February, 2019:

‘Tapas & Spanish Charades’

Weekend fun with a decidedly Spanish flavour!

The boarders had a wonderful weekend with plenty of fun and of course the necessary downtime to recuperate before the beginning of the following week. On Saturday evening the children feasted on Tapas, enjoying the delights that Jane and Mike again had produced with such dedication. Great laughter was had around the table and it was great to see all taking part and helping out. The children then showed great spirits with Flamenco dancing in the Inner Hall. Mastering the steps, which were led by Lucia, Marta and Nico, was tricky at first. Then the arms and legs moved cohesively to perform a lovely routine. Spanish games were then played and all joined in before the finale. The children jumped into the whirlwind of ropes and out the other side in a grand parade of skipping accompanied by popular Spanish music.

On Sunday the children had a full English breakfast before travelling to Bury for a little shopping and lunch. On their return they relaxed for a while before playing games in the Britten Hall before supper. All the children were great company and we look forward to spending the next weekend Bouldering in Ipswich.

Talented young artists selected for Young Art East Anglia

Nine talented OBH Young Artists have been selected for the 2019 ‘Extraordinary Adventures’ exhibition in Aid of Cancer Research. The following artists from Old Buckenham Hall will be exhibited:

Emilia Year 2

George Year 2

Mary Year 2

Imogen Year 2

Freya Year 2

Willow Year 3

Isabella Year 3

Further congratulations go to the following talented artists who have been awarded a Highly Commended by the judge of this year’s Young Art East Anglia Exhibition, Sophie Elinor Martin. They and their families are invited to the prize giving where a certificate will be presented by the judge.

Sam Year 1 Highly Commended

Tabitha Year 3 Highly Commended


Mars House Charity Day

Mars hosted their first House Charity Day in aid of Lizzie’s Fund. The day started with a wonderful assembly delivered by members of the House which highlighted the important work the Brain Tumour Charity are doing. The children also spoke about Lizzie herself and the true inspiration she is to us all.

All the children in Mars had the opportunity to eat lunch together over red table cloths surrounded by red balloons and bunting. It was lovely to have the House together and to see the older children engaging with younger members of the school.

The afternoon saw the House host a fair in the Britten Hall. The children were all very excited to set up their stalls; we had handmade pom poms, a tombola, ‘Hot Shots’ netball game, ‘Red Zone’, face painting, name the teddy and many more. It was a truly wonderful sight to see the children working together as a team. There was a brilliant atmosphere in the hall and lots of happy children.

Mars would like to thank everyone that generously donated prizes, sweets and second hand toys to the event. The whole day was a great success raising £554 for a very worthy cause.

Girls 11+ Scholarships September 2019 entry

Girls 11+Scholarship music May assessment day


We are currently offering a number of scholarships for girls for Year 7 entry in September 2019.  These scholarships will be available in academic areas, sports, music and the arts. The assessment day will take place at Old Buckenham Hall on Thursday, 16th May 2019.

For more information and details of application please contact Registrar, Jo Riddleston. Tel: 01449 740252 or email: admissions@obh.co.uk

Burns Night & Chinese New Year

The boarders had a great weekend sampling the delights of haggis during our Burns Night celebrations on Saturday evening. It was wonderful to welcome back Hamish Sugden who piped the haggis in with great authority. The clear sounds of the pipes continued after the Ode to a Haggis was read beautifully by Nolly and everyone tasted the collection of treats on offer. Barbara then performed some reels with the pipes being played by Alexa. Lucia was wonderful at demonstrating the techniques that had been taught and all joined in with great gusto. Having ‘Stripped the Willow’ several times and danced with ‘Gordon happily’, the children then relaxed in front of a film with some tuck.

Sunday was greeted with the Rattlesden Breakfast church service where the children represented the school very well. Marta read beautifully and the collection was taken by Nolly and Madison before we all helped to clear up before returning to school. After roast lunch, we walked and played outside in the ever freshening conditions before creating masks for our Chinese New Year celebrations. The masks were splendid and would have complemented Zorro in his hey day!! Shiyao produced the best mask although all the children were pleased with their efforts and rightfully so.

Since the weekend we have had birthday parties galore to celebrate. On Monday, Charlie celebrated his 13th birthday with all the Year 8 boys in the Drawing Room. His celebration was followed by another Charlie who celebrated his 11th birthday party on Thursday along with Lucia who turned 13. All enjoyed their choice of food and cake and we look forward to celebrating more birthdays before half-term.

Middle School Concert

The whole of Year 3 and 4 took part in our annual Middle School concert on Thursday. As well as items for everyone in which to participate (violins for Year 3 and ukuleles for Year 4), more than half of the children performed solos or in small groups: on guitars, saxophones, cellos, violins, trumpets, cornets, drums, voice and piano. Beginners performed for the first time, nervous performers overcame nerves, forgetful performers remembered words, and some beautiful music was heard from the beginners to the more experienced showing the way. The concert ended with all the children joining together as the Junior Choir to sing songs about bandicoots and trains, warming the hearts of the appreciative audience at the end of a freezing day.

The Leys School entrance exams and scholarship news

All of our Year 8 candidates for The Leys have successfully gained a place. Congratulations to Gus, Jasper and Freddie. Guy has also gained entry and has been awarded an Academic and Sports Scholarship as well as the school’s highest award for an outstanding candidate. We are immensely proud of their achievements and know that they will go on to be very successful.