News Archive

Spring 2014

Parliament Trip 2014 Review

On Friday 14th March, Mill Hill’s Lower Sixth Politics students embarked on a memorable trip to the Houses of Parliament, the nerve-centre of British politics. After a great many photographs were taken, we admired (the rather chilly) Westminster Hall and it was here that we met our effervescent yet deeply knowledgeable tour guide and began to progress through the hallowed halls of Parliament, lined with statues and busts of past Prime Ministers, notably a rather imposing Margaret Thatcher! We then explored the division lobbies that flank the House of Commons, after which we entered the chamber itself, arguably the most hotly anticipated aspect of the trip. Indeed, many felt that witnessing the intimacy of the chamber first hand, something not captured by, for example, video footage of Prime Minister’s Question Time, was perhaps the greatest surprise of the visit.

Passing back via the resplendent Central Lobby, we visited the Wellington Committee Room, one of a number of Committee rooms named in honour of a former Prime Minister. It was here that we assumed the role of a Select Committee, scrutinising the rather tender topic of tuition fees. However, a more substantial challenge was yet to come: coupled with another school, we debated – in the Grand Committee Room – the motion that ‘Select Committees are effective at scrutinising government.’ There were formidable contributions from a number of Millhillians and to round-off the debate a vote was held, in which the campaign arguing ‘for’ the motion claimed victory, with fifteen votes to ten. Overall, our visit to Parliament was highly informative but also a highly enjoyable experience and our thanks must go to Dr Blaiklock for organising the trip and to Mr Murphy who accompanied us.

Daniel Cohen (Lower Sixth, Weymouth)

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National Science and Engineering Week

National Science and Engineering Week has once again descended upon Mill Hill School. We have had Year 5 visit us from Belmont to solve a crime. Identifying fingerprints, carrying out ballistic analysis and identifying chemical traces left in a footprint. Year 2 from Grimsdell have learnt how send covert messages using morse code and have been experimenting with electrical circuits. All the pupils have demonstrated great enthusiasm and excitement on learning these new skills. The lower school will be visiting a crime scene in Mill Hill School, collecting evidence and analysing it to identify the criminal.

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Old Millhillian Achieves a First for Cambridge University

Ben Glassberg conducting Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra

Old Millhillian Ben Glassberg, currently in his second year at Cambridge, has recently been elected as President of the Cambridge Musical Society. He is the first student in 200 years to be elected to this position. His role as President is to oversee all of the musical life of the university, including all orchestras and choirs plus deciding on repertoires for concerts.

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An Evening of Jazz

An Evening of Jazz

Tuesday 25th March 2014
The Large, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Doors open at 6:15pm

The Jazz Band Soiree is a showcase event featuring the Mill Hill School Jazz Band with peripatetic staff and vocal soloists. There will be three sets of music performed with breaks between to allow the audience to enjoy a sumptuous Creole buffet, the licensed cash bar and Mike Gibson’s famous ‘cheese board’.

Tickets are now on sale and cost £30 each. Why not bring your friends and family and make up a table of 4-6?

To submit your ticket request, please click here for the online booking form. We will not be accepting any bookings by phone, email or via paper forms.

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A Guide to the Great War

A Guide to the Great War
Click here to find a one-stop guide to the Great War.
Over the next four years we will be adding to this feature with more reviews of books, films, exhibitions and plays.

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Mill Hill Welcomes Argentinian Rugby Club

Early February saw the arrival of a rugby club from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The club had kindly hosted Mill Hill School on their South American tour in 2012 and we thought that returning the favour was the decent thing to do. Parents of our School charitably welcomed players into their homes for two nights, which gave the visitors a chance to sample the delights and culture of North London. On Sunday 2 February, Mill Hill played their opponents on Top Field, which for some was their last game in the brown and white hoops, and to say that the Argentinians taught us a thing or two about how to play the game is an understatement; this was a team that hadn’t lost one game on their tour and they were simply a joy to watch from the sidelines.

The occasion concluded with a dinner in the Dining Hall where both speeches and presentations were made. Captain, William Alton was awarded Player of the match along with Reece Tanner who controlled the game well from fly half. This was certainly an experience that the Mill Hill boys won’t forget in a hurry and we are very keen to maintain the link with Buenos Aires Cricket and Rugby club in future years. One parent commented: “For a 16 year old to entertain a group of overseas lads from another continent will prove massively important for his character development as well as an amazing confidence booster – Thank you”.

Mill Hill School works closely with the Tag Rugby Trust and next month, this charity is holding a fundraising ball at Madame Tussauds in London. Please click here for details of this event or contact Mr Turner, Director of Rugby, for further information.

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Los Pacaminos Back In Town

Paul Young’s band Los Pacaminos are making a return visit to Mill Hill School on Friday 21st March but this time, the event is in support of all our Overseas Partnerships projects.

On the back of last year’s extremely successful event The Large will, once again, become the venue for this TexMex Hoedown with music, dancing and an exciting auction.

