Welcome to the Third Year Blog!

You’ve made it! Assessments are over, the sun is shining, and it’s time for a well-deserved week off School. Well done to you all for navigating your way through a tricky week – it’s not been an easy one, especially if you’re a Manchester United fan… Perhaps Chelsea or Manchester City fans will have even more to celebrate after the weekend – best of luck if you’re a supporter!

With a week off School to make the most of, why not get out and about, revisit those lockdown skills or get back to doing your favourite activities that might have taken a back seat over the last few weeks? We’d love to see what you get up to here at the blog!

You might be forgiven for thinking that not a lot went on in the Third Year this week… think again! Read on for a stacked edition!

Heads of Year Message

We are delighted with the way Third Year boys have kept going right until the end of this week. Their enthusiasm was palpable during Interform Athletics yesterday. All the boys deserve huge credit for completing their Progress Assessments diligently this week. Our sense is that the boys have met our request to strive for personal best. There will be valuable learning outcomes after half term as assessments are reviewed and any gaps in knowledge can be addressed, but for now, the sense of achievement is deserved. Well done!

Boys – enjoy a well-deserved half term break. Our top tips for this holiday:

  • Get outside and enjoy the fine weather.
  • Try to complete at least one act of kindness at home over the holiday – e.g. mow the lawn; cook a meal; take the bins out.
  • If you’re not currently reading anything, now progress assessments are over, start a new book.

Best wishes

Miss Smith & Mr Rigby

Continuation of Covid-19 measures in School after half term

It is important that all boys continue with the programme of self-administered LFD testing at regular intervals (twice a week) at home during half term and on return to school from 7 June. As previously, 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, please notify the School of the reason for absence in the usual way (absence@hamptonschool.org.uk).

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: https://www.inspire-works.co.uk/indonesian-gamelan.  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!

French Comic Strip

Big shout out to all Third Year Francophiles who took part in Hampton’s very first French Comic Strip Competition. Bravo to Nic (3F) for his creative and imaginative winning entry, which you can read here

Head of French, Mr Boardman, tells us more about the competition:

During the last lockdown, all boys studying French in Second, Third and Fourth Year were invited to take part in Hampton’s first French Comic Strip Competition. Les bandes dessinées (BD) or ‘Franco-Belgian comics’ are still extremely popular in the French-speaking world and the characters of Tintin and Astérix have become world-famous. To enter this competition, boys were asked to create at least two scenes of a comic, in French, using their favourite fictional characters but imagining a story of their own. We were amazed by the creativity and the excellent French on display as Hampton linguists put their own spin on the BD tradition. Although it was a challenge to identify a winner from dozens of original, imaginative entries, our top three saw Tintin finding a vaccine for Covid-19, Asterix catapulting himself into outer space, and Harry Potter casting his spells in French!

Well done also to Mayank (3D) and coup de cœur (special mention) to Joel (3B), Ronit (3C), Aabid (3E) for their group entry.

J14 Rowing

A report from the J14 rowing coaches on last weekend’s fixture vs Radley:

Well done to all who competed against Radley last Saturday. Not only did we gain some valuable race experience, but we also produced some very encouraging results. We came away honours even, with two crews winning and two crews losing to their Radley counterparts.

Radley were clearly the top school at J14 (Third Year) level at the last National School’s Regatta in 2019, so achieving these results bodes very well for the future rowing careers of our J14s.

We are looking forward to our match against St George’s on Sunday 26 June when the whole squad, including the boys who have started rowing this term, will be competing.

Take a look how our J14 rowers got on:

Third Year InterForm Athletics

What a fantastic afternoon of Interform athletics you all enjoyed yesterday and great to see you cheering on your classmates from the sidelines. Take a look at some of the action below:

The results are in and are as follows:

1st place – 3F

2nd place – 3H

3rd place – 3J

4th place – 3G

5th place – 3D

6th place – 3B

7th place – 3A

8th place – 3E

9th place – 3C

The competition was fierce and there was a great sense of sportsmanship on show across all the track and field disciplines. Well done to all participants and particularly to 3F who just beat 3H to the title. 3J took 3rd place from 3G by one point!

So, what about the scores on the doors? The updated Interform table looks like this:

It’s closing up a bit at the top, and what about that battle for third? Just one point separating three Forms – it’s all to play for in the final half term!

Question of the week!

A fantastic effort from many of you last week who correctly identified that the Great Barrier Reef lies in the Coral Sea. Well done indeed to Matthew P, Tristan T, Keshav R, Lucas R, Avinash G, Monty N, Christopher M, Anuj S and Isaac T!

Have a fantastic half term and we will see you all for the final few weeks in June!

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