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Lots of great summer sport continues this week, we have had thrilling cricket matches, and the rowers have been put to the test both on the rowing machines and in the pool! There are lots of events coming up soon, so don’t forget to get involved – in particular the Lower School Science Fair is fast approaching so get your project proposals in! We also have two winning entries in the Creative Writing Awards to congratulate and you can listen to their work in our blog. Finally, this week the boys have had their first scheduled study skills session in PSHE. Mr Talman talked to them about how to best approach their upcoming progress assessments and to view them as a really useful learning experience. They were also introduced to the ‘Mind Palace’ revision technique and shown where to find the amazing resources and top tips available to them on Firefly which can be found here: https://hamptonschool.fireflycloud.net/learning-support/how-to-revise


Cricket – Zaid (2P) reports on a thrilling match against St Georges a week ago on Saturday!

On 17 April, the U13A Cricket Team had a home match against St George’s, Weybridge. It was a 25 over game. St George’s won the toss and elected to bat. After 12 overs, Hampton were in a good position with St George’s at 55/2. Unfortunately, the final half of the innings was all about the batting. The ball flew to all parts of the ground, and St George’s managed to score 136 of the final 13, leaving them in 191/10 after their 25 overs.

With a high total to chase, Hampton wasted no time, and scored 39 inside the first 4 overs. The loss of an early wicket did not change the mindset of Hampton skipper Rohan Paul Muktieh, who went on to score a brilliant 89. He partnered up with Richard Page, and a flurry of boundaries meant that Hampton were in a strong position. However, the team stumbled across overs 15-20, losing wickets at regular intervals. After over 21, a win seemed unlikely with Hampton stuck at 153/7, needing nearly 40 runs of the last 4 overs. The tables turned though as Edward Reilly smashed 2 massive sixes over deep mid-wicket, and some good power hitting from Daniel Mills. Hampton went on to win the game by 2 wickets with 3 balls to spare. A brilliant effort from the A team overall, and we wish St George’s best of luck for their future games.

Summer Rowing – Theo (2L) and Eddie (2J) report on Saturday’s important swim test, and the excitement of a first visit to the Millennium Boat House on Monday!

Summer rowing is extremely fun but we have to know how to swim to stay safe otherwise we have to wear a life jacket. The swimming trials took place on Saturday 17th April and 24th April from 1:40-2:20. We arrived at the tennis courts and walked over to the LEH swimming pool, after taking our shoes off outside we went in and were split into three groups with 7-8 people in each. One person at a time got into the pool and swam half a length before the next person got in and started swimming. We swam four lengths of the pool which is about 100m and towards the end the coach told us to go underwater for five strokes and tread water for one minute while they asked for our names. After we finished the coach told us to dry off and walk back to Hampton where our parents would be waiting. Theo (2L)

Monday of this week saw the first rowing session of second year at the boat house, with the session starting with a 2-mile run to the boathouse. When we arrived, there were four sessions which groups alternated between, with one group doing fitness, one going on the ergo’ s (rowing machines), one getting to know how to get on and off 8-seater boats and the fundamentals behind rowing, and the other learning about a 1-seater boat. Due to the distance to the boathouse and how much time we will be spending on the water, those doing rowing will have the school-day end at 5:30 as opposed to 4:00. Eddie (2J)

Creative Writing Awards

Congratulations to Ben (2H) and Sam T (2H) for their brilliant entries in this year’s Creative Writing Awards!

This year, the standard of the stories in the Creative Writing Competition Junior Category was very high and there were many amazing pieces submitted. Being under the COVID-19 restrictions, I wanted to explore some unique, exciting environments far away from the ones we spend every day in, as many others did, so I decided to base my story at sea. With the criteria being an action adventure story with 1,000 words, similar to last year, I was excited to begin forming a new world. In my story, two adventurers make a daring journey to an uncharted island to retrieve an unknown substance while the raging sea is against them. I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the competition this year and look forward to taking part next year. Ben (2H)

In the Creative Writing Competition this year there were many entries, all of an extremely high standard. I feel that the competition is a great way to broaden your horizons and learn vital English skills along the way. During lockdown we have been unable to go on planes and flights, I wrote my story on how a skydiving flight goes wrong after the pilot goes unconscious and I have to control the plane and land it. Writing is a great way to relieve stress, something needed at the moment, and something I really enjoy.  Sam (2H)

Take a listen to Ben and Sam reading a short extract from their winning stories:

