News Archive

Spring 2012

Indian Cricket Tour

Over the Easter holidays a group of twenty pupils and three staff members ventured to the Golden Triangle in India for a pre-season tour like no other. Weather conditions varied significantly from our usual pre-season!

The boys played seven matches and performed well, winning two over the course of the tour. They also had the opportunity to learn a lot of new skills (both on and off the pitch), which we look forward to seeing this season.

As well as the cricket, the boys also had the chance to experience the vibrancy of the country, with visits to many of the major sights including the Taj Mahal. They even rode on an elephant!

The trip was a great success. Everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and we’re looking forward to the coming season.

Group photo

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Chapel Choir York Tour


Whilst the rest of the school took their seats in the Large for the final assemblies of term, the Mill Hill Foundation Chapel Choir were taking to the motorways for what promised to be an exciting tour of York and its surrounding areas. Having made the trip in record time, thanks to bus driver Jamie, we settled in at the Premier Inn and prepared ourselves for four intense days of choral music.

Over the first two days, we sung two evensong services, at Holy Trinity Church, Micklegate and Beverly Minister (followed, of course, by a fish, chips and gravy supper) and performed a recital in the North Trancept of the magnificent York Minster. The following day saw a visit to the astonishing town of Saltaire, named after Sir Titus Salt, an infamous philanthropist who sent all five of his children to Mill Hill.

We performed a varied programme of our favourite repertoire in the United Reform Church (designed by Sir Titus) and had the privilege of meeting a number of OMs at a reception afterwards. It was a unique experience for us all, and fantastic to be able to instigate a link with somewhere so closely related to school.

As if all that wasn’t enough, we also performed Byrd’s legendary 4-part mass at Eucharist on the Sunday morning (no mean feat, by any standards!), experienced the hilarity and terrors of a York ghost walk and even had coffee in the world-famous Bettys tea rooms. An extraordinary few days for our first tour and thanks must be paid to the vision and hard work of Mr Kyle and Miss Sutherland, but also to the other members of staff on the trip: Mr Kemp, Mr Williams, Mrs Kyle and Jamie, the greatest bus driver in the world.

Ben Glassberg, Upper Sixth

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London Youth Symphony Orchestra

Ben Glassberg

Following the successful ‘LYSO at The Large’ event in June 2011, the London Youth Symphony Orchestra return to Mill Hill to give their own unique rendition of the ‘Last Night at the Proms’. Conducted by Sixth Form pupil Ben Glassberg (pictured), this wonderful and talented orchestra will perform a variety of music including film favourites and the real Best of British.

The concert will take place in The Large at Mill Hill School on Monday 12th March 2012 from 7:30pm. During the course of the evening, refreshments will be available to purchase from the Charity Café.

Proceeds from ticket sales and the Charity Café are in support of two charities; Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Society. We will also be offering the opportunity to support these two organisations by making separate donations through our ‘Pledge System’.

Tickets are still available (Adults £10, Child (5-16) £5 and under 5s free) so please email Karen Willetts direct at, telephone 0208 906 7865.

Tickets can be paid for either by cash or cheque or parents can have the cost added to their School bill. It will also be possible to pay for any reserved tickets on the night, but any tickets that are requested but not collected/paid for on the night will be charged or added to School bills. Please confirm method of payment at time of booking.

Please remember to bring your tickets on the evening to gain admission.

Once again, we do hope that you will be able to join us for this event, which promises to be a night to remember and will hopefully raise significant funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Society.

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Netball Successes

After a somewhat shaky first half of the season, the 1st team girls were determined to redeem themselves and began with a convincing win over Queen Elizabeth School of 24-0, followed by a comfortable victory over St Edmunds of 17-6.

Netball team

On the 1st March, a depleted 1st VII went away to City of London Girls School, (many of the Lower Sixth were unable to attend due to mocks), so the team had to be rearranged to amend some gaps. Luckily with Priya Visavadia and Sarah Peters’ accurate shooting, the team was able to bring the ball skillfully into the circle and secure many goals including the final one to ensure a 17-16 victory. Special mentions must go to Lauren Abrahams and Nicole Harvey who worked hard in the attacking third and Georgia Green, Heloise Brittain and Sarah Tingle in defence.

Netball team

The most recent success was last weekend at Kimbolton where the girls were back to full strength, and despite having lost to this team last year were determined to give it their all. You could see a real hunger and drive in the girls that really helped to ensure that marking was tight and shooting was precise. Tali Webster and Georgia Green worked endlessly in the defensive circle and often made some exceptional interceptions. Nicole Harvey played extremely well, orchestrating the game and ended up being awarded player of the match. Yet another close game ending with 19-18 victory.

To add to this list of victories, the girls had yet another win over Haileybury on 8th March, a very close game which resulted in Mill Hill winning by 1 goal.

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Middlesex Cross Country Championships

Naomi Kendal

A superb run by Naomi Kendal L6 (Weymouth) at the recent Cross Country Championships at Harrow School meant she finished an impressive 5th in the U20 race and guaranteed herself a place at the English Schools Cross Country Championships in 3 weeks time.

There were also promising finishes from Gaby Grant (34th in U17 race) and Marcus Godfrey (41st in U17 race) who are at the lower end of their age groups.

A big well done goes to Gaby Kleimberg who finished 17th in U20 race, as well as Ella Duthie and Emily Atkinson who came 60th and 63rd respectively in the U17 race.

