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Moving Forward

Autumn 2016

Welcome My vision for the Foundation centres on equipping our pupils to tackle successfully whatever challenges life throws at them. It includes a passion to provide the best pastoral support for our pupils and the resources needed for teaching and learning to enable them to achieve the best results of which they are capable. Fundraising is integral to the Foundation and always has been. It is not only beneficial as a way to be able to offer more bursaries and provide better facilities than we could otherwise afford but it is also a way for members of the Foundation community actively to support what it does, to put something back and to join the tradition of benefaction which stretches back over 200 years. The generosity of our founders and subsequent benefactors from the alumni and parent communities made possible the wonderful environment which our pupils enjoy today. The parents of a bursary beneficiary recently wrote that they wanted “to say a huge thank you to the benefactor” and that Mill Hill “has been a life changing experience,

for which we are extremely grateful.” I would like to add my sincere thanks to all those who have supported the A Better Chance bursary campaign; it is wonderful to hear first-hand what it can achieve. I am delighted that we have made more A Better Chance awards from September 2016 than in any recent year and with your help we can continue to grow this marvellous initiative. The Governors and I are committed to this and you can read more about the spectacular ABC Ball and other campaign activity. Fundraising has also contributed significantly to the Michael Proctor Building at Belmont and to sport, music, drama and many other things at our different schools in recent years. We continue to seek funds for the refurbishment of the laboratories in The Frances Crick Building at Mill Hill and, after receiving a wonderful gift to facilitate the refurbishment of the IT Suite at Grimsdell, will be offering the chance in the new year for donors to be associated with the exciting developments in IT and DT across the Foundation.

Frances King CEO of the Mill Hill School Foundation and Head of Mill Hill School



ABC Ball raises over £50,000

ABC BALL Techno drumming, stilt-walking, World War 2 aircraft and Rockaoke – on Saturday 8th October 400 parents, staff and governors showed everyone the most exciting way to raise money for A Better Chance Bursaries with the spectacular ABC Ball. Live and silent auctions, games, sponsorship, one-off and regular pledges ensured that a fantastic £50,000 was raised towards the bursary campaign. Thanks go to our parent committee, chaired by Seema Shah, and to our sponsors, and to everybody who bought a ticket, bid in an auction or made a pledge. Leanne Armitage (Ridgeway 2011-13) spoke powerfully and passionately about the opportunity that her A Better Chance bursary afforded her in her dream of becoming a doctor. Everybody involved made it a night to remember and the proceeds will help to ensure that we can offer more bursary places to talented pupils like Leanne in the future.

We hope to make the ABC Ball a regular event and encourage all parents to get involved with the A Better Chance scheme in any way they can.

Donations from alumni and parents are currently funding 18 pupils at Belmont and Mill Hill from less affluent backgrounds. Help us offer even more places to deserving, talented children.

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James Wright (Burton Bank 2014-16) was a defensive star of the 1st XV and an A Better Chance Bursary recipient.


See James' interview below...


LET'S MEET JAMES Which teams/activities/clubs were you involved in at School? I played 1st XV Rugby for both of my 2 years at Mill Hill and have to say they were the most enjoyable years of my life and rugby career to date, not only getting to play with friends on stages such as Allianz Park, but Top Field too on dates such as Foundation Day. How would you describe the pupil experience at Mill Hill? Upon my first days and weeks at Mill Hill it was clear that the environment was one of support. Whether it be older students in the library willing to help you with questions you may have had trouble with in a chosen subject, or teachers making sure you're settling in to boarding life. There's definitely a strong cooperative community within the School. Did you hold any positions of responsibility at School? For both my years at Mill Hill I was a senior member of the Anti-Bullying Committee, whereby we aimed to increase awareness of bullying in order to tackle the issue head-on, through Chapel services, assemblies etc. Additionally, I was on the School Council and a member of the Eco Committee.

What subject do you hope to read at university and where? My preferred course is Business Management. I will be applying to University of Leeds, Bath, Exeter and Bristol. What impact do you think the bursary has had on your life so far? Not only has it meant I've been able to play a standard of rugby that wouldn't have otherwise been available to me (helping me to get into the Saracens U18s academy) but most importantly it's given me a fantastic education I wouldn't have been able to get.

