Welcome to the Second Year Blog!
Welcome back Second Years – I hope you’re all feeling refreshed and ready to throw yourselves into the summer term at Hampton! I have absolutely loved hearing about all the adventures you got up to over the break, including a variety of trips with the School which we will hear more about in this Blog.
This week also saw the return of the whole School photograph, it was really lovely to see everyone all together and I look forward to trying to spot faces among the crowd when the picture comes out!
A reminder that next Monday is the Charity Bake Sale – please see the post in the blog for more details. I’m excited to try some of the cakes and biscuits you bake – my favourites are anything with chocolate!
Fantastic to see so many of you collecting merits! Well done to the following Second Years:
Week before Easter:
Sebastian Howard – 10
Will Bush – 10
Huw Parry – 10
Huw Parry – 20
Max Dexter – 20
Ben Govier – 20
Archie Crowhurst – 20
Will Bush – 20
Matteo Mastrodonato – 20
Jatin Chandra – 30
Amar Gill – 30
Daniel McCahearty – 30
Ed Pedder – 40
Abhideep Sunilkumar – 40
Guradaes Singh – 40
Guradaes Singh – 50 (wow!)
Leonardo Falcone – 50 (congratulations!)
Josh Millington-Jones – 80 (amazing!)
Lucas Zhou – 10
Gui Gargour – 10
Benedict Butterfield – 20
Ollie Nicholls – 30
Sanjit Baber – 40
Alex Lapidus – 40
Farhan Aroos – 50
Oliver Champkin – 50 (super!)
Anton Chetvertkov – 50 (fantastic!)
Freddie Turnbull – 60 (wonderful!)
Kian Iranpour Boroujeni – 70 (tremendous!)
Josh Millington-Jones – 90 (fabulous!)
Theo Liang – 100 (triple figures – outstanding!)
Tutor Question Time!
This week the pupils wanted to know what order the form tutors prepare their cereal in.
- Cereal, milk, spoon – Miss Holt, Miss Winstock, Miss Bryant, Mrs Hill, Mrs Owen, Mr Hooper (and most of 2W)
- Milk, cereal, spoon
- Spoon, cereal, milk
- Other (please specify) – Miss Tiller (doesn’t eat cereal!) Mr Worrall – ‘I eat the cereal with the milk first, and then I eat the spoon’.
Have you ever had a burning question you’ve always wanted to ask your form tutors, then please send your suggestions for next week’s Tutor Question Time to email@example.com.
Charity bake sale
On Monday 24 April, we will be holding a cake sale for pupils to help raise awareness of, and funds for, our three charity partners: The Ishami Foundation, The Royal Marsden Foundation and Momentum Children’s Charity.
Our chosen bakers for this event are our Second Year pupils, which will enable them to show off their talents in the kitchen!
We would be delighted if your son took part. He can choose to bake whatever he wishes, whether simple or adventurous, however it must be nut free. He is welcome to purchase cakes to donate if this is preferred!
To help pupils who have allergies, we would be grateful if your son could include a list of ingredients with their cakes so we can group treats appropriately. We will, however, advise pupils with allergies to exercise caution as we will not be able to guarantee the ingredients in the baked items.
On the morning of Monday 24 April, please could pupils who have baked for this occasion bring their creations to the main School entrance where there will be a stall to deposit them. The cake sale will take place at break time.
Thank you for your continued support and happy baking!
School Photo Day!
It was busy first day back, with everyone gathering for the whole School photo, Max D (2L) tells us more:
On the 18 April 2023, the School had their first whole School photo since 2017. It replaced period 2 and 3 of Tuesday, which for us was Spanish and History! After first period the entire school made their way to the fields where there was a massive metal structure set up. We were told to go in height order and our year was split into lines. Once everyone was organised correctly, that was when we made our way to the stand. The First Years were sitting cross legged in the front and then two rows of teachers. Second Years on the left then moving to the right followed by the Fifth Years, Sixth Formers, Third Years and then Fourth Years. Overall, it was a fun experience and hopefully it can happen again next year. I look forward to seeing the picture!
The Hadrian’s Wall trip
Lots of trips went out over the Easter holidays and it has been great hearing all about what you got up to. Theo L (2B) gives us a flavour of the Classics Trip to Hadrian’s Wall:
On Friday 24 March, I (along with 39 other pupils and 6 teachers) departed for Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England at around 6:40am. Built by Emperor Hadrian in AD 122, Hadrian’s Wall is a fascinating Roman wall that marked the boundary between Roman Britain (then called Britannia) and Scotland (Caledonia). It spans a length of 73 miles (the builders must have been very tired) today – and it still contains remains of massive military fortresses. It was built because Hadrian wanted to consolidate the Empire and bring peace to its people without expansion. He secured the Empire’s borders by building walls and wooden palisades, keeping a close eye on them – Hadrian’s Wall is one of the largest and most complex of these.
After we departed from Hampton, we arrived at Chester four and a half hours later. We looked around the city walls, amphitheatre and museum, stopping for 30 minutes of free time also to explore the town centre. The modern town was actually built around the Roman walls – there are some wall sections still there in the streets! Then we arrived at our accommodation, The Sill, and had dinner. Afterwards, we listened to a fun lecture about the Roman Army – we got to wear replicas of the armour, and also see unearthed artefacts with remnants on them!
The next day, we departed to Cawfields for a guided walk. Along the way, the guide told us all about Roman weapons and armour; and that it actually took 800 years for the Romans to invade Britain because of the British tribes unrivalled metalwork! We walked to Milecastle 42, which is the 42nd milecastle along Hadrian’s Wall. Every Roman mile along Hadrian’s Wall (which is slightly less than a mile) there is a Milecastle. These Milecastles were placed at strategic positions, and housed 20-30 auxiliary soldiers.
After this, we arrived at the Roman Army Museum, watching a 3D film about Vindolanda and Hadrian’s Wall and some very interesting facts about the Roman Army. We also attempted to see if we were good enough to become Syrian archers; trying a simulated bow which measured how far the arrow would go based on our pull strength. I got around 220 metres, which is a very good score.
Then, we departed to see Vindolanda for ourselves. Vindolanda was one of many Roman frontier forts and settlements – unearthing them gives us a very personal window into the lives of people who lived here. The Vindolanda museum houses the fruits of the excavations including some of the famous Vindolanda writing tablets. It is one of the best-preserved Roman forts, in part due to that it has only been excavated for 48 years, and still has over 100 years’ worth of archaeology to come. That night, we did a fun trivia quiz for entertainment.
The next day (the final day, day 3) we walked from The Sill to Housesteads Roman fort – another very well-preserved Roman fort, before heading to Chesters Roman Fort. It was very interesting observing how similar the structure of the forts is similar to modern town centres – a central road with shops and houses on the sides (and some other interesting things like how the bakers floor had to be raised to keep the bread warm).
Overall, I thought that Hadrian’s Wall was both a fun and informative trip, and I think that reflects the opinion of all who went! I am definitely looking forward to more trips, whether Adventure Society or academic.
With the coronation of His Majesty The King just two weeks away, we’re delighted to welcome BBC Royal Correspondent Sarah Campbell in our first Talk! of the summer term. Come along to the Hammond Theatre on Tuesday 25 April at 1pm for what promises to be a fascinating event. Find out more here
Subject of the week: Sensational Spanish!
I enjoy Spanish very much. It is quite an easy language to learn, especially with good teachers. It is also very rewarding and satisfying when you order food in Spain. Lots of people in 2L went to Spain in the holidays, particularly Malaga in the south of Spain. In Spanish lessons you also learn about the culture and recently learned about food (which made me very eager to try some). I ordered some Spanish seafood, and my eagerness and excitement were awarded. Spanish is also a language similar to Latin and if you know Latin, you would probably be very good at Spanish!
By Umair M (2L)
During the Easter break, I went to Sweden to visit my family. Sweden is an amazing country, which has education that is ranked high by international standards. It is one of the most sustainable countries in the world because of its low carbon emissions and use of sustainable energy sources, and has an environment that is mostly forests and lakes/rivers. Sweden also provides one of the most outstanding and profitable job opportunities.
By Dominic N (2L)
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 Zachariya I (2L) Congratulations, you’ve won a Merit!
Can a kangaroo jump higher than a house?
Houses cannot jump.
We will be continuing the competition next week; 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!
A huge congratulations to Theo T (2F) achieved ABRSM Grade 5 Organ with Distinction during Easter holiday.
A massive well done to Siddharth S (2F) as he recently passed his Grade 5 Piano exam with Merit!
We absolutely love being able to celebrate your achievements, so please make sure you send anything you’re proud of to: email@example.com
QUIZ OF THE WEEK
Well done to everyone who had a go at last week’s quiz. Merits go to:
2J: Jack H, Kian IB, Zach A, Josh M-J
2L: Olly P, Haadi H, Kai W
2H: AJ C, Guradaes P S
2B: Rory M, Kiran G, Daniel M
2F: Ishaan A
2P: Ozan B
2W: Sanjit B
Take a look at this week’s questions below, 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 the final quiz of last term:
- What is the most common name in the world? Mohammed
- In which body part is the shrimp’s heart located? Head
- What is a baby rabbit called? Kit
- True or False, hot water turns into ice faster than cold water? True
- What part of your body warms up when you lie? Nose
Have a great weekend!
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