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  • Headmaster: Gus Lock MA (Oxon)


A Climate of Change at Habs

This October, Habs has taken part in a very exciting international art project, ‘The Big Draw Festival’. This project is a worldwide celebration of creativity, and the theme this year is ‘A Climate of Change’. The Art department invited every member of the School, all pupils from Year 1 to Year 13, teaching staff and support staff, to make their own crane and write on it their pledge for the environment. 

In response to this, the School has been in a flurry of creativity and we, as a community, have each made origami cranes from recycled paper! Habs has demonstrated such enthusiasm in coming together and working seamlessly on one common purpose. The School community has certainly responded to the call, risen to the challenge, and worked as a team to ensure everyone has been able to take part. It has truly been a joy to witness. 

Art is so often used as a vehicle for social change. It has a unique power to transcend time and unify people from all walks of life. It is an integral part of the curriculum, allowing staff and pupils to approach challenges in new ways, instilling values and developing skills for powerful and meaningful content to be expressed. The process of origami itself further develops fine motor, sequencing and spatial skills – and, indeed, patience.

Mr Gus Lock, Headmaster, said: “A creative education brings so much and its benefits are legion. It fosters our curiosity and imagination, inviting us to see the world in different ways and from different perspectives, something that has never been more important; it cultivates a sense of expression as we are invited, indeed forced, to find our own voices, something too many young people find hard; by giving us our voice and by providing opportunity for calm focus, it strengthens resilience and demonstrably improves wellbeing, hence its wide use in therapy; furthermore, it brings us together in collaborative work and in glorious, joyful celebration; and it is hard and gritty work, both requiring and developing our power of enquiry and perseverance to overcome problems.”

The pledges pupils and staff have written on their cranes have been as important as the creation itself. Conversations around the School have taken place about how we, at Habs, can make a difference to our planet. As a result, members of the School have committed pen to paper to write one promise, which showcases positive actions for the planet.

So, why a crane? Well, sadly, along with many other creatures on our planet, cranes are at risk of extinction as a result of hunting and the destruction of their habitat. These majestic creatures are also considered in many cultures to be a messenger of God and stand for good fortune and good things to come. 


Each origami crane will be individually hung to create one giant art installation. 


Mr Lock added: “This beautiful artwork, which we hope will hang in the foyer of the Medburn Centre, is sure to be a statement of positive change as well as a physical display of creativity and community spirit. Better still will be the real outcome, that sense of communal activity, creativity and expression, with a focus on a hugely important issue and a constant reminder whenever we see it of a time when we created something together and spoke as one.”

Habs raises over £1000 for Young Minds charity

#HelloYellow! Young Minds World Mental Health Day 2020 was celebrated by pupils and staff with a great charity mufti day last Friday. Many variations on yellow apparel were in evidence, from hoodies to t-shirts, socks and trainers, ties, splendid shorts and old sports kits!


The School has raised £1,150 for Young Minds, the organisation leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. Our donation helps achieve this by providing expert knowledge through a free and confidential Parents Helpline, participation with young people, professional training, work in schools and ensuring mental health is placed firmly on the public and political agenda.

Thank you to all the generous Habs parents and pupils!










Year 7 Success Stories

With half-term in sight, we caught up with a few of our Year 7 to see how they’ve found the first few weeks.

Whether out on the hockey pitch or practicing drama, they’ve really made the most of every opportunity.

Read on to find out what five of them have been up to!



One of the highlights for Ravjoth has been sport. Every Thursday lunchtime, rain or shine, he’s out on the AstroTurf practising with the hockey team.

Today he’s working on his long range passing, as well as shooting.

‘I’ve really enjoyed hockey so far.’ He says, 'I’ve got much better at my passing and dribbling. Because I’ve got fast hands, I’ve found I can change the side I hit the ball with pretty quickly. It’s been great so far.’





Meanwhile, Lucas has chosen to develop his drama skills.

Forming a circle in the drama studio, the boys are playing a game called ‘Sevens’.

‘We’re looking at games in theatre,’ he says, ‘because you’ve got to learn discipline and always be ready. Sevens tests your reaction skills, since you always need to be ready to respond on the stage.’





Choosing to break a sweat, Matthews has opted to go running in HabsDash.

