First Year Blog

It was World Book Day yesterday, and there has been a distinct literary feel to the First Year this week.  A team of keen readers comprising Harry Spencer, Toby Gwynne, Nicholas Allen, Akshat Mathur, Aadam Shahzad and Praveen Kumarasinghe made the short journey to LEH to take part in a literary quiz. This was a dry run for the Kingston and Richmond Inter-Borough Literary Quiz (come on, Richmond!), which will take place very soon.

We have also this morning enjoyed a very entertaining talk from author Matt Whyman, who regaled us with anecdotes from his life and the boys were amused, enthused and inspired by his words, and many thanks to Mr Thomas for organising the event.

On the sporting front Sam Brewster tells us about recent events on the football field:

On Saturday 25 February Hampton’s U12A football team played a challenging away fixture against Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School. From the kick-off, they showed us their attractive style, scoring a dink to take the lead. We, however, bounced back strongly and equalised with a well-placed finish in the bottom corner by Alex Di Soccio. Annoyingly, the opposition managed to scrape a goal back and the half ended 2-1. We come out all guns blazing in the second half and somehow (please don’t ask me how), I managed to score a goal from a corner. With our fluid passing style now back at its best, we began to play attractive football towards the end of the second half, but couldn’t convert it into a goal. The game ended 2-2. A big thanks to Mr Sims and the team for instilling in a great work ethic and let’s hope to resume our winning streak for the rest of the season.”

Timothy Lee reports for the U12B Team: “On Saturday 25 February, the Hampton U12B Football team played against Claremont Fan Court School’s  A team. Today saw debuts for Jamie Hacking and Euan Gallagher. It was all even in the first 15 minutes, but then Euan Gallagher smashed the ball into the bottom corner from outside the box – just like we had practised in training the previous day. We managed to hold onto our 1-0 lead until half-time. Then Timothy Lee headed it in the top corner – into his own goal! Not perturbed by this, the team carried on fighting. Eventually due to some great closing down by Ben Fryer, their keeper panicked and kicked it straight to Sam Wooldridge, who punished him by slotting it home. Hampton defended right until the final whistle, and the game ended 2-1 to Hampton. Thank you to Mr Burke for taking the team in Mr Thomas’ absence.”

Meanwhile in the oval-ball game, William Aust tells us about a recent match:

On Friday, the U12A Rugby Team  went to the Tiffin Tens tournament. We started off well, getting a victory in the first match. However, we were not so successful afterwards, losing the next three games by small margins. Having finished 4th in our pool, we went on to play in our final against Wallington County Grammar School, and thanks to a great team effort, we were victorious. In training this week we need to work on some tackling but also decision making and being more decisive. We hope we can improve and play better in our next tournament (this time 7 a-side) on Tuesday.”

I’d like to take this opportunity to announce that this week’s Tutee of the Week is Dominic Must, due to the excellent leadership roles he has demonstrated in 1B. He has been a fantastic School Council Rep, but has also helped organise other boys with their co-curricular activities. Well done on this thoroughly deserved award Dominic!

And let me finish be saying what a pleasure it was to see so many of you at Parents’ Evening last night. I hope you found the experience to be useful, and that your sons’ subject teachers were able to give you some valuable feedback. If the evening has left you with any additional or follow-up queries, please do not hesitate to contact subject teachers, Form Tutors or Mrs Peattie.