Welcome to the Third Year Blog!

I hope your seed planting went well last weekend – mine are sitting happily in the flower beds, although no green shoots just yet. A bit of sunshine to go with the heavy rain experienced this week wouldn’t go amiss!

In Monday’s Assembly, Miss Holmes (Head of Upper Sixth) gave a humorous send-off to our leavers by telling stories of some very odd detentions that the Sixth Formers had received when they were younger! It was also great to hear some words of advice from the senior boys which will undoubtedly chime with the Third Years as they progress through the Middle School.

Next Friday is the final day of half term, and a Mufti day – how exciting! See you there!

Heads of Year Message

Changes to Covid-19 measures in School from Monday 17 May

Thanks to all Third Year boys for their cooperation as we transitioned this week to the next stage of measures to safeguard against the spread of Covid-19. Boys have continued to behave sensibly and adhered to the remaining rules and restrictions. Please continue to follow the latest guidance issued in the letter from the Headmaster to all boys and parents on Friday 14 May. Crucially, boys should continue with the programme of self-administered LFD testing at regular intervals (twice a week) at home. Especially during Progress Assessments, it is important to be clear that boys must not attend the School site if one or more of the following applies:

  • they have symptoms of Covid-19
  • they have received a positive Covid-19 test result
  • they live in the same household as someone with Covid-19 symptoms, or with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19

If any boy is unable to attend School due to ill health, or for one of the reasons listed above, we will make contingency arrangements for any assessments that they miss. Please notify the School of the reason for absence in the usual way (absence@hamptonschool.org.uk).

Interform Athletics – Thursday 27 May

As a welcome break from assessments next week, and as part of the Interform Challenge, we are looking forward to the Interform Athletics competition on Thursday afternoon. All boys in the Year Group (barring injury or illness) will compete in at least one event, so all should attend School on Thursday in their PE kit or Hampton Sports kit – please keep an eye on the weather forecast and dress appropriately.

Mufti Day – Friday 28 May

Parents have been contacted separately about Mufti Day, which will take place on Friday 28 May raising money towards Form Charity.

Third Year Progress Assessments

Third Year Progress Assessments will take place next week from Monday 24 May. Boys should make their final preparations for these assessments over the weekend, whilst also allowing time for any sports fixtures, rest and time with family. Revision is a necessary but not sufficient preparation for good performance at assessments. Boys should take care to eat, drink, and sleep well over the weekend; minimising unnecessary screen time and seeking fresh air and exercise at opportune moments.

Boys – you should aim to arrive on Monday feeling excited that you get the chance to demonstrate what you have learned, but also physically prepared for a week of concentrated work. With that in mind, remember to maintain a healthy diet, keep to regular sleep patterns, stay hydrated, and allow time for rest and exercise. Keep things in perspective. We will only ever ask you to strive for your personal best. Especially next week, do reach out to us or your Form Tutors if you are having any difficulties.

Best wishes

Miss Smith & Mr Rigby

How to revise!

Struggling to know where to start with revision? Can’t seem to find a way in? Well, with thanks to our fantastic Learning Support department, the link below contains some absolutely brilliant tips and advice on how best to revise! Take a look and give one of the revision strategies a go!

How to revise

Rock on!

If you happen to walk past the Hammond Theatre on a Friday lunchtime, you might just hear Third Year Rock Band making some noise. Take a listen to what Natty, Adam, Ali and Rudi have been playing this week:


Indonesian Gamelan workshop

A message from the Music department!

We are delighted to be holding an Indonesian Gamelan workshop for Third Year Music pupils on Wednesday 16 June between 9.00am and 12.00pm.

In a year when practical music-making has sadly been rather less frequent than we would usually have liked, the Music department are giving pupils the chance to experience live music-making together, and, in doing so, to learn in more depth about a different musical culture and tradition. The workshop is hosted by Inspire Works, an organisation with vast experience of running sessions of this nature in schools across the country. More information, and a taste of what pupils will be doing, can be found on their website here.

Pupils do not need to bring anything to the session, and usual School uniform should be worn. The workshop will take place in The Hammond Theatre.

More details have been sent to parents, so please check your emails!

The Grudge Match!

As well as representing the Hampton U14A Cricket side, Natty T and Harry G also play for local side Sunbury, and Tom T represents Richmond. As you might imagine, there was a fair amount of pride at stake when these sides met recently in a club fixture! Natty T reports.

Last Friday was the el Classico of the local cricket leagues, Sunbury v Richmond. Sunbury having won the last encounter but Richmond being historically a very strong side. The day began with our opening bowlers dismissing the opening batsman. The Richmond number three entered and began shakily, playing and missing outside the off stump. He quickly got into the groove and began to strike powerful fours through the off and leg side. He registered a fifty before he was dismissed. The number four entered and was dismissed early by a freak catch by Hampton off spinner Harry G off his own bowling. He went on to dismiss two other batsmen as they were bowled out for a below par 116.

The Sunbury innings began positively, with the two openers striking powerful boundaries. Our opener was dismissed and our number three immediately went to work scoring quick boundaries. Our opening batsman struck powerful boundaries as he made his way to a brilliantly played 48 before he was dismissed. Our number four then went in and finished the job as we chased down the Richmond target in 16 overs.

Well played to Richmond and, well done lads!

U14 Sport

The Harrow Athletics meet took place last weekend and it was fantastic to see so many talented Third Year athletes representing the School in this annual fixture. Sprinters Michael R, Tom M, Nicolas W-H and Harry A put in some strong performances on the track, as well as competing in the field events of High Jump, Javelin, Long Jump and High Jump respectively. Tom M’s Javelin effort of 31.92m caught the eye, and Jacob A also produced a good Triple Jump performance. Ben C and Joe M took part in the Shot, along with Josh S who also launched the Discuss out to an impressive 25.30m. Ben C said:

The Harrow event consisted of a selection of athletes ranging from high jumpers to 1500m runners. Many people excelled in their various events with some very well-trained competitors. We managed to stay competitive throughout the day – great work,chaps!

The U14A cricketers are through to the next round of the cup after a comprehensive victory over Kew House School last week. They also faced Reed’s School last weekend and, after their opponents had posted a competitive total of 157 from their 30 overs, the U14As batted their way to a superb victory, with an impressive 70 odd knock from Will W. Excellent results, boys!

The J14 rowers continued their race preparation this week and face Radley in a fixture this weekend. They certainly seem to be getting stronger…

Pure brute strength, apparently – Radley should be worried!

Question of the week!

Last week’s question proved just a little tricky, but well done to a good many of you for attempting it anyway! The correct answer was that a new born baby has cartilage rather than bone in the knee caps – how interesting! Many congratulations indeed to Sam G, Anuj S and Keshav R who all answered correctly and have earned themselves a merit!

Have a go at this one!

Write your answer above, along with your name and Form. One answer per person only. Good luck!

Have a great weekend!


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