January, 2018:

Middle School Concert

We are looking forward to our very first Middle School Concert next Tuesday 30th January. This will take place in the Old Gym and will start promptly at 4.30 pm. Parents are warmly invited, and tea and coffee will be served from 4.15 pm. This is a lovely opportunity for all the children in Years 3 and 4 to showcase their musical talents either individually or as a group. There will be no set Prep on this day and you are welcome to take your children home
directly from the concert. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

Year 3 visit the Fitzwilliam Museum

Year 3 enjoyed a fascinating trip to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and were guided around the Egyptian galleries. The children were given the chance to explore various artefacts including a mummified cat and jewellery made from scarab beetles.

How to make something out of nothing

One of the modules that is talked about frequently in our OBE sessions, is creative thinking; making something out of nothing and using different materials in different ways. Mr. Drake set a small group of children a challenge to make a Viking chair out of some old pallet wood which had been acquired. The children started by breaking down the pallets,
straightening the larch panels, sanding, cutting, gluing and clamping the panels together. As you can see the finished result is impressive, just a coat of varnish and then out to the outdoor classroom! Well done, boys. Onto the next project.

Caspar Hall awarded Sports Scholarship to Winchester College


Many congratulations to Caspar Hall for being awarded a sports scholarship to Winchester College.

Lord Buckenham’s Task Master & OBH Quidditch Quest

The boys and girls have now settled back into the boarding houses and with some trepidation they began Saturday evening somewhat bemused by the tasks that were set by Lord Buckenham. Mallow Movers provided a stern test whilst Balloon Bread found the children weighing helium balloons down with a loaf of bread. How bizarre you might think! However, the children began to engage lateral thinking and ingenuity to achieve the best results possible. Other immeasurable tasks were taken on and the children had great fun especially when creating their Scooby Portraits with a single toilet roll. Mr O’Sullivan was keen to leave a picture of Scooby so that they could complete the most accurate portraits possible. We can firmly say that this task was open widely to interpretation and it is safe to say that Mr O’Sullivan was not willing to pay a commission to have the job done professionally by any of the groups. ‘The CHINISPS’ Team presented a portrait that conformed well to the task and was awarded the prize. Many thanks to Mrs Miller and Madame Cubitt for the parts they played and bringing out the competitive side of each task. Further team tasks occurred and it was great to see the boys and girls being competitive and enjoying themselves. ‘THE KATHMAN-DUDES’ came out as the Supreme Taskmaster Champions and received some lovely treats as part of their prize.

Sunday morning began with a relaxed breakfast until church and then some free time before Professor McGonagall, Hagrid and Moaning Myrtle flew around the grounds setting up the Quidditch pitch. The boys and girls had a splendid lunch before preparing their broomsticks for the inaugural match between the Griffinclaws and the Slitherhuffs. Bizarre shaped snitches in socks eluded the seekers for most of the afternoon whilst the bludgers entered into the spirit of the game throwing quaffles at almost anyone who passed by. One game paused as interference on the play, by none other than Scooby, caused the teams to go into a state of shock as experienced by Ron Weasley. Hagrid came to the rescue and all continued before the end of the game. Well done to all the muggles for their enthusiasm in events all weekend and many thanks to Dr Marshall (aka Hagrid) and Mrs Bolton (aka Professor McGonagall) for their magical powers as well.

Water Aid

Mr and Mrs Willis from Water Aid gave a fascinating and inspiring talk to the whole school in Assembly. They encouraged the children to appreciate how we all take water for granted and to understand how vast numbers of people in other countries desperately need clean water to drink, cook with and wash in. After Assembly they ran an interactive workshop for Years 1 to 4. The children had lots of fun playing games and learning about why clean water is so important.

The Fun Run and World Water Day
Thursday, 22nd March
Plans are underway for the annual Toddle Waddle and Fun Run. It will take place on Thursday 22nd March and
sponsor forms will be sent out just before half term. World Water Day happens on the same day, so OBH will be going ‘blue for water’. All the children will be asked to donate £1 to wear a blue outfit, if they want to join in. We are also planning to challenge teams of children to walk the average distance an African child has walk to get water every day. A distance of 6km carrying 10lbs of water. This will take place in the week leading up to the Fun Run.

Open Day

Open Morning Flyer 27th Jan v4

Valentine’s Day Cake Sale & The Friends of OBH Quiz Night


Friday 9th February

Please support us by baking some biscuits, cupcakes or anything delicious for the cake sale. Cakes can be left in the School Office or the Pre-Prep foyer on Friday morning—please make sure tins are named.
The Friends of OBH QUIZ NIGHT
Friday 9th March

Thank you, in advance, for supporting us in raising funds to refurbish Rory’s Place.

New Year, new faces

We are delighted that David Farquharson has now joined us as Deputy Head. Please do introduce yourselves to him over the coming days and weeks. In the Pre-Prep we welcome Leanne Pugh who will be running the Nursery for the rest of the year and Nicola Nunn who has also joined the Pre-Prep team. We are similarly delighted to be welcoming back Annie Wainwright to the school in her role as a learning support teacher. The recently retired Julia Campbell will be in school every Tuesday and Friday in her role as SENco.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams Come True & Christmas Creations

A Rock n Rollin’ weekend was had by all with great amusement and fun with the resident DJ in the House pumping tunes out on the duke box. Cadillac food boxes with burgers, hotdogs and plenty of ice cream to follow before bouncing on inflatable ‘musical domes’, getting smashed by the sweeper on ‘last man standing’ and creating milkshakes whilst hula hooping, were all great treats for the children to enjoy. Hot chocolate and cookies were taken outside to watch some wonderful fireworks before the children retired for the evening.

The Sunday afternoon activities saw the boarders concoct some lovely biscuits with ornate decorations as well as gifts for mums and dads before the evening came and went. Tuck in front of films was enjoyed by all.

The Star Boarders were treated to breakfast out at Hollow Trees farm on the Tuesday morning as their prize for completing their routines within the boarding house and being helpful to staff throughout the term and therefore winning more green tags. Very well done to all those who achieved this and went above and beyond the expected levels within each boarding house. We look forward to another splendid Star Boarder’s breakfast next term and in the summer.

The children have continued being busy putting up their Christmas decorations before Mrs Julia Campbell, the honorary judge, deliberated carefully, hour upon hour, before she revealed the results at the end of Fireside. Performances ranged from comedy and humour to singing and dancing along with a little shouting, screaming and clapping along with the tunes. Drums were bashed along with Manuel’s head in a Fawlty Towers’ sketch before the OBH Synchronised Swimming Team performed an awesome routine, splashing the crowd and spluttering along the way. Great fun was had except for when Casilda sang ‘Amor de Anticuario’ during which the crowd went silent before rapturous applause completed the performance.

Well done, to all for a dramatic evening with the Girls’ House song winning out over Spero and the Boys’ House. With the judging complete, the boys and the girls watched in anticipation as Lovell,
Keddington and Garratt were announced as the Christmas Dorm Decoration winners for 2017.

It is just left for us to thank the matrons for their support, care and attention throughout the term and as always, we wish you all a ‘Very Merry Christmas’ and all the best for the New Year ahead.