Why our young people value the opportunities at HEHS
Jack Petchey Awards
The JACK PETCHEY AWARD scheme is a reward and recognition initiative which enables schools and youth organisations to celebrate the achievements of their young people. Nine of our young people were recognised at the Harrow celebration at the Watersmeet Theatre in Rickmansworth for the academic year 2017-2018, where they were presented with medals for their outstanding contributions and efforts.
Congratulations to: Muhanad Jamal Edin, Eric Lam, Sam Blackmore, Roxolana Gudzuman & Troy Westerman - Anup Adhikari, Cuba Mitchell-Hilborn, Sarah Marsh & Abdirami Kajendran.
The Hatch End High School Production Society
Hatch End High School Production Society has been in existence for 30 years and stages a large, West End quality, annual musical production open to all students. They have the opportunity to work both on stage and behind the scenes, or play an instrument within the accompanying band/orchestra. Students are currently rehearsing for the musical 'Sister Act'.
“I have been given such a range of opportunities to perform both at school and in the wider community which have really developed my confidence and selfesteem. In addition, the Society is like a family and I have gained life-long friends from all year groups and walks of life.” – Daisy Suffield (Year 12)
Our annual expedition to CERN in Switzerland to see the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator—the Hadron Collider—is just one of the Science highlights of the year.
“To have the opportunity to see what you read about in text books brought to life is truly amazing and helps me understand the importance of what we learned. It really brought home to me the international scale of the whole operation and has prepared me well for further studies.” – Chandler Low (Year 13)
It is well known that the ability to present and debate confidently to a wide range of audiences is one of the most important life skills we can have in order to be successful. Debate Mate is a fantastic, national debating programme for students facilitated by students at the best universities, providing our students with the opportunity to practise these vital skills such as speaking, listening and critical thinking.
“I never used to watch the news, but now I do because at Debate Mate we talk about what’s going on in the world. I want to be Prime Minister one day, and that’s all because of Debate Mate.” – Jessica Woolf (Year 7)
The Brilliant Club, a highly academic but enriching organisation that aims to increase students’ access to the country’s top universities. This is aimed at all years and involves students working with PhD tutors on a specific, supra-curricular thesis and completing an extended written assignment on this topic, the winners of which are published in the national magazine, The Scholar.
“The Brilliant Club was an amazing intellectual experience and I am ecstatic that my essay was published. I’d highly recommend the Brilliant Club programme as excellent preparation for university.” – Kush Pattni (Year 11)