Physics Challenge Successes
Congratulations to members of the L6 for their performances in the British Physics Olympiad AS Challenge. The following were awarded medals: Kavin Vijayjumar (Gold), Alex Ruben and Jasraj Panesar (both Silver) and Ed Davies (Bronze). In addition, six pupils received Commendations. In the GCSE Challenge, Peter Andreev received a Gold Medal, Tony Aloysius (Silver), Usmaan Hafiz and Rebeca Hague (Bronze i) and Kajaanan Rajmohan (Bronze ii); five pupils received Commendations.
Former Children's Laureate at Prep
Prep pupils were excited to have a visit from author Anne Fine on Thursday 27 March. Although author visits to the School are not uncommon, Anne Fine, who is the former Children’s Laureate (the second author to hold the position, which she did from 2001-2003) and author of over 40 books for children and adults, is the most prestigious writer to visit the School to date.
Anne Fine is the winner of multiple prizes: the Nestle Smarties Prize, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, the Whitbread Award and has twice won the CILIP Carnegie Medal the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book award for literature. Her novel Blood Family has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2014 and if it wins she will be the first to have received the award three times.
The children were naturally excited about the visit and they were not disappointed as Ms Fine proved to be a most entertaining speaker. During the three talks given to differnt year groups, she kept the children, and their teachers,in fits of giggles as she described how she gets inspiration for her books, and the actual writing process. She likened writing to making a casserole as you put lots of ideas together and then have to “let it stew!” Her talks were fun of hilarious anecdotes from her family life. Karen Yelverton, English Co-ordinator at Bancroft’s Prep said, “Anne Fine is an inspirational author with a wealth of fascinating tales to share. The children loved her.” This view was supported by the children with Prep 1 pupil Clementine Jamieson saying, “She is a really interesting writer with funny stories.” While her classmate Matusha Sivakumar said, “Anne Fine is an inspiration to me, as she writes excellent books.”
Essex Met Indoor Cricket Title
The Essex Metropolitan Indoor Cricket League came down to the final night (Friday 28 March) with the Bancroft’s U15 boys needing to beat Frenford Cricket Club to secure the U15 title by a single point from local rivals Wanstead Cricket Club.
Frenford batted first and got off to a flying start scoring 36-0 off the first 4 overs. A collapse then ensued with Rishi and Angad taking two wickets apiece and Tom Oliver 3 catches, together with a salmon-like leaping catch from captain Angad to dismiss Frenford for 44 all out. Angad and Tom Oliver then cruised to victory with 45-0.
Congratulations to all team members: Angad Nijjar, Tom Oliver, Will Hopkins, Sahil Handa, Rishi Roy-Mukherjee, Haaris Sohoye and Tom Mead. It was a long season which started way back in September but was brought to a successful and satisfactory conclusion; ten victories and a single loss led to our first Premier League title triumph after seven years of trying against the best local cricket clubs. Well done to all the boys concerned.
Young Shakespeare Company
On Friday 21 March our Prep 1 and 2s Prep School had a fantastic introduction to Shakespeare's works when they were treated to a visit by the Young Shakespeare Company . The group, which specialises in Shakespeare productions for schools, held the children’s attention for two hours with their engrossing, interactive production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
During the performance, children were invited to act the roles of various characters as well as join in by providing atmospheric sound effects, which they did with enthusiasm, and predicting what happened next. Prep 1 pupil Cillian Bergin-Miah very nearly stole the show when he threw himself into playing “the wall", showing fantastic comic timing. The pupils were totally absorbed by the story and were roaring with laughter at the antics of Shakespeare’s characters. For many of the children it was their very first experience of Shakespeare and when asked whether they had enjoyed the play the resounding, collective “yes” proved that the afternoon had been a big success. Prep 1 pupil Amber Buthfer was very enthusiastic in her appreciation, “I thought that the play we watched was mind-blowing, because we were actually involved.”
English Co-ordinator, Karen Yelverton said, “It’s a great introduction to Shakespeare. They make it such fun that the pupils really understand the language and the plots of his plays.”
The Young Shakespeare Company is one of the foremost educational theatre companies in the UK, currently performing Shakespeare to over 100,000 young people every year.
Primary Science Fair 2014
On Thursday 20 March we hosted over four hundred pupils from twenty primary and prep schools from Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Essex for Bancroft’s fifth annual “Primary Science Fair”. Pupils were entertained and, of course, educated by a wide range of exciting and often highly original interactive stands presented by our L6 science students. Amongst other activities, pupils got to discover all about bubbles and their properties, they created lightning, made their own slides for microscopes and confronted their fears in a hair raising moment! These stands were all subjected to judging and the winners of the competition were Laura Allirajah, Priya Gohal, Harris Nageswaran, Anika Patel and Avantika Sood with “Attraction”; in second place was “Bubble Blast” by May Al-Shawk and Eva Botha and “Chemluminescence” by Anna Fostiak, Emmaline Okafor and Shivani Sheth was placed third. The event was a great success, and the children went back to school truly inspired about science.
The visitors were also treated to a chemistry demonstration which showed how various reactions result in the production of different colours; they got their chance to make and launch their own rockets on the school field and went home wearing necklaces containing their own DNA!
Science co-ordinator at Nightingale Primary School, Laura Cordes, said, “It is a really inspirational day; It’s fantastic for our pupils to come along and see all the exciting things that they can do in science when they get to secondary school. It really inspires them about science and all the possibilities it holds.” and Laura Johnson of Wanstead Church School said, “This was a fabulous opportunity. The children loved doing all the experiments themselves and it was great that so many activities were was hands-on.” The response was equally positive from the children with Jake Steele of Wanstead Church School saying, “The chemistry demonstration was my favourite; I loved seeing what happened when the chemicals were mixed together.”
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