Welcome to the Third Year Blog!

What a week for the Hampton Third Years! There’s so much to report on that there’s not even time to write an introduction (thank goodness – Ed). Enjoy a jam-packed edition!

Heads of Year Message

We are delighted with the way Third Year boys have responded to the request to participate in lessons and co-curricular activities with energy and enthusiasm. The boys have covered a lot of ground this week across an impressive range:

– Thank you to the Geography, History and RS teachers who delivered sessions as part of the Cross-Curricular morning on Flags & Identity for Third Year boys on Tuesday. Thanks also to Miss Brown for organising the event, which encouraged many excellent discussions and was a welcome change from normal lessons.

– Well done to those boys who delivered sessions at Hampton Prep School as part of their Arts Award Leadership Day on Friday.

– Also on Friday, boys across the School community enjoyed raising funds for Form Charity by supporting Teams Colours day, no doubt accompanied by a few conversations about the England v Scotland fixture in the Euros.

– Congratulations to the U14A cricket team for reaching the County Cup Final and the Regional Final of the National Cup in consecutive days this week. This is a fantastic achievement – we’re wishing you well in both finals boys!

– It was a big week for Third Year musicians, with an Orchestra recording on Monday, a Choir recording on Tuesday, and a Gamelan Workshop on Wednesday.

The Terrible Infants summer show graced the boards of the Hammond Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday evening to the delight of both audiences. Well done to all the Third Year dramatists involved.

Boys, we hope you make the most of the remaining two weeks 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 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. 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).

Team Colours Day

From Juventas to Newcastle United and Sunbury Cricket Club to Huddersfield Town, it was great to see you all in your favourite team colours today to raise money for our Form Charity partners Water Aid, FC Not Alone, Calm, ZSL London Zoo and Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

Indonesian Gamelan Workshop

Nic W H reports on an inspiring music workshop!

On the 16 June, Inspire-Works hosted a Gamelan workshop in the Hammond Theatre for all Third Year students who currently study Music. Gamelan is the traditional ensemble music of the people of Indonesia and is primarily made of percussion instruments. The term ‘Gamelan’ derives from the Javanese word ‘gamel’ which means ‘to strike’.

The ensemble is sacred in the eyes of the Indonesian people which therefore means it is forbidden to walk over the instruments and come into contact with the ensemble without removing your shoes first. Gamelan music is normally played in special and traditional ceremonies in Indonesia and it consists of a gong, a kendhang, a rehab and many other different instruments which accompanies the overall ensemble.

Thank you to the Music Department for hosting the workshop and a special thank you for Inspire-Works for the brilliant introduction and practical explanation of Gamelan ensemble.

Cross-Curricular Morning

On Tuesday, the Third Year enjoyed a morning off timetable to explore “Flags and Identity” with the Geography, RS/Philosophy and History departments. The aim of the morning was to engage with these concepts and to think about how knowledge from different subjects complements each other, especially across the humanities.

After a short introduction led by Miss Brown over MS Teams broadcast ‘live’ to their Form rooms, introducing them to the ideas of ‘identity’ ‘collective identity’ and the purpose of flags, the boys completed three sessions on rotation, each led by a different departments

In RS/Philosophy the boys spent time thinking further about what makes up our ‘identities’, before looking at Pride flags. They were tasked with making a poster about one flag; looking at who it represents, and the meaning of the colours and symbols and thinking about influential figures who identify with them.

Once they had finished, they enjoyed learning about the other pride flags by looking at the posters created by other members of the form group.

In Geography, the boys spent time recapping the practise of colonialism and thinking of the impacts this had on African nations and their identities. They considered how and why the Ethiopian flag had changed over time and why it was so significant in the creation of many other national flags post-independence. The boys then worked in groups to investigate the Ghanaian, South African or Nigerian flag and consider how the concept of national identity can be difficult in these countries (and many others!).

It was competition galore in History, where the boys started off by looking at the meaning of flags and symbols, and thinking about Middle Eastern nation creation and Pan-Arab nationalism. They had to work out whether some flags were fictional, controversial or extinct and considered why flags may have been controversial. The Kahoot quizzes were a much-loved feature of the History session!

