Happy Christmas First Years

The final bulletin of 2016…one term down! (Twenty to go). We have crammed so much into the past three months, and I am sure you will all join me in congratulating the boys on the fantastic start they have made to their Hampton careers. In the short time that they have been with us, the First Years have made huge contributions to School life in the classroom, on the sports fields, in concerts, on Open Morning…the list goes on and on. They have made new friends and risen to new challenges. They should be truly proud of all they have achieved.

Christmas is undoubtedly looming large on the horizon. The festive period kicked off with 128 excited First Years beautifully singing The Little Drummer boy and my particular favourite, a Disney medley. It was also great to have so many First Years in a variety of ensembles. My festive fervour increased even more during the School Carol Service at St Mary’s Church on Tuesday evening. Johnny Evans-Hutichison sang the first verse of Once In Royal David’s City as a solo, and did so beautifully. Equally impressive was George Garafalo’s reading of the first lesson. Well done George and Johnny, and to all the boys who were part of the wonderful Choir – you certainly got us all into a festive spirit. A special mention also needs to be given to Daniel Edge who had the daunting task of singing the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City in front of the whole school in assembly and did so wonderfully.

The First Year quiz buffs were out in force last Tuesday for the Form Charity Christmas Quiz. This was a joint exercise with LEH, with the boys and girls from the First and Second Years forming mixed teams. Quizmaster Mr Hemsley over saw proceedings. The teams were tested on their knowledge of art and literature, history, geography, sport and dingbats. Although the first place went to a Second Year team, second place went to a 1H team; Theo Mantle-Cooper, Conor McNeany, Joe Moylan-Jones and Saim Navid. Massive well done to all who took part and helped support the School’s charities.

It’s been a busy week on the sporting front, particularly for the Rugby players; I will let our Captain’s tell you about what happened last weekend in their own words:

U12 B Football Captain Timothy Lee. On Saturday 10 December, Hampton U12B Football team travelled to John Lyon’s School to play our last match of the term. Due to their very fast attackers, we conceded 6 goals. However, our team gave a fighting performance and scored 5 in reply, coming from Sam Wooldridge (2), Archie Kimble and 2 own goals from the opposition. John Lyon also commented on our great sportsmanship when we admitted that they scored a goal when the referee thought it had hit the side netting. Many thanks to Mr Thomas for coaching us this term.

U12 A Football Captain Sam Brewster. On Saturday, the 10 December, the U12A football team played Berkhamsted School. After a string of narrow defeats, Hampton were fired up for the last game of the year. From the start, our domination showed with 3 quick goals and the half ended 5-2. In the second half we again came out all guns blazing, and with more fantastic goals from our side the game ended 9-3. A huge shout-out to Joseph Treacy who scored 7 (yes it is not a typo!), Mario Romano who scored a wonder goal and Ben Robinson for a sliding goal in the last minute to wrap it up. A massive thank you to the cover coach- Mr Bolton who stepped in for the poorly Mr Sims. All I have left to say is get well soon to Mr Sims!

U12 A Rugby Captain William Aust. Hampton U12As vs Caterham – Friday 9th Dec

On Friday the Hampton U12 As had a tough game against Caterham. We played very well, a special mention should go to Marcus Taylor who never missed a tackle on their largest runner. In the end, the score was 30- 15 to our opposition. As a team, the main thing we need to improve is our tackling.

Hampton U12As vs Cranmore – Saturday 10th Dec

On Saturday, we faced a good Cranmore side, our second game in two days. Before kick-off Nick Allen kindly agreed to play for the opposition as they were down in numbers. Much like Friday, we weren’t tackling well enough, however our handling was good and we got a bit better as the match went on. Unfortunately, the final score was still 25-0 to them.

Whilst continuing in the sporting vein The final ‘Tutee of the week’ this term is Daniel Clarke for his all-round contribution to School Sport; coming first out of the Hampton runners in the Richmond Borough Cross Country Championship. On top of this he was also placed in the top three in the Individual Medley at the Borough Swimming gala. Furthermore, he is representing Hampton in the Ski Team- all very impressive indeed.

To conclude this week’s bulletin best wishes to all the boys in the First Year, and their families, for a fun, restful and relaxing Christmas holiday.

Mr Hill, Mrs Peattie & Mr Roland