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COVID-19 update

18 Apr 2020
Written by Tim Scott
Like at all other schools in the United Kingdom, the Spring Term was abruptly halted on Friday 20 March, with no indication of when we might, if at all, return this Academic Year. For some of our Upper 5 an Upper 6 students it will turn out to be their last day at Habs. Hastily arranged 'last days' were organised, with the Upper 6 receiving the Haberdashers' Bibles from the Headmistress in an event that should have been held the previous day and with the Master of the Company in attendance. 

Since then all teaching staff and students have been engaged in remote learning, with lessons being delivered online. All students from Lower 4 - Upper 5 have use of a school iPad, which has enabled teachers to remain in contact with their classes and maintain learning. As far as possible we are trying to keep to the usual school routine; the day begins with Assembly and after that students follow their daily timetable as closely as possible. 

Some of our Assemblies are available to listen via SoundCloud - the Final Assembly of the Spring Term includes rousing renditions of Jerusalem and the School Carmen, the latter a recording from a St Catherine's Day Service.

After the Easter break students and staff will return to their online lessons; Upper 5 and Upper 6 students will have their final lessons before 'study leave' and will then return to a programme of pre-A Level and pre-University courses being devised by subject leaders.

We are very proud of all of members of the Haberdashers' community for what they are doing to help the country get through this very challenging time. Just two examples include Mr Davies, Head of PSHCE and Music teacher, who is putting his experience as a first aider to use by volunteering with the London Ambulance Service. 

We would also like to share the work of Hatty in Upper 5, who has composed a wonderful tribute to those who are doing so much for all of us at the moment.


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