At the end of term, a group of 48 4th Formers and five members of staff embarked on the traditional History Department study tour of the Western Front battlefields. As usual, the group stayed in a pretty Flemish town called Diksmuide. The group visited sites in Diksmuide itself, Ypres and the battlefields of the Somme region. As always, the trip was approached not a sight-seeing trip but more as a serious period of study (the groups workbook can be accessed on www.millhillatwar.org.uk), with some ceremonial included as part of the experience. Each pupil was allocated an Old Millhillian character whose name appears on the Gate of Honour. Cemeteries and memorials relevant to the OMs were visited and the pupils placed simple crosses with photographs of their OM character attached.
Both Miss Ellerington and Miss Sutherland were able to visit the graves of members of their family who had fallen in the Great War. At Theipval the group conducted a simple ceremony to remember the 29 members of the School who had died on the Somme battlefields and Josh Kelvin and Max Chowdry placed a wreath on behalf of Mill Hill and the Call to Remembrance at the Menin Gate in Ypres.
The trip enabled Messrs Dickinson and McDonough to bid a fond farewell to Mr Parrish as he leaves the History Department to go on to pastures new in Sweden. All members of staff agreed that the group were a credit to the School, with much good work being done.
Selina Drake, Lauren Steele and Bhakti Shah were prize winners in the workbook competition, with Will Alton being highly commended for his efforts. Selina had this to say about the trip: “In the classroom, I was being told about the War and I didn’t really absorb the information. Now, after witnessing the evidence, the truth has sunk in. This experience has deeply affected me and I, along with many others will carry it with me forever.”
An extremely warm day on 22nd June was the setting for this year’s Sports Day, and 4th Form, Remove and Lower Sixth pupils competed in various sporting disciplines including tennis, hockey, swimming, rounders, football and athletics. The runaway winners were Weymouth with runners-up McClure and Atkinson, but congratulations should go to all competitors in very testing conditions.
Dame Angela Rumbold, Chair of the Court of Governors at Mill Hill School from 1995 to 2004, sadly passed away on Sunday 20 June 2010 aged 77. Dame Angela, a former education minister and vice-chairman of the Conservative Party, will be remembered as an outspoken Thatcherite who worked to secure more representation for women. She was MP for Mitcham and Morden in South London from 1982 to 1997 and was appointed CBE in 1981, advancing to DBE in 1992. She is survived by her husband, John, two sons and a daughter.
Jazz Night was an exceptional evening of fine music, company and cocktails! It was a mixture of old, new, borrowed and Blue and the students and staff came together to perform music from the Jazz era. The audience were treated to no less than 30 performances with notable inclusions from Sixth Form students Chad Vigano and Daniella Schindler, and old students Pippa Woodrow and Tom Wright. The night came to a close with a heartfelt speech thanking Richard Allain for the 15 years he has given to the School and wishing him the best for his new life in Norwich.
Once again, our young cricketers have not disappointed. Having quashed Highgate on their home turf in an exciting 20 over match on Monday 21 June, they have now reached the Final and will be playing West Thames on Thursday 24 June at Merchant Taylors School, at 12.30 pm start, in a 40 over per side match.
Mill Hill scored 132 for 9, with Adam Rossington getting 64 runs and Benedict Relf getting 22. Highgate were 97 all out with our key bowler, Nikhil Lalwani taking 4 wickets for just 11 runs.
Mill Hill School won by 35 runs.
Good luck for Thursday boys! Bring home the silverware!
Today saw the last day at School for our Sixth Form as they leave for study leave and their final exams. Following a reception for Sixth Form pupils and their parents and a service in Chapel, guests gathered on Top Terrace for a final few words and a release of white doves. Senior Monitor, Rosie Welch, said to the gathered crowd “These doves symbolise the peace and harmony we wish for all leavers gathered here today. These doves are special, from here they will fly home. Perhaps this is appropriate as this place, and indeed for many of us Belmont and Grimsdell, are part of who we are. A kind of second home that we will want to return to in the years to come.”
