News Archive

Summer 2011

Golf Academy Launched

Dean Halford and Iain Carter Dean Halford and Iain Carter

The London Golf Academy at Mill Hill School was formally launched on Wednesday 8 June. A fully interactive evening took place in The Large where guests had the opportunity to enjoy a refreshment and try their skills on our new Optishot golf simulator. We were then treated to an interesting and informative insight into the world of sports media by BBC golf correspondent, Iain Carter.

Website unveiled by Director of Golf, Dean Halford Website unveiled by Director of Golf, Dean Halford

Iain gave the audience many anecdotes and stories, not only about golf but the other sports that he covers, and spent a considerable amount of time answering the many questions the audience had.

The website was unveiled by our Director of Golf, Dean Halford and the evening concluded with a short tour of the outdoor short game facility for those who braved the rain!

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Mill Hill Junior Tennis Open

Now in our sixth year, the successful Mill Hill Junior Open Tennis Competition invites pupils from twelve of our feeder schools to compete at Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn This year we were particularly delighted to welcome Lochinver School, the first time they have competed in the event.

Designed for Under 11s, Years 5 & 6, the tournament attracted more than 50 pupils who enjoyed a full day of tennis including both competition and fun coaching drills. Luckily the weather was kind to us.

Winners – Andrew Rozanov and Olivia Gurney-Randall Winners – Andrew Rozanov and Olivia Gurney-Randall

The boys’ competition was won for the second year in a row by the talented Andrew Rozanov (St Anthony’s). He had to overcome his younger brother, Leo, in a tense Quarter Final match but he played convincing tennis to win 4-1. He then beat Sam Oliver (Edge Grove) in the Semi Final before outplaying UCS pupil Alex Zuckerman 4-0 in the final.

The girls’ competition was once again an all-Belmontian final between Olivia Gurney-Randall (last years’ losing finalist) and Caitlin Barr. Olivia out-rallied her opponent with some steady but powerful ground strokes, eventually winning 4-1.

To add to the excitement of the day, the girls also played a mini doubles competition which again was won by a Belmontian pair, Olivia Gurney-Randall and Ella Harvey. A coaching clinic for the boys and girls who did not reach the knock-out stages was also run in the afternoon. Trophies and prizes to all the finalists were presented at the end of the day.

In the past, UK ranked player Tara Moore and British Davis Cup players Arvin Parmar and Jamie Delgado have all supported this event.

For further information on the event please contact sarah@millhill.org.uk.

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Mill Hill’s Indian Summer

Saturday 18th June will see two fantastic talents in NW7; comedian come chef, Hardeep Singh Kohli, and Brighton band, Two Spot Gobi.

Hardeep Singh Kohli will entertain us with his latest show ‘The Nearly Naked Chef’ where he combines comedy with inventive cooking. Two Spot Gobi will be performing hits from their current album ‘The Sun will Rise”.

Complimented by food and drink, this evening promises to be something very special so please download the attached form, complete and return to Mill Hill School’s office as soon as possible to secure your place.

Saturday 18th June
4.00pm prompt to 7.00pm
The Large and Top Terrace

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Important Announcement about Saturday School and Weekly Boarding

Important Announcement about Saturday School and Weekly Boarding

It was announced 26th May by Professor Michael Proctor, Chairman of the Court of Governors, that, from September 2012, lessons will no longer be timetabled on a Saturday morning at Mill Hill. At the same time, Professor Proctor has announced the formal introduction of weekly boarding at Mill Hill, also from September 2012.

Commenting on the announcement, the Headmaster, Dr Dominic Luckett, said “I am delighted that the Court of Governors has given its unanimous approval to these changes. They herald an exciting new chapter in the School’s long and distinguished history and present us with a superb opportunity to build upon the many great things that the School, its staff and pupils have achieved in recent years”.

Click here for the text of the Chairman’s letter announcing the changes and here for a Question and Answer sheet providing further detail.

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OM’s Gift for President Obama

Barack Obama

A Fine Art Print of Old Millhillian Ben Kustow’s painting of Barack Obama has been accepted as a gift during the US President’s State visit to the UK.

Ben wrote to her Majesty the Queen asking permission to present President Obama with the print during the visit and he received a very warm reply with a contact name at the Embassy. The Embassy replied by return post accepting the gift for the President, which Ben delivered to Grosvenor Square on the first day of the visit.

