News Archive

Autumn 2008

Pupils Collect Books for India

Mill Hill and Belmont pupils recently helped to collect a huge number of reading books suitable for all ages, along with textbooks (some never used) which syllabus changes had rendered redundant, for our partnership school in India. Altogether we sent the incredible amount of 1,500 kg of books to the Sri Jayendra School in Tamil Nadu.

Indian pupils find our textbooks much more accessible then their own rather old fashioned and dry books. The teachers at Sri Jayendra will give out a set of books to use as they cover a particular topic and then collect them in later so another set can use them.

The addition to their library of this massive number of children’s books will make a huge difference to them. The children are avid readers (as they have no television!) and these books will be very well used. Of course anything that encourages reading helps their English: they learn vocabulary, grammar, idiom and spelling without even realising it.

Our thanks go to SBS Worldwide Ltd who kindly shipped the books free of charge.

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GCSE Mock Timetable Published

The GCSE mock timetable is now available – click here for a pdf .

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Sports Headlines

Tennis Team

Successful half term tours to Barcelona (1st team Girls’ Hockey), Sicily (U15 Rugby) and South Africa (tennis – pictured) have been followed up by more excellent sporting results.

On Tuesday 12th, our golf team James Ellis, Sayyid Ahmed Said and Chris Alexander beat Forest 2-1 for a place in the semi-finals of the ISGANational Schools Golf at Hendon. They now play St Columbas for a place in the regional final.

On the same day the Mill Hill Rugby 1st XV beat Haberdashers 57-3 and not even on home turf! Tries were scored by O.Bass X2, S. Delamothe, K. Nwokenna X2, S. Rosenkranz, K. Karikari X2, S. Castle.

And the following day our Girls Hockey 1st XI won the county cup in convincing style. Fresh from their tour of Barcelona the girls performed superbly to destroy Godolphin and Latymer 12-0 (Jess Perkins 4, Katie Ardrey 4 and Despina Theochari 4).

Girls Hockey 1st XI

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Mill Hill Choir at St Paul’s

The Mill Hill School Harmony Choir is taking part in a performance of The Cry – A Requiem for the Lost Child by Adrian Snell at St Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday 16th November at 6pm. The Cry will be an extraordinary event which will be introduced by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and performed in front of 4000 people. We have some tickets if any staff would like to attend.

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Remembrance Day

War Memorial

Following tradition, Mill Hill School’s Remembrance ceremony took place at the Memorial Gate at 11am on 11th November. The tradition was established with the opening of the >Memorial Gate by Lord Horne in 1920 and has continued each year with the exception of the time when the School was evacuated to St Bee’s in Cumbria. It is the one and only day of the year that the Gate is open, and all current pupils file through in pairs to recognise our war departed.

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‘An Extraordinary Life’

Cello

On 27 January 1945, Soviet soldiers advancing through Poland discovered the largest and most lethal of Hitler’s death camps: Auschwitz. Sixty years on, survivor Anita Lasker Wallfisch talks about her life, her love of music and the women’s orchestra she played in whilst imprisoned under the Nazi regime. This is the second in the 2008-9 Mill Hill Lecture Series and will take place on Thursday November 27th at 7.30 in the Jubilee Hall at Belmont School.

Due to high demand, all tickets for this event have now been allocated.

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1st XV Triumph Over St Paul’s

Rugby match

1st XV had an outstanding win against St Paul’s on Saturday 18 October winning 41-6. Tries were scored by H. Watson, S. Rosenkranz x3, S. Delamothe, K. Nwokenna, K. Karikari with O. Bass converting. This comes on the back of an Area Cup Semi Final win of 55-6 against London Oratory School and a win against UCS of 65-3. For full match reports, please click here.

This was schoolboy rugby at its best and to name a man of the match was impossible. Charlie O’Shea was extremely effective at the break down and won many turn over balls, as did Sam Castle and Dan Richards. Stefan Novakovic did what he does best, ripping many a ball out of contact situations and going on to carry the ball 5 metres with three players on his back! Seb Delamothe led by example and had a sound performance. Oliver Bass controlled the game perfectly and had both Sam Rosenkranz and Hugo Watson outside him to pick lovely running lines and open up the St Paul’s defence. This was an incredible achievement from the boys and they have now completed the first half of the season undefeated. Will this season be the first undefeated season in the history of Mill Hill rugby…watch this space!

