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Speech Day

CCF Biennial Inspection Day

The Milton Abbey Combined Cadet Force (CCF) had their Biennial Inspection on Wednesday 2nd May. The inspecting Officers were Captain Chris Cook RN and Colonel Carson, a former Milton Abbey pupil representing Brigade HQ. The Contingent Officers, Senior Cadets and the Deputy Head met the VIPs for lunch in the Prince’s Room. In the afternoon the guests were taken around the School grounds to several stances, to showcase the full range of training the cadets have been conducting. The cadets earned congratulations for their turnout and their help throughout the day and the School gave thanks to all the Officers who ensured the day went so well. Milton Abbey CCF can be proud of a job well done.

Milton Abbey School was bathed in glorious sunshine for its annual end of year Speech Day in June. Parents, pupils, staff, guests and Governors all came together to share and celebrate the successes of the past year and wish our Middle Sixth leavers the very best for the future. The day started on the Abbey Lawn with the prize giving ceremony. Our Chair of Governors, Ian Bromilow, welcomed our guests and paid a fitting tribute to our outgoing Headmaster, Magnus Bashaarat, and his wife Camilla. We were honoured to welcome John Young, MC DL JP and current High Sheriff for Dorset, as our key note speaker this year. John was a Governor of Milton Abbey for over 18 years and gave an uplifting speech praising the pupils, staff and parents and describing Milton Abbey as ‘the leading independent, small, co-educational boarding and day school in the country’. Over 70 prizes were awarded to pupils who have worked hard and demonstrated excellence over the past academic year. As well as the soughtafter academic and subject prizes,

there were awards given for improvement and endeavour and for excellence in sport and drama. The Hodgkinson Trophy for the House that has achieved the most Milton Abbey Awards over the course of the year and the Congo Cup, awarded to the House which achieves the most points at Congregational Singing Practice, both went to Tregonwell. The winner of this year’s House Sport Cup was Athelstan. The celebratory atmosphere of the prize-giving spilled out onto the lawn for the picnics which were followed by the Leavers’ Service in the Abbey and last, but certainly not least, the Leavers’ Ball. Congratulations to all of our prize winners and we wish all of our 2018 leavers happiness and success in whatever their chosen paths may be.

MASPA News Milton Abbey parents launched their calendar of summer term events in style with a fabulous private tour of The Royal Gardens at Highgrove. Although slightly chilly, the rain held off and everyone spent two wonderful hours in the captivating, inspiring gardens. From gardens to art: the next event was a fascinating tour and talk at Tate Britain on the subject ‘Tracing the Development of Modern British Art’. Thank you to Ray Warburton for such an enjoyable and informative morning. To top it all, MASPA organised a weekend in Milan and Lake Como in May. Participants enjoyed a visit to Ca Del Bosco, a vineyard near Milan, before heading into the city. Staying in the heart of this vibrant metropolis, parents experienced a VIP tour of the Duomo, a champagne breakfast at Gucci’s flagship store, the opportunity to sample delicious Milanese cuisine as well as the chance to explore the city’s famous art and fashion centre. The group went on to visit beautiful Lake Como where they were guests of The Villa d’Este. After a boat tour of the lake and a wander around their magnificent gardens, the group were

treated to a delicious three course lunch. Thanks to all who were involved in making this a truly memorable weekend for everyone that attended and special thanks to Milton Abbey parents Robert Triefus and Caleb Negron who helped organise the trip. The Michaelmas Term promises to be packed with equally as exciting events as it starts with a tour, tasting and lunch at Langham Wine Estate, about 20 minutes from the School. Come and enjoy the opportunity to learn about what is involved in making world-class sparkling


wine. We then look forward to lunch with Third and Fourth form parents at The Polish Club, London. We are very lucky to have another art tour and talk at Tate Britain, this time on the life and works of JMW Turner, before our festive seasons events: the MASPA Christmas lunch at Gallery Mess, London and finally the Christmas wreath workshop with Jules Hosford in Blandford. Please book your places for these and other events by emailing


AN EVENING OF CABARET In May, parents and guests came together in our King’s Room to enjoy an Evening of Cabaret entertainment. This fantastic fundraiser was the perfect opportunity to showcase the talents of our pupils. Nikki Budd, Director of Music, worked collaboratively to produce an outstanding programme of musical entertainment for the evening, while our BTEC Hospitality students served a delicious three course dinner to their guests. The audience were impressed by the high standard of the performances and the talent exhibited by our pupils, ranging from the Fourth form through to the Sixth form, throughout the evening. All of the proceeds from the event will go towards the Milton Abbey Appeal Fund which supports the provision of additional equipment and facilities that will immediately benefit pupils. Congratulations to all involved in the success of this delightful evening and thank you to all who came to support the event.

