Welcome to the First Year Blog!

After last week’s break the First Years have come back to School with renewed energy, and they have certainly needed it in this busy week! With the first round of Interform Quiz, block fixtures in Rugby and Football this afternoon, and some forms involved in tours around the School for new joiners, there’s been lots going on! To any brand-new Hamptonians that happen to already be keeping an eye on the First Year Blog – congratulations on your place! It was great to meet you this week and a big welcome to the Hampton community from all of us in the First Year team!


Joshua A (1J) and Shishir V (1J) interviewed their Physics teacher: Mr Walsh!

What inspired you to become a teacher? 

My Physics teacher was outstanding at the subject, and I loved his lessons. It inspired me I suppose!

What inspired you to work here at Hampton? 

It is a prestigious school that I had heard great things about.

Why did you choose Physics as your subject? 

It explains how everything around us works, and as I like problem solving it goes hand in hand!

If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be? 

A pilot!

What is your favourite hobby? 

Travelling to a different country every weekend (indeed!)

What is your favourite flavour of ice cream? 

Madagascan Vanilla.

What is your favourite book? 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

How many holes does a straw have? 

One; it is simply a 3D circle.

What is your favourite place? 

Gibraltar! Seeing the Barbary macaques at the top of the rock.

What is the most exotic place you’ve been to? 

Machu Picchu in Peru when I was 19.


This week saw the start of the Interform Quiz, with the first matches being 1B against 1F, 1J against 1L and 1H against 1P. 1F beat 1B by 115 to 80, and 1J managed to get a convincing victory with 150 points, against 1L’s 65. 1H against 1P’s closely contested match ended in a draw: 130 points for both forms. That currently leaves 1J at the top of group A, and 1H and 1P shared top in group B. Next week’s matches will be 1B vs 1J, 1F vs 1L and 1H vs 1W – good luck to all!

Sports Roundup

Today’s Sport afternoon was busy as always, with ten fixtures played across three different sports! The U12 Basketball team played in the Surrey Schools Tournament, while the U12B and C Rugby teams played against Radnor House, and the U12A to G Football teams played in a block fixture against Halliford School and Tunbridge Wells Grammar School – well done to all involved!

It was an extra exciting afternoon for the U12B Football Team as they played their round of 16 tie against Tunbridge Wells, for a place in the quarter-finals! Whatever happens this afternoon, getting this far is already an amazing achievement, but we are of course all keeping our fingers crossed for a positive result – good luck everyone!


Josh B (1J) and his brother spent their Saturday at the start of the half term break baking cakes for a cake sale to raise money for those affected by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. They raised over £200, which has been donated to the Turkey Mozaik Foundation. Well done both!


The Biology Department had some very special visitors in School this week. Take a look at the video below to find out what happened to the batch of eggs delivered on Monday:

CLassics Talk

If you’re interested in all things Classics, next week we have Dr Abigail Graham coming into School to talk to us about life in Roman Britain. Come along to the Hammond Theatre on Thursday 2 March at 1pm.


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 Fraser M-C (1L) as Mrs Minchin, Mr Hill and Mrs Peattie have been impressed with his willingness to volunteer as required, always being very polite and always willing to help. A great tutee all round – well done, Fraser!


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 ().


An impressive 47 First Year Hamptonians had a go at last week’s quiz, well done to everyone who had a go! Form 1J are crowned weekly champions with a fantastic 11 entries. Merits go to:

1P: Oliver Y, Ollie B, Lucas B, Alp O, Thomas N, Josh W, Sion K

1J: Louis C, Jai K, Neil T, Siddant S, Kevin K, Henry S, David W, Josh B, Rohan K, Joshua A, Ishaaq A

1L: Armaan V, Macsen B, Rajvir S, Willoughby E, Leo L, Neev G, Konrad G

1W: Dean B, Alex P, Huw C, Isaac d Q, Marcus P

1B: Neal H, Sebastian W, Joe B, Jiashan L, Devan K, Gabriel K S, Dennis H, Ari E, Alex G, Fred O

1H: George S, Matthew K, Joshua L

1F: Oscar S, Daniel S, Nico W, Yule O

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 river forms part of the boundary between Mexico and the United States?
  2. What is the name of the spell used by Ron and Hermione in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to make their feathers fly?
  3. How many bones are in the human body?
  4. Queen Elizabeth II’s grandfather was which monarch?
  5. What colour are the seats in the House of Commons?

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 questions:

  1. Which river flows through Glasgow? The Clyde
  2. In 1990 who created the World Wide Web? Tim Berners-Lee
  3. Which Scottish actor played the 10th Doctor in Doctor Who? David Tennant
  4. Circles sharing the same centre are called…? Concentric
  5. How many permanent teeth does a dog have? 42

Remember to write your name in the form so you can be credited with merits!


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