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The Haberdashers' Golf Day 2021

After an enforced break last year, the annual Haberdashers’ Golf Day returns with the 22nd staging of the event on Monday 25 October 2021, at Mill Hill Golf Club.

The day is open to pupils (Prep and Senior School), staff, parents, Old Haberdashers and parents of Old Haberdashers. Handicap certificates are not required, but golfers should be capable of playing to a maximum handicap of 36.

This year, we hope to encourage a large field of golfers to compete for “The Elstree Trophy”, won in 2019 by Mr Karim Kassam with 34 stableford points. Prizes will again be awarded for nearest the pin, longest drive, and best parent and pupil combined score.

Pupils will again compete for trophies in both scratch and handicap categories, as usual. All other players will compete for “The Elstree Trophy”. As in recent years, official EGU handicaps will apply on the day on production of a current handicap certificate. Handicaps for all other players will be calculated according to the Callaway system, more details of which can be found at here.

If you would like to take part in the Golf Day this year, please contact Mr Andy Ward at for further details.


Tooled Up

On Monday 20 September, both Habs Boys and Habs Girls launched their partnership with Tooled Up Education, which provides a collection of online resources curated by one of the UK’s leading experts on parental engagement in children’s lives and learning, Dr Kathy Weston. This follows a successful experience of Tooled Up Education by the Boys’ School Prep parents.

Tooled Up aims to provide holistic support to everyone in our school community, in all areas of family life. This gives all of our families privileged access to a regularly updated digital library, full of evidence‐based tips, simple activities, advice‐packed videos and enlightening podcasts, on all matters relating to parenting and family life. Dr Weston is passionate about bridging the gap between research and real‐life parenting. As a busy parent herself, she understands that loving parents want to do the ‘right thing’ and that parenting is full of joys, but also many challenges. Our children have a vast educational and life journey ahead of them. It is important that they are ‘Tooled Up;’ equipped psychologically with the resilience required to reach their destinations safely and successfully.

As a ‘Tooled Up’ parent, you will feel more supported on your parenting journey, be able to access evidence‐based tips that can help your child to thrive and reach their potential and be able to ask any question and get the answers you need, sourced from the highest quality research evidence.


Student selected to represent England U17 Water Polo team

Congratulations to Arish (L6S1) who has been selected to represent England U17s for the EU Nations Water Polo tournament!

This is a fantastic achievement by Arish, who also trains and plays outside of school for Watford Water Polo club. He faces two more training camps with the England U17 squad before leaving for the Czech Republic at the end of October.

Arish said: “Representing England gives me great pride and satisfaction, especially as I have spent many years working towards it. I am very thankful for the great deal of support and encouragement from my coach at Habs Mr Edi Brkovic and also my parents.”

Good luck, Arish!


Habs student starring in 'The School of Rock' musical

The school is delighted to announce that student David (8S) is starring in Andrew Lloyd Weber's 'The School of Rock' musical! The show opened in Hull and will tour different venues across the country.

David said: “The School of Rock UK Tour has been a fantastic opportunity for me to improve my acting and piano skills. Throughout the eight week rehearsals we had lots of fun while cramming as much of the show into our brain as possible! The whole cast is ready for the challenges that lie ahead… next stop: Wolverhampton!"


U13 tennis team wins County final

Congratulations to our U13 tennis team who won the County final against Berkhamsted!

The opposition put a fight but the team, led superbly by Sam (8S), rose to the challenge to win every singles and doubles match. There were fantastic performances by David (8S) and Kaaviyan (8J), backed up with excellent wins for Saaj (9R2) and Kian (8H).

The team now look forward to the regional rounds next month. 


13+ Buddy System

Year 9 buddies continued to welcome our new 13+ joiners to the Middle School this week. 

Students and tutors met for cookies on the quad at morning break at the end of their first week at Habs. The sun was shining and conversation flowing. Our Buddy programme continues to evolve to settle our new joiners into life at Habs.

They have had a brilliant first week in school and are already making a superb contribution to our community already.


Habs students success in the Intermediate Maths Challenge 2021

All Middle School students took part in the Intermediate Maths Challenge (IMC) 2021.

Across the UK, 8,000 students qualified to take part and the top 1,500 of the very highest performers in the IMC were invited to take part in the final Olympiad. Within the top numbers, 20 students from Habs were selected. 

Habs is delighted to announce that Evan (10M2) was awarded a distinction certificate and Oliver (10M2) was awarded a medal for being in the top 100 in the Cayley Mathematics Olympiad! There was also success in Year 11, Sai (11R1) and Thomas (11N1) received a medal and book prize for being in the top 50 of the Hamilton Mathematics Olympiad!

Well done to all those who participated.


Football 1st XI through to next round of Boodles ISFA Cup

Our 1st XI football team are through to the next round of the Boodles ISFA Cup after a 4-0 win away at Bedford Modern School.

Two goals from Nathan (captain) and one each from Daniel and Sarthak secured victory.


Sixth Former Selected for International European Youth Parliament Event

In February this year, Jatin Gupta (U6S2) won the Regional Round of the European Youth Parliament (EYP), and was selected for the EYP National Finals which took place in August.

