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You’ve made it to the half term break! It has been a busy week and it has been evident from the tired faces that the First Years have worked very hard to prepare for and complete all the assessments; congratulations on finishing your first exam week everyone! The First Year pupils certainly deserve a break, and it has been great to hear about the many exciting plans for the week ahead, and it sounds like many of you will take the opportunity to have some rest as well! Whatever your plans for the half term break, I hope you all have an amazing time and we look forward to seeing you back for the final half term of First Year!


This week wasn’t all about assessments, as the First Years had not one but two sessions of Sport this week! On Monday the highly competitive Interform Athletics competition was won by 1W – congratulations! On Wednesday, it was time for some more relaxed sport without interform points at stake – Shishir V (1J) tells us more:

On Wednesday morning, we went to the fields to play some cricket, tennis or rounders. I was doing rounders, not expecting much, but finding it to be a very enjoyable sport. We played 3 games in total. We batted, we ran, and we fielded, trying hard to win, but unfortunately losing every time. Nevertheless, we laughed as we hit and had fun. 


The Project Explore finalists had a lunch on Monday where they got the opportunity to present their projects to Dr Hendry! Well done to everyone who completed a project – I hope you enjoyed your visits and completing your projects!



This weekend, 30 First Years will travel down to Dorset with the Adventure Society for an adventurous weekend of canoeing, climbing, abseiling and a mud trail! With lots of sun forecast this should be a very enjoyable weekend – enjoy your time in Dorset, adventurers!


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 Elijah T (1L) as Mrs Minchin, Mr Hill and Mrs Peattie have been impressed with the his excellent attitudes towards all aspects of school life – well done, Elijah!


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 22 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 once again with seven entries each. Merits go to:

1P: Oliver Y, Alp O, Arshan M

1J: Henry S, Josh B, David W, Shishir V, Louis C, Thomas H, Finn R

1L: Macsen B, Rajvir S

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

1B: Joe B, Neal H

1H: James G, Lucas T, Joshua L

1F: Ben J

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 are set by Oliver Y (1P):

  1. How long is an Olympic Swimming Pool in meters?
  2. Which monarch officially made Valentine’s Day a holiday in 1537?
  3. What is the name given to Indian food cooked over charcoal in a clay oven?
  4. Which is the only edible food that never goes bad?
  5. Which country invented ice cream?

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. What geometric shape is generally used for stop signs? Octagon
  2. What is ‘cynophobia’? Fear of dogs
  3. Who named the Pacific Ocean? Ferdinand Magellan
  4. How many languages are written from right to left? 12
  5. How many countries still have Shilling as their currency? 4

Have a great half term holiday!

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