A dream result for this auspicious day would be to have mild sunny weather, no wind, teams with a desire to win, spectators keen to support their houses and the chance of breaking records. On Wednesday 17th March 2010 the dream turned into reality.
The event began with a one minutes silence followed by an extended applause to honour the life of Ms Susan Owen (Mill Hill Teacher of English for 18 years) who had tragically died the day before.
The official starters of the races are traditionally teachers who are leaving or retiring from the school after long service. This year the boy’s race was started by Miss Skoudy by the dropping of a silk handkerchief. The girl’s race was initiated by Mr Allain who made a loud musical note.
There was considerable anticipation throughout the event which was focussed upon Jack Perry-Williams (Ridgeway). Jack had narrowly missed the school record by one second in 2009 and there was not only a chance of him creating a new record but of being the first pupil in the history of the event to break the 5 minute barrier. Jack chose to run the final glory leg. Naomi Kendal (Weymouth) had also proved herself in training and was tipped to break the girl’s record.
So… Ridgeway were the winners of the 10 Mile cup for 2010 with an overall time of 1 hour, 1 minute 37 seconds.
The 5 Mile Cup was won by McClure House in a time of 40 minutes and 56 seconds.
The Mortimer Trophy was won by Jack Perry-Williams in a time of 4 minutes and 55.6 seconds and new record by 5 seconds and the first to break the barrier.
The Jeff Mark Cup for the fastest girl was won by Naomi Kendal in a time of 6 minutes and 27 seconds, the first girl to break the 6:30 barrier.
It was indeed a very special and memorable day which will be remembered by Millhillians for years to come.
Jonathan Bertulis-Fernandes, Upper Sixth pupil in Priestley House, was one of just 8 UK students to win a fully funded four week trip to Germany.
The German Scholarships Programme (Preisträgerprogramm) is a fantastic opportunity for all UK citizens, aged 16+, in their penultimate school year (Year 12 in England and Wales, S5 in Scotland, Year 13 in Northern Ireland). The programme is run by the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD) and administered in the UK by UK-German Connection. It provides a unique opportunity for pupils to get first-hand experience of German life and culture and improve their German language skills at the same time.
Candidates need to have studied German for at least two years and have achieved excellent results. They also need to have a good command of the spoken language and a good general knowledge about Germany, as well as very good social skills. Participants are expected to actively take part in all the programme activities.
After spending two weeks with his host family, Jonathan spent the rest of his time touring Germany and experiencing German life. Click here for details of this programme and to see Jonathan’s entries, click here.
The careers department hosted another very successful Careers Evening on 25th February.
Mr Gordon Collins an independent Careers Advisor addressed the lower sixth students and parents about career options and recruitment after university. He also highlighted the importance of extra curricular achievements and the need to attain grades that will open up opportunities in the future.
Many successful Old Millhillians and parents from the City then took centre stage at 8 Career seminars where they discussed their specific careers and knowledge of university, training and their own successes.
The evening was concluded with a Career and Gap Year Fair which saw 21 careers, represented with individual stands and professional delegates on hand to discuss options and experiences.
In advance of the forthcoming cricket tour to India, Mill Hill School were delighted to welcome Michael Vaughan on 3rd March to meet the squad and have an informal knock-about on the all-weather pitch.
Under the glare of the floodlights, each member of the squad took turns in bowling to England’s most successful cricket captain with the ultimate incentive of crying ‘owzat’ against such prestigious opposition. Ironic that just such a wicket was taken by one of our rising stars, Adam Rossington who caught Michael off a ball from Vatsal Kanoria.
The afternoon was rounded off by a small reception in the Sixth Form Common Room where members of the squad, captained by Benedict Relf, and their parents were able to talk to Michael and pose questions about his career and achievements.
The Mill Hill Anti-Bullying and Mentors’ Council (ABMC) led a range of activities and events for Anti-Bullying Week here in School, with all proceeds donated to the anti-bullying charity Kidscape.
To include every member of the School, the ABMC delivered three separate assemblies on the subject of bullying in general, and cyber-bullying in particular. Some of the pupils within the ABMC made and sold ‘Blue Cakes’ at morning break which raised well over £100 in less than an hour. The ABMC also organized an inter-House competition to create an anti-bullying based on a principal theme of ‘Blue Hands’. This allowed pupils to purchase and personalise a ‘Blue Hand’ for inclusion in their House’s display to symbolise their personal commitment to oppose bullying here at Mill Hill. The posters, which were displayed in the Octagon and The Large, were judged by Dr Luckett and Mrs Sanchez who awarded the Top Three:
1st – School House: A good design and, in particular, for excellent points of detail that were specific to the subject of cyber bullying.
