We have enjoyed another action-packed Spring Term with many memorable and notable achievements. Life at Habs is never dull and the journey towards greater academic understanding as well as social, emotional and physical maturity is an exciting one.
We are making full use of the sparkling new sports complex, The Medburn Centre. It is a magnificent facility with a real wow factor that our boys, staff and you as parents deserve. The next major project to enhance further your sons’ educational experience will be a new teaching and learning centre (to house most probably Maths, English, Art, Design & Technology and Drama) and to be built, subject to all the usual permissions, over the area bound by the old Gym and Swimming Pool across to the current CCF block and D&T/Art buildings.
We continue with a clear focus on the quality of teaching and learning in our lessons, on the effectiveness of our outstanding pastoral care and the development of our ever ambitious Co-curricular provision. These are central to a Habs education, as is the strand in the School’s development plan relating to global outreach. This is important to us because your sons will in time be taking on significant leadership roles at home and abroad. Hosting the recent IBSC conference here is but one example of our desire to learn from and share with the best boys’ schools across the globe.
Academic outcomes are also important to us. It matters to me that our boys not only do well at GCSE and A-level but get to the very best of universities, whether it be in the UK or abroad. I am not surprised that the top American universities are very interested in them and that they achieved 35 offers from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in addition to a host of offers at the best highly competitive UK institutions. We take applications to higher education very seriously and your sons are encouraged to aim for the top in the widest range of academic disciplines.
Every term brings its own highlights. I have many fond memories since January but shall pick out just a few things that have struck me personally: our ongoing and enthusiastic charity work; the kaleidoscope of trips and visits open to our boys; the enjoyment and success evident at our various sports and Co-curricular activities across all disciplines; the important range of talks on topics such as e-safety, building resilience, revision skills, mental health, and then events such as the wonderful Barbican Concert; the Dragons’ Den competition and our own eighth HABS Model United Nations Conference. I could go on, but these and many more are captured in detail on the School’s website and in Skylight, which I am sure you will enjoy reading.
My sincere thanks go to the friends and supporters of the Habs Foundation. I remain deeply grateful to all who, by their time or kind philanthropy, enhance immeasurably all we do here. It is because of your warmth, your support for the project that is Habs and the synchronicity of vision we share that we grow. The Foundation has enjoyed a period of increased activity since the Christmas break, one which has seen a number of innovations. From careers events in the world of Law and Finance to decade reunions (most recently for leavers from the 1990s) and future gatherings at venues such as the Oxford Union, all are designed to enhance relationships across the Haberdashers’ Community at home and abroad. Similar future events centred around those who have studied Drama, the Sciences and Medicine are being considered. If any of you are aware of or have potential access to suitable venues in London, please do contact the Director of the Foundation, Roger Llewellyn (OH 1983) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, this Spring Term also saw the playing out of our annual admissions round. Again at all levels of entry we have enjoyed overwhelming levels of interest. Many outstanding young men from a wide variety of schools and backgrounds will be joining the Habs community in September 2016. The future is very bright.
I shall close by wishing those departing on school trips a fabulous time and by hoping you all enjoy a most peaceful Easter break.
With warmest good wishes,