Second Year Blog

Undeterred by the cold spell, four U13 football teams headed to Dulwich bright and early on Saturday morning.  There were goals aplenty for the B and C teams, who won their matches 4-0 and 7-1 respectively.  The As and Ds finished their matches neck-and-neck with Dulwich.  Here, Xandy Slater explains how the Ds rose from the ashes to clinch a well-deserved point against their rivals:

On Saturday, the D team made the rather long journey to Dulwich College, the school’s rivals. We kicked off in the freezing morning and soon found ourselves frozen. The Dulwich attack weaved through the defence to make it 1-0. The commands were shouted from Xandy Slater in goal and the team started to pick up the pace. Jai Saha was cool and calm on the ball, Jamie Lund was running at the Dulwich defence with skill and pace and a centre back partnership of Sohan Sodhi and Toby Kerr  kept Dulwich at bay…for about three minutes. They scored a goal of high-quality against Xandy (which has proved difficult for other teams). But despite the two goal deficit, we kept on fighting. With Joel Arulpragasam placing a perfect pass through to Alessandro Russell, and from there he couldn’t miss. 2-1, and it was game on! Though a quick response from Dulwich made it 3-1 at half time. Miss Smith gave us an inspiring team talk and we believed. From then on we worked our socks off. Joe Cowley made some fine runs down the left hand side and full-backs Eduardo Crespo-MacLennan and Sam Cummings were getting into the game more. But a goal of even finer quality for Dulwich in the second half put the score line almost out of our reach….Almost. With 5 minutes to go, we urged the team on. Alessandro scored a breakaway goal, 4-2. With three minutes to go Rohan Vasudev popped up with two short-range goals and the final whistle blew. For Dulwich, two points lost, for us one point gained. Well played to all of the team – let’s show our next opponents what we are made of! – Xandy Salter

There was more sporting action on Wednesday afternoon when six Second Years headed over to Orleans Park School to compete in the Richmond Borough Volleyball Tournament:

On Wednesday a team consisting of six of us set off for a volleyball tournament at Orleans Park. When we got there their school hall was full of schools practising, waiting for the opening games. For our first game we took an early lead with Alessandro Russell making some solid blocks at the net and Ethan Knight hitting some fantastic serves over the net. We unfortunately lost our lead and lost by two points. Our second game was tough and we lost to the team that went on to win the tournament. We then had an easier game and we dominated the whole way whichled to a well-deserved win. Then where the playoffs and we were put in the game for third place after some strong volleyball we lost by one point just missing out on a medal. Special mention must also go to Sam Davidson who kept the ball moving well and captained us well. – Tomasz Findlater

Back at School, heated debates have been taking place.  Nayaaz fills us in:

On Thursday in Debating Club, we had a very tight debate. The motion was the topical, ‘This House Believes Trade Unions shouldn’t have the right to strike.’ The debate was expertly chaired and timed by Alex Mehta, and supervised by Mrs Peattie. The proposition was formed of Oliver Pulfrey Bakerand myself (Nayaaz Hashim). The opposition was Lucas Carbajal and Jamie Reger. After a definition of the motion, and a solution to strikes, involving Parliament, was offered by myself, Lucas responded by arguing that strikes were a human right, and removing the right to strike was one step closer to a dictatorship. Oliver then attempted to get in the mind of a striker, and explained that strikers were selfish to refrain from working, crippling public services. Jamie thought that Oliver’s arguments were a little harsh, and said that train drivers would only strike as a last resort. Next came the questions from the audience. Audience members maintained that strikes, for example train drivers, were very valuable and deserved to get a good salary. Some said that they had a responsibility to stay at work as people rely on them. Finally came the closing speeches. Lucas denied that strikes gave unions an unfair advantage, and then I explained that we were proposing a fair solution for all involved. With our arguments finished, Alex led the audience vote. 10 audience members voted for the proposition, whilst 2 voted for the opposition. The proposition gained a hard-won victory in a tense debate. – Nayaaz Hashim

If you want to get involved with Junior Debating, head to room 80 at 12.35 on Thursdays.

Ben Francis spent his Christmas holidays treading the boards at Hampton Hill Theatre.  He tells us about his starring role in their production of Elf Jr:

Over the Christmas holidays, I was lucky enough to play the lead role of Buddy in ‘Elf Jr.’, the musical, at Hampton Hill Theatre. It was a very festive, jolly performance and a great way to get into the Christmas spirit!  Rehearsals began in September, with a cast of 33, 7-16 year olds. Buddy was a fantastic character to play as he gave me the chance to display my inner ego! Playing the lead role meant I had lots of solos to sing and scripts to learn but it was a great chance to get involved with a fantastic production and meet lots of great people. It was also an amazing experience to perform in a theatre, complete with microphones, lighting, scenery and costumes (although my green velvet elf costume with yellow trousers wasn’t the most flattering of looks!). I loved every minute and am looking forward to performing in the next production, Peter Pan, in April! – Ben Francis

This has been a marvellous week for merits. Let’s congratulate the following boys: Alex Lloyd, Thomas Simm, Ben Wharton, Adhish Rao, Matthew Lawrence, James Langdown, Ollie Hartley, Isaac Mann, Neo Sukhraj-Hammerl, Theo Wedge, Joe Barnes, Jamie Lund, Huw Harris, Sam Cummings and Olly Coles (10 merits), Jake Costen, James Wiley, Benjamin Bird, Bayley Burridge, Thomas Norman, Ben Wix, Luke Michels, Kyle Seth and Alex Dinan (20 merits) and James Bantick, Joel Arulpragasam, Tanveer Zafar, William Fryer and Malachi McCalla (30 merits).  Merit signing takes place on Wednesday break-times in Mrs Owen’s office.

Second Year boys can also earn Eco-Merits, which are awarded for any environmentally friendly act.  Email your evidence to environment@hamptonschool.org.uk then see Mr Talman in the RS Office in the tower on Friday at morning break to collect your merit.  When you collect 10 of these you get a £5 voucher to spend in the school shop.  Green is groovy!