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National Champion Golfer at Mill Hill

On Tuesday 20 June, the Mill Hill Golfers had a great day at The ISGA National Plate Championships at Magnolia Park Golf Club in Oxfordshire.

ISGA team June 2017 Dean Halford with Keshav Boyd, Nihal Shah and Timer Senerath

Having beaten other schools including Haberdashers on the way to the final, the team were in confident mood as they started their round at the National Finals. After 18 holes in very hot conditions, the team of Nihal Shah (Collinson), Keshav Boyd (McClure) and Timer Senerath (Burton Bank) finished in a fantastic fourth place beating some notable schools.

The highlight however was Nihal winning the individual competition with 42 points to become the National Plate Champion.

It was a great way to end the year!

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Cricket News…

Josh Drage
Ethan Bamber

Our 1st XI played MCC on Friday 16 June; one of the biggest fixtures for independent schools. Traditionally, MCC bats first and scores in the region of 220. However, this didn't go to plan this time as we bowled them out for 137. Captain Ethan Bamber took 4 wickets as did Matthew Thal. In reply, Josh Drage scored 71 not out and Ethan Bamber 50 not out and we won convincingly by 8 wickets. This was an amazing triumph for the team as we haven't beaten them for 17 years.

Our good form with the bat continued on Saturday against UCS where we scored 205, of which Josh Drage scored his maiden 1st XI hundred (106 not out). Josh’s run tally in the last two games is 177 without getting out.

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Junior Open Tennis – 2017

Each year, pupils from ten of our feeder schools compete in the successful Mill Hill Junior Open Tennis Competition at Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn.

This year, the twelfth successive year of the competition, (aimed at Under 11s, year 5 and 6), attracted over 60 pupils, and once again it was a full day of tennis for the competitors with main competitions and consolation events. We were delighted to welcome some new schools to the event, and we were fortunate that the weather was on our side, with over 200 matches being completed both on the indoor and outdoor courts.

It was good to see some new schools emerging to the final stages of the competition. In the boys’ event it was the talented Kim Sikka, (Devonshire House) who retained the trophy; Kim beat up and coming Y5 pupil, Lucas Smart (Arnold House) in an intense final, with exceptionally long and exciting rallies. The match was finally decided on a tie break with Kim winning 5-2.

In the girls’ event, Cordelia O’Sullivan (Edge Grove) and semi-finalist from last years’ event took on Emily Deem (Newberries) and again, it was an exciting game with some creative points from both girls. However, it was Cordelia’s consistency that eventually won through, the final score being 4-1.

Trophies were presented to all the Quarter, Semi and Finalists by British Tennis player Barnaby Smith who recently competed in the junior event at Roland Garros and is aiming to qualify for junior Wimbledon next month. He is currently training with the Gosling Academy.

Junior Tennis Open – Presentations

20 Fourth Form pupils assisted in the running of this event and helped to make it a really enjoyable day for all the children who participated.

The provisional date for this next year’s event is Thursday 14th June 2018. Please direct any queries to sarah@millhill.org.uk

Results 2017 – U11 Boys

Winner Kim Sikka  (Devonshire House)
Runner Up Lucas Smart  (Arnold House)
Semi Finalist Luca Ridard (Devonshire House)
Semi Finalist Yonatan Porat (Mathilda Marks Kennedy)
Q Finalist Ben Torns (Lyndhurst)
Q Finalist Harry Meacock (Edge Grovel)
Q Finalist William Cheatle (Northbridge House)
Q Finalist Leo Ramierz-Espain (Devonshire House)

Results 2017 – U11 Girls

Winner Cordelia O’Sullivan  (Edge Grove)
Runner Up Emily Deem  (Newberries)
Semi Finalist Meira Gerasimovaite (Hill House)
Semi Finalist Inaya Ghandi (Devonshire House)
Q Finalist Emma Goldman (Newberries)
Q Finalist Elodie Hancock (Newberries)
Q Finalist Lilly Pastor (Hill House)
Q Finalist Alana De Caires(Edge Grove)

Emily Dean, (Newberries) Runner Up and Cordelia OSullivan (Edge Grove) Winner, and Boys winner Kim Sikka (Devonshire House) with British Tennis player Barnaby Smith

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Lecture Series: Artificial Intelligence and the Rise of the Robot

Monday 19 June 6:00pm to 7:30pm in The Large, Mill Hill School

Presentation by Nicola Strong (Managing Consultant, Strong Enterprises) – a ‘Lateral Futurologist’

Strong Enterprises

Artificial Intelligence (AI) presents many exciting opportunities and enormous challenges to our lives. We are using increasingly complex technology with more devices, networks, apps and sensors than ever before. Entrepreneurial organisations are processing our data on social networks in scary and innovative ways. Uncanny humanoid avatars and virtual assistants help us manage our day. Sensors are monitoring our products such as tea, toasters and t-shirts. There is an explosion in ‘intelligent’ diagnostics moving to us towards preventative healthcare. All offer a more convenient world…or do they? Nicola will take a closer look at the expanding world of AI and robotics and share some of the latest technologies and concepts that could be running our lives sooner than we think.