Amazing Art

From David Hockney inspired watercolours to papier-mâché birds, it’s been great to see so much creativity during Second Year Art lessons this week. Take a look at what our artists have been up to:


Science Fair

Calling all budding scientists! Pupils in the Second Year are invited to participate in the annual Lower School Science Fair. This is an opportunity for you to extend your interest in science through a project of your choice. Examples of past projects include: creating a small-scale water cycle in a bottle, researching the perfect free-throw in basketball, the feasibility of flying cars, and the use of brain waves to control LEDs. You may work on your own or in a small group. On the day of the fair, you or your group will have to give a short 3–5 minute presentation about your findings, ideally with a demonstration. The Science Fair will take place as follows:

Date: 12 May 2021

Time: 12:35 – 1:50pm

Location: Hammond Theatre

If you’d like to take part, please collect an entry form from outside the Physics Office and give it to Mr Cook by Wednesday 5 May. If you have any questions, please see Mr Cook in the Physics Office, or speak to your subject teacher in the subject that your project seems to fit most closely within. Entry forms can also be downloaded here.

So, get your thinking caps on over the bank holiday weekend!

May the 4th Be with You

As we celebrate Star Wars Day on Tuesday May 4th, look out for the tasty galactic treats that will be on offer in the Dining Hall:

May the fork be with you!

Calling alL  LEGO Enthusiasts

Mrs Moore in our Art Department is setting up a new lunchtime LEGO Club which will start in September 2021 and she is appealing for donations of LEGO bricks, boards, pieces or mini-figures. So, check your cupboards, under your beds, on top of your shelves for anything that has been forgotten about and the Art Department will happily give it a new lease of life at LEGO Club. More information will be available at the start of the new academic year.


A reminder to give our current competition a go! The challenge is to get creative and imagine yourself as an interior designer! You have a budget of £1,000 to design the ultimate teenager’s bedroom. You will need to consider the cost of paint/wall paper, furniture, wall fixings etc. Send in your design, including costings to r.kugele@hamptonschool.org.uk.


Star gazing – by Trivikram (2P)

Did you know that in the Milky Way galaxy alone there over 300 billion stars? Did you ever wonder about them? The Night Sky app (available on HS apps) helps you find out more and explore the galaxy from the comfort of your home. How many satellites do you think we have launched into space? Pop onto the AR mode and see where all the stars are in relation to you. Or if you feel like stargazing, just go outside with your companion to the sky!

Key constellations:

  1. Aquarius
  2. Aquila
  3. Aries
  4. Canis Major
  5. Cassiopeia
  6. Cygnus (also known as the Northern Cross)


Have a go at our weekly trivia questions and send in your answers for a merit!

This week’s questions have been set by Eddie (2J)

  1. How many countries are there in Africa?
  2. Which country’s flag is this?

  1. How many teams agreed to join the proposed European Super League?
  2. Who made the penny-farthing?
  3. Which year’s YouTube Rewind video is the most disliked video on YouTube?
  4. How many Christmas albums have Now That’s What I Call Music released?
  5. How many Formula 1 World Championships has Sir Lewis Hamilton won?
  6. Where is England currently in the FIFA World Rankings?
  7. Which email service is owned by Microsoft?
  8. Which coding language is Minecraft Bedrock Edition coded in?

Logic puzzle set by Trivikram (2P): Rachel gave half of her money to Howard. Then Howard gave a third of all his money to Rachel. They each ended up with the same amount of money. Find the ratio amount that Rachel started with: amount that Howard started with

Answers to the previous set of trivia questions!

  1. Which fruit has the highest fibre content? Answer- Raspberries (1 cup contains 8 gm fibre!)
  2. What happens when a scientist’s expectations change how the results of an experiment are viewed? Answer- Bias
  3. What has Microsoft technology designed to allow an easy combination of HTML, scripts, and ActiveX? Answer- Active Server Pages
  4. What is a golfer said to have if he is entitled to tee off first? Answer- Honour
  5. What metropolitan area, not bordering a body of water, is the largest in the world? Answer- Johannesburg, South Africa
  6. This George Orwell novel begins with the words “It was a bright cold day in April”. What’s it called? Answer- 1984
  7. What is considered an average for an IQ Test? Answer- 100
  8. What’s the country of origin of French Fries? Answer- Belgium
  9. What is the fastest fish in the sea? Answer- Sailfish

Guess the picture answer: sponge cake.

Have a great bank holiday weekend!





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