News Archive

Spring 2013

Fives Success

At the National School’s Championship at Shrewsbury in March the School’s 1st pair of Alex Holmes (Priestley) and Henry Goode (Cedars) got though their group matches with ease but then came up against a strong 1st pair from St Olaves. However they went on to win the Senior Plate competition.

Steve Plummer

An U14 1st pair consisting of Harry Rapley (Atkinson) and Charlie Plummer (Belmont) reached the last 16 having cruised through the group stages and beaten a Highgate pair in the next round. They eventually lost to a physically strong 1st pair from Rydal Penrhos. The U14 3rd pair consisting of Benedict Balcombe (Priestley) and Dita Jaja (Belmont) won the U14 Plate competition.

Priestley Housemaster, Steve Plummer (pictured), was recently voted “Coach of the Year” by the Eton Fives community and the Old Millhillians were voted “Team of the Year”. Well done to all concerned.

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‘Strictly Mill Hill’ Report

On 16th March, the three Foundation Schools joined forces for a charity dance competition ‘Strictly Mill Hill’ to raise funds for Wednesday’s Child (Grimsdell), Fair Play Barnet project (Belmont) and The Newman Holiday Trust (Mill Hill).

Grimsdell performance ay Strictly

The event was watched by an audience of over 450. Sixteen staff and parent competitors danced with their professional coaches in front of an expert panel.

The winners on the night were Mrs Bradley dancing the Rumba and audience choice was Mrs Falconer dancing the jive.

It was a memorable evening with significant amounts raised for the three charities.

Audience winner Mrs Falconer with expert panel

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Grimsdell Teaching Project 2013

Pupils in the Lower Sixth were given the opportunity to help retain the Eco Schools’ Green Flag Award this year by contributing to the Grimsdell teaching project.

This is the seventh year that this initiative has run and we were very excited to be taking part. Between November and January, small groups of three or four Lower Sixth Form pupils grasped the challenge of planning lessons on Energy which they delivered to Reception, Year one and Year two children in February.

Our aim was to teach the pupils about the importance of renewable energy sources as well as how everyone can save energy. We did this innovatively by developing fun activities, such as building mini wind turbines out of paper to show how real wind turbines give energy or designing stickers to place above light switches to remind their families to save energy. The lessons lasted 30 minutes with each session filled with new and interesting activities; what was most gratifying was that both the Mill Hill pupils learnt just as much as the Grimsdell pupils did! We delivered two lessons to the same class so we got to know the pupils very well, which was great.

After both lessons have been given, Sophie Park, Yasmin Powe and Molly Duncan led an assembly for Grimsdell pupils to present certificates for everyone who took part and Eco prizes to each of the classes we taught. Overall after teaching about sustainable energy to the pupils of Grimsdell, we’ve enjoyed the experience and hope to do it again soon.

Ploy Ong (School House – Lower Sixth)

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Sporting News

Alex Conn & Sophia Dunkley

We are delighted to report that Sophia Dunkley has been included in the Middlesex County Cricket squads at U15, U19 and Senior Women’s levels. Sophia is also part of the England U15 development programme. These are all significant achievements and we wish her well in the coming season.

Lauren Abrahams, Alex Conn and Georgia Green have been selected to represent Great Britain in the forthcoming Maccabiah Games in Israel.

Sadly, an injury means that it is unlikely that Georgia will compete. However, we wish Lauren well in the netball competition and Alex every success as part of Great Britain’s rugby team.

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Benedict Kearns

Benedict Kearns (Weymouth House) has recently gained his LRSM in piano. Performing music by Bach, Haydn and Messiaen, he was delighted to learn that he passed his diploma with distinction. Benedict also won the Farrow cup at the Farrow Singing Competition performing music by Mozart and Herbert Howells. Benedict is planning on reading music at Kings College Cambridge where he will also audition to become a choral scholar. We are delighted to see Benedict following in the footsteps of Ben Glassberg (McClure House 2008-2012) who is likewise reading music at Cambridge University.

Recently heard on BBC 3 singing the solo in the Choral Evensong broadcast for Ash Wednesday performed by the choir of St John’s College Cambridge was Michael Tuft. Michael is an accomplished singer, pianist and trombonist and has been awarded the Helmore Music Scholarship.

The Helmore Music Scholarships are named in honour of the Helmore Brothers who were pupils at Mill Hill in the Victorian Era. The brothers were gifted musicians. The eldest brother, Thomas, was the Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal and Frederick was Choirmaster to the Prince Consort.

