Mill Hill was extremely fortunate to have the renowned political commentator Peter Hitchens as our guest on Monday 20 March. A packed audience in the Theatre heard Peter speak about the impact of drugs on society and then answered questions posed by pupils on a number of topics ranging from the current state of Russia to the importance of a free press.
After his presentation Peter joined seven members of the Politics Society for lunch over which his depressing thoughts on the state of modern Britain were shared. It is hoped that the memory of hearing Peter`s provocative opinions will stay with the pupils and we should all be thankful for the initiative shown by Matthew Thal in helping to organise this stimulating event.
We were delighted to welcome for a second time a group of Japanese Year 12 pupils who spent the morning in lessons with ‘buddies’; singing their school song in the Chapel having attended assembly; meeting the Head, Mrs King, over refreshments in the Crick Room; touring the campus of Mill Hill School and The Mount, Mill Hill International and presenting to Mill Hill pupils on topics including the eminent Old Millhillian Ernest Satow. Some of our pupils also enjoyed a karate display by one of Kagoshima's pupils.
A link with Mill Hill is particularly interesting for Kagoshima Konan due to the connection to Satow, who held a significant post as a British diplomat based in Kagoshima during the years 1862-1869 when Japan was changing from rule by the Tokugawa shogunate to the restoration of Imperial rule. Satow was also a keen student of the Japanese culture and Chinese calligraphy.
As was the case last year, Tomohisa Yamamoto (Fourth Form) and Mazuki Sakuri welcomed the visitors both in Japanese and fluent English, expressing the School’s hope that the link with Kagoshima Konan will continue for many years to come. Mrs King was pleased to receive gifts from one of the visiting teachers and presented a silver salver commemorating this year’s visit.
The Millhillian is the School’s first pupil-lead newspaper. It has been set up and is being edited by a group of Lower Sixth Formers and includes articles from writers across all five year groups. The content of the articles varies from current affairs, School events and creative writing.
In this edition, particular features include a report on the Women’s March, Premier League predictions with Chemistry Teacher Mr Saint and an interview with Old Millhillian and West End actress, Nancy Zamit.
Reuben Brown (Lower Sixth, Cedars)
Thursday 9 March, 6:45pm (doors open 6:30pm) to 9:30pm
The Large, Mill Hill School
The Music Department together with The Parents’ Association invite you to an evening of Jazz featuring the amazing Mill Hill School Jazz Band, which includes both pupil and professional musicians along with Solo Singers, vocal ensembles and more!
Tickets cost £25 each and includes dinner with dessert, tea and coffee and a licensed cash bar will be open.
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This year’s competition was hotly contested once again with the following pupils winning the various prizes:
Farrow Prize Winner (Senior prize)
George Taylor School
Helmore Prize Winner (Junior Prize)
Chantelle Duru School
Winner – Accompanist Prize
Zany Denyer McClure
Winner – Junior Pop/Jazz
Martha Abrahamson-Ball Weymouth singing Toxic
Winner – Senior Opera/Oratorio
Djantai Otorbaev Ridgeway singing O cessate di piagarmi – Scarlatti
Winner – Senior Pop/Jazz
George Taylor School singing All I Ask – Adkins
Winner – Ensemble Prize
Shanzé Naqvi Atkinson, Sona Visavadia Priestley, Daisy Martin School singing No – Trainor
Winner – Junior Art Song
Justin Jacobs Atkinson singing Caro mio ben – Giordani
Winner – Junior Music Theatre
Chantelle Duru School singing As long as he needs me from ‘Oliver’ – Bart
Winner – Senior Art Song
Ted Fetherstonhaugh Burton Bank singing Flow my tears – Dowland
Winner – Junior Opera/Oratorio
Ellen Baumring-Gledhill Murray singing Music for a while from ‘Oedipus’ – Purcell
Winner – Senior Musical Theatre
Helen Sceales Priestley singing Still hurting from ‘The last five years’ – Brown
Winner – Fourth Form Prize
Rita Cherchian Cedars singing Hurt – Aguilera/Perry/Ronson
Congratulations to Kit Nyman McKnight (pictured right) who followed up becoming the Barnet individual Cross Country Champion at U15 level with an absolutely superb run at the Middlesex Championships finishing third. He has subsequently qualified to represent Middlesex at the English Schools race in March. Kit is the headline act a talented junior cross country squad which includes Danny Speed, Chess Graville, Dmitry Veshchikov, Huey Mohan, Buster Balcombe, Rhys Connor, Renat Samur, Keshini Kendell, Alfie Cicale and Mittio Mohammadian.
We are delighted to report that our U15s (pictured below) beat Wallington GS and are now through to the quarter finals of the National Vase. Next up is a tough away fixture at Thomas Hardye School in Dorset. Man of the match was Luis Schmitt (pictured right), with strong performances from Rael Benjamin-Bailey (two tries) and Charlie Savva.
We are delighted to invite you to this year’s School Production of ‘Oh What a Lovely War!’ to be performed in The Large on Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th February 2017 at 7.00pm.
This production summarises and comments upon the events of the First World War, using many popular songs of the time. The events of the ‘War to End All Wars’ unfold in an unusual, controversial style in which the troops appear as clowns led by unscrupulous and ignorant generals and politicians who are safely protected from the ghastly trench warfare being fought by ordinary soldiers.
Proceeds from the ticket sales of this production will, as usual, go to Agape Theatre Company, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We have supported this group, which performs in villages and towns all over Ethiopia, for ten years and our donations over the years have made a huge difference to them.
Tickets for this show are £10 each.
Online bookings are no longer being taken but tickets can be purchased on the door tonight.
We do hope that you will be able to support this production and we look forward to seeing you on one of the performance nights.
On Thursday 12 January, ten Fourth Form pupils accompanied Ms Banks and Mr Mckay to attend the 2017 Teen Tech Awards at the Emirates Stadium.
During the morning session the pupils were given an insight into the latest technology being used by companies and organisations. The pupils were very interested in the latest Virtual Reality technology being used by Google. Their ‘Expedition’ VR experience is an innovation which may change how lessons are taught and experienced in the future. The pupils also explored the world of industry and worked with teams from both Thames Water and Siemens to solve several complex engineering problems.
After a long-deserved lunch, the pupils entered the Teen Tech competition where they had to come up with an idea for a product or system, plan and make a presentation in front of about 400 people. The group were outstanding, they worked together as a team and organised themselves brilliantly to make an excellent presentation. In the end they won this section with ‘Best overall Gadget’ and were hugely praised for the creativity and problem solving. The team were also encouraged to enter the Teen Tech national competition with their idea.
Congratulations to all ten pupils!
Janset An, Robin Brandt, Rita Cherchian, Cameron Fox, Keon Kalani, Nita Krasniqi, Sam Lupson, Sophia Parfitt, Pavanveer Patra, Michelle Senior.
Following the success of the first Sixth Form Field Trip to Iceland in 2014, the Geography department took 26 pupils over the October Half Term in 2016. The pupils were shown the diversity of the country but visiting towering waterfalls, beautiful glaciers and many tectonic features such as geysers and the mid-Atlantic Ridge. All of this was topped off with a trip to the Blue Lagoon. Look out for the next trip in October 2018!