Welcome to the First Year Blog!

The First Year have been undaunted by the inclement weather this week, and have thrown themselves with enthusiasm into their lessons as they adjust to the new ‘normal’ at e-Hampton. We have seen some great work from the boys already, and we hope they are enjoying the interactive element of their lessons. Remember to take some time for yourselves and get a well earned rest after a full week of learning!


This week I interviewed one of our Sixth Form mentors, Luke Greenall.

A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future and believe it can be obtained.

How do you encourage innovative ideas in your form?

I constantly encourage the children in my form to take part in as many activities as possible because they might find they love it.

Do you have a mentor and why?

My form tutor and Music teachers are probably my mentors because I want to do Music at university and they’re the ones who are very supportive and help me achieve what I want to do.

What subjects are you doing for A-Levels?

Music, Maths and Drama. I’m the only one in the year who’s doing that combination. It involves a lot of work.

Do you have any books that I should read?

One which would come to mind is: Bounce by Matthew Syed, a professional tennis player. I would definitely recommend some people read this book.

How are you finding it to work from home?

I’m not the biggest fan of working from home as I have two practical subjects: Music and Drama. They require a lot of space. Space at home is very limited. Personally, I like to interact face to face.

Who has influenced you the most?

It would probably be my dad because he’s incredibly hard working and always puts others before him. That for me is something to look up to.

How would you approach the unknown?

I would approach the unknown with immense confidence and I would try to be as aware as possible.  Also, I would try to talk to as many people as possible as this will help me to know more people and create new contacts.

Project Explore!

This week marks the launch of Project EXPLORE! Mr Hill, Mrs Halford and your Form Tutors will be providing more details on this next week, alongside a letter your parents will have received, but for now, here is a sneak peak of what the project entails:


Time for your first challenge; this week we will be testing your dexterity! What is the most challenging origami animal you can make? Use the following website to get instructions and difficulty levels for each animal, and submit a photo of your best attempt to Mrs. Ziegler and we’ll feature as many as we can in next week’s blog.

There will be prizes for the best origami animals overall, and a prize for the form who have made the most animals, so get folding!


National Houseplant Week

We’ve had a staggering number of entries for National Houseplant Week; it’s lovely to see so many budding gardeners out there! Take a look at what our green fingered First Years have been looking after at home:


This week the Music department have kicked off a music composition competition – details below and on Firefly. Entries are due in by 22 January, so if you’re feeling creative, get composing!

Special Shout outs

We love to hear about what you have been getting up to outside of school. Please do send any information about any of your achievements through to Mrs Ziegler (h.ziegler@hamptonschool.org.uk).


Looking for a workout to do this weekend? Here is Mr Hooper with a challenge for you to try:

You can find our workouts in our eHub. Click on the image below for this weekend’s suggestion:

First Year 5 Questions

A few questions for you to have a go at yourself or challenge people at home if they know the answer. Merits are awarded for everyone who has a go! Just click on the link below and enter your answers and points for the Inter-Form Competition will be awarded to the form with the most entries every week.

  1. If you have cryophobia, what are you afraid of?
  2. How many of Henry VIII’s wives were called Catherine (including other spellings)?
  3. How many permanent teeth does a dog have (answers accepted within 2 either way)?
  4. At which venue is the British Grand Prix held? 
  5. Name the first actor to play Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films?

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

Remember to write your name in the form so you can be credited with merits!

We had a record breaking 49 entries for the 5 questions last week, 1J are in the lead with ten submissions! Well done to the following boys (make sure to add your merits in the back of your homework diaries and to collect your merit certificates when you reach 10!):

1B: Aaditya T, Boris D, Joshua C, Jack Y, Aditya K, Jathun J, Alessio C, Adam M, James B

1H: Alessandro C, Prabodha A, Alex C, Steffan H, Maurice R, Arun S

1J:  Ben B, Yuvraj S, Daniel T, Maxwell G, Freddie T, Ameya M, Nathaniel C,  Caspar S, Joshua R, Billy T

1L: Gregory M, Agalyan S, Jamie G, Jude LS, Otto F, Jaipaal G, Matthew J, Fynn A, Aadi K

1P: Eugene K, Benjamin W, Gabriel W, Jack H, Arie B, Raif D

1W: Tanmay B, Oliver A

1F: Johnny R, Fraser K, Jasper E, Patrick M, Charles H, Arun C, Henry P

And here are the answers to the last set of 5 questions:

  1. What’s the chemical symbol for silver? Ag
  2. With what sport would you associate Sachin Tendulkar? Cricket
  3. What does the Latin Tempus mean in English? Time
  4. What are the five colours of the Olympic rings? Blue, Yellow, Black, Green and Red
  5. Which planet is know as the ‘red planet’? Mars

Have a great weekend!

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