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OH participates in British Athletics Championships

The School was delighted to learn that Miguel Perera (OH 2015) recently participated in the British Athletics Championships in Manchester. Miguel competed in the 110m Hurdles and came third with a season best of 14.68s! 

Having obtained a place at top sports university Loughborough, Miguel has been given numerous opportunities to participate in high-level competitions, competing in Poland during his first year and later receiving a call-up to represent England in the World University Games in Italy in his third year. 

Of his time at School, Miguel said: "I certainly have many fond memories of athletics from my time at Habs, where the bulk of my athletics experience was gained with the Hertfordshire Schools Athletics Association and in the Track and Field Cup.

I can still remember in Year 8 travelling to Newcastle for the National Schools Finals and the Habs team securing a fourth place finish. If it wasn’t for my introduction to athletics in the Prep School from teachers such as Mr Lowe and then Mr Keenleyside later on in my Middle School years, I would likely never have fallen into this sport. I am ever so grateful for those opportunities I had when I was young.

I would hugely recommend Habs athletics to any pupil interested. The opportunities and coaching has really developed many top-class athletes, such as Efe Uwaifo, Darius Price and Max Marmor from my generation of OHs."

Congratulations, Miguel! 

 

Sixth Form student involved in Charity Single

Congratulations to Lower Sixth student Alfie who, over the summer, was involved with a group of nine other teenagers to record and produce a charity single. The single was created in aid of two fantastic charities, Young Minds and Grief Encounter

The single is available on Spotify, Apple Music and iTunes. The music is also available to watch on Youtube.

 

Habs boy to appear in Sleepless: A Musical Romance

The School is delighted to announce that Year 10 student Jobe will be performing as Jonah in Sleepless: A Musical Romance. It will be the first fully staged musical to open its doors since lockdown began.

The musical will see plenty of measures being put in place to guarantee the safety of crowd and crew, such as the implementation of 30-minute COVID tests for the cast and crew while the audience will see some carefully-controlled guidelines to ensure everyone can enjoy the performance safely.  

This comes off the back of Jobe receiving fantastic reviews as best friend Billy in Big: The Musical and his brilliant work in musical theatre productions for the past three years. Having performed in the original cast for School of Rock and Matilida, this is yet another outstanding achievement.

To find out more about the musical, click here.

Jobe has received some fantastic reviews since the show's opening, such as from Broadway World, which wrote: "...young Jobe... is truly one to watch. He gives the skilled and nuanced performance of an actor well beyond his years, and has a glorious voice to boot." 

The Sunday Express also expressed delight at Jobe's performance: "But the star of the show is 14-year-old Jobe who, on press night played Jonah. Touching and debonair, he brings down the house with his soft shoe shuffle, while giving the production its all-important heart." 

Congratulations, Jobe!

 

 

Congratulations to our GCSE pupils

The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School is delighted to announce excellent results at GCSE across all subjects. 

Mr Gus Lock, Headmaster, said: “I am extremely proud of this cohort. These young men have worked tremendously hard and have been resilient, strong and positive, particularly over the last few months when the campus has been closed during the national lockdown. They adapted exceptionally well to remote learning. I must thank the parents who have tirelessly supported their sons from home and our immensely dedicated staff for their expert, passionate teaching and guidance throughout.”  

During the lockdown period, the Year 11s were provided with outstanding opportunities to pursue their academic learning well beyond the GCSE syllabus through the School’s Bridge programme, enabling our students to be well and truly prepared to embrace the challenges of their A Level journey.  

“It is important to remember,” says Mr Lock, “that Habs pupils have been awarded these superb results alongside the huge array of character-building opportunities beyond the classroom in sport, music and drama as well as the many opportunities to serve local and global communities through charitable activities.” The School’s ethos is to develop skills needed by the global leaders and citizens of the future. 

