Back to the future: examinations at 16

Back in June 1988, when she was 15 and dinosaurs still roamed the planet, my wife was one of the first cohort to sit GCSE exams replacing the old O Level. My son now faces the prospect, in 2017, of being one of the first pupils to sit… well what, I’m not quite sure. Two [...]

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By Simon Smith with no comments

Tennis Champion Martina Hingis Visits Astana

Martina Hingis at Haileybury Astana

Both the Haileybury schools in Kazakhstan have a tradition of attracting visitors from some rather well-known individuals – President Nursultan Nazarbayev, David Beckham, Roger Moore, Sir Chris Hoy, Dom Joly and members of the Kazakhstani Olympic Team to name but a few. This week, Haileybury Astana was proud to play host to Martina Hingis, a [...]

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By Jonathan Warner with 7 comments

The Day of Knowledge

Haileybury Astana year 2

J.B. Priestly remarked that he was always delighted by the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps just a little bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning. As the golden light of dawn spreads over the ultra-modern cityscape of Astana, every new day brings us a sense of [...]

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By Jonathan Warner with 5 comments

Removes (Year 9) Battlefields trip


A report of the trip written by pupil, LACHLAN OKOYE (K) On Saturday 17th of March, the Removes set out for the Battlefields of Belgium and Northern France. We drove to the shuttle, crossed the borders and eventually arrived at the Youth Hostel relatively late. The next day we first travelled to Vimy Ridge. The [...]

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By Matt Radley with 2 comments

Victory Day in Astana

Haileybury Astana was proud to play a role in Victory Day, a very important part of Kazakhstan’s post-Soviet culture and held as a national holiday.  The School was host to two veterans of World War Two, both Heroes of the Soviet Union and friends for over 60 years, who had seen action in the Defence of [...]

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By Jonathan Warner with 3 comments