The term has been an incredibly successful one for all of our sports teams, especially the girls 1st XI hockey team and boys 1st XV rugby.
The hockey team had already proven their ability by winning the County Cup and through this gained entry to the national finals. The girls were fantastic; they exceeded expectation and were a real credit to the school. They finished 4th out of seven schools, winning two matches, drawing two and narrowly losing two against what turned out to be the top two schools.
A big thank you to all the girls who trained so hard all year to achieve this amazing result – we can be proud of them all. The team had four Remove girls who all played fantastically on the day: Katie Newton, who scored a vital goal; Izzy list who was incredible all day – mature beyond her years; Jess Perkins who fought and ran her heart out all day, and Natalie Holmes who made a series of fine saves. Emma Kirk was outstanding all day, Sonja Edwards had a brilliant tournament playing very well against some international defenders, while Katie Ardrey held the team together with a fine display of composed hockey. Katie Woodrow captained the side all day and can be proud of her team.
After a hugely successful tour of New Zealand, the 1st XV have suffered just one defeat all season and are the current holders of the Middlesex Cup. This is a marked contrast with last season when the team only won three games. The whole team have performed magnificently throughout the term, with each player contributing to the deserved success. On an individual note, we are very proud that Robbie Martey has recently been selected for the South East rugby squad; well done.
The Under 16s rugby squad keep rolling on, defeating all in their path. Their unbeaten run now stretches to three years.
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The keenly contested House Drama Festival took place over three days in November, with months of hard work, commitment and determination resulting in ten very different plays. Mr Proudlock had set the theme as “opposites” and further challenged us to produce self-written plays.
By Wednesday evening, the entrants were whittled down to a shortlist of four: Atkinson, Burton Bank, Collinson and Ridgeway waited nervously. The judge stood to deliver his verdict. Much advice was given: Atkinson was told to improve their working class accent, Burton Bank was questioned on its success without Oliver Bass and Collinson was criticised for the similarity between its script and Fight Club. However, very little was said about Ridgeway; his final comments being that it was like choosing between a spaceship and an orange. “The winners of the House Drama Festival 2007 are Ridgeway!” An immense roar followed from the back of the large; ‘The Nativity Play’ had won… Director and writer, Theodore Hughes Ford, jumped on stage to collect the prize and the cast ran back to house to celebrate, leaving the disappointed runners-up to lick their wounds…
There were many exceptional performances during the Festival – and special mentions must be given to: Murray’s Omid Saliman; McClure performers Natalie Kosky, Amy Green, Olivia Bernstone, Jake Davis and the play’s directors Ben Corrigan and Nick Saffrin; Ollie Bass and writer/director Siddarth Kohli from Burton Bank; Ralph Warman and Rose Miller from Atkinson; Priestley’s Oliver Bobroff, Hannah Douglas and Katie Newton; School House directors Guy Shaul and William Wright; Gaby Kountourides and Hannah Lloyd-Davies of Weymouth; Collinson’s Chening Duker and Luke Connolly, and eventual winners Ridgeway where memorable performances included those from James Alcumbre, Stefan Novakovic and Jun Hwang.
On 27th November we were delighted to be able to welcome rugby World Champions the Springboks to Mill Hill and to provide training facilities for them. The South African team trained on our rugby pitch in preparation for their match against the Barbarians at Twickenham.
Many Mill Hill pupils including all of our rugby players watched enthralled as the Springboks practised their passing, running and line outs. There was a lot of interest from the media and the Springboks’ visit was recorded by local and national press as well as several TV stations.
The highlight of the afternoon for the School’s 1st XV was being given the opportunity to practise for a short time with the visitors. It’s not often you can say that you passed the ball to a World Champion!
Head boy, and captain of the rugby team, Nick Lewis said: “After just seeing the World Cup, it was really impressive to see them come down to our school. They are the winning team, and so all the players are like idols.”
