Third Year Blog

The Third Year Blogger wishes everyone a Happy New Year and welcomes everyone back for an action packed term at Hampton School.

Publishing on Friday 13th on a freezing, snowy day gives this edition a cautious feel – look after yourselves out there Third Years and that includes on the 3G – do you really need to be seeing how far you can slide on a soaking wet 3G pitch in close to zero temperatures? Especially when if in 3D, you then need to sit through Mr Woods’ Physics lesson – this blogger is told he was less than impressed!!

After a well-earned and refreshing Christmas break, boys have got back into their stride with lessons and sports practices this week. Good luck to all for the term ahead.

A couple of plugs to mention…

The Third Year History trip to the Battlefields goes out at the end of the Spring Term and details have now been sent home. This is always a popular trip and is also an excellent one to go on, particularly as we remember the 100th Anniversary of the Great War of 1914 – 18. The trip leaves nice and early in the morning on Sunday 26 March and returns early evening on Monday 27 March. Please get your reply slips in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

Thanks to all parents and boys for the prompt return of your GCSE Options forms; Mr McBay is now a happy man once again, but it was close for a moment!

News Update:

A new Inter Form competition is soon coming to the Third Year: the Escape Room! In this exciting challenge, boys will have to solve a series of clues to crack the code to a padlock which is locking them in a class room (presumably most boys can’t wait to break out of a class room?!) – there will be prizes available to the fastest teams to break out. So, what better thing to do than test this with a few of the Third Year team? At lunchtime today, Mr Woods, Miss Millar and Mr Rigby attempted to break out. All three remain unavailable for comment and we hope they make it out in time for lessons on Monday… Further details will follow, but maybe after a little tweaking!

Boys are already getting merits signed off in earnest, which is hopefully a sign of things to come in 2017. Special congratulations for the Autumn Term go to Arjun Samra, Pravin Kiritharan and Matthew Cresswell for having now signed off at least 50 merits and collecting Headmaster’s Merit Certificates. Mr Woods and Miss Millar are looking forward to more boys getting merits signed off in the coming weeks and there are a number who are very close indeed to the Headmaster’s awards. The merit raffle prizes last term were awarded to Ollie Blair, Roshan Ali and Anthony Wang: congratulations boys, and we hope you spent your vouchers sensibly!

Kishan Bouri visited Kerala in south India and spent Christmas on a beach! That must have been a novel experience Kishan; which is better, then – a hot or cold Christmas??

Very well done to Patrick Wall who performed in the Rose Theatre Youth production of the Jungle Book over the holidays.

Congratulations also go to Joseph Dormer who has been selected to represent GB in the Laser 4.7 European Championship in Spain at Easter.

Oscar Murphy said during the first Careers session in PHSE that his ambition is to be an RAF pilot… hard to argue with that!

Good luck to all the U14 teams representing the School in sports fixture this weekend; with no fixtures for 2017 yet played, Declan Connolly and Luke Greenall are having a week off writing their Football and Rugby blogs respectively, but we shall look forward to reading them again next week!