Our U15Bs are also in winning ways, beating St. Paul’s 19-15 on Saturday in comfortably their best performance of the season. Tries were scored by M. Maruthan, D. Farrow and J. Charkin with captain Woody Holding scoring two conversions. The bravery in defence, character and commitment of the whole team were outstanding, typified by second-row Zack Field who was exceptional throughout.

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Jazz at the 200

Jazz singer

We are proud to announce the launch of our newest CD – masterminded by Director of Music Richard Allain and recorded during bicentennial year. In his sleevenotes musician and broadcaster Pete Long writes: “Jazz at the 200 showcases thirteen superb young musicians in new performances of jazz standards. It is heartening to hear the great men and women of jazz – Ella, Sinatra, Simone, Webster, Cole and Monk etc. – inspire a whole new generation of musicians. Not only does this album pay tribute to them, but it is also testament to the skill and passion of young people, and the enduring appeal of such a versatile art form.”

Click Play ► on the MP3 player below the photo to hear their music.

Copies of the CD are available from the Admissions Office, priced at £5.

Vocals, Nancy Wallinger with Andy Martin on drums, Tom Wright on bass and Raph Hurwitz on piano and Hammond organ.

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ABMC Launches Anti-Bullying Initiative

Paul’s Story – How to Deal with Cyber-Bullying

The Mill Hill Anti-Bullying and Mentor Council have launched an important initiative – an original online photo story presentation aimed at protecting people from cyber-bullying. The presentation – called “Paul’s Story” – is the first of a planned series which will deal with different aspects of bullying. The project was conceived in Spring ’08, and has been planned, written, acted and photographed by members of the ABMC. Council member and Senior Monitor Ben Alderton explains how the council came up with the idea of using this medium to tackle the issue of bullying. Our thanks and congratulations go to all the ABMC members who created this initiative, and we look forward to seeing more of their work in due course.

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Millhillian Selected for GB Netball Team

Amy Green has recently been selected to represent Great Britain Juniors at the 2009 Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv. The Games, which take place next summer, are the third largest sporting event in the world with more than 5,000 people from a total of 54 countries taking part. Amy’s sister, Georgia, and fellow pupils Yoda Chrisostomou and Natalia Webster have been selected to play U14 netball for Middlesex, with Yoda and Natalia also representing the county in hockey. Congratulations to you all!

Amy and Georgia Green, Yoda Chrisostomou and Natalia Webster

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Foundation Day and Old Millhillians Day

A sunny September day saw nearly 1,500 pupils, parents, Old Millhillians and staff join us for the annual Foundation Day and Old Millhillians Day celebrations. Following the Service of Commemoration of Benefactors in Chapel, Guest of Honour, Professor Andrew Fabian, Professor at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge, presented the prize winners with their awards and gave a short address to assembled guests. With the formalities over, guests then enjoyed a barbecue on the Quad whilst being entertained by the CCF Corps of Drums and sports matches and exhibitions. Click here for a list of prizewinners .

Rugby, netball, drummers, Andrew Fabian and choristers

To round off an excellent day, our 1st XV comprehensively beat Eltham College 49-3 – try scorers for Mill Hill were K Nwokenna, R Martey x 2, D Richards, H Watson, N Saffrin x 2 and S Novakovic. Conversions and penalties were taken by O Bass. Well done everyone!

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School Selected as London 2012 Training Camp

Archery

Some of the world’s finest athletes will be using UK sports facilities to train in the run-up to London 2012. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the MHS Enterprises team, Mill Hill School has been included within London 2012’s Pre-Games Training Camp Guide for archery and hockey. Following the initial application in February 2007 the MHS Enterprises tendered the official submission in May 2007. Assessments were made in September 2007 and following final assessments in January 2008 were notified of successful areas in March 2008, namely archery and hockey. Mill Hill School received their official accreditation in August and now appears on the London 2012 website and in the published guide. For more information about London 2012 training camps click here or visit the official London 2012 website: www.London2012.com

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Millhillian Plays for England U15s at Lords

Adam Rossington and Ian Hutchinson Adam Rossington and Mill Hill School’s Director of Cricket Ian Hutchinson on the players’ balcony at Lords

Following Adam Rossington’s successful season last year, he was selected for trials to play for the England Team. These were held at Sedbergh School and were attended by many exceptionally talented cricketers from all over the country. Adam played in two out of the three matches and achieved sound results in both of the games, scoring 54 and 92.

