In response to recent indications from the Government that there would be an apology on behalf of the British people for the Transatlantic Slave Trade, 4th Form historians wrote to The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Director of the pressure group, Anti-Slavery International.
Following heated debates in class, the pupils were seeking clarification as to the nature of the Government’s planned statement and a clearer view of the rationale informing the move. The Deputy PM wrote a full answer to the pupils’ questions and applauded their interest in the issue of slavery in the world today. Director of ASI, Aidan McQuade came in person to debate the issue with pupils. After his presentation to a mixed group of around 170 4th and 5th Formers, Aidan answered the questions set by one of their classes, which were read out by Eve Palos. What followed was a fascinating exploration covering such issues as the meaning of freedom and the concept of guilt. Aidan found the meeting highly stimulating and he has offered to work to produce a close bond between Mill Hill and ASI.
This development is particularly appropriate in our 200th anniversary year, as the co-founders of our School were fervent abolitionists.
Our senior Navy cadets felt very privileged when they received an invitation in December to spend a day on board HMS Southampton, the School’s affiliated ship.
Lead by Head of the Navy section, Vincent Livesey, cadets joined the Type 42 Destroyer at the Trafalgar Gate, Portsmouth Naval Dockyard, before commencing a short passage to Southampton. Whilst on board, cadets were made to feel very welcome as they received an extremely detailed introduction to all areas of the ship including the bridge, the missile room and weaponry, the galley, and the operations room, which contained all the radar screens. Various manoeuvres and demonstrations were performed by the crew including a dynamic fire fighting display on the flight deck and a spectacular display by the ship’s Lynx anti-submarine helicopter which landed on board whilst operating in the Solent.
Despite a very early start, and the fact that several cadets felt a little green on occasions due to strong winds, all agreed it was a truly amazing opportunity, and one which they would never forget.
Congratulations go to sports scholar Katie Newton who has recently been chosen to represent England in the U15 Rounders Squad. Last season Katie scored more than 35 rounders, averaging 6 per match. As well as this success Katie has been a pillar of strength to both the U14 Hockey and Netball Teams.
It has been a busy term for drama: in particular the House Drama Competition saw some truly spectacular performances from pupils, with Collinson House being the eventual winners. The photo shows Bella Zinca in the winning performance.
The Mill Hill U15A rugby team has continued last year’s winning ways, and is now unbeaten in two years of competition. This year they have played 17 matches and won them all. The most convincing victory was the result against Brentwood where Mill Hill triumphed 55 - 0. In total, the team has scored 593 points with only 117 points being scored against them. This wonderful season was capped with a spirited performance against Latymer Upper School in the Middlesex County Cup. Once again Mill Hill were victorious, beating their West London rivals by 20 points to 5.
In addition to achieving 3 As and 1 B grades in his A levels, Yi Yan Xu achieved a Distinction in STEP 2 Mathematics and a ‘1’ in STEP 3 Mathematics. STEP is a Cambridge University examination; Sixth Term Entrance Paper for those students who have outstanding ability in Mathematics.
Yi Yan is currently reading Mathematics at Girton College Cambridge.
Congratulations to Flora Lai who was awarded the first prize in the Gold Award Class of the Crest Awards, a national scheme run by the British Association for the Advancement of Science to encourage excellence in practical science.
Flora was also awarded a prestigious Nuffield Science Research Bursary and joined a research team studying lateral line development of the zebra fish at the National Institute of Medical Research in Mill Hill. The results generated from this month of research formed the basis of her project for the Crest Award. As part of the assessment process, Flora attended an evaluation day at Imperial College where she presented her research work and was quizzed by many senior academics.
Flora is obviously a talented biologist, since she received a Highly Commended Award in the Biology Olympiad after only a single term of study in her A Level course.