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The Friends

After nearly two years of fund raising, all those cake sales, quiz nights and Christmas Fairs have finally paid off… the refurbish-ment of Rory’s Place is finished. The final instalment was nearly 50 cubic metres of wood chip that was delivered last week. A huge thank you to the Estates Team for the lovely job that they have done spreading it out! Also a very special thank you to Mr Morgan, Rory’s father, who heard of our fund raising efforts and sent us a very generous cheque.

Choral Workshop

Seven Year 5s visited Royal Hospital School to take part in a singing day with Dominic Peckham, conductor of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, and a choral animateur in demand all over the world. They had a great time learning six songs really quickly, making lots of silly noises and singing with 200 other children from schools all over Suffolk. Mr. Peckham was an inspirational choirmaster, and gave the children an amazing day.

Year 3 visit Maynard Apple Orchards

On Tuesday, Year 3 came into school dressed very smartly in their Sunday Best ready for our trip to Maynard Apple Orchards. Clive Williamson (OBH alumni) gave us a fascinating tour and the children found out about pasteurisation, bottling and labelling. They were treated to some delicious local apple juice and walked away with two (or sometimes a small handful) of juicy local apples.
3GG and 3EW were wonderfully polite visitors and Mr Williamson was very impressed with the children’s engaging questions. Once again, they proved to be the best possible ambassadors.

Year 8 Sports Scholars

The candidates for Sports scholarships have started their leadership and interview stage of training. On Mondays they are leading the Year 2 in sporting based activities. They each take it in turn to produce an activity and lead the other candidates in teaching the children. This week it was agility and basic hand eye co-ordination exercises. The Year 8s clearly enjoyed the experience and will no doubt produce some fun and exciting sessions in the next few weeks.

Melford Court Musicians

Some dozen of our musicians entertained the residents of Melford Court Care Home last week with their singing and playing. Visits like these really make a difference to elderly people’s lives, and the audience were very appreciative of the efforts of the children, giving up some of their Wednesday afternoon to give cheer. The performances were all very good, and even had some residents singing along.
Well done, everyone!

Friends Halloween Cake Sale

The sale raised a whopping £186.30 !! A very big thank you to everyone for all their amazing contributions and for their support in buying lots of spooky cakes.

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.

 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!

Looking ahead…

Sports Camp

Mr Bolt will be running a Sports Camp at school on Thursday, 20th December (9.30am – 3.00 pm). The camp will consist of Tennis, Football, Dodgeball, Rory’s place and plenty more fun in the Britten Hall. It is open to all children in the Prep school and the cost for the day is £30. Any questions or to register your child, please email

Sporting Success…

Selection to Suffolk Netball Development Squad

Congratulations to Phoebe and Maya who impressed selectors at trials and have been invited to join the Suffolk Netball Development Squad, the first step on the England Pathway!

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

House Charities

Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn have been busy discussing and deciding which charities they would like to support next year. The children have made lots of suggestions and with so many worthy causes, it has been a difficult decision. Each House will hold a fundraising day for their charity. They have lots of exciting plans with all sorts of fun ideas for raising money! More details to follow next term.

Jupiter- The Charlie Watkins Foundation
The Foundation looks to help improve the lives of those suffering with mental health, through the support of charities. It was set up in memory of Charlie, an old boy of OBH, who sadly took his own life in 2017 after suffering from depression.

Mars- Lizzie’s Fund
Lizzie’s Fund is raising funds for research into childhood brain tumours for the Brain Tumour Charity.

Mercury- The East Anglian Air Ambulance
The charity provides a helicopter emergency medical service for the people of East Anglia.

Saturn- The Little Princess Trust
The Trust provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young people who have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.


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