News Archive

Summer 2012

Cricket Success

Our 1st XI have just been crowned Middlesex Champions with an awesome team performance that saw us beat the previously undefeated team of St Benedicts, Ealing.

It was a great team effort, typified perhaps by Nick Schild who stood in at late notice as wicket keeper for Harry Symonds.

Having not started too well with several half chances not being taken, we managed to keep our nerve and with an inspired bowling change, Will Harley came on as the sixth bowler to turn the match on its head. In an extraordinary turn around we managed to take 7 wickets for 5 runs. At one stage they were 115-3 but their final score was all out for 120. Joseph Wray took 4 wickets and St Benedicts were all out in the 27th over having not used up their allotted 35 overs.

The team never fell behind the rate with Benedict Relf taking full responsibility for the team having made a very determined 46, but it was Oli Avent 35* who saw us home in triumphant style with 3 balls to spare.

This win comes off the back of their recent success against Merchant Taylors’. In this match, the opposition batted first and were soon in trouble from some very disciplined bowling from James Kilbourn and Joseph Wray. However when Jonathan Ellis came on to bowl, he totally destroyed their middle order taking 6 wickets for 9 runs in 5 overs.

Merchant Taylors’ were all out for 73.

Benedict Relf and William Harley quickly knocked the runs off leaving us with an impressive 9 wicket win.

This was their third win in the last 4 days – a great week for Mill Hill School cricket.

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Lions’ Lair Enterprise Event

  • Professionalism
  • Originality
  • Delivery of presentations
  • Flair
  • Evidence of having considered a viable business model

This was the criteria that the judges used to assess business ideas that were pitched during the Lions’ Lair enterprise event that took place on the evening of Tuesday 19th June.

The event was planned and hosted by this year’s Enterprise Education Group. After qualifying through a preliminary round, six teams of pupils pitched original business concepts to a panel of ‘Lions’’ for three minutes and then endured seven minutes of rigorous questioning. The panel of Lions was made up of Mr Antonio Motisi, Mr Theo Theodorou, Mr David Marshall and Mr Michael Berwin.

The event began with reception on a sunny Top Terrace and then moved to a very warm Patrick Troughton Theatre. It was clear that a tremendous amount of work had gone into the presentations and that all present were both interested and thoroughly entertained. The event included a raffle organised by Mr Bruce Fraser (Bursar) that raised money for Alford House and the Mill Hill School’s Microfinance Initiative. We also welcomed an impressive team from Mill Hill County High School.

There was a genuine debate amongst the Lions when deciding which of the teams should be declared the winners and runners-up. Eventually it was announced that the joint winners of the inaugural Lions’ Lair competition are Joshua Jackson (Ridgeway House, Fourth form) and the team of Adam Soning (Weymouth House, Remove) and Jake Beare (McClure House, Remove). Joshua’s idea, Wonderfoods UK, involved developing a range of premium food products suitable for sufferers of coeliac disease. Adam and Jake’s company, Magnetise, was based around an innovative stand for mobile phones and tablet computers. The winners have been offered a range of work experience opportunities and an exciting portfolio investment opportunity.

The first ever Lions’ Lair event found a superb balance between entertainment and education. All the pupils that entered have enhanced their understanding of business enterprise and start-ups. The finalists can draw confidence from pitching to experts in front of a packed audience. They will undoubtedly remember this experience for a very long time.

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South American Rugby Tour

This summer saw 26 of our most talented rugby players heading off to Chile and Argentina on a tour which enriched them with cultural diversity, stunning landscapes and, of course, a lesson or two on how to play the game of rugby.

Argentina, in particular, has proven itself a noteworthy opponent on the world rugby stage and such an opportunity offered the boys a chance to learn from their opponents, to gain more confidence with their rugby, improve their overall fitness and return home ready to start the autumn season with renewed enthusiasm.

Read more about the team’s activities online on their live blog.

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Mill Hill School Combined Cadet Force Annual General Inspection


The School’s Combined Cadet Force held its Annual General Inspection on Wednesday 25 April. 2012 is also a biennial review year where formal reports are written at each stage of the chain of command and finally presented to the Brigadier at London District.

