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Habs to become a National Modern Languages Hub

The School is thrilled to reveal that it will be leading the new North London National Modern Languages Hub from September 2021. 

The National Modern Languages programme offers the opportunity to take several routes into teaching French, Spanish or German. 

Applications to join the North London Hub in September 2022 at Habs will open from September 2021 via UCAS.

See more on the National Modern Languages website

 

Habs shortlisted for Independent School of the Year for Students Careers Programme

We are delighted to announce that Habs has been shortlisted for Independent School of the Year for Students Careers Programme.

Usually a major event for students in Year 10 and 11, the School's biennial Careers Convention was of course unable to take place in person due to the pandemic. However, not wanting students to miss out, the School organised the convention to take place online, recording video interviews with employers (mainly alumni) from across a range of different industries with all the interviews carried out by members of the Lower Sixth Form. It enabled the students to access opportunities and to connect with our alumni and parent network in a unique way.

This hard work has been recognised by the Independent School Parent Magazine and the School would like to congratulate all who were involved, particularly to the Careers department, as well as the Foundation and Marketing teams.

Click here to read the Headmaster's blog on our digital careers convention from 7 May 2021.

 

Success in the F1 in Schools Regional Finals

All the hard work and collaboration (both online and in school) has resulted in lots of awards for the Habs teams at the F1 in Schools London North Regional Finals and two teams have made it through to the National Finals! 

Well done to the teams below for receiving the following awards:

  • Best Pit Display: Team Phenomenon
  • Future Stars Award: Team Cha0s
  • Fastest Car in Development Class: Team Marl1n
  • First Place Entry Class Award: Team Wyvern
  • First Place Development Class Award: Team Marl1n

Team Wyvern will be given a VIP ticket to the national finals to watch the show. 

Team Marl1n will now compete at the National Finals in October against winning teams from around the UK.

Well done to all teams for their amazing entries this year! 

 

CCF Royal Navy Summer Sailing Course

14 students from Habs attended a two day RYA Dinghy Sailing Course at Rickmansworth Sailing Club. They all did magnificently well and the RYA Instructors were delighted with the speed in which the students learned the ropes.

The group was also inspected by the RYA where they passed with flying colours.

Over the last nine years, Habs CCF Navy have now trained 183 students to a RYA Level 1/Level 2 standard!

The School would like to thank Mr Hardman, Mr Hall, Dr G Chapman, Miss Willows, Mr Redfern, Dr A Chapman, Miss Von Truchsess, Josh Edwards (OH 2019) and Daniel Loveless (OH 2021).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Habs Sixth Former accepted into two prestigious US Summer Programs

Congratulations to Jatin (L6S2) who has been accepted into two highly prestigious summer programmes in the United States.

The application process for both of these programs was extremely challenging and competitive, and we congratulate Jatin for gaining admission into these programs.

The first programme, LaunchX, previously held at MIT, but virtual this year, is a five week entrepreneurship program, bringing together the ‘top aspiring high school entrepreneurs’. Being the only student selected from the UK for this programme, Jatin will be working together with a ‘highly-curated group of promising young entrepreneurs from around the globe’ and hopes to ‘learn from industry experts’, to ‘build real products’, as mentioned on the LaunchX website.

The second, Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS), held at Yale University but also virtual this summer, is a two week academic enrichment and leadership program for talented high school students from around the world. Jatin has chosen the ‘Solving Global Challenges’ session, and as stated on the YYGS website, he hopes to focus on using ‘innovative and cross-disciplinary approaches’ to ‘explore and brainstorm innovative and sustainable solutions to a wide array of contemporary social, economic, and environmental problems’.

Best of luck, Jatin!

 

Microsoft Afrika Sustainability Project - Supporting the Circular Economy

Over the past few weeks, a team of Year 11 students have been working with Microsoft on the “Afrika Sustainability Project”, where they have been conceptualising solutions to certain problems in Africa, using technology as a tool to help them achieve this.

The joint project with Habs Boys and Habs Girls has allowed the students to come together to discuss ideas under the overarching themes of Education, Healthcare and the Environment. After multiple meetings and calls, they came up with multiple solutions to present to Winjera and Shaun, both of whom are professionals from the Microsoft Africa team, and Mr Andrew Quinn who is the Global Director Industry Digital Strategy at Microsoft UK.

The Solutions

In their meeting with the experts, the students received constructive feedback about their ideas, which allowed the team to narrow down their solutions and develop their strategy.

Firstly, the team had to be aware of the development of schools in Africa, acknowledging that power and connectivity is not readily available in all places and remains very expensive. In this way, the students started to consider using low-usage solutions such as downloaded, offline resources on Microsoft devices that could be given to the team.

Secondly, the team realised that the best solutions were those that developed the creativity and collaboration skills for the young children in Africa, because these are undoubtedly vital skills that will aid them in their future careers. While the team reflected on this point, they established that coding is an indispensable skill to teach every student in the community.

