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New fa­cil­i­ties are on the way at the high-achiev­ing Hab­er­dash­ers’ Aske’s schools in El­stree.

At the boys’ school, build­ing work is due to com­mence on a new sports pav­il­ion, for use at the start of the 2014/15 aca­demic year. Key fea­tures will in­clude a 25m, eight-lane swim­ming pool, squash courts and a fit­ness suite. The pool will pro­vide first­class fa­cil­i­ties for wa­ter polo and swim­ming, at which the school has ex­celled for years.

Habs Girls has re­ceived full plan­ning per­mis­sion for a multi-pur­pose build­ing pro­ject, to open from Septem­ber 2015. The new build­ing will in­cor­po­rate din­ing fa­cil­i­ties, a ju­nior hall and per­for­mance space, a play­ground and ad­di­tional teach­ing rooms. Ex­ten­sive land­scap­ing will trans­form the heart of the school into a much greener en­vi­ron­ment, in­clud­ing al fresco eat­ing ar­eas. The girls are ac­tively in­volved in the de­sign process and will ad­vise the ar­chi­tects on the in­ter­nal de­sign and lay­out, as well as se­lect­ing the fur­ni­ture.

The build­ing projects are part of the Hab­er­dash­ers schools’ com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing the best fa­cil­i­ties. Both schools of­fer ad­vanced ICT re­sources, mod­ern li­braries, ded­i­cated mu­sic fa­cil­i­ties, swim­ming pools and gyms and high­spec labs.

The schools have a thriv­ing Jewish com­mu­nity and host events such as the girls’ school’s visit from the UJIA Magic Mo­ments team. This group of Is­raeli girls and boys gave an in­spir­ing pre­sen­ta­tion about Yom Hazikaron, Re­mem­brance Day, and shed light on the dif­fer­ences be­tween school life in Lon­don and in Is­rael. The ses­sion ended off with a dis­cus­sion about the Is­raeli flag and its per­sonal sym­bol­ism to the girls.

Open Day for both schools is Oc­to­ber 5 (week­day vis­its book­able).

SUM­MER 2013

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