News Archive

Summer 2009

Essay Highly Commended

Max Chamberlin

Congratulations to Burton Bank’s Max Chamberlin, whose essay was selected as Highly Commended in the Young Economist of the Year Essay Competition. Max, who is studying AS Economics, was set the task of exploring the topic “Are economic recessions inevitable?” in less than 2000 words. The Essay Competition is open to AS and A2 students and attracts entries from all over the world, with almost 200 schools and colleges submitting a total of over 450 entries. The panel of judges reported that their task was made harder this year by the consistently strong standard of entries.

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Millhillienne Captains Welsh Hockey

Hockey match

Congratulations to Lucy Thayer, recently named as captain for Wales’ U18 hockey international team. Lucy, who regularly plays for Mill Hill’s 1st XI as well as club hockey for Southgate, will lead the squad in the Junior European Tournament which is scheduled for early July in Madrid. All the players were selected following a training camp in Gibraltar which ran over the May half term holiday. Lucy started playing at international level for Wales last year in the U16s, but after impressing the selectors she was moved up two years early to the Under-18 team, competing at the Home Nations Tournament and the UK Schools Games last summer.

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Boarders Football Competition

Football team

The annual Boarders’ Outdoor Football Competition was held last Friday on Gears. Undeterred by the disappointingly dull weather, staunch supporters from all three Houses attended to watch the eagerly awaited game. With BB, winners of last year’s match, determined to retain the trophy, tensions were running high!

The competition kicked off with an intense match between Ridgeway, captained by Ollie Cheng, and Burton Bank, led by Kevin Karikari; both veterans of the field. Despite plenty of opportunity to score, the teams were ultimately thwarted by strong defence on both sides and frustratingly the whistle was blown on a goalless draw. With adrenalin and nerves running high, Burton Bank then overpowered Collinson 7-0 in the second match; impressive goals were scored by Kevin Karikari, Philip Busse, Zuriel Ukachi-Lois and Mark Fikri, despite the best efforts of Jack Zadmehr – a name to watch for the future.

The final match was played between Ridgeway and Collinson; pressure was on as Ridgeway needed to score more than seven goals to win the competition. Six fantastic goals were scored by Max McGee, Mostafa Moradalizadeh, Oliver Cheng and Bryan Lam; what next? The crowd were going frantic and at the very last second of the game, Will Cheng powered the ball into the net, to notch up the elusive seventh goal. In a scene of almost unbearable tension, Ridgeway proceeded to take the match on penalties, with Mark Fikri and Yianni Fafalios admirably keeping their cool.

Ridgeway House therefore proudly took the trophy back to House; the stars of the match were Ollie Cheng, Will Cheng and Max McGee for Ridgeway, and Mark Fikri and Philip Busse for Burton Bank. Many thanks to Miss Farrant for organising the match, and to Mr Lawson for gamely agreeing to referee.

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Friends Events Preview

Friends fireworks

An exciting and varied programme of lectures, trips and events for 2009/10 has been organised under the Friends of Mill Hill banner. Highlights of our next Lecture Series include:

  • Dr Frank McDonough’s lecture “Sophie Scholl – the Real Story of the Woman who Defied Hitler” (Wednesday 23 September 2009).
  • Revd Ronald Lancaster and the story of the Kimbolton Fireworks – the only manufacturer of display fireworks in Great Britain (Tuesday 3 November 2009).
  • “The Chemistry of Pasta” – TV chef Gino D’Acampo’s inspiring story (Thursday 12 November 2009).
  • “Juggling Aphorisms and Mixing Metaphors” – James Geary juggles words, ideas, metaphors – and juggling balls (Thursday 21 January 2010).
  • Professor Peter Hennessy: “Watching Prime Ministers” (Thursday 4 February 2010).
  • Litvinenko – first-hand account by Dr Geoff Bellingan, who looked after the Russian exile after the polonium poisoning (Thursday 4 March 2010).

We are also organising a series of Back to School Events open to parents, alumni and staff – these include a tour of the Belgian Battlefields and a trip to one of the famous German Christmas markets.

There’s a series of special Friends events planned for the autumn term which include a Reunion for Old Millhillians who left before 1960 (Sat 26 September), and another of our ever-popular evenings at the London opera (Sat 10 October). We are also launching an exciting new inter-schools choral singing programme to run in the autumn term of 2009, with a series of workshops leading to a combined concert in December. The concert, which will raise money for teenage cancer charity Teens Unite, will feature a special guest appearance by the author and comedian Terry Jones. Additionally, all of the schools taking part will perform the Christmas cantata Manger Tom which will be accompanied by a live band and narrated by Terry Jones.

Full details will be posted as soon as they are confirmed – please contact us if you have questions about a particular event. Unfortunately we are currently unable to offer the online booking facility, but you can book tickets by phone from Karen Willetts on 020 8906 7865 or by email.

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Excellent Start for This Season’s Cricket

Cricket has been flourishing here at the School so far this year. The Senior Squad has been to La Manga at Easter in a pre-season tournament with four other Schools and Spain. I believe that this is the first time that the School has beaten an international side!

Pennant and sash presentation

The 1st XI, captained by Arjun Chopra in the absence of the injured Fred Daeche Marshall, has won the last five matches in a row including John Lyon, UCS, Latymer Upper, Harrow College and Incogniti. Adam Rossington has scored very heavily and has been the first pupil to score a hundred this year. The 2nd XI, captained by Michael Murad has also won their last three games.

The U14A’s are also performing really well and are the only side to be unbeaten. We have been lucky with the weather so far and we look forward to more exciting cricket here at the School with the U14 and 1st XI still in the Middlesex Cup competitions.

Pennant and sash presentation

PS: Steven Selwood (Old Millhillian) scored 143 for Middlesex Second Eleven last week. Congratulations to him.

Ian Hutchinson
Master in Charge of Cricket

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Pennant and Sash Presented to CCF

Pennant and sash presentation

A pennant and sash were presented to the Mill Hill CCF at their annual Dinner at the Tower of London, which was held this year on Monday 11th May. The pennant was donated by Sir Robert Balchin and the sash donated by the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who also presented the CCF with a pole and belt to enable the pennant to be used on parades and at our AGI. The Army section of the Mill Hill CCF is affiliated to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers who are based at the Tower of London, which allows us to use it as the venue for our annual dinner.

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Junior Tennis Open 2009

Last week Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn, hosted our Fourth annual Junior Tennis Open Competition for Under 11s. Over 65 pupils from 12 of our feeder schools battled it out on court having a really fun day of tennis. The morning consisted of a round robin format followed by a knock out competition in the afternoon with pupils competing on a variety of surfaces both indoors and outdoors. Once again local amateur George Coopland presented the trophies.

Junior Tennis Open pupils

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Examination Season Begins – A Message from The Headmaster

As the examination season begins, I would like to wish all of our candidates the very best of luck. I hope that the enormous amount of hard work that each of them has devoted to preparing and revising will be amply rewarded when the results are published in August.

Dr Dominic Luckett

Download the exam timetables here:

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Belmont School and Mill Hill School Parents’ Forum: PSHRE/Drugs Education

Around 200 pupils and parents from the final two years at Belmont (Years 7 and 8) and the first year at Mill Hill (4th Form) attended the event in The Large on Thursday 30th April. Head of Belmont, Mrs Lynn Duncan welcomed the audience and explained the importance both schools place on this area of their PSHRE programmes. Presentations included:

  • Pupils from all three year groups shared role plays, poems and facts and figures on what they learn in PSHRE;
  • Tanya Lisak from “Barnet IMPACT” talked about the realities confronting young people today and gave parents some useful pieces of advice;
  • Acting Detective Inspector Andy Welch (a parent of children at both schools and a School Governor) and Sergeant Marco Bardetti offered a hard-edged and contemporary police perspective on modern-day society.

After a Question and Answer session from suggestions by parents and pupils, the evening closed with some final remarks by Mill Hill School’s Headmaster, Dr Dominic Luckett about the continued commitment across the Mill Hill School Foundation to deal with this issue as sensitively and appropriately as we can and to keep our pupils well educated and informed about this area of modern life.

Drugs Forum

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Swine ’flu

You will all be aware of the current outbreak of swine ’flu in various countries, including the United Kingdom. Fortunately, no suspected cases have thus far been identified among any of the Foundation’s pupils or staff and we obviously hope that this continues to be the case. The Foundation has, for some time, had a contingency plan in place to allow us to deal with any pandemic outbreak and we are continuing to monitor closely the advice of the Health Protection Agency, Barnet Children’s Services and other bodies in order to ensure that this plan remains fully up to date in the event that its implementation should be required. A letter has been sent to parents and staff in order to ensure that they are aware of the situation and the actions to be taken in the event that they, or any member of their family, begin to show any of the symptoms associated with swine ’flu. Anyone in that position must not come into School but should seek medical advice from their GP or NHS Direct, whilst keeping the School fully informed. In addition, it is important that all children and adults within the Foundation Community adhere closely to the HPA’s advice with regard to personal hygiene, i.e.:

  • Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible.
  • Disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully.
  • Maintaining good basic hygiene, including washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to face or to other people.

Within each of the Foundation Schools, measures are being taken to ensure that appropriate regimes of cleaning are in place in order to minimize the threat of infection. Meanwhile, each of the three Schools remains open as normal. Each School’s website will be the primary means by which we will communicate further development to parents, so please do check regularly for updates. Should we need to communicate urgent information, this will be also be done by SMS messaging and email, so please ensure that the School Office has up to date contact details.

Dr Dominic Luckett,
Headmaster, Mill Hill School, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London, NW7 1QS

Letter from The Headmaster

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OM Selected for Ajax U18 Squad

Jamie Lawrence Jamie Lawrence

Jamie Lawrence (McClure 2008) has been selected to join legendary Dutch football club, Ajax, in their U18 squad for next season. The photos show Jamie in training – the blue (away strip) on Tuesday evening when his coach for the match was former Dutch International and Arsenal player Dennis Bergkamp, and the one in the red strip was taken in training the following day. On Monday, 27 April Jamie travels to Manchester as a member of the HFC Haarlem team to take on the Manchester United U16s. The match, at the Cliff Training Ground, kicks off at 6.00pm. Jamie, whose brother Tom is currently in the Upper Sixth, left Mill Hill to pursue his football career in Holland.

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New Grimsdell Website Launched

Grimsdell Website

The Foundation’s pre-preparatory school is proud to announce the launch of our new website, packed with information and photos about all aspects of school life. Did you know that Grimsdell has a school teddy called Toffee? Or that our 8-point “Grimsdell Way” is there to ensure that we are all part of a happy school community? Why not visit our online gallery featuring paintings and writing? And come and read the latest news about our visit to Gunnersbury Park where the children dressed up in costume to learn about life in a real Victorian kitchen! All this and more can be found here – come and visit!

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May 9th Open Morning

Mill Hill School

A warm welcome awaits prospective pupils and their families at our Foundation Open Morning on Saturday May 9th. 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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Great British Songbook

Mill Hill Golf Team

As part of the popular Radio 2 music series “The Great British Songbook”, Mill Hill’s Director of Music Richard Allain was commissioned to arrange Paul McCartney’s classic “Maybe I’m Amazed” for the broadcast on Easter Monday. Introduced by Simon Mayo and sung by Chantage (former Choir of the Year), the piece was recorded on Good Friday, and Mr Allain reported that “It’s been great fun doing it!” Listen again on BBC iplayer – recording available until 10pm on 20th April.

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Weymouth Centenary Reunion

This year sees the 100th anniversary of the forming of the original Weymouth House. To mark this occasion, the School is holding a reception on Sunday 26th April from 2.30pm on Top Terrace to which all past and present Weymouth pupils and their families are invited, together with tutors and Housemasters. This promises to be a most memorable event allowing you the opportunity to renew friendships, talk with teachers and visit old haunts as well as touring the School to view all the recent changes. An early evening soiree featuring music from current pupils and Old Millhillians will complete the day. For more information please email Karen Willetts.

Weymouth House 1964 archive photo

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Ten Mile Cup 2009

Ridgeway Winners Collinson Winners

The Gods were kind to the Ten/Five mile cup programme on Wednesday 18th – the sun shone with moderate temperature and there was very little wind, providing ideal conditions for the eagerly anticipated races.

Many House squads had been practising throughout the term in readiness for the event with the hope to write their House names into the record books, and so at 2.15pm we were set!

Trevor Chilton in his final (31st) year at Mill Hill honoured the proceedings as the official starter and duly started first the Ten and, 3 minutes later, the Five Mile cup races.

Early showings favoured the day houses, particularly Weymouth, but midway through the races it was becoming clear that the boarding houses’ strategy was to leave the ‘big guns’ until the end of the race.

Katie Ardrey (Collinson House) bettered her own record in a new time of 6 mins 33 seconds, and led Collinson House to victory in the Five Mile cup, with Weymouth an honourable second closely followed by the female geriatrics.

Spectators watching at the finishing line

In the boys’ race Weymouth led until the final stages where the knowledgeable pundits and spectators were eagerly awaiting the clash of the titans, Oliver Bass (Burton Bank) and Jack Perry Williams (Ridgeway). It was Jack who led off the final runners and an extra stopwatch was pushed to confirm the lap times. As the clock display showed 4 minutes and 45 seconds Jack appeared by the Headmaster’s study, and finally sprinted home to win with an individual time of 5 minutes 01.81 seconds – the second fastest time ever – giving team Ridgeway close to a two minute victory over team Burton Bank. Oliver sprinted home in 5 minutes 5 seconds to place Burton Bank second. Roll on 2010.

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Mill Hill Golf Team Through to National Finals

Mill Hill Golf Team

On Wednesday 11 March the Mill Hill golf team beat Aldenham 3-0 in the regional final of the ISGA National Schools Tournament at The Shire Golf Club. Sayyid Ahmed Said was on fire winning 7&6 at no.1. James Ellis came back to win a tight match 2&1 and Chris Alexander put the finishing touches on a great win for the team also winning 2&1. The boys all played well under pressure and can now look forward to the National Finals at St Andrews – The Home of Golf.


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Hot Topic debate: “Is Eugenics a pseudo-science?”

Hot Topic

The first session of the “Hot Topic“ debates got off to a flying start on Tuesday lunchtime, with a highly interesting and thought provoking debate entitled “Is Eugenics a pseudo-science?”. The selected Panel were made-up of Ray Butera, Luke Kon and Robert Yellon representing the student voice, and Mr Hughes, Mr Chilton and Mr McDonough lending their expertise on the subject.

“Hot Topic“ is an entirely student-led debate, created by “Question Time” fans Luke Kon and Ray Butera. The topic at hand is briefly introduced and explained by a mixture of students and teachers, then the floor is open to the audience for questions and views.

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Millhillian to Play for Barbican Youth Orchestra

Ben Glassberg

Ben Glassberg has just been offered a place playing timpani in the Barbican Youth Orchestra. This is a new orchestra run by Jessica Brennan (formerly head of BBC Young Musician) at the Barbican. Their first concert will include a performance of Sibelius’s 5th symphony conducted by Sir Colin Davis in June.

Ben said “This is so exciting for me. Sir Colin Davies is one of the best conductors in the world and Sibelius’s 5th is a fantastic piece. I cannot wait until June…”


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The Boyfriend

Here’s a selection of shots from the hugely successful recent performance of Sandy Wilson’s The Boyfriend – photographs by Mr Proudlock.

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