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Romeo and Juliet - Senior School Play 2021

What if the person you need to be with is someone you've been told to hate? 

A new and relevant retelling of Shakespeare's classic story, adapted by Olivier Award nominated writer James Fritz -  examining a generation of young people seeking change within a fear driven and polarized society. 

Using moments of contemporary and physical storytelling, alongside original live music, this is an honest look at the joy and intensity of young relationships, the risk of first love and the power of togetherness.

8 - 11 December, 7pm, Bourne Hall

Click here to book tickets now

 

 

 

Habs welcomes Lance Corporal Derek Derenalagi

The Pre-Prep, Prep and Lower School were honoured to welcome Lance Corporal Derek Derenalagi who talked to pupils about his remarkable story.

During his time in the military in Afghanistan Derek was in a tragic bomb explosion, leaving him paraplegic. After his recovery, Derek became a para-athlete, where he won Gold in the European Para Athletics and represented Great Britain in the 2012 Paralympics, participating in discus and shotput.

The staff as well as the pupils were truly inspired and moved by his bravery, courage, and his great belief in hope. His positive outlook on life despite the daily challenges he faces left his audience all feeling extremely humble and in admiration of this remarkable role model.

One Prep pupil said: "It really touched me how strong a person's heart and soul can be if you never give up and it's amazing what you can achieve with  pure commitment and never giving up, and so when I’m having trouble, I'll think of Derek and his commitment to his life and never giving up and I can push through anything no matter how tough."

Another commented: "Although I may never face what he faced I still can take his advice to never give up. To hear this from someone who faced this makes this stay in my mind forever. He knew the challenges of being at Afghanistan, yet he continued pushing and aiming to be the best."

 

Autumn Concert 2021

On Thursday 18 November we held our rescheduled Autumn Concert, one of the biggest events in the school calendar, and one of the most far reaching in terms of our musical community here at Habs. 

The concert featured the talents of over 300 students from both the Boys’ and Girls’ Schools, closing with 220 musicians on stage celebrating the 50th anniversary of the seminal Carole King album, Tapestry. 

Giving us an inspired reimagining of two of the songs on this album, expertly rearranged by our Musician in Residence Matthew Herd, and accompanied by full orchestra and Big Band, the new Year 7 pupils (in their entirety!) let us hear their marvellous singing voices, moving the audience with their enthusiasm and togetherness. 

Elsewhere in the concert we heard from the Symphony Orchestra, playing Mussorgsky’s A Night on the Bare Mountain, Big Band treating us to some classic Frank Sinatra, Concert Band taking us on a toe-tapping trip back to the 80s disco scene, and our impressively numbered Guitar Orchestra bringing together students from Year 7 to the Upper Sixth.  

Our Junior and Senior Musicians of the Year 2021, Fraser (11J1) and Leandro (U6S2), dazzled audiences with their astonishing technical skill and musicianship, performing original compositions written especially for the event. 

Composition and original writing was a theme of the event with over half of the programme written or arranged especially for the night – a great marker of the progressive and vibrant direction that music and the arts at Habs are heading. 

We have a packed calendar for the remainder of this term, the Winter Concert follows hot on the heels of the Autumn on the 30 November, we have the Carol Service on the 6 December, Romeo and Juliet features some of our finest musicians and is not to be missed, running from 8 to 11 December. Jazzmas will be on the 10 December, we have Lunchtime Live concerts every Friday lunch and last but not least we will release our Christmas Music Video on the last day of term!

 

Golf Day 2021

During the half term holiday the annual Golf Day made a comeback at Mill Hill Golf Club with a record number of entrants from students, parents, staff and Old Haberdashers drawn from the Boys’ and Girls’ schools communities.

Benjy (U6J1) and Sayan (11R1) won the student handicap and scratch prizes respectively, whilst Logan (8J1) and Kevin Simpson won the student and parent prize. A number of prizes were also awarded for nearest the pins on par 3 holes and the longest drive on the 18th hole, but the overall winner was Mr Liang Fang who came out top on the shortened stableford competition.

It was great to see the whole Habs community come together to restart some golfing activity, and we hope to restart trips in the next calendar year with a UK based trip at some point during the summer term.

 

Habs Partnerships 2021

During Partnerships week, Habs welcomed local primary schools onto campus to make use of the facilities. Sixth Formers have been involved in running and helping the Year 5 and Year 6 pupils in these sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pupils are involved in a number of different activities from carry out exciting experiments ranging from elephant toothpaste to building the tallest structures and making indicator using cabbage over at the Girls' School to practicing their swimming at the Boys' School pool.

It is so rewarding to see all the students leaving the classroom smiling and we are looking forward to meeting more students!

 

Squash Success for Year 10 student

Congratulations to Daniel (10R2) who has recently become the Bucks County Champion and competed in the English National Championships. Daniel's ranking for the U15 section has risen to 55th in the country and Daniel is now due to compete in the Pontefract Gold Open!

 

Equilibrium Lite - Issue Five

The fifth issue of our Equilibrium magazine is out now and available to read on Issuu.

Well done to all of the pupils and staff involved in creating such a wonderful publication! Take a look at Equilibrium by clicking the image below.

 

North London French Debating Competition Success

Habs held the North London round of the national inter-school French debating competition yesterday evening, and the school is delighted to report that in an all-Habs Boys final, Jonathan (U6H2) and Ameya (U6M1) beat Param (L6H2) and Ozair (L6S1).

