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Habs student through to two engineering competition finals

The School is delighted to announce that Gianpaolo (L6S1) has been selected for the finals of two engineering competitions!

His project, called HydroCharge, has made it through to the finals of the Big Bang competition and the Triumph Design Awards competition and has also been nominated to compete for The Energy Institute Climate Change Special Award.

HydroCharge is a portable mobile device charger powered by flowing water that Gianpaolo designed and built as part of his GCSE Design and Technology coursework. 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 Triumph Design Awards promotes and recognises the talent of students aged 16‐18 to solve real world problems with innovative and creative thinking. The Energy Institute Climate Change Special Award will be awarded 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.

We wish Gianpaolo the best of luck in the next round of these competitions!

 

Welcome to our new 2021/22 prefects

On Monday 14 June, a special assembly was held in the Bourne Hall to appoint the School's incoming Prefect Team for 2021/22.

We are delighted to announce that our new School Captain is Felix and the three Vice-Captains are Lucas, Jatin and Viren. They will have the opportunity to take on leadership roles within the Sixth Form and across the wider School community. The new prefects were elected by their teachers and the Sixth Form, and will assume their roles with immediate effect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With speeches from the Headmaster, the former School Captain Gabriel, and Reverend Brandon, this event marked out one of the highlights of the School calendar, celebrating the achievements of the previous team as well as anticipating the progress of the incoming one.

Congratulations to each and every one of the students who have been awarded the prestigious honour of becoming a Habs prefect, as well as to our House Captains and senior team of School Captains.

Devising in Drama

Year 9, GCSE and A Level students have been busy devising original pieces of theatre. Year 9 classes have been exploring physical and ensemble techniques and created wonderful Through the Portal sequences. Year 10 GCSE classes are creating pieces of children’s theatre for Prep School audiences and Year 12 are working on an adaptation of Ismith Khan’s short story The Red Ball using the style and techniques of the theatre company Complicite.

 

Habs Art Stars (June 2021)

The Art Department are delighted to share these wonderful pieces of classwork by their Art and Graphics Stars of the half term.

  • Shay (7C)
  • Zack (7M)
  • Saahil (8M)
  • Aarav (8H)
  • Krish (8C)
  • Tom (8M)
  • Sam (9R)
  • Jai (9C)
  • Joshua (9C)
  • Harry (9S)
  • Samvir (9H)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inter House Science competition 2021

The School witnessed the first events in the Inter House science competition, which provided the opportunity for pupils to stretch their knowledge and skills in different scientific areas. There was a wonderful buzz about all these events, with pupils keen to get involved for their houses and to enjoy themselves in broad scientific endeavours.

Years 7 and 8 participated in three-round quiz, hosted remotely by the Year 12 members of the Science Society Committee (Samzi (L6S1), Sajeev (L6M1), Lucas (L6H1) and Samuel (L6M2)), with Meadows clinching the top spot for both year groups.

The hotly anticipated Year 12 “titrate-off” took place after school. This event tested the problem solving, practical and analytic skills of the pupils, who had to accurately determine the concentration of an acid using volumetric analysis. There were of course some twists to the usual procedures, so a steady nerve and hand was required! At the end it was incredibly tight, and with differences so marginal a draw was called between Strouts and Calverts. It was fantastic to see such determination and commitment by the titrators, who fully engaged with the spirit of the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At present, Strouts are heading up the overall leader board, closely followed by Meadows and Calverts. The competition with resume in a couple of weeks, with Year 9 teams engaging with a biology based quiz of “What is that thing?” While Year 10 students participate in a physics problem solving challenge.

The School would like to thank the Science Society Committee who got the competition up and running, but also to Mr Teague for hosting the Year 8 quiz along with Mrs Patel and Mrs Dawda who did the preparation work for the Year 12 event.

Habs students' cricket successes

The School is delighted to announce the recent successes of two Habs pupils, Jay (10H1) and Chinmay (U6S1). 

Jay, who is also a member of the Middlesex Cricket Academy, was selected to play in the Bunbury Festival. The festival brings together the most talented U15 school cricketers from England and Wales to compete in 50-over and T20 matches. Jay was 36 not out and the Bunbury London & East A team went on to win the match.

