I hope that this e-newsletter finds your family in cheerful festive spirits following a flurry of seasonal end-of-term celebrations. These included our annual Carol Service at St Mary’s Church last Tuesday evening and two superb Christmas Concerts in the penultimate week of term. If you attended any of these events, then you will know that the standard of Hamptonian musicianship and singing remains remarkably impressive.
Meanwhile, our School community’s uplifting response to the Form Charity Christmas appeal in support of Richmond Foodbank has demonstrated this is the season of goodwill. We were asked for help with toiletries/household cleaning products and Mrs Samuel, our Form Charity Co-ordinator, reports that your reaction has been overwhelming. Heartfelt thanks are due for your kindness and generosity.
The fundamental importance we place at Hampton upon service to others is epitomised by our Genocide80Twenty campaigners, who have received well-deserved recognition from leading national and international figures. Under the guidance of Mr Lawrence from the History Department, this group of Hamptonians is working in partnership with pupils from LEH and local maintained schools to raise awareness of genocide among young people. They launched their new website and video during last week’s Genocide Prevention Day (see story linked below), attracting the endorsement of human rights campaigners across the globe and receiving praise on Twitter from the much-followed Stephen Fry!
Last week’s general election produced a decisive national outcome in favour of the prime minister and his party. While the focus of our newly-elected government will be on fulfilling (or at least progressing) their central campaign pledge by 31 January 2020, we shall await other policy decisions that could impact upon UK schools, including those in the independent sector. Education reforms might well arise from a domestic programme aimed at maintaining the support of those traditional Labour voters who lent their support to the Conservatives in this election.
At local political level, we were delighted to host a very well-attended Twickenham hustings last Monday for pupils, parents and constituency residents. Hamptonians certainly put the visiting parliamentary candidates on the spot, quizzing them, among other things, on issues of trust in politics, environmental policy and the likely impact of Brexit on young people. We shall seek to forge a similarly strong relationship with our new Liberal Democrat MP, Munira Wilson, to that which our School has enjoyed with her predecessor, Sir Vince Cable.
The remaining days of 2019 offer an opportunity to reflect on an exciting, wide-ranging and hugely enjoyable autumn term. A selection of stories on recent events can be found linked below, while many more highlights feature in the latest edition of News from Hampton. So much of our boys’ wonderful success across the board stems from the generous support and professionalism of my colleagues on the teaching and support staff. I am sure that you will join me in thanking them wholeheartedly for all they do to ensure that boys flourish and thrive here.
In signing off, I include a link to our 2019 Christmas E-card. We are indebted to Voices of Lions for their seasonal soundtrack and you will notice that other members of the School community have made their own festive contributions to the video. See if you can identify them all!
With best wishes for a joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
With kind regards and best wishes
Rousing Christmas Concerts
The 2019 Christmas Concerts showcased performances of exceptional quality to delight audiences on both nights.Read news story
Pupil campaign goes viral
Pupils receive the backing of actor Stephen Fry, broadcaster Jon Snow and many other leading figures for their campaign to raise young people's awareness of recent genocides.Read news story
Romeo & Juliet
The Senior School play puts a 21st century spin on Shakespeare’s timeless classic Romeo & Juliet.Read news story
Our sportsmen confirm they are among the best in the country after an action-packed term with many top-class performances on display.Read news story
Staff at Richmond Foodbank have expressed heartfelt thanks to all in the Hampton Community for their overwhelming generosity.Read news story