Prep Notice Board

Recycled poppies for Remembrance

In Art, all of the pupils have been working hard creating their own recycled poppies for Remembrance – it is wonderful to see the range of individual designs; everyone has found their own way to create their design, with wonderful results. Now how do we display them? Well, we have already had some brilliant ideas from the children!

Inter-House Flag Competition

In DT the pupils have also been very busy creating their own flag design for the Inter-House Flag Competition. They are well on their way, with plenty of super ideas and enthusiasm. The heat is on, as they start to plan colour schemes ready for the final showdown. The judges will have their work cut out!

Year 4 visit Colchester Castle

The excitement of the Year 4’s outing to Colchester was evident from the start of the day. Immaculately dressed in their Sunday Best, armed with packed lunches, clipboards and enthusiasm to learn about the Romans they climbed aboard the coach.

There were many hands-on learning opportunities. The children worked in teams to build an Iron Age round house and Roman Villa where they compared the materials and building methods. There were also surprised to learn that the Romans invented under floor heating. There was time to explore the museum and see the many artefacts on display and learn how important  Colchester (or Camulodnum ) has been over the past 2000 years.

The tour of the vaults was perhaps the highlight of the visit. They were treated to Roman stories, re-enacted battles and discovered the fate of Boudicca! Year 4 were a pleasure to accompany and the visit to the castle will help bring this term’s History topic to life.

Year 5 visit the iFly Centre in Milton Keynes.

The children have been learning about ‘forces’ and the best way to teach the them about air resistance, mass vs. weight and gravity, is to let the children feel the forces in action! They learnt all about the importance of air resistance when designing cars and wind-powered vehicles with Professor iFly. Once armed with a wealth of knowledge, they were set the task of building their own wind powered car. They worked well in their teams to construct the most stable and aerodynamic car possible. Time was soon up and they were ready to find out how quickly they would travel down the track.

The highlight of the day was the trip over to the wind tunnel where the children experienced air resistance on an extreme level! Once briefed on the best flying position and the relevant hand signals, all the children got dressed in their flight suits ready to enter the tunnel. All the children waited with anticipation for their turn to fly, watching with interest as their friends flew high into the tunnel. Everyone really enjoyed the chance to float in mid-air and some even held their positions long enough to soar up to about 15ft. Once everyone had flown twice, the instructors showed us how changing your body shape can make you soar up to the top of the tunnel before quickly plummeting back to the bottom again. All the children were extremely polite and well behaved, with staff commenting on their good manners. Everyone had a great day and certainly learnt a lot about the forces around us.

House Maths’ Challenge

This first House event of the year was contested by all pupils from Reception through to Year 8. Pre-Prep children completed as many addition calculations as possible whilst the Prep School recalled their times tables swiftly. When the children complete the second round of the challenge just after half term they will need to improve their own score by as many as they can so that the House average per child increases. Well done, to MARS on this occasion.

OBH musicians treated to a dazzling display of cello and piano virtuosity at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

The programme included works by Debussy and Martinu performed by Yalda Davis (cello) and James Recknell (piano) who were an inspiration to our young listeners. After the recital, the children met Ms Davis who kindly answered all of their questions and reinforced the importance of practice. It was a real pleasure to accompany our musicians who made a very positive impression during the musical outing with positive comments from members of the public, staff at the cathedral and the performers.

Looking ahead…

The Friends of OBH Cake Sale
Friday, 12th October 3.30pm

Please support the Friends by baking some biscuits, cupcakes or anything delicious for the sale. Being October we would love anything with a Halloween theme! ALL CAKES MUST BE NUT FREE

October Half Term

Sports Camp

Mr Bolt and his team will be running Sports camps at school on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th October (9.30am – 3.00 pm). These days are usually popular and open to all children in the prep school. There will be tennis, football, use of Rory’s place and plenty of indoor games in the Britten Hall. The cost is £25 per child, per day. Please email to register
or for any further information.

Survival & Bushcraft Courses

Monday 22nd October
Years 3, 4 and 5 – Primitive crafts, ‘Atl Atl’ making, fire and food.

Friday 26th October
Years 6,7,8 Tracking, Fire, Food, knife skills, basic whittling.

Timings: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: £40 per day
If you would like your daughter/son to attend the course, please can you email Nick Drake on Please note that due to the hands on content, spaces are limited.

Art and Design Technology Scholarship Workshop

We held a super Art and Design Technology Scholar’s Workshop, which enabled both groups to come together and create some exciting extended projects for their portfolios/folders. Our Designers created their own fantastic upholstered stools, whilst our Artists created some wonderful figurative sculptures, inspired by
Giacometti’s work. What a great way to spend an afternoon and it is clear that we have some really talented pupils!

Sporting Success…

Evalina selected for Suffolk Hockey Academy

Well done, to Evalina who has again been selected for the Suffolk Academy Centre 2018-19 programme. She will part of the U14s girls hockey (squad having progressed from the U13 squad).

Albie qualifies for Grassroots Showjumping Championships

Last weekend Albie represented Old Buckenham Hall at the NSEA Inter-Schools Regional Points League Show Jumping 2018. Albie and pony Freddie (aka Red Mist) won the individual section of the 50cm and were 2nd in the 60cm. They have qualified for the Grassroots Championships in both classes, a super achievement.

Any budding riders wishing to join Albie in representing the school, please contact Julia Campbell or Linda Williams.

Orlando crowned as U8 Suffolk County Tennis Champion

At the end of August, Orlando won The Suffolk County Tennis Championship, thus becoming County Champion for his age group (U8). What is even more remarkable about this achievement, is that he did so whilst still a year younger than his rivals. Congratulations from us all – it is VERY well deserved!

Alumni news…

Congratulations to former pupil, Harry Rowland, who was part of the winning U18’s Denmark rugby team in a recent match. Harry has recently been visiting US universities in order to apply to study for International Business and Politics and be considered for a College Rugby Scholarship programme.

OBH Making a Difference

We are delighted to announce that a total of £4,439.72 was raised in the last academic year for our two school charities, WaterAid and For Daisy and DIPG Brain Cancer Research. Thank you to everyone who helped towards raising this magnificent sum.

Last term the school collected a total of 36 pairs of glasses for the Lions Clubs ‘Recycle for Sight’ programme. The glasses are now being sorted and packed up to go to eye camps in Eastern Europe. Thank you to all who made donations!

Polly Stuart-Mills and Daisy Price, both old girls, will be setting off soon to trek the Great Wall of China. They are raising money for the PANDAS Foundation which works with mothers coping with prenatal and antenatal depression. Their target is £8000 and they have already reached £7007. If you would like to help them reach their target then please go to their page on Virgin Money Giving. Tragically, Polly’s mother took her own life after battling bravely with depression. Polly and Daisy are doing the trek in her memory.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

The Second Hand Uniform Shop, run by the Friends of OBH, is located in the balcony area of the Britten Hall and during term time will be open:
Every Tuesday morning from 8.30am-9.30am and every home weekend Friday
from 3.15pm-4.00pm.

If you have anything you would like to donate (full profit going to the Friends) or to sell (you will receive 50% of the sale price) please come and see us or email the Friends on