News Archive

Spring 2009

U14B are Borough Champions

Congratulations and well played to the U14B team who played exceptional netball in the Barnet Netball Tournament to become borough champions. They were unbeaten in the competition, only letting in 9 goals in 7 games. Excellent play by Melissa Levy and Naomi Kendall ensured the ball got safely into the circle where Amy Welch and Charley Jacobs turned the possession into goals – the team scored more than 35 goals in the tournament. Well played also to Olivia Segal with her consistent and effective defending in the circle. A great team effort – well done to all who played!

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House Cross Country Returns

This year the House Cross Country returned with a race for keen cross country runners, thanks to the development work and efforts of Mr Bulman who has formed a School cross country team. The profile of Cross Country has risen as a result, and there were many keen runners lined up at the starts of the races. The senior boys were challenged by a longer 3.5 mile course through Totteridge valley, while the senior girls, junior boys and girls ran the traditional 2.3 mile course through the school grounds and Arrandene open space. All the Houses submitted teams and there was some excellent cross country running in good conditions.

Senoir boys, Junior girls and Senior girls

Team Winners

Junior Girls: Priestley
Junior Boys: Murray
Senior Girls: Collinson
Senior Boys: Weymouth

Individual Winners

Junior Girls: Naomi Kendal (McClure)
Junior Boys: Adam Hassanali (Atkinson)
Senior Girls: Katie Ardrey (Collinson)
Senior Boys: Jack Perry Williams (Ridgeway)

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Careers Law Evening


Tuesday 17th March will see the first dedicated careers law evening where members of the Foundation community, including parents and former pupils, will deliver presentations and a workshop on specific areas of Law. These eight top City Barristers and Solicitors, as well as a Magistrate, will also give students the opportunity to pit their wits against the experts in a Court Role Play. Exciting topics such as Commercial Law, Criminal Law and Clinical Negligence amongst others will be covered as well as an overview of how to enter in to the Bar.

For further information or to book a place, please contact Head of Careers, Vivienne Ekwulugo, on 0208 906 7966 or

Venue: Music School, Mill Hill School
Time: 6.30 pm until 9.30 pm
Refreshments provided

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Fitting End to Green Month

Green Month culminated in a charity fashion show where designers and models from all three Foundation Schools strutted their stuff on the catwalk in outfits made from recycled materials. Congratulations go to our winners and to everyone who supported this event.

Charity fashion show

Mijena Mecaj (designed by Arlisa Saro) 1st place
Amber Matthews (designed by Elspeth Lawson) 2nd place
Daniella Zimmerman (designed by Elspeth Lawson) 3rd place

Georgia Green (designed by Amy Green)
Sophia Levy (designed by Elspeth Lawson)
Emily Maister (designed by Emily Maister)

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Message for all AS students

Student in exam

“AS examinations present a great challenge but are also a superb opportunity to lay the foundations for good A levels and a strong university application. Mocks are a crucial element in preparing for these examinations and I hope that all of our Lower Sixth pupils will prepare for them thoroughly and draw from them lessons about how to maximise their performance in the summer. I would like to wish them all very good luck.”

Dr Dominic Luckett, Headmaster

Download the AS Level Mocks timetable.

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Turn-a-Page Magazine Online

School magazine

Our first turn-a-page publication is the Mill Hill School Magazine, now available for instant viewing from anywhere in the world using page-flip technology. We’re looking at expanding our use of this greener publishing system where appropriate, alongside traditional printed materials.

Check out the School Magazine here.



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Journalism Today Lecture


A fascinating insight into journalism and the news industry from University of Kent lecturer, Tim Luckhurst. Professor Luckhurst is also a columnist, author and broadcaster and former editor of The Scotsman. The Lecture starts at 7.30pm on Thursday March 5th in the Patrick Troughton Theatre.

Tickets available from Karen Willetts on 020 8906 7958 or by email.