A key piece of feedback to the group was that Africans love gamification and certification, and thus their solutions should incorporate aspects of a ‘points’ system or the ability to receive a certificate that is recognised in various other countries.

Finally, the team decided that we would most definitely be educating ourselves about the lifestyles of those living in Africa, by developing their knowledge about innovative solutions, such as optimising the recycling and reusing processes. Similarly, in this collaboration project, they could educate others about healthcare, such as fundamental first aid knowledge as well as essential IT skills such as Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint, using the fantastic resources from Microsoft Learn.

The team believe that all students are motivated and capable of learning; all they need are the chances to develop their knowledge and the resources to help them do so.

 

Moving Forward

The team's strategy to move forward is to devise short-term and long-term plans where they can join up with the students in Africa. Their next step is to contact a leading school in Nairobi called Strathmore School. They will politely find out about any solutions that they have been working on to educate others near them. Next, the team will ask if Strathmore School would be interested in collaborating with them during a session during the summer holidays, with a hope of developing a relationship with the students for the Habs team's long-term plan.

Throughout the process, this has been a learning experience for all of involved with the project, and with the help of experts from Microsoft Africa, the team hope to gain a greater insight into the societies in Africa - to propose suitable strategies to tackle the problems.

This promises to be an inspiring and powerful project, and the students from Habs are very grateful to Mr Andrew Quinn, Winjera and Shaun from Microsoft Africa. This project would not have been possible without the support and encouragement by Mr Phillips, who has always been there to guide the team whenever they needed any help.

 

Article written by Yash (Year 11)

Team: Yash, Dhruv, Ari, Sia, Hattie, Maya, Jai, Dhilan, Aashni, Katya, Nicola

Year 7 students success in the ISRSA Essay Competition

Congratulations to Samit (7R) who came first in the ISRSA (Independent Schools Religious Studies Association) essay competition and Keshav (7C) whose entry was ‘highly commended’!

The judges commented: "Almost all the essays submitted this year for the Theology, Philosophy and Religions essay prize were of an extremely high standard. All those selected by their schools had clearly worked very hard researching, thinking about and constructing their essays. The judges very much enjoyed reading all essays and the task of selecting the very best for prizes was inevitably difficult."

 

'Ain't No Mountain High Enough'

For our second music video of this academic year, Habs students have come together to record a brand new arrangement of the Motown classic ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, written especially for us by Musician-in-Residence Mr Herd.

This video features many of our school’s most celebrated ensembles; String Orchestra, HabsBeat, Prep Choir and Big Band. In addition to this, we have a talented string quartet, wind quartet and two incredible lead singers. Over 150 students were involved in the process, an exceptional celebration of music making.

Watch it now:

Sixth Former involved with the UN Generation Equality Forum

Ishaan (U6S2) participated in the Generation Equality Forum (GEF) 2021 convened by UN Women and the Governments of France and Mexico. The GEF is a process for member states, private sectors, civil society, and youth to make concrete commitments to advance gender equality over the next five years. 

In response to the exclusion of tackling modern slavery at the GEF, Ishaan co-led the creation of the Youth Against Slavery Manifesto which provides governments and private sectors with tangible and effective measures that they can adopt to help end modern slavery.

With the Generation Equality Youth Taskforce, youth leaders of the Action Coalitions and National Gender Youth Activists, Ishaan also co-organised the Generation Equality: Young Feminist Unconference. The Unconference virtually hosted over 1,000 guests internationally, providing them with a platform to make commitments and influence the outcomes of the GEF.

Ishaan presented youth demands regarding Economic Justice and Rights to the Executive Director of UN Women (Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka), Director of the Civil Society Division (Lopa Banerjee), Secretary-General of the GEF (Delphin O) and Action Coalition Leaders. These included improving financial literacy, providing universal education, combating modern slavery and effectively building back better from the pandemic.

Ishaan and his colleagues are proactively working to stop the ongoing tokenising and exclusion of youth from decision-making spaces within the GEF and beyond. They are developing accountability measures, demanding increased funding for youth efforts, and pushing for meaningful youth inclusion; co-creation, co-leadership and co-ownership in decision making spaces at an international level.

Well done, Ishaan!

 

 

Habs Allotment

During the spring term, a group of students involved in the School Community Service planted a selection of different crops in the hope that they would be able to pass them on to the chefs with the School's catering providers, Holroyd Howe. 

It is incredible that there has been an overwhelming response from students from all year groups and staff, who have been eager to learn more about the crops that have been planted and have volunteering to pick up a shovel and help. As a result, all the crops in the below image, apart from the fruit bushes, have been grown from seed by the students.

Towards the end of the summer term, a small group of students carefully harvested the redcurrants and cucumbers from the allotment and delivered them to the chef in the Bates dining hall. The School would like to thank Holroyd Howe, who have been brilliant and have made use of the produce grown and given to them by the students. 

It is hoped that all pupils will have the opportunity to tend to the plot and benefit from it. We also look forward to inviting members of the wider community in to enjoy the space in the not-too-distant future.

