College News

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

As the College adapted the school production performances due to the changing situation with Coronavirus, the cast, crew and staff must be congratulated on all their hard work and professionalism putting on an outstanding production.  A video of the production will be available in due course.  Thank you to Mr Matt Link for the wonderful photos he took which can be found in the Galleries section of the website.


History students visit to Russia


On Saturday 15 February, 47 History students from Years 10 to 13 accompanied by Mr Owens, seven staff and one of our Governors, Mrs Nash travelled to Moscow for an in-depth investigation of Russian History. The group spent two days in Moscow visiting the Kremlin, Red Square, Novodevichy Cemetery, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and other notable sites of Russian history. They were particularly lucky to visit the Church of the Immaculate Conception, a Salesian Cathedral in Moscow, and had Mass in their crypt. In the evening, the group enjoyed learning to play curling which was great fun and enjoyed by all.

After an overnight train journey through the snowy dark of the Russian countryside, the group arrived in St Petersburg and enjoyed three days visiting the main sites of the Russian Revolution as well as visiting Catherine Palace the Baroque Home of the Czar, the world famous Hermitage and the St Peter & Paul Fortress. One evening the group visited the Nikolaevsky Palace for dinner and a Folklore show. This trip gave a wonderful and brief experience of the society, history and culture of a fascinating country.

Photos from the visit can be found in the News - Photo Galleries section.

Year 12 students visit the Apprenticeship Show

Year 12 students visited the Apprenticeship Show at Sandown Park on Tuesday 3 March. The students were able to meet representatives from a wide range of employers across a range of sectors to discuss Degree Apprenticeship opportunities. Whilst the majority of our Year 13 students continue to go on to study at university, this is an increasingly popular alternative route to not only a degree but also professional qualifications and employment. The students met with employers from building and architecture, the financial and insurance sectors, engineering and design companies as well as the armed services and airline companies such as BA and Virgin.

St Hugh's run with your son

The annual St Hugh's run with your son, organised by Mr Smith, took place at a muddy King George V Park yesterday afternoon, Tuesday 3 March.  Boys, staff, parents and dogs took part with some strong running and lots of laughs.  All money raised will go to The Porridge Club in Mazabuka, Zambia.  Any donations will be welcome before Friday 13 March. 

Year 13 visit to CERN

On Wednesday 12 February, eight Year 13 students, accompanied by Mr Rowe and Mrs Faux, departed for CERN.  A look around the microcosm was followed by a laboratory session in which the students built cloud chambers from fish tanks and metal plates with the help of dry ice and isopropanol.  During the afternoon, the group visited the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer centre where data on cosmic rays detected on the international space station is received and processed. This was followed by a tour of the cryogenic test facility where the magnets used in the Large Hadron Collider are tested. The students learnt much about the use of liquid helium in these magnets and how superconductors work.

On Friday, the group visited the United Nations for a guided tour in which they were able to see several of the rooms where committees meet to debate human rights issues.  Finally, the group visited the History of Science Museum, which is situated on the shore of Lake Geneva and then walked along the lakeside to the centre of town before making their way back to the airport.

Overall, this was a very successful visit enabling the students to review, consolidate and improve their understanding of particle physics and the work done at CERN as well as experiencing some wider international issues, culture and history.