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We’ve made it to the end of term! We have had a fun-packed last week with the Second Year performance evenings and the finals of the interform quiz competition. I hope you all enjoy a lovely Easter holiday with your families and we will see you all again soon, rested and ready to go for the summer term!


Well done to the following boys for reaching their merit milestones this week!

Yaseen Muen – 10

Finley Milner – 20

Alessio Carraretto – 20

Arun Swales – 20

Finley Milner – 30

Edward Barkus – 30

Caspar Strouts – 30

Chris Challouma – 30

Daniel O’Sullivan Sanz – 30

Adam Malik – 40

Nathaniel Chukwu – 40

Finley Milner – 40

Marcus Solomon – 40

Juan-Leonardo Solari Hernandez – 50 (fantastic!)

Joshua Chapman – 50 (super!)

Aditya Kirthivasan – 60 (a fabulous effort!)

Agalyan Sathiyamoorthy – 90 (tremendous!)


On Tuesday, the semi-finals of the grand Interform quiz took place. The first match was 2P vs 2W and 2P came out on top and won by 6 points difference. The match after that was sure to be a good encounter as it was the unbeaten 2B vs 2J, who have many Hampton quizzers on their team. In the end 2J won quite comfortably, 310 points to 130 points. The final will quite soon in the Lecture Theatre. 2P vs 2J.  2P got the better of 2J in the group stages so it should be interesting. By Aditya (2B)

The grand final between 2P and 2J took place on Thursday, it was an incredibly close match, watched by an excited team of supporters. In the end it all came down to the last set of bonus questions that clinched it for 2J!

Take a look at some of the quiz action from the final below:

The final standings were:

1st 2J

2nd 2P

3rd =2B, 2W

5th =2F, 2H

7th 2L


In other exciting quiz news, big congratulations to the Junior A Team who won against RGS Guildford on Wednesday, notching up 820 points to their 520. Very impressive!

Latin Reading Competition

A big well done to Lucas and Juan-Leonardo for taking part in the Latin Reading Competition. euge! hi pueri linguam Latinam optime dicebant.


In our final week of this term, the Hamptonians had the excitement to step up on the stage and perform to our parents! After rehearsals, on Tuesday evening we did a play based off the series of poems ‘Revolting Rhymes!’ The plays featured stories such as Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella all with gory and funny twists. The boys had to recite the poem, coming up with many actions to go along with their parts to add to the performance. It was great fun for the boys and very big thank you to those who had organised the performance. Enjoy your Easter! By Lucas (2P)

On Wednesday, we had our drama performance. This year’s theme was based on Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl, a collection of poems. We arrived in the Hammond Theatre straight after the end of the school day before going off to do separate things. Firstly, we learnt how to come on and off the stage in the right way as well as practising our lines. Then we went up to the dressing room where we changed into our clothes. Afterwards, we went to the lunch hall to have a sausage roll with crisps and a Freddo. Following dinner, we went to do some last minute practice with Miss Tiller and make any small chances necessary. At 7.30pm it was time to perform! By Joshua (2B)


In 2W, over the course of the past half term, we have been conducting a friendly printing competition, as part of our environmental initiative as a form. The challenge is to spend the least amount of money in printing as possible and as it stands now all has been going very well. A select few people have even been able to spend £0! The winner(s) will be announced this coming Friday who will be receiving the grand prize of a large bag of sweets. Wish us all luck. By Theo 2W.


Recently, in Geography, we had the opportunity to give a presentation to our Right Honourable Geography teacher on energy. We were distributed different energy resources and had to research them. There were many different requirements such as listing why our energy resource was better than others, the disadvantages and how we were going to overcome the problems as well as calculating the total cost of the plan and ensuring that it was within the 100-million-pound budget. Some groups went extremely over budget and they ran into the billions. Luckily, we won the presentation with a total score of 24 out of 30 but overall the scores were very close. By Joshua (2B)


On Saturday 23 March, U13 Hampton and Reading Blue Coat boys alike flooded out onto the Hampton playing fields to take part in the final year eight block fixture of the year. After a great season, the Hampton U13As, Bs, Cs and Ds finished the season in brilliant style winning four games out of four. The As did well to keep a clean sheet in a comfortable 2-0 win, with the Bs and Cs recording emphatic 7-1 and 6-1 victories, and the Ds also triumphing 3-1. By Alex (2F)


There’s still plenty of time to enter the Second Year Creative Writing competition. So, if you’ve always fancied seeing your work in print, why don’t you get your thinking caps on over the Easter break and enter, for your chance to win book tokens and have your entry published in this year’s Lion Print magazine. Find out more from Neel, Max, Johnny, Patrick, Arun and Alex.

Entries must be based on the genre of dystopia and should be no more than 500 words. The deadline for entries is 4pm on Wednesday 20 April 2022 and all entries should be typed and submitted to Mr Ellsworth . The winning stories will be selected by Sarah Govett, author of The Territory. If you have any questions, please see Mr Ellsworth in the English Department.


At the beginning of next term, the English Department will be selecting pieces for publication in this year’s edition of Lion Print, our creative writing magazine.

If you are interested in writing a piece for the Lion, please submit one piece of creative writing as a Word document attachment to Mrs Bartholomew by email (t.bartholomew@hamptonschool.org.uk) by Tuesday 19 April – please include a title for the piece and your name within the Word document.

The piece should have been written during this academic year, either as part of your English lessons, or as independent writing you have done in your own time. It must be your own work, and should be between 750-1,000 words of prose (not poetry).

If you are a visitor to The Writers’ Room, or if you have enjoyed your creative writing in English, then this is right up your street!


Welcome to the Weekly Questions! Every week, we’ll post 10 general knowledge questions, and, if you have a go, you can be awarded a merit if you send your answers to Miss Kugele (r.kugele@hamptonschool.org.uk)! This week’s questions have been set By Akshat (2J)

 Which country has won the most ever Olympic medals?

  1. Where was the 1992 Olympics held?
  2. Who won the 100m sprint in the 2016 Rio Olympics?
  3. Where did the first Olympic Games take place?
  4. Who is Britain’s most successful Olympic cyclist?

Here are the answers to last week’s questions:

  1. Insulin is used to treat what? Diabetes
  2. How many bones are there in the human body? 206
  3. What is the capital of Estonia? Tallinn
  4. Who was the second president of the USA? John Adams
  5. Peridot, topaz, and aquamarine are examples of what? Semi-precious stones
  6. Who wrote Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats? T. S. Elliot
  7. What is the deepest lake in the world? Lake Baikal
  8. What is the capital of Romania? Bucharest
  9. If F is for foxtrot, and C is for Charlie, what is B for? Bravo
  10. When was the Mount Rushmore National Memorial completed? 1941

Have a great Easter holiday!


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