Prep Notice Board

Tennis success…

Well done, to Zachary (Year 3) and Oscar (Year 4), who have both been selected for Suffolk Tennis, following a trial last month. Zachary has been selected for the U8 squad and Oscar has been chosen for both the U8 and U9 squads. This is a super achievement and we very much hope it is just the beginning of their success!”


Bushcraft Camp

During half term we ran the first, of what we hope will be many bushcraft workshops at OBH. We are lucky enough to work alongside Ray Chin, from Back to the Wildeness, who has recently returned from a two week expedition in the Amazon. Both days of the course were full, with the children experiencing different aspects of bushcraft and survival; making ‘atlatl’ spears, nettle cordage, gutting and preparing rainbow trout, fire lighting and rabbit poo glue production, were all eagerly undertaken. Having completed the initial workshop courses we will now be offering more specific and detailed courses throughout the year alongside Ray. Details for which will be released before Christmas.

Year 5 Science Trip to Xscape Centre, Milton Keynes

Year 5 had an exciting opportunity to visit the Xscape 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!
The children started the day with a workshop with Professor iFly. They learnt all about the importance of air resistance when designing cars and wind powered vehicles. 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 aero-dynamic car possible. Time was soon up and they were ready to go down the track. After a tense round of racing, the winning car was ‘The Flash!’ After a quick drink and biscuit break, we made our way over to the wind tunnel where the children would be experiencing 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 waiting with anticipation for their turn to fly, watching with interest as their friends flew high in to 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 both instructors commenting on their good manners. Everyone had a great day and certainly learnt a lot about the forces around us.

Elite Coaching

A special elite sport workshop when Danny Grewcock MBE, former British Lions and England rugby player and now Director of Sport at Oundle School and Oundle hockey coach, Jacob Reed visited OBH earlier this week. Their wealth of experience was shared amongst the U13 and U9 children who relished the chance to work with such seasoned coaches. They are now looking forward to putting into practice their newly honed skills on the local opposition.


School Council

The school committee met for the first time this academic year and discussed everything from rewards and sanctions to which treees to climb and most things in between.  The children live and breathe the school more than anyone and so are often in the best position to see simple changes that can make a significant difference – watch this space!

The Worst Kids in the World

The Worst Kids in the World has now been cast. There were so many amazing performances that it has been an incredibly hard job. Every single child from Year 1 to 8 will appear in the final show so regardless of whether your child has a lead part or has a chorus role, they will be involved in what promises to be an incredibly exciting end of term production. The Year 5 & 6 show at the end of the Lent Term and the Year 3/4 show at the end of the Summer Term, along with a number of Pre-Prep productions, will provide further opportunities for the children to showcase their talents through the year.


Suffolk County Cricket

Congratulations to Cecilly Jewers who was selected for U11 squad. This is exceptionally good news as Cecilly was competing against other girls a year older than her. Madison Haworth-McKenna was also selected for the U11 squad. Fenella Jewers was selected for the U12 squad.
Congratulations to Casper Hall, Freddie de la Rue and Archie Miller who have been selected to train with the Suffolk County squad during their winter nets programme.

Visit to Downe House ‘Celebration of Scholars’ Evening

It was with great pleasure that I attended the inaugural presentation of Scholar’s Awards at Downe House last Friday. The evening was to celebrate this year’s award winners, which included Lottie Rowland who joined Downe House from OBH this September. As you may be aware, candidates from OBH including Lottie have received two of the very prestigious Headmistress’ Awards from Emma McKendrick in the last three years. This is an award which recognises academic excellence across all areas of the curriculum and for the contribution of individuals to the life of the school.
The evening was attended by all of the parents of scholars, along with those members of staff who had been instru-mental in helping pupils achieve their awards. It was a glittering occasion with everyone celebrating the academic, sporting, musical and artistic endeavours of those girls in Year 9, up to and including, the VI form. It was a very special evening and one that Lottie, her parents and I will not forget. Julia Campbell


The Friends Second Hand Shop

The shop will be open for purchasing on:
Tuesdays: 8.30 am—9.30 pm
Home Weekend Fridays: 2.30 pm—3.30 pm

If you have any queries with regard to second hand uniform, please email

The Friends of OBH Halloween cake sale

Friday 13th October


Bushcraft Course

Thursday 26th & Friday 27th October
We will be running two, day courses for children who would like to learn more about bushcraft and survival in half term.
Thursday 26th for Year 3,4,5 and Friday 27th for Years 6,7,8. We can take a maximum of 16 children per day and the cost will be £40.The day course will consist of the following modules:
Knife safety.
Mallet making and tent peg making.
Survival shelter building.
Bush cooking, damper bread and wild foods.
Making an atlatl (primitive spear)
Bush Navigation.
Char cloth production and basic fire lighting.
Game Preparation and Bush cooking – Year 6,7,8 only.
Cordage using nettles and other natural material – ( if there is time!)
We will cover as many of these modules as possible, but further courses throughout the year will ensure the children get a chance to experience all of them.
The course will run from 9.30am -5pm, please email me on to book your place.