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U13 Waterpolo second in National Finals

After securing qualification to the National Finals only last week in Northampton, the U13 Waterpolo team traveled back to Northampton for the National Finals. In their group they faced some fantastic waterpolo-playing schools such as Trinity, and King Edward School, Birmingham. 

The first match of the day was against Trinity where the team lost 6-1. However, the team showed their courage and ambition to go into the next match determined to come away with the points. The next game saw them win 3-1 against King Edward School meaning the team were in the semi-finals against Bedford, the first place team of the second group. 

With some fantastic play, grit and strength of character, Habs came away with a 5-3 win to put them in the final where they faced Trinity once again. The team started well, only conceding the first goal in the final moments of the first half, but the game ended with 3-0. 

However, this meant that our U13 team came second in the National Finals! They worked hard and we are incredibly proud of all those who took part.

Congratulations to our U13 Waterpolo team!


Sixth Form student invited to music masterclass

Christopher (U6H1) was recently invited to take part in a masterclass at Steinway Hall, in central London. He was treated to a tour of their incredible building before performing Rachmaninov’s Prelude in C# Minor on one of their beautiful concert grand pianos. Chris was given instruction from the highly esteemed pianist and educator Charles Owen, a wonderful experience for him and a great event for Habs to be represented at.


U13 Waterpolo team qualify for National Finals

Congratulations to our Lower School waterpolo team who have qualified for the U13 Waterpolo National Finals! 

The team were in the same group with some strong waterpolo-playing schools: Bolton, Northampton School for Boys, St Bede's and St Joseph's School. Bolton hadn't missed an U13 Final for the past seven years, while Northampton hadn't missed one for the past four. 

The day started with a convincing 7-1 win and the winning streak continued against Bolton, the team's fantastic defending seeing them win the game 5-1. The final game was against hosts Northampton and the players came out of the match victorious. 

These amazing results mean the team are in the National Finals in Northampton. This will be an exciting challenge for our pupils and we are thrilled for them. Good luck and well done, all!


VEX IQ World Championships - Texas 2022

After three long days of intense robotic competition, our Habs robotics teams preformed remarkably well and even have some silverware coming back from Dallas. The practice and hard work paid off as our Year 9 team Critical Speed won the Create Award in the Science division. Criteria for this award involved: incorporating a creative design solution, a highly creative design process and methodology, ambitious and creative approaches to solving the game challenge. The judges were specifically impressed with Critical Speed's engineering booklet as it detailed every step of the robot design process. 

Our Year 8 team SciClones displayed excellent driving skills over the entire competition and qualified for the Technology divisional finals. Unfortunately, we could not match the high score in the finals and finished 9th overall. A great accomplishment considering this was only SciClones third VEX competition. Fingers crossed next year SciClones can go a step further.  

Congratulations to all those involved! 


Year 7 Family History event

As Covid restrictions have eased, it has been a wonderful to organise once more events in our calendar that were impossible to arrange at the height of the pandemic. The History department was delighted on Tuesday 10 May to host the annual Year 7 Family History for the first time since 2017. 

Every student in Year 7, as part of their study of History, has been researching an aspect of their own family History, has been conducting an interview with a relative and has put together a display to capture an interesting memory recalled by their interviewee. 

We hosted an exhibition in the Bourne Hall alongside a tea for over 250 Year 7 pupils, interviewees, parents and grandparents, as well as teachers and support staff. It was special occasion that gave a chance for all of us present, not just to read the projects, but to celebrate the diversity of the Habs community, as well as poignant events in the family histories of our Year 7 students. 

We are delighted to see so many of the Year 7 group developing a love of the past and we look forward to them developing this curiosity further during their future studies with us. 


Congratulations to Avy (7M) who recently participated in the European and World Junior Chess tournament! 

These were Avy's first international tournaments due to the pandemic, seeing him play in three tournaments over the course of two weeks. 

First was the World Junior Rapid tournament. Avy played in the U14 section and finished with 6/9 points, the best English player in the tournament section. On points he was placed 3rd, but as there was a four-way tie for 3rd, Avy was placed 7th based on tie break points. This was a fantastic achievement.

Next came the World Junior Blitz tournament. Avy once again played in the U14 section and finished with 5.5/9 points despite it not being his preferred format. Overall, he came 18th and tied on points for the best English player.

Finally, it was the European Junior tournament. Avy played in the U13 section and finished with 5/9 points. He showed fantastic courage and ambition during this challenging tournament and finished 9th overall, again tied for best English player.


Congratulations, Avy!

Sixth Form students selected for International Olympiads

Congratulations to Albert (U6C2) and Erekle (L6M1) who have been selected for their respective International Olympiad teams! 

Albert will represent the UK in the International Olympiad for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) which will be held in Georgia from Sunday 14 to Monday 22 August. Erekle will travel to Indonesia from 7 to 15 August with the UK team for the International Informatics Olympiad (IOI).

Well done, Albert and Erekle!

GCSE Drama and Pre-Prep workshop

As part of their GCSE Drama practical assessment, students devise a piece of children's theatre. Before the Easter holiday, Year 10 welcomed Year 1 and Year 2 for a workshop of games and performances of short trailers in order to better understand the responses and interests of their young audience. Simon Says, Grandmother's Footsteps and Duck, Duck Goose were enjoyed by all, regardless of their age! 


Lower School Service Pledge Celebration

On Wednesday 30 March, at break time we held our second Lower School Service Pledge Celebration in the Aske Hall!

