Welcome to the Third Year Blog!

Another shortened week – don’t get too used to it! Despite it being a Bank Holiday weekend, many members of the Third Year were busy representing Hampton in sporting events. There were cricket matches for the U14A, B and C teams with all three games won, and the J14 Rowers were in action at the Junior Sculling Regatta where they claimed a well-deserved silver medal. The sport continued into the week with further cricket fixtures and the Achilles Relays taking place yesterday. Wednesday and Thursday evenings hosted the Third Year Plays and the performances have been greatly enjoyed by all.  After the first Study Skills PSHE session last week, the second session focussed on revision tips and tricks – in which the boys were busy learning all about the Cornell note taking method.

I hope that you enjoy reading the blog and that you have a great weekend ahead!

Heads of Year Message

HPV Vaccinations (second dose) will take place in School on Wednesday morning in the North Gym for all Third Year pupils according to the following schedule:

3A                                      9.10am

3B                                      9.25am

3C                                      9.40am

3D                                      9.55am

3E                                      10.10am

3F                                      10.25am

3G                                     10.40am

3H                                      10.55am

3J                                       11.10am

Parents have been contacted separately for permissions. Please contact nurse@hamptonschool.org.uk if you have updates, questions or concerns regarding this vaccination.

Well done to all the Dramatists who put on two great shows this week performing their devised plays, and good luck to those involved in the performances of “Electra” (tickets still available – see details below) next week. We are looking forward to watching it on Thursday!

It has been another action-packed week of sporting fixtures, drama productions, and (of course) lessons. Whilst we are advising the boys to make the most of the time available to revise over the coming fortnight (using their homework timetable as a basic framework for revision, whilst no new homework is set), we continue to support their engagement in a range of sporting and co-curricular activities. Although this can lead to some busy schedules over the next three weeks, we believe that it is essential for the boys to maintain a balanced approach to school work, sport and other co-curricular activities, leisure and family time, combined with a healthy diet and regular sleep throughout this period.

Third Year Exams will take place during the week commencing Monday 23 May (the week before half term).

Boys – keep up the good work over this weekend and into next week. This is the time to make your preparations for exams count. Stick to your revision schedules. Continue to be thoughtful and kind to the people around you. As always, let us, your Form Tutors or the relevant subject teachers know if you are having any difficulties.

Best wishes

Mr Rigby & Mr Moore

Sports Round Up

U14A Cricket vs St James Senior Boys’ School by James S:

On Thursday, Hampton played against St James School in the second round of the County Cup competition. Hampton won the toss and elected to bowl due to the hard and consistent wicket. Openers James E and Ram K scored 3 off 13 and 40 off 50 respectively. The loss of an early wicket did not shift Hampton’s winning mindset and James S came on the field to bat. Ram K and James S created a steady partnership which came to an end after putting over 60 runs on the board, James scoring 30 runs off 27 balls. Shortly after Rohan P came in at number 4, Ram’s wicket followed shortly. Richard P and Rohan put together a solid partnership until Richard’s wicket fell after scoring a solid 28 off 27 balls. Next in was Aziz M and the pair put on as many runs as they could. After some excellent batting, Rohan got out in the last over after being struck on the pad, dismissed for 48 from 30 balls. Aziz and Ed R finish the initial innings undefeated, scoring 13 off 10 and 0 off 1 respectively – putting on 202 runs for 5 wickets.

St James came onto the field to bat and the first wicket fell shortly, with Ralph T taking the wicket. Wickets continue to fall in rapid succession whilst the opener stays in on the other end, eventually scoring a slow but solid 51 off 76 balls. St James were bowled out for 91 after 23 overs, Zaid A and James taking 3 wickets each and Adi S taking two.  Well done team!

U14B Cricket vs Tiffin by Viren A:

The U14B’s third match against Tiffin School, was the first away match we had, and after a near loss to Harrow the team was looking to bounce back. Tiffin decided to bowl first, and our openers, Raph C and Viren walked out to bat. A solid 50* (retired) not out from Raph C helped to set a solid base for Viren to hit 40* not out and Ben R a 38* not out. Hampton finished with 163 runs for no wickets lost after 25 overs.  As Tiffin came out to bat our opening bowlers, Raph T and Haresh J kept the openers under pressure. Our bowling on the weekend was spot on with special mentions going to Daniel M who picked up four wickets across his 5 overs. In the end Hampton won by 92 runs and it was a great victory for us.

Richmond Borough Swim Gala by Daniel M:

Last week, the Junior Swim team competed at the Richmond Borough Swimming Gala which was hosted by our neighbours LEH. It was a busy day with over 100 swimmers from ten schools across the local area taking part, competing in events ranging from individual freestyle to medley relays.  There was lots of success from the team but Third Year special mentions go to Maneet B who won gold in the Backstroke and to Daniel M who came first in the Butterfly race. Further first places were achieved by the Third Year relay team when they clinched gold in both the Freestyle and Medley Relays.  It was great to represent Hampton in a competitive swim competition and everyone really enjoyed the experience.  Thank you to LEH for hosting such a fun day!

