockout Pool Party & BBQ, Tricky TrikeRunDive

Welcome back to Boarding at OBH, we hope you all have had a fabulous summer holiday. The weather has been kind and the boarders have been able to play outside in Rory’s place, play on the astro and use their bikes during the pleasant evenings we have experienced so far.

On Saturday night the boarders were greeted by a HUGE inflatable construction which had them all slip-sliding away whilst being soaked with water. It was great to see all ages enjoying the thrills and spills as they launched themselves off the top. It was just warm enough for a delicious BBQ in between the wet ‘n’ wild activity. Ice cream and hot chocolate was then consumed with delight before relaxing with games of charades in the inner hall with Madame Cubitt.

On Sunday, we attended Thorpe Morieux church for Holy Communion before returning for morning coffee. After lunch the It’s a Knockout Team Challenge saw the boys and girls complete
obstacle courses, zip down the wire, and navigate Rory’s Place. The Wasps, The Wolves and the Vodafone Slolphins worked superbly in their teams and gained their well-deserved rewards.

Thank you to all the children and staff for a wonderful weekend which was completed with tuck and a movie. Next week we look forward to ‘EatLive!’ followed by ‘Southwold Sand Statues’ – bring your buckets and spades.

The Junior Boarding House has now formally opened as SPERO.

The Junior Boarding House has now formally opened as SPERO. Spero, taken from the school’s motto, meaning ‘I Hope’. Hope conjures up ideas of aspiration and ambition; all highly desirable qualities to inspire the youngest members of OBH’s boarding community. Our new house has provided great excitement over the first couple of weeks, with both the boys and girls discovering
exciting new dormitories and a lovely bright, vibrant common room. The inaugural night saw 10 happy boarders snug in their comfy new beds.

OBH named as one of the top five UK Prep Schools

OBH has been named as one of the top five prep schools in the UK at the prestigious Tatler Schools Awards.  The school beat off competition from the best schools across the UK to claim runner up spot in Prep School of the Year.  Headmaster, Tom O’Sullivan, said “We are delighted that OBH has been recognised for the outstanding education that it provides.  This honour is a reflection on all that has been achieved over recent years.  OBH is a wonderful place to grow up, a place where Swallows and Amazons meets the age of the iPad”.

Open Morning; Pre-Prep and Prep School

We welcome families to join us for an Open Morning on Saturday, 7th October from 10.00am.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet staff, current parents and of course the children. Families will have tours of the school seeing the children in class.

For more information, please contact the Registrar, Jo Riddleston:

Tel. 01449 740252


Welcome to the Michaelmas Term

No longer under starters orders, the Michaelmas term has begun!  There is an air of excitment mixed with a little apprehension and a true sense of new beginnings.  We extend a very warm welcome to our new families and those returning for the new academic year.

For those returning, they will see a host of changes around the school.

A new junior boarding house has opened and offers the perfect space for children in Years 3, 4 and 5 with it’s newly refurbed common room, bedrooms and bathrooms.

A team from Go Ape have replaced the aerial runway in Rory’s Place with a longer, whizzier zipwire and super climbing wall.

The Pre-Prep bootroom has taken on the blue colours of OBH and Mrs Allison has created a fabulous Mini Beast role play area in Year 1.

There is a new programme of pre-school activities launching during the week of 18th September including Diddy Dandelion Dance, Karma Babies Baby Yoga, The Harmummies choir, Baby and Toddler and Muddy Mornings!  Open to all children of pre-school age.

Also look out for new faces in amongst the staff and Mrs Blackhurst and Mrs Hayes are back from maternity leave.