I hope this new e-format of my end-of-term newsletter is more accessible and convenient on your electronic devices. As you will see, there are various optional links below and these provide more detail on the activities of boys and staff during what has been another wonderfully exciting, enjoyable and fulfilling Hampton term. The spring edition of News from Hampton also covers many of the activities and achievements from the weeks just passed.
We experienced an especially memorable finale to the Spring Term at Tuesday afternoon’s Under-18 English Schools’ FA Cup final. This proved to be an historic and momentous event, with 700 exuberant supporters (boys, parents, family, staff and alumni) travelling to Shrewsbury Town FC to offer passionate, vociferous backing for our 1st XI squad. Hundreds more Hamptonians followed the action in The Hammond Theatre or elsewhere around the globe via a YouTube live commentary. You can read more about the excitement of the day below, but I should like to express heartfelt personal thanks to everyone involved in planning and overseeing arrangements on the trip and back at School. As I mentioned in Assembly beforehand, occasions like this play a really significant, enduring part in perpetuating the feelings of connectedness and sense of community that make life at Hampton so joyful and fun.
At a time of national dissension and continuing uncertainty about our country’s future direction, it was a welcome distraction to be part of something as conspicuously unified and generous-spirited as last Tuesday. The good-humoured chanting, singing and roars of encouragement from Hampton supporters will live long in the memory. It was a day that showed why the ethos and culture of our School remain distinctive and special.
These have been heady times for our footballers, with our 2nd XI recently winning the London ISFA Cup Final and 3rd XI success in the Trinity 2nd XI Cup – a fitting end to our senior boys’ Hampton careers. And we still have an Under-12 County Cup Final and another national ESFA Final to look forward to next term. The latter is courtesy of our U15B footballers, who will face Sandbach School at West Bromwich Albion FC on 21 May.
Hampton Rugby has likewise enjoyed plenty of success this season, culminating in strong performances at the Rosslyn Park National Sevens across all age groups. I watched our U13 squad emerge as one of only 11 schools out of 210 entrants to win all five of their matches, while the 1st VII reached the quarter-final stage to confirm their status as one of the top squads in the country. There have been plenty of individual honours too, with Louis Lynagh being selected for England on a number of occasions. Louis will play again for England U19s this weekend and lines up on the opposite side to one of his Hampton team-mates, Gwilym Bradley, who takes the field for Wales U19s. Meanwhile, two of our cricketing alumni also went head-to-head recently. Middlesex and England bowler Toby Roland-Jones (OH 2006) and Chris Searle (OH 2017) both took wickets in the recent Middlesex vs Oxford MCCU match, which ended in a draw.
Away from the sporting arena, our debaters have also excelled. Hampton delegates have won dozens of individual and team awards at Model United Nations conferences and our Sixth Form Germanists reached the final of the Goethe-Institut’s national debating competition. You can discover more about these and many other Spring Term achievements via the links below.
You will also find stories and image galleries covering many of this term’s Music and Drama productions, which have been uniformly excellent in standard. The last fortnight alone has seen over 50 of our choristers sing Handel’s Messiah with the Hampton and LEH Joint Choral Society, and a further 70 musicians take part in an uplifting Spring Concert. Those who were lucky enough to watch this year’s pupil-directed Sixth Form play, All My Sons, will doubtless share my view that it was an exceptionally accomplished and mature production.
As you know, the last 12 months have seen the successful establishment of The Fitzwygram Foundation, our separate but linked charity to fund additional free places to boys whose families could not otherwise afford a Hampton education. The boys who started here last September as our first Fitzwygram Scholars are flourishing and we are looking forward to welcoming three more to Hampton in September 2019. I am are also pleased to share the news that my predecessor as Headmaster, Barry Martin, has been appointed as Chairman of the Trustees of The Fitzwygram Foundation. I am personally delighted to be working closely with him on this most important and transformative of causes.
I am sure that you will wish to join me in thanking members of the Hampton Common Room, who individually and collectively do so much to ensure that your sons are able to thrive and flourish here. Their commitment extends into holiday periods of course – a high proportion of my colleagues will be spending parts of the Easter break accompanying 460 pupils on trips, tours and training camps. I shall be following our parties’ exploits on twitter and look forward to hearing more about them upon return.
All that remains is for me to extend my very best wishes for the Easter holiday period. I hope that you and your family enjoy a restful and refreshing break.
With kind regards and best wishes
U18 ESFA CUP CHAMPIONS
The 1st XI delighted Hamptonians from far and wide with victory in the 2019 ESFA U18 Cup.Read news story
Superb performances at Haileybury Model United Nations Conference result in a record number of awards for our debaters.Read news story
All My Sons
Sixth Formers directed, produced and acted in a superb production of Arthur Miller's classic, All My Sons.Read news story
HSC goes digital
Pupils launch an online version of the Hampton Sports Chronicle, providing up-to-the-minute reports on the latest sports stories.Read news story