As a result of this, he was selected for the full England U15’s versus the England U16’s which was played at Lords on the 9th September. On a tough wicket he achieved 35 being the second overall top scorer; the final result was a match tie. Adam has had a great season and we all congratulate him on his performances and look forward to watching his progression over the forthcoming months.

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European Week of Languages

Flags

This is the 6th year that the Modern Foreign Languages at Mill Hill School runs the “European Week of Languages” to celebrate the “European Day of Languages”.

The European Day of Languages, a Council of Europe initiative, is held annually on the 26th September to celebrate language and cultural diversity. The Day was first celebrated in 2001, the European Year of Languages, and is now celebrated throughout the UK and in a further 45 countries across Europe.

At Mill Hill, various events are held throughout the week to mark the occasion. These events take place at lunch time and/or after school. This year we have put together a programme which includes:

  • A European Quiz for 5th and 6th form which tests your knowledge of Europe
  • A European Treasure Hunt for the 4th form which takes you across different European countries
  • Guess the language Competition, for all - not as easy as you may think!
  • The screening of European films (in the original language with subtitles) for all
  • A European song contest - to get your vocal cords going- for all
  • A continental breakfast for 6th form linguists - try different culinary delights!

See the school calendar and the Modern Language Department for more details.

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Lecture Series Begins

Mona Lisa

The first lecturer in our new 2008-9 series will be Professor Donald Sassoon who will deliver the Queen Mary University Lecture ‘Discovering the Mona Lisa’ on October 16th.

The series continues with lectures by Anita Wallfisch, Dr Hugh Montgomery, Colin Crooks and Professor Tim Luckhurst – see the Lecture Series page for dates and details.

‘Discovering the Mona Lisa’ is on Thursday October 16th at 7.30pm in the Patrick Troughton Theatre. Entrance will be by ticket only, so please contact Karen Willetts on 020 8906 7958 or by email to book your place.

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18th October Open Morning

School building

A warm welcome awaits prospective pupils and their families at our Foundation Open Morning on Saturday October 18th. All three Foundation Schools – Grimsdell (pre-preparatory), Belmont (preparatory) and Mill Hill – will be open: Grimsdell from 10.30-12.30 and Belmont and Mill Hill between 9.30am and 12 noon. No appointments are necessary – please come and meet Senior Academic staff and tour the Schools. Parking will be signposted for each School from The Ridgeway.

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Best Ever A Level Results

Exam Results

We are delighted to be celebrating the achievement of the 2008 leavers who have secured the best A level results in the School’s history with an overall 100% pass rate. 70% of this year’s A level entries were graded A or B, up from 64% last year, and 89% were awarded grade C or above, compared to 86% in 2007. As a result of these outstanding results, the majority of leavers will now go on to take up places at their first choice universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, the London School of Economics, University College London, Kings’ College London, Durham, Bristol, Warwick and Nottingham. Meanwhile, all of those pupils holding conditional offers from Oxford and Cambridge have obtained the A level grades needed to secure their places. This year’s GCSE results also represent a record for Mill Hill. 51% of papers were graded A*/A, up from 45% last year. A*-C grades were also up, from 93% in 2007 to 97% this year. These are excellent results, a credit to teachers and pupils alike.

The grades obtained this year are all the more impressive in view of the many other outstanding achievements witnessed in so many areas during the course of the year. These include the most successful rugby, girls’ hockey, cricket, golf and swimming seasons for many years, the superb output of the School’s music, art and drama departments and a wealth of other memorable events such as April’s cross-Foundation Fashion Show.

The School would like to congratulate all of its Upper Sixth leavers upon their excellent examination performances. We look forward to seeing them go on to further success in their education and careers. For those returning to or joining us in September, these results and the AS results, which also broke all previous records, are clearly cause for great confidence in the future.

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