Ben is overjoyed with this reaction. For the original 5-feet tall oil on canvas painting, which was created while studying at Central St Martins, Ben said he was attracted by Obama’s face, the openess, the honesty, the direct look. He painted the President in blue “because I saw it as a blueprint of something big that was about to happen”. The original was exhibited in a London gallery, after which we purchased a framed print to display at the School.

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Valedictory Service 2011

Doves being released

On Wednesday 25 May the School bid a final farewell to the current Upper Sixth, many of whom attended the Foundation since they were at Grimsdell.

The celebrations began at 10:00am with a reception in the Dining Hall where pupils, parents and guardians alike thoroughly enjoyed the special electronic display of leavers’ portraits commissioned as part of the Leavers’ Yearbook. The vast majority of the photographs were taken by fellow pupils who followed a brief of creating a collection of artistic character portraits.

This was followed by a formal celebration in the Chapel during which the names of all Upper Sixth leavers were read aloud by their Housemaster or Housemistress.

6th form pupils

The event culminated with the planting of a commemorative Bird Cherry Tree, kindly donated by parents Mr and Mrs Webster, and will then release a group of doves from Top Terrace as a symbol of the year group moving on beyond Mill Hill to the next phase in their lives.

The School bids a fond farewell to this year’s Upper Sixth pupils and wishes them success, health and happiness for the future.

Tree planting ceremony

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Mill Hill Wins Eco Schools Green Flag

Sunflower growing competition

Mill Hillís Green Fortnight ran from 9th May to the 20th May and included a wide range of projects, activities and initiatives to encourage pupils to ‘Go Green’. The main event of the fortnight was the visit by the Eco Schools assessor, Edel Riding, to judge whether Mill Hill should be awarded the Eco Schools Green Flag Status – the top award from this nationally recognised organisation and we are very proud to report that we did it!

Four Upper 6th Form pupils, Sebastian Balcombe, Emily Maister, Georgie Wickman and Joanna Mapondera deserve all the credit for our success; they wrote and submitted the Green Flag application in February and since then have guided Eco Society members through the many steps required to achieve success. Everyone pulled together to ensure that our eco credentials are strong, clear for everyone to see and, above all, sustainable. As a result of their work we have a revamped Eco code, a vibrant noticeboard and many green projects going on in the school to ensure that ‘Going Green’ is easy and fun to do.

In addition to the assessment visit, Green Fortnight saw environmental work going on in science, music and geography, pupils taking part in a debate on the merits of nuclear power, 4th Form pupils going over to Belmont and Grimsdell to support the younger children in their own Green Week activities, several pupils involving themselves in activities relating to walk to school week and a group of 4th Form boys delivering an Eco challenge lecture to Belmont pupils. Two inter-house competitions, to seek new ways to promote walking to school and to produce a sculpture out of recycled materials, also proved popular and formed the centrepiece of an Eco display in the Octagon.

Walk to School is green

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CCF AGI 2011

The Parade

Presentation

Despite cloudy conditions, the rain held off for another year during our Annual General Inspection. Lieutenant Colonel John Powell from Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment conducted the inspection of over 170 CCF cadets, taking time to talk to many of the pupils and staff involved.

The event culminated in the winning Newcastle display by Priestley House and a demonstration by the Corps of Drums. Even a local Spitfire aircraft joined the event in a most timely fashion!

2011 sees the Centenary of the CCF and a commemorative dinner is being held in June to celebrate the occasion.

Lieutenant Colonel John Powell

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Grimsdell Eco Project

Eco Project

Planning for the exciting Grimsdell Eco Project began in late November last year, with about 50 Lower Sixth students coming together to begin organising lessons to teach all the classes from Reception to Year 2.

The Eco project was set up to teach the generation who will be saving the planet, how to do so, one step at a time. Reception and Year 1 were taught about recycling and how to sort litter into categories, learning the three famous Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Year 2 concentrated on electricity; where it came from, how to reduce it (involving more than turning off Sponge-Bob Square Pants when it was over) and the different ways on how to generate it, learning of the environmentally-friendly renewable resources and the hostile non-renewable ones.

Group photo

Prize giving

The activities used to engage the children included word searches, white board activities, poster making, making objects out of reused items and many more. In addition, a writing competition was held amongst Year 1 and 2 for the best article on how to save electricity or water. The winners had their articles published in the Grimsdell newsletter and were awarded some great Eco prizes for their efforts.

To finish off the programme a little prize ceremony was held in March, awarding each class an Eco present for their hard work. Overall, the project was a great success and gave the Grimsdellians an excellent introduction on how to help protect our Planet from further harm.

Charlotte Dickson: Year 12, Weymouth

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