Each year, pupils from twelve of our feeder schools compete in the successful Mill Hill Junior Open Tennis Competition at Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn, and this year was our fifth annual event. We welcomed 60 pupils, who took part in a full day of tennis with both competition and fun coaching drills on a glorious summers day. The event is designed for Under 11s, Years 5 & 6.
The boys’ competition was won by the talented Andrew Rozanov from St Anthony’s School, while the girls’ competition was a Belmontian final won by Kiana Goharian with Olivia Gurney-Randall as runner-up. Children who didn’t make the knock-out stages were treated to a coaching clinic run by 17 year old professional British tennis player, Tara Moore, who also presented the trophies and prizes to our finalists.
After his success in the Middlesex Second Eleven, Adam Rossington has just been selected to play for the full Middlesex First Eleven at The Parks in Oxford, making his First Class debut on 25th May in this three day fixture. This is an amazing achievement. He is only the second Millhillian to play a First Class game and certainly the first schoolboy. His call-up follows Andrew Strauss’s selection to play for the England Test Squad against Bangladesh. Adam has recently been playing for the Middlesex Second Eleven and, over Easter, he played for them against Northants scoring an incredible 161 runs.
Two Mill Hill Sixth Form pupils have excelled in this year’s CICERO competition, for students of Latin and Classical subjects worldwide. The contest, now in its 4th year, is an exciting and intellectually challenging competition which was held in March across six European countries – UK (England and Scotland), France, Spain, Italy and Andorra – as well as Tunisia and Australia. The format involves setting up a ‘virtual classroom’ linking centres in participating countries so that the students can see and hear each other. Their task was to translate a passage from Latin and research their common heritage through the topic “Carthage, from Dido to Hannibal”.
The overall winner in the UK competition was Jonathan Bertulis-Fernandes, while Hugh Longley, who was last year’s runner-up, was Highly Commended in 4th position. Both boys finished ahead of very strong candidates from Bristol Grammar and George Watson’s College.
The School’s new “Information for Pupils” page – accessed via the home page button and the “Academic” dropdown – is home to the first of our series of Podcasts covering, in the first instance, the GCSE Modern History course. The idea for the Podcasts came about as result of a chat at the Remove parents’ evening in which a mother of one of our girls said to Deputy Head and History teacher Peter McDonough that it was a shame we couldn’t broadcast lessons as an aid to learning. Peter thought that this was a great idea and he set about recording the main topics using the School’s recording facilities, under the watchful eye of Director of Music Richard Allain. The first three podcasts cover the years 1919 to 1939. In the next two weeks further podcasts will be added dealing with Russia and British Social History before and during the Great War.
The new “Information for Pupils” page is designed to be a round-up of information that’s particularly relevant for current pupils, including examination timetables, quick links to news and careers information and of course the School VLE. Check back regularly!
Two strong teams played on Thursday 29th April in the annual School v OMGS match at Hendon Golf Club. As ever the game was keenly contested with the School eventually winning 2-1. All of the games went to the last hole which made for exciting viewing with two of the matches ending in a tie. The difference between the teams was Jerome Bostwick and William Cheng both from Ridgeway beating Anthony Ward and Jeremy Bohn after holing a monster putt on the final green. The highlight of the match was a hole in one by Bill Maunder-Taylor at the 17th Hole. It was Bill’s first after many years as a golfer. Well done Bill!
Chris Alexander/Adam Rossington Halved Elliot Hamilton/Dean Halford
Jerome Bostwick/William Cheng School won 1 up Anthony Ward/Jeremy Bohn
Elliott Gold/Timmy Rose Halved Bill Maunder-Taylor/John Hawkins
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Mill Hill School’s ECO Society has branched out on their latest ECO venture to create ‘The Gardening Club’ which has become a weekly school activity. At the back of School House in the Crick Garden we have installed three built up 1 metre (width) by 75cm (height) by 2 metre (length) beds where we are in the process of growing; strawberries, runner beans and various seasonal herbs, during this Summer term. The Gardening Club is a very popular fixture amongst the Lower and Upper school pupils with a significant number of them opting for gardening as one of their activity choices. Group leader and mentor is Hugo Watson (Atkinson, Upper Sixth) and with his great enthusiasm and knowledge about gardening, our crops will inevitably be ready for harvest in the coming months. The group meets every Saturday afternoon from 1.30pm to 2.30pm with pop-in maintenance sessions during the week.
