Second Year Blog

2nd Year Blog


Second Year students have today been taking part in Character Day which has seen students brave the snow in all manner of fantastic outfits. Thank you to these two students for sharing their highlights:

“One of the best costumes I saw was the traffic cone from the ‘Highway code’ who Theodore G (2J) dressed up as. We were treated to a talk by the author of the trilogy ‘Nowhere’ (Jon Robinson) who told us about his first story called Deck the Halls. This talk was very inspiring for people who had a liking for crime books and helped understand the thoughts of an author  and how they write and plan novels.” Dominik Hagmann

“My personal favourites included Napoleon the pig from Animal Farm (Jamie Smith), and a traffic cone from the Highway Code (Theo Gibson). Jon Robinson, the author of the ‘Nowhere’ trilogy, talked to us about where his inspirations come from for his books. Overall the day was extremely fun, and, to quote Tristan R (2J), “I think it was a great opportunity to express our creativity and love of books.” Timmy Lee

Congratulations to Tom B, this year’s winner of the Best Costume Award, who arrived as a ‘dapper’ Poirot


Congratulations to all these boys who have reached the following merit milestones:

20 merits – Joshua Maisuria-Hull

30 merits – Gus Carter

40 merits – Jamie Hacking, Freddy Liang

50 merits – Alexander Hulsenbeck

130 merits – Luke Trotman

Fantastic effort, keep it up!


Bragging rights as well as a place in the regional semi-final were up for grabs in Tuesday night’s local derby…

“Our next match was against our local rivals, LEH. This was a must win game for our pride and to move onto the next round. We had prepared for a tough game however the reality was much easier. Our neighbours kept things tight at the start but we managed to pull ahead in the latter stages.  A man of the match performance from First Year Piers, answering seven starter questions correctly, helped us to a simple win. In the end, we won 480 points to 270. Well done to the team on a great win. Bring on the third round!”

Nick Allen & Conor McNeany


And outside school, some Second Years put in a very impressive performance:

“On Sunday 25 February Will K (2P), Leo (First Year) and I were three of a six-man team representing Richmond in the finals of the London Youth Games Cricket competition, taking place at Lord’s Cricket Ground. We had progressed through the preliminary rounds in early February, where 32 London Boroughs had been reduced to 8. We won our quarter-final against Redbridge, but lost our semi-final to an outstanding Bromley team, and so came a hard-fought joint third, and were presented with our bronze medals soon after.”

Ali Jennings 

A medal at Lord’s – howzat for an achievement! Well done, boys.


Yesterday saw the Second Year Inter-Form Basketball competition. I hope to have a full report next week but congratulations to 2L on a great victory, bouncing back after the football and rugby competitions.


Thanks to Alex for sending in this recap of his experience in the production before half term.

“The week before half term, 50 boys and girls from Hampton and Waldegrave Schools took part in the production of Oliver!. We spent many long days working on it, however the entire experience was very enjoyable. I, along with many other parents and students would like to congratulate everyone involved.”

Alexander Cresswell



Well done to Jack Farthing who knew that a hole gets bigger, the more you take out of it. Something a bit different for Trivia this week. In honour of World Book Day, can you name the Roald Dahl characters below?

A merit for whoever sends me the most correct answers.

Finally, this week’s Joke of the Week comes from Jack Hardy:

‘Last night I thought I dreamt in colour, but it was just a pigment of my imagination.’

Have a great weekend!