The recent Valedictory Service in the School Chapel is our cherished annual ceremony for pupils, parents, staff and governors where we give thanks for all that the Upper Sixth leavers have contributed to our School. The service provides an opportunity to say farewell as pupils leave with our prayers and best wishes. This is marked in most poignant way with every pupil’s name being read out by their Housemaster or Housemistress. The occasion was full of both sadness and excitement, but we recalled the words of TS Eliot that, “to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from”. In keeping with the school’s non-conformist foundation, the service was a creative blend of the ‘traditional’ and the ‘new’, with the pupils helping to design a service unique to them. So as well as singing the great traditional hymns – Jerusalem was a must! We also enjoyed wide-ranging musical and literary contributions from the pupils, including an amusing and emotional selection of memo ries of Mill Hill. The Chaplain finished his address with words written by the Senior Monitors themselves – aspirations and virtues which encapsulate the meaning of the school motto ‘Both Virtue and Learning’ and which we hope are the hallmark of all Millhillians. Indeed, they provide inspiration for us all.