Design and Technology Success Our Design and Technology Department continues to flourish, with pupils producing high quality work and tackling some challenging projects with enthusiasm and confidence. The Fourth form D&T pupils worked hard to design, develop and make speakers based on a theme chosen by each individual and which is personal to them. They worked independently, with a range of materials, to produce some impressive final pieces. Our D&T GCSE pupils undertook the task of designing a product using resistant materials. The group came up with an array of innovative designs including a barrel seat and a phone and gaming stand. Christian, one of our Design students, developed an enterprise project this term which involved him creating a series of wonderful 3D models of the Abbey. His impressive achievement made an interesting display at the Summer Fete at the end of term.

GREASE IS THE WORD Milton Abbey transformed into the much loved and well-known Rydell High at the end of last term, for an energetic production of the American classic, Grease. Directed by our Head of Drama, Liz Bemment, with all music directed by our very own Director of Music, Nikki Budd, this ambitious production was hugely enjoyable with the terrific choreography and dance being matched by brilliant singing and acting. It was no surprise that the two performances filled the School’s New Barn Theatre to capacity. All the pupils involved showed off some enviable acting ability with some of our younger students determinedly taking on some of the bigger roles. The musical gave opportunity to have pupil support on stage, backstage, in the production box and the band. The main characters gave standout performances, with special mentions to Laura, Tom, Phoebe, Estella, Rufus and Sam who all displayed exceptional talent for musical theatre.

Art Scholars and Talented Pupils Art Exhibition At the start of the Summer Term we held an exhibition of art work produced by our Art Scholars and Talented Pupils. The exhibition was well attended by pupils, parents, staff and Governors who all admired the high standard of technique, creativity and composition. It provided us with the perfect opportunity to officially open the newly refurbished Tuck Shop where the exhibition was displayed. The refurbishment was made possible thanks to support from parents and the Milton Abbey Fund.

New Entrepreneur in Residence Announced We are extremely pleased to announce that Annoushka Ducas MBE will be Milton Abbey’s Entrepreneur in Residence for 2018/19. Cofounder of Links of London and the jewellery brand Annoushka, her track record as an entrepreneur is unquestionable and we are looking forward to her motivating and encouraging Miltonians to follow their own entrepreneurial aspirations. Annoushka says, “I have benefitted so much from the privilege and freedom of running my own business. It’s fantastic that Milton Abbey is working so hard to promote entrepreneurship and I have no doubt that their mentoring scheme will help to instil a real sense of confidence and self-belief into many budding entrepreneurs.” Milton Abbey’s Entrepreneur in Residence scheme is now in its fifth year. It brings a successful business leader into the School to adjudicate in a ‘Dragons Den’ style competition, in which £500 of seed funding for a business idea has to be developed into a fully-fledged business proposition. Business surgeries with the entrepreneurs are a golden opportunity for the teams to get advice about strategic marketing, financing and pricing from a well-known business leader.

Summer Fete The sun shone for this year’s Summer Fete held by the Friends of Milton Abbey School in support of the School’s two chosen charities, Julia’s House and SKRUM. Local visitors came and enjoyed an afternoon of family fun that included beagle racing, steam train rides, face painting and impressive artisan food stalls. There was a School Farm petting

area which proved popular, and some of our best musicians entertained guests with al fresco performances. This is the fete’s fifth year and we’d like to thank everyone who organised and supported the event and helped us raise funds for two very worthwhile causes.

Ten Tors Triumph Milton Abbey CCF again entered two teams for the Ten Tors Challenge in May this year. Organised by the Army, the event involves teams hiking 35 or 45 miles over the rough terrain of Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated tors in under two days. The teams are self-sufficient, carrying all that they need to complete their route including an overnight stay on the moor.

Weekend Mountain Biking Fantastic weather this spring meant our mountain biking squad could frequently make the most of trails in the local countryside during weekends. The squad develop personal skills including perseverance and teamwork as well as improving their technical abilities on challenging routes which require constant good decision making and the ability to take well-judged risks; all while having a great deal of fun!

After intense training in all weathers, the teams (one 35-mile team and one 45-mile team) set off confidently. The 35-mile team was made up of Third and Fourth form pupils taking part in the event for the first time. They completed to course as a full team well within the time limit. The 45mile team comprised of Fifth and Sixth form pupils (three boys and three girls) also completed the event

as a full team. It is often the case that at least one member of a team will have to drop out during the event due to injury or fatigue, so for both Milton Abbey teams to finish with a full complement is testament to their training and exceptional team work. Well done to all involved; we are looking forward to the training for next year’s event starting September.

