Exciting developments for hockey at Mill Hill have been announced. Eden Park, the well known clothing company, have agreed to sponsor both girls and boys 1st teams for the next academic year, so their logo will appear on the teams’ shirts from September. We are very grateful to parent Mrs Relf who has worked hard to achieve this excellent link.
We are also pleased to announce that Mr Jamie Kingstone (pictured in action here), Master in Charge of Hockey and current captain of National League Club Old Georgians, has been signed to play for top South African Club Dut Rovers during the summer holidays. Mr Kingstone’s Durban team-mates include ten current or past members of the South African national team, and he believes that this experience – and the different style of play from our own – will benefit his own game and the coaching that he can pass on to Mill Hill students.
Wednesday 19 March 2008 saw the official opening of the changing room building and the switching on of the floodlights by Old Millhillian Mike Corby (Winterstoke, 1958), one of this country’s most successful sportsmen. Mr Corby represented England and Great Britain on more than 250 occasions playing hockey and squash, including two Olympic Games.
Dr Dominic Luckett addressed nearly 100 guests during the opening ceremony and highlighted the School’s past and present sporting achievements. He introduced Mike Corby who spoke of his pleasure and honour at being invited to perform the ceremony.
Guests, who included Mr Corby’s old school teammates, Old Millhillians, parents of the current 1st XI hockey team, past members of staff and a representative from Southgate Hockey Club, then enjoyed a closely-fought match between the 1st XI and an Old Millhillians Club Hockey XI. While the final scoreline seemed somewhat one-sided, the game was extremely competitive with the current 1st XI having the edge when it came to finishing a move. The evening finished with a reception in the Refectory at which Jamie Kingstone, Master in charge of hockey, and James Fleming, Captain of the 1st XI, spoke.
Thanks go to everyone who made the evening so successful. A plaque on the wall by the entrance to the changing rooms commemorates the occasion.
At the start of the race the sun shone, the band played and there was a frenzy of heightened positive emotions in anticipation of what turned out to be a remarkable day of “House Spirit”, courage and the making of heroes!
Honourable mentions to members of the Common Room, male and female, who ran stoically. Particular mention should go to Mr Illott and Mr Turner who both ran below 5 minutes 20 seconds. Only two Houses beat the men, while for the second year in succession the staff female team are unbeaten.
This year’s winner of the Mortimer Trophy – with a new world record time of 5 minutes and 2 seconds – is Oliver Bass of Burton Bank. The Mortimer trophy is named after Mark and Gavin Mortimer, both from Burton Bank, who loved this competition. Mark (who left the school in 1985) held the world record for the fastest lap at 5 minutes 11 seconds for a number of years, Gavin, the younger of the two, equalled the record in 1988. Most recently the record holder was Nathan Richardson – also of Burton Bank – with a time of 5 minutes and 3 seconds, which he achieved in 1993.
The final team placings saw School House – last year’s winners – come in third place with a time of 1 hour 2 minutes. The top two houses were very close in performance and dare I say “House Spirit and good old fashioned inter-house rivalry”. The outcome was in doubt until the very last lap when, coming up Wills Grove, Oliver overtook Jack to make a decisive move. It is a testament to both of these teams that they each broke the 1hour barrier for the race, a feat that hasn’t been matched for over ten years. So, in second place with a time of 59 minutes and 34 seconds, was Ridgeway House, while overall winners of the Ten Mile Cup for 2008 in a time of 59 minutes and 25 seconds was Burton Bank.
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For the eighth consecutive year, the Piper Library held their Book Fair to coincide with World Book Week – a celebration of books and reading held in more than 30 countries around the globe.
The Book Fair has become an exciting annual addition to the school calendar, popular with both students and staff. It has proved hugely successful in the past and this year was no exception with £4,600 being spent during the week.
With a vast selection of fiction titles available, including both new releases and classics, the students had difficulty in choosing. Favoured titles included the new releases “Blood River” by Tim Butcher, “The Inheritance of Loss” by Hiran Desai, “A Quiet Belief in Angels” by R. J. Ellory and “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini. Revision and study guides were also very popular as summer examinations draw near.
Earlier in the year the school was fortunate in being able to secure a visit by author of teenage fiction, Mark Robson. Previously an RAF fighter pilot he spent time in many war-torn areas of the world including the Falklands Islands. All of the 4th form attended Mark’s talk where topics as varied as flying and life in the RAF, writing and personal motivation as well as writing techniques were covered. Mark proved to be a highly entertaining and interesting speaker who spent time after his talk talking to the students and signing copies of his books for them.
In February Half Term, Millhillians returned for the second time to La Manga, the world renowned Tennis Training Centre in Spain.
This time 5 girls and 3 boys committed themselves to an intensive week of training on the centre’s Pro Academy Tennis Coaching Course. Pupils were assessed at the beginning of the week and grouped accordingly based on their level of ability.
The programme then commenced in earnest on the Monday and pupils were put through their paces by a team of professional coaches, some English and some Spanish, though many of them had previously played on the professional circuit.
