Welcome to the Third Year Blog

Heads of Year Message

Well done everyone for another successful week at e-Hampton. We continue to be impressed by your efforts and there is lots of evidence of your creativity and community spirit in this blog.

Please make sure that you have a proper rest over the bank holiday weekend and enjoy the VE day anniversary celebrations tomorrow.

Firstly, a notice about Firefly registration:

You must all register on Firefly that you are ready to start work by 8:45am each morning. Please make sure you remember to do this every day, unless you are unwell – in which case your parents will need to contact the Hampton Absence Line.

A reminder about summer exams:

There will be an update on summer exams next week, following the planned government announcements this Sunday. In the meantime, we suggest that all Third Years down pens (and screens) for the weekend and enjoy the sunshine and time with family.

We would also like to reinforce the importance of limiting time spent online, on social media and gaming during your downtime. These activities can become detrimental to your mental health and wellbeing if undertaken too frequently or for extended periods. You are having to spend a lot of time during the day looking at screens while working, so avoid on-screen activities in the evening and at weekends, allowing your eyes to rest. These are themes that you will be discussing in your PSHE lessons.

Thanks to everyone who sent a recreation of a film scene this week – please keep your blog contributions coming via email to Mr Moore (h.moore@hamptonschool.org.uk).

Well done for all your efforts so far this term – keep up the good work next week!

Please do let us or your Form Tutors know if you are having any difficulties.

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend!

Best wishes

Miss Smith & Mr Rigby

Third Year Special Mentions

We are delighted to share that Vishal Saha (3G) has made it to the final of the  renowned BBC Radio 2 500 Words short story writing competition which is due to be broadcast live on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on 12 June – see here. The top three winning entries will be announced at the final.

Vishal’s entry is now live on their website. We understand the BBC received nearly 135,000 entries and Vishal has reached the final 50. He has been recognised as a wildcard entry for the 10-13 age group. Wildcards are stories selected for showing extraordinary creativity and imagination and are in the running to be winners. You can see his final round entry here on the website.  Excitingly, his story is performed by a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company.

We are really proud of Vishal as he worked on his entry alongside his very busy Hampton life. Covid-19 means the BBC is due to tell us more about arrangements for 12 June. The final was supposed to be at Buckingham Palace, attended by the Duchess of Cornwall and various celebrities and writers such as David Walliams and Chris Evans.

Sports Blog

At the beginning of lockdown, Harry Takla set up an Instagram page called @sportsvscorona to talk about what sports personalities and clubs were doing during lockdown. Since then, he has also introduced a blog – please see the link to the website below.

“I have enjoyed learning how to create my own blog using wix and interviewing sports men and women. I have recently spoken with Jason Leonard, the most capped England rugby union player; Former Surrey Cricket Captain, Gareth Batty and Woking football club to discuss the effects of the pandemic on the club and national league football as a whole.”  Harry Takla


Arts Award

Huge congratulations go to Matt V and Seb P for being amongst the first Third Years to complete their Unit 1 Arts Award projects – Matt’s Chinese-inspired art and Seb’s slave novella show immense effort and creativity, as well as demonstrating how Hampton boys are culturally aware and sensitive in the work they produce. Well done boys!

Matt and Seb would really appreciate your feedback, so please do view their work by clicking on the relevant student’s name on Firefly here: https://hamptonschool.fireflycloud.net/arts-award/examples-of-student-projects-1/projects-2019-20

You can then leave feedback by clicking ‘add comment’ at the bottom on the left. Arts Award students would also really appreciate your feedback on their event reviews too – you can leave this by clicking on a student’s name here: https://hamptonschool.fireflycloud.net/arts-award/student-reviews-of-events/event-reviews-2019-20 and then ‘add comment’. Any useful feedback you can offer would be gratefully appreciated, and do remember that your comments are visible to teachers!

