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Although it is the penultimate week of term, the First Years have shown no signs of flagging, and have bounced through a busy week with their customary cheer and enthusiasm. The First Year Tea Party on Monday certainly helped to fuel their energy for the week ahead, with the boys baking and bringing in some fantastic culinary creations to share with each other! On Thursday, the boys had an opportune period of quiet, attending a thought-provoking and helpful talk on dealing with loss given by the School Counsellors, as part of their PSHE programme. The end of the week culminates with several competitions, with some pupils playing in the Surrey Rugby Sevens tournament, and the next rounds of the Interform Quiz contest taking place today. With only one week to go, it is a timely moment for the boys to take stock and remember a key message from this week’s talk: to support each other in times of both difficulty and joy.


On Monday, the First Years’ cooking week culminated in the famous ‘Tea Party’, in which the boys brought in some home baking to share with their classmates. The boys had a great time sampling each other’s creations; there were several boys who could put the ‘Bake Off’ to shame! Josh M-J (1J) reports back on cooking week:

This week, all Hamptonians in the First Year have taken part in the First Year cooking week where there is no homework in order to encourage Hamptonians to cook, or bake, some meals. Next Monday, there will be a tea party where students can eat each other’s savoury or sweet dishes. Personally, I have made Turkey Bolognaise as my dish and am planning to bake a banana bread for Monday. However, many people have cooked other meals such as salmon teriyaki and pies. I have liked cooking week as it has given me a chance to have a break from homework and instead cook some meals that could potentially go into the First Year cook book made by Mr Fuldner. If you would like your recipe to be included into the cook book, all you need to do is email Mr Fuldner with a photo of you cooking and the recipe for what you cooked. The cook book should be published after Easter and all money made from selling it will go to charity.   


The Languages corridor echoed to the sound of buzzers this week, as the next rounds of the Interform Quiz took place. After four nail-biting games, the two forms through to the grand final next week are 1W, with their opponents to be decided in the losers’ final between 1P and 1J!! Best of luck to all of our quizzers as we reach the final stages next 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 Oliver S (1H). Oliver threw himself into cooking week with real enthusiasm, and his positive attitude (and super cooking skills!) has really impressed his teachers. Well done, Oliver!


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 entered last week’s quiz! Merits go to:

1J: Jake O’R, William D, Alex M, Danai T

1W: Oliver S, James P, Lorenzo I, Ethan M

1L: Haadi H, William O’S, Olly P

1H: Darshan S

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. The Oval is the home of which county cricket club?
  2. Which famous British physicist wrote A Brief History of Time?
  3. In 1066 how many monarchs ruled England in the year?
  4. Which character does Ewan McGregor play in the Star Wars series?
  5. Hamilton is the capital of which island in the North Atlantic Ocean?

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


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