The days consisted of 5 hours of training from 11.00 – 1.00pm and then from 3.00 to 6.00pm giving pupils time to rest, eat and relax when not on court. The programme included technical, tactical, physical and mental aspects of the game as well as match play. The sessions were particularly intense and always finished with a gruelling hour of fitness training.
Playing on the slow Spanish clay was a completely new experience for several of the pupils so it took a little while to adjust. However since returning to the UK pupils are now ready to enter the summer term of competition and match play against other schools.
For our last lecture of this series, we are delighted to be 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 community sites and the important issue of cyberbullying. A must for parents and pupils.
The lecture starts at 7.30 on Thursday March 20th in the Patrick Troughton Theatre. Please contact Tracy Williams on 020 8906 7958 for tickets.
A portrait of our former Headmaster William Winfield, who retired last year, has been presented by the Old Millhillians Club as a result of contributions from Chairman John Watkiss and 180 members of the Club. The portrait was painted by respected artist Angus Hampel, and has been very well received. Appropriately, it has taken its place in the Favell Building – our new classroom block which was built very much at William’s initiative and opened during Mill Hill’s Bicentennial Year.
William is depicted sitting at his desk in the Headmaster’s study and sporting his bicentennial tie, with a view through the window across Top Terrace and Top Field. An architectural model of the Favell sits on his desk along with a French dictionary and the head of a violin, reflecting his great interest in languages and music.
William served the school from 1970 – firstly as Head of Modern Languages for 12 years, then 10 years as Director of Studies, followed by five years as Deputy Head before being appointed as Headmaster in 1995.
The eighty guests attended the unveiling on March 1st were welcomed by Headmaster Dr Dominic Luckett and the OM President Ronny Cohn, who paid tribute to William for his continued support for the Old Millhillians Club and for fostering close links between the Club and the School. Ronny then invited William to unveil the portrait, which was very well received. The guests, who included former Headmaster, Alistair Graham, and his wife Penelope, then enjoyed an excellent buffet lunch in the School’s new refectory and had the opportunity to talk to William on his first return to the School since his retirement.
Mill Hill students won an impressive total of 42 awards when they took part in the annual Maths Challenge set by the UK Maths Trust at Leeds University.
Up to 200,000 students across the UK compete in this prestigious event, which only the best mathematicians enter. Pupils scoring in the top 10% are awarded Gold Awards, top 25% Silver and top 40% Bronze and we were delighted that mill Hill students won 13 Gold, 12 Silver and 17 Bronze Awards from our 64 entrants.
Our top mathematicians were 4th Formers Ben Clarke, Christos Charalambous, Andrew Moore and Malcolm Walsh, along with 5th form stars Greg Walsh, Arlisa Saro, Ella Jakubowska, Ben Abrahams and – last but far from least – Simon Bai, Haruka Morita, Theodor Araby-Kirkpatrick, Alex Burr, and Aidan Kelly from the Removes.
All these 4th form pupils have been invited to go forward to the next round and to take a higher grade paper. And we are delighted to report that two of the Removes, Simon Bai and Haruka Morita, will be taking part in the Olympiad Maths Paper which is only one step from the final to be held at Leeds University.
Well done to all those who participated and performed so well, and especially to those invited to sit the higher papers. Good luck!
Ten charities ended up winners when runners in the 2008 Inter-House Cross Country Race were sponsored by family and friends. Everyone took part, whether budding athletes or ‘fun-runners’, with competitors categorised by age or year group – and our proud winners were Katie Ardrey, Oliver Bass, Richard Whelan, Jack Weller, Louis Bendien and Elspeth Lawson.
This year’s chosen charities are United Kingdom Thalassaemia, NSPCC, The Prince’s Trust, Cancer Research, Bottoms Up, Cherry Lodge Cancer Care, British Gurkha Welfare Society, Teenage Cancer Trust, North London Hospice and Michael Sobell House.
Well done to all our pupils for their efforts during the race and for their fundraising throughout the year.
Professor Derek Yellon will deliver the 2008 Francis Crick Lecture on Thursday 6th March when he addresses us on “Protecting the heart – from laboratory bench to bedside”.
Currently Professor of Cellular Cardiology at University College London (UCL), Derek Yellon PhD, DSc, Hon FRCP, FACC, FESC is an internationally acknowledged expert in his field. In 1994 he was awarded a DSc for his “substantial contribution to the knowledge of cardiovascular disease and treatment” and more recently has been made an Hon Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. A prolific author, Professor Yellon has published more than 300 full papers and edited 13 books; he also serves on the editorial board of a number of major Cardiovascular Journals.
This lecture promises to give a fascinating insight from an expert perspective. The event will be held in the Jubilee Hall at Belmont School on 6th March, starting at 7.30pm. There are still a few tickets remaining – please phone Tracy Williams 020 8906 7956.
Friday Feb 8th saw Burton Bank mark the start of the Year of the Rat with their fifth annual Chinese New Year celebration. As usual the food was provided by a local take-away service, and the meal was followed by entertainment and a family walk around the school site. This year we were told what our fortunes for the year would be by Ka Ho Li, Fanfan Tian and Tommy Lam.
