First Year Blog

What a week it’s been! Mrs Peattie’s Wednesday evening was uplifted by a dazzling performance by a number of First Year boys in the Junior Musical – Tin Pan Ali. Congratulations to all these boys for their stellar performances both in front of the stage and behind the scenes: Abhi Sundaram, Theo Gibson, Toby Gwynne, Ollie Drew, Conor McNeany, Daniel Edge, Riley Wilkin, Xavier Miklichansky-Maddocks, Alexander Hulsenbeck, Tom Shtasel, Oscar White and Alexander Cresswell. Well done too, to Mr Roland for all his hard work in producing this great school event!

Mrs Peattie has asked me to let you all know that she was particularly impressed with the First Year debaters this week, where Nick Murray and Luke Trotman beat a Second Year team when they were opposing the motionThis house believes graffiti is an expression of free speech and art.’

On Friday Luke Trotman, Aadam Shahzad, Praveen Kumarasinghe, Tristan Robinson, Tom Shtasel, Jamie Reger, Tom Banks, Akshat Mathur, Dominic Must, Hal Lewis, Jacob Iqbal and George Garofalo all took part in the National Future Problem Solving championships. Well done boys for taking part in such a stimulating activity – I am sure you will have come up with some very innovative ideas. I look forward to hearing about the results after half-term.

Moving on to Table Tennis, Timmy Lee very kindly stood in at the last minute as a reserve for the School U13 Team playing as Number 4. He won one and lost one singles match, but more importantly he helped us to a 6-4 victory overall by winning his doubles match. Well done Timmy. Arjan Sian also stepped in at the last minute and kindly volunteered to play Number 4 for the U16 team, well done for stepping up to such a high level so quickly Arjan.

Football now, and Sam Brewster reports on two recent fixtures: “On Friday 3 February, Hampton U12As played a 9-a-side game against Wilsons School; a team we had  lost decisively against earlier in the season. From the off, we showed some exceptionally slick and fluid play and the first half ended 3-0 to us; two from our star striker, Joseph Treacy then one from our tricksy midfielder, Alex Di Soccio. In the next half we continued to go out all guns blazing and bagged two more goals from Ben Robinson – one an absolute screamer 30 yards out. The match ended 5-0 with Hampton winning the game convincingly. A big shout out to Ali Jennings for his first clean sheet of the season.

On Saturday 4 February, Hampton U12As travelled to St James’ School to play teams a year older than us in an U13 5-a-side tournament. Our As split up into two teams in different groups. After a blur of games and goals, both of our teams were into the plate competition. Both qualified to the semis; one team got to the final but unfortunately the other was dramatically eliminated in a penalty shoot-out. With a flowing style of play, the other team dominated the plate final and goals from Isaac Foster, Joseph Treacy and for the first time me (how unexpected was that!) we won the game 3-1. There was a great effort from everyone on the day and it was unfortunate that the final couldn’t be Hampton vs Hampton! Thank you to Mr Sims for driving us there and being a great coach.” – Sam Brewster

Timmy Lee fills us in on events in the B Team: “On Friday 3 February, Hampton U12B Football played their league match against Wilson’s School. The team did well defensively in the first half and the score at half time was 0-0. Then, from outside the box, William Knowles scored an excellent goal. We managed to defend well for the next few minutes, but a great shot from one of the opposition’s players sailed past and ended in the back of the net. In the closing minutes, Samay Gajree made a surging run forward and ended up winning a free kick, which Aidan Painting took. It whistled past the wall and the keeper, and into the goal. Soon after, the whistle blew, handing us victory. Many thanks to Mr Thomas for coaching our team on the day.” – Timmy Lee

Finally on the sporting front, William Aust tells us the going’s on in Rugby: “This week the Hampton Rugby U12As played a physically demanding match against Whitgift. After going behind due to a slow start, we found our feet and fought back, resulting in two tries for Cameron Hill. Despite this, we ended up in defeat, the scoreline being 25-10. On Friday in training, we had set ourselves some goals, which were to be more aggressive, tackle lower and to keep the intensity up for the entire game. Even though we lost, we had improved on last week’s performance and made some good progress towards our aims.”

It’s hard to believe we are half way through the year already. At 4 o’clock today, the boys will have completed 7.1% of their time as Hamptonians, and what better way to celebrate this milestone than visiting a historical, literal, classical or geographical site for PROJECT EXPLORE. Most of all, make sure you have a relaxing time. Enjoy your break boys, and we look forward to seeing you again in a week’s time!