Our weekly running competition organized by Mr Broadwith, HabsDash a focus on community, inclusivity and participation.

‘I got my best time today’, Matthews says, ‘And I’m trying to run 100km in total by the end of year. It’s a really fun way to exercise.’ He adds ‘We want Meadows to be top this year, because at the moment we’re in second place. We’re not that far from Russells!’




By contrast, Aryan has stayed behind after school to join the School Debating Society.

Participating in a balloon debate, he’s taken on the role of Leonardo Da Vinci. The current goal? Trying to defend why he’s the most important person to have lived!

Aryan says ‘The thing I like about debating is that it’s like an argument - but with your friends! It’s so nice to see each other’s point of view and to learn how others think.'




Finally, we join Noaz, who has selected Bridge Club as his lunchtime option.

Listening to Mr Haring, the boys are playing a beginner’s version of bridge called ‘Whist’. After explaining the rules, Noaz says:

‘I’ve always enjoyed playing card games, like UNO and Go Fish, with my family - so I decided to go along. I like learning new tactics: we learnt one called Dummies, where you play for your partner if you have more cards and points.’




A term to remember

What all our boys have taken away is a sense that there’s something for everyone here.

From lunchtime clubs to after school societies, Habs always has a place to broaden horizons, meet new people - and have a great deal of fun along the way!

We congratulate all our Year 7 starters for making the most of this half-term, and wish them all the best for a well-earned break.


What Mr Geering Did For The Romans

Over the summer, unable to travel, I decided to spend some time looking at Roman documents. I have already done some sessions for primary schools on literacy in the Roman Empire as part of our outreach programme, and I wanted to have a go at creating some Roman inspired documents.


The first one I completed was a birth certificate. The text is modelled after an original on wax tablets from Alexandria. I decided to write one for Flavia Gemina, the main character in the Roman Mysteries (a favourite of my daughter’s), using the proper Roman dating method. It identifies the year by the reigning emperor and the names of the consuls. Dates are numbered by the number of days before the next “principal” day (Kalends, Nones or Ides). I was pleased with the experiment, and thought Flavia’s creator, Caroline Lawrence, would like the result, so I sent it to her.




My second undertaking was a bit more extreme. I produced a scroll of Book V of Josephus’ Jewish Wars, which includes the account of the siege of Jerusalem in 70AD. It took about 40 hours to complete, required 45 sheets of papyrus, and comprised 105 columns of text. The scroll is 11m35cm long.




Written by Mr Geering.

Habs reach finals at Imperial Schools' Debating Competition

The last 18 months have seen the return of Habs to competing in and winning silver and novice finals at major debating competitions. On 3 October, four teams from Habs competed in the online Imperial Schools debating competition. The boys were given the target of going one step further and reaching a gold final.

All four teams performed admirably, and Habs finished with 2 teams in the top 8 – only Eton finished with more, and we outperformed traditional debating powerhouses like Dulwich and Westminster.

Om and Aarnav finished joint second, reaching a gold final for the first time, having accrued 10 points. Manav and Ahan reached the silver final, finishing joint fourth, having fallen one point short of making it two Habs teams in the gold final – in the end missing out on the gold final. Nevertheless, Ahan was our top speaker at the competition in terms of his individual points score, finishing 16th overall. The coach of another leading independent school described their performance as ‘excellent’.  

Whilst the pupils didn’t win either final, getting so far in the competition is a significant achievement and a sign of our significant recent improvements in debating as a school. It was also tremendous experience for the students as a team. After the final, Om was upbeat: "We'll get them next time."

This improvement has been achieved by the boys' commitment, their sharpening of each other during our co-curricular debating clubs, their increased seriousness in their attitude to debating in our co-curricular activities and at competitions, and attending top competitions more regularly where we learn from excellent judging and tough competition.  

The motion in the final was extremely tricky: ‘Assuming it was technologically feasible, this house would force couples that have decided that they want a child to flip a coin to decide which partner carries and delivers their baby’. Opening Government established a principle about equality and tried to redraw lines for rights in order to rebut the Opening Opposition points about bodily autonomy and choice. Om and Aarnav struggled to see an alternate angle to approach the debate from, and so built their case around impacting what Opening Government said - they gave mechanisation to how tangible change would be achieved, why it was needed, and what it looked like. It was an extremely difficult debate, being very hard to differentiate sufficiently from the opening half, but Om and Aarnav gave the best speeches they could, using all the practice and structure they had gained from the school and previous competitions. Aarnav commented: "Having broken through that daunting barrier of reaching a gold final, we hope to win sometime in the future."  