Springbok lock Bakkies Botha said it was good for the team to mix with young rugby players and fans. He said: “It’s really important to train at the schools, because that’s where rugby careers start. We like to come into the community to show people what it is all about to play big rugby.”
Graeme Turner, director of rugby at Mill Hill School, said: “It was a great opportunity and a nice treat for the first team who have pretty much had an unbeaten season this year. I’m sure all our boys in their individual positions were looking at how they can improve themselves.”
On 8th November, our new web site Mill Hill at War 1914-19 was launched by Professor Gary Sheffield of the Centre for First World War Studies at the University of Birmingham. It is a fully searchable database of the service records of all Old Millhillians who served in the Great War and contains film footage, photographs, letters and other artefacts.
Construction of the database involved a team including Sam Bellringer from the Friends Office and Tracy Williams. It includes the results of research conducted over the past 20 years by Peter McDonough, particularly into Old Millhillians who served in the flying services. The project was made possible by donations received to the Annual Fund, administered by the Friends of the MH Foundation. We are all very grateful to all those whose hard work and generosity have made this venture possible.
Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan visits Mill Hill on 29th November to give the next lecture in our 2007/8 series. Just back from filming ‘Defiance’ in Lithuania, Jenny’s latest TV work can be seen in BBC1’s highly acclaimed mini-series ‘Cranford’ on Sunday nights.
See the Lecture Series page for more information.
The Girls 1st Hockey team have had a fantastic start to the season – currently they are unbeaten and have only conceded four goals in seven matches. Notable highlights have included their 4-2 result against Chigwell and a decisive 7-0 victory vs Godolphin and Latymer. The girls have recently won the County Cup in convincing style, defeating Latymer 5-0 in the semi-final and Godolphin 6-0 in the final, which means that the team progresses to the national finals to compete against the best in the land. The whole team has performed well but outstanding performances have come from Jodie Moss, Katie Woodrow and Emma Kirk in defence. Up front Katie Ardrey must be commended for her continual goalscoring – 23 in total, including seven goals in one game vs St Edmunds College. Amalia Kyriacou scored a hat trick in the final of the County Cup.
The U15 girls also deserve huge credit this season. They have lost only one game under the captaincy of Izzy List, with outstanding performances from Katie Newton, Dominique Saffrin and Jess Perkins. Their 2-1 win against Haileybury on Saturday 17th was a great achievement against notoriously tough opposition.
Our other sports teams are not to be outdone by the girls’ success on the hockey field. Mill Hill’s golfers are making excellent progress in the Independent Schools Golf Association knockout tournament – our ‘B’ team beat Claire’s Court 2-1 which won them a place in the quarter finals, where they will meet Radley. Mill Hill ‘A’ are also enjoying a successful tournament, and are scheduled to play Hampton for a place in the semi finals.
Last but not least, congratulations to our 1st XV who are through to the Middlesex Cup Final. Robbie Martey scored 15 points towards their 40-33 victory over Richmond College, while Stefan Novakovic was named man of the match.
Old Millhillienne Alisha Bennett-Chidi beat thousands of hopefuls to get through to the live final stage of ITV’s The X Factor. While here at School, she and fellow pupils performed as the group Girlforce V - click Play ► on the MP3 player below the photo to hear their music.
Alisha was voted out of the knock-out competition on Saturday 17th – but all the judges said it was a difficult decision and Alisha should certainly be very proud to have reached this stage of the contest. She’ll appear on the X Factor Live Tour and has gained a lot of fans over the course of the competition.
The Mill Hill swimming squad enjoyed a fantastic day’s competition against Charterhouse on the 18th October. The Open Age girls’ team won convincingly 55 - 25, with Mill Hill winning every race, and achieving 2nd and 3rd place in most races as well. It was a truly great team effort by all girls in the squad: Rachel Morton, Olivia Monaghan, Nicole Harvey, Leyla Young, Katie Newton, Jess Perkins, Tabitha Mainstone and Natalia Miller.