Jack, who received ten 9s, said: “I am ecstatic about my results and today has been a huge relief for me knowing that the hard work throughout the year has been reflected in these results. The support from my teachers was brilliant throughout the academic year, but it was especially alleviating pastorally and academically during the difficult circumstances of the lockdown period, so I’d like to thank them for their help. Whilst remote learning was a different experience for all of us, the teachers really did make it comfortable to settle into a new style of school life.
 
The Bridge programme that began in the summer term was a great opportunity to get a taster of our subjects that we are going to study in the forthcoming year. It provided us with a deep insight into our A Level courses and gave us the freedom to explore our chosen subjects. 
 
With the vast range of co-curricular activities on offer, I relished the opportunities to represent the School in sport and music, such as in the hockey 1XI team and the Habs symphony orchestra, and I look forward to continuing doing so in the Sixth Form. I would just like to thank all the teachers for the excellent support that they have provided for us students, and I am grateful to them for creating a wonderful school learning environment regardless of whether we are in school or not.” 

Jatin, who was awarded eight 9s and two 8s, said: “I am absolutely thrilled with my GCSE results, and I am extremely pleased that my hard work over the past few years has been rewarded. It must be mentioned that the School’s support has been exceptional throughout the Middle School, and especially during lockdown, both academically and from a pastoral perspective. The transition to remote learning was smooth, and a large thanks must go to all teachers involved for their efforts in adapting to a virtual environment so well. 

I thoroughly enjoy participating in Model United Nations this year, both as a Chair and Delegate, in addition to representing the school on the cricket field. A more recent highlight has been the opportunity to read with the younger Habs Prep students weekly during lockdown, which was a great experience. Moving into the Sixth Form, I look especially forward to serving as the Chairman of the Hindu Assembly Committee and as the Director of Buddies. 

I would like to thank the Habs community: my teachers, my form tutor and the Head of Middle School, along with the pastoral team for all of their continued support and guidance over the past few years, and for making it possible for me to achieve these results. One special thanks to our Headmaster, Mr Lock, for keeping us constantly informed and motivated during lockdown!” 

Tom, who was awarded eight 9s and two 8s, said: “I am very happy with my results. The School was very supportive during lockdown and my form tutor was constantly in touch with me. I really enjoyed furthering my knowledge in my A Level subjects through the enrichment courses that the School offered, and I am looking forward to studying the subjects I enjoy the most, as well as the new challenges that await. I will be studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Economics at A Level. 

The Bridge programme was a great idea because it allowed students to get involved in activities which they would not normally do in school.  

I enjoyed playing sports during my GCSEs and have represented the School in football, hockey and cricket. I would like to thank my teachers and my form tutor for supporting me. I am very pleased that all the hard work I have put in over the past two years has paid off.” 

Mr Lock concluded: “Warmest congratulations to this year group, once again. They have endured and overcome obstacles during this unusual year. I look forward to welcoming them back in September to start their Sixth Form studies.” 

 

Habs boy through to BBC Young Jazz Musician Semi-Finals

The School is delighted to announce that Sixth Form student, Kielan, has been selected for the semi-finals of the BBC Young Jazz Musician 2020. 

The semi-finals will take place in September and the School wishes Kielan the best of luck with the next round of the competition. 

Congratulations Kielan! 

 

 

OH raises funding for startup company

Ishan Gandhi (OH 2019) completed his Sixth Form studies at Habs and went on to study Computer Science at Stanford University in the United States. He soon found himself making an impact through the release of his algorithmic dating platform! Within four days of the launch, his platform Link saw 2,250 Stanford undergraduates sign up for its beta. 

Ishan credits his Economics studies at Habs for helping him to understand the behavioural underpinnings of Link. Having raised $50,000, Ishan is now looking to expand Link to 100 plus colleges across the United States over the next year. 

Congratulations Ishan!

Historic Habs Boys celebrate A Level results

The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School warmly congratulates our Year 13 students on achieving an excellent set of A Level results enabling them to secure, once again, places at prestigious universities the most popular this year including Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, LSE, UCL, Bristol, Warwick and Durham. With nearly 20% of Habs pupils receiving some financial assistance, the School is enormously proud that its academic and extensive co-curricular opportunities are available to all. 

