The AGI took place on the new quad with the newly opened Favell Building as a fantastic backdrop to the proceedings. It seemed entirely appropriate that our Chairman of Governors Sir Robert Balchin was our inspecting officer on this our Bicentennial inspection. The day went extremely well with the recent inclement weather holding just long enough for the afternoon activities to be inspected.
The Newcastle competition was hotly contested as always and Captain Hinnell from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers commented on the high standard of turn out and marching. School House ran out the eventual winners. Best cadet went to Tabitha Mainstone (Murray House) and best NCO went to next year’s senior cadet Carl Carlstedt (School House).
In the Summer term, Mill Hill hosted the 2nd Junior Tennis Open for Under 11s in conjunction with Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn. Once again, 12 feeder schools participated in a full day of tennis, and it was encouraging to see Belmont pupil Orchid Saber-Pillai winning the girls competition, beating Lucy Booth (Newberries) in the final. The boys competition was won by the talented Marc Huttman (St Anthony’s) who beat fellow St Anthony’s pupil, Jack Heslin.
To add to the excitement of the day, British Davis Cup Professional Jamie Delgado presented the trophies and prizes, and also organised some fun competitive games on court for all the participants.
The date for next year’s Junior Tennis Open has already been set for Friday 2nd May 2008. For further information on this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Millhillian golfer Joey Carr who has recently won a Gold Medal at the European Maccabi Games in Rome representing Great Britain. This is Joey’s third Gold Medal following his two wins in America in 2005.
A group of nearly 50 staff and pupils made the annual Fourth Form pilgrimage to the First World War Battlefields of Belgium and France in the last days of the summer term. All the usual sites were visited and the pupils made a particularly good job of completing the Great War work book which was produced especially for this trip.
A unique feature of this trip was the ceremony at Thiepval on the Somme. The names of the 29 Old Millhillians who died in the Battle of the Somme were read out, and then Alex Warna movingly played the Last Post.
This group of Mill Hill historians is particularly looking forward to Professor Gary Sheffield’s lecture on November 8th which is entitled ‘Oh What a Futile War?’.
The Remove camp at Longmoor was a week of very indifferent weather and the cadets rose to the challenge of a physically demanding week. From a day on the water kayaking and canoeing, a day on the ranges, to survival skills, they all learnt a huge amount. The fifth day at camp was the competition day and we entered two teams into the March and Shoot competition and two teams into the Assault Course competition. The A team won the March and came second in the Shoot against three other schools, and were crowned overall March and Shoot champions for the second year in a row. The Assault Course A team posted the quickest time by some considerable margin, and won the Assault Course competition. Best cadet on camp was Harry Marlow (School House). Congratulations to Sgt Nat Mabbett (School House) who was announced as the new Drum Major for September 2007.
Congratulations to Nick Lewis, Matthew Enright and Lauren Lindsay who all completed their gliding scholarship at RAF Halton during the May half term. Both Nick and Matthew went solo. Nick was also selected for an intensive leadership course at RAF Cranwell which he has completed.