On Thursday 29th April The Large was packed with an audience from Belmont and Mill Hill to hear Sixth Formers representing the 3 main political parties present their manifestos.
Having drawn from a hat to determine the order of the presentations, each party had 7 minutes to talk about key areas of policy. Education, Health, Immigration and Defence featured heavily in all three presentations.
Before starting proceedings, there was a show of hands to determine the voting intentions or party preference of the audience. The result of this vote can be seen here – a victory for the Conservatives, with Liberal Democrats close behind and Labour trailing in third place.
There was a second vote after the presentation and question time. As can be seen, there was a marked swing to the Liberal Democrats and a smaller move towards the Labour Party. Nevertheless, the Conservatives were yet again victorious.
If the Mill Hill vote was replicated in the General Election, this is what it would mean to the Country:
This was a stimulating and thought-provoking debate (many felt it was more exciting that the televised debates!). The quality of the presentation and research was exceptional and the questions from the floor were probing and well considered.
The event was chaired with great confidence by Luke Kon, the architect of the Hot Topics concept.
The party representatives were:
Harry Melling and Dan Sharman are currently in the news for roles on stage and screen.
Some of us will remember Harry Melling, currently gaining excellent reviews for his role in Middleton’s ‘Women Beware Women’ at the Olivier (National Theatre). Harry, grandson of another Old Millhillian, Patrick Troughton, was a cast member in the Harry Potter films.
Another Old Millhillian, Dan Sharman, is currently working on a new film with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke. Click here for more details. He plays the God of War. Apparently he has bulked up hugely for the role!
The first edition of Mill Hill’s new fortnightly e-newsletter was published on Friday 23rd April. Packed with news and events listings, the School Shout will be the regular place to catch up on sports scores, as well as previewing events for the following two weeks. If you are a current parent and would like to be included on the mailing list, please email us. We welcome your comments and suggestions too. Each edition will be available to read online after mailing - just click here for the link.
Updated 5.30pm Thursday 22 April
With the lifting of the ban on flights into and out of the United Kingdom and airports returning to normal service, can parents or guardians please contact the Housemaster or Housemistress as a matter of urgency to bring them up to date with their situation and advise when their child or children are likely to return to School. If pupils are about to sit public examinations, it is strongly recommended that they continue with structured revision whilst waiting to return to the United Kingdom.
With important examinations on the horizon, I would like to wish all those in the Fifth and Sixth Forms well as they embark upon the final stages of their courses. I hope that their revision went well over Easter and look forward to seeing them return as they prepare to confront the challenges ahead as they strive for the good grades of which each one of them is capable.
Dr Dominic Luckett
Miss Lesley Sharples, Director of Sixth Form & Head of Business Education, has recently published some Guidance Booklets for Higher Education that will be of use to both pupils and parents. Miss Sharples will be talking about these at her forthcoming parents’ evening on May 4th so these have been posted on the web site and she will refer to these on the evening.
Old Millhillian Sayyid Ahmed Said, currently reading Economics at Trinity College, represented Cambridge in the 2010 Varsity Match at Royal Porthcawl. Up against a very heavily favoured Oxford side, Cambridge fought hard and eventually lost by only a slight 9-6 margin.
Sayyid Ahmed Said, one of Mill Hill’s most successful golfers, was part of the winning team who beat Aldenham in the regional final of the ISGA National Schools Tournament this time last year. He also became Kenyan National Champion during his time at School.
This was the 121st Varsity Match (University Golf Match) – the first was played between Oxford and Cambridge on March 6, 1878. Players earning a spot in the Blues team have the honour of being invited to join the Oxford & Cambridge Golfing Society, and so will have a relationship that continues beyond the end of the match.