100 people giving ÂŁ13 per month provides an extra, on-going bursary place for a succession of talented pupils

1807 SOCIETY ABC ACROSS THE FOUNDATION This September nine A Better Chance Bursaries were awarded to talented children to enable them to come into Belmont and Mill Hill, all thanks to donations from you- the alumni and parents of Mill Hill, Belmont, Grimsdell and the Mount Mill Hill International. This is the largest number of awards made in recent years and demonstrates the awareness and momentum that the A Better Chance bursary campaign is generating. Alumni of all ages are getting involved with smaller regular donations and parents are putting the ‘fun’ back in fundraising hosting the fantastic ABC Ball which raised over £50,000. Perhaps for the first time the A Better Chance campaign is truly Foundation-wide. This year we accepted our first two pupils proposed by the SpringBoard Bursary Foundation. SpringBoard actively seek out pupils who would most benefit from a boarding education. Pupils who are genuinely disadvantaged and are from a low income background (usually eligible for free school meals). We are, as ever, extremely grateful to Lord Glendonbrook who this year is supporting a further 5 pupils through Mill Hill. Benefactions from alumni like this are truly lifechanging.

1807 Most of us can’t hope to make a life-changing gift during our lifetime but by remembering Mill Hill in your will, you too could give an aspiring young mind the Mill Hill experience that they deserve. Anyone remembering Mill Hill in their will with a legacy of any amount can become a member of the 1807 Society. Each year the 1807 Society gathers for a legacy lunch which this year was held in splendid surroundings at the Tower of London.

Renewing your will? Leaving just a small percentage of your estate to Mill Hill could enable you to transform the life of one of our bursary recipients…and it’s tax efficient too. Let us know using the 'Support Us' form enclosed.You can add a codicil to your will to save you rewriting it. 07

FACILITIES INNOVATIVE MOVES At Mill Hill During the summer, Murray packed up their bags and headed off to pastures new in the excellently refurbished Upper Octagon Corridor saying a friendly hello to new neighbours Weymouth and School House. Cedars is due to be moved over Easter. Atkinson and McClure also got a brand-new layout and feel as Mill Hill modernises and prepares for the future…

At Belmont Innovation and growth continue at Belmont as the companion to the Michael Proctor Building is under construction. The new building will feature a superb space for design and technology – giving our Belmontians the necessary foundation in technology to take full advantage of the excellent DT resources and teaching and of the Innovation Hub when they reach Mill Hill.

The space that these reconfigurations provided will soon be filled with a dedicated Sixth Form Centre and an exciting Innovation Hub where pupils can share ideas, get to grips with digital technology and shape entrepreneurial skills.

At Grimsdell In the 21st century information technology is king and the new IT suite at Grimsdell is already helping our youngest pupils understand the digital world they live in.

In an increasingly digital world it is essential that our pupils can future-proof their skill sets and ensure they remain dynamic in an ever-changing technological environment. We are eager to collaborate in this venture with parents and alumni working in innovative industries. Whether you’re an architect, app developer, fashion designer, web designer or aeronautical engineer, you can help us shape this space.

At The Mount, Mill Hill International The newest school of the Foundation already has a stateof-the art IT Suite but pupils from MMHI will also have access to the new Innovation Hub being developed at Mill Hill.

Calling innovators in any industry – what should be in the Innovation Hub? Help us to shape Mill Hill’s 21st century education. email


CRICK 100 CELEBRATING CRICK In 2016 we celebrated the centenary of Francis Crick’s birth in true Mill Hill style. We were especially honoured that Dr James Watson, Crick’s collaborator in the race for the discovery of the structure of DNA back in 1953 was able to fly over from the United States in order to take part in the festivities with us. The Nobel Prize winner enthused pupils with his account of the race for the Double Helix before joining us as guest of honour at the Crick 100 Dinner. Guests buzzed with excitement at the Champagne Reception while they waited to hear Dr Watson’s introduction as Kevin Kyle, Director of Music, performed jazz numbers from Crick’s era. Old Millhillian Professor Jonathan Weber (Burton Bank 1968-72) then followed the Head’s welcome with an enlightening and highly entertaining speech on the legacy of Crick and Watson’s work and the importance of genomics in modern medicine. The event was a milestone in Mill Hill’s history and will be remembered by everyone involved.

On Foundation Day, the Chairman of Governors announced the official renaming of the Science Building in Crick’s honour. Inside, the modernisation of the laboratories continues with a further two chemistry labs having been fully refurbished to an excellent standard over the summer. With your help we can finish the last two labs and complete the project - a fitting tribute to perhaps Mill Hill’s most illustrious alumnus and a fantastic resource for nurturing our next Nobel winner!

