February, 2018:

New Head from September 2018

Griffiths family

We are delighted that David Griffiths and his family will be joining the school for the next academic year, taking over a school in very good health from our current Head Tom O’Sullivan.

David is currently Head of Daneshill School, a well-regarded school near Reading, and was previously Acting Head at St John’s On-The-Hill, a Dean Close Foundation School.

He was the outstanding candidate from an excellent shortlist and we are very pleased that he was so drawn to OBH and the vision that the Governors have for the school.

He is married to Becky and they have three children, aged 7, 4 and 2. David and Becky are used to working as a team. Both have taught all age groups through to 18, so they have a clear understanding of the role of a preparatory school – David was Head of History at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls whilst Becky taught and was Head of House there.

David is focussed on academic standards and also finding the strengths of each child. He is himself a musician and sportsman, Becky is a musician as well as being an experienced debater looking forward to coaching pupils in the art of oratory.

There will be more about this in due course, but David is also undertaking a remarkable feat for charity this summer: he is doing 10 marathons on 10 consecutive days. On stilts…

We are arranging opportunities to meet them before they join but David remains Head at Daneshill School until the end of the Summer term and of course Tom is still very much leading OBH until then too.

Young Art East Anglia

The following OBH pupils have been selected for the annual Young Art East Anglia Competition held at the Peter Pears Gallery in Aldeburgh. Congratulations to:
Charlotte Barberini, Imogen McVittie, Henry Williams, Willow Seymour, Matteo Barberini, Hettie Brown, Maya Guthrie, Rory Hargreave and Claudia Price.
Well done, to Tiara Phiri whose work, based on two toucans was awarded Highly Commended.

The theme this year was ‘Nature’s Delight’ and all of the pupils who entered worked tirelessly to create their wonderful mini masterpieces. The exhibition will be open to the general public on March 9th- 11th. For more information please look at www.youngarteastanglia.co.uk.

It is wonderful to see so many children at OBH involved in creating artwork to raise funds for such a good cause. Special thanks to Mrs Barberini, our co-ordinator and Heidi Norman, Chairman of Young Art East Anglia. We are looking forward already to the next YAEA.

Pre-Prep and Nursery ‘drop-in’

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Our  Pre-Prep experts from Year 2 would like to show prospective families around the Pre-Prep and Nursery during a normal school morning.  Families will get to see children in action in the classrooms and at play and meet the Pre-Prep staff. You are welcome to come in at any time between 9.30am – 12.00 noon.

Please contact the school to find out more and to book a place, or simply turn up on the day.

Old Buckenham Hall is situated in the heart of Suffolk, 20 minutes from Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket and 10 minutes from the historic town of Lavenham.

Parking is available on site, outside the Pre-Prep building.

Meet OBH at the Boarding Schools Fair 2018

OBH will be exhibiting at the Boarding Schools Fair 2018 at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham on Tuesday, 20th February between 3.00pm and 6.00pm.  Do come and say hello and find out more about the school and the bursaries offered to children with parents in the military.

Middle School Concert

It never ceases to amaze us how our children conduct themselves so positively in every school event and this was no exception. Each and every child performed with tremendous enthusiasm and it was delightful to be a member of the audience at such a special school event. There was a terrific variety of individual instruments including piano, trumpet, violin, cello and drums and we were also treated to a very special harp performance. It was also lovely to hear both solo and paired singing performances. Singing in front of an audience is particularly brave as there is no instrument to hide behind. The group performances did not disappoint, and it was excellent to see every child in Year 3 plucking and bowing their violins together, while the finale pieces sung by all the children blew the roof off.

Holiday Camps – save the date

Survival & Bushcraft Workshops – ‘Fire and Food’ & Primitive Crafts
Thursday 12th April Years 3, 4 & 5,
Friday 13th April Years 6,7 & 8
9.30 am – 4.00 pm
£40 per day
Please email Mr Drake to book your place, nick.drake@obh.co.uk

Summer Cricket Camp with Iain Fletcher
Thursday 31st May & Friday 1st June
Open to boys and girls in Years 3-8
9. 30am – 4.00 pm
£40 per day
Please email Mr Drake to book your place, nick.drake@obh.co.uk

Australia Day at OBH & Bounce into Ipswich

Having experienced the challenging conditions for the hockey and netball matches on Saturday afternoon it was plain to see that all the boys and girls needed the fun and thrills of Australia Day to get them bouncing back to life. Unfortunately, due to sickness in the Aussie camp, the entertainment was reluctantly postponed however, the tucker was great and many of the boys and girls
enjoyed a Lamington cake after bonza kangaroo burgers were consumed, as well as shrimps and prawns. All then hopped off to shower before settling down to movies and tuck, wrapping themselves up in their duvets and pillows!
Sunday morning broke over the outback of Brettenham Park, before “breakie” was eaten and the church service at Rattlesden was attended. Much like the English cricket team, the first hymn was demolished in part before the second verse found the congregation taking a more active role in proceedings! Much fun was had and the boys and girls were praised for their help when serving and clearing up breakfast at the back of the church. In true Australian style the boarders then performed like kangaroos at Bounce in Ipswich where the foam pit produced many laughs as some were yellow carded for their misfortunate and errant jumping styles. They then bounced back and sprung appropriately, shooting baskets, pressing pads and finally tumbling up and down ramps. All were tired before returning home and settling down for a fine roast dinner and a peaceful evening.

Thank you to all the boys and girls and staff for their ‘fair dinkum’ efforts throughout the weekend.

Events to come…….
With half term approaching, please could we remind all Year 7 and Year 8 pupils who board on a Wednesday evening, that after this Home Weekend they will need to bring in a small holdall/bag to pack their clothes in for the upcoming hockey tour on Thursday 8 February.

Another lovely week in Spero. This week Phoebe has brought us clapping games, and Uno has kept everyone entertained. It is very competitive! Last Friday night we celebrated Molly’s birthday up in Spero and Charlie celebrated his birthday with a great cake in the shape of a very cool dog – and Mr Bolt joined the party! The seniors celebrated the birthday of Charlie this week and plenty of treats were consumed, candles were lit and the cake cut with wonderful renditions of ‘happy birthday’ filling the Drawing Room.
Boarding queries
Please feel free to email Tracey (tracey.thornton@obh.co.uk) or Rob Miller (rob.miller@obh.co.uk) if you have any questions about the boarding weekend programme for this term which has been sent out or can be found on the website. Please also inform us, as per usual, of any changes to your son or daughter’s boarding nights as the term progresses.