2nd – Ridgeway: Awarded for sheer visual appeal and for the care that had gone into it.
3rd – Burton Bank: A very original and eye-catching poster that was a little different to many of the others.
Congratulations to Jack Perry-Williams who will represent Mill Hill at the English Schools Cross Country Championships. Jack, L6 Ridgeway, qualified to run for Middlesex in the intercounties competitions in January followed by success at the Middlesex Schools Championships in February where he was placed 4th overall out of 42 Under 19 boys, in a time of 20.43. This won him his place at the Championships – the 50th anniversary boys event – which will be held in Manchester on March 20th. Running in the English Schools Championships has long been one of Jack’s goals, so we are delighted that has achieved this success through perseverance and training.
Jack is no stranger to success, winning the National Junior 2000m Steeple Chase last year, and also excelling for the Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers in the Southern Championships at Parliament Hill in January this year. Jack also logged the second fastest time ever in the Ten Mile Cup with his 5 minutes 01.81 seconds run last year, giving Ridgeway the team victory.
After 150 performances and one masterclass, we had 34 entries put forward for this year’s final of the Farrow Music Competition. A packed-out Large enjoyed spectacular performances from our pupils under the watchful eye of guest adjudicator who was the internationally renowned saxophonist, composer and conductor, John Harle. For the second year running the Farrow Prize was won by Neda Oskooee – a fantastic achievement – and congratulations as well to Rose Miller who was the winner of the Helmore Vocal Prize.
Farrow Music Competition 2010 winners:
To round off the current Mill Hill Lecture Series, The Francis Crick Lecturer is Dr Geoff Bellingan who will visit on 4th March to give us a first-hand account of the last days of poisoned Russian exile, Alexander Litvinenko.
Lectures start at 6.30 pm (please note earlier time than previously advertised) but doors open at 6.00 pm and refreshments are available then. Book your tickets from Karen Willetts on 020 8906 7958 or by email.
Charles Jankel (Scrutton 1970) has been nominated for a BAFTA for Best Film Music Soundtrack ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’. Known professionally as Chaz, Jankel was the keyboard player and guitarist with Ian Dury and the Blockheads, and he and Dury co-wrote the band’s best-known songs during its commercial peak in the late 1970s. Jankel was responsible for much of the funk influences in the Blockheads music, and went on to pursue a successful solo career with several No.1s in the club charts. He returned to working with Ian Dury for his final two albums. Chaz Jankel has composer credits for many films, including D.O.A. and K2.
Millhillian Adam Rossington’s selection by the ECB for the England U18 squad has meant that three of our boys are now playing for their national sides. Adam joins Nikhil Lalwani who is part of the United Arab Emirates U17 squad and Miftah Ibrahim, a member of the Maldivian U17 team. Adam, who is currently in Year 12, and belongs to Cedars, will join the 2010 England U18 tour to Bangalore. The team will be in India from 12-28 February and will also be involved in a charity project while they are there. Adam, who is the only London-based member of the England squad, is Captain of the Mill Hill 1st XI and led the side to a run of 9 unbeaten games during the 2009 season. He has played for England U15, producing an avalanche of runs at an average of more than 100, and was 12th Man for the full Middlesex County Team at Lords in 2009.
The last two lectures of the season focus on Prime Ministers and the story of Alexander Litvinenko. On February 4th, we welcome Professor Peter Hennessy whose Queen Mary University Lecture is titled “Watching Prime Ministers”, and to round off the series, The Francis Crick Lecturer is Dr Geoff Bellingan who will visit on 4th March to give us a first-hand account of the last days of poisoned Russian exile, Alexander Litvinenko.
All lectures start at 6.30 pm (please note earlier time than previously advertised) but doors open at 6.00 pm and refreshments are available then. Book your tickets from Karen Willetts on 020 8906 7958 or by email.
The School fully intends to run all public examinations, even if the School has to be closed for normal lessons for day pupils. It will not be possible to re-schedule any examinations as the timetable already published by the examination boards has to be adhered to. Day pupils should consider what emergency arrangements they may be able to make in order to travel to school to sit their examinations in the event of further bad weather. For those pupils unable to sit an examination next week due to travel and weather difficulties, the School may be able to submit a request for Special Consideration and most exams (other than legacy A2 examinations) can be sat in May/June instead. However, candidates should sit their January examinations if it is at all possible for them to do so.