Welcome to the Third Year Blog!

We’ve reached half term at e-Hampton 2.0! It’s been tough, but everyone has pulled together as a group and the boys have done a fantastic job of maintaining progress across their academic subjects – nice work, chaps. In addition, we’ve seen some brilliant sporting, musical and art achievements which, given the circumstances, is quite remarkable. Keep them coming in – we love to see them!

The Third Year boys had an assembly earlier this week on Safer Internet Day which occurred on Tuesday. As a part of this, Mr Talman (Head of PSHE) made two recommendations to the boys. The first is to change your password on your email account, specifically your personal email accounts. The second is to check your privacy settings on social media accounts and make sure they are set to private and not public. Please do consider doing this if you haven’t already done so in order to make yourself that little bit safer online!

Thursday was, of course, a device-free School day and one that the boys embraced! From cooking to reading, drawing to running, there was something for everyone to get involved with.

Take a look at Anuj S’s crêpes that he made using a French recipe – they look delicious, Anuj!

Heads of Year Message

Well done boys! You’ve reached the end of a very challenging half term – well done for maintaining such tenacity, diligence, creativity and good humour throughout!

Although boys have English Reading Projects, HELP projects, Arts Awards, and (in some cases) a little catch up work to keep them busy, we would like to make it very clear that the priority over the half term holiday is to REST and RECOVER.


  • Avoid screen time wherever possible to let your eyes rest.
  • Get to bed at a decent time, so you can continue to get up in the morning feeling refreshed.
  • Enjoy plenty of down time doing the things you enjoy


  • Spend time with your family and do something nice for them.
  • Stay active – make the most of the government guidelines on outdoor exercise.

As always, please do let us or your Form Tutors know if you are having any difficulties.

Well done for all your efforts this half term. We have been so impressed with the response of Third Years to the challenges of the new learning environment.

Enjoy the half term holiday!

Best wishes

Miss Smith & Mr Rigby

LUCID testing update

Boys who were unable to complete all of the LUCID tests last week, due to iPad compatibility issues, will be asked to complete the tests during a Form Period on either Monday 1 March or Thursday 4 March. They must complete the tests on a desktop or laptop computer. If boys do not have access to either at home, then they just need to let their Form Tutors know and we will arrange for them to sit any outstanding tests when we are able to return to the school site.

Fantasy Six Nations League

The first weekend of the Six Nations caused a bit of a stir with England’s shock defeat to Scotland in the Calcutta Cup. France looked impressive and Wales and Ireland look to be fighting hard too!

In our Third Year fantasy tournament, it was a fantastic performance from Will S’s side that took the Week 1 honours with a score of 847.1 points earning him two merits, closely followed by Toby S with 846.7 points who gets a merit as well. Third Year Form Tutors Mr Saunders and Mr Haynes impressed with third and fifth places respectively, and Third Year Mentor Harry R split them in third. What about me you ask? Well, I was left licking my wounds after a bruising 27th place finish but at least I beat Mr Rigby who finished down in 33rd!

Don’t forget to get your teams submitted on time for this weekend – the deadline is 2.15pm on Saturday – and if you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for?? More details below!

How do I register for the league?

Simply click on the link below, entering the password that has been sent to you via email. Note – you must register using your correct full name and anyone not doing so may be removed from the league and will not be eligible for points!

fantasy six nations rugby

Joining the league is free and at no point will you need to upgrade or pay money for anything

What can I win?

Top ranked competitors from each week will receive merits, as well as earning important Inter-Form points for their Form! The top 3 overall at the end of the league will receive prizes, and many more Inter-Form points will be awarded for overall finishing position. Every entry could count so even if Rugby isn’t your thing, why not enter a team and see how you do anyway? It’s always good fun to get one over on your friend/Form Tutor/mentor!

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

Best of luck!

Inter-Form Marathon

The Third Year boys undertook the challenge of completing a marathon distance collectively in their Forms on Thursday morning. Braving the cold conditions, it was great to see the run times stream in throughout the morning, all in the hope of winning some valuable Inter-Form points for their Form!

Even Form Tutors were getting involved – take a look at Mr Saunders and Gabriel F putting in a shift for 3G!

Find out what the current Inter-Form standings are below, who can catch 3B?

Form Teambuilding Cross-Country Penalty Shoot-out No Detentions Lockdown Marathon Total Position
3A 4 5 6 9 5 29 2
3B 5 9 5 9 8 36 1
3C 7 2 5 2 0 16 9
3D 2 3 5 5 4 19 8
3E 3 1 4 7 6 21 7
3F 8 8 5 3 0 24 5
3G 6 4 5 5 7 27 3
3H 1 6 2 6 9 24 5
3J 9 7 5 1 3 25 4

2021 Lockdown Half Term Challenge

This half term, we’re encouraging you to make the most of your free time and get in tune with nature as we launch our Photography Challenge!

That’s right, your task is a simple one – take the best nature-related photograph that you can and send it over to us here at the blog. You don’t need any specialist equipment, just the camera on a trusty smartphone will do.

Why not take inspiration from Sam Rowley OH (2013) who won one of the top prizes in photography last year – the Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People’s Choice Award. 


Sam’s photo ‘Station Squabble’ shows two mice fighting over a morsel of food dropped by a passenger on the London Underground. I’m sure you’ll all agree that it’s a brilliant photo. So, why not have a go in your free time next week?

Best entries will win merits and the kudos of having their photo published in the blog next half term!

All submissions to j.neville@hamptonschool.org.uk

Third Year Drama

Our Third Years have been creating virtual soundscapes this week inspired by the National Theatre’s production of ‘Treasure Island’. Take a look at what they got up to in this week’s lesson:


Thursday Night In – NachoS Cook Along with Chef Paulie!

It was absolutely brilliant to see the whole School community embrace the Cook Along with our Head Chef, Paulie, on Thursday night, including some talented Third Year boys who might just have a career in the culinary arts in the future!

Max M, Jake C-R and Sam R all got stuck in and produced some fantastic looking dishes – well done, boys!


Calling all budding authors! Do you fancy seeing your name in print? Have you always wanted to be a published author? Well now’s your chance as you’ve still got plenty of time to put pen to paper in this year’s Creative Writing Awards.

Take a listen to Maxi from our School Captains team to find out more:

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. So why not make the most of your free time over half term and get creative – you could win a book voucher and have your work published in Lion Print magazine. What are you waiting for? Have a go!

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


Screen-Free Thursday

Third Years spent plenty of time away from their screens during the School day on Thursday enabling their eyes, body and mind to recharge. In Geography, the boys were asked to compile an earthquake preparedness kit, from items they had at home.

Chinese New Year

Today marks the start of the Chinese New Year and with it comes a host of superstitions that will apparently dictate how the next 12 months will play out for each of us. Washing clothes, using scissors and sweeping floors are some of the easier omens to sidestep! 2021 is the Year of the Ox, an animal that symbolises strength and determination. People born in the Year of the Ox are known for being diligent and dependable and their lucky colours are white, yellow and green. Why not find out what animal you are?

Question of the week!

A great effort from Avinash G, Will Y, Kasper A, Tom T, Tristan T and Charlie H last week who all correctly answered Cheese and Onion, the M6 and Richard Harris. Well done, chaps – have yourself a merit!

We’ll be back with question of the week after the break!

Have a great half term, everyone!

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