Chinmay, also a member of Middlesex Cricket Academy and a key all-rounder in the School's 1XI, was selected to play for Middlesex CCC 2nd XI team against Somerset 2nd XI. The team won by 11 runs and Chinmay was also selected for the next game at Old Trafford, however, due to availability, he was unable to attend. He looks forward to getting another opportunity again soon.

Congratulations to Jay and Chinmay!

 

Habs Boys launches 4+ Reception classes

Habs Boys is delighted to announce that the School will be admitting 4+ Reception students at our Pre-Prep in 2022.

 

New Reception

Habs Boys is delighted to announce that, for the first time, the School will be creating a new 4+ entry point. We will be admitting 4+ Reception students at our Pre-Preparatory School in 2022.

The Pre-Prep is currently based at our rural St Albans campus in Park Street. It is a charming, safe and secure environment where our youngest students can thrive and enjoy the ample outdoor space.

In the School’s 10-year strategy update launched recently together with Habs Girls, a number of major plans and developments were outlined including aligning our entry points by the introduction of Reception classes at Habs Boys.

A 4+ entry point at Habs Boys will ensure a seamless start to life with us in the Pre-Prep. This will also relieve pressure on families facing the disruption of having to attend another school for Reception before making the move into Year 1 at Habs.

Gus Lock, Headmaster, said: "I am absolutely delighted that we are now able to offer entry to Habs Boys at Reception. It is an important moment in our history as we now become a 4-18 through-school. By doing so, we have aligned entry points between both Habs Boys and Habs Girls to provide a coherent and consistent offering to families. I very much look forward to welcoming our first Reception cohort in September 2022."

Matteo Rossetti, Head of Preparatory School, added: "We are thrilled to be creating these Reception classes. Pupils and families will be able to embark on their educational journey with us at 4+, and be immediately part of a vibrant and exciting community. I cannot wait to meet our newest and youngest pupils in the next academic year."

You are warmly invited to visit the Pre-Prep School in Park Street in the autumn term by booking a tour. Booking details will be available soon.

In the meantime, 2022 entrants may also book a visit to the Prep and Senior Schools on our Open Day at our Elstree campus. This takes place on Saturday 2 October. Book an Open Event here.

Apply now for 4+ at Habs

Building for the Future

It is a very exciting time at our Elstree campus, which continues to evolve to provide exceptional facilities for our pupils and staff.

Habs is delighted to announce that the Boys’ School has recently had planning permission approved to construct a bespoke, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly Pre-Prep building. The plans seek to respect and respond to the environment and have been developed from the concept of ‘learn, nurture, grow’.

The new, world-class building will be located next to the recently refurbished Preparatory School on our Elstree site. This will bring the existing Pre-Prep onto the same site as the rest of the School, whilst maintaining its separate private space.

In addition, a new academic hub is being constructed at the Boys’ School, comprising over 40 classrooms and a Drama studio akin to a West End stage, whilst at the Girls’ School an outstanding STEM building recently opened for use, to supplement both Schools’ exceptional facilities.

The future of the School is both ambitious and exciting. Habs will not comprise on providing students with the very best environment for them to feel happy and safe, push boundaries and discover the boundless potential they have.

The School is accepting applications for all points of entry, including 4+. Registrations will close on 19 November 2021 for September 2022 entry.

Apply now for 4+ at Habs

 

Year 12 Electric Drift Trike project

The first year of the linear A Level has meant that the current Year 12 DT students have been given the opportunity to learn design, technical theory and detailed practical processes whilst producing a fun project. 

The boys have experienced every element of the design process so as to learn and develop their problem solving before putting their designs on paper or CAD. 

Their task was to design and build an Electric Drift Trike with minimal guidance and help from Mr Roncarati. They have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. 

 

 

 

Habs student selected to represent the UK in the International Informatics Olympiad

The School is delighted to announce that Erekle (11M1) has successfully passed Round 2 of the British Informatics Olympiad and has been selected as one of the four students to represent the UK in the International Informatics Olympiad.

The International Informatics Olympiad (IOI) is the most prestigious computer science competition for students aged under 19 around the world. The competition is one of five international science Olympiads held annually.

