Fingers on buzzers, Achilles Relays and Cricket Champions!

3rd Year Blog

Welcome to the Third Year Blog!

As we end the penultimate week of a quite extraordinary school year, there is a sense of normality and even deja vu starting to resonate across the community… England v Germany in the European Championships – again!! The unavoidable sense that it will end, once again, in a dreaded penalty shoot-out is pulsing through the veins, but could it be a different result this time around?? The Third Year boys certainly seem to think so, and we’ve got the perfect warm up to the main event on Tuesday lunchtime next week – it’s our very own penalty shoot-out competition in support of the inaugural Hampton School Giving Day! Read on for more details!

In Monday’s assembly, the Third Year boys heard about the great work that FC Not Alone are doing for men’s mental health, using the medium of football. Thursday’s Form time involved discussions on appropriate risk taking and risk management, as well as the annual LGBT Pride celebration that occurs in June. Boys – take a look at our new noticeboard on the Main Hall corridor, and our fantastic new School flag, flying high on the top of the tower!

Heads of Year Message

With just one week left of this academic year, we are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of this cohort of Third Year boys in a special Form Period on Monday, during which we will be showing the End of Year video and announcing the Prize winners. It is impossible for us to recognise every achievement or worthy act with a prize, and we are well aware how many boys deserve recognition across a wide range of academic and co-curricular achievements throughout the year. Please rest assured that these achievements are recognised and valued by teachers at each and every performance, sports fixture, grade card or event – even if a prize is not forthcoming on this occasion.

We encourage all the boys taking part in the Arts Award to make sure that they submit their portfolio and completed final piece to their adviser before registration on Monday.

Congratulations to the U14A cricket team for winning the County Cup Final against Merchant Taylors’ School on Wednesday. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to repeat this feat on Thursday in the Regional Final of the National Cup. Overall, the U14A cricket team should be very proud of their excellent season!

As well as a virtual Founders’ Day Assembly and the inaugural Hampton School Giving Day on Tuesday next week, there will be a Mufti Day on Friday (last day of term) to raise funds towards Form Charity.

Boys, we hope you make the most of the last week of term. Please throw yourselves into the activities on offer and keep supporting one another with kindness right until the end of term. As always, do reach out to us or your Form Tutors if you are having any difficulties.

Best wishes

Miss Smith & Mr Rigby

Continuation of Covid-19 measures in School until the end of term

It is important that all boys continue with the programme of self-administered LFD testing at regular intervals (twice a week) at home. 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).

Giving Day

There is a lot of excitement building as we look ahead to the first Hampton School Giving Day on our Founders’ Day, Tuesday 29 June.

There will be 1557 minutes of fundraising for the Fitzwygram Foundation and Free Places at Hampton.

Thanks to the Hampton School Parents’ Association (HSPA) there will be two exciting challenges for the boys on Tuesday, the HSPA Food Bank Challenge and the HSPA Penalty Shoot-out. We’re challenging our pupils to bring in 1557 food bank donations and to score 1557 penalties in one hour during the lunch break. So don’t forget your food bank donation and get ready to score some goals! There’s also a rumour that there may be Ice Cream at lunchtime!

To find out more about Giving Day and to donate please visit https://givingday.hamptonschool.org.uk/

Athletics

Harry A tells us all about some strong athletics performances at the Achilles Schools’ Relay Competition this week:

The first event for the Third Years was the 4x100m relay. We had a strong team of Nic L, Nic H, Michael R and James Q and hoped for a good result. In the end, we had a strong performance, with quick running and effective changeovers, but came second to a very fast St Paul’s team. The next event was the 4x200m with a similar team but with Jacob A coming in to the team. It was a good performance with very fast running on show as well as some great changeovers. The final event of the day was the 4x800m, the line up included Harry A, Laurie W, Josh K and the First Year Marcus S. We got a good result coming second to another strong St Paul’s team.

U14 Cricket – Middlesex Cup Winners 2021!

