It has been a very busy final week of this half term for the First Year boys, they are certainly all ready for a good rest now! The boys embarked on their first academic trips of the year and, by all accounts, had a thoroughly enjoyable time. On the Geography trip, the boys were fortunate to have some amazing weather which made for a very enjoyable couple of days walking the South Downs and noting the various Geographical points of interest en route. The History trip to Windsor Castle was also excellent and the boys had an enormous amount of fun learning about knights and taking part in a dubbing ceremony, exploring the beautiful St. George’s Chapel and searching for heraldry in the state apartments. Thank you very much indeed to both departments and everyone who helped to organise such great days out for the First Year team. Do check out the Twitter page for some great photos of the trips!

Back at School, it has also been an exciting week of new opportunities as the boys enjoyed taking part in ‘No Limits Week’. I have heard numerous reports of boys discovering new interests, from rowing and table tennis to filmmaking, philosophy and maths quizzing! It has been wonderful to see the boys seizing the opportunity to broaden their horizons and discover more about the vibrant co-curricular life at Hampton. Please do chat to your son about their activities over the weekend and let us know if you would like to know more about any particular activity.

We were all very impressed to see that two First Year boys really went above and beyond in terms of their co-curricular involvement this week. Tommy S (1H) and Isaac C (1H) both gave up their evenings to help out as stage crew at the Hampton and LEH musical, Crazy For You. It is such a busy time of the year and a huge credit to both of the boys that they were prepared to sacrifice their free time to help – they were certainly much appreciated. Well done, boys! Congratulations, to James Q (1H) who is this week’s Tutee of the Week! James was nominated by Mrs Ziegler on account of his kindness towards his peers and the way in which he always looks out for other boys in the year. This is just what we like to see at Hampton – well done, James! It has also been excellent to note that the boys have been proactive in collecting their merits, despite having such a busy week. Congratulations to the following: Harry B (1B), Tom C (1B), Natty T (1L), Avinash G (1P) and Edmund N (1H). Particular congratulations, also, go to Umar K (1B) who is on an amazing 40 merits so far!

It was lovely for us to meet so many of you at Parents Pastoral Forum on Monday – thank you for coming along. You may remember that Mr Hill mentioned Project Explore in his talk; more information will follow in a letter next week, but it would be great to hear of some boys getting started with this over half term. To remind you: boys are invited to submit a creative project based on a place of interest (ideally one which they have visited). We have had some fascinating entries in the past, including sculpture, composition, computer programming and films. We would love to have as many as possible submitted this year!

So now it is definitely time for a well-earned rest. Well done to all of the First Year boys on completing their first half term at Hampton. They have navigated their transition with a wonderfully positive attitude and are to be congratulated for the way they have approached School life thus far. Please remind your son that he will need to complete the iPad quiz over the half term break (details to follow in an email). Best wishes from the whole First Year team for a very happy holiday.

Miss G. Russell

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