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The First Years have not let the changeable weather this week deter them from enjoying themselves in School, and have been out charging over the 3G in rain and sun! It looks like the sun has come out for the Inter-Form football and rugby this afternoon, which I am sure the boys are looking forward to! After a full week back, the boys have been settling into their new School routines:

After a full half term of online school, I felt going back to school quite disorienting. I soon got used to seeing all of my friends on the school site and by the second week, everything felt a bit more “normal”

Will M (1J)

On Thursday, the boys took part in an important PSHE lesson on International Women’s Day and the position of women in society. The boys discussed case studies and current news stories, and we were really impressed by the mature way that they engaged with difficult subject matter.


We already have some clubs up and running this week, and it’s been lovely to see the boys enjoying themselves with all sorts of things. Watch this space for more clubs as they open!


Monday Library day – lunchtime

Clarinet Ensemble – P3 (Rm. 35)

School Choir – P3 (Music Hall)

Biology Club – B4

Book Group – 1 :15 (Library)

Rugby training – 1:05

Tuesday Chamber Choir – 8:15 (Music Hall)
Wednesday Physics Club – 12:40 (P1)

Football training – 12:40 (Pavilion)

Tennis training – 12:40 (Front Courts)

Thursday Philosophy Circle – 1:15 (Rm. 21)

Golf – 1:05 (golf nets)

Friday Tennis training – 1:05 (Front Courts)


And a reminder of regular training times for School sports:

Cricket training – Saturday 11:00-12:30

Rugby/football training – Saturday 8:45-10:00


The Drama Department have been running an iMovie competition during e-Hampton, with the challenge to make a short film on the theme of Hope.

Mrs James and Mrs Plowman congratulated all the Hamptonians who entered the competition:

It has been a joy to watch all the entries, and the effort the boys have put into their films has been excellent. Particularly interesting was how pupils all interpreted the theme of Hope differently.

Congratulations to Leonid K (1F) and Agalyan S (1L), who have been highly commended for their entries; this was particularly impressive, as they were competing with boys across the whole School!


Last week, two pairs of First Year boys took part in the Guildford Classical Association’s Classical Reading competition. The pairs of Boris D (1B) an Leonid K (1F), and Alex W (1F) and Alessandro C (1H) performed a vivid dialogue in Latin about a bickering Roman couple.

Against stiff competition, both pairs were awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ Certificate – well done, boys!

Animation spectacular

First Years have been busy in their Computing lessons this week and 1L and 1P have produced some fantastic animations based on well known historical events. Take a look at what they’ve created below:

The Battle of Bosworth Field: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/504255763/

Extinction of the Dinosaurs: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/504252809/

A Trip to Mars: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/504256364/

First Man on the Moon: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/504256648/

Shackleton’s Journey: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/504257228/

The Titanic: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/504257123/

The Black Death: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/504257102/

Well done boys!

Ph-abulous Physics Club

It was fantastic to see lots of boys at Physics Club on Wednesday lunchtime. Mr Cook had set up some experiments for the Hamptonians to learn more about surface tension. One of the experiments involved seeing how many drops of water you could add to the surface of a 2p coin before the water spilled over – the record was 75!


Congratulations to Jacob W (1L) who has been awarded the First Year Tutee of the week for his kindness to other boys, and for his positive attitude around the School.


Today, we will be looking at the most devastating war that ever existed, how it fuelled two nations destined for combat and the reasons it occurred. History was never this tangled before as the sides gear up for the final showdown.

The war officially started in 1945. However, I would say the war really started in 1931 when the Japanese annexed Manchuria, and again in 1937 when they invaded China. Or you could say it was 1933 when Hitler rose to power or when a non-violence treaty was passed between Russia and Germany. The start is complicated, but we know what happens next. The German forces invented a new and devastating type of plan. Blitzkrieg, where an infantry, supported by both artillery, motorised vehicles and aerial forces come together at lightning speed.  It allowed them to take over: Poland, The Netherlands, Ukraine and France in under six months. When he turned for Russia, things started to look nasty. Meanwhile, Japan had taken the South Eastern islands and bombed Pearl Harbour. This took the Americans into the war. Back in Russia, Hitler’s plan was going swimmingly, however, his ego meant that his whole 9th Panzer Legion froze and surrendered to the Russians. The winter then struck. The massive workhouses pushed the Nazis back as the allies squeezed into Normandy. This was the beginning of the end for the war on the Western front. By 1945, Mussolini was executed and Hitler took his own life one month later. After the firebombing of Dresden, a British atrocity hidden in plain sight, the Americans dropped a second bomb on Japan, an atrocity of its own committed for revenge. The Japanese soon surrendered afterwards.

But why were Japan and Germany in this place? Due to a lack of land, Hitler devised a plan to set farmers loose on Poland and Eastern Russia in order to make Germany self-sufficient. The Japanese had the same idea. You don’t hear about Argentina in the war, but it supplied Britain with 40% of its meat. In essence, empires were preventing countries from becoming empires. The rest of the story, we can look at another time. 


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).


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. In what modern-day country was Nikola Tesla born?
  2. How many goals did England score (excluding penalty shoot-outs) at the Mens’ 2018 FIFA World Cup?
  3. What company is also the name of one of the longest rivers in the world?
  4. Name the eldest Weasley sibling in the Harry Potter books?
  5. Which country was the first to give women the right to vote, in 1893?

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 an impressive 39 entries for the 5 questions last week, 1J are in the lead this week with twelve 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: Adam M, Boris D, Jack Y, Advait B, Joshua C, Aditya K, James B

1H: Alex C, Arun S, Isa H-S

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

1L: Matthew J, Agalyan S

1P: Raif D, Eugene K, Arish K, Lucas S

1W: Oliver A, Harry GW, Leander K-B

1F: Fraser K, Arun C, Charles H, Jasper E, Alexander L, Leonid K, Max F, Neel M

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

  1. What is the capital city of Switzerland? Bern
  2. How many keys are there on a piano? 88
  3. Elon Musk is the CEO of which global brand. Tesla
  4. Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch of England, but who is the shortest? Jane Grey
  5. How many Grand Slam singles titles has Serena Williams won? 23



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