Happy Christmas Third Years
Third Years have reached the end of a very busy and highly successful Autumn Term. This blogger is not alone in feeling fairly tired and ready to put his feet up in front of the fire over the Christmas holidays.
It has been a very busy week for Form Charity activities with many Third Year pupils contributing their hard earned pocket money towards the purchase of “Good Gifts” for needy projects around the world. 3F have provided a hut modernisation for a family in Africa. Several forms have also collected donations of non-perishable food items to take to the Hounslow Community Food Bank in order to provide some much needed nourishment for struggling families in the local area. Friday will also see the usual assortment of casual wear as students and staff pay £1 to wear their own clothing on mufti-day – all donations going toward the School’s three nominated charity partners.
As is traditional around Christmas at Hampton, there is a flurry of activity around the Music Department which hosted two fantastic Christmas Concerts in the Hammond Theatre, a Voices of Lions Concert and the annual Christmas Carol service at St Mary’s Church. All events were superb with a number of Third Year boys involved, be it with singing in the choirs; performing in the Swing Band, Symphony Orchestra or even a combination of these and others! Patrick Wall , Jack Lucas, Christopher Austin, Nicholas Lee, Matthew Cresswell and Vlad Penzyev have all told us they loved the Carol service and Mr Woods loved singing along too (although he has to admit considerably less tunefully than the boys!) The Third Year musicians certainly deserve a rest this Christmas!
Last night, Miss Millar and Mr Woods enjoyed watching the Junior Drama production of Lord of the Flies; a cast of boys from the Second to Fourth Year, auditioned at the end of the Summer Term and performed a stage version of William Golding’s 1954 novel in the Hammond Theatre. The play was incredible and one of the best performed by boys of this age – the intensity the boys created was amazing and even the audience’s hearty applause didn’t fully do justice to their herculean efforts over the past few months of rehearsals. Thanks also go to Mr Duda for directing the play with his usual energy, enthusiasm and professionalism. Well done to all involved!
A couple of weeks ago Miss Millar and Mr Woods had the pleasure of watching Finlay Gray performing with the Spelthorne Gymnastics Club at their annual Christmas show. Some of you may remember news of Finlay’s gym from previous years; without wanting to embarrass him, he has several British and international titles to his name. There were no medals up for grabs at the Christmas show, but Finlay and the other acrobatic gymnasts put on a stunning show of strength, skill and coordination. Well done, Finlay!!
News from around the Forms:
James Bradley was thrilled to win the cross country relay; Jules Lochey and the whole U14B Football Team can’t wait for their round of the next 16 in the ESFA Cup. All of the 3J rowers loved taking part in the first of many Christmas Pudding rowing races last weekend (see news in last week’s blog for more info!).
3G are very happy to have reached the end of Term, and Dr Curtis was delighted by his secret Santa present – a film which he has never seen before and has promised to watch this Christmas with the family! The boys did a cracking job with their whole Form secret Santa, although they report there was nervous silence while Dr Curtis unwrapped his gift; just when the boys thought they were about to receive a whole class detention, he erupted in a fit of laughter – well judged boys!
Sami Omaar and Oliver Burke represented ISFA in a tournament last week at St George’s Park and both are reported to have shown “great skills”. Jack Murphy and Vlad Penzyev both achieved a very impressive score of 23 in the British Maths Olympiad. Oscar Murphy, Freddie Rees and Daniel Asbery are looking forward to the Junior Ski Trip, although not the 3.30 am meet on Saturday! Ski well chaps and to all the boys going on this year’s trip to Serre Chevalier: ski safely and please don’t break anything!
The Autumn Term drew to a close with a Third Year assembly to reflect on some of the many successes of the past three months. It seems hard to believe that we’re now over one third of the way through the year and we hope all of the boys are settled into School life, particularly if they’re new to the School. More incredible is that from the start of the Spring Term, there are actually fewer days spent in School than on holiday! (not that the teachers are complaining!) During the assembly, Declan Connolly and Josh Culshaw spoke about the Term on the A and B Football Teams, respectively; Charlie Sutton shared his experiences of his first term in the School Boat Club having chosen Rowing as his Games option with 60 other boys in the Third Year, and Luke Greenall and Dhru Dattani told us about the Term on the A and B Rugby Teams, respectively. Matthew Cresswell played Rondo from Sonata in E by Beethoven on the piano. Well done on a great performance Matthew, the soothing music was exactly what everyone needed at this stage of the year! Matthew and all of the speakers did a fantastic job and should be very proud of their efforts; it’s not an easy thing to stand up and talk in front of over 200 of your peers!
During the assembly the Autumn Term “merits” and “no detentions” raffle was drawn. The three merit prizes were collected by Ollie Blair, Roshan Ali and Anthony Wang; the no detentions prizes were collected by Johnny Dinan, Joey Hibbert and Arjun Samra. Congratulations, chaps and don’t spend it all at once! Mr Woods and Miss Millar have been delighted to see so many boys over the Autumn Term getting their sets of 10 merits signed off – in fact, we’re told that 143 certificates have been written, representing 1,430 excellent pieces of work or good acts.
It was unfortunate that not everyone’s successes could be acknowledged, particularly in the minor sports such as Basketball, Volleyball and Badminton and our other clubs like Debating, Model United Nations and Chess, which have proved tremendously popular amongst the Third Year this term. We will look forward to celebrating all of these and many other successes later in the year; this blogger reminds everyone to send their blogworthy news to firstname.lastname@example.org.
U14A football – Match Report against St John Baptist
The game started with an early goal to give Hampton the lead from an Alasdair Bolling shot which, with the help of a small deflection found its way into the net. Alasdair soon got his second goal when he was on 1 v 1 against the keeper and he calmly placed it into the net. Hampton soon extended the lead when Sami Omaar headed in a corner from Alasdair’s cross. Unfortunately Hampton lost focus and John Baptist School managed to get a goal back to make it 3-1. Sami extended Hampton’s lead and got his second goal when he charged through the defence and round the keeper to place into the empty net. St John Baptist managed to get a goal again after some defensive errors. Thomas Banks managed to grab himself a goal to make it 5-2. However, St John Baptist again managed to find a way back into the game and we were not going to give up and scored to make it 5-3. Oliver Burke put the game away for Hampton and scored a stunner to make it 6-3. Overall, it was a well fought battle from us and now we progress to the quarter finals of the Surrey Cup.
Finally, Miss Millar, Mr Woods and all of the Third Year team would like to wish everyone a richly deserved and relaxing Christmas break and best wishes for 2017; we will look forward to seeing all of the boys again in the New Year.