Welcome to the First Year Blog!

First Years seem to have made the most of their extra day off and returned to School full of energy! Everyone had a valuable session on effective revision in PSHE this week, and discussed using different revision techniques such as mind maps, brain frames and condensing their notes into flashcards. There was also plenty of sporting success with Brennan C (1H), Rahul B (1F) and the U12 relay team triumphing in their respective events at the Richmond Borough Swimming Gala. Our U12 tennis players also reached the semi-finals at the Surrey Schools Tennis Festival. There is plenty for the First Years to look forward to next week, with lots of clubs and sports fixtures, as well as an exciting Brazilian Samba Drumming workshop to look forward to on Tuesday!


There are plenty of clubs for First Years to try out at lunchtime – take a look at the list below and see if there’s something new you’d like to have a go at!

Monday Cricket training (U12ABC) (12:35 Sports Pavilion)

Badminton & Table Tennis (12:35, Sports Hall)

Climbing (12:35, Climbing Wall)

Biology (12:35, B2)

Board Games (12:35, Library)

Tech (1:10, Control Lab)

Tuesday Art (12:34, AR2)

Dungeons & Dragons (12:35, Rm 25A)

Chemistry (12:45, C9)

Backgammon (1:00, Rm 3B)

History, Archives & Archaeology (13:10, Rm 86)

Wednesday Athletics – hurdles/throws (12:35 field)

Boys’ Choir (12:35, Garrick)

The Writers’ Room (12:45, Rm 53)

Geography (12:45, Rm 74)

Croquet (1:00, outside Porters’ Lodge)

Book Club (1:00, Library)

Junior Philosophy (13:20, Rm 21)

Thursday Athletics – speed/sprints (12:35 field)

Volleyball (12:35, Sports Hall)

Tennis (12:35, Tennis courts)

Golf (12:35, nets)

Junior Physics (12:35, P1)

French/German (12:35, Rm 14/14b)

Pride (12:35, Rm 91)

Gardening (1:00, Geography garden)

Junio Drama (1:10, Drama Hall)

Friday Basketball (12:35, Sports Hall)

Golf (12:35, nets)

Cross country (12:35, Pavilion)

Climbing (12:35, Climbing Wall)

Current Affairs (1:20, Rm 99)


This week, regular contributor Josh M-J (1J) tells us a little more about Blog Club!

Blog Club is held on Tuesday break times by Mrs Ziegler near the Classics department and is open to all First Years. During the meetings, we discuss future writing topics, such as co-curricular clubs, events and sport fixtures. For example, I have written about Basketball Club, interviewed my Form Tutor and written about a Badminton tournament. After the meeting, you can start writing about your subject at home and send it to h.ziegler@hamptonschool.org.uk. At the meetings, we also receive merits for our last pieces and at the end of the term some chocolate as a reward. I like Blog Club because it is very flexible, you don’t have to write every week and it only takes roughly 10 minutes. See you there!


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 Eric P (1J). Eric has been a consistently kind and caring member of the form, and has really impressed his Form Tutor with his thoughtful contributions during PSHE lessons. Well done, Eric!


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: Josh M-J

1B: Rory M

1J: Alex M

1W: Leonardo F, Sanjit B, James P

1L: William O’S

1F: Ishaan A, Tom 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.

  1. What day of the year is known by fans as Star Wars Day?
  2. Which Asian country is bigger than France, Spain and Germany combined but has a population of little over two million?
  3. Where would you watch the Rhinos playing rugby?
  4. What is the biggest planet in our solar system?
  5. In which year was Margaret Thatcher first elected Prime Minister in Britain?

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 of the following is not a blood group – AB, O or T? T
    2. Who has been appointed this week as captain of the England cricket team? Ben Stokes
    3. The House of Lancaster kings were all called by what name? Henry
    4. Alfred Pennyworth is the butler to which superhero? Batman
    5. The south of which continent is closest to the Falkland Islands? South America



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