First Year Blog

And here we are. Friday 7 July 2017 – a date that probably seemed impossibly distant back in early September, but which has come round with incredible speed.  The boys were unleashed at 12 o’clock as fully-fledged Hamptonians: hardy veterans with a year’s service under their belts.

We have ended the year with aquatic drama in the Inter-Form Swimming gala. This was a highly tense morning as the results of the Swimming Gala are the final component to the Inter-Form Cup (the multi-event Inter-Form competition that stretches across the year).   I am never as cognisant of the boys’ swimming abilities as I am of their other talents.  So I really enjoy the gala, which, confirms that Hampton boys are as skilled in the water as they are on dry land.  The winning Form in the Swimming Gala was 1H well done Mr Jenkins’ boys. Despite 1H’s fantastic performance, this unfortunately did not give them enough points to obtain the Inter-Form cup. Therefore, 1J are this year’s winners of the First Year Inter-Form Cup both Mr Roland and Mr Barber are jubilant!

We had a very enjoyable (and very warm) Founders’ Day on Tuesday.  We walked down to St Mary’s Church in the morning, where Conor McNeany delivered one of the readings impeccably.  Also most impressive was the singing of the choir, so congratulations to Sebastian Abercrombie, Tom Flenley, Theo Mantel-Cooper, Xavier Miklichansky-Maddocks and Leanesh Sivakumar. Founders’ Day concluded with the annual Lower School Evening, Mrs Owen and I were delighted to provide a very brief overview of the many successes, and achievement that 2016-2017 has brought.  Well done, of course, to all the boys who won prizes, but also to those who didn’t on this occasion.  There is so much fantastic work that goes on at Hampton, and no boy should think that, if he hasn’t received a formal prize, his efforts have gone unnoticed and unappreciated. A special mention needs to go to Pranav Santhosh who was unwell on Tuesday, but came in specially to play Sonata in B Minor by Domenico Scarlatti, I am delighted Pranav made it in to school as it was a real treat to hear something so beautiful. The musical delights did not end with Founders Day, some of our First Years performed beautifully at the Summer concert on Wednesday evening.  Congratulations to Alex Richford who performed in the Brass Band, George Garofalo who not only sang in the Chamber Choir, but also played in the Symphony Orchestra, Eddie Childs who played in the Concert Orchestra and Freddie Liang, Jacob Iqbal, Arya Lim Amiri, Theo Mantel-Cooper and Nick Allen who all performed exquisitely in the Sinfonia.

Special Congratulations also need to be given to Alexander Cresswell who participated in the Sea Scout Rowing and Canoeing Regatta, Alexander managed to make it to the final of this competition and in the last few meters of a 500 metre sprint did Alexander manage to pull in front to win. I am delighted to announce that Alexander is now the Sea Scouts National Champion for under 12 1/2/ slalom Kayak for the second year in a row!

We have to sadly say good bye to one of our First Year Tutor Team today, Mr Rowntree is leaving us to move back to Northern Ireland, his sharp, perceptive humour will certainly be missed by both the Tutors and the boys! Miss Brown is also leaving the First Year fold to work with boys further up the School. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my Tutors and Assistant Heads of Year who have worked tirelessly to help all the First Years this year. However, my biggest thank you needs to go to the boys themselves, it has been a delight to get to know you all and you all have had a tremendous first year.  All I want you to do over the Summer is have a long, fabulous rest- it is certainly well deserved!

Mrs J.L Peattie