First Year Blog

The boys have been as busy as ever this week, and the myriad of clubs and activities on offer seem to find many takers from amongst our First Year Forms. I am always delighted to hear about how the boys are getting on in activities as diverse as Film Making, Swimming, Volleyball, Fencing, Bridge and Chess. Please do feel free to let me know of any particular triumphs in any of our co-curricular spheres, either in school or outside it. Alternatively, your sons’ are more than welcome to let me know themselves!

The Hampton Maths Competition is in full swing with 39 First Year boys making it through to the second round. Well done to all those involved, but particularly to Naavya S, Henry A, Ishaan D and George B who all scored highly. I look forward to seeing which boys will make it through to final next week!

Will C reports on a recent quiz match:

“On Monday, a team of four First and Second Years prepared to compete in the first round of the U13 quiz against ACS Cobham International School.
After much practise, we felt ready to take on our opposition. It was a case of who was the quickest to their buzzers in a format similar to University Challenge. The questions were varied, ranging from geography and politics to film and TV.
Hampton fought hard and emerged victorious in the exciting 30 minute match and we will now take on our local rivals LEH in the next round. Thank you to the teachers who helped prepare us.”

Meanwhile on the sports fields there has been plenty going on.

Tom H reports on the progress of the U12A Rugby Team:

“In November, we lost to St Benedict’s School in the cup final of the Middlesex Schools Festival, so we arrived at this match determined to turn that result around and secure a win. The game started pretty evenly with some good runs and solid tackling from both sides.  Unfortunately, they scored first and went one try up. However, our forwards applied immense pressure on their try line and Matt V burst over the line to even the scoreline. St Benedict’s retaliated with another two tries to put them ahead: it was 15-5 at half-time. With ten minutes to go, we showed our passion and began our comeback, started by a great kick from Max C over their back line; the ball was chased, retrieved and then passed almost the width of the field with most of our team getting a touch before Finlay W managed to score.  This was followed up by an equalising try from Tom H, a pick and run around the side of a ruck.  It was even and there were just a couple of minutes left to play!  With the last move of the game, we managed to get the ball to Rory P who scored a try in the corner to seal the win, 15-20!   It was a great team effort putting into play the skills we have been working on this season.”

Matthew B reports for the U12 B Football Team:

“Hampton U12Bs faced Richard Challoner School at home last week. It was an exciting open match with Hampton coming from behind to draw 2-2.

On Saturday we then played Abingdon School. It was a long journey and a scrappy match with wet conditions but after two goals around half-time, Hampton defended well and came away with a 2-0 win”

Jack S reports for the U12D Football Team:

“Hampton’s U12D team faced a difficult fixture on Saturday against Ewell Castle School’s A team. The first-half was a tight game and ended 1-1 but Tom had created plenty of chances down the right with his trickery which gave us confidence for the second half. Hampton began brightly and got into a 2-1 lead but as the game progressed Ewell started to probe for goals. Eventually they scored two in quick succession. Hampton showed good resolve and won a corner from a slick passing movement which was converted for a late equaliser. We thought this would be the end but then with one more attack Ewell scored with a speculative long range effort that looped over the goalie and under the bar with the last kick of the game. A good effort from Hampton in tough fixture but we had to accept our first loss of the season.”

 

Finally, Mrs Peattie asks me to pass on congratulations to Joe W who is this week’s tutee of the week. We are incredibly impressed with the pro-active enthusiastic attitude that Joe takes to all aspects of School and particularly to his co-curricular activities. Well done Joe – this is thoroughly deserved.

Mr. T. Hill