Having been in control thus far, it was a rare moment when Dr Luckett entered the Chapel for what he thought was a regular Upper School Service, that he found himself unaware of the true purpose of the occasion. Led by the Reverend Dr Warden, what followed was an emotionally charged tribute to his great contribution as Headmaster of Mill Hill School and Chief Executive of The Mill Hill School Foundation. The service combined hymns, choral pieces and readings drawn from those which Dr Luckett had described as his favorites in previous services. Dr Warden spoke warmly on behalf of the Common Room and the wider Mill Hill community about the legacy of kindness, compassion, insight and wisdom which Dr Luckett leaves behind as he prepares to take up his new post in Dorset.
The pupils were able to add their own appreciation in the form of addresses by Senior Monitors, Alice Lloyd-Davies, Ted Macdonald and Joshua Jackson, followed by the presentation of a leather-bound album containing photographs covering key moments in Dr Luckett’s tenure.
The following day, the Nine Lessons and Carols Service was a further opportunity to say farewell to Dr Luckett and his family, which culminated in the presentation by Dr Chapman, Chair of Governors, of a portrait commissioned by the Old Millhillians’ Club which now hangs in the Octagon.
On behalf of pupils, parents, staff and Old Millhillians we wish Dr Luckett and his family all the very best for the future.