Wednesday 19 June 2019 marked the third Keith Dawson Independent Learning Project Prize Giving Assembly. The project was an opportunity for Year 9 boys at Habs to pursue a subject of special interest. Over a period of five months pupils can research, engage with, and delve into a question of their choosing before presenting their project in any format they think suitable.
Haberdashers’ students are rightly known for their intellectual energy. It is this fact along with the passion that Habs boys must explore new ideas, concepts and theories and to discuss these with their peers that are the fundamental pillars upon which the Keith Dawson Independent Learning Project was built. In addition, the project was designed to give students as much freedom as possible, however, as Ms Shah said, “All we asked is that they be ambitious and ask challenging questions. In that, as in many other things, our boys excel.”
This year’s prize winners reflect the outstanding quality of projects, engagement with academic enquiry and intellectual accomplishments of our Year 9 students. It is especially pleasing to see questions in fields not usually considered on a Year 9 curriculum, such psychology, sports science and economics to name but a few. We hope that this spirit of enquiry and the sense of achievement it brings will stay with our pupils for years to come.
The 2019 Keith Dawson Independent Learning Project Prize Winners:
| Biology|| Arayan Bid ||How are viruses used for good? |
| Economics||Ozair Surti ||An investigation into the predictive power of bond yield curves|
| English|| Sam Wolffe||Why does the English language have such a rich vocabulary? |
|Geography || Sani Abubakar||What leads to brain drain and how can we prevent it? |
| History || Ari Joseph||The causes and consequences of the 1984 Miners' Strike|
| Medicine|| John Hillan||How could epigenetics help in the treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy? |
|Music || Malcolm Parris||To what extent is the appropriation of a piece for political purposes different to the composition of a political piece? |
|Physics || Sacha Davidson|| What are reusable rockets, reusable launch systems, and reusable launch vehicles? |
| Politics || Max Dingle||The winners and losers of political protest in sport|
|Psychology|| James Wellings||Does exercise increase our brain strength and efficiency? |
|Sports Science|| Maximillian Nissim||How does adrenaline affect an athlete's performance? |
| Theology and Philosophy ||Armaan Marathe ||What is the concept of 'luck'? |