Welcome to the First Year Blog!
The First Years have been getting back into the swing of lessons as we settle into this half term. It has been a typically busy week for the boys, with lots of clubs running, although the weather unfortunately proved too formidable for football and rugby training this week! Next week is a homework holiday for the boys, in which they can enjoy some much-needed downtime; they are also encouraged to spend some of their time cooking a meal (or several!) for their family. As further inspiration, the boys attended a fascinating talk on nutrition from Chartwells, which culminated in tasting some healthy (and tasty!) flapjacks.
The end of the week also marks the next interform competition, with Interform Football and Rugby today. The standings are as follows, but it could all change with lots of points up for grabs today – best of luck, boys!
1st 1J and 1W
4th 1B and 1P
Interform Football and Rugby
Great to see you all throwing yourself into the Interform Football and Rugby matches this afternoon. As well as some fantastic sporting skills on show, there was plenty of cheering from the sidelines. Take a look at some of the action from the interform event:
Next week will see the first rounds of the First Year Interform Quiz competition! The competition will take place over five lunchtimes on Wednesdays and Fridays from next week, with the big final in the Lecture Theatre on Wednesday the 23rd of March. Every form will get a chance to play at least twice, with the losers progressing to the losers’ playoff (where there is still a chance of reaching the final!).
Each form will need a team of 4 for each round; however, you can change players between rounds, so there’s plenty of opportunities for lots of you to have a go, or to come and support your form. It would be great to see as many boys as possible, so do get involved if you’re keen on quizzing!
CLUB OF THE WEEK
Josh M-J (1J) interviews fellow attendee Jack H (also 1J) on what goes on in Badminton Club:
What do you do in Badminton Club?
You can play badminton with your friends and you can also participate in training with a specialist badminton coach.
What do you like about Badminton Club?
I like Badminton Club because it is very enjoyable and good way to spend your lunch time with your friends.
When and where is Badminton Club?
It is held on Tuesdays from 12:35 to 1:10pm in the sports hall.
Why would you recommend Badminton Club?
I would recommend it as it a great way to socialise with your friends at lunchtimes and is also a great way to improve your skills.
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 Peattie will provide the boy with a football to use on the 3G for the week!
This week’s Tutee of the Week is Charlie E (1W). Charlie’s positive attitude and enthusiasm in everything he does has really impressed his teachers; this was epitomised by his excellent work on a game design he made during his participation in Eco Club. Well done, Charlie!
SPECIAL SHOUT OUTS!
A few weeks ago, Rahul B (1F) competed in the 2022 Surrey Swimming County Championships. He performed superbly, winning the County Championship for his age group in 200m butterfly, and winning finalist ribbons in the 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly. A fantastic achievement, Rahul!
In further sporting news, Manraj G (1F) recently played for the London Borough of Hounslow in the Cricket London Youth Games. He and his team have made it through to the finals of the Games, and will compete their final match at Lords’ in March. Well done, Manraj, and fingers crossed for March!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FIRST YEAR 5 QUESTIONS
Well done to everyone who entered last week’s quiz! Merit go to:
1F: Xavier K, Siddharth S, Ishaan A
1W: Oliver S, James P, Leonardo F
1L: William O’S, Olly P
1H: Adam S
1J: Josh M-J, Lucas Z
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 Interform Competition will be awarded to the form with the most entries every week.
- Which, by area, is the largest country in South America?
- In the Avengers movies, and in Norse mythology, what is the name of Thor’s hammer?
- Mary Todd was the wife of which US president?
- In cricket, what bird is linked to a score of nought?
- After the skin, what is the next largest human organ?
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 here are the answers to last week’s 5 questions:
- What is the surname of the children in The Chronicles of Narnia? Pevensie
- Which European country shares its border with the most neighbours (nine)? Germany
- Which planet has the most moons? Saturn
- Richard III died at which battle? Bosworth Field
- Who is Great Britain’s most successful Winter Olympian? Lizzy Yarnold
Have a great weekend!
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