Modern Languages Poetry Competition, Quiz Winners and HSPA picnic!

2nd Year Blog

Welcome to the Second Year Bulletin!

This is our final bulletin before we break for half term and exam week. We will return on 14 June with Miss Byrne’s interview, a report of interform athletics and much, much more!

Good luck with your revision! Here is some advice to help you courtesy of Miss Conway: https://intranet.hamptonschool.org.uk/learning-support/learning-support/revision-techniques

Picnic Time

Please do remember that the HSPA Summer Picnic is on Sunday 23 June – if you are thinking of attending, then please click here to register your interest. It promises to be a relaxing and enjoyable day out, in a wonderful setting – you really can’t beat our playing fields in the summer.

MERITS

Congratulations to all the following:

Ben A (2P) – 40

Aneesh B (2J) – 70

Naavya S (2H) – 80

Henry H (2P) – 80

Chibby N (2H) – 90

Findlay B (2H) – 100 (Amazing!)

Rory P (2P) – 100 (Wow!)

Modern languages POETRY COMPETITION

The language department have launched a new poetry competition this year and our school final took place on Wednesday. Here is an insight from one of our finalists, Max C (2J)

The Spanish Poetry Final had a strong line up of boys who all wanted to win, but only two would be able to go through to the Regional Competition. Representing 2J was Max C and Felix L, 2L had James G and Luke A-B and 2W had Aadi T and Vishal S. Firstly, Aadi represented 2W with an emphatic performance of his own poem about Las Películas which set the bar high for the rest of the competitors. Vishal followed on next with a stunning performance of a poem with some brilliant actions to accompany. Luke then went on to represent 2L alongside James who threw themselves enthusiastically into their performances. 2J were up last with Max and Felix putting in two good performances with authentic pronunciation. It was then up to the judges to decide on the winners!

Well done to all the brilliant finalists and a big thank you to all those who turned up to spectate and support. And good luck to Max and Vishal (who were put forward from the Spanish Final described above) as well as Tom O (2P) and Lucas H-S (2P) (who are our German representatives) in the regional Poetry Live competition at St. Mary’s University in June. Particular Congratulations go to Aadi T (2W) who received a special commendation for the judges for writing his own poem, as Max alluded to above. Here it is:

La Película

por Aadi T (2W)

Una película de acción es,
Muy emocionante,
Me encantan las comedias,
Me hacen reír,
Me flipan las películas,
Me chifla ir,
Al cine el fin de semana,
Pero me siento triste,
Cuando vuelvo a mi casa.

Cricketing corner

Following on from some thrilling finishes, the U13A cricket team were still unbeaten heading into the weekend. But would they run out of luck and be bowled over in their cup fixture? Naavya S (2H) tells all:

After a thrilling super over victory against RGS Guildford on Monday, on Saturday, the U13As travelled to Reed’s School for their cup fixture, hoping to carry forward their form of three wins from three. Bowling first on a fair wicket, Leo H (2B) and Ben R (2H) opened the bowling and gave away very few runs, putting a lot of pressure on the opposition. This pressure continued through the shrewd captaincy of Sam S (2H) and brilliant fielding, with catches from Naavya S (2H), Findlay B (2H), Aran TH (2W) and Ben R, a magnificent direct hit run out from Findlay B, and general all round fielding from Rory P (2H). Hal L (2B) bowled yet another great spell, taking his second five wicket haul of the season; Faizan F (2P) bowled an economical few overs; and Naavya S also took 3 wickets. Through this excellent performance in the field, we restricted Reed’s to 101, what we considered chaseable. 

When we came out to bat, we decided to bat sensibly and to a certain extent defensively, but Findlay B had other plans. Taking the team to flying start, Findlay reached his fifty with the score at only 62. Joe E (2B) carried forward the team’s momentum with fluent stroke play and eventually, Hal L and Theo MJ (2L) took the team home with the best part of twelve overs and 6 wickets to spare. Going forward, the boys are full of confidence and well prepared for their quarter-final fixture. 

The U13B team have also made a 100% winning start to the season, rumour has it they are extremely well coached! Ben W (2L) lets us know whether they too could maintain their unbeaten record:

Reed’s School opened the batting with two very strong batsman, but, after some impressive bowling from James G (2L) and fielding from Conrad K (2W), they were soon out. The innings continued in the same vein, with Reed’s ending all out with a score of 55; an extremely impressive innings from a Hampton point of view. Will G (2J) and I opened the batting, getting a score of 47, before the opposition took their first wicket, and Aaron M (2L) came out to finish off the game, with some well placed shots, reaching the target in 0 overs.

The U13Cs had a great game. Joe W (2L) tells us all about it:

 We had high spirits and confidence going into the game. We won the toss and chose to bat first. Ben M-J (2W) and Francesco O (2B) opened the batting with Francesco retiring at 30 runs. Unfortunately, Ben was out from an excellent catch from their captain. Jago D (2J) went in at three and scored a few runs followed by Joe M (2L) at four. Joe M. played his usual solid game until he was run out following a miscommunication with the other batsman. A steady 11 runs from Joe W (2L) helped the score until the second-to-last ball. Hampton finished with 119, which we thought was a good score.

Reed’s School started their innings with two strong players who hit many boundaries until the first of them retired at 30 runs. At that point we thought we might be in trouble but kept our confidence. The Hampton bowlers and fielders slowly got back to an even game, with few runs conceded in the final overs. An astonishing one-handed catch by Monty R (2W) was the highlight of the game!  In the final over Reed’s needed 12 runs with 3 wickets remaining. With two balls remaining they were down to their final batsman. We kept at it until the end and held on for the win. Final score for Reed’s was 112. Hampton won by 7 runs – an excellent victory!

Well done, boys! The cricketers now move on to some tricky fixtures against Whitgift tomorrow. I would love to hear a bit more about some of the other summer sports too so tennis players, athletes, rowers, etc please get writing! Your blog needs you.

INTERFORM QUIZ, TRIVIA & JOKES

After an enthralling competition, this Wednesday saw the final of the Second Year Interform Quiz as 2B took on 2L in front of a good crowd in the Lecture Theatre. These two teams had met in the group stages with 2L edging a very close game. Who would win this time? 2B or not 2B? That is the question…

In the end it was not to be for 2B as Henry A, George B, Ben H, Thomas B were defeated 290-200 by Will C, Seb P, Harry M, Tomas E from 2L. A great final with lots of spectators. Here are some questions for you to pit your wits against.

  • Who was given a birthday present of an empty jar and a burst balloon?
  • Aboard which ship did Charles Darwin travel from 1831 to 1836?
  • On which river does Vienna stand?

 Did you get them right? Then make sure you come to Quiz trials next year!

JOKE OF THE WEEK

Meher B (2J) wins for this:

Have a great half term!