Welcome to the Second Year Blog!

It’s been another cold but enjoyable week for our Second Years. On Monday we had an assembly about failure and Second Year’s own Mr VA shared some anecdotes about his own experiences. Last Thursday we had an assembly about Third Year options and the pupils’ have been excited to talk about all the potential subjects they can study next year. Next week sees the finale of the Interform Quiz with lots of exciting rounds this week, good luck to all those involved!!!

Merits Galore

Another bumper week for merits! Well done to the following Second Years:

Oliver Khaskar – 10

Alexander Barton – 10

Elliott Jones – 10

Alexey Maslov – 10

Zen Nicola – 10

Aarav Desai – 10

Alex Collado -20

Zen Nicola – 20

AJ Coady – 20

Alexander Barton – 20

Adam Saker – 20

Henry Wood – 20

Oliver Khaskar – 20

Farhan Aroos – 20

Leonardo Falcone – 20

Ed Pedder – 20

Guradaes Singh – 20

Guradaes Singh – 30

End of year assessments

For your future planning, these will take place in the week before May half term.

Third Year options 

Last Thursday we had an assembly about our Third Year options. We have to keep our language and do one or two more along with one or two creatives. There were two categories: group A, the creatives; or group B, languages. The languages you can choose from are Spanish, German, French, Russian, Madrin, Latin and Gratin. The creatives are DT, Art, Drama and Music. You continue Computing, Maths, English, Geography, History, RS and the three Sciences. The deadline for the decision is the end of February.

By Olly P and Max D (2L)

U13A Football

On Saturday, the Dulwich College A team came down to face off against us on a bitter, frosty winter’s morning. It was freezing and even a warm up didn’t change that. We didn’t begin well, two quick goals from corners put them ahead and not much more action took place for the rest of the half. At half time we all thought about how we could improve against this strong Dulwich side and even though we conceded once more early in the second half, we remained resilient and even got a goal back near the end, off a powerful strike hitting top bins from our centre mid. In the end, after a long, well fought game, we lost 3-1. However, instead of keeping this defeat in our heads, we thought back to Mr Vann-Alexander’s assembly earlier this week talking about how failure is only the root of success and knew that we would bring a higher intensity to our next match.

By Harrison G (2J)

Intense Interform Quiz continued…!

This year, many forms are in it to win it. Last year, the then 1P won the Interform Quiz, however this year, many forms are determined to win. 2B, for example, chose their team via a test. Meanwhile, in 2L, there is a sense of determination to finally win an Interform competition. In 2F and 2P, there is much support for the quiz teams. The recent results are:

2J vs 2F winner 2F

2B vs 2L winner 2L

2W vs 2H winner 2H

2F vs 2P winner 2F

Let’s see who wins! Good luck to all forms!

By Umair M and Dominic N (2L)

This week, me and my three other peers assembled to represent 2H, for the chance to progress to the playoffs in the Interform Quiz. On Tuesday, we entered the arena, ready for the best team to win.

Initially, it was a slow start, but we gradually increased the margin. In the end, the score was 270-50 to us, and we won to advance to the playoffs. If you want to watch your team play, come to Room F41 whenever your form is playing, and support them!

By Guradaes S (2H)

Take a look at the video below to get a flavour of the early Interform Quiz rounds:

The Hampton Dig

Eric P (2J) tells us some exciting news about what the Hampton Dig have discovered so far:

This is a picture of what seems to be a fragment of a plate that we have found out in the trenches, nearby the Old Hamptonian’s Pavilion. It is a white-glazed ceramic which measures at over 3cm long. It has cracks all over and has a very rough edge where a piece has broken off. There is also a curved edge which could be the subtle rim of a plate.

Here is a photo of the fragment of a plate under a microscope, at 40x scale. It clearly shows the cracks in the glazing and the mud cemented inside.

We’ll here more from Josh M-J (2J) next week.

House Of Commons Club 

On Mondays, House of Commons Club runs from 12.35 to 1.15. In it, we debate notions put forward by MPs, us, and we try to persuade other parties to vote for it. There is a coalition between the Conservative and Labour parties, with the Conservative leader being Prime Minister. So far we have blocked one school policy and failed to pass another. I am the current Work and Pensions Secretary and school policies are nothing to do with me, although I watched with interest as both parties presented their arguments. This club is a great opportunity for anyone and everyone interested in politics and debating.

By Rory M (2B)


The Second Year Joke Competition continues to bring those who come to Blog Club a good laugh, thank you for all your submissions! This week the winning joke was submitted by Harrison G (2J). Congratulations, you’ve won a Merit!

Q: What is a kidnapper’s favourite shoe?

A: White vans.

We will be continuing the competition next week, you can enter by emailing b.tiller@hamptonschool.org.uk . If your joke gets a mention in the blog, then you can collect a merit from your form tutor. Remember to use your name and form otherwise you won’t get any credit for entering.

Try your best to crack us up – good luck!


Tickets are still available for this year’s Junior School Musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat! The joint cast of Hamptonians and Waldegrave pupils will bring this magical musical to life. Performances take place on Tuesday 7, Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 February and tickets can be booked here. 


“Modern slavery happens all around us and we need to know more about it.”

Modern day slavery is on our doorstep. Over fifty million people across the world are currently victims of modern slavery and the problem is increasing, including in the UK. Come along to the next Hampton School Talk! event on Monday 30 January at 1pm in the Hammond Theatre when we’ll be joined by Professor Parosha Chandran, the UK’s leading anti-slavery lawyer.

Join us for this unique opportunity to hear from Professor Chandran about her world-leading work as a human rights barrister, the cases she has fought on behalf of victims of modern slavery, and the legal precedents she has set that have helped to protect thousands of lives. There is no need for Hamptonians to book a ticket, just come along on Monday 30 January at 1pm.

Special Achievements

We absolutely love being able to celebrate your achievements, so please make sure you send anything you’re proud of to: b.tiller@hamptonscool.org.uk


Well done to everyone who had a go at last week’s quiz. Merits go to:

2J: Kian IB, Jack H, Josh M-J, Alex L, Jake O’R, Ben G, Harrison G

2L: Zen N, Olly P, William O’S

2H: AJ C, Darshan S

2W: Abhideep S

2B: Rory M, Kiran G

2F: Adam K

Take a look at this week’s questions, have a go yourself or challenge people at home and see if they know the answer. Points for the Interform Competition will be awarded to the form with the most entries over the term.

Why don’t you have a go and enter your answers here. 

Here are the answers from last week’s quiz:

  1. How many times have England, France, Spain and Uruguay won the World Cup collectively? 6
  2. What brand of tennis racquet does Rafael Nadal use? Babolat
  3. Who was the longest serving prime minister of the UK? Robert Walpole
  4. How many days in were there across 2020 and 2021? 731, 2020 was a leap year
  5. Which rugby club has won the most Gallagher Premiership titles? Leicester Tigers


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