Heads of School 2018-19 WARMINSTER CRICKET WINS Milton Abbey kicked off their 2018 cricket season with wins in all three of their opening matches against Warminster. We are delighted to announce next year’s Heads of School: Tallulah and Hugo, and the Deputy Heads, Daisy and George. These students have all demonstrated the commitment, leadership skills and school spirit required for these prestigious positions. We congratulate them all and look forward to the great work this team will do during the coming academic year!

Jamie and Dan got the runs for the 1st XI as they chased down a target of 104 in an exciting game. The U15s also had a good game with Archie scoring highly to beat the opposition’s score of 111. The U14s also chased 111 for the loss of one wicket with James and Hugh both not out. Hugh also bowled four overs for six runs with one wicket.

Wessex Arena Championship Win Many congratulations to Milton Abbey pupil Aly (Alexandra) who has won the 2018 Wessex Area Championship in the Pony Racing class for ponies up to 148 cm.

CYCLING TEAMS GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH We now have two popular road cycling teams at Milton Abbey, both of which continue to go from strength to strength. The two teams, and their coaches, took part in the Bournemouth Sportive this term successfully completing the 41-mile route. The First Team completed the course with an average speed of 29.7kph with the Development Team hot on their heels with an average speed of 25.6kph. We also had a team riding in the Wiggle Jurassic Beast Sportive which offered yet another opportunity for our cyclists to improve on their times and tactics whilst making the most of the amazing scenery we have to ride in here in Dorset.

Aly rode an excellent race, holding onto Shotgun Minnie until she saw an opening in the field. Aly and Minnie delivered a nail-biting finish, beating the runner-up by half a length. Aly is currently ranked 8th out of more than 250 children competing in Pony Racing in 2018. Aly rides out for Mark Gillard Racing in Hilton before school every day and wants to be a professional flat jockey. We are thrilled that Aly has been

able to facilitate the combination of her academic studies and lifelong ambition. Mark Gillard said: “Aly has phenomenal determination and personal drive for someone so young and it is a joy to see her succeeding in the way that she is. We at Mark Gillard Racing are proud to have been a part of her journey.” A fantastic achievement, well done Aly.

Dorset County Athletics

SAILING WIN AGAINST SHERBORNE BOYS Our sailing team enjoyed a well-earned victory in our match against Sherborne Boys this summer. The event took place at Portland and the team sailed well in a terrific race. Congratulations to all. The Sailing Club at Milton Abbey is mainly based at the fantastic Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the training venue for the GB sailing team, and have the opportunity to train three times a week in the Michaelmas and Summer Terms.

Milton Abbey had a fantastic day at the Dorset County Athletics Championships in June, with Ella winning the senior girls 1500 metres and Gabe winning the long jump with a personal best of 6.27 metres! Both were incredible sporting achievements – congratulations.

Music Trip to Marshall Amplification Early in the term our Middle and Lower Sixth music students had the opportunity to visit Marshall Amplification in Milton Keynes. Marshall are the company which has provided the amps of choice for guitarists for decades and are very much an integral part of the modern music scene.

MILTON ABBEY RIDERS AT NATIONAL EVENTERS CHALLENGE FINALS, HICKSTEAD This was the first time that Milton Abbey had a team riding at the recent National Eventers Challenge Finals at Hickstead and our girls did us proud. The team, consisting of Abi, Fleur, Minna and Rowena, performed exceptionally well and, out of the 32 teams competing, Milton Abbey came an impressive tenth overall. The students, their parents and their ponies had a great weekend and supported each other beautifully.

With the summer festival season just around the corner, the factory was busy fulfilling important orders on the day of our visit, and their on-site theatre was being rented by an A-list artist whose

identity had to be kept a secret. Our music students got a very real and valuable insight into the music industry and everyone had great fun trying to guess the identity of the famous mystery musician.

MCC CRICKET The MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) vs Milton Abbey 1st XI annual cricket fixture is always a highlight of the School’s calendar.

HOUSE TRIPS 2018 Lucky Milton Abbey pupils made the most of the glorious run of weather at the end of the academic year and headed off with their Houses for some very exciting end of term trips.

Artists Capture Lulworth Taking advantage of the stunning Jurassic Coastline that we have right on our doorstep here in Dorset, the Fourth form Art pupils had an oil painting lesson on the beach at Lulworth Cove. The sun shone for the painting session and the pupils made the most of this wonderful opportunity to develop their artistic skills.