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Cross-Foundation Quiz Night


Saturday 18th May 2013, 7:00pm
The Large, Mill Hill School

Ready to challenge the teachers again?

The first Quiz Night in 2012 raised £4,000, a fantastic result. Tables are now waiting to be filled for another exciting and enjoyable event. The evening will include a raffle and an auction and once again we hope to be joined by a celebrity quizmaster.

Tickets cost £25 each (includes buffet dinner, soft drinks and cheeseboard) or £225 for a table of 10. There will be a cash bar for wine and bottled beer.

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‘Strictly’ Mill Hill

Saturday 16th March 2013, 7:00pm
Mill Hill School Sports Hall

The three Foundation Schools are joining forces for a charity dance competition ‘Strictly Mill Hill’ to raise funds for Wednesday’s Child (Grimsdell), Fair Play Barnet project (Belmont) and The Newman Holiday Trust (Mill Hill).

This event will take place on Saturday 16th March and will include a dance competition ‘Strictly’ style together with dance and musical performances from pupils at Grimsdell, Belmont and Mill Hill.

Following an extremely tense and emotional ‘dance off’, the final sixteen competitors have now been chosen by professional judges and representing the staff of Mill Hill and Belmont will be Mr Morton, Miss Bignell, Mrs Bradley, Mrs Logan, Mrs Willetts (all Mill Hill) and Mrs Falconer (Belmont). Competing alongside the staff will be ten of our intrepid parents.

This promises to be a closely fought competition with no holds barred! Tickets can now be purchased through forms available in all three Schools’ offices or you can download one from this website.

Tickets are now sold out. All those attending must to bring their tickets to gain entry. No ticket, no admission!

Not able to join us? You can still support the evening by placing an advert in the programme or by donate a raffle prize. Please contact Jane Hind at Mill Hill School for further details.

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1st XV Play First Match at New Saracens Stadium – Allianz Park

Mill Hill School were lucky enough to play the first competitive match against Watford Grammar School at the new Saracens stadium – Allianz Park – on Saturday 19th January and, in the process create a little bit of history.

The test event, which was attended by supporters from both schools along with Saracens chairman and Old Millhillian, Nigel Wray, who saw the two schools clash at the unique community sports hub.

While other pitches and grounds around the country struggled to play matches in the ice and snow, the artificial turf pitch at Allianz Park offered a fantastic playing surface for the two schools.

It was an extremely closely fought match with both sides looking close to scoring in the first half. Watford finally crossed the line in the second half, but Mill Hill leveled late in the game with fly half and 1st XV captain, Oli Avent breaking through the Watford defence for the touch-down. He converted his own try to make it 7-7. Watford Grammar did manage to squeeze in a last minute try which was converted, winning 14-7.

It was a great occasion that was enjoyed by all and I’m sure will never be forgotten by all those that played.

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Pre-Season Netball Training

The Senior Girls had a promising start to the term with a pre-season Netball Training Session lead by England player Lindsay Keable. The squad of talented and enthusiastic girls were treated to a number of dynamic and skilful drills, some of which Lindsay has learnt whilst playing for England. Lindsay was selected to play for England at the age of 17 and was then selected for England Under 21 squad who competed in the World Youth Championships in 2009 where they came 4th in the world. In 2010 she was honoured to be selected for the National Squad and since then has competed in a number of test matches.

Lindsay offered some very helpful words of advice and introduced some new practices that will be very beneficial to our training. Hopefully this will give us the upper hand for the start of what we hope to be a very successful season.

Natalia Webster, 1st VII Captain

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Our Country’s Good

Rehearsals are now well under way for the School Play, ‘Our Country’s Good’ that will be performed in the Patrick Troughton Theatre on February 6th, 7th and 8th at 7.00pm. This play is a fascinating history of the lives of the first convicts to be taken to Australia and the awful conditions in which they found themselves for committing such crimes as stealing a loaf of bread or rustling a sheep. Tickets are £5.00 in aid of our partner Ethiopian drama group that works in Addis Ababa. You can book them by email at (giving your name, pupil name, roll number and whether you want to pay by cheque or through School bill) or directly from Karen Willetts at the school’s Admissions Office (t: 020 8906 7865). Don’t miss this fascinating and moving play.

This film shows examples of work done at all levels in the Drama Department.

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