We are proud to share that following Jatin’s exceptional performance in the National Finals, he has been selected for an international EYP event which will take place in February 2022, in the Netherlands!

From Jatin: “The EYP National Finals was an enriching and intellectually stimulating experience for me. I was able to further my knowledge, debate and propose a resolution on the topic of Artificial Intelligence and algorithmic bias, something that I feel is so prevalent in today’s world. Throughout the five days, I was closely judged by a panel of three jury members, who assessed me during both committee and general assembly sessions.”

“Two weeks after the National Finals, I was thrilled to hear that I have been selected for an international event in February 2022, in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands - I am very excited and looking forward to this international EYP event.”

Congratulations to Jatin on this outstanding achievement!


Mr Broadwith to appear on cycling documentary

Our very own Mr Michael Broadwith, Head of Russells House, mathematics teacher and Old Haberdasher, was asked to provide a short interview on his End to End (Land's End to John O’Groats) world record.









The cameo appearance will be featured on a two-part documentary by Global Cycling Network’s (GCN+) YouTube channel, which has 2.76 million subscribers. The documentary will be called 'End to End'. 

GCN+ asked Mr Broadwith about the challenges he overcame when breaking the world record in June 2018. The filming took place on our campus, during the summer holiday.

Habs Foundation Telephone Campaign 2021

This year at Habs we will be running a Telephone Campaign from 16 to 30 August. Look out for your call from a recent leaver and enjoy reliving your days at Habs, perhaps offering some career guidance and hearing about all our recent news.

Our team of student callers will be employed during this time to phone members of our Habs community to talk to you about the School and what Old Haberdashers have gone on to do since leaving. They will also explain some of the current funding priorities which are enhancing the academic experience of current and future Habs students.

We hope you will enjoy chatting about your own experience of Habs through this call. Our recent leavers can’t wait to tell you about life and developments at the School, as well as about ways you can become more involved. You may also find out about how you can support our students and the work of the School.

The student callers greatly benefit from the experience and advice of those to whom they speak and we are so grateful for the time our Habs community spend taking the call.


Students show togetherness to achieve remarkable GCSE results

Habs Boys is delighted to announce excellent results at GCSE across all subjects!

Congratulations to our Year 11s who have worked incredibly hard and shown great strength of character during another challenging year with lockdowns, interruptions and restrictions, to achieve remarkable GCSE results. 

Mr Gus Lock, Headmaster, said: “I am extremely proud of this cohort. They have demonstrated considerable resilience and character by meeting the challenges of this past year head on. These outstanding results are richly deserved and reflect an immense amount of determination and hard work by our exceptional students.

It is important to remember that Habs students have achieved these superb results alongside fully participating in the huge array of character-building opportunities which we have continued to provide beyond the classroom in sport, music, art and drama. We are enormously proud of the way they have also taken every opportunity during this pandemic to serve local, national and global communities through charitable activities.

My warmest thanks must go to our parent body, who have tirelessly supported their children; also to our wonderful staff, for their expert, passionate teaching and guidance for every student throughout the considerable  challenges of this past year."

For the second year running our Year 11 students were provided with outstanding opportunities to pursue their academic learning well beyond the GCSE syllabus through the School’s ‘Bridge Programme’. Students from both Habs Boys and Habs Girls worked together on the programme to broaden their horizons, enabling them to be well and truly prepared to embrace their A Level journey. 

Mr Lock concluded: “Warmest congratulations to this year group. These results, once again, show the breadth and depth of offering at Habs. I very much look forward to welcoming our students back in September to start their Sixth Form studies.”


Habs students receive exceptional A Level results

We warmly congratulate all our Year 13 students on achieving outstanding A Level results enabling them to secure places, once again, at prestigious universities. The most popular this year include Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, LSE, UCL, Bristol, Warwick and Durham. Students have also secured places abroad, including to the USA and Japan.

Mr Gus Lock, Headmaster, congratulated the students: “I am absolutely delighted for our brilliant students and their exceptional achievements particularly in the light of another academic year full of interruptions, lockdowns and restrictions. We are rightly proud of our Sixth Formers for the character they have shown in their resilience, ambition and courage. Throughout the past year they have continued to take full advantage of everything that Habs has to offer; they richly deserve these outstanding results which have been achieved alongside fantastic performances on the sports field, the drama stage, in the art studio, in music performances and in the many rewarding charity and community events at Habs.

I would like to extend my thanks to our fantastic staff for their continued expert, passionate teaching and guidance for every student and to our encouraging parents and carers who have supported their children during another very challenging year. Well done to all!”

During their last term at School, the Year 13s attended our ‘Frontiers Programme’ which offered practical workshops to equip our students to survive and thrive at university. Students attended sessions on cooking, renting and housing maintenance, advice on travelling and adventure, first aid and basic bike and car maintenance, as well as a range of interdisciplinary seminars.

Hearty congratulations to the Class of 2021! Having endured and overcome many obstacles during this unusual year, we know that you will go on to enjoy some quite remarkable careers and become the problem-solvers of the future. We look forward to hearing of your stories and successes in the years to come. You will always remain part of the Habs community.