Welcome to the Third Year Blog!

The Third Years have continued to work and play hard this week, as we come to the end of a long and cold January. On Monday the Third Year were in assembly and heard talks on the Holocaust Memorial Day from the Genocide Awareness Group and the Chinese New Year from Mr Nicholson. Ms Message delivered the results of the Sixth Form Physics Olympiad and the sports results from last weekend. During PSHE on Thursday the boys delivered their careers presentations to the rest of their Forms.

Here are some other highlights and notices from the week:

Third Year Special Mentions:

Henry A (3F) attended the Bebras Final in Computer Science at Oxford University last Sunday. The activities involved various lectures and tests followed by prizegiving. Henry reports that he really enjoyed the day!

Well done to the following boys for competing in the Badminton fixture on Thursday afternoon:

Naavya S, Kieran BR, Hayden C, Josh P, Zaki SB, Tobias H, Ajayan A, Oliver PB, Connor C, Aryan V, Aadi T and Finlay H

Well done and thank you to the following Third Year boys for helping at the Lower Sixth Parents Evening – Aaron M (3F), Harry M (3F) and Will C (3G)

Well done and thank you to Max I (3J), Charlie P (3D) and Caleb W (3D) for their help in doing Admissions Tours.

Congratulations to Jack M (3G), James P (3A) and Alex S (3F) for representing the School’s Ski race team at the British Schoolboys’ Championship in Wengen last Saturday to Wednesday. More details to follow in the Blog next week.

Litter Picking Club

As part of the School’s aim to help with environmental issues we will be starting a litter picking club which will be open to anyone who is interested and keen to do their part to help.

Initially we will be looking to start locally, picking litter from local roads surrounding the school area. You may have seen, on the Eco board above the wooden recycling unit near DT, how much litter Ms Rommer personally collected in only 10 minutes on one previous outing last academic year. This shows how much even one person’s input can help!

We have compiled a short survey to see how many of you (pupils and staff) would be interested in taking part, which days would be most suitable for everyone and how regularly we should meet. If there is enough interest we could also look at doing trips further afield to local parks, rivers, canals and beaches.

The survey will be open until 7 February and is available on Firefly. We would greatly appreciate if you could show your interest by completing the survey.

litter picking survey

Talk with Dr Nick Barratt OH (1988)

We are lucky to have Dr Nick Barratt OH (1988) join us in the Lecture Theatre on Friday 7 February at 1pm.

Nick has a wide ranging career as an author, Historian, and working in television. He is also a journalist and Director of the Open University.

Nick is particularly well known for his work on the hit BBC show “Who Do You Think You Are?” and will be talking to us about his fascinating career and work as a public Historian.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Should you wish to read more, do look at Nick’s website

nick barratt

Jazz Café

The Jazz Café will be held this year on Friday 6 March. Always one of the Music Department’s most popular events, the Jazz Café includes performances from the Jazz Band, Swing Band, and pupil-led Jazz Ensembles. Book early to avoid disappointment.


If you are buying tickets that include the meal, please could we kindly ask that you complete the following Firefly form to ensure that you get the correct food and are on the correct table.


Choral Society

Hampton School and LEH School joint Choral Society and choirs will perform Haydn’s Nelson Mass and John Rutter’s Gloria on Saturday 14 March. The concert will take place in the Hammond Theatre, Hampton School at 7:30pm.  They will be joined by soloists Laura Oldfield (soprano), Ciara Hendrick (alto), Ben Alden (tenor) and James Oldfield (bass).

This year the performances are being conducted by Mr Roland who will be joined by the orchestras of Hampton School and LEH School. In addition to this, Nick Stoner (U6) will be singing Durante’s Vergin, Tutto Amor and Gurney’s Severn Meadows with the Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets are now available and can be purchased at the link below. The cost is £10 and £6 concession.


The Wizard of OZ!

The Wizard of Oz, a joint production with Waldegrave School, is being performed at the Hammond Theatre in a two weeks time. There are three evening performances beginning at 7.30pm on 11, 12 and 13 February.

There are over 60 boys involved in the show! The cast is from the First to Fourth Year pupils and the band and crew are from a range of years.

Tickets are still available via the following link:


Science Fair

Boys are invited to participate in the Lower School Science Fair. Competitors may work individually or in teams on a Science Project of their choice. Competitors will present their experiment and/or findings at the Science Fair during lunchtime on Tuesday 17 March. Entry forms are available from the Physics Department and should be handed in to Mr Cook by Friday 7 February.

Find out more from Second Year pupil Ronit who entered last year’s Science Fair with his Lego Orrery Model:



The competitions are coming thick and fast at the moment with the annual Creative Writing 2020 launched this week. To enter, write a story opening of no more than 750 words and submit a printed version to the English Office by 9am on Thursday 27 February.

You could win a place on a Creative Writing Masterclass with published writer Sara Grant. Book vouchers are up for grabs too, and the winners will have their writing published in this summer’s edition of Lion Print, Hampton’s Creative Arts magazine. Take a look at Lion Print 2019 here:

lion print 2019

All information can be found on the Firefly section for the Creative Writing Awards (links below):

All information can be found on the Firefly section for the Creative Writing Awards (links below):

CReative writing awards 2020

creative writing awards brief 2020

If you have any questions, please speak to your English teacher.

U14 Sport


Ed J (3C) reports on the U4C match against Abingdon.

After a wining streak we were fired up and ready to go, especially after last week’s game was cancelled. We were playing Abingdon B team so we knew it could be a tough game. In the first half we were on the attack with Ben R running down the line, putting a ball into the middle. Cameron J pounced on it, tapping it in for us to go 1-0 ahead. We then lost our focus slightly and gave Abingdon many chances with them going 2-1 up by half time. After a half time chat we all felt motivated. With pressure, Abingdon were letting us in their half and we were starting to gain possession, getting shots on target but none went in. Abingdon then counter-attacked and scored for them to go 3-1 up. None of us let our heads drop, we still wanted a win. With the new tactics set for high pressure we scored, Cameron J again with a shot deflecting off their player into the back of the net. Everyone was confident that we could bring this back. Within a couple of minutes a new player to the team, Hal L scored from a crossed ball and tapped in. It was now 3-3 and we wanted another goal. We had many chances from corners throughout the match, the most memorable of which being in the first half when Ben R attempted a bicycle kick hitting the cross bar, also another cross bar hit by Hal L in the last few minutes. It was a tough and energetic game and we played well, with a outstanding mention to James D winning Man of the Match for tackling everything that came his way.

Have a great weekend!

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