Assembly Theme of the Week: Independence

Monday, 15th - Friday 26th October:  Half Term
Monday, 29th October:  Term resumes

Changes to the Printed Calendar:
Thursday, 1st November:  Rugby U9A, B & C v Abingdon Prep (h) (3.45pm)
Monday, 29th October:  Sports team photos Years 7 & 8 (3.30-4.30pm) cancelled. (To be re-arranged)


Our annual FOSH Fireworks Event is to be held this year on Friday, 9th November from 5.15pm to 7pm.  This is a family event much enjoyed by both parents and children alike.  Tickets will be on sale between 8.15am-8.45am in the Manor House Front Hall and in the Pre-Prep Hall on Tuesday, 30th October and Thursday, 1st November. 

Attached is a ticket booking sheet to complete and return when you buy your tickets, please.   In order to ensure that we can account for all children at the end of the day for safeguarding purposes, please use the link contained in the attached document to provide details of after-school arrangements.


Week 5 Questions

Upper School Questions
1.    According to superstition what would happen if the ravens left the Tower of London?
2.    What is the Chinese ‘Belt and Road’ initiative?
3.    In revolutionary France, what colour was the Liberty Cap?
4.    Who was the famous poet, writer of the poem, ‘The Tyger’ who wore a Liberty Cap around London in 1792?
5.    Dancing the Tarantella was supposed to cure the bite of which spider?
6.    What do you call a word opposite in meaning to another?
7.    Which 3 countries share the island of Borneo?
8.    What is the name for the equatorial parts of the Atlantic where there is often no wind?

Middle School Questions
1.    How can you tell the age of a felled tree?
2.    What word describes creatures that come out at night?
3.    How did stegosaurus defend itself?
4.    The sap of which tree is called latex?

Club News: Ballet and Creative Dance Classes

We have added ballet and creative dance classes to our extra-curricular timetable for pupils in Years 1 - 6.  These classes are being taught by Lorraine Razzell from The Dance Barn (www.  Lorraine trained at the Royal Academy of Dance in London and is a registered teacher of the RAD.  The Dance Barn is based in West Oxfordshire and is a recognised school of the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre.  Classes at St Hugh’s cover both syllabus and free work.  Years 1 and 2 are currently learning the RAD Pre-Primary syllabus and Years 3 - 6 are learning the Grade 2 syllabus.  Pupils also get the chance to learn repertoire, create their own dances and sample other styles of dance in the classes.  Fees are £90 per term and pupils may try a lesson before committing.  If you have any other questions please get in touch with Lorraine -

Middle School News

Diary Reminders:

Monday, 29th October:  Charity Lunch
Tuesday, 30th October:  Y4 Victorian Day Trip to St John’s Museum, Warwick (All Day).  Please read the information regarding the trip with care as timings are different to the usual school day.
Wednesday, 31st October:  U9 Girls' Skills Session and Matchplay v Pinewood (a) (1.30pm)
Thursday, 1st November:  U9 Boys’ Rugby Match v Abingdon Prep (h) (3.45pm)
Monday, 5th November:  Middle School Drop In Q&A (8.30-9am)

Parents’ Evening:  Many thanks to those of you who were able to join us to discuss how your child has settled into the year.  As always, your support is very much appreciated, and we hope you found the meetings as useful as we did.  If you were unable to join us or have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any point during the term.

Reading:  Congratulations to Carswell who are our weekly word winners with a score of 20,572 words!  With half term approaching, we would love to encourage the children to choose one AR book and one non-AR book to enjoy over the half term break.  Please feel free to join your child before or after school to help them choose.  A reminder, please, that returned books should be placed in the red returns box and not back on the shelves.  Many thanks.

Half term activities:  Some families have been asking for guidance on additional Maths activities for the children over the half term break.  Mathletics is a useful tool and offers a bank of age appropriate Maths activities for the children to complete on the computer which can be subscribed to by individual families.  These cover the key strands of the curriculum and activities can be simplified or extended to suit the requirements of your child.  There is also a super set of times tables activities as well as the opportunity for the children to compete against other children around the world.  Please click here for more information.  Additional half-term learning activities have been emailed to you.

Have a lovely half-term.  The Middle School Team

Pre-Prep News

Thank you to all Parents that were able to attend Parent/Teacher Meetings this week.  We hope you found it a useful time hearing how your child has settled into their new year group.  Thank you also for pre-booking the Owls sessions the week before.  The registers have been accurate this week, which is essential for health and safety around school and the catering department has been able to provide the correct amount of snacks for all children.  It is very much appreciated.  Please be aware that Owls finishes at 4.40pm and there is no provision for Pre-Prep children after this time.  We are glad Larks is a useful tool for Parents needing to drop off earlier than 8.25am.   We have recently seen an increased amount of children attending Larks and space is now becoming very limited.  Please can I kindly request that from 8.20am, children are only dropped off by parents with work commitments or appointments to attend as the classroom doors are open from 8.25am.  Thank you for your cooperation.

After half-term, we are delighted to have Judy Sharifi starting in the department.  Judy is an experienced TA and will be working in Year 2 full time as Mrs Steenaart returns to her role in Nursery.  Lilian Brodley will be moving across from Nursery to shadow Mrs Avery in preparation for covering Mrs Avery’s maternity leave. With this new addition to Reception, Rachel Walsham will be sharing her time between Reception and Year 1 until the end of term.  

Firework tickets will be on sale in the Pre-Prep Hall again on Tuesday, 30th October and Thursday, 1st November between 8.15-8.45am.  Please see the main body of the newsletter for the link and further information.

Our Pre-Prep Open Afternoon provides a wonderful opportunity to hear your child share and explain all their learning – we really hope you, or perhaps a grandparent, will be able to join us.  This term is will take place in Pre-Prep classrooms from 3- 3.30pm on Monday, 12th November.

Wishing you all a relaxing half-term – The Pre-Prep Team

Music Department News

We should be grateful to receive second-hand 1/4 size and 1/2 size violins. Please contact Joanna Havelock: if you have a violin of either of these sizes, which you wish to donate or to sell.


Times Tables of the Week – 6x table


Please click on this link to view this week's sports results.

Further details about fixtures may also be viewed on the sports pages of the school website.


The latest team photographs are now available to view and order online:
•    Enter ‘St Hugh’s School in the search criteria box
•    Enter password 361113 if prompted
•    Select date of photograph, which will take you to the image (s).

Tennis Coaching at St Hugh's

Please click on the link for details of tennis coaching available this term at St Hugh's.

Senior Schools Open Days

Dean Close Senior School, Cheltenham, Saturday, 13th October, Tel: 01242 258044
Heathfield School, Ascot, Saturday, 13th October, Tel: 01344 898342


Our current GAP students are keen to offer their babysitting services, or to help with events such as birthday parties.  Their numbers may be obtained from Reception.

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