Reports on recent events that the School Development Office have organised for the Haberdashers' Community.
50th Anniversary Headmaster’s Dinner Dance - February 2012
February saw the School's 50th Anniversary celebrations continue with the Headmaster’s Dinner Dance held at Forman’s Fish Island, right next to the new Olympic Stadium. This splendid site provided a great backdrop to the evening which included music from the Habs Big Band and The New Honeycombs and a fabulous dinner celebrating the fish that Forman’s is so famous for. School Captain, Luke Ilott, excelled himself with a very witty and encouraging speech about his Habs life and we were very pleased that Mr Hugh Edmeades from Christies who led the fundraising games and auction could join us. It was extremely exciting to see how the bidding went, especially for those lots with a strong school theme such as the Habs Big Band, a painting by the Habs Artist in Residence and the script from Tim Norton’s play ‘The Death of Chatterton’. With over £13000 raised on the night, we are extremely grateful to all those who sponsored the event, offered auction items, supported the evening by attending the Dinner Dance and entered into the spirit of the auction. Great fun was had by all!
50th Anniversary House of Commons Reception
The 50th Anniversary Celebrations came to a wonderful and fitting close at a drinks reception at the House of Commons hosted by the Rt. Hon. Keith Vaz MP. Parents, staff and alumni came together in a spectacular venue for this social occasion. With speeches from Mr Vaz and our special guest Mr John Bercow, Speaker of the House and the Headmaster guests were able to briefly reflect on the last 50 years of success at Habs and more importantly to look forward to the next 50 years. Mr Vaz also treated the guests to a tour of both Houses including an excellent exchange between Mr Hamilton at the dispatch box as Prime Minister, Dr Spence as Mr Speaker and Dr Pyburn as the Leader of the Opposition. Appropriate heckling was also provided by other guests. We extend our gratitude to Mr Vaz for his hospitality and generosity with this event.
House of Commons photo by Helen Walsh, Lonely Cottage Productions