Demonstration by Emanuele Vespa (Software Performance Optimisation group, Department of Computing, Imperial College London) and Antoine Toisoul (Realistic Graphics and Imaging group, Imperial College London)

Imperial College London

Robotic perception is going to revolutionize the way humans interact with the machine. We demonstrate a 3D vision algorithm that uses a camera with a depth sensor (Kinect) to measure the 3D geometry of an environment and build a consistent model for it. By moving the camera around, the user can obtain a high-quality reconstruction of the observed space on the computer. Then the user can directly interact with the reconstructed environment. Nowadays, the simplicity of making such 3D scans is becoming more and more important for many applications in several domains including robotics, cultural heritage (e.g. to preserve fragile artefacts), in the entertainment industry for movies, virtual reality applications and video games. The demonstration will reconstruct you, the audience – prepare to enter virtual reality!

The lecture is open to pupils, parents, staff and Old Millhillians. There is no entry fee; please confirm with Karen Willetts if you wish to attend: kw@millhill.org.uk.

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Unfolding Spaces

The Unfolding Spaces 2017/18 campaign has only recently been launched but the response has been great with parents getting behind the Sixth Form Centre at Mill Hill and the New Building at Belmont with its superb D&T and IT suites. For more information about the campaign and details of how you too can get involved please visit the Support Our Schools website.

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Visit by the Minister of Education in Iraq’s Kurdistan

We were delighted that the Minister for Education in Iraq’s Kurdistan attended our Remove GCSE RS lesson, where we were studying pluralism, multiculturalism and extremism in response to recent terror events in the UK. The Minister was visiting with a small delegation including British Council representatives who co-ordinated the trip, which was aimed at providing insights into best practice in schools and universities in the UK. Mrs King welcomed the group and led a discussion on key aspects of the independent school sector and of Mill Hill School Foundation in particular.

The Minister addressed the class in Arabic through an interpreter, explaining his first-hand experience of tackling ISIS in his country. As a Muslim, on the festival of Eid in 2004, he had been at an event when an ISIS suicide bomber killed 50 people, including some of the Minister’s own friends. Iraq’s Kurdistan borders Syria, Turkey and Iran, making it particularly susceptible to terrorist attacks, and has had to fight physical wars with ISIS, at great human cost with many deaths.

As a result of these personal experiences, the Minister has taken a Masters’ degree in how to combat fundamentalist Islamic terrorism and its murderous ideology. He explained that the way to counter ISIS radicalisation is through education in schools, and particularly in teaching different world religions. In addition, he explained that his government tries to identify and stop extremist teaching as soon as it appears in society. We were struck by the similarity in strategies of our government and theirs in tackling ISIS extremism. We ended by all saying ‘shukran’ to each other, which is Arabic for ‘thank you’.

Rev Dr Warden, Chaplain

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The Millhillian

We are delighted to publish our 3rd Edition of The Millhillian, our Sixth Form newspaper.

In this edition there are features on what will Brexit mean for students’, Mr Frazer’s reflections on the outcome of the recent French Election and whether the Iranian Nuclear Deal survive Trump, amongst many other stories.

Please click here to see our latest edition.

Reuben Brown (Lower Sixth, Cedars)

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Mill Hill School Bursary Students Meet HRH Princess Royal

On the 17th May, after a very interesting C1 exam, Nhi, Mrs Sanchez and I were invited to attend a charity merging event. It announced the Royal National Children’s Foundation’s merger with Springboard Bursary Foundation at Credit Suisse at Canary Wharf. HRH The Princess Royal graced us with her presence as the patron of the new charity and we could not help but be awestruck.

Springboard gives underprivileged children an opportunity to flourish in a boarding environment. Listening to the speeches by my fellow beneficiaries (Nhi being one of them) at the merger event, reminded me how lucky I was to be given this opportunity.