During what would have been their exam time, Sixth Formers were offered a ‘Frontiers Programme’. At its core, it was a holistic programme of live online sessions with the aim of giving students greater insights into the area of study that they have opted to read at university. The programme also continued to broaden their intellectual horizons and support their pastoral wellbeing, enabling them to maintain the momentum needed to start university informed and on the right track.

School Captain Zamaan, who received 4 A* and will go on to study Engineering Design at the University of Bristol, said: "I am overjoyed with my results and am glad that all my hard work paid off, despite not sitting the exams! The school provided lots of support during lockdown, both academically and pastorally, which really helped during such an uncertain period of time. Remote learning was brilliant - teachers adjusted their normal lesson plans to fit the needs of the students and the online environment that we found ourselves in.

Throughout my time at the school, I’ve always been quite active outside the classroom, taking part in activities ranging from music to sport. I especially loved representing the school on the hockey pitch and being part of the famous Habs Big Band!

I would like to thank all my teachers for always being there to support and educate me. After being at the school for 11 years, I think the teachers play a big part in making Habs the school that it is and there’s no way that I would have been able to get this far without them. 

The last few months have been quite tough for everyone, and I am extremely proud of the students and staff alike for their resilience and resolve - the mark of a truly exceptional group of people."

 

Josh, who achieved 4 A* and will be going on to study Mathematics at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, said: "I’m ecstatic about my results – after an extraordinarily tough year, unlike no other, I am so pleased to see my hard work having paid off. After working throughout lockdown towards them, I am especially pleased with my STEP (Cambridge maths entrance exam) results. The school was particularly helpful and supportive towards me. I would especially like to thank my teachers for going above and beyond throughout my time at Habs, and especially during the last few months.

The Frontiers Programme was a highly enjoyable fortnight, seeing a side of teachers’ expertise that we wouldn’t normally get to see during a normal school year. The breadth of the content delivered was phenomenal, and hopefully this programme can continue for other pupils even when school returns to normal.

During my time at Habs, I have had the opportunity to participate in many co-curricular activities but dedicated most of my time over the past few years to Model United Nations (MUN). I was Secretary-General of the infamous Habs MUN 2020 that was cancelled immediately beforehand due to the pandemic but loved every minute of planning the conference with the rest of the team, who I am extremely close with."

Jamanvir, who has confirmed his place to study Natural Sciences at University College London with two A* and an A, said: "Probably the biggest feeling right now is just relief. There was a level of uncertainty going into these results and I am grateful for getting what I need for next year.

Having continuous zoom calls with our teachers and friends, created a sense of normality and unity, something absolutely crucial for so many kids struggling with the lockdown. Online lessons, as well as the Frontiers Programme, helped us to keep a daily routine, whilst of course keeping us intellectually stimulated and interested. Speaking for both myself and others, this was a really great and important thing the school provided, not only on the academic side of things but more importantly, keeping us mentally healthy and alert. 

At school, I loved to represent in sport, drama and music. Some of my greatest memories lie there on stage in the Bourne Hall, performing in amazing concerts or incredible theatre productions. I have a huge collected thanks to everyone at Habs: to all the teachers who saw me through my time there, to Hendersons for guiding me all the way up the school, to all the Joe's and Bates staff who were always so kind and generous and to the friends and teachers I grew closer to in the last few years, who undoubtedly went out of their way to make school such an amazing and inspirational place."

 

Rohan, who received three A* and will be studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, University of Oxford, said: “I am both elated and grateful to get the results that I wanted. This results day was unlike any other that I’ve experienced and was something we’ve all been waiting for since March, so to finally receive our results was both exciting and a relief.

Habs have supported students as much as possible during these difficult times, so much so that sometimes it felt like I was back at school! I have thoroughly enjoyed remote learning and, in many aspects, the school has made it just as good as in normal times. The Frontiers Programme was very different. It gave us a chance to diverge from the general curriculum and delve deeper into areas that we are more interested in. It also gave us a taster as to what university life may be like. The sudden changes have made me further appreciate the extensive support that Habs offers. It highlighted to me that Habs is a school that really cares about their students and their staff.