Junior Sculling Regatta

Our A crew rowers enjoyed an exciting and successful day of racing last Monday at The Junior Sculling Regatta at Dorney Lake. Competing against the same three crews who were ahead of us back in March, we managed to place third in the time trial which qualified us for the A Final.

It looked like we were going to be in a tussle for the bronze medal based on the time trial results, but the boys wanted better! After a blistering start, we led the field for the first 600 meters. Windsor Boys School then pulled away as expected, then we fought really hard to stay a boat length ahead of the really close race for bronze between Winchester and Mossbourne. A well deserved silver medal was the reward, two places better than in March.

The photo below shows the Hampton crew leading at the 500m marker:

Well done to Rayaan R, Alex N, Henry C, Henry H, Monty H, Leo R, Mitul A, Freddie M and cox Ben K.

In other rowing news, we are pleased to have nine beginners joining us this term which gives us a healthy squad size of 57 boys enjoying the summer on the river.

Third & Fourth Year LEH/Hampton Play: Electra

The LEH Drama Department is excited to present ‘Electra’ on 11 and 12 May, performed byThird and Fourth Year LEH and Hampton pupils. John Ward’s modern reinvention of the Sophocles/Euripides classic puts global unrest at the centre of this myth of revenge, power and prophecy.

Fifteen years since King Agamemnon was murdered by the mother of his children and Queen, the cruel regime of King Aegisthus has pushed the people of Argos to the brink of revolution. Desperate for vengeance for her father’s murder, Electra takes her opportunity when her brother, Orestes, returns from exile a fully-grown man intent on restoring order to his homeland.

Their exhilarating production addresses modern themes of protest, fake news and corruption, with a punk attitude and an edgy soundtrack. The revolution will be televised, but are the Gods watching?

If you would like to see some great theatre and support your friends, tickets can be booked here

Upcoming Clubs

There’s always the opportunity to try something new from the wide range of activities that are offered at Hampton, and this term some new clubs have started up.  Here’s a reminder of ones that you might like to check out:

  • Psychology Club will be running this term from this Thursday at 1:15-1:45 in room 98 – all Third Years are welcome to come along. We will be discussing fascinating psychological phenomena such as déjà vu and the Placebo Effect, and even be conducting our own experiments!
  • Garden Club will be starting next week in the Geography Department Garden from 1pm on Thursdays. If you are interested in how to grow your own food from seed, propagate plants from cuttings and generally want to experience a rewarding and therapeutic new life skill – come along to the first meeting of the year next week.
  • Photography Club will be happening on a weekly basis this term – a chance for any budding photographer interested in developing their skills. It will take place in Art5 every Tuesday and will run by Aryan S in the Sixth Form.
  • Current Affairs Club is up and running! The club is open to all in the 1st to 4th year, and happens every Friday at 13:20 in room 99.  From exciting debates to interesting news stories that you may have otherwise missed, this club is all about digesting what’s going on in the world in a fun and engaging way.  Attendance is not compulsory week on week, so if the club is not for you – no worries!
  • Maths Club takes place on a Friday at 1.10pm in Room 7. New members are always welcome – you don’t need to have attended before.
  • Climbing Club happens on a Friday at 12.35pm by the climbing wall. Any level of experience is welcome – come and try something new!
  • Philosophy Circle run by Mr Scott also happens on a Thursday at 1.20pm, taking place in Room 21. Come along and get involved in some thought-provoking discussions!
  • Croquet Club is a new Croquet Club has started! It is on Wednesdays from 1-1:45pm between the Porter’s Lodge and the tennis courts at the front of School.  No previous experience necessary – just a steely streak of competitiveness!  All welcome.  Any questions – please contact Mrs Nicholson in Physics.

Two truths and a lie

Last week Mr Hurst gave us two truths and a lie – well done if you guessed that Mr Hurst being a Manchester United mascot was the lie! 3J Form Tutor Mrs Reilly is up next…can you find the lie?

  • Mrs Reilly represented Middlesex County at trampolining as a school girl.
  • Mrs Reilly made it to the final six out of 13,000 applicants for the Project Juno Astronaut selection in 1989.
  • Mrs Reilly worked as a truckers-mate on a road train in the Australian outback after University.

Answer to be revealed in next week’s blog!

Connection Corner

Well done to the 28 Hamptonians who had a go at last week’s Connection Corner and for the first time in the history of Connection Corner you all correctly guessed the connection as elements! Big shout out to Rohit K, Erik D, Freddie M, Apurav S, Thomas T-S, Rayan J, Xavier F, Mitul A, Charlie C, Oscar P, Nathan N, Avi B, Sam B, Alex R, Ethan Q, Arun D, Jayden O, Monty S, Zaidan A, Oliver D, Ed M, Ralph Y, Joshi RdM, Viren A, Rocky M, Ted K-S, Thomas W-M and Ben B. Don’t forget to collect your merits!

Have a go at this week’s instalment:

In case you’re still perplexed, here are last week’s answers:

Who was the lead singer of the band Queen? Freddie Mercury

What is a five-cent coin known as in the USA? Nickel

Snowy is the name of the dog in which famous Belgian cartoon? Tin Tin

The Millennium Dome in Greenwich is now known by what name? The O2

 Connection answer: Elements

Have a great weekend!

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