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This week, the First Years have had some much-needed downtime, with their second ‘homework holiday’ of the year. The boys are also encouraged during this week to spend some time cooking with their families, and preparing a meal for them. The boys have taken to this with their customary enthusiasm, and many have cooked or baked several meals this week, with dishes ranging from banana bread to quesadillas! On Monday, the boys have their annual ‘Tea Party’ in which they bring in their baked creations to share with their classmates. It is always highly-anticipated, and is a lovely event for the boys to relax together (with lots of cake!); please remember that any food brought in must not contain nuts of any kind. Last week also saw the Interform Football and Rugby tournaments, with some excellent quality of play and sporting behaviour in very chilly conditions. There are yet more opportunities for the boys to compete for their forms, with the first rounds of the Interform Quiz competition taking place this week – more on this below.


This week, the first rounds of the Interform Quiz took place. There was some fierce competition from the start, but after two rounds, the standings are as follows:

Round 1

1H beat 1B

1L beat 1F

1P beat 1J

Round 2

1J beat 1F

1W beat 1H

1P beat 1L

The next rounds will commence next week, including the loser’ playoffs. Remember that 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. Best of luck to all teams!

Take a look below at some of the action from this week’s rounds:


It was fantastic to hear all about your inventive creations for this year’s STEM Fair. There were some particularly impressive projects on show from First Year Hamptonians and a big well done to the following boys:

1st place

Xavier, Kian and Jack (1J) – Robot detecting laser beam

Honourable mentions

Ethan, Theo and Krishang (1B) – How can we use AI to compose music for the industry? (Musicolator 1000)

Sanjit, Sam and Abhideep (1W) – Can you use a shoe to create electricity?

Anton and Habib (1B) – Is wireless energy possible?

Find out more about this year’s STEM Fair here

International Women’s Day

This week saw the Hampton community mark International Women’s Day, and celebrate just some of the inspirational women who have made an impact on our lives:


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 Xavier K (1F). Xavier not only showed incredible skill during the Interform Rugby competition, but also showed true Hampton values by being constantly encouraging and making every single player feel a part of the team. Well done, Xavier!

Special Shout Outs

Earlier this week, Theo T (1F) participated in the Godalming Performing Arts Festival 2022, playing the organ. He performed superbly, winning the Harry Taylor Cup for Grades 1-4 in Organ.

Mr Roland, Director of Music, was very impressed with Theo’s achievement:

This is a prestigious award, and theo should be extremely proud of himself!

Fantastic work, Theo!

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 (h.ziegler@hamptonschool.org.uk).


Well done to everyone who perservered and entered last week’s quiz, especially as we had a bit of a techinal gitch! Merits go to:

1J: Josh M-J

1W: Sanjit B, Oliver S, Leonardo F, Abhideep S

1L: Haadi H, William O’S, Olly P

1H: Darshan H

1F: Tom S, Siddharth S, Ishaan A

Take a look at this week’s questions – have a go yourself or challenge people at home and see if they know the answer.

  1. Who won the Great British Bake Off this year?
  2. What’s the world’s biggest port?
  3. Which team was Lewis Hamilton driving for when he won his first F1 World Championship title?
  4. Who had a horse called Bucephalus?
  5. Which gas forms the highest percentages of the Earth’s atmosphere?

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.

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:

  1. Which, by area, is the largest country in South America? Brazil
  2. In the Avengers movies, and in Norse mythology, what is the name of Thor’s hammer? Mjolnir
  3. Mary Todd was the wife of which US president? Abraham Lincoln
  4. In cricket, what bird is linked to a score of nought? Duck
  5. After the skin, what is the next largest human organ? Liver

Have a great weekend!

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