All pupils in the Lower School are asked to complete at least 100 minutes of service a term and to record this on the new service pages in their diaries. All pupils who complete this, are then invited to the event where they get their diaries stamped, chat to some of our Lower Sixth SCS students about their service and receive a cookie! 


Holdroye Howe present Healthy Eating Week assembly

Live Well Week has focused on Healthy Eating and Nutrition as we gear up for better sustainability and exciting menu additions in The Bates.

All week, the breakfast bar has offered delicious guacamole on toast or 'huevos rancheros' (Mexican-style eggs and avocado on chopped tomatoes salsa and tortilla!), alongside our usual choice of pastries, cereals or traditional servings.

Nourishing new tastes and chef specials have tempted the pupils during lunch service and we have seen a wave of appreciation from the pupils as they try out sensational challenges.

On Wednesday we were treated to a Chefs' Assembly in The Bourne Hall. This was aimed at Sixth Formers, heading towards university and the need to become adept at cooking for themselves. The team at Holroyd Howe spoke about the joy and fun of cooking and how to start with base sauces and ingredients.

A super presentation was brought to life by the offer of sampling vegetarian and meat-based chilli and tomato sauces , which was enjoyed by hungry Sixth Formers even though it was just after breakfast!

All pupils have received the excellent 'Student Kitchen' recipe booklet to encourage further cooking and enjoyment.


Student wins gold medal at the Watford Music Festival

Congratulations to Vivaan (8M) who, over the February half term and during March, participated in the Watford Music Festival! 

Vivaan entered into the Pianoforte and Strings sections and achieved the following results: 

  • Pianoforte, age 12 and under – Gold medal first prize and The Margot Osler Senior Pianoforte Challenge Cup
  • Piano grade 8 – Silver medal second prize
  • Bowed Strings Viola – Bronze Medal third prize

Well done, Vivaan!


Inter House Swimming Gala

On the last Monday of Spring Term, the Medburn Centre was host to the Inter House Swimming Gala! 

To prepare for the competition, many students attended early morning swimming sessions to train for their allocated event. It was fantastic to see the gallery full of parents excited to watch the very best of Habs swimming. 

More than 150 students competed in 27 events with the utmost effort and determination. On an individual level we saw three school records broken, congratulations to the following students:

YEAR 8 50m BACKSTROKE : 36.76 Joe (8R1)

YEAR 7 50m BREASTSTROKE : 40.48 Felix (7M)

YEAR 11/12/13 50m BREASTROKE : 36.29 Aaron (L6H2)

Congratulations to Strouts who went on to win the overall competition with Meadows finishing a close second.

A huge thanks to Tutors, Heads/Deputy Heads of House, the PE Department and all the Medburn Support Staff for your help with this brilliant event.


Habs Chess A team through to national finals

Congratulations to the Habs Chess A team who beat QE Barnet before the Easter break. 

On 23 March, the A team played away against QE Barnet. The players were in high spirits after having two 6-0 wins against other strong opposition. After much calculation and despite facing tough opposition, boards one and six (Alex 11M1 and Avyukt 7M) were victorious. However, despite a courageous effort, boards two and four (Savin Dias and Ezzie Brass) saw their matches come to a loss. 

Leo Sanitt ended with an amazing draw against a strong England Junior player and, on board four, which was played by Niall Clarke, ended in a win. This meant the final standings finished at 3.5 to 2.5, sending Habs through to the national finals! 

Over the weekend (Sat 26 to Sun 27), 16 students from Year 10 to Year 12 represented the school at the prestigious Durham University Senior Debating Competition. The teams were:

  1. Keshav and Francisco HABS KKFC
  2. Alex and Fola HABS ALFO
  3. James and Shivam HABS JCSP
  4. Rajarshi and William HABS RMWM
  5. Anant and Zuhair HABS APZH
  6. Oscar and Zakariya HABS OCZT
  7. Zakariya U and Mofe HABS ZUMA
  8. Yonal and Dhilan HABS YPDM

All teams did very well in the preliminary debates, with each one managing a win, and grappling with some tough motions. The 5th motion of the day read: “In a post-pandemic world, THP a world where individuals exclusively work from home rather than exclusively work in person” a motion with plenty to say on both sides.

With some stiff opposition, it was fantastic to see two of our teams manage to break to the quarterfinals. A massive congratulations to Keshav & Francisco and Alex & Fola. Well done on Alex & Fola who then managed to make it through to the competition’s Grand Final, meaning that they took part in eight gruelling debates over two days; and what a final it was! It was never going to be easy winning, “THW prefer a religion which preaches that one's fate in the material world is predetermined rather than one which preaches that choices influence it” from CG but their extension of a belief in predeterminism giving rise to more empathy and understanding for those who are often most marginalised was really strong and they were worthy runners up.

A big congratulations to everyone who took part.

Prep cross-country at Highgate

On Monday 28 March, the Prep School sent six pupils from each year group to compete in the Highgate Cross Country event. The pupils were beyond excited to be at the event and, after a few encouraging words from Mr Barnett, the runners were relaxed and prepared to give their best effort at the course. 

It consisted of 1km laps, with Years 3 and 4 completing two and Years 5 and 6 completing three. The format of the competition, in which the top four runners all gain points towards an overall total, ensures that, regardless of where a runner finishes, trying to move up a place or two can make all the difference. 

All our pupils performed courageously and with a smile on their face! The Year 4 and Year 6 team won their competition and the teams for Years 3 and 5 finished 2nd. This gave the Prep School the overall win! 

Well done to all those who participated and a special thank you to Mrs Adat for her work on the Prep HabsDash.