Third Year Blog

3rd Year Blog

This week’s blog starts with the exciting news that Third Years are going to be able to collect points towards the Inter-Form Competition over the Easter Holidays and beyond. You’ll just need a pair of trainers and an alarm clock. Here’s how it works…

Parkrun or Park life? It’s all a blur to me…

This Saturday 25th March will be the first Saturday on which Third Year boys can earn points for their form by running parkrun. These points count towards the Inter-Form Competition. This currently consists of Teambuilding, Volleyball, Athletics and Merits but we are planning to include more events such as code-breaking/problem-solving – watch this space!

Parkrun started back in 2004 when 13 runners got together on a blustery day in Bushy Park, Teddington. Over half a million runners now run 5k at 09:00 a.m. on Saturday all around the world. It doesn’t matter if you are a racing snake or more of a walker, if you complete the event in the park nearest to you (Bushy Park, Old Deer Park, wherever – full list of London runs on ) and email your designated parkrun Mentor a screenshot / picture of the results page and they in turn check this and send Mr Studt one email per form with the names of runners by Tuesday lunchtime, you will earn a point for your form, regardless of your time. These will then be added up for a weekly League and finally in the Summer after the Athletics Competition.

Before running, you have to register for free on

All the info you need is on there.

Happy Running!

P.S. You can earn points over the holidays, too – just email your mentor before you come back to school!

Battlefields trip

A number of boys, Mr Rigby and Mr Woods are eagerly awaiting 6.00am on Sunday morning as they will be setting off with the History Department and a large number of the Third Year to cross the channel for the popular visit to the battlefields of the Western Front 1914-18 – more to follow on this next week. Boys (and parents!)… don’t forget the clocks are going forwards!!!


Creative Writing Awards

Well done to the Third Year boys who have been shortlisted for the Hampton Creative Writing Award 2017.

Egor Kaygorodov                  3E

Josh Carmody                       3H

Matthew Cresswell                3A

Ben Green                             3E

They have been invited to attend masterclasses next Tuesday 28th March in the library. These will be run by published author Saci Lloyd. In the evening there will be an event in the library for finalists and their parents, guests and colleagues. Saci Lloyd will speak about her work as a writer and announce the winners and runners-up (chosen by her). Good luck lads!!


Sam Schomberg (3H), Arjuna Paintal (3A) and Josh Van’t Hoff (3B) have just come back from the Artemis Inter-Schools skiing races in Pila, Italy. It was Josh’s first time racing so he did super well to finish both runs of each race. Sam finished in a strong position. Well done to all three on the slopes!


Conor Turpin-Clifford took part in the Schools’ Head of the River Race on Thursday coxing the J16 2nd VIII. Conor reports the conditions were so bad the race was shortened to finish at the “Bandstand” in Chiswick instead of its usual finish some 5km later in Putney! At the end of the race, Conor said it wasn’t so much of a race, but more of an assault course as waves crashed over the riggers and blades making it difficult for him to see where he was going as he kept getting face-fulls of river water… nice! Nevertheless, Conor said he loved the race and is now looking forward to the training camp in Seville and the regatta season ahead.

A staggering 50 rowers from the Third Year are in competition today at the Junior Sculling Head, being held at the prestigious Dorney Lake. The boys had a successful afternoon of training there yesterday, getting some invaluable race-prep under their belts. Fingers crossed for some excellent results, boys – more on this next week!

Football – Match Report, Declan Connolly

“On Thursday 22 March Hampton travelled to Coombe to play their Surrey Cup semi final. In the first half Coombe dominated play and there was only one chance in the half for Hampton, a cross from Alasdair Bolling which met Declan Connolly (Captain) who just couldn’t get under the ball so the ball just went over the bar. The second half was more of the same: a good defensive performance from Hampton. As the game was entering its final three minutes, Alasdair Bolling hit the post and then minutes later Coombe scored from a tap in when the Coombe attacker shot; Oscar Murphy could only save as far the striker who followed it in and he placed the ball into the empty net. Overall a good team performance – every single Hampton player worked their socks off and the result was just not what we wanted on the day.

We had a very successful season and we thank Mr Doepel for being such a good coach for us this season. Well done to all the U14A Team!” – Declan Connolly


As we write, the Third Year Rugby 7s A Team are in day two of their latest competition, having had a successful day yesterday to qualify for today… we’re sure Luke Greenall will have something to report for us next week!

Fantasy 6 Nations Rugby: the final table

Congratulations to Robbie Cox and his team Hawaii Try-O, who has won the annual 6 Nations Third Year Fantasy Rugby League!

There’s a BIG edible prize waiting for him in the Third Year office.