Third Year Blog
Thought for the week:
Our industrious Third Years are working hard in lessons this week as they finalise preparations for the internal exams taking place the week after half term. Teachers are doing all they can to ensure boys have mastered the relevant exam techniques with supporting subject knowledge. Revision will undoubtedly play an important role over the next few weeks, and this is encouraged for all students. But if this blogger can make a helpful suggestion… do continue to enjoy your sports, music, drama, and other pursuits during exam season. It is always best to plan your revision timetable and then stick to it, with regular and enjoyable outdoor breaks combined with focussed and productive revision sessions. Life goes on!
Josh Carmody (3H) continues the triathlon season with a strong performance at the iconic Crystal Palace stadium last weekend – finishing 5th in a very competitive London region (300m swim, 8km bike, 2.5km for 35 minutes of full on effort).
3D put a marker down and turned up en masse on Saturday to take the lead in the Third Year Interform Park Run League.
3D: 11 points (Mr. Studt x 3, Alex Taylor, Alex McMillan, Jamie Benson, Tom Netterfield, Tom Tomlin, Henry van Spall, Ravi Franzini, Max Robinson)
3A: 5 points (Chris Austin x 4, Jack Murphy)
3C: 4 points (James Ho, Declan Connolly, Robin Little, Max Bailey)
3J: 3 points (James Bradley, Ross Hyde, Ollie Blair)
3H: 2 points (Oscar Nolan x 2)
3F: 1 point (Mr Walsh)
Next chance to get points for your Form is Saturday 20 May.
On Saturday, our U14A cricket team beat St John’s by 86 runs. Star performances from Mikey Ford who took a hat-trick and returned figures of 4-8. Another leg spinner, Pranav Pandey, also got in on the action with three cheap wickets. The game had been set up in the first innings by a superb knock of 93 runs by Matthew Avant-Smith.
Later this week the team continued their successful season by winning a first round match in the Middlesex cup, beating Dormers Wells High School by nine wickets. Alfie Onslow reports:
Hampton lost the toss and ended up bowling against a reasonably strong batting line up. We started off slowly but steadily gained momentum and ended up finishing the innings at 61-9. The team knocked down the 61 runs without too much difficulty. Hampton look forward to playing the next cup fixture which will probably be against a tough St Paul’s opposition.
Mr Bolton reports that we have a great bunch of Third Year athletes at the moment – particularly strengthened by new boys. They are really driving Hampton School Athletics forward at the moment and many of them are in with a good chance of qualifying for the Richmond team for the Middlesex Championships.
Star performers so far this year have included: Milo Choudhry, James Ho, Dylan Dyson-Holland, Sami Omaar, Josh Tatters, Declan Connolly, James McMullin, Tom Netterfield, and Danilo Delic. Jesper Hartikainen competed an age group up at Sevenoaks on Saturday and was fantastic!
From the river
Ben Martis-Jones tells us:
“Last Saturday, the J14 squad braved the weather which London gave us to compete at the Thames Ditton Regatta. The 7:15 am meet time was particularly early, and it was followed by a 2 km row to the Kingston Grammar Boat Club with a tired group of J14’s.
Although local for Hampton, the Thames Ditton Regatta attracts some serious competition from club and school crews. For the J14 Octuples category Hampton entered 3 Octs, consisting of Mr Saul’s B Oct, Mr Jenkins’ C Oct, and Miss Slator’s D Oct. The B Oct beat a strong St Edward’s crew, to take them into the semi-finals against St George’s College. They were placed in a tough final against a strong Latymer A Oct, losing by only a few seats.
The C Oct were drawn against a very good St Edward’s School B Oct, and lost to them by a very small margin. Heads were held high after a quality performance against a strong St Edward’s crew, and this paid off when they beat a successful Bryanston crew who had been beaten by Shiplake College in the previous round. The plate final was on the cards for this crew, and they were up against a strong Latymer B Oct. The crew kept to their race plan, and they came away from the regatta winning the J14 Plate (Red).
The D Oct bowed out in the first round to the eventual finalists of the Blue Cup, Radley College. They were then placed in the plate semi-finals against the Kingston Grammar A Oct, who were stronger on the day, resulting in the D Oct being knocked out.
Hampton raced in the afternoon in the J14 Quad category. Hampton entered four quads in the J14 B category and one into the J14 A category. Four boats raced and they all won their races against London Oratory, Windsor Boys and the Oratory School respectively with one crew receiving a by. In the semi-finals Hampton faced some strong crews from schools which solely concentrated on the quad category, and after some fierce racing, one quad made it to the final. Stroked by Oliver Bezzant, this quad put up a fight against a rapid Bryanston crew, but they sadly lost after a very entertaining race, coming away as the runners up in the J14 B Quad Green Cup.
All the J14’s involved really enjoyed the day’s outing, and would like to thank Mr Arnold, Mr Saul, Mr Jenkins and Miss Slator for giving up their whole Saturday to take us to this regatta. “
The following boys received Headmaster’s certificates from Mr Knibbs in his study today:
3A: Kishan Bouri; Matthew Cresswell; Thomas Cross; Jacob O’Loughlin; Vlad Penzyev
3C: Declan Connolly; Dhru Dattani; Danilo Delic;
3D: Jamie Benson; Jake Manketo
3E: Pravin Kiritharan; Hari Prabhu; Arjun Samra
3F: Derek Chu
3G: Oliver Hunt
3J: Xavier Tinsley-Roy
Well done! The confectionery stocks, which were running low, have now been replenished, so there is every incentive for boys to get any merits they have signed off before the end of term!