Welcome to the First Year Blog!

During this much needed homework holiday, the First Years have been incredibly busy cooking up exciting food for their families! Next Monday’s tea party will let them sample each other’s baking skills – just remember to not put any nuts in your culinary creations! Another highlight this week was Interform Rugby and Football, with all First Years playing for, or managing their Forms – they even got to miss period 6 so I do hope everyone enjoyed their afternoon of sport!


This week, Oliver Y (1P) interviewed one of his Form Tutors and German teacher, Ms van Odijk!

What inspired you being a German teacher?

I always wanted and knew I was going to be a teacher because I had a great time during school. I enjoyed school a lot when I was a student. I like languages and enjoy talking to people. I think it’s great to communicate with other people.

I studied English and Spanish in Germany and I wanted to pass on my native language by teaching it to other people.

What inspired you to work here at Hampton School?

I first came here to Hampton as a language assistant, which was my first experience working in the UK. I think it’s a fantastic school and I had a great time teaching. As I had this wonderful opportunity, I took the chance and decided to work here at Hampton School as a German teacher.

What do you like about German and Germany?

German is my native language, and I grew up speaking it. It feels fantastic that so many pupils at Hampton would like to learn it. You can visit different countries, after learning German, such as Austria and Switzerland. My friends and family live in Germany as well.

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

I would probably work in a theatre and do drama workshops with children and adults.

What is your favourite place you have visited?

One of my favourite places I have visited is Machu Picchu in Peru. It is an amazing place, as the views are incredible. It is very fascinating to get to know the highly developed culture of the Inca!

What is your favourite hobby?

I really enjoy sports, such as climbing with my friends and playing football.

What other languages do you speak?

I speak English, Spanish, German (my native language) and French.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?

My favourite ice cream flavour is rhubarb.

What is your favourite subject in Germany when you were a student?

My favourite subject was English, which I studied as a foreign language.


The First Years have been making some incredible dishes as part of this year’s Cooking Week! Please keep your photos and recipes coming to Mrs Ziegler! 1L made some exciting Spanish dishes as part of their efforts this week: for example, Arik K and Konrad G made some pintxos!


The group stages have now concluded and there were some very exciting deciding games this week! Next week’s semi-finals and final will decide this year’s quiz champions, with of course the important interform points as well!

1B vs 1L: On Thursday, many forms competed in the quarter finals of the Interform Quiz. I was one of the four people in 1B’s team, and we competed during lunch. Each member of the squad was given a buzzer, which we could press if we wanted to answer a question. 1B were playing 1L, which would be a tense match.

This is how the match would work; during starter questions, anyone could buzz, but it couldn’t be discussed. If someone got it right, their team would be given three bonus questions. If the team got it wrong or did not know the answer, the bonus question would be given to the other team. If the other team got it right, they would earn points from it.

When the bell rang for lunch, we nervously entered the room in which the quiz would be taking place, and set up the buzzers. Mr Fuldner was calling out the questions, which were general knowledge based. Everyone took their places, with a few spectators watching as well. Mr Fuldner read out the first question, and immediately a member of our team clicked his buzzer and got the right answer!

The quiz was extremely tense, with 1B pulling ahead with an early lead, but 1L were catching up quickly. Halfway through, the scores were: 1B – 70, 1L – 60. As the match went on, the questions got harder, and 1L were putting up a tough fight. “Beep!” came buzzers almost immediately after each question.

By the end of the quiz, we were tired, but glad. The result was: 1B – 120, 1L – 90. We had won the quiz and were through to the semi-finals! The other matches were just as tense, with 1J and 1P winning their matches and gaining a spot in the semi-finals. 1L put up a good fight, and I can confidently say that 1L did very well overall in the quiz.

I cannot wait for the semi-finals to take place and wish luck to all competitors for their match ups! By Devam K (1B)

1F vs 1J: Today we played against 1F in the Interform Quiz. It was ‘University Challenge’ style with starter and bonus questions. We were winning 40-5, but then they had a comeback with 55-40. Then It went back and forth to 65-55. Then we started excelling all the way to winning at 145-70. Questions included ‘Which element was named after Marie Curie’s birthplace?’ and ‘What type of art was founded by Monet?’ By Shishir V (1J)

Take a look at some of the quiz action here:


On Friday, me and my friends had our very first badminton match against Isleworth and Syon School. My team consisted of me, Esa and Vayun. Our first match on Court 6 we won very quickly at 21-9. Our second match was extremely difficult. On the opposition’s side, was an extremely good server. So, at first it was in our favour, 5-3, but then they won the point 9 times, to 5-12. Then went to 14-12 to us. It then raised to 20-20. We were both extremely scared and it was their serve. They served, we hit, they hit, and I missed. I was sad for a moment, but then it went out and about 10 of us started cheering. Then it was 21-20 and we won. The next match, we lost 19-21. Then 21-11 to us, 21-10 to us and 17-21 to them. Then it was finished, we got our cookies and left gleefully. By Shishir V (1J)


Jai K (1J) won another tournament last weekend! He won OTB returns, Henley Chess Tournament, U2000 section which he played over the weekend on 4 and 5 March at Henley-on-Thames. Well done Jai!


Talk! Professor Lloyd Peck

In the final Talk! of the term, leading global scientist Professor Lloyd Peck joins us on Tuesday 21 March at 1pm in the Hammond Theatre. It’s a unique opportunity to hear from Professor Peck on his 30 years studying Antarctic life and the environment for the British Antarctic Survey.

Find out more here.


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 Aiden F (1F) as Ms Czumaj, Mrs Havord, Mr Hill and Mrs Peattie have been impressed with him really putting top effort into everything – well done, Aiden!


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 42 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, Jonathan A, Thomas N, Sion K, Lucas T

1J: Shishir V, Henry S, Charlie M, Ollie S, Devan D, David W, Danyal P, Kevin K, Rohan K, Sam D, Josh B

1L: Konrad G, Neev G, Macsen B, Rajvir S

1W: Inwoo Y, Brooklyn N, Shiv V

1B: Fred O, Jiashin L, Alex G, Dennis H, Gabriel K S, Sebastian W, Joe B, Neal H

1H: Lucas T, Matthew K, Joshua L, Joshua D-L, George S, Manilo C

1F: Oscar S, Daniel S, Oscar F, Matthew R, Aiden F

Take a look at this week’s questions – have a go yourself or challenge people at home and see if they know the answer.

This week’s questions come to you from Danyal P (1J):

  1. Which national team won the World Cup in 1986?
  2. Who played Mariano Guzman in Encanto?
  3. What is the capital of Niger?
  4. Where did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle live?
  5. Unscramble the following letters to make the name of a famous board game: p, r, e, o, o, n, i, t and a.

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. How many squares are there on a chessboard? 64
  2. What is the biggest score for rugby in history? In Denmark, Comet beat Lindo by 194–0 on 17 Nov 1973.
  3. What is the capital city of Ecuador? Quito
  4. What was the first message sent by morse code? What hath God wrought?
  5. What year was Kodak founded? 1888 (In Rochester, New York, United States)

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


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