March, 2019:

Masquerade Ball & Egg-Stravaganza

What an evening the boys and girls had at the Masquerade Ball. They started with drinks and canapès whilst the magician per-formed wonderful card tricks. All the guests then alighted to the balcony to watch a wonderful waltz from some of the Year 7 & 8 boys and girls who added some wonderful twists and turns to the evening. Dinner was then served by Jane and Mike and the ladies who did a brilliant job all evening and must be commended for their efforts. After dinner the Auction prizes were unravelled before the magician performed on the stage to everyone’s astonishment. The children then had a wonderful disco during which they indulged in a magnificent chocolate fountain. The top ten tunes rang out and all had a wonderful evening.

Sunday dawned and the boys and girls enjoyed pancake making, hunting and decorating Easter eggs before settling down for the evening and an early night. Thank you to all the boys and girls and staff who made the weekend so enjoyable.

OBH Mud Run

The school will be holding its first ever ‘Mud Run’ for all of the children in Years 3 – 8 on Wednesday, 27 March. It is in the calendar for Years 5 -8 but such has been the excitement and sense of anticipation surrounding this inaugural event it is only fair that the opportunity to take part should be extended to Years 3 and 4. The children will need to bring in old clothes, long tops and bottoms, to wear over the course. These clothes should be brought in a large plastic bag which in turn can used to send home what will no doubt be some rather grubby items.

The Beach Ball

The Beach Ball Invitation

IAPS Ski Championships

As the OBH ski team wind their way down the mountain they can reflect on yet another fantastic year at the IAPS ski championships held at Passo del Tonale in Italy.

After many hours of training through the gates, often on sheet ice, their hard work paid off.

On race day the entire team put in some superb times, cheered on by a number of parents who ably supported throughout the week.

At the presentation on the slopes we were once again triumphant:

The U9 team are IAPS champions (gold)

The Mixed U11 team silver medalists in the Plate Competition

The perfect end to an incredibly busy week of training, ski racing, talent shows, eating, sleeping, prep sessions and of course the final night’s disco!!

Emma and David Easdale

Headmaster’s Photography Competiton & OBH Upcycle Competition

The 2019 Headmaster’s Photography Competition is open to all pupils, from Pre-Prep to Prep School. The theme is ‘Spring’ and the digital image can be taken on any format camera or phone. There are many exciting ways to edit photos, from Photoshop on the computer to some fantastic Apps such as Colour Pop, Banksyfy, Fused and Enlight. All work is welcomed, from black and white, colour to abstract. We all enjoy taking photos at home and this theme will definitely inspire the children to get snapping and display their masterpieces!

The second exciting opportunity is our ‘OBH Upcycle Competition’ for budding designers in Years 5-8. The idea is that pupils find an old piece of unloved furniture such as a chair, shelving or small coffee table and redesign it into something really useful and beautiful. It is such a great project to get involved in as a family which promotes sustainability. Who can resist finding an old piece of furniture that is unloved and is transformed into a new piece of work? Entries can be placed in the foyer of the Britten Hall.

Both competitions are open now and the closing date for entry is 23rd April and there will be prizes for the best entries in each year. For further information, please speak to Mrs Bolton or Mr Swiney. Work for both competitions will be included in our Arts Festival Exhibition.

Game Night by Firelight & Bouldering

With preparations continuing for the Masquerade Ball, the children are signing up in their hundreds for the main social event of this term. If you have not replied so far then please fill out a form and either email it to Tracey Thornton or hand your replies into Reception as soon as possible.

Last weekend was very adventurous with the children performing merrily around the campfire in the outdoor classroom on Saturday evening. The warmth of the flames meant that we were able to stay out and listen to many tunes played by Harrison on his guitar whilst all of us sung along. On the odd occasion, even Mr Miller was seen trying to keep in time with the children whilst the expectant crowd laughed freely. Food was consumed alfresco style and then hot chocolate was enjoyed by all before bedtime.