Each participating country selects a team of up to four contestants to represent their nation. The team, accompanied by a team leader and deputy leader, will compete in a two-day competition. Each contestant competes individually to maximise their score by solving three algorithmic problems within five hours. The competition would normally be held in different host countries, but this year will be virtual.

This is a fantastic achievement, with Erekle beating A Level students to represent the country. The School would like to wish him the best of luck and we hope he enjoys the experience!

 

 F1 in Schools Regional Finals preparation

Year 8 pupils taking part in the F1 in Schools Regional Finals have been very productive during their preparations, readying their model F1 cars after they were CNC Machined and 3D printed. 

This year, the cars will be posted to a remote race and the boys will watch their cars being launched on the F1 in Schools Official Youtube channel all week from Monday July 12 - Friday July 16.

Teams are also creating design portfolios, verbal presentation videos and enterprise documents to support their project. 

The teams this year are:

  • Wyvern (Entry Class)
  • Cha0s (Entry Class)
  • Phenomenon (Development Class)
  • Cyclone (Development Class)
  • Marl1n (Development Class)

Good luck to all those involved!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sixth Formers announced as winners of the Isaac Physics Senior Physics Challenge

The School is delighted to announce that Sixth Formers Gianpaolo (L6S1) and Samzi (L6S1) were named as two of the winners of the University of Cambridge’s Isaac Physics Senior Physics Challenge and have been invited to an extraordinary summer camp.

Only 50 students nationwide were selected based on their aptitude and perseverance in problem solving in Maths and Physics on the Isaac Physics website, with challenging questions ranging in difficulty from AS Extension to pre-University difficulty. 

During the summer camp (virtual this year), selected students will dive into the second year Cambridge Quantum Mechanics course, with the aim to push and enrich participants. The course will also entail evening lectures from Cambridge professors. 

Overall, it promises to be an invaluable experience for all involved, and the School wishes Gianpaolo and Samzi the best of luck!

 

Year 6 Outdoor Maths Scavenger Hunt

Year 6 ventured out onto the Solai Woodland Trail ready for their Maths Scavenger Hunt and, armed with a measuring tape and iPad, the search was on to celebrate Maths in nature through spirals, shapes, angles and Fibonacci.

It was a great way for Year 6 to celebrate the end of their assessments!

 

Pre-Prep collect items to donate to Goods for Good

Over the last few weeks the Pre-Prep has been collecting nappies and wipes for the charity Goods for Good.

The Pre-Prep received an extremely generous amount of donations which has been greatly appreciated. David from Goods For Good delivered assemblies to the Pre-Prep boys outlining how the donations will be distributed to families who are financially struggling around Watford and North West London. He encouraged the boys to continue doing kind acts and explained how these kind gestures have a huge positive impact on the community.

The School would like to thank all those who donated.

 

Students support local charity Goods For Good

This term, Joblings have been continuing to support the local Watford based charity, Goods For Good. Through links with Ayman Khan (OH 2020), a former Joblings member currently studying dentistry at university, members of Joblings have been collecting toothbrushes and toothpaste to support families from the local area that are finding the current situation difficult.

Over the last couple of weeks Joblings has collected around 250 toothbrushes and 100 tubes of toothpaste.

The School would like to thank everyone who kindly donated. It really will make a difference.

 

Habs awarded the UNICEF UK OutRight 2020/21 Award

We are delighted to announce that the School has been awarded the UNICEF UK OutRight 2020/21 Certificate!

OutRight is a campaign for children that helps them and young people understand their own rights, assisting them in speaking out in support of children’s rights, as well as in promoting those rights around the world.

The Student Council worked towards achieving this certificate through promoting World Children’s Day in November 2020, producing a short video for this, and sharing information and resources on children’s rights with the School community.

The video educated pupils about some of the important rights they have, protected by international laws, such as the right to education and the right to be free from discrimination. It encouraged students to stand up for these rights and to become more engaged citizens, as well as not to take for granted all the opportunities they have, as there are many children of the same age around the world, in less developed countries, who aren’t afforded these basic rights.

OutRight’s focus this year was children’s rights and climate change, building upon the School’s achievement of the Green Flag Award, intertwining the Student Council’s commitments to improving the physical environment at Habs, in addition to increasing social awareness of environmental issues through the new Habs Environment Committee.

By Aryan (L6J1) and Jatin (L6S2)