Mill Hill also flew down the pool in our Intermediate Boys’ races, drawing for 1st place with Charterhouse. Highlights of the day included three wins from James Creager, who gained 1st place in the IM, Butterfly, Freestyle (100m and 50m), while Sebastian Balcombe swam a personal best time in his 50m Freestyle event, gaining 2nd place. Jackie Tam also swam extremely strongly in his Breaststroke race, gaining 2nd place - only milliseconds behind the winner.
Despite a loss with our Junior Boys team, Charles Auterac put in a series of great individual performances, coming 1st in Backstroke, IM and Butterfly, while Oliver Simmons came 2nd in Breaststroke and freestyle. Our freestyle relay team - Martin Maticevic, Charles Auterac, Oliver Simmons and Ollie Price - triumphed by coming first in their race.
Well done to all the swimmers in the squad, all the hard work at training is really starting to pay off.
All the school teams continue to perform well with the rugby 1st XV still unbeaten.
Over 2000 current and former pupils, staff and invited guests attended the Foundation Day on 29th September as for the first time Foundation Day was combined with Old Millhillians Day. The day began at 1.30pm with a Service of Commemoration of Benefactors in the School Chapel taken by The Rt. Rev. Peter Wheatley, the Bishop of Edmonton. The service was followed by prizegiving when we heard speeches by Sir Gavyn Arthur, Sir Robert Balchin, Dr Luckett and Senior Monitors Katie Bobroff and Nick Lewis.
There were numerous displays of pupils’ work around the school and for many it was their first opportunity to see the Favell Building in operation. The afternoon also offered a number of keenly contested sports fixtures and concluded with a lively display on Top Field by the Corps of Drums. A wonderful aroma filled the quad as the scents of a hog roast, kebabs, burgers and vegetarian food mingled with ice cream and strawberry tarts. Nobody had a need to be thirsty or hungry as all palates were catered for with plenty of food and drink on offer.
A superb day was brought to a close with a Marcus Tate’s film montage of photographs depicting the school grounds, staff and pupils. The evening was rounded off by a spectacular firework display which lit up the iconic portico and school building. Marcus’s film and a film of the evening will be available on this site soon.
Mill Hill’s next event in the Lecture Series is Professor Gary Sheffield’s lecture “Oh What a Futile War?” on November 8th. A frequent broadcaster and respected author, Professor Sheffield was appointed to the Chair of War Studies at the University of Birmingham in October 2006, and is also Professor of Modern History at King’s College London. The evening will also feature pieces of Great War art from the Sir Oswald Stoll Collection, displayed for the first time since 1918.
Ticket allocation for this lecture is full, but there are a limited number of places available for Jenny Beavan and Andy McNab’s forthcoming lectures. Please call Tracy Williams on 020 8906 7958 or email for information.
After achieving 10 A* grades in her GCSE examinations, L6 former Samantha Davis has had an active start to this Autumn Term. Alongside her A2 academic studies Sam has been playing Goal Keeper for the unbeaten 1st XI Hockey team. She also has an active role in the CCF Navy section, and after completing the Cadre Leadership Training course last year she has attained Petty Officer rank in the section. Sam is particularly involved in the training of this term’s new intake of Remove cadets.
27 Millhillians enjoyed the first ever School tour of New Zealand and the Cook Islands this summer – taking on rugby teams from a country renowned for its skill with the rugby ball. After 18 months of tough preparation – both fundraising and training – the tour started on a high when the first major game against Westland High School resulted in a scoreline of 33-0 to Mill Hill.
As well as the rugby, the boys enjoyed a fantastic tour of this beautiful country – and took in watersports and glacier walks, as well as the once in a lifetime opportunity to see New Zealand take on the Aussies in Auckland.
Mill Hill’s sports teams have started the Autumn Term in spectacular fashion, all remaining unbeaten.
