Welcome to the Third Year Blog!

How long did it take you to navigate to this blog today? If it was more than about 12 seconds, a Third Year boy ran the 100m sprint faster than this back in 2011! Well done to anyone guessing correctly (11.8 secs) last week…and don’t forget to collect your merits from your Form Tutors. I wonder if our current crop of Third Years have the ability to challenge some of our School Athletics records come the summer!

The Third Year boys took a break from ‘Pens Down Day’ on Thursday (more below), and watched a talk from our School Counsellors during P3. Conformity, peer pressure and risk taking were some of the key topics covered and the boys were reassured to hear that they can access the support of the School Counselling Team whenever it is required. For more information on this, boys can contact their Form Tutor.

With two more weeks until half term, there is still plenty of time for all boys to try out some new and exciting lunchtime clubs that are such a part of what makes Hampton so brilliant – have a look below and pick a club to try out before the break!

Why not have a go and try something new!

Heads of Year Message

After a blistering start to the Interform Competition at Teambuilding Day, we are looking forward to round two on Monday lunchtime – the Interform Penalty Shoot-Out. We cannot promise that Gareth Southgate will be on hand to console anyone who misses, but we will share in the Triumphs and Disasters, and encourage the boys to treat those two impostors just the same.

We look forward to welcoming parents of boys in forms 3A, 3B, 3C and 3E at the Coffee Morning events starting next week. For any parents wishing to swap contact details with each other, this is the ideal opportunity.

To encourage the boys to think proactively about issues relating to adolescence, peer pressure and conformity, Vicci Nagli (School Counsellor) spoke to Third Year boys during Form Period on Thursday morning. Please feel free to watch her presentation below:

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.

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

Best wishes

Mr T Rigby & Miss V Smith

Zaid A – Cricket Tour success!

Zaid A in 3B had a fantastic summer cricket tour up in Barnard Castle (made famous for other reasons, before Zaid arrived…) with the Middlesex School Cricket Elite Squad. Zaid was the highest wicket taker in the squad during the tour by three wickets – great job, Zaid!

Pens Down Day

Thursday saw the return of one of the boys’ favourites on the Hampton School calendar – Pens Down Day! For each of their lessons on Thursday, the Third Year learned by talking, acting, debating, reading, thinking and many more methods besides. It was great to see how much fun the boys had and I am sure that many of them will have come away with new ideas for effective learning as a result.

Some of the activities the boys got their teeth stuck into included:

  • Speed dating in French
  • Bingo in Spanish
  • Building origami amoebas in Biology
  • Making bath bombs in Chemistry
  • Playing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ on as many instruments as possible in Music
  • Giving presentations on Public Art
  • Population game in Geography
  • Codenames in Greek to uncover spies!

Third Year Inter-Form Penalty Shoot-Out!

The next round of the fabled Wills’ Cup, the Third Year Interform competition, is taking place on Monday lunchtime on the 3G pitch. Details below!

The Third Year Interform Competition is back!

The next event will be a Form Penalty Shoot-out.


Monday 4 October during lunchtime.

Starting at 12.40pm.

Third Year section of the 3G.


Teams of seven per Form – all others welcome to spectate.

Each Penalty taker has one opportunity to score a goal for their Form.

1 point per goal scored.


Get practising over the weekend!

Classics club

Classics Club is back and running during Wednesday lunchtimes. If you are interested in this, please come along to Room 25a at 12.45pm. Over the course of the year we will be discussing anything from Egyptian pharaohs, myths, Alexander the Great, gladiators, ghost stories, magic and ancient medicine, to name just a few. There is no need to sign up – just turn up if any of the above catches your interest.

World Smile Day

Today is World Smile Day! Each year on the first Friday of October, everyone is encouraged to smile as much as possible and challenge themselves to make at least one other person smile! Perhaps you could tell a funny joke, or maybe just smile at a stranger and see if they smile back! However you chose to mark the day, I’d love to see some happy, smiley faces in the blog next week and so please send any photos to j.neville@hamptonschool.org.uk.

To cheer you up as we start the weekend, have a look at these jolly Third Year Hamptonians enjoying World Smile Day!

Interesting snippets!

  • Form 3G have apparently got off to a flying start with their History studies and Mrs Willcox has been delighted with their enthusiasm and engagement during lessons – nice one, boys!
  • Maneet B (3D) has created an arcade survival game called “Keep It Green”, made in one week, for the Brackeys Game Jam, with music and sound effects by Oliver P (3D) – sounds exciting!
  • Jeff L (3J) attended his first rehearsal for the International Youth Drama Festival over the weekend at Drapers Hall. Hope you enjoyed it, Jeff!

J14 Rowing

Assistant Director of Rowing, Mr Rowett, reports on a very promising start to the year for our J14 rowers.

With 40 boys rowing as their games option and a further 20 boys joining in with the Sunday Rowing session fitted around their Rugby or Football, we have a really good number of boys coming to the boathouse to enjoy the sunshine on the river.

Nearly all the boys have now had a go in a single scull with some staying upright and others taking an early bath! The skill levels are improving fast, one of the octuple sculls (eight person boats) managed to achieve all eight boys rowing together, full strokes, with the boat balanced. This is most impressive for this time of year.

Combining the water skills sessions with some challenging fitness training during lunch breaks, we are looking forward to producing a very competitive squad of rowers ready for the racing season after Christmas.

Take a look at the video below to see how our Third Years are getting on:


Bake Off!

So, I think we can all agree that Giuseppe is brilliant right? Or maybe you’re a Jurgen fan? Oh, but then there’s Freya! Ok, so I might be slightly addicted, but some of the creations are just fantastic!

Show us what you’ve been baking at home by sending us photos to j.neville@hamptonschool.org.uk and we will be sure to include it in next week’s blog!


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 11.8 seconds as the time run by Harry L to break the Third Year Hampton School record time for the 100m sprint almost 10 years ago in 2011. Merits go to Nicholas A, Arjun W, Avi B, Wiliam S, Rohan L, Monty S, Oliver D, Viren A, Sam B, Zaid A, Ben W, George B, Adi S, Ed M, Leo M, Rayan J and Harresh J. Bragging rights are shared by 3C and 3G for the most correct entries.

This week we’re sticking with Hampton history but on a more botanical theme. Have a go below:

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Have a great weekend!


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