During my time at Habs, there’s always been a plethora of activities on offer and I took full advantage of them. Playing 1st XV rugby and representing the school on a national level for athletics have definitely been a highlight for me. With so many opportunities at hand, students can find that anything they want to do is already an established club or society.

I’d like to thank all my teachers, who I felt went the extra mile when it came to our learning. For example, when Oxbridge interviews were approaching, many students, myself in particular, would ask difficult and sometimes unrelated questions. The teachers would not only answer these questions, but inspire a deeper interest and provide a greater understanding that helps in all realms of academia. Safe to say, my Oxford application would have been far more difficult without the knowledge and confidence Habs afforded me. I hope that I can give back to the community that has helped me so much one day.”

Mr Gus Lock, Headmaster, warmly congratulated the pupils: “The theme for recent school assemblies has been ‘resilience’ and that is exactly what our Year 13 pupils have demonstrated over the best part of five months. I am very proud of their character, strength and positive attitude. Whilst it is a great pity that they were unable to sit their public examinations this year, they have worked exceptionally hard during their time at the School, excelling not only in the classroom but on the sports field, on the drama stage, in music performances and in the many rewarding charity and community events at Habs. I want to thank our immensely dedicated staff for their expert, passionate teaching and guidance. I also want to thank our very supportive parents who can be justly proud of their sons’ achievements.  Warmest congratulations to our Year 13 pupils who, having endured and overcome obstacles during this unusual year, will no doubt go on to enjoy some quite remarkable careers and become the problem-solvers of the future.” 

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 – this cohort will certainly go down in history and will continue to thrive! 

Habs Geographical - out now!

The School's Geography department has published the 2020 edition of Habs Geographical.

Take a look now:

Ishaan delivers two talks at London Climate Action Week

In honour of the Mayor of London's ‘Climate Action Week’ (Monday 29 June to Tuesday 7 July), a week-long United Nations London Sustainable Development Goals Summit, showcasing businesses, activists and social change-makers who are paving the way for our Sustainable Future was held (virtually). These were a series of sessions where people showcased action they have taken; we can take and solutions we must adopt to make a difference.
 
Ishaan (Lower Sixth) was invited to speak at the Summit about efforts in tackling modern slavery and human trafficking. He focused on ‘No Poverty’ and ‘Climate Action’.

He explored the links between poverty and human trafficking, highlighting that: “traffickers will prey on vulnerability and often, that is economic vulnerability… Especially during this COVID-19 crisis, we can see that people are becoming increasingly economically vulnerable and traffickers are taking advantage of this.”

In his second talk, he discussed that the links between poverty and human trafficking are not just occurring in faraway communities and countries, but also here in the UK: “27% of victims referred to the UK Modern Slavery Helpline in 2019 were UK nationals themselves”.
 
Throughout the week, Ishaan provided the audience with four calls to action that they can take to tackle both human trafficking and climate change today:

  1. Educate yourself and raise awareness about these two issues and the links between them.
  2. Write to your local councillors to adopt a robust strategy to tackle modern slavery and pollution on a local level.
  3. Put pressure on businesses and companies to become more sustainable. This involves urging them to become eco-friendlier and also making sure that workers in the supply chains are treated and paid fairly. 
  4. Buy second hand clothing or even share, exchange and borrow clothes with friends and family. In doing so, not only are you reducing your carbon footprint, but you are also playing a part in countering the fast fashion industry. 

Ishaan concluded his last talk by urging young people across the globe to take action on these very important issues. He said: "Do not be afraid to speak out if you see something that needs to be changed."

The School is very proud of Ishaan!


 

Skylight Summer 2020 - out now!

The School's termly newsletter, Skylight, is out now! The Summer 2020 issue is available to read here:

Year 10 Drama pupils rehearse on School grounds

The Drama department was delighted to welcome back the Year 10 GCSE Drama group, who came into school last week and spent the day in the beautiful grounds exploring rehearsal approaches to a script.

