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Trips, trips and more trips!


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

Teddy Hart – 20

Eugene Kwon – 30

Sriyan Stankovic – 40

Sriyan Stankovic – 50 (Excellent!)

Seb Rautenberg – 50 (Fantastic!)

Aarush Jain – 60 (Fabulous!)

Tanmay Bansal – 60 (Superb!)

Ameya Mathur – 90 (Tremendous!)

Agalyan Sathiyamoorthy – 100 (Outstanding!)

Joshua Ripon – 140 (Wooooooooooooow!)


This week, the Second Year got to go on two exciting trips where we had to travel quite a distance to get there! On Monday, we had the Geography trip to Cuckmere Haven which is part of the South Downs, and The Seven Sisters Country Park, for our river topic. After a very long coach journey we finally arrived on the South coast. The River Cuckmere has a very unique and interesting geography, as its lower valley was drained in medieval times for pastoral farming uses such as cow grazing. This means that the river has had a lot of human intervention and that the landscape is therefore not as ‘natural’ at is seems. During our walk, we looked at the features of the river and whether they are features of a ‘typical’ river in its lower course. One of these features is the new straightened channel and the cut-off meanders! In the end, we had to scale a very large hill but got to sit up at the top where had an amazing view of the whole valley, however it was really windy up there and constantly blew at our booklets which we had to fill out! The bus then picked us up again and once more there was a very long journey! It was a lot of good fun. By Lucas (2P)

On Monday, the whole of the Second Year went to Cuckmere Haven (National Park) near Brighton and the journey took an hour and a half. Upon arrival, we answered a few questions in our booklet and then started walking. We stopped at various locations where we were able to see the landforms of the river as well as meanders. There were notable things that had been built such as World War Two defences to keep out the German invaders if they landed. We briefly went inside but there was a stench and so everyone left quickly! Towards the end of the journey there was a long climb up the hill which left most of us feeling exhausted and afterwards we completed some sketches of the view that we could see from the top of the hill before heading back to school. By Joshua (2B)


On Tuesday and Wednesday, we visited the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth. After a long coach journey, we got off at Portsmouth into the blazing sun. We were then captivated by the shipwreck of the Mary Rose, which was in an air-locked chamber to protect the ship. The Mary Rose was a warship that was built under the control of Henry VIII in 1511 and was the flagship of the naval fleet in Tudor England, and was faster and larger than any other of the King’s fleet. It was also one of the first ships that could fire a broadside, a special type of cannon. However, on the 19th July 1545, tragedy struck when Henry VIII’s favourite ship capsized in the Solent, near to the Isle of Wight. 500 people were on board and only 35 people survived. No one knows what caused the boat to sink. Luckily for us budding historians, the ship was located in 1971 and was raised 11 years later and placed in the Mary Rose Museum, along with several other artefacts that reveal to us about the lives of the Tudors and about Tudor society, as a whole. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip, and we thank Mrs Havord and the other history teachers for organising the trip. By Joshua (2J)

On Tuesday, three of the Second Year classes embarked on an hour and a half long history trip down to Portsmouth Harbour to see the Mary Rose, a ship built during the Tudor times that sunk in 1545 after a battle with the French near Portsmouth. There are many possible caused that resulted in the sinking of the ship which we looked while in the workshop. Most of the people in my class felt that the Spanish report was the most reliable (that being that the ship overturned and sank) yet I thought that the ship being hit by a cannonball was a more likely possibility. After a quick lunch, we went into the museum to look at the remains of the Mary Rose that had been dug up 40 years ago. The place was dark to ensure that the wooden remains of the boat would not rot. Then, after we had finished the museum tour we headed back towards the bus and went back to school. By Joshua (2B)


Congratulations to Aiden (2H) who raced in his first regatta at the weekend. Aiden raced for Kingston Rowing Club in the J13 coxed quads event, at Thames Valley Park regatta. They won each of their rounds to make it through to the final, where they beat a crew from Guildford RC. What a great achievement at your first regatta, well done!

Interform Rowing

On Monday 27 June, we will be holding the interform indoor rowing competition. Each form will race for 20 minutes with as many boys participating as they wish and the form who rows the most metres will be the winner! Come along and have a go or just support your classmates.

Digital Parenting webinar 

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve seen all the wonderful benefits technology has to offer; but with issues such as inappropriate content, misinformation and abuse increasing at worrying rates, it’s never been more important to know how to protect young people from online risk. For this reason, we have invited back the leading online safety organisation Digital Awareness UK to deliver an online safety webinar to help our parents feel empowered about keeping their child safe online.

The 1-hour webinar, on Monday 27 June at 6.30pm, will talk you through:

  • Major trends in how young people are using apps and games
  • Critical digital issues to be aware of
  • The practical steps you can take to protect your children from online risk and to encourage happy and healthy tech habits

If you are interested, please sign up for the webinar here. Could we kindly request you do not forward on this event invitation outside of the Hampton School parent community. If you have any questions about the webinar, please contact me at g.haynes@hamptonschool.org.uk.

We look forward to seeing you at the webinar!


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 are:

  1. In which modern nation-state is the ancient city of troy?
  2. In which direction does the River Rhine mainly flow?
  3. Which America state has on its car number plates ‘Empire State’?
  4. From which origin does a river delta get its name?
  5. In which city would you be in if you were at the Tivoli Gardens?
  6. Which American state has on its car number plates ‘Lone Star State’?
  7. From which origin does an ox-bow lake get its name?
  8. Which country is known on its postage stamp as Hellas?
  9. Put these countries in order of population size – largest first: Brazil, South Africa, France
  10. Put these countries in order of population size – largest first: Australia, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Japan

Here are the answers to last week’s questions:

  1. What is the biggest state in the USA? Alaska
  2. What is the capital of Honduras? Tegucigalpa
  3. What is the oldest university in the English-speaking world? University of Oxford
  4. What does PCR stand for? Polymerase chain reaction
  5. What does LFT stand for? Lateral flow test
  6. What was the first video game called? Tennis for Two
  7. Who was the monarch after Queen Victoria? Edward VII
  8. Which year did the Battle of Agincourt take place? 1415
  9. What generation of console is the Xbox 360? 7th
  10. Who is the leader of the Liberal Democrats? Sir Ed Davey

Have a great weekend!


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