Old Heads and Old Belmontians
It was a pleasure to welcome Mrs Lynn Duncan, my predecessor, into school yesterday. The former Head of Belmont (not looking like an old Head at all!) was delighted to have a tour of the school. She commented on how happy all the children seemed to be in the playground and was impressed with all the changes and developments that have been introduced over the last few years. I showed her the progress on the new sports hall and made sure she took away a ‘pathway to fitness’ postcard! I will give a more detailed update on the building next week but in the meantime if you would like to support the campaign by buying a brick click here.
It has been fantastic to meet a number of Old Belmontians over the last few weeks. Last Friday I had the honour of attending the annual Old Millhillians dinner and it was wonderful to see many of our former pupils who have gone onto to be happy and successful in a range of career paths. Three weeks previously, I attended Foundation Day and I felt incredibly proud to witness so many former Belmont pupils collecting prizes for their endeavor at Mill Hill. I was also very proud of how our current Belmont pupils contributed to the exceptional Chapel Choir in the Foundation Day Chapel service.
Mill Hill School – 150 Years of Rugby
This weekend Mill Hill celebrates 150 years of playing rugby with a special match between the Old Millhillians and Foundation staff. A number of our current parents will be dusting off their rugby boots this weekend (Mr Eden, Mr Davis, Mr Jacobsen, Mr Keller, Mr Green and Mr Nash) and they will be competing against a staff team that contains Mr Bird, Mr Howells and Mr Walker. I hope that hamstrings remain intact and plead with the OMs to think of the children’s education before tackling the staff as they all need to be in work on Monday morning! Wishing everyone involved the best of luck for tomorrow.
I was fortunate to see the last 10 minutes of the Under 12A team rugby fixture against Davenies on Wednesday. Despite missing a couple of key players the Belmont Year 7 team looked very strong against an accomplished opposition. It was fantastic to observe many of the children, who were new to the game, enjoying their rugby. Both the boys and girls sports’ teams have got off to a very positive start to the season.
There was a very good turnout for Open Morning last Saturday with our highest ever number of potential 11+ candidates visiting the school. The tour guides were magnificent at selling the school and the comments that we had from visiting families were incredibly positive. Thank you also to our FOB representatives for giving up their time and giving prospective families the parent view of Belmont.
I know the cricket season is over but I can’t help myself. Two weeks ago, Old Belmontian Adam Rossington captained Northamptonshire to promotion to Division 1 in the County Championship. Several Belmont pupils as well as Miss Anderson got to meet England Cricket Captain Eoin Morgan at Finchley Cricket Club last night. Meanwhile in Australia, the England Learning Disability Squad, coached by Belmont’s Mark Costin have just won the ODI series 2-0.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend.