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Welcome back! What an exciting first week back our First Years have had, getting to grips with our online lessons. We hope they have enjoyed the interactive side of their lessons this week! The sun has been shining and it has been great to hear that so many of you have been enjoying spending time outside in the lovely weather this week. Remember to take some time for yourselves and get a well earned rest after a full week of learning!


This week’s challenge, set by our First Year Tutor Team, was to see how many “keepy-uppy’s” the boys could manage using a toilet roll. The winners are announced below:

1B – Noah K with a  total of 6!

1J – Oliver D with a total of 4!

1L – Dexter B with a total of 20!

Special mention to Felix R for his basket in one!

1P – Daniel M with a total of 19!

1W – Ollie S with a total of 21!

Take a look a some of the attempts here:


Mr Hill has enjoyed settling in to working from home. Here are his top three tips for a successful working from home routine:

  • Stay hydrated and eat healthily (can you spot his orange!)
  • Keep your work space organised and uncluttered
  • Make a list of each subject at the start of each day, and tick off the subject once the work has been completed and submitted


1J have sent in some questions to ask Mr Hill this week:

What’s your favourite subject apart from Geography?

I’ve always loved History, and it was certainly my second favourite subject at school. I have kept my interest in the subject, and this year have read books about the First Crusade, and about Late Victorian Britain. There’s so many different areas to be interested in! I am tempted to read a book about the Anglo-Saxons next.

When a child what did you want to be?

I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, but I was also keen to see what other jobs were like, which is why I went to work for a big company after university, although I always thought I would end up teaching after a few years doing other things.

What’s your favourite game?

I really enjoy board games, and my favourite is currently Carcassonne – it’s a fun game of strategy that’s quite easy to learn – maybe give it a go?

When did you join Hampton School?

I’ve been at Hampton since 2014.

Do you have any pets?

I don’t have any pets at the moment, but I am hoping I will soon be able to get a dog, as I’ve always had cocker spaniels at home growing up.

When did you start rowing?

I started rowing at school in the Third Year (U14s). I started out in the U14G team, but kept improving through the years, and was in the 2nd VIII when I left school. At university I won at Henley and represented Great Britain, so my advice to any aspiring athlete is to keep learning, working hard and persevering. I never thought when I was in the U14G team I would ever be as good at the sport as I became, but with hard work you can always achieve more than you think.

What’s your favourite Geography Trip?

I’ve been fortunate to go on some great trips at Hampton. I always enjoy going to Iceland and seeing the Northern Lights. The Sixth Form trips to Uganda and Costa Rica I’ve been on have been absolutely superb and would have to be my favourites. If you have the opportunity to go on either the Iceland or Sixth Form trips then do take them – you will end up with memories you never forget. I would also say that I really enjoyed going on the Choir Trip to Barcelona two years ago. It was great to spend some time seeing how fantastic our Hampton musicians are.

Who do you support in the Cambridge v Oxford boat race?

As an alumni of Durham, I would say Durham! But as they don’t compete in that race, I would say that I usually support Oxford, but it was quite an arbitrary pick when I first started watching it, once you start supporting one team though, you have to stick with them.


For the first time in almost 30 years people can clearly see the Himalayas due to India’s lockdown clearing air pollution.


A few questions for you to have a go at yourself or challenge people at home if they know the answer.

  1. Which Pokémon is based on a fox?
  2. Who was the first President of the United States of America?
  3. Who painted the Mona Lisa?
  4. In Physics, what is the “Goldilocks Zone”?
  5. Which song has the lyrics “I’ve got that sunshine in my pocket, got that good soul in my feet.”

Why don’t you have a go and enter your answers here. 


  1. Is an avocado a fruit or a vegetable? – Fruit
  2. Which famous Roman died in the Ides of March? – Julius Caesar
  3. How many Earth years does it take Jupiter to orbit the Sun? – 12 years
  4. From which famous musical does the song “On My Own” come from? – Les Miserables
  5. Who won Sports Personality of the year this year? – Ben Stokes

Guess the Workspace

One challenge that our teaching staff have been working on this week is Guess the Workspace. If you missed the first two challenges, take a look at the link below. Look closely at the clues and see if you can correctly identify which teachers work here?

Guess the workspace

Your School Needs You!

Did you know that Friday 8 May, VE Day, will be the 75th anniversary celebrations of the surrender of Nazi Germany. which ended the Second World War in Europe. We want you and your family to get involved! The History Department would like to put together a collection of stories from World War Two. Does your family have memories of the war that you are willing to share?

Find out more here

Have a great weekend!

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