The Summer Term has been as fulfilling as ever for Hamptonians and the excitement will continue for around 400 boys and staff taking part in 14 different trips over the holiday period. In fact, I am composing my end-of-term reflections while away with 39 Fourth Year historians in Berlin. They have been excellent company throughout and we have enjoyed visiting some of the most historically significant, thought-provoking and evocative sites anywhere in Europe. Our trip has also served as a timely reminder of the importance of constructive, meaningful dialogue with our continental neighbours at a time when the future of these relationships feels so uncertain.
When we return to School in September for the 2019-20 academic year, the UK will be led by a new prime minister and the odds appear increasingly in favour of a 20th Etonian assuming the mantle. If this proves to be the case, then I hope that it is only a matter of time before a Hamptonian is in contention to take up residence in 10 Downing Street! Our boys’ characteristic intelligence, optimistic energy and generosity of spirit would be most welcome there.
We are continuing with an e-format for my end-of-term newsletter, which should make it easier to read on digital devices and allow you to click through to recent news updates on the School website. These links include details of our two Roentgenium Award-winning Sixth Form Chemists, news of the impressive Arts Award projects completed recently by Third and Fourth Years, and success for the 11 budding Hamptonian journalists recognised in this year’s Young Reporter competition. The latest photo galleries also showcase the vibrant Lower School summer production, Rats’ Tales, as well as a wonderful Summer Concert last Wednesday evening. As we bid farewell to some Upper Sixth Performing Arts stalwarts, I am delighted to report that this term’s events have revealed that a similarly rich seam of younger talent exists to replace them. And we wish Voices of Lions and the cast of Moby Dick every good fortune with their August performances at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Our Chess First Team finished as runners-up at last week’s National Schools’ Chess Championship at Uppingham, while some welcome sunshine over the closing weeks of term has provided the backdrop for plenty of success in our Summer Term sports. Hampton’s cricket teams won 107 of 150 matches played since April across the age groups, adding Under-12 and Under-15 Middlesex Cup silverware to the trophy cabinet along the way. Seven of our athletes have represented Middlesex at county level and you can read about a host of other achievements in News from Hampton, which should have been delivered home via blazer post. A link to a digital version of the magazine can be found below, along with access to the latest editions of Lion Print and the Hampton Sports Chronicle. The latter contains in-depth coverage and analysis of last term’s memorable ESFA Cup victory for the 1st XI Football squad – something that many of us will never tire of reading about!
Our playing fields look splendid at this time of year and they provided the perfect setting for this year’s inaugural Hampton School Parents’ Association (HSPA) Summer Picnic. This was a joyful occasion, attended by over 500 members of our School community, and looks set to become an annual fixture in the Hampton calendar. A heartfelt ‘thank you’ is due to the HSPA committee for putting in a huge amount of effort into making this new event such a success and indeed for all their support throughout the year.
On the subject of the playing fields, I am delighted to report that we have over recent days finalised and signed a formal agreement with the Old Hamptonians’ Association (OHA) for the transfer of ownership of the OHA Pavilion and Sports Ground to the School with effect from 1 September 2019. This mutually beneficial arrangement will ensure the long-term future of these important sporting facilities and enable improvements to be made over time.
The conclusion of a School year always signifies the end of an era for our Upper Sixth Leavers and I should like to take this opportunity to bid our admirable ‘Class of 2019’ a warm farewell as they embark of the next chapter of their lives. I shall certainly miss them, but I am looking forward to all the future good that they will undoubtedly do. Hopefully, we shall receive news of well-deserved public examination success for these Hamptonians and indeed our Fifth Years towards the end of the summer break.
All that remains is for me to thank you for your continuing support for your son and our School at the end of another wonderful Hampton year. I wish you and your family a restful, relaxing and refreshing summer.
With kind regards and best wishes
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Lower School perform a magical collection of folk tales from around the world in their production of Rats' TalesRead news story
In a successful season for all, the U15A and U12A cricketers bring home the silverwareRead news story
Budding journalists scoop 11 awards in the Newsquest Young Reporter competition.Read news story
2019 Arts Award
Third and Fourth Years demonstrate their creative streaks in this year's Silver Arts AwardsRead news story