All of the Habs teams experienced some success: Lucas and Keshav came joint 17th on a total of seven points, whilst Fola and Alex came joint 37th on a total of five points from their four debates. This was particularly good experience for Keshav, Fola and Alex, who were two to three years younger than most of the speakers at the competition. We can look forward to seeing them continue to progress in the next few years.  

As heartening as these performances at competitions have been, perhaps most encouraging for the future of debating here is the increased commitment the boys demonstrate from week to week. Year 9 debating has swelled to 25 boys, and Year 10 currently have 15 debaters.

The School is very excited regarding it's future in debating. Congratulations to all those that participated in the competition.


Mufti Day for World Mental Health Day

On Friday 9 October, the School will be holding a mufti day on World Mental Health Day as part of supporting all our community and being together for each other. Pupils and staff will be wearing yellow.

Three Sixth Formers, Ollie, Ollie and Kazim, have produced an assembly for the morning, including a recorded message on wellbeing from former Manchester United and England captain Rio Ferdinand.

Pupils will celebrate across the School, enjoy decorative cakes with yellow icing in the dining hall and come together as a community.

We look forward to a great atmosphere this Friday.


Year 9 trip to Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre

Written by Year 9 pupils Oscar and Ethan


I really enjoyed Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre (HOAC), despite the rain. First, we did team-building exercises, and then we built a raft and went on a race in the lake beside the grounds.

Our first team-building exercise was doing anagrams, which proved easier for some groups than others. The anagrams, which were scrambled names of animals, progressively got harder. We had to guess as many as we could in five minutes and our team did well. The next activity was a sort of puzzle – we had to try and fill in a square with different sized and shaped pieces. We then had to jump through a tire. This was quite an entertaining activity. Overall, our team did very well. The final and funniest activity was we all stood on two planks with ropes attached to them and had to move in unison forward. This ended up with us falling over - a lot!  We did these sorts of activities for a few hours until midday when we had lunch.

 After lunch we had to build a raft. Even though the team-building activities were fun, it was nothing compared to raft building and sailing. The raft was made from four barrels to sit on and four logs tied together with rope. We learnt how to use three knots in an interesting challenge to try and create a functioning raft including empty plastic barrels for seats.

Once the teams had finished, they had to race to and from a point in the lake, and then quickly disassemble the raft. When we had finished taking apart the raft, we even got a chance to voluntarily jump in the lake at the end, despite it being freezing. 

After changing into dry clothes, we all headed back to school, in time for the 4:15 coaches. What I enjoyed about this trip was that it taught us how to work as a team, and not just a few people doing all the work. We also learnt useful, practical skills like building a raft and tying different knots for different situations and uses.

Overall, I loved this day and highly recommend going. Whilst some people were apprehensive because it was forecasted to be raining this was quickly forgotten about and most people jumped in at the end! This was the only time we got wet. Everyone really enjoyed the day and had a great time.

Sixth Former receives Arkwright Engineering Scholarship

The School is delighted to announce that Ethan (L6H2) has been successful in receiving an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship.

Scholars are selected for their potential as future engineering leaders by assessing their academic, practical and leadership skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). These are assessed through a rigorous selection process comprising of an assessed application form including and a two-hour aptitude examination. 

The Scholarships support future engineering students through their Sixth Form studies and encourage them into top universities. The Scholarships consist of an annual financial award to each recipient and to the School, and a range of enrichment activities, such as mentoring and industry visits, that enhance their experience of engineering and technical design in a real-world context. 

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are very highly regarded by universities and industry and are one of the most prestigious accolades that a talented Sixth Form student pursuing a career in engineering can achieve.  

While this is always a noteworthy achievement, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that the number Sponsors has reduced for this year's cohort, significantly reducing number of Scholarships available. It is a measure of Ethan's potential to be an outstanding leader in the Engineering field that he has been successful under such difficult circumstances.


