Third Year Blog
We reach the end of another academic year at Hampton. Well done to all Third Years for maintaining high spirits throughout and for packing so much into the last 10 months. Notwithstanding the numerous academic achievements of so many of the boys, this year has seen Third Years embark on trips to WWI battlefield sites in Belgium and northern France, get involved in ROAR Challenge social enterprise initiatives, participate in musical and theatre performances, compete in 34 cricket fixtures, 67 football fixtures, 37 rugby fixtures, 15 tennis fixtures, and the J14 rowers have started to compete at regattas. These accomplishments are just a sample of life in Hampton’s Third Year. Suffice to say that, by now, all the boys have earned their summer holiday.
In rowing news, the J14 A oct beat the national champions (St Paul’s) at Marlow regatta over 2000m by just 1 second – a superb effort and a great way to end the season, particularly after an emotional National Schools’ Regatta for these boys.
It’s been an exciting week for the Third year cricketers as well, with a number of them being invited to play up an age category. Tanmay Thanawalla made his debut playing for the School 1st XI during its cricket week on day 2, playing against Kent Street, Australia. Eton College have recently hosted the Eton T20 Cricket tournament, which saw our Under 15s make it to the final; the team included Third Years Pranev Pandey, Tanmay Thanawalla and Matthew Avant-Smith; not only did the boys make it to the final, but they won it, beating Eton by 95 runs.
On more cerebral matters, our 1st Chess Team travelled to Birmingham on Wednesday to compete in the National Chess Championships. Having finished runners up last year, the team had high hopes and Third Year Alfie Onslow was playing on board 3. The Hampton team beat KES Birmingham 5-1 before progressing to play QE Barnet who they also beat 5-1. Sadly, the boys were knocked out at the next stage losing to a strong RGS Guildford team, but well done boys – finishing second in the national championships is not to be sniffed at!
We were treated to an wonderful performance from the Voices of Lions in the final School Assembly yesterday, before they headed off to perform in Birmingham. In a group consisting of Third Years to Upper Sixth, well done to the following on their accomplished performances: Matthew Lowe; Jack Lucas; Rupert Reddish and Patrick Wall.
And well done to 3D: although they lost the final of the Inter-Form Quiz to 3E, they topped the table in the Interform Competition overall, winning the Williams’ Cup.
We wish all our Third Year boys and their families a restful and refreshing summer holiday.