First Year Blog

1st Year Blog

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way…. The Christmas spirit has started to infuse the school, and the arrival of the magnificent tree in the foyer always means that it won’t be along until the end of term. In the meantime there is plenty to cram into the remaining few weeks.

I’m certainly looking forward to Thursday’s Christmas Concert, it’s always such a treat to see the whole year group performing together.

While on the Christmas theme, the library has launched it’s annual Christmas competition: The Twelve Words of Christmas competition.

Can you write a festive or seasonal story in just twelve words? Impossible, you say?

  • Turkey, with gravy. Yum! Christmas pudding. Delicious! Brussels sprouts –um, er – yuck!
  • The decorations greeted each other… all went silent when Harry came in…
  • “I bring you Myrrh.” “Gold, Myrrh? I brought you the iPhone 8.”
  • Mr Snowman needed a cuddle, the sun agreed, now he’s a puddle.


Entries should be handed in to the Library by Thursday 14 December (don’t forget your name & form) or by email to Miss Bedford and I will select the best entries and the winners will receive a selection of books and edible treats!

Dylan R, Joe M, Joe W, Oscar K, Tomas E, Tom M and William C travelled to KCS Wimbledon on Monday to take part in the international Kids’ Lit Quiz competition. After training hard during our Tuesday lunchtime club, the boys were ready and raring to go but as this was the first time Hampton has competed in the quiz, they were entering the unknown! Forty two other teams answered questions on cryptically titled rounds such as Caves, Cetaceans, Downsize Me, Footwear and Finances. Three hours of intense competition kept the boys on their toes. Alas, playing the joker on the very tricky Myths and Legends round proved costly. A very commendable 14th and 16th place and an enjoyable afternoon has spurred the boys on for our next competition in March. Well done boys!

Meanwhile, out of the U12C football team played Wilson’s school. Felix V reports:

“We won 9-1. Well done to Dan and Saganan who got hat-tricks. It was a great team performance, we played great through-balls, it was a well deserved win“.

The U12D Team also had a couple of fixtures last weekend. Jack S reports:

“Friday: This was a hard fought 4-3 win against Wilson’s School that tested the team’s resolve.  We had to battle back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2, only to see them equalise.  But the team didn’t give up there, we pushed on to win 4-3.  Great team work from Hampton D’s, in particular Vishal S and James D, who each got two of our final goal tally

Saturday: After a long journey out to a very cold Chigwell, Hampton D’s dominated from the start.  We got into an early 2-0 lead with goals from Tom W and Joe F (with an amazing assist from Leo H).  The result was put beyond doubt with the pick of the goals, a 20 yards lob from James D.  The game finished at 4-1 with a fantastic final goal from Ayoub K.”

One final piece of news is that Dan C has been awarded Tutee of the Week for his polite and courteous behaviour, which has been noted by both staff and older students. Well done Dan, a thoroughly deserved accolade.

I’m sure all the boys in the year have enjoyed a rare respite from Homework this week. Although things will start up again next week, they can at least be reassured by the fact that there are only a couple of weeks left until they all get a well earned break from school and can fully relax and enjoy the festive season. Until then, I’m sure they will continue to partake in every aspect of school life, and I expect next week’s blog to be as full as ever with news and information about what they have been getting up to!

Mr T. Hill