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Fives Success

Repton and Mill Hill teams – MHS won at all age groups 6-0

The new term got off to an encouraging start with a 2-1 win over Harrow at U16 level. Congratulations to 2nd Pair Saul Levy and Stelios Georgiou and 3rd Pair Oliver John and Matt Jackson. In the annual match against Repton, who travel all the way down from Derbyshire, Mill Hill proved too strong and won at all age levels 6 0. This time the U16 1st Pair of Josh Leader and Jack Weller played up as Senior 1st Pair and won resoundingly 3-0. Mill Hill then took on Eton at their own game; there were some very competitive and close matches but the U16 1st and 2nd Pairs came out 3-0 winners. The U14 3rd Pair of Matt Farleigh and Calum Christie also sailed to a 3-0 victory while U14 1st Pair of Alex Holmes and Jack Clayton drew 2-2. However, Mill Hill narrowly lost the match 3½-4½.

Steve Plummer

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Green Month Underway

Grimsdell’s Wishing Tree

Green Month continues until 27th February across the Foundation. From Grimsdell’s Wishing Tree and Belmont’s Eco-Committee video to the specially produced information packs at Mill Hill, activities are planned for all areas of School life. Foundation-wide events include the art exhibition and the Recycled Fashion Show on February 26th.

Projects, competitions and activities focussing on environmental issues will include:

  • Cross Foundation Recycled fashion show on February 26th at lunchtime - prizes to be awarded by panel of judges on the day. Entry fee: £1 Grimsdell and Belmont; £2 Mill Hill
  • Foundation-wide art show
  • Grimsdell Year 2/6th Form link project on environmental awareness
  • Day pupils’ Art sculpture competition on the theme of Recycling/Energy conservation (minimum of 1 entry per House, deadline for entries 24 February)
  • Boarders’ poster competition on the theme of Recycling/Energy conservation (minimum of two entries per House, deadline for entries 24 February)
  • Plastic bottle recycling trials in all Houses
  • Waste audit from 2nd to 13th February in the dining room: waste food on plated meals measured. Smaller portions offered in an effort to reduce the amount of waste. Results to be displayed on a daily basis

Academic departments will focus on environmental issues within the curriculum, and there will be displays in the library and on the Eco board in School House.

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Tom Audley: Man of the Match

Tom Audley

OM Tom Audley is pictured receiving his Penderyn Man of the Match Award at the London Welsh v Newbury Blues game on 31st January.

Now playing flanker for London Welsh, Tom’s move to the position was always on the cards following his success in the Mill Hill 1st XV where he played both at inside centre and no. 8. Renowned for his commitment and gutsy performances, Tom’s rugby has also included two years at Saracens.

Tom Audley left School in 2005, but the Audley name is still very much at the forefront of Mill Hill rugby with brother Jake one of the 1st XV stars last term.

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Burton Bank’s Chinese New Year Celebrations

Last Friday we celebrated our sixth consecutive Chinese New Year in BB, and once again it was an outstanding evening. Lance Yang compèred the evening, and made clear that the Lunar New Year was in fact celebrated throughout Asia, and in particular in Korea too, whence he hails. His presentation on Korea – North and South – and that of Ivan Lam on Hong Kong were well-received and informative, as well as entertaining. All of our Chinese students sang the anthem of the Beijing Olympics, each taking solos and all producing a lovely sound. Huan Ye then gave us our Chinese horoscopes for the year according to our birth sign. This year is the year of the Ox, and anyone born 12, 24, 36, etc. years ago is celebrating this year. Ryan Zhu showed off his painting skills, and invited others to have a go, which some duly did.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

We were re-visited by a record number of pupils, including Tommy Lam, Lika Takei, Fanfan Tian, Anita Zhu, Lyn Lin, Amanda Xu, Tiffany Luk, Gary Xiong, Ding Chen, Joe Toft and Jamie Lee Jarrett – a typically eclectic mix for Burton Bank – and our guests were Mr. Priestnall, Mrs. Sanchez and Ms. Banks. Timmy Tan also returned, and sang us two songs to his guitar, reminding us of past times. The evening ended with the traditional family walk around the School grounds, and a thoroughly good night was had by all.

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Junior Tennis Open 2009

The 4th Junior Tennis Open Competition for Under 11’s will take place on Friday 8th May 2009 at Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn. Once again we are anticipating about 70 entries from Year 5 and 6 boys and girls from local schools who will compete in a full day of tennis. Pupils will have the opportunity to utilise the newly updated tennis facilities at the Sports Park throughout the day and can join in with some fun drills and activities with the coaches. As well as trophies being awarded to the winners, all participants will be provided with lunch and a prize to take away.

Junior Tennis

For further information about this event, and for competition entries, please contact or 020 8906 7922.

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Millhillian Picked for US Choir Tour

Ralph Warman

Helmore Music Scholar, Ralph Warman, winner of the Senior Art Song Prize in the 2009 Farrow Singing Competition has just been awarded a place in the Bass section of the prestigious National Youth Choir, which tours the west coast of America this summer. They will be performing both live and on TV in Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Los Angeles as well as recording an album of music by the American choral composer Eric Whitacre.

Under Kevin Kyle’s tuition Ralph also achieved an outstandingly high distinction in his Grade 7 Associated Board Singing examination at Christmas.




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England Squad Beckons for Young Millhillian

Nicholas Auterac has got through to an England squad of 40 following a superb performance against The North. It was, in fact, this performance that he believes clinched his selection!

Nicholas captained the U16 A team last term and will be competing for a place in the 1st XV next year. He plays at loosehead prop and has previously represented both Middlesex and Saracens Amateurs.

U16A team Nicholas Auterac captained the U16A team

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British Olympian says “Nothing is Impossible”

On 27th January we were delighted to receive a lecture from Larry Achike. Larry is an Olympic Triple Jumper who has competed at the Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. He has also won the Junior World Championships in 1994 and won a Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and has had the good fortune to work alongside Triple Jump World Record Holder, Jonathan Edwards.

During the lecture, Larry talked to us about how from a young age he knew he wished to pursue athletics and how in life he had goals and dreams. His dreams were to compete in the Olympics yet his goals were harder to attain – academic ‘A’ grades. He knew that in order to pass his Biomedical Science Degree, he had to devote more of his time to academic studies and less to athletics. This was a decision that paid off and he has realised his dreams and attained his goals.

Larry stressed that “nothing is impossible” and despite knowing that he had talent, it was hard work that got him to the level he is now. He urged pupils to apply themselves as much to their academic studies as their sports – then they too can reach their goals and realise their dreams…

Despina Theochari Lower Sixth (Year 12), Collinson House

Larry Achike This lecture is part of the Sports Scholars Programme organised and run by Head of PE, Suzanne Reynolds.

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Green Month Begins

Monday 26th January sees the start of our annual “Green Month” with activities taking place in all three schools across the Foundation.

Projects, competitions and activities focussing on environmental issues will include:

  • Cross Foundation Recycled fashion show on February 26th
  • Foundation-wide art show
  • Grimsdell Year 2/6th Form link project on environmental awareness
  • Sculpture competition
  • Poster competition
  • Plastic bottle recycling trials
  • Waste audit

Academic departments will focus on environmental issues within the curriculum, and there will be displays in the library and on the Eco board in School House.

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Panto Benefits Ethiopian Drama Group

Holly O’Connell as Aladdin

A sparkling performance of Aladdin written by Head of Drama, David Proudlock, and performed by over 20 members of staff, raised more than £2,000 for an Ethiopian drama group. AGAPE, which is based in Addis Ababa, tours the country using drama to inform and educate people about subjects such as HIV and AIDS.

The Patrick Troughton Theatre was full to capacity for three nights running, and the audience clearly enjoyed every minute. Peter McDonough, Deputy Head, shone as Widow Twanky, gaining instant rapport with the audience. Jamie Monaghan as Abanazer was suitably evil as well as being very funny, whilst Aladdin, played by Holly O’Connell, acted and sang with great gusto and pzazz. Harry Barnes was outstanding as Rover the Dog, attacking everyone in sight including unsuspecting members of the audience! Thanks went to teachers Andrew Ross and Berinda Banks who provided the stunning scenery, beautifully lit by our AV ace, Johnny Groman.

AIDS sufferers in Ethiopia

A great time was certainly had by all. Oh yes, it was!

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Singing Competition Judged by BBC Celebrity

Farrow Prize winner Neda Oskooee
Helmore Vocal Prize winner Natalie Kosky
Lady Suzi Digby-Eatwell OBE

This year’s annual Farrow Music Competition – showcasing outstanding Mill Hill singers from across the School – took place in The Large on Wednesday evening in front of a capacity audience. The singers were delighted to receive individual reports from the BBC’s ‘Last Choir Standing’ judge, Lady Suzi Digby-Eatwell OBE, on their song choice, delivery and range, as well as positive feedback on how to make the most of their talent. The singers competed in 9 different categories, and three overall prizes were also awarded: the Helmore Vocal Prize (which was awarded for the first time this year), the Audience Vote Winner, and of course the Farrow Prize itself. The prizewinners were:

  • Senior Art Song: Ralph Warman
  • Junior Art Song: Benedict Kearns
  • Senior Popular Song: Daniella Schindler
  • Junior Popular Song: Tim Lloyd- Davies
  • Senior Opera/Oratorio: Neda Oskooee
  • Junior Opera/Oratorio: Rose Miller
  • Senior Music Theatre: Liani Telvi
  • Junior Music Theatre: Natalie Kosky
  • 4th form singing prize: Jeremy Rosen
  • Helmore Vocal Prize: Natalie Kosky
  • Farrow Prize: Neda Oskooee
  • Audience Vote Winner: Charlotte Nichol

The start time had been brought forward to accommodate a packed programme which included special performances by our male a cappella ‘The Kwokafellas’ group, lead by maths teacher Peter Kwok, and our all-girl singing group ‘Cantiamo’, while the judging took place.

The Farrow Music Prize has been awarded annually for more than 30 years. It was donated by OM Charles Farrow (School House) in 1977 in memory of Mill Hill’s Director of Music Sidney Barlow who he credited with inspiring his musical education.

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Old Millhillian’s Portrait of Barack Obama Shows at London Gallery

Portrait of Barack Obama

Old Millhillian Ben Kustow’s 5 feet-tall oil on canvas painting of US President Barack Obama is on show for ‘Obama Tuesday’ at London’s Jealous Gallery. Ben, now a student at Central St Martins, said he was attracted by Obama’s face, the openess, the honesty, the direct look. He painted Obama in blue “because I saw it as a blueprint of something big that was about to happen. When I think of Obama, I think of the usual stuff – hope, love…we’ve been waiting so long for this day to happen.”

When Ben had to transport the huge portrait across London recently it provoked an astonishing and very positive reaction from the public: “As soon as I got it out of the door people were screaming ‘Obama! Obama!’” and he was surrounded by people wanting to take photos or get a closer look. Ben contacted the Guardian’s G2 with the amazing story – and journalists recreated the excitement yesterday with a life-size cut-out in Trafalgar Square.

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Sandy Wilson’s “The Boy Friend”


Don’t miss Mill Hill drama students performing the hugely popular 1920s musical “The Boy Friend”, produced in support of the Agape Theatre Company in Ethiopia. The production runs from 4th, 5th and 6th February in the Patrick Troughton Theatre – tickets are going fast so book now!

Sandy Wilson’s musical was written at a time when the United Kingdom was still recovering from the devastating effects of World War II and is set in the carefree world of the French Riviera in the Roaring 1920s, a similar period of peace and gradual recovery after the rigours of World War II.

The musical’s original 1954 London production ran for 2,078 performances, making it briefly the third-longest running musical in West End or Broadway history.

23 Jan 09 UPDATE: All dates are now sold out.

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Old Millhillian Plays on Radio 3

Robin Green

Those who remember Robin Green will be interested to know that he played live on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ on Jan 14th with violinist Gordan Nikolitch. Robin, who went on to study at the Royal College of Music after leaving Mill Hill, is also the founder of the London Amistad Orchestra, and he organised a benefit concert at the RCM to raise money for our Nicaragua partnership project.

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School Council Tackles Verbal Bullying Issues

James' Story

Mill Hill’s Anti-Bullying and Mentor Council have produced the second photo-story presentation in their excellent and thought-provoking series: this time it is “James’ Story” which addresses the issue of verbal bullying. Ben Alderton of the ABMC says: “The subject of physical bullying and how bullies pick up on people’s flaws intrigues me. You just wonder what goes through their minds when looking for their next victim.” The ABMC, which plans, writes, acts and photographs the presentations, is already working the next two topics – girls bullying using texts and racial bullying – and Ben says that they are looking forward to bringing these issues into the open.

Click here to see the new presentation, and also “Paul’s Story” which deals with cyber-bullying.

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Professor Hugh Montgomery

The next lecture in our series is Professor Hugh Montgomery’s compelling account of climbing to the summit of Mount Everest. Professor Montgomery, of UCL’s Centre for Cardiovascular Genetics, will describe his journey and explain how his medical background helped him understand how the human body copes in the world’s most hostile environments.

‘Survival’ is on Friday January 30th 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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1st XV Achieve Unbeaten Season

Tennis Player The 1st XV victory has rounded off an exceptional sporting year where we have seen notable successes in many other disciplines such as golf, hockey, tennis and even chess!
Jim Roberts Old Millhillian Jim Roberts (pictured here at Lansdowne Road as part of the British Lions team) was present to support the team on Saturday and witness this incredible achievement.

After a very close-fought match in atrociously wet conditions, the 1st XV emerged victorious over Merchant Taylors’ on Saturday, winning 11-0 (scoring one try (Hugo Watson) and two penalties (Ollie Bass)). As a result, and for the first time since 1950, the XV have enjoyed an unbeaten season, winning all of their fixtures except for one (an early-season draw against Stowe). They also retained the Middlesex County Championship. Thank you to all of those who braved the elements to support the XV and the many OMs and others who sent messages of support and good wishes (which, in the manner of the best man at a wedding, I read to the team at lunch before the match). I know that the captain, Sebastian Delamothe, and the side very much appreciated knowing that they were in the thoughts of supporters on at least four continents, including many of Mill Hill’s past sporting greats.

Mill Hill 1st XV

I hope that you all have a very happy, restful and relaxing Christmas.

With all best wishes,

Dr Dominic Luckett

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Mill Hill Golf Captain to Represent Britain

James Ellis

James Ellis capped a great calendar year with selection for The 2009 Swifts Golf Tour to the United Sates of America. He will join up with 7 team mates to represent a British Public Schools Team playing matches against schools and clubs along the Eastern Sea board over 20 days.This prestigious tour has been running for 20 years and James’ selection is recognition of the success he has had whilst playing and representing Mill Hill School and The Golf Academy.

The news was announced with great pride at the Centenary Dinner of The Old Millhillians Golf Society in The Long Room at Lords where James received their full support. James is now looking forward to representing Mill Hill on what will be an unforgettable tour!

Golf Masterclass 2 Day Event

In the first of a new series of Friends of Mill Hill School “First Class” events, we are delighted to invite keen golfers amongst our parents and Old Millhillians to join us for a two-day golfing break and masterclass at the exclusive Donnington Grove Golf and Country Club from Sunday 22nd- Monday 23rd March 2009.

The event will start on Sunday with brunch at 11.30 followed by 18 holes of golf on the club’s championship course. A private dinner at the Country Club will be the focus of Sunday evening. On Monday the day starts with a two-hour golf clinic with Mill Hill School’s Director of Golf, Dean Halford and DGG & CC Professional, Gareth Williams, followed by the opportunity to put all you have learned into practice with an 18 hole Golf Competition.

The cost for the two-day event is £279 per golfer, including accommodation in Donnington Grove’s elegant 18th century hotel. Only 12 places are available so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Click here for more information on the venue. For further details of the event and to book your place contact Karen Willetts on 020 8906 7865, or email

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“Virtual Chess” Victory

Michael Atherton and others Michael Atherton and others

The Mill Hill chess team beat North London Collegiate School by 4 boards to 2 on Tuesday, without ever meeting their opponents. The innovative encounter took place online using a site that has been specially developed for school chess, and which will enable Mill Hill to play schools from well beyond the North London and Hertfordshire area. The match was close and the result hinged around events on Board 3, when Siddharth Kohli made a late error which almost cost him the game, but won when his opponent’s clock ran out of time. Mill Hill was represented by Simon Bai, David Gilbey, Siddharth Kohli, Gavin Lerner, Demetrios Skinitis and Sam Taylor.

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It truly is an Extraordinary Life

Anita Wallfisch

Silence engulfed the Jubilee Hall in Belmont as Anita Lasker Wallfisch took her seat. Everybody was anxious to hear what she had to say. After all, she is the last surviving member of the women’s orchestra who played for the Nazis in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. Born on 17 July 1925 in German town of Breslau, Mrs Lasker Wallfisch grew up with her parents and two sisters. Only seven years old when Hitler came to power, she became increasingly aware of the rise of anti-Semitism around her. She had her first personal encounter with anti-Semiticism when she was just 8 years old. According to the Nazis, she was told ‘Jews didn’t belong to the master race’ and so they were deliberately forced to stand out, having been made to wear the now infamous yellow star on their clothing. Pretty soon, it all started spiralling out of control.

Mrs Lasker Wallfisch went through events that most people would deem inconceivable. At 16, her parents were deported and never seen again. A year later she attempted to escape to Paris but was caught and sent to prison convicted as a counterfeiter. However, above all, she was separated from her sister. In early December, the sisters were separated and Anita was sent to Auschwitz. She was on her own. Mouths literally dropped as Mrs Lasker Wallfisch recalled the ‘incessant noise of dogs barking, people screaming and the nauseating smell’. Hearts broke as she recited the number 69388; the number tattooed onto her arm in Auschwitz. What made this extraordinary story even more amazing was the fact that it was our speaker’s ability as a cellist that saved her life.

The Holocaust itself is one of the most difficult and horrendous chapters of history. Even though Anita Lasker Wallfisch is a victim of this, she still offered an objective viewpoint on the matter. She was adamant to illustrate that the Holocaust was a ‘total, global, ideological genocide’, systematically planned and perfectly executed. This is what set the Holocaust apart from every other genocide in history. She was clear that it was imperative for society to build bridges and strive for mutual understanding and respect. Her ability to appreciate this fact is truly admirable. Her memoir, Inherit the Truth 1939-1945, is a book I think many people will buy after this lecture and I think I speak on behalf of everybody there when I say that this lecture was exceptionally moving and inspirational.

Shanaya Parekh

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An Evening with Michael Atherton

Michael Atherton and others

“You can balance your education and your sporting activities” was the message delivered by ex-England Cricket Captain, Michael Atherton, on his recent visit to North West London. Over sixty guests, including pupils from Mill Hill School, Belmont and representatives from other local preparatory schools, attended and participated in this informal evening and thoroughly enjoyed hearing Mr Atherton answer their probing cricketing questions. This marks an exciting start to Mr Ian Hutchinson’s new role as Director of Cricket at Mill Hill.

Michael Atherton and others

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The Middlesex Cup …and Beyond!

Mill Hill’s 1st XV were crowned Middlesex Cup champions on Wednesday 19th, finishing the game against Latymer Upper School 48-6. Some outstanding play in the second half secured them the victory: moves were executed to perfection, the off loads going to hand – there was no stopping this side. The back row of Dan Richards, Sam Castle and Charlie O’Shea were at every breakdown either securung ball or turning it over. Stefan Novakovic scrummaged well and was effective in open play. The backs came good and centres Sam Rosenkranz and Hugo Watson delivered the goods with timely passes from Ollie Bass.

Rugby 1st XV team photo

Meanwhile, the girls’ 1st XI hockey side, who so recently won their own Middlesex Cup, put on a storming performance at the South Regional Hockey Finals played at Surbiton Hockey Club. The girls played six matches and won against Pangbourne College (2-1,) Portsmouth Girls School (2-0), and William Borlase (2-0), and drew with St Edwards (1-1). Captained by Jodie Moss, the team finished joint 2nd missing out on medals by just one goal. This is the highest placing a Mill Hill Girls’ Hockey team has ever reached.

Hockey 1st XI team photo

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