World of Work, Lockdown Rowing and Art Attack!

3rd Year Blog

Welcome to the third year Blog!

Another jam-packed week of e-Hampton comes to an end, and the Third Year boys have really got their teeth into two important, but very different topics during Form Time this week.

On Monday, the horrific crimes of the Holocaust were remembered in advance of Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday. The Third Year boys took the time to collectively reflect on genocides around the world and the terrible impact on the communities that faced them, and did so with solemnity and sincerity. Some members of 3J have completed some excellent work on the events of the Holocaust, which can be seen below.

On Thursday, Third Year boys thought about careers and the way the working world is changing. They considered how technological advancements have caused some industries to grow whilst others have declined, and reflected on the important skills that are required for a successful career in the world of work.

The presentation that the boys worked through can be seen here.

We’d also like to encourage all Third Year boys to take the Probe test this weekend, a link to which can be found here, along with login details. The Probe test asks you questions that help you to work out what jobs would suit you in the future! Given the miserable looking weather forecast for the weekend, why not grab a cup of tea, sit down and give it a go? Form Tutors will be delighted to hear about what you discover on Monday morning.

Heads of Year Message

Well done everyone for the way you have adapted to life at e-Hampton this term. We do appreciate and understand the challenges everyone is facing. Remember the importance of keeping a good balance to your weekday routine, including a healthy diet, fresh air and exercise, breaks from screen usage, time with your family, and a good night’s sleep. Please keep the efforts up and let us or your Form Tutors know if you are having difficulties.

Two notices from us this week:

Games lessons

All boys must attend the initial Teams meeting at 2:40pm each Thursday afternoon. They will be sent a link to register their attendance 5 minutes before the lesson by email and also via the chat function in the Teams session.

If any boys are still uncertain how to do this, they should email Mr Burke (d.burke@hamptonschool.org.uk) or Mr Thomson (s.thomson@hamptonschool.org.uk).

DASH & LUCID testing

Next week all Third Years will sit two assessments remotely; a LUCID test during their Computer Science lesson and a DASH (Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting) test during their Form

Period on Thursday. These are similar to tests conducted in the First Year. These tests are nothing to be worried about – the boys cannot and should not attempt to revise for them. There is no pass or fail and the tests will not affect Grade Cards. Parents will receive a letter from us separately about these tests.

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

Best wishes

Miss Smith & Mr Rigby

Reminders

When the School is onsite, you should be aware that The Headmaster holds a weekly drop-in session for boys every Wednesday morning before School. During this period of guided home learning, if you would like to speak to him, this can now be done on Wednesdays between 12.45pm and 1.40pm. Any pupil is welcome to see the Headmaster about anything they wish (on MS Teams), but you will need to make an appointment in order to set this up. If you would like to do so, please email his PA, Mrs Espley, who can be contacted via email: c.espley@hamptonschool.org.uk

A further reminder that you can continue to contact the School Counsellors during this period of remote learning. They are available to speak to boys about a range of different issues and they can also be contacted via email: counselling@hamptonschool.org.uk

From Friday 29 January onwards, members of the School Captains team will be available at lunchtime every Friday (1pm-1.40pm) to chat to Hamptonians on MS Teams about their experience of e-Hampton and lockdown so far.

We would particularly like to hear from Hamptonians about:

  • Any initiatives Hamptonians would like to set up, in case we might be able to help out
  • Anything co-curricular that pupils have been involved with and would like to share with the Hampton community (potentially through official school social media), from community service, charity and environmental actions to Music, Drama, Sport and much more besides!
  • Any suggestions they have for improvements or new initiatives that might help in the e-Hampton/guided home learning period

We can also do our best to answer any questions you may have about Hampton life in lockdown (and more generally).

If anyone would like to have a chat with the team, about anything at all, please email Captains@hamptonschool.org.uk to arrange a time. We look forward to hearing from you!

CrEative Writing Awards 2021

Calling all budding authors! Do you fancy seeing your name in print? Have you always wanted to put pen to paper? Well now’s your chance as it’s time for the Hampton School Creative Writing Awards 2021!

To enter, write a short action adventure story of no more than 1,000 words and email your entry to CreativeWritingAwards2021@hamptonschool.org.uk by Friday 26 February.

All information can be found on the Firefly section for the Creative Writing Awards link below:

creative writing awards 2021 information

Young adult fiction author Sara Grant will give personalised feedback to all shortlisted finalists in each of the age group categories. 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 listen to Angus from our School Captains team and some of our creative writers from across the year groups to find out more:

Holocaust Memorial Day

In the lead up to this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day, Hampton School’s History department has been running several awareness raising events. These included researching a former kinder hostel in Twickenham that was home to ten young Jewish refugees. They also brought together pupils from eight local schools to write creative responses and reflections based on the story of a kinder hostel and the writings have been collated into a commemoration booklet which you can view below.

PE & Sports

Don’t forget your ongoing PE task for the next few weeks, boys! It’s a great way to keep active and stay healthy.

You should be looking to complete a minimum of four activities from the grid below. Why not try and perform the tasks with others from your household or friends virtually?

TWO WEEK CHALLENGE

Rowing LOCKDOWN MATCH!

A fantastic 27 J14 rowers ran a 5k last weekend, braving the snow and ice, in a fixture against The Windsor Boys School Boat Club. It was great to see the boys getting involved in a competitive fixture with another school, so well done to everyone that competed!

Particular congratulations go to the top three Hampton finishers of Harry O, Joe C and Tom C, with Harry finishing 44th out of 370 entrants across a whole range of age groups! Well done, boys!

2021 Lockdown Challenge 2 – Art Challenge!

Just a reminder that the second lockdown challenge is still ongoing and we can’t wait to see what you can come up with!

That’s right, we’re asking you to come up with a piece of artwork, inspired by whatever takes your fancy, and share it with us here at the blog!

Art is a fantastic way to unwind and relax after a hard day of online learning, and it can have a really positive affect on your mental health! We can’t wait to see your creations so get cracking and send through some photos once you’ve finished to j.neville@hamptonschool.org.uk

Question of the week!

Many congratulations to Will Y, Jacob C-R, Ishan P, Adam S and Will F who all answered the three questions from last week’s blog correctly and have earned themselves a merit!

The answers were as follows:

  1. For how long have we been using the word “Hello”? Since the early 1800s
  2. If you walked all of the paths in New York’s Central Park, how far would you have walked? 58 miles
  3. NASA have said that the soil on Mars might be good for growing turnips but not so good for growing…? Strawberries

Good luck and have a great weekend, everyone!