Year 10 Navy recruits participate in their first CCF Field Day

Recently the Year 10 Navy recruits participated in their first CCF Field Day. The gale-force winds and driving rain of Storm Alex had unfortunately scuppered the plans of a water sports day off the school site at Queen Mary reservoir and learning of this on Thursday afternoon set in motion a rapid change to the itinerary which would involve a day at Habs. The ability to adapt under challenging conditions was very apparent in LT Chapman’s speedy reaction to the news.

And so the boys arrived in school on Friday morning in high spirits and clad in waterproof clothing, very similar to that which they would have worn on the water. The first activity of the day took place in the bushcraft area and involved making a fire. After a few unsuccessful attempts to light it, a roaring inferno started to blaze (in a controlled manner) and, ably assisted by Mr Whalley, the boys discussed fire triangles. Despite the very wet weather, spirits were certainly not dampened and revision of the NATO phonetic alphabet followed, with boys spelling each other’s names using this language. It was extremely pleasing to see the camaraderie that this engendered.

Resident alchemist Mr Whalley then brought forth his box of magic and wowed the cadets by turning the flames into various colours. Photos and videos attached sadly do not do this justice but it was highly entertaining. Hot chocolate was imbibed and s’mores were eaten with understandable enthusiasm. A little bit of British weather was certainly not going to ruin the day.

The pupils then moved inside, and it would not have been a RN Field Day without some a proper naval activity. This took the form of Sea Shanty singing. A rousing rendition of Drunken Sailor warmed up the voices and it was a delight to see boys courageously stepping forward to heartily belt out individual verses. Every single one of our Year 10s sang and thoroughly immersed themselves in an age-old tradition. They were also taught Heart of Oak and Spanish Ladies and these were performed with similar vigour. Mr Whalley reported that he was rather moved by the latter. 

While this day was far removed from what had been planned, the boys threw themselves into the activities with the spirit and courage that we have come to expect from our terrific Royal Navy section. It is worth pointing out that every single boy was present too. The School would like to thank Mr Whalley, Slt Redfern and LT Chapman for their support, guidance and tirelessness which enabled this day to be a success.


Year 7 visit Woburn Safari Park

Year 7 had a fantastic day out at Woburn recently. Despite the weather, the boys were able to go on a ‘foot safari’ seeing a variety of animals including penguins, wallabies and red pandas.

They also had an educational talk from an expert at Woburn about the impact humans are having on our planet and the ways that they can make a difference.


Year 7 pupil Maanav has written an account of the trip to Woburn, which can be found below.

"Woburn. Safari. Park. I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard those three words. A smile appeared on my face. It brought back fond, joyful memories of my visits to various safari parks, in particular the magnificent Masai Mara and the sensational Sweetwaters. It was a brilliant idea as we would have a chance to connect with nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of school life and the fast life of London. I knew what I had to pack – a good camera.

We were all so fortunate to be able to go on this trip and it was going to be a thrilling day out. My thanks the teachers for not letting Covid-19 getting in the way.

Upon arrival at Woburn Safari Park in Woburn, Bedfordshire, we split into groups. However, there could only be a maximum of six people in a group because of Covid-19. The day was gloomy and the weather foul, but I couldn’t be more jovial. I was at Woburn! The first thing we did was go on a foot safari. It was really intriguing to see how the different animals acted and what habitats they lived in. I took some breath-taking photos of the capybara, the lion, the red panda, the tiger, and the tortoise. This was just the beginning. I know what I was waiting for. The Southern White Rhino!

After the foot safari, we had an educational talk about endangered species, and it was really alarming to discover that out of the 8 million species of living things on earth, 1 million species are endangered. This was mostly caused by humans. We all must do something about these dreadful statistics. We also learnt about the rate at which things decompose. It was startling to realise that some things take centuries (like plastic bottles and aluminium cans), millennium and even, a million years to decompose (for example, a glass jar). It was shocking. We also heard about how habitats are being lost and it was ghastly to find out that the main reason for this loss was agriculture, along with the demand for wood and paper. Are E-readers and kindles the answer?