The Reviewing Officer was Commander Simon Turnbull, RN, who was welcomed to the School by the contingent’s Commanding Officer, Major Dominic Luckett. The Newcastle Drill Competition was judged by Major Adam Guthrie and RQMS Halliday of the Scots Guards. Owing to the extremely wet weather prevailing on the day, the decision was made to move to a wet weather programme. The Sports Centre proved to be a highly practical and comfortable venue for the morning’s drill competition and parade, both of which provided impressive displays of the cadets’ skill, teamwork and commitment.

Standards in the Newcastle Competition were exceptionally high. As Officer Commanding the Scots Guards’ ceremonial company at Buckingham Palace, Major Guthrie is accustomed to drill of the very highest quality. He was, however, full of praise for the work of each of the teams, many of whom reached standards that would not have been out of place in regular units. In the end, the Newcastle Shield was won by the School House squad led by Drum Major Ashik Patel. Sergeant Phillip Poon, Cedars, was named best squad leader. In the first year for some time, all Mill Hill School houses were represented in the competition and there was also an impressive debut performance by the Mill Hill County High School squad.

The final parade was of an equally impressive standard. Both the victorious Newcastle squad and the Corps of Drums delivered accurate and thoroughly entertaining marching displays and the Corps of Drums ended their musical performance with a superbly crisp routine. Commander Turnbull was visibly impressed and warmly congratulated all the cadets upon their performance as he addressed the contingent at the end of the parade.

Afternoon activities were undertaken by the Army, Navy and RAF sections and included shooting, rope work, first aid, chart work, flight simulation, aircraft recognition and an exciting and mentally demanding teamwork exercise. The activities were mostly planned and conducted by cadets and all were delivered to a high standard.

Commander Turnbull’s inspection report was extremely complementary about the contingent and he was generous in his praise of the attitude and ability of the cadets, NCOs, permanent staff and officers. Such an excellent outcome would not have been possible without the support of those many parents and staff who helped ensure the delivery of such a high quality and rewarding event. We are extremely grateful to the cadets, staff and parents for their hard work and support, and to the inspection parties for their time, care and genuine interest in our contingent.

Major Anthony Norrington

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ISI Inspection

Following our ISI inspection in March, the report has now been received.

We are very pleased with the outcome of the inspection, with many aspects of the School’s life and provision deemed to be excellent. We felt that the inspectors, despite the constraints upon their time, really did manage to form a very accurate picture of our School. They commented favourably upon improvements in teaching and academic progress since the time of the last ISI Inspection in 2007 and judged the pupils’ personal and spiritual development, our pastoral systems, all aspects of boarding, and the School’s leadership and management to be excellent. All pupils have been congratulated upon the way in which they conducted themselves both in lessons and outside the classroom during the inspection period. The inspectors were warm in their praise of them and commented very favourably upon the behaviour and maturity of the pupils they met and observed.

Click here to view the Inspection Report on the ISI website.

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Millhillian Wins National Science Competition

Isabel Gilchrist

The British Science Association has named a pupil from Mill Hill as the winner of its National Science & Engineering Week online video competition Prove It!

Isabel Gilchrist’s entry into the Secondary School category was originally shortlisted by the public before being judged by a special panel of experts, including Professor Robert Winston, British-born astronaut Richard Garriott, TV scientist Dr James Logan and Dr Yan Wong, presenter of the BBC’s Bang Goes the Theory. The judging panel selected Isabel’s video ‘Are we really standing still?’ as their winner based on how accurate, imaginative and engaging her entry was.

The challenge was laid down as part of the British Science Association’s National Science & Engineering Week 2012, to show an aspect of how our world is in motion in a 30-second clip. The youngster’s winning video explains how the Earth orbits the sun, which moves around the galaxy in an ever-expanding universe.

Isabel (13) said: “When they told me I’d won I was really excited! When I think of all the people that entered the competition I am delighted that the judges chose mine as the winner!”

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