WELCOME TO THE FIRST YEAR BLOG!
The boys have had a very busy week, with all the forms making their way to Avon Tyrrell for their two-day trip. From the photos on the Hampton School Twitter account and speaking to the boys, it looks like they had a fantastic time getting to know their classmates and having fun indoors and outside, although there were some very tired faces in School on Wednesday and Friday! With a quieter few weeks before half term, it is a good chance for the boys to settle in and establish good routines for the school day, particularly as they become more familiar with the layout of the School and their timetables. There are also more clubs starting up in the next few weeks, so there will be plenty for the First Years to get stuck into!
Please complete the trip response form for the First Year Geography trip by Friday 1 October.
This week, the First Years set out for the New Forest for an overnight trip of team-building and outdoor activities. Here’s a taste of what they got up to:
My favourite activity was the archery.
I loved the climbing wall and high ropes!
The night walk was great! We drank pine needle tea, and tried eating apple leaves!
I really enjoyed the problem solving and adventure course
Two boys, Ollie (1H) and Alex M (1B), also celebrated their birthdays while they were at Avon Tyrrell; they got to enjoy some cake with their classmates before going rafting! Happy birthday boys!
THE FIRST WEEK AT HAMPTON – A FIRST YEAR’S VIEW
Alexander S (1H) reports from the field after playing his first football match for Hampton on Saturday.
My first match was a successful match; we played very well winning 15-0. When I came to school on Saturday, I felt the atmosphere of a normal school day which goes on and on for ever. The fields are wet in the mornings meaning that the ball will skid nicely but hard for the keeper to save it. All the coaches know their players very well and put me in my right position.
The match duration is 50 minutes, 25 minutes both sides and a halftime about 5 minutes. The football feels like a long time, but it is very hard to score goals one by one. The referee was very fair and made the right decisions. The nurses and the ambulance (just in case) were on duty all the way through the matches and gave aid very quickly. I hope our team keeps a clean sheet.
From table tennis to board games, book club to volleyball, it was great to see you all trying out lots of clubs last week.
One such club is Hampton Sports Chronicle, for any budding sports reporters in First Year. Take a read of Jack’s incisive analysis of the U2E first match of the season below, which appeared on the HSC website this week. Well done Jack!
The full list of clubs on offer can be found in the booklet below:
Why not have a go and try something new!
TUTEE OF THE WEEK
Each week Tutors in the First Year team nominate a boy who they have been particularly impressed with and Mr Hill and Mrs Halford will provide the boy with a football to use on the 3G for the week!
This week’s Tutee of the Week is Joe T (1L). Joe really impressed us with his enthusiasm and kindness towards other boys this week. Well done Joe!
Ben P of 1H recently won First Prize in the Chiswick Brook Festival Poetry Competition for his poem ‘The Prisoner’, which he entered while in Year 6. Ben’s winning poem is included below; well done to him on a fantastic achievement!
“Is there anybody there?” said the prisoner,
knocking hard on his own front door.
He was met with an isolating silence,
so he peeled his feet from the floor.
As he trudged down his bleak dark corridor,
loneliness crept into his mind.
Warming sights, sounds and smells seemed to perish,
turning back to the daily grind.
He sank slowly down into his soft black seat,
Pushing his hope yet further away.
Dragging his tired hands back up to the laptop,
again, just another lockdown day.
In more creative writing news, Jamie H of 1F won the KS2 Senior Poetry in the Wimbledon Bookfest Young Writers’ Competition, with his poem on the theme ‘My Name Is…’. Jamie attended the prizegiving last Friday, where he received his prize from the author Caroline Lawrence. Well done to Jamie on a fantastic achievement!
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 (email@example.com).
First Year 5 Questions
We had an impressive 50 entries for this week’s First Year 5 Questions. 1F are our weekly champions with 11 submissions! Well done to everyone who entered!
1P: Ozan B, Aarav D, Leo G, Thomas Q, Nileeth G, Jamie R, Rufus L
1F: Ivan S, Ben W, Ishaan A, Siddharth S, Theo T, Adam K, Jamie H, Alexander B, Rahul B, Tom S, Xavier K
1J: Nihal B, Jack H, Jake O, Alexander M
1B: Krishang T, Ethan G, Kiran G, Dylan L, Salah S, Rory M
1W: Amar G, Oliver S, Abhideep S, Ethan P, Ethan M, Matteo M, Sanjit B
1L: Kai W, Haadi H, Max P, Olly P, Jayden C, Oscar M-C, Jack M, Alexey M, Rafe M
1H: Alex S, Oliver K, Huw P, Ben P, Tioba S-B, Darshan S
Take a look at this week’s questions – have a go yourself or challenge people at home and see if they know the answer. Merits are awarded for everyone who has a go! Just click on the link below and enter your answers; points for the Inter-Form Competition will be awarded to the form with the most entries every week.
- What is the smallest planet in our solar system?
- Which country in the world is believed to have the most miles of motorway?
- What are the five colours of the Olympic rings?
- Name the first actor to play Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films.
- Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived – who was Henry VIII’s last wife?
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!
Take a look at next week’s blog to find out the answers and which Form is crowned our weekly champion.
And here are the answers to last week’s 5 questions:
- With what sport would you associate Sachin Tendulkar? Cricket
- What is seven cubed? 343
- What is the highest-grossing Marvel movie without the word ‘Avengers’ in the title? Black Panther
- Which southern Italian city is usually credited as the birthplace of the pizza? Naples
- Roughly how long does it take for the sun’s light to reach Earth – 8 minutes, 8 hours or 8 days? 8 minutes