After a short lunch break, we headed back to the coach to go on a guided coach tour. We learnt all about the different animals at Woburn and about their numbers in the wild. It was upsetting to discover how fast many animals in the wild are declining and how there are barely any of those animals left in the world (e.g. there are only 17,000 rhinos left in the world and humans have caused their numbers to decrease by about 85%; and there are so few tigers left in the wild that there are more tigers kept as pets in the US than there are left in the wild). Shocking isn’t it?

I also took some hair-raising photos of the North American black bear and the Canadian timber wolf. At one point of the trip, everyone in our coach could barely breathe for laughing at the sight of monkeys clambering up the wing mirrors of another coach and starting to chase each other on the roof. However, when a monkey jumped onto the wing mirror of our coach, the noise of laugher escalated into a deafening din. It was a hilarious sight.

After the boisterous coach tour, we all went back to Habs after a delightful and proactive day. The trip was awesome and amazing, but it was eye-opening at the same time to realise so many species are endangered and their numbers are declining rapidly." 



Navy CCF Field Day 2020

Prologue: “Down Rover”

The love of sailing that courses through our veins had been cruelly quenched by the receding waters of Aldenham reservoir. Today that once familiar ardour would rise again, kindled by the loving embrace of our new friends at Rickmansworth Sailing Club. From dawn’s early call, the heavens wept tears of torrential rain as if to celebrate. Storm-force gusts bursting from a battleship-grey sky bellowed out their approval and the waves of Troy Lake caressed our boats as they wriggled once more from the beach’s grip.

Act One: “Dog rough”

As one, then two then four then six boats, piloted by our bravest cadets, ploughed out, kicking and leaping like wild mustangs, a tear of pride welled in my eye. In a scene reminiscent of the film “Rocky”, Ethan (11R1) was catapulted into the water for the fifth time but refused to “stay down”. Saam (11R2), his rig reefed to the size of a pocket handkerchief, took a deep breath and set sail for only the second time ever whilst Charlie (11H2) and Ari (11H1) powered towards the start line despite their boats having the directional consistency of a drunken homing pigeon.

Our initial goal of a series of six races was moderated down to four, then two, then one. As the blasting gusts wreaked havoc, the decision was made to award the win to any helm who could complete just one lap, an honour which went, much later, to Rahul (11S1). With the generous and brilliant Lt Chapman attending to the lesser details such as organising the cadets in the water, the tenacious and talented Mr Lunn concentrated on our primary goal; to take a thousand excellent photographs.


Act Two: “Dogged determination”

Meanwhile ashore, Lt Cdr Hardman was organising the boat compound, home to a jungle-like collection of flora, fauna, stinging things and abandoned craft. Armed with the endlessly joyful Acting SLt Willows, a dozen burly senior boys including George (U6M1), Finn (U6H2), Mackenzie (U6M1) and Alex (U6M2) and a van-full of industrial-strength ground-clearing equipment, a few subtle changes to the compound were set in motion.


Act Three: “Dog tired”

With the photographs secured and race finally completed, an early lunch was called. Social distancing required us to repair to the clubhouse and boat sheds in groups but the great warmth of the hospitality at Rickmansworth warmed our hearts whatever our location. The club’s own Paul Hills who had joined us for sailing, and ensured we all felt right at home. Despite having selflessly toiled in the rain as beachmasters all morning, Dr Chapman and RYA Instructor Daniel Loveless watched over us shepherd-like, making sure that everyone was warm, dry and happy. As the boys tucked into their rations, the great strength of camaraderie of the Habs RN CCF was much in evidence.


Act Four: “The dog days are over”

Round two of the sailing was a much gentler affair, the storm having given way to continuous rain, enabling all cadets to take to the water and stay upright. Henry (11M1) and Daniel (11S1) were amongst those who handled their boats with panache, but respect is due to all who smiled and laughed their way through the pouring rain.

All too soon it was time to call a halt. The weather was no impediment to our characterful cadets; by this time, Lt Cdr Hardman and his fantastic team had applied a “scorched earth” strategy to the compound, transforming it into something worthy of a feature on the popular television show “Gardeners’ World” with our own club equipment taking centre stage.

“Sir”, I ventured, “was your approach here to annex the compound, eject everything you did not like the look of, then to make the whole thing look absolutely perfect?" After thinking this through carefully, Lt Cdr Hardman nodded vigorously, his focused expression giving way to a beaming smile.