Take a look at what you got up to:

The boys commented that they learnt:

A lot of subjects can work together in the way that different aspects of them interact. For example, Geography is important to History as it could tell us why a certain event happened. RS can help us to solidify certain ideologies throughout history.

All subjects are all connected and relevant to each other. For example, colonialism was a historical event but is very relevant in geography because of the ways it affected countries and their development.

All subjects are interlocked, some part of the Geography we learnt was History and some of the History included fragments of Geography topics. So to master a subject, you would need a thorough understanding of its corresponding subjects as well (Latin – Ancient History, History – Geography etc)

Other comments from the boys:

It was different to a regular school morning with more of an emphasis on practical tasks.

I liked the different team-based challenges, and the fact that rewards were on offer.

It was nice to have lessons on topics which we would otherwise not do.

I enjoyed the vast range of activities and different experiences we got to try out, and the subjects we learnt about where different to those we are learning about in lessons at the moment, and so they were very refreshing

U14 Cricket

The semi-finals of the County Cup competition for the U14A side were played this week, with Hampton up against a strong Harrow side. Captain, Anuj S, reports on a fantastic victory:

On Tuesday 15 June, coming off a great win on Saturday against St Paul’s, the Hampton U14A Team faced Harrow School in the semi-final of the Middlesex Cup. Losing the toss and fielding first on a hot, sunny day, Hampton began well by taking two crucial wickets in the first 7 overs. However, the Harrow batsman took the attack to the bowlers and in 15 overs, they were on 115 for 2. Hampton spinners were then introduced on a spinning wicket with the plan from the captain being to strangle the runs, which resulted in a batting collapse. To finish off, Hugo K, our trusted death bowler, took 4 fantastic wickets to end their innings on 157 all out. Hampton’s innings, with Maddox D and Natty T opening, began with a flourish with Maddox D scoring a maiden half century for this season, 54 (46), setting Hampton up nicely for the chase. Only losing two wickets, Hampton managed to chase the score down with more than 6 overs to spare, with Natty T scoring 49 not out and Will W scoring 26 not out. Overall, Hampton had a great game, with all-round performances contributing to this amazing win. Hampton U14A will now be in the final of the Middlesex Cup and will hope to add to Hampton’s large collection of silverware!

A sterling effort from the Hampton cricketers and one to be proud of. They will face Merchant Taylors in the Final next week – good luck, boys!


The U14As have made it two finals in as many days by defeating Forest School in the National Cup competition! Fantastic effort, boys – more details next week!

Richmond Schools Golf Tournament

Players from three Schools (Hampton, Grey Court, Orleans Park) enjoyed an afternoon in the sun competing in the annual Richmond Schools golf tournament at Fulwell Golf Club.

In the intermediate age category, Hampton was represented by Third Year Jack S along with Fifth Year Ollie, who turned in very respectable scores despite facing tough competition.

Mrs May saw some fantastic shots and is sure that the players’ handicaps will be coming down steadily over the years to come. We look forward to seeing them compete again!

Third Year Inter-Form Quiz

The Inter-Form Quiz competition continued apace this week, and 3A and 3C have booked their places in the semi-finals – well done, guys!. They will be joined by two more forms on Tuesday, with the semis to take place next Friday.

3B beat 3H 190-60 –Ben T scored 5 starters

3C beat 3J 330-30 – John S with 5 starters

3D beat 3G 200-170 – Edmund N (D) and Henry F (G) both played exceptionally. This was apparently a cracker of a match – well done, 3D and unlucky, 3G!

Best wrong answer: which two countries united to form Tanzania? East and West Germany

Question of the week!

Every week is an opportunity to score yourself a merit on the Question of the Week, and they might all count in the race for the Wills’ Cup at the end of the year! Here’s this week’s teaser:

HINT – many OHs have taken part in the past, including one in this year’s event!

Have a great weekend!











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