First Year Blog

A very warm welcome back to all First Years and their parents.

I hope you all enjoyed a restful, relaxing and enjoyable Christmas and New Year. Although the Spring Term is just a couple of days old, our high-achieving boys have still given me plenty to include in this week’s bulletin, dashing any hopes I might have had of easing myself back into the swing of things gently.

This Monday saw over 500 nervous boys descend on Hampton for the 11+ entrance exam. I was delighted that a large number of current First Years volunteered to help out on the day, showing the candidates round, chatting to them, and dispensing penguins and reassurance in generous quantities. They were kind, considerate and helpful – in short, wonderful ambassadors for the School, and my heartfelt thanks to Thomas B, Matt V, Matthew I, Aryan M, Henry A, Sam B, Ishaan D, Abhi R, William C, James G, William G, Josh T, Seb P, Henry H, Piers M, Zac D, Ben A, Chanutha A, Kenneth L, Tom O, Faizan F, Aryan K, Joe F, Sagar N, Aneesh B, Andrew B, Mohamed-Ali O, Findlay B, Milo B, Alpha B, Charles B, Finlay F, Patrick H, Thomas P and Sam S. With such a long list of eager helpers, it is easy to lose track, and sincere apologies for any omissions (or, indeed, inclusions).

Let me also take this opportunity to congratulate Jamie W who is this weeks’ ‘Tutee of the Week’ for his all-round excellent attitude, and his kindness and support to his fellow classmates. Well done Jamie!

We may be only two days into term, but the merits are already flowing nicely. The boys should remember that their merits do carry over from last term, and that merits do count towards the Founder’s Cup which is awarded at the end of the Summer Term to the Form that has competed best in all inter-form competition over the year.

I cannot wait to see what the Spring Term will bring. I am looking forward to it with great enthusiasm, confident in the expectation that I will be cataloguing numerous achievements here week-in-week-out. My very best wishes for the term ahead, and for 2018 – I hope it is a happy and successful year for all of you.

Mr T. Hill