The School would like to thank Mrs West and all those who supported in the creation and management of the allotment. 

 

Cricket Representation - County, Borough and District Cricket

Habs currently has over 60 boys playing representative cricket for either Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, and London Schools. This ranges from borough, district, regional, county and academy cricketers.

The School currently has three boys representing Middlesex academy, one of which who has been selected for the Middlesex 2nd XI team. Habs also has a further five boys who are also playing for Middlesex at youth team level.

With an excess of 450 boys participating in cricket every week in our senior school alone, the School has 22 teams playing regularly. Their selection reflects the commitment each student has shown in developing their skills both with their clubs and the excellent coaching and facilities provided daily at Habs. It is also aided by the ongoing partnership the School has directly with Middlesex CCC and the work that Mr Hewitt and Mr Kerry do in coaching all students across every level of ability.

 

Habs welcomes historian Katja Hoyer

At lunchtime on Friday 2 July, the renowned Anglo-German historian Katja Hoyer spoke to our Year 10 History students. Her talk (via Zoom) was about the Allied Strategic Bombing of Germany in the Second World War, focusing especially on the bombing of Lübeck, the historic capital of the Hanseatic League, on the evening of 28 March 1942.

Katja Hoyer is a German-British historian specialising in Modern German history. Her debut book 'Blood and Iron' has been well-received by critics and academics alike. She is a member of the Royal Historical Society and her essays have featured in History Today and BBC History Extra. She written for the Spectator and Unherd on current political affairs in Germany.

The School is extremely grateful to Ms Hoyer for giving so generously of her time, for her thorough and engaging presentation and for answering our students' question with clarity and expertise.

 

Sixth Former wins two engineering awards

Congratulations to Gianpaolo (L6S1) for winning two engineering awards: The Energy Institute Climate Change Special Award as part of the Big Bang Competition and the Triumph Design Awards Innovation Prize. His entry, HydroCharge, is a portable mobile device charger powered by flowing water, which he designed and built.

The Big Bang competition is the UK's top science and engineering competition; it inspires inquisitive minds to think big, challenge facts, ask questions, and invent solutions. The Energy Institute Climate Change Special Award is given to a project designed to help bring about a lasting reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, as a contribution to the UK's goal of reaching net zero by 2050.

The Triumph Design Awards competition promotes and recognises the talent of students aged 16-18 to solve real world problems with innovative and creative thinking in order to help young design engineers to develop their potential whilst demonstrating how engineering is an exciting and useful career that has helped shape the world we know. The Triumph Design Awards Innovation Prize is awarded to the student who has presented the product with the most innovative design. 

On 23 June, Gianpaolo was announced as the winner of The Energy Institute Climate Change Special Award at a Big Bang Competition virtual awards ceremony. A few days later, on 1 July, Lord Digby Jones, the non-executive Chairman of Triumph Motorcycles announced Gianpaolo as the winner of the Innovation Prize at the Triumph Design Awards virtual awards ceremony. 

After interviewing Gianpaolo live, Lord Digby Jones said: “Now, that’s brilliant! I think it’s absolutely the future, so many, many congratulations!”

Well done, Gianpaolo!

 

History Societies enthuse pupils with a passion for the past

Since March, our History Societies have continued to flourish with new committees from the Lower Sixth taking on the leadership of these groups. The Lower School, Middle School and Sixth Form History Societies have all put on a series of talks, mostly led by Lower Sixth students and sometimes by staff to budding young historians eager to learn more about the past. These have largely been on topics outside of History curriculum and have served as opportunities for those giving the talks to research topics as well as improve their skills of public speaking, presentation and answering questions.

As ever, there have been many wonderful and insightful questions for those Habs students attending these talks. The presentations from Sixth Form students to their peers in younger years have been given via Zoom with our speakers handling the technology, Covid-19 regulations and historical presentation equally with aplomb.

Our Sixth Form History Society has received excellent talks in recent week from Ameya on “The Creation and Decolonisation of French Algeria, 1830-1962”,  Faiz on “Did Mao Zedong lay the foundations for China’s rapid development?”, from Joshua on "From Herero to the Holocaust: The History of Two German Genocides" and will hear from Noah on "The downfall and partition of the Ottoman Empire."

Felix has spoken in a scholarly and engaging manner to students in Year 9 and 10 about “The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood” and Mr Clark has given presentations on “The War of 1812” and “The Death of Napoleon” which coincided with the 200th anniversary of the famous Corsican.

Under the leadership of Mrs Bardou, the Lower School History Club goes from strength to strength with a superb set of talks from Year 12 students. Harjeevan spoke about the French Revolution, Aadam’s talk was on the Whig Theory of History, Julien gave a talk on the Luddites, Thomas enthused the group about the Aztecs, Jake spoke about religious conflict in the Twentieth Century and Noah’s presentation was on the Swing Riots.

The School would like to thank the boys for their hard work in preparing such excellent presentations.