Physical Education & Games
Haberdashers’ has marvellous sports facilities. The P.E and Games department is well resourced offering a variety of equipment appropriate to the age of the pupil to assist the early stages of skill development. The Prep school is situated on the same site as the Senior school and benefits from the use of the extensive playing fields and indoor facilities. There are numerous rugby pitches and cricket wickets catering for all prep ages, an all-weather athletics area for sprinting and hurdling, jumping and throwing and the varied terrain within the grounds enables the boys to run Cross Country without leaving the school premises. There are two astro turf areas, one floodlit, providing for Hockey and wet weather training areas in the winter and for Tennis in the summer.
The Physical Education programme is delivered by qualified specialist teachers throughout the School and the extensive Games programme is supported by coaches and teachers who have recognised coaching awards and a wealth of experience and expertise in coaching to various ages and ability levels.
Physical Education and Games in the Prep School aims to allow pupils to enjoy and enthuse about physical activity. The individual’s physical, creative and social development is nurtured. Each and every boy is given the opportunity to acquire and develop their competence and understanding across a broad range of activities. Some of these are team based and some individual, but all boys are offered chances to display their talents in competitive situations.
Throughout the summer term all boys are taught athletics and near the end of term there is a sports day in which every boy participates.
The school team has matches and also participates in the IAPS regional competitions where some boys have qualified to represent the area at National level.
Basketball is taught as part of the PE curriculum and is offered as a club to those boys in Year 6 who wish to develop their skills. Some inter school fixtures are arranged both in the autumn and spring terms.
Cricket is played throughout the school and there is inter-house cricket in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. During the summer term there are regular inter-school matches for years 4, 5 and 6. Cricket coaching is offered to selected boys during the autumn and spring terms with qualified coaches. Boys are taught on a 1-1 basis in the Senior School nets and this allows them to improve their individual skills.
Various boys from the School have represented Middlesex or Hertfordshire over the years.
There are a number of inter-school fixtures throughout the season. The School competes in County and Area Championships and there is a junior and senior inter-house competition taking place around the school grounds in early October. Every boy is expected to represent his house in this.
Football is taught to all age groups during the spring term. There is a strong tradition in this sport within Habs and the school enters National and Regional ISFA and ESFA competitions as well as the established Wix trophies. There is an extensive block fixture list across all the age groups. Inter-house football competitions allow every boy to participate and represent his house.
Hockey is taught in the games programme to those boys in Years 5 and 6 and is offered as a club for those who wish to develop their skills further. The School is expanding it’s inter-school fixture card and now fields several Year 6 teams in block fixtures and enters local school tournaments.
Rugby is played throughout the school in the autumn term. Year 3 play Tag or Walla rugby, Years 4 to 6 play contact. There are inter-house competitions and an extensive inter-school fixture card for all the years including block fixtures and school tournaments. The School is a partnership school with Saracens Rugby Club and club coaches from Saracens Rugby Club visit to help with the teaching. A select group of boys from Year 6 are invited to join a rugby tour to Dublin which takes place during October half term.
Swimming is taught to all age groups and there is an inter-house competition in which every boy participates. There are junior and senior swimming quads, which has about 30 members in each. The squads have regular inter-school fixtures and compete in the Division 10 Swimming League, The IAPS National Swim Championships, the ESSA national relays and local district championships.
There are club activities such as Judo and Table Tennis which take place outside curriculum time. Judo is offered on a weekly basis to all age groups for approximately 90 minutes and is delivered by qualified BJA coaches. The boys work toward their different gradings and the opportunity to compete in school and club fixtures exists for those who wish to take part.
Table Tennis is offered to all age groups on a weekly basis as a recreational activity. The junior club exists for Years 3 and 4, the senior for those in Years 5 and 6. The club lasts for approximately 60 minutes and takes place on site in the Prep School Hall.
Inter House Sport
The house system plays a large part in the pastoral areas of the school. Inter house sport creates a link between sport and these pastoral areas. Every boy has the chance to represent his house in major school events such as sports day, the swimming gala and the Inter House X Country. These are major events on the school calendar supported by year group competitions in the major team games. As such they serve to promote a sense of identity and belonging within the school community, but at the same time promote sportsmanship and fair play where desirable characteristics such as manners, modesty and fair play are encouraged.
Rugby is the major game taught in the autumn and Football in the spring term. In summer, Cricket is the Senior focus. The Games programme also includes Hockey for Years 5 and 6.
Games is introduced in Year 1 in the Pre Prep with a competitive fixture list from Year 3 through to Year 6 .The School has gained success at district, county and regional levels and individual boys have gone on to achieve at national level. The School endeavours to give every boy the chance to represent his school during their time in the Prep in all the major games. The efforts of every boy are celebrated through rewards and presentations and the desirable characteristics that sport has to offer are reinforced regularly at the presentations.
Each class in the Prep has one P.E. lesson per week covering subjects such as fitness, gymnastics, basketball skills & games. From half term onwards in the spring term and throughout the summer term the focus is on Athletics. Confidence in the P.E. environment is developed. Levels of fitness are established through a programme of sustained physical exercise and work undertaken using the body weight to develop core strength and improve balance. Partner work is promoted in Gymnastics developing skills such as working cooperatively and taking turns. Improving special awareness is undertaken through ball games.
Swimming is part of the curriculum for all the Prep boys. They have a 40 minute lesson every week where confidence in the water is improved and stroke technique developed. Continual assessment takes place through timing and working on water skills.