Jo Qiao made the trip back from Durham University to join the Chinese girls Anita Zhu, Amanda Xu, Lyn Lin, Fanfan and Haun Ye in a rendition of a Chinese ballad, and a group comprising pupils from China, Korea, Russia, Turkey, Germany and the UK sang one of the anthems lined up for the Beijing Olympics called “Forever Friends”.
We were pleased to have been revisited by other former pupils Albert Yip, Tiffany Luk, Lika Takei, Onyedikachi Oji, Jiawen Yu and Sonny Lu. Our adult guests were the Chaplain, Mrs. Pulham and Ms. Banks. Once again it was a very successful evening, and again sets the standard for our Russian and former Eastern Block pupils to maintain in next term’s Russian Evening. A particular treat of the evening was the dress worn by Fanfan which she had designed and made herself, and it is no surprise to find that she has been offered a place at the London College of Fashion.
On Tuesday 5th Feb. Professor Derek Yellon, Director of the Hatter Cardiovascular Institute of UCL invited a group of 6th form biologists from Mill Hill School to participate in a special “Science and Medicine Day” with lectures and activities related to clinical practice and medical research. Seminars explored a wide range of specialisms including cardiology, respiratory medicine, emergency medicine, intensive care medicine and gastroenterology. Our students were privileged to hear from the top people in these fields and particularly enjoyed participating in a war zone exercise devised by Wilf Pugsley, an RAF surgeon recently returned form Iraq.
During the morning, the Mill Hill students were given a tour of the research labs and invited to participate in some of the experiments and demonstrations. They also learnt about the use of ECGs and ultrasound scans, some of them becoming guinea pigs in the process. All this, plus a very good lunch leaves us greatly indebted to Professor Yellon and his colleagues, Prof. Alastair Forbes, Dr. Geoff Bellingan, Dr. Derek Hausenloy, Dr. Malcolm Walker, Prof. Geoff Laurent and Mr. Wilf Pugsley.
As we enter a new year, we look forward to building on the success of Sport 2007 under the new name of ‘Sport Mill Hill’. Created to celebrate 200 years of sporting achievements and to commence preparations for the 2012 Olympics, the Sport 2007 initiative was designed to promote and celebrate sporting excellence in the Foundation Schools and through our many sporting partnerships. The year saw many major sporting achievements – including the best MHS rugby results for 50 years – as well as the growing success of our partnerships, including those with Saracens and Southgate Hockey.
The work of Richard Allain, Director of Music, is featured on a new CD which is released this month. “Night”, which was commissioned by Matthew Berry and Commotio, was recorded in the summer of 2007 in the luxuriant acoustic of Merton College chapel. A concert on February 16th in St George’s, Bloomsbury, is being held to launch the CD. The CD includes works for choir and cello and on the evening of the 16th Commotio will be joined by Rosie Banks, the cellist on the CD.
The Biannual Mill Hill Gap Year and Careers Fair will take place on Tuesday 12th February. This exciting event begins with a talk at 5.30pm entitled ‘Taking a Gap Year’, and between 6 and 8pm there will be more than 100 professionals available to answer pupils’ questions about their chosen career path. 50 Gap Year organisations will be available to inspire and inform attendees on all the options available.
The 2006 Fair resulted in a tremendous response from Mill Hill pupils and those invited from other local schools. They told us that the opportunities to discuss possible careers with so many professionals was invaluable.
Please join us in the Sports Hall between 5.30pm and 8pm for an event that could change your future.
The number of entries for the 13+ entry examination exams has reached a record for Mill Hill this year, with more than 135 children sitting the tests at the end of January.
We are delighted that so many parents and their sons and daughters have visited the school and chosen to sit for entrance.
The number of children applying for scholarships in all categories – academic, sports and the arts – has also increased, and the standard of candidates has been exceptional.
The coming years certainly look bright for Mill Hill, with so many talented young people looking to attend our school.
Andy McNab makes a welcome return on January 30th for the next lecture in our series. Now one of Britain’s best-selling authors, Andy McNab kept the audience spellbound on his previous visit to the School with his extraordinary life story and experiences in the first Gulf War. His lecture – which is this year’s “Sir James Murray Lecture” – will deal with the current state of play in Iraq and Afghanistan and the realities of British involvement in these theatres of war.
An unmissable opportunity to hear first hand accounts of the realities behind the news stories.
Contact Karen Willetts on 020 8906 7958 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to book tickets.
OM Robin Green in rehearsal with the London Amistad Orchestra which he formed in 2005 following two tours of Nicaragua with the Mill Hill School partnership exchange programme. On January 8th, he conducted a benefit concert for the partnership at the Royal College of Music with an entirely French programme including works by Chabrier, Debussy, Ravel, Saints Saens and Poulenc. The highlight of the evening was the performance by the Eaton-Young piano duo of the Poulenc double piano concerto. Robin, an accomplished concert pianist is now in his final year at the Royal College and will go on to study conducting next year in Austria.