Welcome to the Second Year Blog!

It is hard to believe that this is the final blog of the year, and it has been brilliant fun to round off the week with the annual swimming gala. Well done on completing your Second Year at Hampton; you have all been amazing, have a fantastic summer break!


Inter-form Chess

The final of the inter-form chess competition took place on Monday. After some fantastic matches the winners were 2P – well done!!

As a year group you have all really got behind Form Charity and have all supported with great enthusiasm all the brilliant events that you have organised together. Your amazing efforts have raised an incredibly £900 this year!! I hope you are all really proud of this achievement – thank you!


The swimming gala is always a fantastic last day event, the sun didn’t quite come out for us but at least it was a warm day!! Thank you to Trivikram (2P) for writing this report.

Six forms, one winner. The Second Year interform swimming gala was an exhilarating event. Being the last interform competition of the year just magnified this feeling hugely. Three forms were on 19 points, but only one of them would win. Who would win the interform prize of the year? The swimming competition would decide it all. Some rather funny highlights include belly flops onto the water in the diving competition, and also doing the wrong stroke in the wrong race! It was incredibly close, in the end with only three points separating the top three finishers. Everyone had great fun and it was a fantastic end to the year, thanks to the Sports department for organising it.

The results of the swimming gala were:

1= 2H

2= 2L

3= 2B

4= 2P

5= 2J

6= 2W

2H Celebrate winning the swimming gala!

The overall competition standings also finished incredibly closely – Well done to 2L for finishing on top!!

1= 2L

2= 2P

3= 2J

4= 2B

5= 2H

6= 2W

2L Celebrate winning the Inter-Form Competition Cup!

Eggcellent Physics

2W had an  ‘eggcellent’ time in Physics today as they tested their egg parachutes  Survived or Scrambled, that is the question!


Thank you to Mr Rowett for sending us a final update on our summer rowers!

The rowers had their final session on Monday and we managed to put out 54 boys in six boats.

In a very short space of time we have managed to get whole crews rowing together really well

We even managed to hold some short races between the crews in a fitting finale to the Summer rowing.

We are looking forward to large numbers of boys keeping rowing up in the third year and then competing at Henley Royal Regatta in 2025!


Well done to Ben Robinson (2B) for passing his Grade 4 Saxophone exam with merit!


There were a number of outstanding Help Projects this year – well done to you all!

Thank you to Eddie (2J) for sending us an extract from his brilliant project titled ‘How a Formula 1 Car is Designed and Developed’

Aerodynamics are one of the fundamental areas of an F1 car, as its primary aim in F1 is to generate downforce, which pushes the tyres into the ground, generating more grip, henceforth faster cornering speed (leading to quicker lap times), and better acceleration and deceleration. The difference made by aerodynamics in F1 is clear: in 2019, Lewis Hamilton’s pole position time at Silverstone was 1 minute 15.892 seconds, whereas a grand prix motorcycle, or a fast road car, is about 34-35 seconds slower a lap, and although some may say that this is mostly down to the 1000bhp engine in F1 cars, that only makes up a small amount of that margin: the rest is through aerodynamics, which lead to increased cornering capability in F1 cars.

Aerodynamics is the biggest performance differentiator in F1, leading to teams focusing on that aspect, and the title-winning car will normally have the best aerodynamics package, leading to teams spending millions of pounds and employing hundreds of people just for an extra second or two a lap, which adds up in the long term, and is the crucial extra bit of speed that makes the difference between a good car, and a great one. The downforce produced by aerodynamics in F1 is so great that a f1 car could in theory drive upside down on the ceiling. However, producing downforce isn’t the sole purpose of aerodynamics, as a car leans to the side when cornering, dips at the front when it accelerates, and dips at the back when it brakes, which an engineer must factor in.

In the heart of the ICE, is where the combustion occurs. It is where fuel and air are mixed. They are then ignited to liberate energy. This is the same basic process as a normal road car, but the system is much more intricate in an F1 car. The combustion air is fed to the engine through an air duct, which sits behind a roll hoop. This air pressure is then increased by a compressor. Because this increases the air temperature as well, the air is then cooled in a charge cooler before being fed into the plenums. It then passes six inlet ports and two inlet valves into the cylinders, where the fuel comes into effect. In f1 engines, the fuel is injected straight into the combustion chamber, where it mixes with the air. This is compressed by a piston before being ignited by a spark plug. The force produced through this combustion then pushes the piston down. This piston is connected to the crankshaft, so can drive the crankshaft. When the piston comes back up, the exhaust valves open to release exhaust gases from the engine, allowing the process to be repeated, because the exhaust gases drive the turbine wheel of the turbocharger which drives the compressor…


Have a go at our final set of weekly trivia questions over the summer holidays! This week’s questions have been set by Eddie (2J)

  1. Which Formula 1 driver currently leads the World Drivers’ Championship?
  2. Which two third-placed teams failed to qualify for the knockout stages of Euro 2020?
  3. In what year was the first Harry Potter book published?
  4. What is the capital city of Cuba?
  5. How many countries are in the EU?
  6. How many female prime ministers have the UK had?
  7. Styria is a region in which European country?
  8. Which two teams didn’t concede a single goal in the Euro 2020 group stages?
  9. Which country hosted the 2000 Olympics?
  10. When did England last win the rugby world cup?

Answers to the previous set of trivia questions!

  1. A galley
  2. The Daytona 500
  3. A hangar
  4. Atlas
  5. To serve greatly
  6. Latkes
  7. Unicorn


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