Help to sponsor one of our new laboratories in the Francis Crick Building and have your (or your company’s) name associated with Crick’s legacy. email

Development Office: 020 8906 7962




Dr Lali Asratova Professor Jangu Banatvala Yehuda & Shiran Barashi Mark & Amelia Becker Peter Beckman & Eveline Mache Mr Vaclav Benes* Mr Amin Bilal Mr David Boyd† British Schools & Universities Foundation The Byrne Family† Mr Gary Chamberlin Bridget & the late John Chawner (in memory of Walter Isaac)* Mr Adam Coffer Mr Adam Conn

Mr Gary Conway The Cooke Family Mrs Emma Coulstock Ms Gabrielle Crick Mrs Sonia Doerig-Bal Mark & Kaz Donald Mr Robert Dove Ms Kirstie Dye Mrs Jill Dynan Mr Paul Ellis Anthony & Jane Fitzpatrick Bruce Fraser (in memory of Pauline)* Mrs Susan Freestone Mrs Raluca Gavra The Gnanakuru Family The Gosling Foundation

Top Terracers (>£5,000) incl. Founders, Benefactors and Patrons of the Michael Proctor Building

Mrs Angela Zaniboni Mrs Angela Graham-Leigh Mr Michael Grunberg† Mrs Jenny Habib Hadrian Property Management Mrs Claire Hartness Mr Craig Havard Miss Joyce Hearne The Hobson Charity Ltd Julian & Sandra HorsleyHeather Dr Mary Hughes Mrs Joy Ikiebe it luggage Mrs Rosemary Jakubowska Mr Declan Kelly * = 1807 Society


In memory of Robert Fox Mr Damien Ahmed Mr John Cicale Nick & Julie Dulcken Mr Nass Frangakis Mr Waseem Iqbal Philip & Louise Keller Anthony & Amanda Ward Mr Andrew Welch 2 Anonymous Donors

Mr Simon Griffiths Mr Alex Martins-Craig† The late Mr T John Wright Mr David Yadgar The Zenios Family An Anonymous Donor Mr Oliver Wetzig The late Dr Lewis Wild

Mr Ian Anderson Mr Keith Armistead Mr Chris Barltrop† Mr Simon Becks* Mr Alastair Breeze The late Mr Steve Farris Mr Paul Fox Mr Clifford Goodman Mr John Halliwell† The late Mr David Harrison Mr Stuart Hibberdine The late Mr Peter Long Mr Edward Newmark Mr John Newson Mr David North Mr Gareth Thomas Mr Simon Trewin† Mr Keith Wallace



Mr Pramod Achan Mr Richard Barker† Mr Robin Barlow* Mr Peter Belshaw Mr Alan Bonner Mr Patrick Connelly* Mr Richard Dean* Mr Anthony Dearing† Mr Graham Drake Mr Ameet Gudka† Mr Alexander Henshaw† The late Mr William Hicklin Dr Frederick Higgs Mr Jon Huxley† Mr Martin Jourdan Mr Clive Madge Robin & Jan Mills Roy & Pamela Mills Professor Richard Pollock Mr Dudley Read Mr Charles Roberts† Mr Cliff Rose* Derek & Carol Salter Mr Martin Saunders The Tafler Family Mr Clive Weber Mr Nigel Wray The late Mr Cary Zitcer An Anonymous Donor

Mr Terry Allan* Mr Peter Bolton Roger & Anne Chapman† Mr Ronny Cohn Dr Russell Cowan Mr Grahame Elliott CBE* Mr John C K Elliott MBE* Mr Joe Grimberg Ray & Dorothy Hubbard Mr Ted Ivens† Mr John N Anderson† Mr Tim Jones† The late Dr Perry Cooper Mr Nicholas Lowe† Harrison† Mr Christopher Maunder The Lord Glendonbrook CBE* Taylor Mr Nicholas Hutchens-Boll Mr David Roe The Hon Stephen Kalms† Mr Stewart Smith Miss Vicki Kelsall Mr Frank Soodeen Mr Vinny Mansi Mr Graham Taylor† Mr Christopher Oliver Alan & Sarah Toulson Mr Geoffrey Rowley The Lord Toulson PC Mr Simon Tucker Mr Geoffrey Vero* Mr Oliver Wetzig Dr Malcolm Wade The late Dr Lewis Wild The late Mr Dick Walker MBE Major Adam Wise† Mr Adrian Williams* Mr Bill Yates* Mr Gresham Williams 2 Anonymous Donors 3 Anonymous Donors Martin & Alex Kolton The Kirby Laing Foundation Regimental Association of the Middlesex Regiment Amirkhan & Elena Mori The Morrar Family Kyriacos & Marianna Mouskas Old Belmontian Association Old Millhillian Lodge Mr Giles Orr* Mrs Tiffany Orton Mrs Trusha Patel The Pelham Family Patrick & Sybil Poon Mr Nick Priestnall †

= A Better Chance Club (>£1,000)


Mr Steven Berrick Mr Ronnie Boon† Mr Jonathan Craymer† Mr Edward De Mesquita Mr James Dorling The Euro Suisse Foundation The late Mr Rodney FitzGerald MBE Mr John Hellinikakis The late Dr Arthur Holmes Pickering* Mr Adrian Jordan Mr Andrew Lewis† Mr Nicholas Marcou Mr Oliver Mundy† Mr Brian Murphy* Mr John Nelson Mr Rex Newman† Mr Elyot Rowland Mr Solon Satanas The late Mr Bill Skinner An Anonymous Donor


Mr John Besent OBE* Mr Abid David Mr Peter Farren* Mr Henry Goldsmith The Roger & Irene Graham Charitable Foundation* Mr Ariel Grunberg† Dr Roger Hobdell Mr Adrian James Mr Michael James† Mr Aled Jones Mr Richard Llewellyn† Mr Ardeshir Matini Noyan & Fernur Nihat The late Mr John Plant Mr John Roberts* Colonel Patrick Scarf Mr Kerim Serter Mr David Talmage Mr Christopher Tew Mr Keith Thomas† Mr Richard Tray Mr John Watkiss Mr Stewart Wernham* Mr Simon White† Mr Philip Williamson 2 Anonymous Donors


The Mill Hill School Foundation is a registered charity (number 1064758)



Mr Nigel Baker* Dr Colin Barnes Dr Duncan Blackburn† Brodie Grandchildren's Trust Mr David A B Brown Ann & Simon Bunyard (in memory of Tim) Mr Graham F Chase* Dr Asif Chatoo Mr Stefano Da Rè The late Canon John Deane Mr Sam Duckworth† Mr Arthur Ferryman Dr Edward Fiddy Mr Charlie Green Mr Andrew Halstead Mr Graham Hamilton Andrews* Mr Hugh Hamilton Andrews* Mr Thomas Hsu Dr Michael Jenkins† The late Mr Andy Jones* Dr Ali Khaleeli Dr Hugh King† Professor Donald Knight† Mr Andrew Leslie Mr Andrew Mortimer† Mr Oke Ogali Mr Timothy Palo Mr John Phillips Mr Tony Phillips Mr David Rodda OBE Mr Patrick Russell Mr Justice Ukachi-Lois† Peter & Anita Wakeham* 3 Anonymous Donors




Michael & Julia Proctor Sushil & Seema Shah† Mr Matthew Robinson Sam Robinson & Joanne Koukis Dr François Rumpf Marat & Yulia Safin Paul & Amanda Salmon The Jeet & Kuki Sandhu Charitable Foundation Martin & Marianna Sheppard Bradley & Suzanne Starr Dr Barbara Stevens* Andrew & Natalie Subramaniam Chloe & Ethan Svirsky Dr Robert Tabibzadeh

The late Mr Simon Air Mr Emmanuel Ajayi Mr Barry Attarzadeh The late Mr Matthew Baldwin Mr Roderick Braithwaite* Anthony & Consuelo Brooke Mr Alex Burtt Mr Andy Clark Mr David Clark† Mr Michael Corby Mr Robert Crooke Mr Graham Harris Mr Frederick Hayward Mr Keith Hobbs Mr Anthony Horne Mr Bob Hudgell Mr Gun Kasapoglu Mr John Martin Mr Ahmed Mukhtar Mr Robert Ogden Mr Christopher Ousey* Mr Ronnie Samuels The late Mr Michael Sweetman* An Anonymous Donor

The Tafler Family Mr Theodoros Theodorou Professor Bart Vanhaesebroeck Mr Simon Waller Sanjev & Carole Warnakulasuriya Mrs Silvana Webb The Garfield Weston Foundation Mrs Flora Wight Mr William Winfield The Wolfson Foundation Mr Lawrence Zhang 9 Anonymous Donors

Moving forward Autumn 2016  

The latest development publication from the Mill Hill School Foundation.

Moving forward Autumn 2016  

The latest development publication from the Mill Hill School Foundation.