Despite a bit less sun and a bit more rain this week, the Summer Term and the First Year boys have continued to press on regardless! It has been a quieter week at School for the First Years and they have used the time to get stuck in to plenty of time playing on the 3G and their co-curricular activities. It has been great to hear about all of the interesting lunchtime clubs with which the boys are getting involved. 1H continue to lead the charge in Junior Philosophy Circle and have had great fun constructing their own philosophical conundrums, as well as asking whether a mouse can ever be an elephant and vice-versa! It has also been great to hear from the boys in Tech Club about all their projects, which sound very exciting. Mr Barber’s Board Games club is also continuing to grow apace and is proving to be a wonderful haven for First Year boys who fancy a slightly more relaxed activity on a Tuesday lunchtime. Can we take this opportunity to remind you that the boys should all be taking part in at least two clubs (excluding sports practices) each week? If any boy is wondering how he can expand his horizons on this front, there is a list of activities up in each Form Room and Form Tutors will be able to help with any questions.

In other co-curricular news, the English Department are seeking creative writing entries to be published in Lion Print 2018. Boys who did not enter the creative writing competition still have the opportunity to get their work in print. It can be a piece of writing which was completed in class or homework, or one which boys have worked on independently. It would be wonderful to see some First Year boys taking part and all they have to do to submit their work is email it to their English teachers or to Dr Colvine in the Library. The deadline is Friday 11 May, so perhaps this could be an activity for the long weekend..!

Well done to Will C, Piers M and Henry A who have all made an excellent contribution to the Hampton U13 Quiz Team this year and became Schools Challenge Regional Champions this week. They had a tough final match against RGS Guildford and, as a result of their 670-620 victory, will now progress to the National Championship. This is a superb achievement – well done, boys!

It was lovely to meet so many parents at Parents’ Evening this week and to be able to pay so many compliments to the First Year boys and recognise the hard work they have put in so far this year. As Mr Hill said, they were always a Year group who demonstrated great promise and we have certainly not been disappointed by their performance so far. Long may it continue!

There are plenty of cricket and tennis fixtures ahead over the weekend for the First Years, so fingers crossed for good weather and we look forward to hearing all about how the boys got on when they are back at School next week. Wishing you all a very happy Bank Holiday in the sunshine!

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