October, 2018:

Brettenham Village & OBH Bonfire Night

Come and join in the fun at the annual Bonfire Night celebration.
Gates open at 6.00 pm with tickets available on the gate.
A brilliant firework display and refreshments!

Bollywood Bonanza

Bollywood style!

Tasty curry and perfect poppadoms made for an enticing start to our Bollywood Bonanza. The children tucked in with great delight to the mango chutney and Raita sauce provided as accompaniments to the delights on the menu. For desert the Mango Ripple Ice Cream and delicate sauces and biscuits provided a delectable end to the dinner. Then came the music and mayhem of the dance! The Gappies came into their own with the rest of the staff compiling their own comprehensive moves whilst awaiting the performances. Who would be symmetrical and rhythmical to the music? Who would exceed expectations and win the dance off? The crowd grew restless and the heightened anticipation was then greeted with the first performance. The music began with great excitement as intricate sequences developed with the beat of the music and the tap of feet and hands from all. Some premature clapping to signal the end of a dance was met with more moves and begrudging faces which were beaten back by rapturous applause at the finale. The second dance again included much rhythm and mesmeric moves and all should be proud of their super efforts.

Such fun was had that all the girls decided the following morning that they would continue to develop their dances before church at Brettenham where we celebrated harvest festival. In the afternoon a trip to Bury to watch ‘The house with a clock in its wall’ was enjoyed before returning and relaxing for the evening before the start of the next week. Thank you to all of the girls who made the weekend so enjoyable. It really was a pleasure to be part of all the entertainment.

Training with Framlingham College U18 1st squads

We were lucky enough to have the Framlingham College U18 Boys and Girls 1st squads over yesterday for some coaching with our children including four former pupils: Harry Rowland,
Jonty Lecompte, Alex Gordon and Henry Bevan. What a great experience for them to see what potentially lies ahead, and such an inspirational group of young adults. Our girls’ hockey teams have been rewarded for all their graft over the last month, with both teams reaching 3rd on the County Tournament earlier this week, which is a brilliant achievement.

Prep Schools’ Music Day

Seven boys and girls from our upper years took part in the annual Oakham School Prep Schools’ Music Day, where they, and over a hundred other pupils from prep schools over Eastern England
and the Midlands, sang a programme of folk music from around the world. The performance that the children managed to produce at the end of only one day was terrific, and the OBH children played their full part, as well as being excellent ambassadors for the school. A great and inspiring time was had by all.

Girls’ Hockey 7s

U13 Hockey Festival October 2018 Programme

Please click here to download a copy of the programme

Grand OBH Poppy Project

To mark the centenary of the WW1 Armistice, over the summer holidays Izzie came up with a very imaginative project for making poppies from recycled plastic bottles. At the beginning of term Izzie showed Mr. Griffiths what she had done, who was really impressed and has sparked a whole school project.

We have big plans to create a whole school Poppy Art Installation – with every child producing their very own poppy from Nursery to Year 8 in their Art lessons next week. Mr Swiney and his DT Club have already started to get the ball rolling by prepping the bottles that have kindly donated to the school.


Year 1 visit Hedingham Castle

Year 1 enjoyed their trip to Hedingham Castle on Tuesday. The weather was perfect and the children had great fun learning about the castle and the ways of life during the Norman times. They met a Knight who taught them about the clothes he wore for battle and the weapons he used. The children learnt a medieval dance which they performed to entertain Lady Oxford to distract her from the bad week she was having. They were also taught how to joust and how plants can be used as medicine. After lunch they met Sam the Archer who demonstrated how a bow and arrow worked and the different ways of shooting them. The last stop of the day was at the basement of the castle where they were shown the variety of weapons that the soldiers used and some of the children even got to hold them and stand on-guard at the castle doors.

Le Weekend Francais & Le Défi Tour Eiffel

The Boarder’s Week….. A la Français

What a fabulous weekend we all had. The Saturday supper menu was read delightfully in French and was ‘tres fantastique’ to eat. Grace was said in French with English subtitles from Austin. Afterwards the boys and girls then rampaged around ‘les bois et les terrains’ whilst searching for clues and enjoying the chance to let off some steam. Monsieur Murray kept everyone guessing and this provided great entertainment for both staff and pupils alike when certain individuals could not decipher the odd one out. Eventually the answers were revealed and the anagrams were solved before all settled down upstairs in their dorms for the night.

The following morning the teams named ‘French Fries’, ‘Le Boeuf’, ‘Les Cornichons’ and ‘Les Bons Bons’ waited anxiously for their prizes. The Britten Hall was the location for the ‘Tour de France alternatif’ and great amusement was had by all when dressing up in ‘les oignons et le beret’ before scooting round the obstacles. With everyone smelling like a French market we reverted to a traditional English roast dinner before for some baking and building after lunch.

The groups were split into two with one cooking crepes in the Cookery room and the other group building Eiffel Towers. The results were splendide! The chefs returned from the Cookery Room having cooked, carved and consumed their crepes with plenty of syruppy, chocolatey spread. Some tremendous Eiffel Towers were created; one in particular with a jelly baby lowered to the ground by a spaghetti lever! Fortunately the landing was safe and all survived the experience.

Thank you to all the children for all their efforts and for making the weekend enjoyable and also relaxing. Special thanks must go to Monsieur Murray who brought a sense of ‘joie de vivre’ to the whole weekend and organised the events superbly. Much praise as well was given to Mike and Jane in the kitchens whose huge efforts allowed the French Café to come to life with many delectable French treats. It was a pleasure to see everyone enjoying the relaxed, calm atmosphere that pervaded the whole weekend.

The next In Weekend (6—7 October) sees the arrival of Bollywood on the Saturday evening. On Sunday, those who have boarded will be able to scale the heights of a huge clibming wall within the school grounds. Please contact the Houseparents if you would like to stay in for a chance to be first to the top and let us know whether you would like to take part on the Saturday night and Sunday. The boarders will be attending the Harvest Festival Service next Sunday morning. With this in mind, we would ask for any Harvest donations to be handed in to Reception in Prep School.