First Year Blog

1st Year Blog

As ever it has been an exciting yet busy week at Hampton School for the First Year boys. For some boys, the week began early as they woke up bright and early on Sunday to come into school and rehearse for the Junior Play, Jason and the Argonauts. The performance, which took place on Tuesday night, was a laugh-a-minute retelling of the epic story of Jason and the Golden Fleece. Out of the 14 performers on stage, Tom Banks, Theo Gibson and Toby Gwynne from the First Year boys dazzled the audience with their slick chorus work. Supporting the cast backstage were the fantastic Tech Team, including four boys from the First Year: Alex Cresswell, Jack Hardy, Alexander Hulsenbeck and Oscar White. Huge congratulations to all involved – I thoroughly enjoyed it.

For those involved in Jason and the Argonauts, Tuesday was a particularly busy day as they spent the day alongside their First Year peers at Marwell Zoo. During the day, the boys got to learn about a range of animals including a Snow Leopard, Tiger, Giraffe and many more. The boys were particularly lucky to enjoy a day of sunshine compared with those who were in Hampton and experienced a sudden downpour!

As if the Zoo wasn’t enough, the boys from 1B and 1H then visited Berck sur Mer in northern France on Wednesday. I have no doubt the boys got the chance to test out their linguistic skills while sampling some of the local produce (most likely vanilla ice cream)!

To finish off a week packed full of fun, the First Year boys all participated in a Fun Run in aid of Form Charity. Fancy dress included ‘beach theme’, ‘Movie and TV Characters’, Emoji’s and much more! In order to qualify for “best dressed” points and prizes each member of the form had to complete the course as a team. The results will be announced shortly and will go towards the Founders’ Cup – watch this space!

Next week there is plenty to look forward to before we finish what has been a fantastic first year for this year’s First Year boys. On Tuesday we will have the annual Lower School Prize Giving ceremony where many boys will receive prizes for a range of achievements including academic excellence, merit prizes, achievement in sport and many more. We are looking forward to welcoming many of you at the event next week. This year has been a strong year full of many achievements to be proud of and I am sure you will join me in congratulating those prize winners.

On Wednesday the musicians in a range of ensembles will perform in the annual Summer Concert. This promises to be a superb evening including performances from the Concert Orchestra, Hampton Sinfonia, Chamber Choir and many more – the evening will finish with the Symphony Orchestra which, although mainly consists of senior boys, includes members of the First Year this year!

To finish off the week and the year on Friday, the First and Second year boys will travel down to the Hampton open air pool for the annual Swimming Gala. Here, the forms will compete fiercely for those all-important final points that may just help them win this year’s Founders’ Cup. I wish all the First and Second year boys luck in what I know will be a fun yet competitive morning.

A short note on the sport front this week, given from William Aust in 1P:

‘On Friday, the U12 Bs played against a strong KCS team in a close match. We won the toss and chose to bat. After a few wickets fell, we managed to regain control and put up a competitive total of 121. This was down to a few boundaries from me in partnership with Steve, who scored an impressive 32. Despite a great effort, we lost in the last over. Our main issue was us giving away 52 extras, which is a lot more than we would have liked. Overall, we need to work on not bowling lots of wides and no balls.’