Sunday woke with blustery winds and gloomy clouds although this was not going to stop the children from having a good day. PJ breakfasts and a trip to church was followed by an awesome  experience at AVID, a rock-climbing centre in Ipswich. The children were excited at the thought of being the next Alex Honnold and it was not long before they were scaling some dizzy heights, clambering to and fro from hand hold to foot hold effortlessly. The zoo-like creatures on display were leaping like monkeys and occasionally the thick mattresses assisted and broke their falls.

On our return, supper was awaiting and after such strenuous activity the children needed to fill their tummies before watching a film with some goodies. A lovely weekend was had by all and a chance to relax at various stages meant that all were ready for the following week.

Exams for Years 7 & 8, seeing World Book Day come alive and also the House General Knowledge Quiz, have been interrupted by birthday celebrations. On Thursday Sam enjoyed an 8th Birthday party with the mighty Year 3 boarders and friends, whilst Oliver and the Year 7 boys indulged in plenty of party food and then with great power sang a wonderful rendition of Happy Birthday to celebrate Oliver’s 12th Birthday. Congratulations to both the boys and we wish them many happy returns.

The Friends of OBH Quiz and Curry Night & Huddl

Thank you all for your support at the 5th Friends Quiz and Curry Night. The evening was a huge success and an amazing amount was raised, over £2500. The scores were close but the congratulations must go to the teachers who were the winners on the night! The money raised is enabling us to become members of Huddl.

Huddl, is a social enterprise business based in Suffolk. Huddl offers support for all parents and carers, giving them access to practical tools and inspirational events to help deal with their ever-changing role; creating a community of mutual support, compassion and learning. Every family has a unique journey and we all need a range of tools along the way. Huddl provides a platform with easy access and up-to-date professional advice so we can help our children and young people with the pressures of growing up by being more informed and confident ourselves. This is a partnership that we hope gives all OBH families real value, whether you attend events or read from the member resources and blog. In order to be sure we are hitting the right spot we will be asking you in a quick survey what topics you would like to learn about and what timings would work best. We hope to kick off the partnership officially next term but in the meantime keep an eye out for the survey and check out the Huddl website on www.huddl.uk.

E-safety

Welcome to this e-Safety update to parents detailing the e-Safety provision at OBH. Back in November, an E-Safety expert from the NSPCC held workshops with Years 5 & 6, and also had a session with parents. He mentioned the relationship they have developed with O2 to develop a range of resources devoted to keeping children safe online, including a telephone helpline. Many parents would appreciate some guidance on how to deal with this subject, and the best advice we can give is to maintain a conversation with your children, and to reinforce the message that they must feel able to talk to someone if anything worries them. These NSPCC/O2 pages are as good a place as any.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

The CEOP site is very good and we make use of videos provided by CEOP in our e-safety sessions.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

Another site with plenty of useful information is

https://www.internetmatters.org

The topic features prominently on our Science and Technology Twitter feed (@OBH_Sci_Tech) which we would urge you to follow, and I am always happy to be contacted if you have any particular concerns.

In addition to the NSPCC workshops, Year 3 have done some e-Safety work in their ICT lessons and Year 4 will shortly be doing likewise. Year 7 had a workshop as part of their PSHE and Year 8 will be doing the same.

Karl Hopwood, who is in our opinion the best speaker around on e-Safety matters, will be visiting the school early in the Michaelmas term to run workshops with children and to speak to parents.

Very much in the news at the moment is the ‘Momo Challenge’. There have been a huge number of scare stories circulating – especially on social media about the character with bulging eyes – originating from a Japanese doll artist – who sets children dangerous challenges, such as self-harming. Evidence points to this being a false scare story. For a balanced report, I suggest visiting

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47393510

A very good article on internetmatters.org advises that the best way forward is to use the opportunity to talk to your children about safe online practices.

Headmaster, David Griffiths completes Great Welsh Stilt Challenge

Headmaster, David Griffiths has completed an incredible 255 mile journey from Anglesey to Cardiff on stilts!

David decided to undertake the “Great Welsh Stilt Challenge” to raise awareness and funds for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

A video of David’s journey can be found at The Great Welsh Stilt Challenge

More information can be found at

Facebook – The Great Welsh Stilt Challenge

and

Just Giving – Fundraising for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation