School News

Architecture Workshop with STORE

On Tuesday 30 June the L4 (yr 9) GCSE art pupils embarked on a journey through architecture, working hard both in the classroom and outside in the Head’s garden and ending with a final structural piece which we built using willow sticks, pieces of fabric, glue guns and our bare hands. Two professionals, Greg Nordberg (a structural engineer from the architectural consortium STORE) and Stephanie Farmer (Artist and Art Educator and Exhibitions Organiser, also from STORE), helped us learn more about architecture with nature in a dynamic way, and they organised a fabulous project which inspired every young artist in the group.

The scorching hot day began by understanding the theme of organic architecture; we listened intently then played an amusing game which involved inventing our own bizarre animals on paper. Afterwards we collaborated in groups to design a habitat for the animals only using classroom materials like tissue paper, card and pipe cleaners. Everyone enjoyed the morning and was buzzing to create a final composition in the Head’s garden, so we planned it out and set off on the challenge. 

Our aim was to create an architectural piece influenced by the nature around us, we approached this goal by splitting in groups to work efficiently on different tasks. Throughout the time we experimented, changed and developed our ideas; even though problems arose we managed to overcome them, improving at every step of the way. Everything successfully combined together; we created a beautiful scene of a fabric and netting roof which projected interesting overlapping shadows as the sunlight shone through it, and included simple handmade ornaments which dangled from the roof and a dome made out of withy and rope with green netting wove around it including rope suspension. At the end of the day we all felt proud of our hard work and we were very grateful to be given a wonderful opportunity to explore architecture in a fun productive way. 

By Sarina Ramasamy


Junior Maths Olympiad 2015

Many congratulations to our two Junior Maths Olympiad qualifiers, year 8 pupils Alex Yan (RW) and Swasthi Surendran (RW), who have done themselves proud in this extremely challenging paper. Swasthi has been awarded a Merit and Alex has been awarded a Distinction, Gold Medal and a Book Prize, which places him within the top 50 pupils in his age group in the UK. The future of Maths at Bancroft's looks bright!

Edinburgh Fringe

Following previous successes, including last year's near sell-out Company, the Bancroft's Players will again be appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe festival this summer. 

Last night was the preview of this year's production, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime.  Adapted by Constance Cox from the Oscar Wilde short story this sparkling comedy is stuffed full of witty one liners about marriage, society and anarchy!   A mysterious fortune teller informs Lord Arthur that he is destined to commit a murder in the future. Rather than subject his bride-to-be to this potential scandal, he determines to commit the undetectable crime before marrying. His partners in crime, however, prove somewhat less than adequate. Considering they still have an intensive rehearsal period during the summer vacation to come, the production is already looking and sounding good. 

Lord Arthur Savile's Crime will be performed daily at 2.05pm at theSpace on the Mile from Monday 17 to Saturday 22 August.

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Junior Play 2015

On the 24th, 25th and 26th of June, the Junior School (years 7, 8 and 9) put on their production of Leave it to Psmith, a 1920s'  P G Wodehouse comedy about a missing necklace, stolen umbrellas and mistaken identities.   After only having a six week rehearsal period, the cast were professional and dedicated in their approach to the show. On the nights in question, they performed brilliantly ensuring the audience were laughing throughout. It was a triumphant end to a busy term- very well done to all involved!

UKMT Team Challenge 2015

A Bancroft's team of Soumya Krishna Kumar, Jathavan Thevarajah, Alex Yan and Swasthi Surendran put in a fantastic performance UKMT Team Challenge National Final on Monday 22 June.  They finished the day as Runners Up in the main contest to Westminster Under School (with University College School in third place).  They also finished as Runners Up in the National Poster Competition, which is an independent part of the day's activities.

Teams from over 1700 schools across the UK participated in the competition, with the top 88 qualifying for the National Final which was held in the grand surroundings of the Lindley Hall, part of the prestigious Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster.

The day began with the Poster Competition.  This was followed by the main competition comprising four rounds: the Group Circus (involving practical materials for problem solving tasks); the Crossnumber;  the Shuttle and the Relay (a fast and furious mathematical race involving much movement to answer a series of questions in pairs). The competition promotes team work and encourages pupils to think mathematically in a variety of ways. Each team consists of four pupils in Year 9 or below, with no more than two from Year 9.

The prizes were presented by Dame Frances Kirwan, Chair of UKMT and Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University.  To finish the event in 2nd place in both parts of the event is a fantastic achievement. Very well done!