Welcome to the First Year Blog!

Summer is well and truly here! The mercury has been steadily rising in School this week, but it hasn’t stopped the boys from enjoying lots of time outside on the 3G or fields! This week, the boys finished their Oracy course with a series of short debates in which they got to put their new speaking and listening skills to practice, and offer constructive feedback on their peers. There was also time for everyone to reflect on their summer assessments, and consider what they could do to improve for next year. The boys approached this with impressive maturity, and it certainly was encouraging to hear that the exams were nowhere near as scary or tough as they had feared! Next week, the Lower School Play will take to the stage of the Hammond Theatre, with several First Years among the cast and crew. Everyone has been rehearsing hard in the past few weeks, so it will be lovely to see all their hard work pay off – break a leg!


As we enter the final half term of the year, it’s your last chance to try something new from the wide range of clubs that that are on offer at Hampton. Here’s a reminder of ones that you might like to check out:

Monday Cricket training (U12A/B/C) (12:35, Pavilion)

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

Biology (12:35, B2)

Board Games (12:35, Library)

Tech (1:10, Control Lab)

Tuesday Art (12:35, 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/Rm. 14b)

Pride (12:35, Rm. 91)

Gardening (1:00, Geography garden)

Junior 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)


French Comic Strip Competition

Last half term, all boys studying French in the First, Second, Third and Fourth Year were invited to take part in Hampton’s French Comic Strip Competition.  To enter this competition, boys were asked to create at least two scenes of a comic, in French, using their favourite fictional characters but imagining a story of their own. The creativity and the use of French on display was outstanding and deciding winners was a real challenge, so a big well done to Theo T (1F) on being awarded second place!

Take a look at Theo’s fantastic entry here.


Written by Lewis Carroll in 1895, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a classic tale of a young girl named Alice, who on an ordinary afternoon, falls asleep in a meadow and dreams that she follows a White Rabbit down the rabbit hole. In our version, Alice, or should we call him ‘A’ discovered a website and falls deep within the virtual world. A has multiple levels to complete to win the game. We see A control various avatars as he adventures through the levels of wonderland meeting a myriad of characters whilst being constantly tormented by a virus called the Cheshire Cat. And what’s at the end of every video game? A boss level!

Join us on the 21 and 22 June to discover if Alex makes it to the final level and defeats the Red King. Tickets for pupils are free.

Book your tickets here (there will also be some free pupil tickets available on the door each night).

Talk! Cindy Rose

Do you fancy yourself as a global tech leader of the future or perhaps want to find out more about how tech innovation continues to change the world, then come along to the next Hampton School Talk! event on Monday 27 June at 1pm in the Hammond Theatre when we’ll be joined by Cindy Rose, President of Microsoft for Western Europe.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Cindy talk about the future of Microsoft and her mission to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more. The global tech leader will also be shining a light on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and discussing all things tech, from artificial intelligence to the internet of things, tackling climate change to explorations in space. It promises to be fascinating event.


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 Matteo M (1W). Matteo’s hard-working attitude and resilience has been excellent this term. Well done, Matteo!


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: Myles B-N

1W: Oliver S, Sanjit B, Rory E

1L: William O’S, Olly P

1H: Darshan S, Max A, Guradaes 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. Which award-winning musical is a prequel to the Wizard of Oz?
  2. Mount Vesuvius overlooks which modern Italian city?
  3. Who were the other two astronauts with Neil Armstrong on the Apollo 11 mission?
  4. At what temperature are Celsius and Fahrenheit equal?
  5. In Norse mythology, where do the gods live?

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. Alfred Pennyworth is the butler to which superhero? Batman
    2. IN cricket, what is the maximum number of wickets that can fall in a two-innings game? 40
    3. What is the only country with a coastline on both the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf? Saudi Arabia
    4. Which of the following is not a blood group – AB, O or T? T
    5. Who was the last wife of Henry VIII? Catherine Parr

Have a great weekend!


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