Second Year Blog

2nd Year Blog

It has been another busy and successful week for the Second Years.

Let’s start with some exam results: Christopher Austin and Saul Morrison, both of 2P, received good news about the music exams that they took last month. Christopher passed his Grade 5 trumpet exam and Saul achieved Distinction in his Grade 6 Double Bass exam. Congratulations, boys!

There has also been good news for Anthony Wang of 2H, who has just been offered a place in the National Children’s Orchestra. This is an incredible achievement; Anthony and his family are over the moon.

Continuing with the music theme, the annual Rock Concert took place last Friday, with Second Years proving to be the stars of the show. Josh Bartholomew of 2L has written the following report:

“On Friday 15 January, the annual Rock Concert took place in the Hammond Theatre. The concert featured covers of artists including Radiohead, McBusted, and Joan Jett. The show was opened by a Junior Rock Band rendition of Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who and I love Rock ‘n’ Roll by Joan Jett. Unlimited were up next, a Second Year band, with Tom Tomlin  singing and playing his guitar, Saul Morrison on bass, and Jasper Lyon drumming. After their cover of Arabella by the Arctic Monkeys, Luke Greenall  joined Tom and Saul to play the drums for the threesome’s version of Supermassive Black Hole by Muse. Josh Bartholomew then acoustically covered Radiohead’s High and Dry. Theo Bailey, Toby Robinson and Ted Buckle (2L) then combined to perform Seven Nation Army, before Tobias Droy, Josh Bartholomew, Luke Greenall and Saul Morrison, together with two Third Years, delivered their performance of the Foo Fighter’s Dear Rosemary, and McBusted’s Air Guitar. The second half  of the show was largely senior acts, with performances from the likes of ‘Lily and the Caves’ and ‘The Bus Replacement Service.’ Altogether, it was a brilliant night, in which the Second Years performed very admirably throughout.” – Josh Bartholomew

Well done to all the musicians and thanks to Josh for his excellent write up.

The Second Years boys have also been busy on the sports pitches. Oliver Burke reports on the U13A football team’s recent 2-2 thriller against Richard Challoner School.

We went into the game knowing we would have to fight for a result and that was what we did after we went 1-0 down. Tom Banks got a goal just before half-time to get us back into the game and Theo Radicopoulos struck at the start of the second half to put us into the lead. However, just as we were heading for another victory Robbie Cox popped up to score his third goal of the season – but unluckily for us it was in the wrong net.” – Oliver Burke 


Morgan Worsfold-Gregg adds that in Tuesday’s Futsal tournament, the U13As won both of their games, with a pair of magnificent 7-0 victories.

Jake Manteko, brings us news of the U13B’s most recent win:

” Knowing it would be a hard game against Richard Challoners, we knew we would have to play well. The game started off well, with Hampton scoring twice in the first half before conceding. We carried on strong in the second half and banged in four more goals to finish the game off 6-3. The goals were by: Dylan Dyson-Holland (2) Alfie Onslow (2) Haris Williams (1) and James McMullin (1). An excellent all round performance.” – Jake Manteko

In rugby, the U13As travelled to Wales on Monday for their quarter final in the School Sport Magazine National Cup. Toby Robinson and Joshua Carmody, both of 2L, have written this excellent report of the game:

‘” On Monday 18 January, the U13As headed off to Cardiff to play their national cup quarter final fixture against Ysgol Glantaf school, Cardiff. We had the amazing privilege to play in Cardiff Arms Park, a daunting, but memorable prospect for us – the players. After a tedious three hour coach journey, we arrived in Cardiff, the stadium overshadowed by the now named Principality Stadium. We were warmly greeted by the staff there, they led us to our changing room, and we took to the field.

The match started very tight, a disallowed try from Jack Slaney, was definitely a confidence boost for us. Although there were a few worrying moments on our try line and on theirs, the first half ended at 0-0. Our second half started off well with a try from Jamie Benson, which he converted as well.

After a lead of 7 points for about 10 minutes, their no. 8 scored a try, fending off our players down the middle. After a respectable kick from the corner by their fly half, the scores were level. If there were no further points we would win, as the away team. After fierce runs from their big players, and great defence from our side, the final whistle blew. We were through to the semi-finals of the national cup. There was a huge cheer from the away crowd, who’d travelled all the way from London. We walked off the pitch with our heads held high, in anticipation for our next match.” – Toby Robinson and Joshua Carmody

Congratulations to all the boys for their outstanding performance. We wish them the best of luck for the semi, which is due to take place on Wednesday 2 March at Maidenhead RFU.

On the academic front we congratulate Vlad Penzyev of 2P who will take the IGCSE French exam this summer after an excellent set of results in the recent mock exams. Vlad scored an amazing 394/400 (98%). Bonne chance, Vlad!

Many congratulations to the nine Second Years who have qualified for the final of the Hampton Maths Invitational, which takes placed on Wednesday 27 January at 1.10 – 2.40pm in the Main Hall. Extra well done goes to Jack Murphy and Matthew Cresswell, both of 2P, who are the current top scorers.

Lastly, well done to all those who have reached new merit milestones. Congratulations go to James McMullin, Arjun Paintal, Charlie Sutton and Freddie Rees (10 merits), Josh Bartholomew, Robbie Cox, Daniel Asbery, Toby Robinson, Dru Shori, Ben Smith, Ruari Nugent and Christopher Austin (20 merits), Theo Bailey, Xavier Tinsley-Roy, Alex Kavanagh, Tom Holland and Alex Crisan (30 merits), Angus Whitworth (40 merits) and Joshua Carmody (50 merits).

If your son has any news that should be mentioned in a future bulletin, please do encourage them to see me in school or email me at and I shall be delighted to include it.