Hampton U14A cricketers have won the Middlesex Cup in a pulsating final against Merchant Taylors School that went down to the very last over! Opening batsman, Natty T, reports:

The final of the Middlesex Cup began with the Merchant Taylors batsman hitting a two and then a four, a reminder of the challenge that the side presented. We dismissed his partner with a great piece of bowling from Ollie H and the other opener followed suit from a brilliant ball from Zidaan K. Ollie G dismissed their number three and their danger man entered the crease. He hit a couple of powerful boundaries before a great high catch from the skipper Anuj S dismissed him. A couple of quick wickets followed and some resistance from the tail dragged them to 130 from 30 overs.

Our innings began positively, but opener Natty T was dismissed after an interesting decision from the umpire. We lost a couple of quick wickets before Anuj and Will W anchored the innings with a great partnership. Wallace was dismissed and brought Zidaan to the crease. His powerful hitting and great running brought us to within touching distance of their score. Ollie H and Ollie G brought the required score to 1 off, before some deft touch from Harry G brought us home. A pitch invasion followed and songs in the changing room. The poor bus driver needs some headache reliever on the way home!

A wonderful performance from the U14A boys, and a well-deserved victory in a tough competition.

The very next day, the U14A side were in action once again in the South East National Cup final against Whitgift School. A great knock of 60 from Natty, combined with solid contributions from Anuj, Will and Tom T, led to a solid target of 153 for Whitgift to chase. Despite an excellent first spell from bowler Ollie H, Whitgift’s batsman proved just too strong for the Hampton boys and they chased down the target with a few overs to spare.

The U14 cricketers have enjoyed a great season, with some super performances and many fond memories to reflect on. Roll on next year!

U14 Tennis

The U14 tennis team were unfortunate to lose away at Whitgift. All the matches were well-contested. Well done to Tim W, Tom K, Oscar S, Arya E, Liam B-G and Porter R on their efforts.

Rowing

The J14 rowers are looking forward to a friendly fixture with St George’s College this weekend, as they look to build on a successful first season out on the Thames.

Meanwhile, the Third Year boys have been competing in an Inter-Form rowing competition during their PE lessons recently, with the challenge of rowing as far as possible on the ergo in just 4 minutes. 181 boys competed, and rowed a total of 157,479 meters. Many congratulations to the top three rowers, Josh S, Adam G, Harry O, and the top three non-rowers, Ben C, Tom M and Joe C, who each earned themselves a well-deserved medal!

Overall Form results

Form Participants  Total  (m)      Average   (m) Points
3B 21 19506   928.9 9
3C 21 19265   917.4 8
3D 21 18406   876.5 7
3A 18 15710   872.8 6
3J 22 19026   864.8 5
3E 16 13627   851.7 4
3H 20 16933   846.7 3
3G 22 18402   836.5 2
3F 20 16604   830.2 1

Third Year InterForm Quiz

The group stages concluded with the tightest match yet last week, as 3F edged out 3J. The draw for the semi-final kept the heavyweights of 3A and 3C apart, but would they meet in the final, or would there be an upset?

3C beat 3G by 50 points

3E beat 3A on a tie break! Absolute scenes.

Well done to Rishi V who answered the decisive tie break question:

Chief Secretary to the Admiralty in the 17th century, he kept a famous diary: who was he? (Samuel Pepys)

3E v 3C in the final on Tuesday in 14C. Watch this space to find out who comes out victorious!

With points still to be tallied up, and a few points still to be won, the Interform competition for the Wills’ Cup is going down to the wire – who will come out on top? Come back next week to find out!

Question of the Week!

Congratulations to Isaac T, Tristan T, Tom T, Alec H, Kasper A, Omer D, Josh K, Avinash G, Monty N, Thomas M and Sam G who all correctly identified that it was the University Boat Race that had been held annually since 1829.

Thank you to all the boys who have participated in Question of the Week this year – it’s been a pleasure to see your answers come in, and you really are quite a clever bunch indeed! Well done everyone!

Enjoy your weekend!