Welcome to the Second Year Blog!
This week the Second Year have thrown themselves into the many activities that are now available at lunchtimes! If you haven’t been to any clubs yet, have a read of our Blog Rep’s reports for some inspiration!
Our weekly interviews, are a great opportunity for you to find found out a little bit more about your Tutors! I thought it was only fair that I went first! So, thank you to Avi (2H) who interviewed Miss Kugele; one half of 2H’s tutor team!
Why did you become a geography teacher?
Because I didn’t want to have an office job and knew that teaching has a lot of variety. I missed geography as well, having studied it at university, and so I became a geography teacher!
As a child, what did you want to be?
I didn’t really know, but I may have liked to make a job out of sport or travelling to amazing places. I imagined it would be great to be able to travel around the world and write about my experiences.
Where is your favourite place in the world and why?
The west coast of Australia, because it has stunning scenery and yet very few people there! There are not many places you can enjoy an absolutely deserted beach and step into the sea straight into coral reef!
Is there a particular topic in geography you enjoy teaching more than the others?
I love teaching about development and population, because these are really dynamic subjects that are constantly changing and you can have some great discussions!
What did you do to become a geography teacher?
I did a PGCE after going to university which involved going to lectures and teaching in different schools (Fun fact – I have never taught girls! I have only taught in all-boys schools).
EDM Club by Elliot (2H)
This week, Composition and EDM club began. EDM stands for Electronic Dance Music, which includes categories such as House, Dubstep and Disco. Every Tuesday lunchtime, we get to learn how to create great songs using professional grade software such as Logic Pro X. We will learn techniques such as vocal chops, which are a way of editing, looping and manipulating voice recordings. The music we make mainly consists of synthesised and electronic sounds. The drums are normally drum machines, which allows for more unusual sounds.
Logic Pro X:
Psychology Club by Trivikram (2P)
It’s great seeing clubs reopen, especially after a lengthy break of over half a year. Last week, I spent a fascinating 20 minutes at Psychology Club, which was absolutely amazing. We spoke about the enigmatic world of dreams. I learnt many amazing facts. In my opinion, the most interesting (and surprising!) part we learnt about was the phenomenon of being aware that you are dreaming while you are dreaming! We understood this state of dreaming is called lucid dreaming. The really cool bit about lucid dreaming is that you can do anything you want to do in your dream, while you are in this state – even fly.
When the bell for the end of lunch rang, I realised that time flies when you are absorbed into something really interesting!
Book Club by Patrick (2H)
On Thursday this week, I attended the Hampton School Second Year Book Club. In the book club, we discussed which books we take pleasure in reading (Stephen King is my favourite!) and then chose a book to all read together, starting next week. The decision we came to was to read “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie. Next week we will discuss our opinions on this book, and lunch will be served too! I would definitely recommend coming to this club if you take pleasure in reading, and discussing the books in which you read. It is very collaborative and great fun! 10/10 from me.
Tennis Club by Eddie (2L)
Tennis Club started up again on Monday, for all Second Years to attend if they wished, to make up for the summer sports option that they missed due to lockdown restrictions and e-Hampton. Numbers were limited with only seven in attendance, the majority of which, including myself, were from 2J. With numbers preferably to be around 12-14, many other second years are able to attend. We started up by playing half court without points, to enable everyone to get used to the courts and get their eye in. We then moved onto a few games of half court and points, with a promotion-relegation system, before finishing up with some rounds of doubles, with the help of Mr Mills. The only condition for attending is to have your racket in School with you, and it is a good way for anyone looking to play tennis for their summer sports being given a chance to train in a relaxed environment.
Last week’s theme was ‘The Ocean’ and the winning entry came from Avi (2H) – A silhouetted boat in the ocean against a cloudy sunset in watercolour
Our runner-up entry was by Falak (2B)
Well done boys!
This week’s theme is ‘Food’. You can use any medium you wish, simply take a picture of your artwork and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org , alongside some text explaining how you created it.
Go on give it a go!
- Second Year Board Game club will be starting next week on Fridays. It will take place up in the Library (the quiet reading room).
- Please return any text books that you still have at home from last year to the relevant department offices.
- Sports Hall lunchtime activities are as follows: