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As we reach the close for this half term our First Years have had a week chocka-block full of exciting events. Watching the matinee performance of The Wizard of Oz, No Limits Week, Pens Down Day and the eagerly anticipated Inter-Form Football and Rugby Competitions. What a way to end the half term! All boys definitely deserve a well-earned rest next week!


All First Year students had the amazing opportunity to watch the matinee performance of the eagerly anticipated Lower School Musical. Oli H reports:

After we had all taken our seats in the Hammond theatre, we enjoyed the first few songs like “Somewhere over the rainbow” and “Munchkinland” both were, like all the others superbly preformed and thoroughly enjoyed. After the interval the second half kicked off with a comedy scene outside the Great Oz’s palace which had us all laughing followed by more excellent songs like “Merry old land of Oz.” The play drew to an end with a dramatic performance of “Ding Dong the witch is dead”. It was a very impressive performance which we all enjoyed. Well done to all the staff and pupils of Hampton and Waldegrave school that were involved.

Some of our First Years have had an extra busy week and performing in the Musical every night, Mitul A, a lead Munchkin comments on his time on stage:

Being in the school musical is a fantastic experience. It’s nothing like my old school. The set is absolutely spectacular and the crew are amazing. We worked really hard over the past four months and it all paid off.

Read all about it and take a look at some of the photos: the wizard of oz


No Limits Week has been a huge success, our First Years have been getting into the spirit of the week and trying out lots of new clubs. Chemistry Club had a boom-ing increase in numbers of boys, fun and games were had at Board Games Club and the Sports Hall was jam-packed full of First Years trying out Table Tennis and Futsal. Hopefully this has enthused some of our First Years to try out some more new clubs and return next term full of enthusiasm for what lunchtimes have to offer.

Patrick T tells us about his experience:

No Limits Week occurred this week. It is a week where you have to try three clubs that you never tried before. It is a great opportunity to try out all the new clubs and great opportunities. Personally, I went to Biology, Model United Nations and Rowing. I really enjoyed these and it opened my eyes to the great experiences Hampton offers. It was a great experience.


A major highlight of this half term for the whole school is our Bi-annual ‘Pens Down Day’. It was lovely to hear the boys’ stories of all the fun things they did, they seemed to have a wonderful time and we are sure they are all looking forward to the next one!


The week after half term the First Years come back to an exciting inaugural Modern Languages Week. There will be several competitions being run during the week and some very exciting talks on sports journalism using other languages, a multilingual rock concert and a create your own language workshop! We’re all very excited for the fun start to the next half term.  Watch out for the posters around School for details of all the lunchtime talks and events that will be taking place!

A quick taster of just some of the fun activities to look forward to:

  • Read the accounts of your Languages teachers on their year abroad
  • Guess the language competition (around the school)
  • Guess the City landmark competition
  • Language Quiz
  • Last but not least, enjoy international cuisine throughout the week

There are also events happening at lunchtime. Look out for the following:

Tuesday 25 February

  • Hampton Rocks Around the World Charity concert in the Hammond theatre Hamptonians will be putting their languages and music skills to the test in this international charity concert. Come and support this year’s selected charities whilst enjoying international music

Wednesday 26 February

  • Can you create your own language? in the Hammond Theatre Professor David Adger will be offering a workshop on linguistics and the fun mechanisms of languages. Come along and enjoy the chance to create your own language with your friends.

Thursday 27 February

  • “The value of languages” with Joe Terry (OH 09) in the Lecture Theatre Joe is a qualified translator and interpreter working primarily in football. Some of his clients include UEFA, FIFA and several top Italian football clubs. Joe will be talking about the value of languages in the world of journalism and translation

The Modern Languages Department hope that this will make our first week back a little bit more special!


Congratulations to Zaid A who has been awarded Tutee of the Week for the continued kindness and helpfulness that Zaid displays to his fellow classmates and members of staff.


Our U12A, B and C Football teams had their work cut out for them last weekend, playing against strong sides from Dr Challoner’s Grammar School. Hampton left with a draw and a loss after some particularly challenging matches.

The U12A, B and C teams also had a tough weekend against St Benedict’s School, putting in a strong performance but it wasn’t quite strong enough, the A team managed to hold them to a draw!

Well done to all our Hamptonians who have represented the School in any sporting fixture this term, you have earned a well deserved rest this half term!

Creative Writing Awards 2020

Are there any budding authors out there? Get your creative juices flowing over half term and put pen to paper! To enter, write a story opening of no more than 750 words and submit a printed version to the English Office by 9am on Thursday 27 February.

You could win a place on a Creative Writing Masterclass with published writer Sara Grant. Book vouchers are up for grabs too, and the winners will have their writing published in this summer’s edition of Lion Print, Hampton’s Creative Arts magazine. All information can be found on the Firefly section for the Creative Writing Awards (links below):

All information can be found on the Firefly section for the Creative Writing Awards (links below):

CReative writing awards 2020

creative writing awards brief 2020

Have a listen to Second Year Adam’s entry from last year’s competition:


If you have any questions, please speak to your English teacher.


Fairly obvious when you think about it, it was incorrectly!


Keeping in theme with the Lower School Musical.

Merits can be collected from Mrs Halford in the Biology office for any correct answers, happy solving!

Have a great break!

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