Tregonwell travelled to Guernsey for three days of camping where they undertook activities including coasteering, cycling and a treasure hunt in an absolutely stunning setting. They spent time on the water watching dolphins, catching lobsters, swimming and paddle boarding, as well as playing golf and making pizzas and enjoying a visit from their own ice cream van. Athelstan went to Mawgan Porth in Cornwall, another picturesque setting, where again the boys camped for three nights. They made the most of the glorious weather and location; activities included surfing, coasteering, fishing and playing golf together during the four day trip. Hughies’ girls spent two days at the Cobnor Activity Centre in Emsworth, West Sussex. As well as taking part in a variety of physical challenges and spending their evenings toasting marshmallows around a campfire singing Abba medleys, they also had an opportunity to explore Southsea’s sea front and fun fair.

Supper with Food Writer, Rose Prince Having worked closely with the food writer Rose Prince over the past academic year, the Middle Sixth Hospitality students were kindly invited to join her for a hearty supper at her Dorset home. The students enjoyed cooking with Rose and produced a sumptuous feast of chicken curry served with homemade naan bread and mango chutney and Arctic Char from nearby Houghton Fish Farm. Rose had made a delicious banana cake for their desert, concluding a fabulous evening that will long be remembered by our young hospitality students.

Finally, Hambro boys had an action- packed three days with paintballing, a trip to Bristol, banana boating and kayaking around Studland bay, evening BBQs, FIFA and golf tournaments and, to round it off, a day at Thorpe Park. All of the pupils enjoyed some fantastic days in the sun, exploring new places and taking part in new and challenging activities with their friends and House staff; meanwhile the Damer boys enjoyed spending the weekend with their new Housemates.

Development News The Milton Abbey Fund 2017-18 We are delighted with the support we have received for this year’s Milton Abbey Fund, which has raised over £30,000 and has enabled us to fund some fantastic projects to support the pupils. These include equipment for the Hospitality Kitchen, a new lamb weigh crate for the School Farm, a golf launch monitor, equipment for the Physics Laboratory, a new sound deck for the Music Studio, a new camera for Creative Media Studies, tennis kit for the School team, new trees for the campus and funds towards a new vehicle to support Land Based Studies. This has been a fantastic achievement and our thanks go to all those of you who have supported the appeal this year. We would also like to give a special thank you to MASPA for supporting the Fund through several of its events, and to all our parents who joined us for the Cabaret Evening, which was held in aid of the Fund this year. All these activities have helped to contribute to the Fund and to the projects that we can provide for the benefit of our pupils. Thank you!

MA Cycling Audax The Milton Abbey Cycling team pushed themselves to their limits in the School’s inaugural ‘audax’, completing a 266-mile fundraising ride from Land’s End back to School over three scorching hot days, between 25-27 June. The aim of an audax, which is a non-competitive, timelimited long distance cycling challenge (from the Latin for ‘bold’ or ‘courageous’), is to take the riders out of their comfort zone and to challenge them physically and mentally, whilst satisfying their desire for exploration and adventure. In the spirit of an audax, the riders were unsupported, with no accompanying vehicles or personnel, and had to carry everything with them that they needed. Taking inspiration from the challenge and adventure of this event, the team chose to use the ride to raise funds towards the purchase of a new trailer to support Outdoor Activities at the School, in memory of teacher, Toby Hamer, who sadly lost his life in a kayaking accident last December. The trailer will be used to support cycling, climbing, kayaking and other outdoor activities that are of enormous benefit to the pupils. The event was a hugely impressive achievement by the team and if you would like to support their success by making a donation towards the trailer in Mr Hamer’s memory, please visit our campaign page on Just Giving (the Council of Milton Abbey School). Thank you to all of you who have already supported the team and helped to raise £625 towards the trailer so far.


UPDATE After nearly eighteen months, our application to install new cricket nets was finally approved in June. It has been a long battle with the planners, but we are delighted that we will be able to offer our pupils a top-quality facility in which to practice that is also sensitive to our environment and our responsibilities as guardians of this glorious landscape. The new nets will be installed as soon as possible to ensure they can be made full use of ahead of next season. We are enormously grateful to all those who have supported this project and been so patient in awaiting its execution! We are also now awaiting final planning approval to be given on our new Equestrian Arena, which should be received in the next few weeks. This has

Development Office Contact Information been another lengthy application process, but all the additional work required by the planners has been completed and we are confident that we have met all the necessary conditions. Our aim is to have the Arena installed as soon as approval has been received, which we hope will be in time for the start of the new academic year in September. Again, our thanks to all our donors who have been so patient in their support of this project.