If you’re a fan of Scott Westerfield’s Uglies book series, check out Danil E’s fantastic novella Cities, inspired by the Uglies books, and leave Danil some comments to let him know your thoughts on how it compares to the other books in the series.

Third Year Wellbeing

Here are some top tips for looking after your mental and physical wellbeing during the lockdown period:

  1. Stay active – get some exercise every day (see below for PE and Sports activities available).
  2. Complete your daily online lessons and tasks.
  3. Speak to your friends and family.
  4. Find time to read a book.
  5. Give yourself some space and time to reflect.
  6. Keep your room and workspace tidy and clean.

Third Year Lockdown Challenge

Please send in photos of your Lockdown challenge and we will publish them in the Blog next week!

This week’s Lockdown Challenge was to recreate a scene from a movie.

Here’s Dylan Rutter recreating a scene from ET:

Next week’s Lockdown Challenge is…….. to run 5K!

Please send in your routes/times/photos of you tackling this challenge!

Third Year Lockdown Activities

Please send in your photos and we will publish in the Blog next week!

Here is Oliver Goodchild’s meal of steaks with sweet potato fries and a tomato and mozzarella salad for his family:

Here is Jose Bouras Leao cooking for his family:

Here is Benjamin Walker’s Paella recipe:

(I made it up so there are no measurements).

You will need a very large paella pan or a wok.

Fry chicken thighs and chorizo with olive oil until brown on medium heat. Add sugar snap peas and kidney beans, frying them and pushing the meat to the edge.

Add a massive teaspoon of smoked paprika, and some salt, lowering the temperature. Add grated tomatoes, cook for a minute. Add one chicken stock cube and some boiling water, then the paella rice and saffron once it begins to boil.

Leave to boil for ten mins on medium heat, then on low for 5, covering the wok in tin foil. Give it some extra time afterwards for the holy crispy rice.

Rugby Challenge

A big shout out to Rory P who who finished as joint winner of the U14 Inter Schools Rugby Skills Challenge set by Clifton College. A fantastic effort with 74 passes!

Big Lift

Many Hampton rugby players joined Barnes Rugby Club in helping to raise over £120,000 for NHS charities. The club ran the ‘Big Lift’ challenge, tasking members and friends of the club to lift over one million kilograms in one day. Two U14 players, Tom Williams and Hal Leman who both play for Barnes, took part in the mammoth fund raising effort.

Rowing Challenge

a big shout out to Theo Webb, who was not only the fastest Third Year across both schools, but also would have made the Hampton First VIII (his time was in the top eight across all year groups!!)

Lockdown Literature

Max I (3G) has written a brilliant piece of work in his English lesson, inspired by his study of dramatic monologues in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads. Have a listen to the first part of Max’s story here:

3J’s top TV Poll

The TV poll by 3J, suggesting shows for the Hampton community, went as follows:

After Life


Big Bang Theory

Brooklyn 99

The Crown


We would like to make all boys aware of the following, to help with their activity.


Your PE task will be set at the beginning of the week on Firefly, to be handed in on Friday.  The PE Department are also creating many other ways to help you stay active for at least an hour a day.

Please check the School’s social mediawebsite and Firefly pages for updates.

Sports Afternoons

A number of staff are creating live sessions, webinars and pre-recorded material for you.  This may mean you are invited to a number of meetings on your sports afternoon.  The majority of these sessions are optional and are there for your benefit and interest.

Many of the sessions are open to all.  For example, running technique in athletics and catching technique for cricket are excellent skills for you all to develop. It is absolutely fine to choose a session and change your mind if you do not wish to attend, or another session becomes available.


Please all start to regularly check two areas of Firefly:

  1. Your year group page – route: Academic Departments – PE&Sport – School Exercise Plan – choose year group.
  2. Sport specific pages – route: Academic Departments – PE&Sport – choose sport.

If you are using your iPad, you will need to use the menu button each time. It is key that boys check these areas, as Firefly is our main channel and offers you all lots of activities, challenges and advice!

Have a great bank holiday weekend!

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