Tickets are limited and will be sold on a first come, first served basis so book now to avoid disappointment. £35 per person includes food and a free cowboy hat.

To submit your ticket request, please click here for the online booking form. We will not be accepting any bookings by phone, email or via paper forms.

We look forward to seeing you then.

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Sports Leaders Assist at London Swimming Gala

On Thursday 16th January, ten of our Sports Leaders officiated at the East London Disability Swimming Gala. The event was run by an organisation called Panathlon Challenge. They are a charitable organisation that the Sports Leaders have now worked with on several occasions, the organisation was also one of the School’s official charities last year.

At the event, the Sports Leaders were joined by three-time Paralympic swimming medallist, Liz Johnson. The event was contested between schools from the London boroughs of; Hackney, Islington, Camden, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge and Waltham Forrest. All of the teams had an excellent day and as well as learning a great deal, the Sports Leaders performed excellently receiving unanimous praise from everyone involved.

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Mill Hill Welcomes St Bees School Choir

2014 is the 75th anniversary of the School’s connection with St. Bees School in Cumbria and we were delighted to organise a Choral Evensong in the School Chapel to mark the occasion on Sunday 12th January 2014. We were especially pleased that the St Bees School Choir joined the Mill Hill School Foundation Choir in a collaborative service to commemorate the shared history of the two Schools and the evacuation of Millhillians to St Bees during the Second World War from 1939 until 1945.

Music included the ‘Magnificat’ and ‘Nunc Dimmittis’ by Stanford; ‘Zadok the Priest’ by Handel; the hymn ‘Hark my soul’ to the tune ‘St Bees’, and concluded with ‘Jerusalem’. Together the combined sound of the these two excellent choirs made it a very special musical experience for those present, as well as being a significant historic occasion.

The service commenced at 4.00pm and was followed by a reception in the Octagon. We were delighted to see a group of Old Millhillians in attendance, especially those who had been evacuated to St Bees; Ronnie Samuels (Winterstoke 1943-48) and Scott Paterson (Ridgeway 1942-46). There may have been others of whom we were not aware, but their presence made it very special for the choristers, knowing that these Old Millhillians were in the congregation all these years later.

It is hoped that this Choral Evensong may well be a catalyst for future events between the Schools as we celebrate our joint history.

Before heading back to Cumbria, the St Bees School choir were singing Evensong in St Paul’s Cathedral on Monday 13th January and we wished them well for that prestigious invitation.

View ‘Mill Hill at St Bees’ archive film from the 1940s.

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13+ & 14+ Entrance Exams

These examinations are taking place on Saturday 11th January 2014. A full timetable can be found here.

We look forward to welcoming candidates to Mill Hill School this weekend.

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Mill Hill School Foundation and The Mount School to Merge

We are pleased to announce that the MHSF Schools (Grimsdell, Belmont and Mill Hill) and The Mount School are to merge. Girls currently studying at The Mount will be offered places to join MHSF in September 2014. In addition, in September 2015 MHSF will open The Mount Mill Hill International Study Centre on the current Mount School premises. For further details, please see the letter to parents from Dr Chapman, The Chairman of the MHSF Court of Governors, and Dr Luckett, the Chief Executive of MHSF and Headmaster of Mill Hill School. A Question and Answer sheet has also been prepared which we hope will prove useful.

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Old Millhillians in the News

What a diverse bunch Old Millhillians are. Recent weeks has seen media attention for alumni on the sports field, in medical research on overseas aid project and on the television screen.

Leanne Armitage

Dr Marc Dweck (Senior Monitor, McClure 1997) has been featured on BBC Radio and Television News to talk about recent research at the University of Edinburgh dealing with the early identification of people who may be as a high risk of heart attacks. Click here for more.

Recent leaver Leanne Armitage has been featured in the TES Magazine (8th November) in a report detailing the achievements of a group of teenagers working on a building project in Kamoda, a remote village in the Western Indian state of Rajastan. Leanne, who is pictured carrying a load of rubble, had this to say about her contribution to the Virgin Atlantic Free the Children Project “If you can choose something you’re passionate about, the impact is going to be a lot more effective”.

We recently reported on Harry Melling’s success in the West End hit play “The Hot House” but in recent weeks it is Harry’s Grandfather, old Millhillian Patrick Troughton, who has been in the news. 50 years on, there has been much debate about the relative merits of the various Dr Who incarnations. In the Times Saturday Review (16th November), David Aaronovitch is clear that Troughton gets his vote “His greatest glory was a marvellous voice – like a knife spreading buttered gravel”.

In the Independent (11th October), it was reported that archivist Phillip Morris had uncovered classic Troughton episodes from the 1960s that had been lost for 45 years. The episodes are said to “burst with the energy of the Sixties” and are available on Apple downloads.

The School has also been the beneficiary of a selection of Dr Who novels kindly donated by Dr Who enthusiast David Dovey. David has been blogging about his project which was set up to inspire children as to what can be achieved through courtesy, communication skills and teamwork. Click here to see his blog.

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