If you are interested in supporting any of our activities or require any further information on the projects outlined here, please email

News From the Milton Abbey Association At last the Summer holidays are here, and - after one of the sunniest and warmest Summer Terms of my now 33 years at the School - the buildings are quiet again and taking a deep breath.

a delight to catch up with nearly 100 Old Miltonians of recent vintage at the Millennials’ Drinks party at a Battersea pub: nearly all of whom were happily pursuing university or career with gusto.

It has also been a typically busy MAA Summer Term. The new conception of MAA Day as a Summer Term Saturday mixture of AGM, cricket match, lunch, tour of the School and family day seems to be growing in popularity, and over 40 Old Miltonians came back to see us this year, some of whom were returning for the first time in many years. The returnees spanned the generations, as they did again later in the term at the now-established School Fete, which has become such an annual feature of life here. We also enjoyed an exciting MAA v School golf match on the same baking hot day as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex got married. Later in June, it was

The MAA would not be the MAA, of course, if it were not also making an important contribution to our members’ lives after Milton Abbey. The Committee was pleased to award, for the second year running, three Gap Year Awards to deserving Middle Sixth leavers, to help them on their way. These Awards are given after a process of application and interview and are worth up to £1000 each. In addition, we were very pleased that over 20 Lower Sixth pupils were able to gain meaningful work-experience with Old Miltonians, in a wide range of fields, for two days in June. One pupil had two articles published in a magazine edited by an Old Miltonian; another

wrote a very impressive business report for the Old Miltonian CEO of a chocolate manufacturer; whilst yet another did some fantastic stone-carving in a Dorset workshop. Nearly all gained invaluable experience in a field of work relevant to them, and one or two even received temporary job offers or the prospect of a permanent one! At the end of Business Week, the Lower Sixth heard from Old Miltonian Alex Cameron, who is a leading Events Power engineer, and who gained lots of early experience in the NBT at Milton Abbey! Earlier in the term, the School had also heard from Old Miltonian, former CEO, and current round-the-world sailor Peter Forbes, who gave this year’s Toby Mann lecture. I look forward to another busy year in 2018-19.


Forthcoming Admissions Events TASTER DAY FOR 2019/2020 ENTRY

FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER 2018 AND FRIDAY 8 MARCH 2019 9.45AM TO 4.00PM Taster Days give pupils a feel for life at Milton Abbey, a chance to see boarding houses and the opportunity to meet others joining the School at the same time as themselves. With a choice of indoor and outdoor activities, Taster Days are designed to be a relaxed and enjoyable introduction to the School.



To register for any of these events please contact or 01258 881804

PROFESSIONAL MUSIC RECITAL: JAZZ MORLEY Friday 14 September, 7.30pm (The King’s Room) Tickets £7 (£5 children) HEAD’S LECTURE: ANGELA FINDLAY Friday 21 September, 7.15pm (New Barn Theatre) Free Admission SPLENDID PRODUCTIONS: THE ORESTEIA Monday 24 September, 7.15pm (New Barn Theatre) Tickets £8 HEAD’S LECTURE: MILES GELDARD Friday 5 October, 7.15pm (New Barn Theatre) Free Admission PROFESSIONAL MUSIC RECITAL: BOSSA NOVA DIFINITIVA Friday 9 November, 7.30pm (The King’s Room) Tickets £7

MILTON ABBEY SCHOOL PLAY: FIND ME, BY OLWEN WYMARK Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 November, 7.15pm (New Barn Theatre) Free Admission HEAD’S LECTURE: ANNOUSHKA DUCAS MBE Thursday 22 November, 7.15pm (New Barn Theatre) Free Admission (pre-booking only) CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT Wednesday 5 December, 7.30pm (St James’ Church, Milton Abbas) Tickets £6

Friends of Milton Abbey CAROL SERVICE Tuesday 4 December, 7.00pm (The Abbey) Free Admission (pre-booking only)

For more information on forthcoming events and to book tickets please visit

MASPA EVENTS TOUR, TASTING AND LUNCH Wednesday 26 September - Langham Wine Estate, Dorset THIRD AND FOURTH FORM PARENTS’ LUNCH Thursday 4 October - The Polish Club (Ognisko), London PRIVATE ART TOUR - LIFE AND WORKS OF JMW TURNER Monday 8 October - Tate Britain, London MASPA CHRISTMAS LUNCH Thursday 29 November - Gallery Mess, London CHRISTMAS WREATH WORKSHOP Thursday 6 December - Jules Hosford’s Barn nr Blandford Forum, Dorset Please book your place for any of these events at

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