Welcome to the Second Year Blog!
We are fully in the swing of things this term and the Second Years have been enjoying their favourite lessons and co-curricular activities, which you can read about later in the Blog. We’ve had a mix of weather this week, with rain, sleet and even snow, but even that didn’t stop the Second Years from their football games on the 3G!
In assembly this week we heard from Mrs Halford and Miss Singleton about International Woman’s Day and our PSHE session was led by Sixth Form pupils from both Hampton and LEH about social media and technology and how important it is to be conscious of communication in an online world. Thank you to the pupils who took the time to lead the sessions – the Second Years really enjoyed it!
Another bumper week for merits! Well done to the following Second Years:
Henry Wood – 30
Oliver Khaskar – 30
Rahul Bansal – 30
Ed Pedder – 30
Farhan Aroos – 30
Umair Mukhtar – 50 (excellent!)
Siddharth Srivastav – 60 (fantastic!)
STEM Fair Winners
Fantastic to hear about the success of some of our Second Years who’ve been named winners in this year’s STEM Fair.
Big shout out to Zach A, Myles B-N, Xavier M and Alexander M from Form 2J who won the Lower School prize for the best Mathematics and Computing project. Congratulations also to Anton C, Oliver M, Ethan G and Sena K from Form 2B who won a prize for their Sceince and Engineering project. Well done to everyone who took part in this year’s STEM Fair, we can’t wait to see what you do next year!
Tutor Question Time!
This week the pupils wanted to know: What do you think came first, the chicken or the egg?
Chicken: Mrs Hill, Mr Worrall,
Egg: Mrs Owen, Miss Mattinson, Miss Holt, Miss Bryant, Miss Tiller, all 2F voted
Have you ever had a burning question you’ve always wanted to ask your form tutors, like: Which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla ice cream? Then please send your suggestions for next week’s Tutor Question Time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TALK! Laura Bates – Everyday Sexism
Last Tuesday, the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, Laura Bates, came to our school to educate us on everyday sexism in the world. Her TALK! was insightful and relevant, especially since we then received an assembly on sexism last Monday. In it, she told us how she started the Everyday Sexism Project and how people have unconscious biases against woman and men. She also told us that the world has a long way to go before it achieves complete equality.
Overall, I think that the TALK! was educational and very relevant and would recommended it to everyone.
By Rory M (2B)
Last Friday lunchtime, there was a quiz match against City of London School. In the last few weeks, there have been quiz team try-outs to see who would join the team. Nine people were selected to make an A team, a B team, and a reserve. I was really thrilled to find out I was in the A team. It was very exciting beforehand, and after technical difficulties, it began. It was very intense pushing the button again and again and hoping we were first to buzz. Then, there was the problem of keeping your cool and answering correctly. It was just like the format of the Interform Quiz. After an intense half an hour of quizzing, City of London won. However, there may be more matches in the future!
By Umair M (2L)
Revolting Rhymes: Performance Night!
In Drama lessons this term, we have been developing academic performances to present to our parents. This will be on 20 or 21 March (depending on the tutor group) and we invite all those who want to come. Different forms are doing different plays from The Revolting Rhymes written by Roald Dahl and our form (2L) are performing Snow White. There are a variety of different characters and multi rolling people. For our script, we have narrators, dwarfs, even horses!
I strongly recommend that you come if you want to see your son perform, as it will be a brilliant show!
By Dom N (2L)
Monday 20 March – 7pm
Cinderella (2B – Whole Form Group)
Jack and the Beanstalk (2F)
Little Red Riding Hood (2H)
Three Little Pigs (2H)
Tuesday 21 March – 7pm
Cinderella (2J – Whole Form Group)
Snow White (2L Whole Form Group)
Jack and the Beanstalk (2P)
Little Red Riding Hood (2F)
Three Little Pigs (2W)
Subject of the week
Period 7 and 8 on a Thursday. You’d expect us all to be tired and fed up, but not with my timetable! We have double Art: arguably the most chilled out and relaxing subject – it is definitely in my top three and it was my favourite lesson this week.
So, what did we do? The week before, we had been shaping mug-sized clay totem poles – these are Native American large wooden poles, with decorations on them, most commonly used to mark areas. I chose to do an eagle, by adding on eyes, a beak and wings. By now, the lesson had ended, and the art staff later put them in a furnace to dry them out. This week, we came back and glazed them with vibrant colours, such as cyan, red, yellow and black. I found it very fun and calming, and we will be coming back next week to see them all dried up!
By Josh MJ (2J)
Club of the week
At Basketball Club, we usually practise dribbling and different types of shots in the first half of the club and then in the second half we play a match with two even teams. Basketball Club is a really good way to practise your skills whilst having fun with your friends at the same time. I recommend you should try it out soon.
By Jack H (2J)
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.
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 Kai W (2L). Congratulations, you’ve won a Merit!
Q: Why are cows such great dancers?
A: Because they have all the best moooooooo-ves!
We will be continuing the competition next week; you can enter by emailing email@example.com . 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
QUIZ OF THE WEEK
Well done to everyone who had a go at last week’s quiz. Merits go to:
2J: Nihal B, Jack H, Alex L, Kian IB, Leo S
2L: Olly P, Kai W
2H: AJ C
2B: Rory M, Kiran G
2F: Ishaan A
2W: Oliver S, Benedict B, Abhideep S
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.
This week’s questions come from Josh M-J (2J). Why don’t you have a go and enter your answers here.
Here are the answers from last week’s quiz:
- In the nursery rhyme, who was born on a Monday? Solomon Grundy
- Who is the manager of Brentford football club? Thomas Frank
- In the musical Les Miserable, what is the prison number of Jean Valjean? 24601
- Which author wrote Brideshead Revisited? Evelyn Waugh
- What was the name of the private island on which author Ian Fleming lived? Goldeneye