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3rd Year Blog

Welcome to the Third Year Blog!

The end of another week, and where on earth do they keep going? Next week’s blog will be coming to you in October and the boys are already counting down the days until half term!

Unlike the news this week that petrol at the pumps may be dwindling, there has been no lacking in energy from our Third Years as they’ve continued to throw themselves into co-curricular clubs and activities! There’s so much going on, it’s hard to keep up! See below for yet more clubs and societies that are up and running.

Here at the blog, we feel certain that there are some impressive things going on from our Third Years outside of School and we’d love to celebrate your successes with the rest of our community. If you’ve got some news to share, please do send it in to j.neville@hamptonschool.org.uk and we’ll be sure to include it in a future blog.

Heads of Year Message

We were delighted that so many Third Year parents were able to attend the Pastoral Forum on Monday evening, and thank you to those of you that did attend for your contributions during the discussion groups.

We would remind all parents that there will be another opportunity to meet with your son’s Form Tutors and the parents of other boys in his form during the Coffee Morning events taking place in the first two weeks of October. For any parents wishing to swap contact details, this is the ideal opportunity.

Please feel free to contact your son’s Form Tutors by email to arrange a conversation over the phone if you are unable to attend either of these events but would like to speak with one of them. Similarly, if there are any concerns you have at this stage of the term that you would like to raise with us, please do contact us both by email and we can arrange to speak as required.

It is important that all boys continue with the programme of self-administered asymptomatic LFD testing at regular intervals (twice a week) at home. As previously, boys must not attend the School site if:

  • they have symptoms of Covid-19 (a raised temperature; a new persistent cough; a change in sense of taste or smell)
  • they have received a positive Covid-19 test result

Boys must take a PCR test if they have any of the symptoms of Covid-19, and receive a negative result before they can return to School.

If any boy is unable to attend School due to ill health, or for one of the reasons listed above, please notify the School by contacting Form Tutors and absence@hamptonschool.org.uk.

To encourage the boys to think proactively about their own pastoral needs, one of the School’s counsellors visits each Form Group during an afternoon registration in the early weeks of term. This is a simple introduction to the counselling team and the service they offer in School. It also gives boys the opportunity to ask any questions they may have. These visits have been taking place during afternoon registrations over the last two weeks.

Boys – Please remember to let us, your Form Tutors or the relevant subject teachers know if you are having any difficulties.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes

Mr T Rigby & Miss V Smith

Lost Property

Lost Property is now run by the HSPA and is open every Tuesday and Friday for the duration of the whole lunchtime break 12.35-13.50.

School Photos

Hopefully, some proofs of school photos should arrive home via blazer post soon, along with an order form. There are some lovely smiles on show and I’m sure that family and friends will be delighted to receive a copy for their mantelpieces! Should you wish to order any photos, boys should return the order form to Reception by the due date.

Interesting snippets!

Felix L and Louis W in 3F had birthdays on consecutive days this week and presented each other with gifts to mark the occasion!

Ed M did a sterling job of tackling the parent Q&A at our recent 13+ Taster Event, and Eddie H and Theo D both took on the task of showing Head Teachers from visiting schools around our site when they were here for the Primary School Maths Wizard Competition earlier in the week. Great effort, boys, and superbly helpful!

Meanwhile, in other news, there are 22 pupils in 3D and they have 11 cats, 5 dogs, 1 bird, 20 fish and 2 ghost shrimp between them… what, no rabbits or guinea pigs, folks??!

Clubs and Societies

Politics

The first meeting of the Politics & Current Affairs Club has been delayed a week! It will now meet next Thursday 30 September – 1:10 in Room 99.

Cryptic Crossword Club

Cryptic Crossword Club is happening on Monday lunchtimes in Room 11a at 1pm.

Beginners welcome – please come along with a sharp mind and (if you have one) a sharp pencil, ready to solve some riddles, sort some anagrams and decrypt some clues.

Junior Medic Society

Now more than ever, people across the world have found a new respect for the medical industry. It’s innovation, commitment to quality of care and diverse range of specialties have inspired more and more people to consider it as a profession. The Hampton Medic Society would very much like to encourage all Third-Fifth Year Hamptonians interested in this field to come along to our new interactive and informative brief lunchtime club, the Junior Medic Society. The club will run in Biology lab B7 every Monday between 1:15pm and 1:35pm and will focus on a new interesting topic each week. If you have any questions or topics you’d be interested for us to cover, please let Rizwan Hatimi know at 17hatimiri@hamptonschool.org.uk.

Budding Sports Reporter

It’s great to see you all take advantage of the vast array of co-curricular clubs on offer at lunchtime. One such club is Hampton Sports Chronicle, for any budding sports reporters in Third Year. Take a read of Joseph’s incisive analysis of the U14C footballers first match of the season below, which appeared on the Hampton Sports Chronicle website this week. Well done Joseph!

Comfortable 5-1 win sees U14C footballers start their season in style

Co-curricular Clubs

The full list of clubs on offer can be found in the booklet below:

Why not have a go and try something new!

Bake Off!

It’s back again, and already the talk of the Staff Common Room! Note to all Third Years – teachers really like cake!! Have you been busy in the kitchen cooking up a storm? Send us photos of your culinary successes, or even better, bring some in for us to try!

Miss Smith specialises in brownies – yum!

U14 Sports News

The U14B footballers had two particularly challenging fixtures this week, with a tough loss to Bishop Challoner’s on Tuesday in the ESFA Cup, and a very narrow 2-1 loss to an ACS Cobham U14A side on Thursday. Nonetheless, Eddie H worked hard in goal to keep his team in both games and there was certainly plenty of spirit on show – keep up the good work, chaps!

In other football news, the U14A side got their year off to a strong start with a 2-0 win over Wilson’s recently, with Dexter B and Sam M-J getting on the score sheet. They face Forest School away this weekend – good luck, boys!

The U14A Rugby team have hit the ground running this September, with 35-30 and 25-15 wins over Campion and St Paul’s Schools respectively, with Omar K contributing three tries against Campion before suffering an incredibly unfortunate broken collar bone for his club side – get well soon, Omar!

Our U14 cricketers are already in preparation for the new season with indoor nets taking place on Tuesday evenings, and the J14 rowers have hit the water for their first taste of the River Thames this year – exciting stuff!

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

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

A fantastic effort from many of you last week who correctly guessed 28 acres as the size of the Hampton School site. Merits go to Pablo B, Zaid A, James S, Sam Y, Eashan A, Avi B, Trivikram P, Ed M, Monty S, Will M, Joshua, Gabriele C, Viren A, Rohan L, Alasdair M, Falak K, Rayan J, Nolan B, William S, Harresh J, Adi S, Arjan W, Oliver D, Alex R and Arun D. Bragging rights go to 3G for the most correct entries.

This week is a sport themed question, delving into the Hampton School athletics archives. Have a go below:

Have a great weekend!