Autumn Term Highlights 2023

Welcome to the 2023 Autumn Term edition of St Hugh's Highlights, giving you an overview of this term's activities!

When we think back to the start of the term, it's hard to believe how many things we have all achieved...

Trips and Topics

Nursery enjoyed a fun day of role play at Active Arena.

Reception (Chestnut Class) came to school dressed up as someone in their family - representing the job that they do.

They learnt all about everyone's families and how similar and different they are before making their own family tree (the Chestnut Tree) for the classroom.

Year 1 took a trip into the village to learn all about the local area.

Year 2 visited the Cottage Museum to find out more about Woodhall Spa's history.

The whole of Nursery, Pre-school and Pre Prep joined together to celebrate Nursery Rhyme Week.

The Romans invaded Years 3 and 4.

Pupils visited the Lincoln Museum where they examined artefacts and found out about Roman Lincoln.

After a busy day, they returned to school to camp out for the night on the school field.

They even dressed up to create their own Roman army.

Year 5 travelled to Burghley House for their history trip to find out more about the Victorians.

After a fascinating tour of the house, they were put straight to work - we hope they came home eager to put their new skills into practice!

A group of five eager Year 6 pupils donned their thinking caps and travelled to Uppingham for the annual 'On the Buzzer' quiz.

Year 7 journeyed to Paris. We loved receiving their postcard updates!

Pupils in Years 7 and 8 headed on their Senior Sports Tour to the Netherlands.

After weeks of planning they were very excited to head off for an action-packed few days of hockey and rugby fixtures – and sightseeing!

Our thanks once again to our sponsors for making the trip possible: AE Lenton Group (AEL), emec and GBM Waste Management.

Whole School Events

The whole school joined together for our Harvest Service at St Peter's Church in the village.

We congregated on the Headmaster’s Lawn for our Remembrance Service.

All children had created work throughout the week to highlight the significance of Remembrance Day.

Children in Pre Prep and Prep held a clay poppy they had each made in their Art lesson with Mrs Foote.

Our School Council marked the start of Anti-bullying Week with Odd Sock Day.

Forest School

It's hard to believe we started the term wearing our sun hats and looking for a shady spot to sit!

We foraged for blackberries...

...and made our own hedgerow jam.

We even made our own butter... we could toast bread on the fire and enjoy our culinary efforts.

Our older pupils were very happy to be taste testers!

As the season turned, and with Halloween upon us, we enjoyed making pumpkin soup...

...and persevered to learn new skills using all the pumpkins we had.

We learnt how the changing seasons affect wildlife - and found out more about hedgehogs and their hibernation.

We enjoyed making clay hedgehogs.

The children cared for their own 'pine cone hedgehog' and built suitable lodgings for them!

We learnt about the history behind Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes... sparklers and even making our own using sticks, feathers, leaves and wool.

Year 3 were lucky enough to dissect and examine owl pellets.

They had been learning all about owls in their English lessons while reading The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark.

They even made their own owl figures with clay.

Year 5 also got creative with clay and made green men...

...while Year 3 were inspired to make clay mushrooms after seeing an abundance of mushrooms growing on the school field this term.

Year 6's inspiration for making clay pots was taken from woodland nature and animals.

Come rain or shine, we've worked together as a team to learn new skills...

...conquer new challenges...

...learning to look after the woodland...

...while simply enjoying being immersed in nature.

Not to miss out on celebrating Christmas while enjoying the outdoors, we have been extremely creative...

...learning to safely drill holes to make decorations...

...using woodland ferns to decorate stockings...

...and working on our whittling skills.


It has been a busy cross country season...

Our runners have attended races at Brooke Priory, Ranby and Witham Hall as well as the Coastal & Wolds Superzone Cross Country and the ESSA Cross Country.

We have had a great Hockey season...

Our U13 Girls travelled to Framlingham College for the IAPS U13 Hockey Festival.

Years 7 & 8 finished the term with a game of Girls vs Boys!

Come rain or shine we have been out on the rugby pitch enjoying fixtures...

...and even hosted our own Rugby Festival.

We started a Girls' Rugby Hobby which has been a huge success..

Everyone has been busy in the pool with swimming lessons.

We hosted an U9 & U11 Invitational Swim Gala and our swimmers' hard work at swim squad has certainly paid off.

We have loved hearing about the sporting achievements of our pupils outside of school - some of them even representing Lincolnshire!

Boarding House

We appointed new roles within the Boarding House and welcomed new boarders to join us.

Miss Kilby, our new Resident Assistant, settled in quickly.

We made the most of the sunny evenings - visiting the park...

...and working together to try to solve Mrs Warwick-Smith's scavenger hunts around the village!

We enjoyed barbeque evenings and toasting marshmallows together on the fire pit.

Disco and Karaoke nights were a huge hit with plenty of singing from everyone!

Party games and cake were enjoyed as we celebrated birthdays...

The Dining Hall was suitably decorated for Halloween and we sat together to have a feast before heading out trick-or-treating.

Throughout the term, Mrs Warwick-Smith has been busy using her creative skills to make alterations to the areas chosen by boarders.

It's been lovely to see everyone decorate their own areas to make them feel even more at home.

The Alice in Wonderland Tea Party did not fail to impress!

Captain Fantastic entertained us with a night of magic tricks.

The theme night I'm a St Hugh's Pupil Get Me Out of Here was lots of fun...

...boarders were even brave enough to meet a special visitor!

The bush tucker trials proved lots of fun...

We have had so many wonderful evenings together...

...the list of activities has been endless: bubble football, mocktail night, Nerf gun battles, den making, arts and craft activities, baking, games nights, sushi making, Kinema trips...

...and simply enjoying time with friends...

The Boarding House hosted a Christmas Jumper Escape Room evening...

...and our Boarding House Decoration Night was as popular as ever...

...complete with carol singing in the village.

A trip to see Wonka at the Kinema was the perfect way to finish the term.

Christmas In School

Our Cauliflower Christmas Card competition kicked off the festive activities.

Well done to all our fabulous artists. It was very hard to choose the overall winning design.

Congratulations to Penelope Lovett whose owl design was chosen for the School Christmas card this year.

The return of the St Hugh's Christmas Bake-Off saw our judges inundated with cakes to judge!

The judges certainly took their role seriously and got suitably into character...

Our Nursery, Pre-School and Pre Prep children had their annual trip to Crazee Bongos for a day of play and Christmas crafts.

They met Grandad Elf who impressed them with his magic tricks and thankfully everyone's name could be found on the Nice List!

Our musicians entertained customers at The Inn, Woodhall Spa while they enjoyed their morning coffee.

They also performed at the Woodhall Spa Christmas Market entertaining the crowds waiting to see Father Christmas.

The Christmas Concert in St Peter's Church was a fabulous evening.

A huge round of applause must go to all the children and staff involved in this year's Nativity, Bethlehem Ballroom.

Thanks to Mr Wilson and his team, we all enjoyed Christmas lunch together.

There were some magnificent Christmas jumpers on display...

We are certainly now in the festive spirit...

Our Carol Service marked the end of term - and what a busy term it has been!

To all our families and friends...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Artwork created by our Boarders