After whole group activities, the boys worked in pairs on duologues, applying what they had learnt about objectives, use of space, stillness and silence and eye contact.  At the end of the afternoon each pair performed their extract to the group using the glorious sunshine as stage lighting!

Music Festival 2020

The Music Festival has continued to be one of the musical highlights of the year, and despite lockdown we had over 130 individual performances submitted, showing that music-making is still going strong within our community. The music department has been bowled over by the quantity and quality of performances of boys who have really embraced this opportunity to share their musical talents during this lockdown period. Performances varied from Classical to Popular to Jazz, from singing to whistling to rapping, from exam pieces to composed performances to 5-part arrangements, from US to UK to India. The diversity, passion and talent has been incredible.

Year Winner by Year Runner-up
Year 7 Viraj Toby & Jonny, Freddie, Tom, Nathan
Year 8 Alex Dylan, Robert, Parsa, Joshua
Year 9 William Joseph, Dylan
Year 10 Louis Robin, Armaan, Christopher, Thomas, Anurag, Abim, Yash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to all the finalists (above) who put on a fantastic musical display, showing confidence, expression, maturity and passion. 

The musical expertise of our external adjudicator Iain Carnegie was extremely useful to decide the overall winner and to award the accolade of the Young Musician of the Year 2020. He agreed that the standard was exceptional and that it was extremely difficult to pick just one winner. However, he was won over by the “technically polished” and “truly dynamic performance” of Louis in Year 10, who played Pieces One and Three from Stravinsky’s ‘Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet’
  
Winner of the Music Festival & Young Musician of the Year 2020: Louis (Year 10)


Winner of the Audience Prize: Abim (Year 10)


Winner of the House Music Shield: Russells House

A huge congratulations to Louis, Abim, Russells and all our finalists - well done!

Horizons Week 2020

“Horizons Week has been my highlight of lockdown and I have loved every moment" - Charlie (Year 7)

Last week, the boys in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 took a break from remote learning and positively engaged with the Horizons Week programme.

The week was a unique opportunity for pupils to learn something new and move out of their comfort zone. The diverse programme celebrated the very best of our Haberdashers’ community; enabling staff, parents and students to share and showcase their interests and passions to inspire our boys to broaden their horizons. 
 
Over the course of the week:
•    Every pupil was given the opportunity to 'speak out' and develop their oracy skills.
•    Over half of the staff body celebrated their love of reading with every student through the reading symposium.
•    Over 300 of our students learnt how to save a life from a masterclass delivered by two parent consultants.
•    Staff, parents and students delivered over 30 masterclasses and over 20 virtual trips/tours to broaden our boys’ horizons.
•    Our Senior students ran and hosted the first ever virtual, student-led Habs MUN debate with over 450 Years 7-9 students making the most of this opportunity.

For many staff and students, Horizons Week was the highlight of the past 13 weeks and our thanks go to everyone who was involved in making it such a success.

Here's what our community had to say:
 
“Horizons Week has been my highlight of lockdown and I have loved every moment - from the Masterclasses and Virtual Trips to the Habs MUN today.”
Charlie (7J)


“Horizons week was a fabulous week. It enabled us to be able to take a break from normal lessons and enjoy an entertaining range of activities regarding topics ranging from Diversity to The John Muir Trail to the Habs MUN. Each day was truly an experience worth treasuring.”
Evan (7M)


“Thank you so much for today and the week. It has been amazing. I have really enjoyed it and I will consider Habs MUN for the future!”
Frederick (7J)


“We just wanted to say how much we enjoyed doing the masterclass on CPR for the boys last week. We are most impressed by the engagement and interest shown by both the groups. The questions they asked were relevant and demonstrated their inquisitive mind.”
Ambalika and Shyam Das


“I loved it and think it was a great success and should happen every year in some form or other.”
Mr Roncarati (Teacher of DT: Bike maintenance masterclass)