Assembly Theme of the Week: Saint Hugh

Parents of children in Years 5, 6 and 7 are invited to meet with Mr James Thompson, Headmaster Elect, on Friday, 16th November.  He will be in the Barn from 8.45am and will be giving a brief talk at 9am.  He would be delighted to meet and chat further with parents after this.

Coffee Morning for parents of children in Middle and Upper School on Tuesday, 20th November, 8.30am-9.30am:  please note that this will be held in the classroom area of the Dovecote Library, to enable parents to look around this wonderful new facility.

Calendar Cancellation: Thursday, 15th November.  Unfortunately, the Year 6 (English Set 3) visit to the Roald Dahl Museum has been cancelled.  The Museum is closed for school visits until January 2019 after severe flooding in the early summer.

Fireworks Evening Cancellation

We were very disappointed to cancel the Fireworks Evening, which the FOSH Committee had worked so hard to arrange once again. However, with strong winds and torrential rain forecast, the fireworks display company advised that they would not be able to proceed in such weather conditions and, of course, safety has to be of paramount importance.  We are most grateful for your understanding concerning this decision to cancel.

Christmas Fair

We are very much looking forward to the St Hugh's Christmas Fair to be held on Friday, 23rd November, which provides an ideal opportunity to start, or indeed complete, your Christmas shopping!  The Fair is being held in the Manor House once again and will take place between 3pm and 5.30pm.  There will be a huge variety of stalls selling gifts suitable for everyone, including stocking fillers, homeware, jewellery, cashmere and stationery. 

We also have a stall selling fine foods and FOSH will be selling cakes and serving tea and coffee.  We would be very grateful for donations of cakes and tray-bakes for the FOSH cake stall and if you can bring these to the Reception area of the Manor House on the morning of the Fair, it would be much appreciated.  (Please remember that these items must be nut-free and should be accompanied by a list of ingredients).

In addition to this, we are delighted that children from each of the four school Houses will be running stalls in the Barn, in order to raise money for their chosen charities.

'Teenagers Translated'

We are delighted that speakers from 'Teenagers Translated' will be coming into school during the afternoon of Friday, 7th December to see our Year 7 and Year 8 pupils.  Parents of these year groups have been invited to come to a presentation by 'Teenagers Translated' at 7pm in the Barn on the same day.  Please kindly inform Mrs Stobart and Mrs Thomasson if you wish to attend.

Mr Pearson, who is organising the sessions, will be at the coffee morning for Upper School parents on Tuesday, 20th November, to answer questions concerning this initiative.


Congratulations to Orchestra players of the week:  Milly Cawdron - Flute (Year 7); William Walters - Cello (Year 6)

Music Exams
This term's music exam dates are confirmed as follows:
Trinity:  Thursday, 22 November (morning)
ABRSM:  Thursday, 6th December (all day)

The exams will take place at St Hugh's.  A timetable indicating each pupil's start time will be posted in the Music Corridor in the week before the exam dates.  Please note that there is a teatime concert for exam candidates on Monday, 19th November in the Music Room.

Carol Service Adult Choir
As usual we would like to put together a choir of adult singers to join the school choir and chamber choir for the annual Carol Service.  If anyone would like to join this group, please contact Sally Ewins or leave a message at the Manor House Reception.  Everyone is welcome and we are particularly keen to hear from fathers, grandfathers, big brothers or anyone else who would like to join the tenor and bass lines.  (No previous experience is necessary and music can be supplied in advance). 

The first rehearsal will take place on Tuesday, 4th December at 8pm in the Music Room.  The following week, on Tuesday, 11th there will be the annual 'Bring & Share' Supper starting at 7pm in the Dining Room and the final rehearsal will follow at 8pm in the Music Room.  If anyone would be happy to co-ordinate supper their help would be much appreciated.


Week 7 Questions

Upper School Questions
1.    World War I was fought between two groups of countries.  What are the names given to each group?
2.    What role did Paul Nash fulfil during the First World War?
3.    What was the name given to the stretches of land between opposing trenches?
4.    Which was the largest battle of World War I?
5.    What is the name given to the armored military vehicle first used at the Battle of the Somme?
6.    Why do we celebrate the lives of Rupert Brooke, Isaac Rosenberg, Ivor Gurney and Wilfred Owen?
7.    40,000 women grew food to keep Britain fed.  What name was given to this group?
8.    At what time, precisely was the Armistice signed, signaling the cessation of fighting?

Middle School Questions
1.    Which branch of the army fought on horseback during World War I?
2.    Who was the reigning monarch during the Gunpowder Plot?
3.    Where were the barrels of gunpowder hidden by Guy Fawkes?
4.    How does the Chancellor of the Exchequer carry his speech to the House of Commons on Budget Day?

Middle School News

Diary Reminders:
Monday, 12th November:  Piano Teatime Concert (Music Room) 5.45pm
Tuesday, 13th November:  Guitar Teatime Concert (Barn) 5.45pm
Wednesday, 14th November:  Girls’ Hockey U9A & U9B v Dean Close (a) 1.30pm, Boys’ Rugby U9A, B & C @ Wycliffe Prep Festival (a) 2pm
Friday, 16th November:  St Hugh’s Day, Boys’ and Girls’ House Cross Country Year 3&4 (2.30pm) (h)
Saturday, 24th November:  Girls' U8 Hockey Festival and Boys’ U8 TAG Festival @ Beaudesert (10am) (a)

Handwriting:  Thank you for continuing to support your child with Spelling and Handwriting tasks at home.  At school, the children practise handwriting in specific class sessions as well as when writing during lessons across the curriculum.  In Year 4, after the Christmas holidays, the children have an opportunity to earn their Pen License, which proves to be a positive incentive for them to perfect a neat, joined, cursive style.  If you have any questions regarding the Year 4 Pen License or Handwriting generally, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your child’s form teacher or Miss Greenwell.

Reading: Congratulations to Chislehurst who are our weekly word winners with a score of 24,312.

Maths Top Tip:  This week, our optional suggested activity is: IXL Maths.  Enjoy!

Have a super weekend, the Middle School team

Pre-Prep News

We will be celebrating Children in Need on Friday, 16th November.  The children are invited to come to school wearing non-uniform and we suggest a donation of £1 to raise money for this wonderful cause.  We will also be running a cake sale from 3.15pm in the Pre-Prep Hall, so we would be grateful for small/large cakes and biscuits (these must be nut-free and should be accompanied by a list of ingredients).  Please drop them into the Pre-Prep Hall on Friday morning.

You are warmly invited to the Pre-Prep Instrumentalists Assembly on Monday, 19th November at 3.10pm in the Pre-Prep Hall (coffee will be served from 3pm).  The Pre-Prep Choir will also be performing.

All the children have tried hard with the focus of the week of keeping the classrooms tidy.  Next week, we are looking at Courage and standing up for what is right.

Thank you to those parents who popped in to the Drop in Q&A Maths last Tuesday.  We hope you have a greater understanding of how Maths is run in the department and how to support early mathematical skills and concepts at home.

Just a quick reminder that we have the Pre-Prep Open Afternoon on Monday, 12th November this term.  The classroom doors will be open from 3pm-3.30pm.  Please do join us if possible.

The Pre-Prep Team wishes you all a wonderful weekend.


Times Tables of the Week – 8x 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.

Cake Baking

Current Gap Student Laura Douglas -Hamilton is offering her baking service of cakes for all occasions, as well as festive bakes, such as mice pies etc. Please see Laura's Instagram account @feast_your_eyes15 to see previous bakes. Laura's contact details can be obtained from Reception. 


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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