First Year Blog

The final bulletin of 2017…one term down!  We have crammed so much into the past three months, and I am sure you will all join me in congratulating the boys on the fantastic start they have made to their Hampton careers. In the short time that they have been with us, the First Years have made huge contributions to School life in the classroom, on the sports fields, in concerts,…the list goes on and on. They have made new friends and risen to new challenges. They should be truly proud of all they have achieved.

Christmas is undoubtedly looming large on the horizon. The festive period kicked off with 142 excited First Years beautifully singing ‘The Holly and the Ivy’  at the Christmas Concert, and my particular favourite, Be our Guest from The Beauty and the Beast.  It was also great to have so many First Years in a variety of ensembles. My festive fervour increased  even more during the School Carol Service at St Mary’s Church on Tuesday evening.  Dylan R sang the first verse of ‘Once In Royal David’s City’ as a solo, and did so beautifully.  Equally impressive was Rex B’s reading of the first lesson. Well done Dylan and Rex, and to all the boys who were part of the wonderful choir – you certainly got us all into a festive spirit.

The First Year quiz buffs were out in force last Tuesday for the Form Charity Christmas Quiz.  This was a joint exercise with LEH, with the boys and girls from the First and Second Years forming mixed teams.  Quizmaster Mr Hemsley oversaw proceedings.  The teams were tested on their knowledge of art and literature, history, geography, sport and dingbats.  A massive well done to all who took part and helped support the School’s charities.

Mrs Colvine was delighted with the entries for the Twelve Words of Christmas competition.  Thank you to all those who entered the winners are … ‘Chilly wind shook the tree. One bauble said to another, “Hang on!”’ By Ishaan D (1B)  ‘ I heard carols everywhere; suddenly I was smelling Christmas in the air.’ By Vishal Saha (1W) ‘Red flash of sash, soot below, the sound of a distant ho-ho-ho!’ By Max M (1P) Congratulations to the winners and enjoy the books and chocolates!

It’s been a busy week on the sporting front, particularly for the rugby players; I will let U12A Rugby Captain Hal L tell you about their match.

“On Friday afternoon, on an icy day and in a bitter wind the U12As took on the well drilled Caterham School. Despite the sub zero temperatures Hampton were quickly into their stride with Finlay W ‘boshing’ his way through several tackles to touch down in the corner. More good teamwork, with the excellent tackling of Max C to the fore and quick hands from Tom H and his fellow backs, led to an overlap on the left for Hal L (c) to hand off the final defender and score in the corner. With further tries from Matthew V and another from Finlay W, Hampton were on the up. However, Caterham still dodged their way through to edge a try before half-time. After half-time Hampton still scored with great tries from Rory P and Josh F,  but Hampton then started falling asleep and started giving Caterham penalties which ended up with Caterham scoring two tries. Fortunately for Hampton, they held off Caterham in the last few minutes for a successful 7-3 victory. There were great performances from many players not yet mentioned, including Henry H, Joe M, Tom W, Aran T- M and Ethan F. Many thanks to Mr Gray for being a great referee.”

To conclude this week’s bulletin I would like to offer best wishes to all the boys in the First Year, and their families, for a fun, restful and relaxing Christmas holiday.

Mrs Peattie