First Year Blog

A mountain of rocky road, fairy cakes and slices of sponge cake have piled onto my desk this week, as we near the end of Cooking Week. The First Year team are winding down from a week of auditioning for Channel 4’s Great British Bake-Off line-up of judges we can reflect on what I hope has been an enjoyable and pleasurable experience for the boys. Besides the plethora of sweet treats that have found their way into school, I know that many of the boys have been producing culinary masterpieces at home which would have John Torode and Gregg Wallace gasping with delight. There are far too many boys to mention here, but thank you to everybody who sent in pictures of their efforts – a selection of which are included in this blog entry.

On this topic, Alex Cresswell is this week’s Tutee of the week, this is due to his general positive demeanour and his ability to throw himself whole heartedly into all aspects of School life- cooking week being no exception, Mrs Peattie is still salivating over the photos of Alex’s Rocky Roads!

Congratulations to all the boys who had a go in the kitchen this week – whether you were complete novices or grizzled veterans of the hob, I hope that you enjoyed the experience and picked up some useful skills.

Our usual round up of Sports Fixtures follows, many thanks to Sam Brewster, Timothy Lee and William Aust for providing updates:

“On Saturday, 11 of March, Hampton’s U12As played a tough match against Glyn school. From the kick off, we showed very good determination and defended well. We scored the breakthrough goal after a great toe-poke finish by Adam Coombs. They did however get a penalty, but, as always, Ali Jennings saved it (he has a bit of a streak going). The half ended 1-0 to us with morale running high. We went out in the second half and showed great strength at the back – we were however, saved by the woodwork a couple of times. The game ended 1-0 to us, and a big shout out to Nathan and Aidan for putting in a fab effort. As well as this, a big thank you to Mr Sims and the staff for putting in a great effort for the team and I hope we can regain momentum in our winning streak.” – Sam Brewster

“On Saturday 11 March, Hampton U12B Football faced off against Glyn School. After some good passing, Euan Gallagher found an opening and had a great strike that sailed into the net. Unfortunately, straight away, we conceded a goal.  However, Hampton set out again with a positive attitude and continued to play well. We scored 2 more goals, coming from Timothy Lee and Euan Gallagher. Despite this, we also conceded 2 more goals, making the final score 3-3. Thank you to Mr Thomas for coaching and refereeing the game.” – Timothy Lee

“On Friday the Hampton U12 As had yet another sevens tournament, this time at Orleans Park. To begin we faced Halliford and came out victorious, we then won our subsequent match against Orleans Park B.  After this came our biggest win of the day, in this match we scored over 50 points against Isleworth and Syon. Following that convincing victory, we played a tough Gunnersbury side, nevertheless we managed to secure a win. This meant we topped our pool, meaning we played Orleans Park A in the cup final. However, we lost this closely competed match, so ending as runners up. Overall we played very well.” – William Aust

Well that seems to round up yet another action packed week in First Year life. I hope the boys are refreshed after a week without homework, and are ready for the challenges posed by the final few weeks of the Easter Term. Well done so far boys, keep up the good work.