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McClure Centenary Celebrations

A special and fitting tribute to "the maker" of Mill Hill.

The McClure Centenary celebration was a truly uplifting event in which the whole Foundation came together to celebrate. 
The activities throughout the day showcased just how multi-talented Millhillians, Old Millhillians, Belmontians and Cobham pupils are and how all these talents are equally nurtured and encouraged across The Foundation.  
We started the Annual Old Millhillians Day Lunch down at the Cricket Pavilion, then the day's sporting activities kicked off in the early afternoon, including;

Cricket: MHS 1st XI vs OM XI. MHS wins by 14

Touch Rugby Tournament: OMs beat MHS winning 6-5

Hockey: MHS 1st XI vs OM/Staff 1-3

We then gave thanks to Sir John McClure in our Chapel service, which then led guests to the fantastic display from our Corps of Drums on the Quad. They marched guests over to the delicious food and drinks which was followed by the grand musical and fireworks finale, there was something for everyone to be part of and enjoy.  
We were brought together to celebrate the life and leadership of Sir John McClure, the longest standing Head of Mill Hill School. Seeing pupils, teachers, staff, Old Millhillians and friends dancing and laughing together in the beautiful Mill Hill grounds was an extremely fitting tribute to his legacy.    

Our Director of Performance, Kevin Kyle said: 
"The world's most famous and popular language is music.” 
"It is exciting to be able to produce a concert on the scale of The McClure Centenary Celebration and equally exciting to write about it using a quote from Psy!! 

The Mill Hill School Foundation’s pupils, parents and staff; guest musicians; Old Millhillians; and parents of OMs pupils and staff from Belmont, and Cobham Hall all came together to celebrate this milestone of an event through the medium of Music. 
What better way to celebrate the legacy of a music lover than with the largest concert that Mill Hill has ever produced? At one point, the choir had almost 350 singers. 

With our heavily enlarged orchestras and choirs, we performed music from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. Our combined Jazz Bands together with Charlie A led us into our fireworks finale with an hour of club anthems from the nineties and noughties. 
Everyone was dancing on Top Field from the Head and our guests to tiny toddlers with their parents. It is a night we will never forget!"  

Old Millhillian and recipient of the McClure Memorial Trust Scholarship Nathaniel Barling (McClure 2010-12) said: 
"At Mill Hill School I learnt 3 things above everything else that I will carry with me for the rest of my life: 
1) Opportunity is open to us all if we have the belief to step up when it comes our way. 
2) Be resilient when we don’t reach the standards that we set ourselves. 
3) Support others when they feel they haven’t either" 


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