Epilogue: “You can teach an old dog new tricks”

The magic of a good field day never grows old. As our band of brothers and sisters danced homeward through the rain, I remembered again the nourishment one gains from spending time with truly decent and capable people. Each of us took home some memories of excitement and achievement to treasure. Bonds of friendship had been renewed once more, hearts and lungs had raced again, and, after a long silence, the air had echoed to the sound of singing, laughter and the occasional scream. The story of the Habs RN CCF continues – and there is life in the old dog yet.


Written by Lt Hall. 

Royal Navy Field Day and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Expedition weekend

The Royal Navy group that went to Rickmansworth Sailing Club to canoe got stuck in and performed really well. Teamwork, decision-making and some physical effort were all required for the boys to learn to move their boats around, conduct a small journey up the canal and portage the Hillingdon lock.

Krystjan (L6C1) experiences on RN Canoeing course were clear to see, and he did will in assisting his teammates. Bags of enthusiasm was shown by all the boys but Dan (L6M1) shone through.

The School would like to thank Mr Hamlett and Mr Pinder who instructed with Lt Col Woodall.

Thirty Year 10 boys then rolled out of bed after a quick turnaround from Field Day and were back in School for 08.00am on Saturday.  After being issued with tents, stoves first aid kits, hi-vis vests and bright rucksack covers the boys met with their instructors and embarked on a day of navigational training to prepare them to fly solo the next day.

Sunday set some challenges and as local water levels were rising staff quickly checked out the routes in front of the boys to make sure all was safe. Much time was spent helping the boys develop a sense of awareness, awareness of where all their team are, that they need to cross a busy road safely, of the environment , of hazards, of other people and the features around them to help them get back on track when they have gone wrong. A challenging and successful Bronze expedition.

The School would like to thank Lt Col Woodall, Mr Geering, Mr Pearson, Mr Roncarati, Mr Sandercock and Miss Slade for all their help. 


CCF Army October Field Day

On Friday 2 October, some 140 Cadets of the CCF Army Section were out on three different Field Day activities! All these were brilliantly planned and run by senior cadets, colleagues and visiting helpers. With no MOD training areas available to us, we ran a number of activities both on and off site.

Lt Geering and Mrs McEwan-Cox took 42 Year 10 cadets and four Upper Sixth SNCOs to Wendover Woods. Year 10 rose to the challenge of Mother Nature, and applied themselves well to the challenge of learning military skills in heavy rain. The Upper Sixth instructors were outstanding – well prepared, knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

Year 11 and Lower Sixth remained on-site, where we have access to equipment and can wear our uniforms. Year 11 got stuck into a mixture of ambush lessons, a paintball exercise, and revision of military skills.

Again, superb and well-planned lessons were delivered by our outstanding senior cadets. The Lower Sixth Leadership Cadre reviewed and refreshed their key fieldcraft skills including Fire Control and Quick Battle Orders before developing their section attack leadership and getting a first taste of the mechanics of a platoon hasty attack.

This culminated in a well-executed platoon attack exercise in response to enemy activity led by members of the Lower Sixth with no amount of rain dampening their commitment to training.

As well as to our outstanding seniors, thanks are due to Lt McLarin, Second Lt Akhtar, Mr Walters, Mr Boorman, and our visiting instructors, Second Lt C. Woodall, and Major A Othan.


Habs Boys and Habs Girls welcome Dr Kathy Weston via Zoom

Recently, The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School and Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls launched a programme of talks for Haberdashers' parents to discuss the well-being of students at the Schools. The response from Habs parents across both Schools was overwhelming. 

The Schools welcomed Dr Kathy Weston for the first talk, a leading child researcher and expert on providing evidence-based advice for parents. The topic the talk was 'building resilience in your child.' Dr Kathy Weston spoke about why resilience matters, especially in today's world, and gave practical examples on how parents can build their child's resilience at home. 


The next talk will be by Dr Faith Orchard, who will talk about the importance of sleep, for details will be out shortly. 


Year 10 GCSE Drama explore the National Theatre's 'Peter Pan'

The Year 10 GCSE Drama groups have been studying the National Theatre's production of Peter Pan. Using the production's creative, ensemble and playful approach, the students used boxes and paper to puppeteer the crocodile, the Never Bird and the pirate ship!