Welcome to the Second Year Blog!
Happy half term Second Year! This week the pupils were invited to watch the matinee dress rehearsal of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. It was a fantastic show and all the pupils involved, both on stage and behind the scenes, are incredibly talented.
I hope you all have a well-deserved break!
Another bumper week for merits! Well done to the following Second Years:
Max Attwood – 10
Zachariya Iqbal – 20
Tolu Idowa – 20
Theo Tang – 20
Leonardo Falcone – 30
Aadam Khan – 30
Ethan Price – 40
James Phillips – 40
Harrison Gilbert – 40
Josh Millington-Jones – 60 (fabulous!)
Form Charity Fundraising
A big shout out to Form 2L who hosted their charity event and it was a great success! Lots of stalls, games and puzzles for Second Year Hamptonians to get stuck into, all raising funds for Momentum, the Royal Marsden and the Ishani Foundation. Well done to the boys involved for organising it – the photos look fantastic, and they raised £87 for charity! I look forward to seeing what other charity events the Second Years come up with.
In a nail-biting finale, 2F buzzed their way to victory in the Second Year Interform Quiz. Congratulations to our newly crowned champions!
Take a look at some of the action from the final:
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT
It was great to see some of our Second Year Hamptonians treading the boards in this year’s Junior Musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Rory M (2B) and Jack C (2J) review this year’s production:
Last Monday, all of First and Second Year gathered in the Hammond Theatre to watch Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, the Junior School musical of 2023. It was an incredible performance and all the performers from Second Year should be very pleased with themselves. The story follows Joseph, the son of Jacob, the father of the nation Israel. Joseph has many brothers, but he is Jacob’s favourite, and he is shown this through a gift from his father, a multicoloured Dreamcoat. As well as this, Joseph has mysterious dreams that only he can interpret, though his brothers show disapproval of his ideals. The brothers, driven by jealousy and greed, sell him and this sends Joseph on a journey that involves royalty, scandal and prison. A huge congratulations to the cast, the stage crew and Mrs Jones and Mrs Esser, whose hard work paid off and resulted in an amazing production.
Catch up on some of the highlights from this year’s Rock Concert:
ISFA Development Programme
Back in April last year Ben W (2F), Ollie K (2H), Noah R (2P), Harrison G (2J) and Rufus L (2J) were put forward by the sports staff at Hampton for the London ISFA development programme for 2022-23. The purpose of the programme is to select a London Region team for the ISFA National U13 Festival which will take place in Shrewsbury in April of this year. Following the final stage of the selection process last week, Ben W (2F) was awarded a place in the travelling squad and Ollie K (2H) made it to the reserves.
The squad will travel to the festival in April which pits the eight national regions against each other in a friendly, round-robin format with the aim of selecting 22 players who will form the ISFA National U14 squad for the 2023-24 season. A fantastic achievement by both and an incredible opportunity ahead!
Harrison G (2J) tells us a bit more about this fantastic footballing opportunity:
Starting in early 2022, back in First Year, five of our ‘A-teamers’ (including me) ventured to Walton’s Excel Leisure Centre each month to train with other top players from independent schools around London. To be able to take part in an opportunity like this was an unreal experience. Each month, we would train with some of the best ballers for our age in London. It was a challenging year that stretched all five of us to our absolute limits and I probably won’t get to have as much fun playing football for a while yet. In the end, the coaches picked a squad of 22 boys to participate in multiple fixtures. Although, not all five of us were chosen, Ben W (2F) was picked as a starter while Ollie K (2H) was selected for the reserves. Congratulations to them both. However, the journey wasn’t just about being picked for the team, it was about having the opportunity to play with some of the best footballers that one can find in London’s independent schools.
Let’s hear from Guradaes S (2H) about a fun PE lesson that Second Years had a go at this week:
This week, in PE, we were grouped up with our peers and activated our navigation skills, ready to do some orienteering. How it works is that across the whole field, there are different sheets of paper, with a country (35 in total). Once you find a country, there is an arrow pointing to another one. First, we were given a country – this is the one we had to start and end with. Then, we were all ready to begin! Everyone was in a frantic race, aspiring to find all countries, as the first team to find them would win three merits! My team fell just short with 33 countries, but we still got merits for finding the most. This activity was really fun and challenging, as it tested our ability to work well as a team.
Umair and Dominic (2L) tell us about Blog Club:
Do you want to write for the blog? Do you want to vote for the joke of the week? You can do all this at Blog Club! Plus – Freddos and merits are on offer! Although blog may just seem to be writing essays, it is actually quite a relaxing and fun environment. Want to be a quizmaster? That is what led me to the Blog Club. If you can’t do Wednesdays because of other co-curricular commitments, you can still write for the blog at home and email it to Miss Tiller. We hope to see you there!
Summer Show: Auditions!
This year’s Lower School Summer Show is going to be Once Upon a Pine: The Adventures of Pinocchio.
Here’s a brief synopsis of the show:
The world’s most beloved puppet comes to life in this humorous and heartfelt adaptation of the Carlo Collodi classic. Geppetto, a lonely toymaker, longs to have a child to call his own. But he soon gets more than he bargained for when Pinocchio – a marionette carved from an enchanted log – springs to life before his eyes! Filled with memorable characters and magical adventures, Once Upon a Pine reminds audiences of the importance of love, friendship and honesty. And that’s no lie.
Auditions will take place on WEDNESDAY 22 FEBRUARY. You will be sent an audition pack with all the info needed.
We look forward to seeing you there!
A year on since since the invasion of Ukraine, don’t miss the opportunity to hear from renowned foreign affairs journalist Tim Marshall, and author of international bestseller ‘Prisoners of Geography’ in the next Hampton School Talk! on Friday 24 February. Find out more here.
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 Daniel M (2B). Congratulations, you’ve won a Merit!
Q: What do pigs use on their wounds?
We will be continuing the competition after half term; you can enter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . 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!
We love to hear about what you have been getting up to outside of school and to celebrate your successes in the Second Year Blog! Please do send any information about any of your achievements through to Miss Tiller (email@example.com).
QUIZ OF THE WEEK
Well done to everyone who had a go at last week’s quiz. Merits go to:
2J: Isaac H, Nihal B, Jack H, Josh M-J, Alex L, Kian IB
2L: Olly P, William O’S, Kai W
2H: Svajan G, Guradaes P
2W: Abhideep S, Oliver S, James P, Jatin C
2B: Rory M, Salah S, Daniel M, Kiran G
2F: Joel S, Siddharth S, Ishaan A
2P: Ryan W
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:
- Who has won the most football Ballon d’Or awards in history? Lionel Messi
- What item of food is the second most liked image on instagram? An egg
- What is the tallest animal on earth? A giraffe
- What is the oldest age a human has ever lived to? 122 years old
- How many dots are there on a dice? 21