Speech day: Saturday, 7th July

Speech Day and Prize Giving will take place in the marquee next to the Manor House at 11.00am tomorrow, Saturday, 7th July.  Mr Mike Windsor, Headmaster of Abingdon School, will be our guest of honour this year and will present the prizes.

All children in Middle School and Upper School are required to attend and should be in their seats by 10.45am wearing summer uniform.  Please note that blazers, sweaters and cardigans are not necessary this year, due to the exceptionally hot weather.  Girls should wear summer dresses, although girls in Year 8 who wish to wear their leavers’ ties, should wear their winter uniform (white shirts and skirts).  Boys should wear white shirts and House ties or leavers' ties. (Please ensure your children look as smart as possible, including clean shoes and brushed hair.)  All parents and friends are welcome to attend and we will aim to complete this by 12.15pm, at which time drinks will be served on the Manor House Lawn.

You will be directed to park on the Manor House Field. If you have any specific parking requirements, please inform our parking attendants.  Please be aware that there are horse flies in the marquee and you may, therefore, wish to use insect repellent.

You are invited to bring a picnic and, after drinks, have lunch in the school grounds with your children.  Whilst you will be most welcome to stay as long as you like, the official proceedings will close after the speeches are over.


Calendar Reminders:

Monday, 9th July:  Second-Hand School Uniform Drop-Off (Manor House) from 10am-12pm
Wednesday, 11th July: Second-Hand School Uniform Sale (Manor House) from 10am-12pm

Tuesday, 4th September: Weekly Boarders return
Wednesday, 5th September:  Term begins
Middle School ‘Thinking & Learning’ Morning
Coffee Morning & Briefing for new parents

Middle and Upper School Club News

The autumn term Clubs timetable and online SOCS sign-up information will be emailed to parents of pupils in Years 3-8 towards the end of the summer holidays.  (Please note: there may be a couple of changes to some Clubs printed in the autumn term calendar, which you will receive in the post during the summer holidays).  The sign-up window for Years 3-8 clubs will be during the first week of term.  Clubs will begin in the week commencing 10th September.


There are some spaces available for Year 3&4 pupils on a Monday, Tuesday & Friday during morning break to have tennis lessons with Tom Wilsdon next term.  For more information, please contact tomjwilsdon@hotmail.com

There are also spaces available for pupils in Years 5-8 on a Monday and Thursday during lunch break next term for tennis lessons with Stephen at Premier Tennis.  For more information, please contact stephen.prew@premiertennis.co.uk

FOSH and Leavers' FETE

Thank you to everyone who came to the Fete last Friday.  It was a wonderful event, on a hot sunny day, much enjoyed by children and parents alike.

Middle School News

Summer Holiday Activities:  Please find attached a list of suggested activities to help revise key Maths and English skills over the summer break.  Any opportunities to access these or others that continue to develop reading, writing, spelling, mental-maths and problem-solving skills are hugely beneficial and help the children return in September ready to embrace the objectives for the next year. You will also find a printed copy of this document in your child's end of term envelope.

Accelerated Reader:  Congratulations to Carswell who have read a whopping 27,101 words this week!  Well done also to all those children who have achieved 75% or 100% of their own personal target.

Thank you to all our wonderful parents for your continued support.  It has been a super year and we are extremely proud of all that has been achieved by the children in Middle School.  We would like to wish you all a very happy summer.

The Middle School Team

Pre-Prep News

Year 2 Clubs:  Parents of children entering Year 2 in September will have received a Year 2 club choice letter for September 2018.  Please print the form and return it to your child's class teacher by Friday, 7th September (not 8th as suggested).  Alternatively, you are most welcome to email it direct to Mrs Jessica Blythe: blythej@st-hughs.co.uk.  Clubs will start in week 2 of the autumn term and run from 3.30-4.15pm.  Once places are allocated, you will be informed about from where to collect your child, at the end of their club.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Blythe.

Mrs Russell writes:  Thank you so much for all your good wishes, cards and presents.  I have been overwhelmed by your kindness and am truly grateful.  The very generous garden vouchers, to which so many contributed, were such a surprise and just perfect for me – landscaping our garden is just one of the many projects which will make up my next big adventure.  I don’t expect to be putting my feet up just yet - unless it is on a yoga mat!

The last few days of celebrations have been a complete dream and my bucket really is overflowing! Pre-Prep is a very special place and it has been a privilege to work and learn with your children; they bring joy every day and constantly delight and amaze me.  I shall miss the St Hugh’s family enormously - children, parents and staff, alike - and will always cherish my memories of my seven years here.

The entire Pre-Prep Team wish you a very happy summer holiday.

Sports NEWS & results

Please refer to the our Sports Website for full details of sports results. http://www.st-hughssport.co.uk/.

Matt Rosenfeld and Leo Miller's Big Adventure

Matt and Leo (Year 8), inspired by their own family stories, would love your help to raise money for cancer research while they see how far they can sail and row on their own, in a week, from the source of the River Thames.

They set off at the end of term with a tent, a boat they've renovated and a passion for adventures. If possible please make whatever contribution you can on their JustGiving page to help them make a difference for cancer research:


Milly Cawdron (6RP) will be holding a 'Fundraising Village Teas & Cake Sale’ on Saturday, 14th July, from 2-5pm in Bibury Village Hall.   All proceeds will go to: http://sportforlifeinternational.org/ which is the charity chosen for this year’s St Hugh’s Netball Tour to Barbados in October 2018. Please do come along and support Milly if you can.


Forest School Holiday Camp
Mrs Eykyn is running a holiday camp on Monday, 9th July and Tuesday, 10th July from 9.30am-3.30pm for Years 3, 4 & 5.
Lots of fun to be had - come and practise your Forest School skills!  Please see the attached link for details, and contact by email to sign up.

Summer Theatre Studio Workshops
Create and devise a piece of theatre with Laura Macdonald Smith. Monday 16th, Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th July 10am – 2pm in The Barn at St Hugh’s School. Please email Laura for further details laura@macdonaldsmith.com.

Summer Art Camp
10th, 11th & 12th July, 9am-3pm:  St Hugh’s Summer Art Camp for Years 5, 6 & 7.  Please open attached link for full details.  If you have any further queries, please email Mrs Middleton - middletons@st-hughs.co.uk

Mr & Mrs Avery’s Summer Holiday Camps
Summer Camp 1:  9th - 13 July
Summer Camp 2:  28th - 31st August
Please click on this link to download a flyer. If you have any further questions, please email Mrs Avery - averyjessica@st-hughs.co.uk

Summer Tennis Camp
Intensive 4 day courses available, July and August.  Please open link for full details.
If you have any further queries, please email Liz Bamber – lizbambertennis@btopenworld.com


Some of current GAP students and some of our former GAP students are keen to offer their babysitting services, or to help with events such as birthday parties, throughout the summer.  Their numbers may be obtained from Reception.


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