Our students really were outstanding- both in the preparation sessions and on the night, as hosts and as competitors, and they garnered many compliments from visiting judges and peers from other schools. The other schools who took part were: Habs Girls, NLCS, Henrietta Barnet, Wycombe Abbey, UCS, Harrow and Highgate.

Congratulations to Jonathan and Ameya have now qualified for the national final in March at the French Institute in Kensington.

Well done to all involved!

 

Habs Garba 2021

On Thursday 11 November, the Habs Hindu Society from both schools organised a Garba evening for all years and all faiths to come together and experience a traditional Gujarati folk dance, traditionally done during the festival of Nine Nights called Navaratri, dedicated to the Divine Feminine. It is also done during the festival of Sharad Purnima which celebrates the God Krishna who we worshipped on the night of the Habs Garba.

The night stated with our amazing team of volunteers helping set up the hall with fairy lights and Saris and the main statue of Krishna. After the opening prayers, we started the night with the three-clap dance called Tran Tali, which lasted around half an hour. It was really enjoyable, and everyone got involved.

After the first dance we had a quick explanation of the meaning behind the night and then we did the aarti ceremony which everyone respectfully observed whilst the main committee consisting of Krish (L6C1), Rohan (L6R1), Kairav (L6C2) from the Boys’ school and Simran S and Nikisha P from the Girls’ school, did the aarti on behalf of all present. After the aarti, we served food and had a break for everyone to socialise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the break we had Dylan (11S1) playing the dhol accompanied with the tabla by Yash (L6R2) which everyone danced to, followed by dandiya raas which went on for fifteen minutes, which everyone learnt quite quickly. Then we had Ramjaniyu to the dhol which everyone energetically danced to. Ramjaniyu was the highlight of everyone's night with the entire hall dancing for a long time. The dhol player then played some bhangra which was the perfect end to the night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To close the night off, we announced the winners of the best dressed competition, one from the Boys School and one from the Girls School.

Overall, the night was a huge success with everyone putting their best effort in to learn all the dances. Everyone had fun with their friends, and we can't wait to hold the event again.

Written by Krish (L6C1) and Nikisha P

 

Habs Foodbank Donations 2021

From Monday 22 November, there will be a daily collection of various items in support of a foodbank that supports families in Borehamwood.

WD6 FOOD SUPPORT has associations with Habs as one of its founders is a grandmother of a current pupil. Our support of the charity will begin with a collection of new or nearly new toys, games or books.

From Monday, there will be two named blue bins at the entrance of the coach park and a single bin located adjacent to the English block on the one way circuit.

Please can pupils deposit items on the way to school each morning. Parents may also deposit items at the coach park between 10am and 2.30pm.

 

Old Haberdasher becomes chess Grandmaster

Congratulations to Ravi Haria (OH 2017) who has recently become a chess Grandmaster! 

The school is delighted to learn that Ravi, who joined Habs at the age of seven, has become a Grandmaster after his recent win in Slovenia where he is part of the national team in the European Team Championship. 

Ravi was well known as an avid member of the chess team during his time at Habs, both within the Prep and Senior School teams. He proudly represented Habs as part of the England team, playing chess at every possible opportunity in the UK and abroad. He became an international master in 2016 while still at school and has gone on to win a huge number of events and championship titles.

Well done, Ravi!

 

GCSE Art and Design Exhibition 2021

Over the past couple of weeks students and staff have had the pleasure of viewing the GCSE 2021 Art and Design Exhibition, which is displayed in the Bourne Foyer.

In this year’s exhibition, alongside our already established GCSE Fine Art, we proudly presented coursework from our first cohort of GCSE Graphic Communication candidates. Each pupil has exhibited both their outcomes and their sketchbooks, in which they record their observations, development and refine their ideas.

A range of physical and digital media has been used to create the pieces, including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Paint, Lino Printing, Mixed Media and more.

The students have worked exceptionally hard, and their display is magnificent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prep pupils qualify for London Junior Chess Championship Finals

Congratulations to Sayam (3NG), Shivam (3BG), Mylo (3BG) Asher (2JP) and Krish (5SB) who, after participating in the London Junior Chess Championship qualifiers, have all made the London Junior Chess Championship finals!

With four points from six needed for qualification with the U8s and 4.5 out of six for the U10s, Sayam won the U8s section with six from six while Shivam came 2nd with five from six. Mylo and Asher placed in the top five to earn themselves a space in the finals.

In the U10s section, Krish finished 2nd, securing his place in the U10 finals with five points from six.

Well done to all!

 

Habs pupils earn bronze and silver in the 2021 Junior Maths Challenge

Last academic year all Lower School students took part in the 2021 Junior Maths Challenge (JMC). Out of 10,000 students across Britain qualified to participate in the Junior Kangaroo after earning Gold in the JMC, 89 of them were Habs pupils.

Among those 10,000 students, the top 2,000 of the highest performers were invited to take part in the Junior Maths Olympiad. From that group, 20 were Habs pupils. 

Congratulations to Richard (8R1) and Saaj (9R2) who both earned bronze and silver medals respectively! Richard placed in the top 120 in the JMC while Saaj placed in the top 60.

Well done, Richard and Saaj!

 

Anti-bullying week 2021

As always, we at Habs will be supporting the national focus of Anti-Bullying Week from the 15 to 19 November. The theme this year is 'One Kind Word', emphasising the power of empathy and forethought in all we say, post or do as members of a wider school community.

Forms and Sections will hold assemblies and use resources to explore the issues and discuss where to seek help and how we can prevent bullying happening. Pupils will sign a class 'pledge' to display in form rooms as a powerful visual reminder of their commitment to kindness towards one another.