A special week in First Year – this week we said goodbye to Mrs Peattie as Head of Year – in her eight years in the role she has made the First Year so enjoyable and positive for all the year groups she’s looked after and this year group is no different. On behalf of all Hamptonians and the First Year team, thank you for everything, Mrs Peattie!

Hello Summer

No need for jackets! No more shivering in the cold! Over the past two weeks, we have started to see glimpses of summer and definitely a big temperature change. I’m sure many of us have taken the opportunity to enjoy the weather while it lasts. From going onto the 3G to the fields, it’s been great! Even better, this type of weather is ideal for cricket. Moving on….   Nerves are rising. Exams are approaching. Revision tactics about to be tested. In just three days, are end of year assessments. Not to worry though; the sooner we get them done, the better! Just think of the thrilling half term holiday ahead of us, and time will fly by. Furthermore, the Latin challenge training session for the First Years was my highlight of the week. Speaking from experience, it was very enjoyable. The most fun part about it was making mistakes and then realising how simple the translation actually was. Last but not least, good luck to everyone next week! By Riyaan G (1B)


Well done to all First Years who submitted a Project Explore – we had the pleasure of reviewing lots of incredibly creative projects and were thoroughly impressed with the standard this year. Congratulations to all finalists who presented their projects to a team of judges at lunch today – more to follow on the winning project next week! For now, Shaurya D (1L) tells us about his process completing Project Explore!

When I applied for Project Explore, I thought I wasn’t going to be in the finals let alone win. But I thought it was worth a shot; I mean there wasn’t anything to lose. Though after applying, I couldn’t think of a single thing to do for my project, so I gave up quite quickly with no resilience.

However, in the middle of April, me and my family went to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. Lanzarote was home to over a whopping two hundred volcanoes! After coming back from a remarkable journey, I realised that I could have done Project Explore based on Volcanoes and my holiday. Unfortunately, it was too late. But no, Hampton gave me a lifeline. They had stretched the final submission dates because of the bank holiday on 6 May. Now I actually had a chance of showcasing my experience of volcanoes. I had another whole week to do Project Explore. Though five days went really quickly, and I completely forgot to do my project.

And it was that Saturday morning I woke up and realised I only had two days left. There was no way I could finish this. Regardless of how much time I had left, I was passionate for Project Explore, I wanted that trophy. So, I got to work making a presentation of how volcanoes work and my journey to Lanzarote. I was quite impressed that I made a presentation in less than a day, but I thought I should really push myself. And so, I made a model volcano oozing out with lava on all sides and in the middle, it had a magma chamber.

As a result, on Monday morning I delivered the model and the presentation, that I made in two days, to Mr Hill. After a few days, suddenly I read a Congratulations email from Mr Hill that I have been selected as a finalist. Not believing my eyes, I read the email again and again. It was a tremendous feeling. Jumping with joy, I read further and saw that I had been invited for a special lunch with the team of Judges!

Now I realised it doesn’t matter on how much time you have; it matters about how much passion have.

By Shaurya D (1L)


Ethan S-W (1L) shares two pieces he has written in The Writers’ Room – the challenge was to write a prose on single words in two minutes:

The Trees

The decrepit trees stood alone in the empty pit. The dearth light filled the foggy atmosphere as the plethora of branches, as if arms, reached up into the sky as if constricted. As if reaching for the sunlight. The eerie songs of birds echoed around the hollow settlement of the old trees.


The houses were engulfed in flames. As the blaze digested the huts the villagers cried out into the night sky. The veil of darkness was no longer dark above the village but lit by the merciless flames. The mist was no longer cooled by condensation but warmed by the destructive fire. Houses and trees both tumbled, tumbling into the river, reflecting the sorrowful scene into the night sky. All around was screams and havoc.


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 Joe W (1J) for always being kind and supportive of his peers – well done Joe!


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 (d.fuldner@hamptonschool.org.uk).


Each week I will set you a challenge where you need to find out a random fact, number or indeed anything else around the School – you won’t be able to do this from home! Points for the interform competition will be awarded to the Form with the most correct entries over the course of the term! You have until the end of Wednesday to complete the challenge; you will find out in next week’s blog if you’re correct, and you will be given a merit by your Form Tutor the following Monday. And who knows – you might get to know the School better in the process!

Last week’s challenge was:

Most rooms in the School start with the letters F, G or S – but what do the letters stand for? The letters of course are G for ground, F for first and S for second floor!

Well done to Ocean Y, Magnus F, Ethan W, Charlie F, Jack T, William P, Toby W, Ruhaan V, Yousuf H, Tom J, Zaki T, Joe F, Harry M, Julian M, Luoke W, Ollie S, Liangxu Z, George W, Henry S, Harry D, Sebastian M, Emile S, Reuben N, William M, Caesar C, Dante A, Toby B, Alex A, Alex Z, Sasha B, Vairaj M, Ridhaan G, Francisco C I, Aman C, Harry R, Joseph G, Charles B, Alex P, Noriki W, Rayan A, William H, Ian L, Harry C, Arjan C, Rey J, Uzair V, Ethan S-W, Alexander B, Sujay N, Naivedya A, Matthew T, Ruaan V, Shaurya D, Rishi K, Wilf W, Ioan P, Thomas P, Maximilian P and Akshaj Gupta.

This week’s challenge:

what shape has an infinite perimeter but finite area?

Look in the department you’d expect to find the answer!

Enter your answers here:

Have a great weekend!

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