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|U16||Stowe||12 - 17||Mill Hill|
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|Queen Elizabeth’s, Barnet||12 - 29||Mill Hill|
|U15B||Leys||7 - 24||Mill Hill|
|U15C||Stowe||12 - 19||Mill Hill|
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On a glorious sunny May afternoon, HRH The Countess of Wessex opened the latest and most ambitious phase to date in Mill Hill’s Development Plan. Commissioned by the Court of Governors to celebrate the Bicentenary of Mill Hill School, the Favell Building provides spectacular modern classrooms, seminar rooms, department offices and extensive bright display areas.
The opening ceremony was the culmination of many years of planning. The Foundation Stone for the Favell Building was laid on Foundation Day 2005 by the Chairman of the Court of Governors, Sir Robert Balchin – 180 years after Samuel Favell, Co-Founder of the School, laid the Foundation Stone of the 1820s school building.
The light and airy building, designed by educational specialist architects Barnsley, Hewett & Mallinson, houses the History, Geography, Government and Politics, Business Studies and Economics, R.E and Modern Languages departments. Designed for flexibility of use, the Favell Building also includes a dedicated gallery area for both visiting exhibitions and Art Department displays, and is home to the School History Boards which offer a fascinating snapshot of historically important events inside and outside of Mill Hill over the past centuries. The History Boards were designed by London graphic design consultants Lawrence & Beavan who also created the special commemorative mosaic image of our famous portico, made up of more than 1000 separate images of Mill Hill and Millhillians past and present.
The Favell Building opening ceremony was attended by 2000 people, including 100 Old Millhillians who were at the School at the time of Her Majesty The Queen’s visit in 1957.
Our 6th Formers have yet again returned a very pleasing set of A2 and AS Level results. Over 64% of A Level exams were graded A or B, with this figure rising to 86% at grades A, B or C.
Department highlights this year include German (100% A/B), Geography (91% A/B), Mathematics (83% A/B), Art (82% A/B), Drama (82% A/B), Design Technology (80% A/B) and Government and Politics (72.2% A/B).
The Creative Arts have had a particularly successful year. The excellent Art and Design Technology A2 grades were also reflected by the AS results where 73.1% of our students gained A or B grades, whilst in Drama nearly 79% of candidates were graded A or B.
Success in A2 exams mean that all of our Oxbridge candidates have secured their places, and our 2007 leavers have been offered coveted places at a total of 40 different universities nationwide. The most popular university destination is once more Imperial College London, with six candidates successfully securing places there this year.
Millhillians have gained places at more than 40 UK universities - including Oxford and Cambridge, ranked with Harvard as the top three universities in the world.
Ex-Head of School Rachel Dinham has secured her Choral Scholarship at Girton College Cambridge. Since joining Belmont as a Year 7 Scholar, Rachel has played the fullest part in the life of Mill Hill - in the classroom, on the sports field and as part of the Worldwide Partnership team in Nicaragua.
Edward Winfield will be joining his sister Frances at Cambridge where he will be reading Classics at Pembroke College following a Gap Year. During 2007/08 Edward will be working at the Institution Join-Lambert, our partner school in Rouen.
Sarah Shaul will be reading English at St Anne’s Oxford and can also be seen in the film adaptation of Atonement.
Six Mill Hill pupils will be going to Imperial College this year. Included in this number is Great Britain swimmer Charlotte Creager who will be reading Chemistry. Guitarist and animal rights campaigner Adam Lee will be reading Biology with Microbiology, and Laurence Lee will study Biochemistry with Management. Imperial continues to be popular with our overseas pupils, with leavers Le Ding, Zhang Yang Liu and Chung-ho Yuan all choosing Mathematics courses.
Four years ago Mill Hill initiated a partnership with Queen Mary University of London, through which the University provided top academics for our Lecture Series. Last year’s Queen Mary Lecturers were Professors Paul Heritage and Frances Balkwill, whose fascinating presentations focussed on the use of drama in conflict resolution, and the future directions of cancer research.
This year we are joined again by Professor Chris Reed who was our first Queen Mary Lecturer in 2005. Chris will be following up his hugely popular original lecture as he reviews the latest developments with regard to the internet and the law. He will discuss sites such as Bebo and the important issue of internet bullying.
