The final bulletin of 2018…one term down!  We have crammed so much into the past three months, and I am sure you will all join me in congratulating the boys on the fantastic start they have made to their Hampton careers.  In the short time that they have been with us, the First Years have made huge contributions to School life in the classroom, on the sports fields, in concerts,…the list goes on and on.  They have made new friends and risen to new challenges.  They should be truly proud of all they have achieved.

Christmas is undoubtedly looming large on the horizon. The festive period kicked off with 142 excited First Years beautifully singing The Holly and the Ivy and my particular favourite, “Should have been a North Pole Elf”.  It was also great to have so many First Years in a variety of ensembles.  My festive fervour increased even more during the School Carol Service at St Mary’s Church on Tuesday evening.  Lorenz Z sang the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City as a solo, and did so beautifully.  Equally impressive was Isaac T’s reading of the first lesson. Well done Lorenz and Isaac, and to all the boys who were part of the wonderful Choir – you certainly got us all into the festive spirit.

We also say a sad farewell from the First Year Team this week to Mr Roland and Miss Bedford who take up new and exciting roles within the school as Director of Music and Head of Fourth Year, respectively. I know we wish them well with their new responsibilities. We also say congratulations to Miss Barnes who will be replacing Miss Bedford as Assistant Head of Year in January.

To conclude this week’s bulletin I would like to offer best wishes to all the boys in the First Year, and their families, for a fun, restful and peaceful Christmas holiday. Mr Hill.

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