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Another week at Hampton has come to an end and the First Years have kept themselves busier than ever with clubs, exciting 3G games, talks and more! Next week it’s Homework Holiday and Cooking Week, which should be a welcome break for everyone (from homework for the First Years, and from cooking for their families!) To kick off Cooking Week, the First Years had a useful talk about nutrition in PSHE yesterday, so they are now ready to cook some healthy, tasty meals (with maybe some supervision still required!) We’re looking forward to hearing all about your efforts in the kitchen over the week ahead – do let your Form Tutors know what you’ve been up to in the kitchen! Make sure you keep hold of your recipes and take some photos as well for the First Year Cookbook, which Mrs Ziegler has been in touch about today.


This week saw the second round of group stage matches in this year’s Interform Quiz! After this week’s results, 1H have already qualified for the semi-finals, with all other forms still having a chance of qualifying after next week’s rounds!

Last week’s 1H vs 1P: On Thursday, the first fixture of the Interform Quiz occurred, with a 130-130 tie between 1H and 1P. Teams of four were nominated for the quiz beforehand, and it was going to be ‘University Challenge’ style, with ten points per question, and an additional fifteen points up for grabs after the starter question. 1P started strongly, with a 40-15 lead. After a few more questions, 1H made a comeback and were winning 75-55. Suddenly, it was the last question, with 1P leading 125-120. 1H answered the starter question right, making the score 130-125 in favour of 1H. However, 1H couldn’t get any of the bonus questions, and 1P got one right to draw the match. Both team will soon play against 1W, before the results of the table are finalised. By George S (1H)

1B vs 1J: Today we played 1B. It was a tough match. We started at 12:45 and we all had buzzers in front of us. With our fingers on our buzzers, 1B were so quick they beat us to answer three question. They were 40 points ahead and we tried to make a comeback it was then 65-40 to them but then they streaked ahead and finished us off with a score of 125-70. Luckily, we are still first in the group stage. GO 1J! By Shishir V (1J)


Last Friday, my group and anyone else who participated in the Stem Fair went to LEH. This is a fair which is open to all years where you had to research, make a presentation and, if possible, a demonstration. My group – Me (Gabriel), Nathaniel, and Jiashan did sound waves which was a really interesting project to do. Nathanial and Jiashan did all the research and made a fantastic presentation – in my opinion! – and I made an interactive website to show certain sound waves of audio files. It was extremely fun to do collaboratively, and I can’t wait to do something like it next year! The actual STEM Fair was amazing; we got to see loads of amazing project like the girls next to us who made a plant sensor to detect when they need watering. We had loads of friendly competition with them and the other group next to us who were also for Hampton. They had an extraordinarily cool VR (Virtual Reality) headset and made a video to show the impact of a nuclear bomb which was played back on the headset. It was a great experience and I recommend it for anyone. I believe that there is one every year. It’s never to early to start preparations! By Gabriel K-S (1B)

Last Friday, I participated in the STEM Fair at LEH. Our group’s project was focused on jet engines, mainly about How Does a Jet Engine Work? After more than 12 weeks of hard work making our simulations and the poster, we were very relieved and were ready to show the teachers and our classmates our project. Arriving at LEH, we set up our fantastic poster, our stunning website, and our model as well as visiting other groups to see their work and what they’ve done. From walking robots to biological compounds, and exploding sticks to laser shooting, we explored thoroughly around the main hall and thought these projects were all pretty impressive. After a while, some teachers and pupils from Hampton Prep marched in to discover our project. Showing them our colourful website and our model, they were quite impressed with our project. We explained how a jet engine works through our model and even separated the model into different parts. After presenting our project to everyone, including the judges and our classmates, we went back to Hampton School for Period 6. By Oliver Y (1P)


With lots of friendly games played in football last week, George S (1H) updates us on the U12B team’s exciting game against St Paul’s!

On Saturday, the U12 B team beat St Paul’s 6-2 after a dramatic match. Hampton conceded first, following a penalty. Ten minutes later, disaster struck! Our goalkeeper had hurt his hand and couldn’t play in goal! Our defenders were forced to rotate as goalkeeper, but nobody had any experience in goalkeeping. Luckily, not many shots were taken until the half time break, when we were leading 3-1. Following many great tackles, goal-line clearances and (surprisingly) saves, we only conceded one goal in the duration of having our defenders in goal, while scoring six beautiful goals. Overall, an amazing result, coming back from the recent ESFA loss. By George S (1H)


On Tuesday, I went up to the Biology Department to see the cute little chicks. As I had already seen in the most recent First Year Blog in the video, I was very excited to meet the Hampton Chicks. Mr Langton opened the roof of the glass container of the cute little chicks and put one in my hands. Its fur felt very soft, trying to escape out of my hands. While enjoying holding it, Mr Langton told me some facts about chicks. It seemed to be that a chick had to grow for seven weeks before being killed and get eaten by people and it was already one week old. Overall, I had a very good time and the chicks were absolutely amazing. By Oliver Y (1P)

On this Monday, we had an amazing experience to go, see and touch some young ducklings in Biology. The Biology Department incubated 10 eggs last week and 9 out of the 10 of them hatched! They were really – extraordinarily – cute and were really calm, at least for me! Unfortunately, in a few days time they will have to be sent back to the farm who gave us these eggs. It was so fun, and I loved the fact that we got to do something hands on. Next week I believe we are dissecting an earthworm which is a whole different type of hands on! By Gabriel K-S (1B)


Art over the past two terms has been one of my highlights every week. Our Art teacher (Ms Moore) has been wonderful at helping us in the subject and helping us make brave additions to our pieces. In the first term, we were doing lino prints on sea animals. I did a sea otter and all five of the prints turned out well, my favourite being a green-yellow, dark-blue gradient. Also, the black-red combo went very well too. Then the chin collage was very colourful and beautiful. This term, however, we did multi-media art of buildings over Richmond and Kingston. We used watercolour, ink and crayons to create a beautiful piece. I did Richmond Bridge, and the bridge itself turned out quite dark and purple, but the sea and sky turned out well. By Shishir V (1J)


Jai K (1J) won the U2000 section of the Poplar Chess Tournament last week – congratulations on this achievement, Jai!


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 Eashan B (1J) as Mr Ferrier, Mr Townshend, Mr Hill and Mrs Peattie have been impressed with his attitude and kindness towards others – well done, Eashan!


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 40 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 12 entries. Merits go to:

1P: Oliver Y, Alp O, Ian C, Jonathan A, Eashan G, Sion K

1J: Louis C, Jai K, Ollie S, Neil T, Danyal P, Thomas H, Shishir V, Siddant S, Kevin K, Henry S, David W, Josh B

1L: Armaan V, Macsen B, Willoughby E

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

1B: Sebastian W, Joe B, Devan K, Ari E, Alex G, Nathaniel O, Lewis H

1H: Lucas T, Matthew K, Joshua L, Joshua D-L, Monti S

1F: Oscar S, Daniel S, Oscar 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.

  1. How many squares are there on a chessboard?
  2. What is the biggest score for rugby in history?
  3. What is the capital city of Ecuador?
  4. What was the first message sent by morse code?
  5. What year was Kodak founded?

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 forms part of the boundary between Mexico and the United States? Rio Grande
  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? Wingardium Leviosa
  3. How many bones are in the human body? 206
  4. Queen Elizabeth II’s grandfather was which monarch? George V
  5. What colour are the seats in the House of Commons? Green

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


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