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Tony Fitzjohn OBE Lecture

Born Wild

On 15th March Old Millhillian Tony Fitzjohn OBE, Field Director, George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust shall be returning to the UK from Tanzania to deliver the first Peter Collinson Conservation Lecture.

The lecture, titled ‘Born Wild: The extraordinary story of one man’s passion for lions and Africa’ will focus on the work he has accomplished with the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust. His only ambition in life was to end up working with animals and through his partnership with George Adamson he has been able to make that dream a reality.

Over the last forty years he has established the first successful Rhinoceros sanctuary in Tanzania, gained National Park status for two game reserves and led ground-breaking veterinary research into disease in endangered species. Tony’s book ‘Born Wild’ which documents his inspiring life was released last year.

Lectures start at 6:30pm (doors open 6:00pm), in The Large. All our lectures are free of charge – click here to view details of the upcoming series or to book tickets through our online booking system, click here.

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Celebrating Science

Francis Crick

Old Millhillian Francis Crick (Ridgeway, 1930-34) was a British molecular biologist, physicist, and neuroscientist. He was one of the co-discoverers of the structure of the DNA molecule in 1953, following which he, James D. Watson and Maurice Wilkins were jointly awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the award of Crick’s Nobel Prize, we will be holding a series of events to celebrate the School’s greatest scientist.

“My whole scientific career was grounded in the excellent science teaching I had while at Mill Hill.” Francis Crick, taken from the biography,
Francis Crick: Hunter of Life’s Secrets by Robert Olby

Coming up in the Spring Term are the two remaining Francis Crick Lectures, which will be delivered by Lord Kakkar, Professor of Surgical Sciences at University College, London (Thursday 26th January, 6:30pm, Patrick Troughton Theatre) and Professor John Deanfield, Professor of Cardiology and Head of Cardiovascular Prevention, University College, London (Wednesday 8th February, 6:30pm, Patrick Troughton Theatre). Later in the year we will be presenting a series of lectures under the banner ‘Breakthroughs’ which will not only include medical and scientific advances, but revolutionary landmarks in sport, engineering and design.

The lectures are not the only science-related events taking place this year:

  • This week’s ‘Star Gazing Live’ event has meant that our new state-of-the-art telescope has been used extensively by Mill Hill pupils to get a closer, more detailed look at celestial bodies.
  • In February, the Physics Department will be taking a group of Upper School pupils to tour the CERN laboratory on the French/Swiss border. 2012 marks the centenary of the invention of the cloud chamber particle detector by C.T.R. Wilson, which is a direct ancestor to Atlas and CMS, the vast detectors used at CERN.
  • National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW) runs from 9th-18th March and throughout this week we will be running various activities with Grimsdell, Belmont and Mill Hill pupils. The theme this year is ‘Our World in Motion’.
“Francis Crick was a superb British scientist. He embodied the qualities of collaboration, creativity and tenacity we would like to instil within the culture of the institute to be named for him. Francis Crick led a revolution in biology and medicine, was noted for his intelligence, openness to new ideas, for switching disciplines from physics to biology.” Paul Nurse, Director and Chief Executive of The Crick Institute
(formerly UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation)

Mindful of the School’s great scientific heritage and of the importance of science education today, in 2009 the Headmaster defined as a priority the refurbishment and upgrading of our science facilities. As a result, plans were created for the complete refurbishment of the interior on a laboratory by laboratory basis. Work started in summer 2010 and continued in summer 2011 thanks, in large part, to generous gifts to the Foundation Appeal. The refurbishment of the Physics Department is now complete, and this work has made a real difference to those who teach and learn there. In Summer 2011 the exterior of the science building was redecorated and this year we will be pressing ahead with the first phase of the Biology Department refurbishment. Once this is complete, the Chemistry Department will be upgraded to the same high standard. The Foundation Appeal has supported the Foundation’s commitment to science teaching, not only raising the money to pay for the extensive works at the Senior School, but also with projects such as the Poon Nature Reserve at Belmont and the Science Garden at Grimsdell. To see the impact of the Foundation Appeal in these areas and to learn more about the Appeal and its strategy to help Mill Hill, Belmont and Grimsdell, please watch our new video.

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13+ and 14+ Entrance Examinations

Favell Building

Saturday 14th January 2012

Here are the arrangements for candidates coming to Mill Hill School on Saturday 14th January for the 13+ and 14+ Entrance Examinations. Candidates should arrive at the Main Entrance to the School by 8.45am, but not before 8.30am. Please note that there is very limited parking at the Main Entrance and it may be necessary to park in adjacent roads. Candidates will be taken from the Main Entrance to the examination room and will be returned to the Main Entrance at the end of the examinations, for collection by their parents. When parents arrive with their children, they will be asked to confirm what arrangements they have made for the collection of their children – i.e. whether they will be collecting them in person, whether the child will be making his or her own way home, or whether the child will be taken home by another family.

Timetable: please note that the order of the examinations may change.

09.00 - 10.00Mathematics
10.15 - 11.45English
12.00 - 12.45Break
12.45 - 13.45Science
14.00 - 15.00French

The examinations are expected to end at around 3.30pm.

The examination for Latin (for those opting to sit it) will take place on Monday 16th January from 9.00 to 10.00am. Candidates should arrive at the School no later than 8.45am.

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