As evidence of a successful and developing partnership, it was pleasing to see that Queen Mary University London is this year’s second most popular university destination (after Imperial College London) for Millhillians.
The Mill Hill golf team returned triumphant from the HMC Championships in July with team captain Mit Maeda and Adam Rossington becoming HMC National Foursomes Pairs Champions, and the Mill Hill team taking a very creditable 3rd place overall.
The team’s success in reaching the semi final – a nail-biting affair against eventual winners Millfield, which came down to the very last hole – qualified them to enter a play-off with 6 other schools for the separate National competition. After an outstanding performance, the boys ended up winning, making them the HMC National Stableford Foursomes Champions.
The team were unbeaten all the way through the competition until the Millfield game and fully deserved to win for all their efforts.
This was an outstanding achievement, and it was particularly encouraging to hear the boys being praised by other Masters for their etiquette both on and off the course.
After extensive refurbishment, the School theatre was renamed in honour of Patrick Troughton – one of the most distinguished actors to have been a pupil at Mill Hill. Although best known for his portrayal of Doctor Who, he had a long and distinguished career in theatre, film and on television. As part of the naming ceremony, a group of Mill Hill theatre studies students presented audition pieces and excerpts from recent productions and a there was a surprise appearance by a dalek – probably Doctor Who’s most famous adversary.
As well as staging drama events, The Patrick Troughton Theatre will be the venue for the forthcoming Lecture Series evenings.
The Sports Leadership course continued to develop this year with 22 Remove pupils involved in organising various sports events both within and outside the Foundation. While pupils in the CCF were developing their leadership skills through Army, Navy and RAF based activities, the Sports Leaders group developed theirs by planning, organising and running a range of sports events. The events, which included two Multi Sports Days, were enjoyed by pupils at Mill Hill, Belmont and Grimsdell as well as pupils from local primary schools. The group also helped to run the Mill Hill U11 Junior Tennis Open at Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn. The programme was more intensive than last year, and all our Sports Leaders rose magnificently to the challenges.
Recycling programmes are going from strength to strength following the launch of our Cross Foundation Recycling initiative nearly a year ago. The Foundation now recycles 100% of its waste paper and glass, food waste, cardboard and, where possible, unwanted equipment are also recycled.
Recycling Awareness Week took place in February 2007; Grimsdell children learnt about recycling by working with Mill Hill 6th Form pupils in their PSHE lessons and they have also set up their own composter to recycle food waste. A number of departments ran recycling initiatives at Belmont who also led the way in the pursuit the Eco Schools Bronze Award, which they received at the end of June. Mill Hill set up a recycling committee which organised and ran the Mill Hill Recycled Fashion Show, raising nearly £200 for the Overseas Partnerships. In addition there were competitions throughout the week to collect shoes and batteries which were then recycled using local council services. The geography department delivered a unit of work on recycling in UK, Ghana and Japan, putting a global perspective on this important issue and “10 Top Tips for energy conservation” were circulated to Houses to raise awareness of how easy it is for individuals to make a difference.
Recycling at Mill Hill is here to stay and we are looking forward to working on new projects for 2007/8.
Writer and radio presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli will deliver the first lecture of the 2007/8 series on October 3rd when he examines the story of the Partition of India. This is the inaugural Richard Dimbleby Address, named in honour of the famous Old Millhillian broadcaster.
Entrance will be by ticket only, so please contact Tracy Williams on 020 8906 7958 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
Wednesday October 3rd, 7.30pm in the Patrick Troughton Theatre (please note that this date is different from that previously advertised).
Monday 24th September sees the start of European Week of Languages, celebrating Europe’s diverse culture. Events and activities throughout the School include 5-a-side football, film evenings (all welcome) on Tuesday and Thursday in the Patrick Troughton Theatre, and the 4th Form treasure hunt to round off the week.
Please check the calendar for full details.