The musical talents of the First Year were on display on Thursday evening during the annual New Boys’ Concert in the Hammond Theatre.  Aidan Painting, Cameron Gosal, Eric Rodrigues, Dhruv Duggal, Jacob Iqbal, Tejumade Mosaku, Alex Richford, Eddie Childs, Oliver Rochard, George Garofalo, Theo Mantel-Cooper, Kai Kelly, Praveen Kumarasinghe, Leanesh Sivakumar, Pranav Santhosh, Nicholas Allen, Seb Lear and Johnny Evans-Hutchinson all performed superbly on the night, and Mrs Peattie has asked me to pass on her admiration for the skills of all the boys involved. Well done everybody on a wonderfully tuneful evening! I look forward to attending the Christmas Concert myself on the 8 December, where the entire year will be performing!

I have heard great things about last weekend’s mountain biking/board games weekend at Bentley Copse. I can only hope that the boys didn’t try and do both at the same time – I really struggled changing gear and tackling a difficult set of scrabble letters at the same time the last time I participated on this trip a year ago. All the boys who went seemed to enjoy the experience, and Kai Kelly, Sime Navid and Xavier Miklichansky-Maddocks were picked out by staff for special praise for the helpfulness and all round attitude. In fact due to this, and his all round great attitude to all aspects of School life, Xavier has been awarded Tutee of the Week. Well done Xavier – a thoroughly deserved accolade.

The cold weather hasn’t prevented sports fixtures from continuing apace, Sam Brewster lets us know about the U12A’s recent performances:

“On Tuesday 15 November, the U12A football team played away at Hinchley Wood School. Throughout the match, their side played well but our defence were coping well until their goal. They won 1-0. Nothing however could damage our spirits as our resilience shone brightly. Congratulations to Adam Coombs who played a great game in midfield on his debut.

 The following Saturday 19 November, Hampton played the Whitgift school. Playing a new formation, we were a very solid side and, with a brilliant finish from Joseph Treacy, we finished the first half 1-0 up. Our solidness slipped in the second half and because of the lack of goal line technology they scored a controversial goal. Whitgift continued to pile on the pressure and punished us with another goal late on. The game ended 2-1 to Whitgift but another huge thank you to Mr Sims and co for showing us how to play great, attacking football.”

The B Team were in action too, Timmy Lee reports: ”On Saturday,  Hampton U12B footballers played Whitgift School. A sleepy start meant that Hampton went 1-0 down in the first few minutes. However, the team responded positively and went into half-time leading 6-1. Excellent through balls from the team created opportunities for goal scorers Johnny Evans-Hutchison, James Bristow, Archie Kimble, William Knowles, Louis Williams and Sam Wooldridge to finish the game with a resounding 12-1 win. A great team performance from Hampton! Many thanks to Mr. Thomas for coaching us to victory.”

And, not to be outdone, regular Rugby Correspondent William Aust tells us that: “In our first ever cup game, the Hampton U12A rugby team had a convincing win against The Cardinal Wiseman. We started at a blistering place scoring a couple of tries in the opening quarter of the game. Late in the first half, Mr Davieson took the opportunity to give a few players their A team debuts. Hampton sustained a comfortable lead but did allow Cardinal Wiseman a couple of consolation tries. The final score was a resounding win for Hampton, 40-10. We can’t wait to see who we get in the next round.

 Well done to all those involved, and I look forward to seeing what happens this weekend in the plethora of fixtures that are in the calendar. Good luck boys!


Mr T. Hill

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