Speaking to an audience of more than 350 people, Nhi was able to express her gratitude and show how a bursary to attend a boarding school has a positive impact on students from similar backgrounds. She spoke about how her year at Mill Hill changed her life, enabling her to meet people whom she calls her ‘international siblings’. After her very moving speech, both Nhi and I were approached by many proud supporters of the charities. Conversing with the alumni helped us prepare for life after boarding school and showed us the long term benefits of being granted a bursary.

After days of practicing and perfecting our curtsey Mrs Sanchez, Nhi and I met HRH The Princess Royal. Talking about the perks of being a boarder at Mill Hill seemed to have made her happy to be the patron of the new charity. She was thoroughly impressed by Nhi’s natural talent at public speaking.

Without charities like The Springboard Bursary Foundation and the Royal National foundation, both Nhi and I would not have been students of Mill Hill School.

We are proud Springboard scholars and MillHillians!

Ilayda Kayardi & Nhi Hoang

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Albuhera Day

This week saw the inaugural Albuhera Day wreath laying ceremony took place at the Middlesex Regiment War Memorial hosted by the Cadets of Mill Hill School.

It is a huge honour to be entrusted with this ceremony and Lieutenant Colonel Michael Deakin, the Chairman of Regimental Association, expressed his gratitude and said it was very fitting and more than he had hoped for. It will now be a fixed event in the School calendar every Albuhera Day.

The battle of Albuhera took place in southern Spain in on 16th May 1811 between the French and Polish force and the English and Spanish force. The 57th (West Middlesex) regiment of Foot, nicknamed ‘The Die Hards’ assisted by the Royal Fusiliers defeated Marshal Soult against overwhelming odds forcing him to retreat across the Albuhera River.

Special thanks to Lucy Fang who stepped up to play a very difficult Regimental March, for Kevin Kyle’s guidance and stirring Last Post, for Reverend Warden’s moving address, for Edward Holland’s leadership of the Corps of Drums, and all those in the Corps of Drums that took part.

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Oxford Economist Lectures and Lunches at Mill Hill

Millhillians from Fourth Form upwards were very fortunate to be able to hear Martin Cox give a well attended lunchtime lecture entitled ‘How to End Poverty (It’s Not What You Think)’, addressing the defining global problem of our generation. This was the culmination of what has been a popular, engaging and highly successful assortment of lectures in the Theatre this year, arranged by pupils and delivered by notable figures ranging from firebrand commentator Peter Hitchens to Anne Phillips, Professor of Political and Gender Theory at the London School of Economics.

Martin’s lecture had the rare dual qualities of being both accessible and challenging. His at times controversial and surprising analysis of the causes of global poverty altered many pupils’ presuppositions and provoked lively discussion. This continued afterwards as Martin joined some Sixth Form economists and social scientists in the Old Millhillians’ Room for lunch.

As the current director of the John Locke Institute (an educational organisation aimed at Sixth Formers especially interested in politics, economics, philosophy and history) Martin tours schools and universities across the UK and abroad. Formerly, he worked as an investment banker, company director, and tutor and lecturer in the University of Oxford's economics department. He was also the chief executive of the Australian International Chambers of Commerce and a delegate of its Paris-based World Council.

Samuel Chadwick, Upper Sixth, Priestley

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Tim Phillips Shield Invitational Tennis Competition

Alistair Megrani, Jumior Winner and Ethan Lieber, Junior Runner Up

On Saturday 6 May, 36 Millhillians competed in the fourth annual Tim Phillips Shield Tennis Competition.

To give a little background to this event OM Tim Phillips ex-President of Wimbledon reconnected with the School a few years ago and agreed to lend his name to the Shield. Past winners of this event have been invited by Tim to the grounds at the All England Club to play tennis, have a tour of the Club behind the scenes and to enjoy afternoon tea in the exclusive lounge overlooking the grounds.

This year was the first time we have had four different categories competing for the Shield, Junior and Senior Boys and Junior and Senior Girls.

Not only was there an excellent standard of Tennis played, but those who competed showed true sportsmanship and etiquette on the court throughout the morning as parents watched on during one of the School’s busiest Foundation Open Mornings.

It was excellent too to see that three of the Junior finalists were Fourth Formers which certainly bodes well for the future of Tennis at Mill Hill.

