Third Year Blog

Third Years have had a busy old time of it this week. George Clarke did a superb job promoting the work of a local charity called Homelink Day Respite during the whole School Assembly on Monday morning. He was one of eight students and one staff member to highlight the work of their nominated charity in advance of the Form Charity election on Thursday. We will have to wait for the results to be verified before we find out whether George’s rhetoric is as persuasive as Boris Johnson’s, but this blogger was certainly impressed by his speech. Well done, George – it’s not easy addressing the whole School and you did a super job!

ROAR challenge participants were at a POW event in central London last week to discuss their social enterprise ideas. This week they have begun the process of drawing up financial plans including costs, projected revenues and cash flow forecasts. Technical stuff!

And of course, things are hotting up in PSHE lessons at the moment because everyone is legitimately allowed to talk about sex. Its Sex-Ed time of the year. This week the ground rules have been established – let’s hope we all adhere to them so that everyone is able to ask the questions necessary to get the information they need.

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Yesterday, a team from Hampton took part in the annual Kingston Inter-Borough Literary Quiz. The school was represented by six First Year and six Third Year boys. The Third year boys involved were Matthew Cresswell, Kishan Bouri, Jack Lucas, Christopher McGlennan, Josh Batholomew and Jack Slaney and Matthew reports the following about the competition:

“On Thursday this week, a team of six Third Years, alongside a team of six First Years, competed in a literary quiz at Tiffin School, answering general literary questions on a range of topics from J. K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to the Mr Men series of books, and specific questions on three set books we read before the competition. The event was great fun for all of us involved, even though we were gutted not to win any major prizes! On behalf of the team, we would all like to thank Dr Colvine, Mr Helmsley and the English Department for preparing us so well for the competition.” – Matthew Cresswell

Drama trip report from Jake Manketo

On Tuesday 7 March, all of the boys in our year who take Drama ventured out to the West End to watch The Woman in Black, a terrifyingly thrilling play about a man from London who visits a haunted house in the country. I think it’s safe to say that thanks to the impressive dramatic techniques and excellent acting quality, even Mr Kershaw, who ‘doesn’t get scared by anything,’ was left reeling on the edge of his seat in terror. Thanks to Mr Duda for organising a great afternoon out.

U14A Football vs. Sutton Grammar – Match Report

“The game started with some early possession from Hampton, who soon got their first goal when Sami Omaar was one on one with the goalkeeper and calmly chipped it into the net. The second goal came from a corner from Alasdair Bolling which curled in towards the back post and Declan Connolly (Captain) met it with his head and pushed it towards goal and into the net. As half time approached, there was just enough time for one more goal for Hampton. Nathan Chaplow ran down the wing, getting the better of two defenders and crossed the ball into the box where Alasdair volleyed into the net. In the second, half the Sutton Grammar stood firm and denied Hampton from scoring any more goals. Overall a good 3-0 win for Hampton and a clean sheet. – Declan Connolly

U14 A Rugby Sevens – Match Report

“On the afternoon of Friday 3 March, Hampton’s Under 14As were going to face their first sevens tournament of the year. Sevens truly separates the men from the boys in an much more intense style of rugby. In our squad of 12 players, each and every one of us wanted this trophy and we were driven to win it. Ever since a powerful team talk from Mr Thompson after our training session the day before, telling us  we needed to turn things around, regain the right attitude and most of all fulfil our potential as brilliant rugby players.”

“Our first match was against Tiffin, after beating them three years straight in fifteens, we were all confident, not complacent, and as the ball got sent long from restart some true brilliance shone from some of our players: Thomas Netterfield really showing off his pace and step out wide, Alex Taylor proving to us how much destruction he can really cause (ball in hand or not!) and a new face in Charlie Masters who had worked hard in training sessions proving himself worthy of the squad and maintained a skill level of excellence throughout the day.”

“Winning our first two matches against Kew House School and Tiffin School, we were came up against Isleworth and Syon School who, like us, were unbeaten thus far. However, some big hits from Tim Lamming and Jack Slaney, whose aggression turned the opponent’s confidence into fear, helped us through that match with ease and after beating Grey Court in our final match, we were straight through to the final, unbeaten!”

“The final was against The Skinners’ School who had won their group without a point conceded, we had to play the best we possibly could in this match. Joe Sykes’ and Jesper Hartikainen’s perfect handling gave us the edge and Dylan Straker-Grimes and Jamie Benson worked together with perfect chemistry weaving in and out of players like needle and thread. If there was one match to show off size, power, aggression and speed this was the one for Thomas Tomlin and Matt LeMoign, the two biggest players on the pitch, punching holes through their line and running players ragged. This led to a big win in the final and after a team photo holding the trophy we headed home!” – Declan Connolly