WELCOME TO THE FIRST YEAR BLOG!
In a fun-filled first full week, the First Years have now met all their new teachers, tried lots of exciting new clubs, met more new friends and are now looking forward to an action-packed trip to Avon Tyrrell! Although I have still seen some First Years looking a little bit lost, trying to find their classrooms around the School this week, I have seen just as many Fifth Years (and colleagues) not quite sure where to go! The new Hamptonians are finding their feet brilliantly and it has been great to see them become more comfortable at School this week. I hope you are now all looking forward to two exhilarating days in Avon Tyrrell – I certainly am!
PLANES IN PHYSICS AND CONCERT ORCHESTRA
It has been a busy week with many new clubs to try – all First Years have tried at least three clubs that they discovered during last week’s Co-curricular fair. George and Zac from 1H have written about their experiences in Junior Physics Club and Concert Orchestra:
Concert Orchestra by Zac C (1H):
The Concert Orchestra is a fun activity to do during Wednesday lunch. It is open to a wide variety of musicians and instruments from grade 1 to up to even grade 5. Open to string, woodwind and even brass, all musicians have a chance to shine in the many concerts throughout the year while having fun and making new friends.
Junior Physics Club by George S (1H):
I have already tried many clubs in my exciting first days at Hampton. Best of all, though the others were also brilliant, was Physics Club. At the very start of my lunchtime, I walked into the buzzing room, filled with fellow Hamptonians making paper planes. Some of them, I observed, were making amazing and intricate paper planes, while others couldn’t assemble one at all. We all designed our own paper planes and put them to test to see which one went the furthest. We were then given instructions as to how to build a more aerodynamic design which worked magnificently, and all the planes went much further than the first attempt. Finally, we were given the option to add blue tac, masking tape and paperclips to add more weight to our planes. After that substantial upgrade, many people’s planes (including mine) hit the wall on the other side of the classroom! We then received news that next week we are going to be designing a launcher for the paper planes. Overall, it was a spectacular club, and you will see me returning every Tuesday!
ADVENTUROUS FIRST WEEK
David B (1H) looks back on his first week at Hampton:
My first week of school was adventurous! It was bubbling to the brim with new teachers, a buzzing class and two very lively form tutors. Getting lost has never been a real issue, however, that’s just part and parcel that come with this school. The best moment of this brilliant introduction was getting to learn about all the possibilities that open up here at Hampton School. The co-curricular activities that captured my eyes immediately are the United Nations Debating, Lego Architecture, Lego Robotics, Junior Drama, Music Tech and Chemistry. Football has also been a joy for me. My team had a well-fought draw. We lost our second match, but we still persevered and came together increasingly as a team. A summary of my first week is: learning, meeting new teachers, making new friends, orienting myself in the school and adjusting to the new pace. This is my first step of my many miles on my Hampton journey.
Clubs, Clubs, Clubs!
The full list of all clubs, societies and other co-curricular activities on offer at Hampton can be found here:
We are currently putting the finishing touches to our exciting 2022-23 Co-Curricular Booklet and, with over 130 clubs and societies on offer, the biggest challenge will be deciding which ones to join! Keep an eye out for notices from your Form Tutor for any changes to this year’s clubs.
TUTEE OF THE WEEK!
Every week, the First Year Tutor team nominate a boy who they have been particularly impressed with, and Mr Hill and Mrs Peattie provide him with a football to use on the fields for the week!
This week’s tutee of the week is Eric R (1L) for always being helpful around the classroom and towards his fellow pupils. Well done Eric!
SPECIAL SHOUT OUTS!
Shiv V (1W) has had a busy summer: he has recently participated in U12 London Junior Chess Championships and finished in third place and he’ll be playing the minor finals in December. He also came second in the chess competition in his previous school as well. By the end of Year 6 he also received an award for his research on dinosaurs and snakes in Science Club. Well done Shiv, and congratulations on these amazing achievements!
We love to hear about what you have been getting up to outside of school and to celebrate your successes in the First Year Blog! Please do send any information about any of your achievements through to Mr Fuldner (firstname.lastname@example.org).
AVON TYRRELL REMINDERS
With 1J, 1L, 1P and 1W setting off to Avon Tyrrell on Tuesday and 1B, 1F and 1H on Thursday, it is important that everyone is prepared for two days in the great outdoors! Although the weather forecast currently looks amazing (and I am keeping my fingers crossed it stays this way!) remember that this can always change so make sure you have the following in your bag when you set off on Tuesday or Thursday morning:
- Trainers or boots/outdoor shoes (please bring one change of footwear)
- Two pairs of socks and pants
- Old trousers or jeans or tracksuit bottoms (please bring one change)
- Two T-shirts
- Warm fleece top/coat (we will be going on a night walk)
- Waterproof jacket (waterproof trousers if you have them)
- Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate – please check the weather forecast beforehand)
- Sun hat and sun cream (if appropriate – please check the weather forecast beforehand)
- Swimming shorts
- Sponge bag and towel
All food will of course be provided, but if you would like to bring more snacks make sure they do not contain nuts of any kind! We will not be able to use mobile phones while we are away (and we will be much too busy to do so anyway), so make sure you text your family goodbye before you arrive at School in the morning!
The first Hampton School Talk! of the year will take place on Tuesday 27 September at 1pm in the Hammond Theatre, The Pandemic – Lessons Learned.
Presented by Lung Consultant Dr Felix Chua and Pharmaceuticals specialist Dr Andrew Makin the Talk! will offer an insight into the Covid-19 pandemic, the medical approaches for treating coronavirus, the search for a cure, and what the future might hold for Covid-19 and other pandemics.
If you’re interested in all things medicine or can see your future in drug development and research, come along to the Hammond Theatre on 27 September and find out more!
Hamptonians from across all year groups are welcome to attend and do not need to book a ticket
FIRST YEAR 5 QUESTIONS
Well done to everyone who entered last week’s quiz! Big shout out to Form 1H with the most entries. Merits go to:
1P: Thomas N, Digby J, George V, Oliver Y, Arjun S
1J: Eashan B, Josh B, Henry S
1L: Joe L, Cormac O, Rajvir S, Edison Y
1W: Siyul P, Huw C, Alex P, Dean B, Isaac Q, Yusuf A
1B: Jiashan L, Nathanial O, Alexander K, Devam K, Joe B
1H: Kailan Y, Lucas W, James N, Joseph O’S, Luis S, Zac C, Max C, George S, Monti S
1F: Daniel S, Ben J
Take a look at this week’s questions – have a go yourself or challenge people at home and see if they know the answer.
- With what sport would you associate Sachin Tendulkar?
- What is seven cubed?
- What is the highest-grossing Marvel movie without the word ‘Avengers’ in the title?
- Which type of pasta’s name means “little worms”?
- Roughly how long does it take for the sun’s light to reach Earth?
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.
Take a look at next week’s blog to find out the answers and here are the answers to last week’s 5 questions:
- What is the capital city of Switzerland? Bern
- How many of Henry VIII’s wives were called Catherine? 3
- At which venue is the F1 British Grand Prix held? Silverstone
- Pedro Pascal stars as the lead character in which original Disney+ series? The Mandalorian
- Where is the smallest bone in the human body located? Ear
Remember to write your name in the form so you can be credited with merits!
Have a great weekend!
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