Seniors
Mizuki Sakurai (Girls Winner)
Charlotte Kilbourn (Runner Up)
Ed Goode (Boys Winner)
Jacques Belhomme (Runner Up)
Henri Lukoff (Semi Finalist)
Jonathan Becker (Semi Finalist)

Juniors
Jacqui Walker (Girls Winner)
Hannah Fairnington (Girls Runner Up)
Alistair Mengrani (Boys Winner)
Ethan Lieber (Runner Up)
Luke Mercier (Semi Finalist)
James Enraght Moony (Semi Finalist)

From left to right: Charlotte Kilbourn Senior Runner Up and Mizuki Sakuari, Senior Winner – Ed Goode, Senior Winner and Jacques Belhomme, Senior Runner Up – Jacqui Walker, Junior Winner and Hannah Fairnington, Junior Runner Up

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Pupil Lecture

Monetising You Tube Fame by Ricko Lam

Tuesday 9 May, 6pm to 7pm
Patrick Troughton Theatre

In this era of technological advancement, the video-sharing platform, YouTube has seen an exponential growth in both its size and popularity. With over 1 billion users, YouTube is not only a business paradise but also a community for creators wishing to express views, to entertain, and most importantly to pursue their aspirations.

Approaching my fifth year as a YouTube creator, I have managed to turn video production from a personal hobby into a potential career with great prospects. All the ups and downs experienced over these years has led me to believe that “success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage needed to bounce back that counts”.

If you would like to find out more about my roller coaster journey on YouTube, you are welcome to join me in the Theatre on 9 May at 6:00pm.

Ricko Lam (Lower Sixth, Ridgeway)

Places are limited so to book, please email kw@millhill.org.uk

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Sporting News

Cricketing Triumph…

Our 1st XI enjoyed a comfortable win over Chigwell last weekend, bowling them out for just 55.

Wickets for Lukas Vanhaesebroeck 4, Charlie Plummer 3, Ethan Bamber 2.

We chased this total down in 9 overs with Joshua Drage scoring 18* and Remy Hart Badger 18.

Will Kilbourn with Lukas Vanhaesebroeck and Cricket 1st XI

Recent Award Winners

Congratulations to Carlota Franques (McClure) and William Kilbourn (Atkinson) for winning the outstanding contribution to Mill Hill Sport Award. Carlota has been ever present on the sports field, representing the School in 1st XI Hockey (Capt and full colours), Netball (full colours), Rounders and Cross Country (half colours). Likewise, William has represented the School and gained full colours in the three major sports Rugby, Hockey, Cricket and has also represented the School Tennis team with distinction. This award is the most prestigious individual sports award presented to our pupils and they both very much deserve the recognition.

Carlota Francques

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Rugby World Magazine Feature for Mill Hill Pupils

Mill Hill Lower Sixth pupils have been working on a community action project in collaboration with Saracen’s Rugby club on Monday evenings which was recently featured in the March edition of the Rugby World magazine (web edition). The project involves our volunteers working with young adults with Autism as part of the ‘Sarries Skills Club’ and is regularly supported by Saracen’s players to show support for the cause. Mill Hill pupils can be seen in the Chris Ashton video:

The ‘Club has been developed specifically for those who have autism and are recognised as low functioning and at the severe end of the autistic spectrum. The Club focuses around the provision of a positive sporting experience for everyone, with emphasis on a structured and consistent routine on a weekly basis. Participants have the support of at least one volunteer as a minimum, often working in groups with a number of volunteers to facilitate participation. The Senior Sports Development Officer at the Saracens Sports Foundation said “our mantra is to focus on the ability of a person with a disABILITY. This mind set looks to boost confidences and provide greater coping strategies in a moment of need.” This is something that has been achieved through a fantastic and dedicated team of staff and volunteers that recognises the ability of the people who engage in our provision.

Read the Rugby World Magazine Feature here.

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Foundation Annual Charity Event

Tuesday 2 May 2017

As you are aware, Mill Hill School Foundation has organised several very successful cross-Foundation Charity Events to raise funds and awareness of local charities and organisations.

This year, we are delighted to announce that Mill Hill School pupils are again organising a concert which will include performances from pupils in all four Foundation schools.

The event is in aid of our Overseas Partnerships, which have been running since 2000 and are an important aspect of Mill Hill’s charitable work. This year Lower Sixth pupils will be travelling to India and Zambia to take part in the projects.

The concert will take place in the Theatre (NEW VENUE!) at Mill Hill School on Tuesday 2 May 2017 from 6:30pm. Refreshments will be available to purchase during the interval and throughout the evening and there will also be the opportunity to learn more about the Overseas Partnerships.

Ticket prices are £10 for adults and £5 for children to go towards our fundraising efforts. Tickets can be purchased on the door tonight.

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