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It’s been a week of revision for Second Years, and I wish you all good luck in the assessments next week. Remember to read the question twice! Otherwise, the buzz this week has been about signing up for the Rock Concert auditions and setting up sweepstakes for the Euros football tournament.

We have another Meet the Mentor interview this week and some lively reports about the Talk! on football commentating and a new Dance Club. Not long until it’s half term and you can have a lie in!


Another bumper week for merits! Well done to the following Second Years:

Aiden Farrugia – 20

Leo Louis – 20

Edison Yip – 30

Konrad Granberg – 70 (fantastic!)

Joe Bates – 80 (fabulous!)


On Thursday in the Hammond, we had Guy Havord, a respected football broadcaster, give a talk about football and his past experiences as a Sky Sports commentator.

Havord has covered many important stories during the past two decades and gave an enlightening talk on the current situation of football as the 2023-24 season draws to close. He has plenty of experience in his field, working on both Super Sunday and Soccer Saturday. He can also often be found reporting live from the pitch side, or in the studio broadcasting to millions.

He gave us a valuable insight into this football season and the contenders for the gripping title race that we have, alongside many other interesting facts which come from years of experience and hard work. 

By Zidan A (2W)

And another report from Kian T (2F):

As a child, Guy Havord, had a strong passion for playing sports and wanted to go professional for football or cricket however at a young age, he realised that it would never happen, so he thought of the next closest thing: being paid to watch and talk about football. This was when he first pursued commentating.

He first started at small matches with stadiums of around 50 people but as he got further into his career, he started broadcasting in Liverpool and featured in many matches at Anfield and Goodison Park until he finally managed to have a breakthrough in his career by being hired by Sky. He featured on the famous ‘Soccer Saturday’ and ‘Super Sunday’.

In his career, he has experienced many astounding seasons such as the ‘Invincible season’ for Arsenal (he is a fan) and the 1994-95 season when Blackburn won the title for the first time. Furthermore, he has met with extraordinary players such as Cristiano Ronaldo at the start of the first year with the Premier League. He also has the title of the worst Premier League interview with Michael Olise.

Overall, Guy has had a brilliant career and has met with some of the most world-class footballers of all time. We hope to see him again.


This week our end-of-year assessments started with music. All of us waited nervously for it to take place.This assessment was our theory and Steps  meaning we had to learn a piece of music to play and do our theory paper in the same period. After finishing the theory paper, I felt confident as the next part was the steps assessment which would be a lot of fun. After everybody had played their pieces, it was such a relief. I can’t wait to get the results!

By Siddhant S (2J)

Coding and Programming Club

We’re excited to announce that the Programming Club will be launching a new series starting this week and continuing until the end of the year. We’ll be diving into the world of BitBots – robot cars equipped with LEDs, motors, light and ultrasonic sensors, and much more.

New Dance Club

Breakdance, Locking & Popping Club will start on the Monday after half term at 1pm in the Dance Studio. It is an opportunity to learn the basics in three different dance styles. Breakdance will be introduced as a new sport at the Olympics starting from this summer. Apart from improving your coordination, spatial awareness and agility, in dance you can express yourself and have fun. Any questions – ask Mr Berezhnoi.

Meet the Mentors

Joshua D (2H) chats with his fabulous U6 mentors, Matteo P and Max M.

How do you find the role as mentor?

Matteo: I have been trying to help the Second Years and my form as much as possible, trying to make sure that their day to day lives at Hampton are good.

Max: You can rely on us more than teachers to tell you about school life because we’ve lived it and been in your shoes.

Tell me about your first day at Hampton and any special memories?

Matteo: I think my special memory was Teambuilding Day on the first day of Third Year; it was fun to mess around with my friends and peers.

Max: My first day was slightly scary but the teachers guided you quite well; quite a nice experience.

Max: Second year memory is the Berlin Trip (only for German speakers). It was good to be able to learn more about Berlin and its culture.

Top moments at Hampton?

Matteo: Madrid Trip in Lower Sixth especially trying the interesting cuisine, exploring the local culture, and practising Spanish.

Max: Scoring a hatrick in the ESFA final against Dulwich for us to win the game!

Favourite club and why?

Max: History Club back in Third Year when they set up a memorial for WW1. It was a meaningful experience, to make sure those who lost their lives are remembered.

Matteo: Table Tennis Club.

A levels and plans for summer, gap year, university and beyond?

Matteo: Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and History. Study history after A Level. Durham University or Edinburgh.

Max: Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics. Natural Sciences. Durham University.

Any tips for the end-of-year assessments?

Start early, revise often. Schedule your revision times to help make the most of your time. Better to work in short periods and have a short break. Don’t stress yourself, second year exams aren’t very important. Past papers help too.


Kavin has won second place in the Junior Maths Challenge organised by the University of Southampton. This maths competition is open to all schools in the UK and British overseas schools. Bravo and enjoy the ceremony next month!

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 Mrs Whitwam ().


Well done to everyone who had a go at last week’s quiz. Merits go to:

2J: David W, Siddhant S, Jai K, Joshua A, Shishir V, Devan D

2W: Laurie L-T, Isaac d Q, Vayun J, Sewon P

2B: Joe B, Alex G, Sebastian W

2H: James G

2P: Sion K, Samrith P, Lucas B

2F: Daniel S

2L: Alex A

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 brain-busting quiz questions come to us from Sewon P (2W), who’s basketball mad!

Why don’t you have a go and enter your answers here. 

Here are the answers to last week’s questions:

  1. How many breeds of cows exist? 800
  2. True or False! Cows can sleep whilst standing. True
  3. How many taste buds do cows have? 25,000 to 35,000
  4. How strong is a cow’s sense of smell? They can smell odours 10km away.
  5. What was the oldest living cow called and how old were they? The name of the cow was Big Bertha and she was 48 years old!

Have a great weekend!


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