As everyone settled in after the frenzy of the Christmas break it was time for a night for all the girls to get together and have time to relax. Everyone gathered at Ridgeway, where two professional therapists were setting up a mini-spa in the TV Room. Also on display was a wide spread of fantastic food and drink, kindly prepared by Ms Farrant. The evening started with a queue of us waiting to have a full manicure and pedicure. Everyone waited in excitement as we chose colours from a huge selection. With everyone’s nails glowing, the therapists moved on to head massages, using different aromas to relieve all the tension. They were so good that people were finding it hard to stay awake! By the end we were so relaxed, we were finding it hard to do anything but sit back and enjoy a DVD. However everyone was keen to continue with the pampering! Whilst a few girls had their eyebrows waxed, others watched in fascination to see if they dared try it out for themselves. Throughout the night, everyone joined in conversation together and had a great laugh. It was nice for all the girl boarders to be together and have some ‘girly time’. However it would not have happened without the kind organisation from Ms Farrant; everyone was very grateful to her for organising it and to the two excellent therapists, Natalie and Gemma who travelled to Ridgeway for the evening.
Girls’ Night In. Burton Bank TV room. Random pieces of household items. Fashion Contest. One might think that those things had nothing in common, but recently, the boys in BB were kicked out of the TV Room away from the football, whilst the girls were left to battle it out to discover who could design the most chic, most fashionable, most utterly exquisite dress… made out of rubbish.
Equipped with plastic bin liners, J cloths, pieces of green plastic, aluminum foil and a roll of tape, they set to work. There were “Oohs” and “Ahs” as well as the occasional “What were you thinking?!s” along the way, but in the end Collinson, St Bees and Burton Bank managed to produce their own unique, original and special creations. All of them were worth praise (at least some!), St Bees’ being a modern variation of the cut-off sweater and skirt combo, Collinson’s a futuristic, metallic outfit (Wonder Woman shiny wrist bands and everything), and BB’s a classy princess fusion of vintage and contemporary styles. In the end, despite insistent protests that Joanna looked absolutely gorgeous that day, St Bees came out victorious, but not without lots of cheering and laughter to top it off and make it a memorable night.
(L6, Burton Bank)
Every half term or so, Ms. Farrant, the Head of Boarding organises a ‘Girl’s Night In’ at Ridgeway, one of the three boarding houses. It’s a great chance for girl boarders of all ages at Mill Hill to have fun together and get to know each other better on a Saturday night with a few DVDs and a selection of great treats, along with the unbeatable chocolate fountain! We all have a chance to choose a theme for the night, and last weekend, it was a ‘Mocktail Party’. There were loads of exciting recipes for us to choose from and try on the menu, from Mocktail Pina Coladas and Mill Hill Sunrises, to our own concoctions, mixed in smart shakers, poured into coloured sugar-dipped cocktail glasses and topped off with a cherry or a wedge of lemon or lime and mini cocktail umbrellas for a professional touch! All in all it was a great night, and we shall all be looking forward to the next. Thank you Ms. Farrant!
In the first week of this new academic year, the annual Boarder’s Barbecue took place in the Headmaster’s garden. Next to the wonderful plants of the School’s Gardening Club, all the pupils of Burton Bank, Collinson and Ridgeway enjoyed delicious burgers, hot dogs, ice cream and drinks, which was a nice change from our conventional School supper in the Dining Room and a superb ice-breaker for all new pupils. As every year, this was a great occasion for all students to meet new people from all corners of the globe, as well as catching up with old friends after a long summer. It is this kind of event that makes all the members of the boarding crew more familiar with each other and bond as part of a big family. Everyone was full of enthusiam and commitment to make this year the most successful one yet; not only acadamically, but also socially and personally, making use of all the chances to enjoy the great sense of community that exists in every single House at Mill Hill.
(Fifth Form, Collinson)
We went via coach to Canary Wharf ice-skating rink for our Christmas skating trip. When we got there, 50 of us braved the almost Arctic cold to skate onto the rink and started circling around, slowly getting our bearings and skating balance. The setting was magical – the rink surrounded by trees lit by silver fairy lights and the surrounding skyscrapers illuminated against the dark night sky. When the nervousness had dissipated, we had races around the rink as we weaved through the other people all of whom all seemed to be massively enjoying themselves in the festive air! The coach journey back was a quiet one as we were all exhausted, but happy and fulfilled!
The Boarder’s Annual Charity Concert saw a great turn out from across the Houses. An astonishing array of musical talent was in evidence with different cultures represented from within the boarding community. Memorable performances were almost too many to mention here. Mubin Shah and Nick Prostamo delighted the audience with their soulful vocals; Marilyn Mei brightened up the evening with her uplifting and sweet Chinese jingle and Adimchinobi Oji stunned us with Snow Patrol’s ‘Run’ and engaged the crowd with her own version of ‘Proud Mary’ by Tina Turner. Other recitals involved Lan Nguyen, Tiffany Chong and Chrissie Jaruchotiratanansal on the piano, the girls’ a cappella group who stole the crowd’s hearts singing ‘Lean On Me’ by Bill Withers, and a moving duet sung by Lance Yang and Jun Hwang who paid tribute to the late Mrs. Owen by singing a Korean song ‘Miss You’ and ‘Tears in Heaven’. Charlie Williams masterminded the evening and finished off proceedings on a high note with an outstanding composition of his own for guitar, which captivated the audience. It was truly a successful and memorable evening with almost £700 raised towards funding the Micro-Finance Development Project in Africa. Thank you to all the pupils, parents and school staff who came to support!
Anusha Patel and Joanna Mapondera, Ridgeway