Hampton welcomed governors, parents, recent leavers, alumni and current pupils to the 2017-18 Senior Prizegiving celebration. This year’s guest speaker was double Olympic Skeleton champion and Team GB’s most decorated Winter Olympian, Lizzy Yarnold.
The Senior Prizegiving ceremony saw awards presented to more than 200 Hamptonians, who excelled both inside and outside the classroom across the previous academic year. Last year’s School Captain, Harry O’Loughlin, was awarded the prestigious Fitzwygram Cup, while Jack Munro received the Dennis King Cup in recognition for his service to the School. This year, a new award was presented in memory of one of our recent leavers Joe Bertram, who sadly passed away last summer. The Joe Bertram Cup, has been established to recognise the pupil who epitomises the Hampton ethos of aiming for their personal best while supporting those around them. Joshua Lea was this year’s recipient.
Olympian, Lizzy Yarnold spoke of her journey progressing from a secondary school sports fanatic to a world class athlete and recalled her thrilling final run at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, which saw her win her second Gold medal after hurtling down an icy track at speeds in excess of 80mph. Lizzy encouraged today’s Hamptonians to always believe in their own ability and persevere with their ambition, no matter what obstacles lie in the way.
In his address, The Headmaster, Kevin Knibbs, congratulated the Senior boys on an exceptional year. He spoke warmly about the camaraderie and friendship among Hamptonians and their ‘generosity of spirit’. Mr Knibbs also celebrated the productive and mutually-beneficial cross-sector partnerships with local maintained schools and gave an update on Hampton’s Fitzwygram Foundation, a charity set up to fund free places at Hampton for boys who would otherwise be unable to become part of the School community.
Wishing our recent leavers the very best, Mr Knibbs urged them to continue to follow the Hampton ethos:
If I can ask one thing of you as your former Headmaster, it is that you use the privilege of your time here as a platform to influence the lives of others for the better. Be personally ambitious – of course you must – but do so while supporting those around you with kindness. That is the Hampton way.
Senior Prizegiving Film 2017-18
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