School News

Redbridge Badminton Champions

Some great badminton performances from Bancroft’s pupils in the local (Redbridge) round of this year’s National Schools Tournament.  Last week the U16As won all their matches, following the example set by the U13 boys and also the U13 girls, who had played their first round matches in November.   This means that we have three teams – the U13 girls, U13 boys and U16 boys - in the East London Round which takes place at the iconic Copper Box Arena in Stratford on 10 February.


ARTiculation Regional Heat Winner


Congratulations to Bancroft's Upper Sixth Former Thomas Leung who competed in the Regional Heat of the ARTiculation Prize competition held at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery on Monday 19 January.  The ARTiculation Prize public speaking competition, which is part of The Roche Court Educational Trust’s ARTiculation initiative, invites sixth form students to give a short presentation on a work of art, artefact or architecture of their choice.  Thomas spoke on the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern and was declared the winner.  He will now join the other four finalists on Saturday 7 March at Clare College, Cambridge.  The final will be adjudicated by Dr Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain.



Senior Maths Olympiad 2014

Congratulations to sixth formers Kavin Vijayakumar (U6E), Peter Andreev (L6E) and Francis Clark-Murray (U6W) who have all gained Distinctions in the Senior Maths Olympiad (BMO1).  Kavin has also been awarded a Bronze Medal and a Book Prize.  Both Kavin and Peter have qualified for the follow on round, the elite BMO2 Olympiad, which will take place  in January. Very well done to all three!

Taal - The Beat of Life

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Around 150 pupils from Thirds to U6  took part in Taal on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 December.  Taal, which means “the beat of life”, is an exciting fusion of Asian dance, music and acting.  Now in its 13th year, Taal has become a much anticipated fixture in our calendar as well as an important part of the School’s cultural life.  The event is totally student driven with members of the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Muslim Society (HSBM Society) writing, choreographing and directing the event. The script this year was written by Aqib Ahmed with Avantika Sood  overseeing the choreography.  In addition, the pupils assume full responsibility for everything from finding sponsorship from local businesses to sourcing costumes.  President of the HSBM Society, Aisha Chowdhury said for her, “Taal has been a great way of making friends from all year groups.  I’ve been involved since the L4 and it has become a massive part of my school life, I’m really sad that this will be my last one.  It’s a lot of work, but so worthwhile.”

Taal is also a major fund raiser for charities and this year it is supporting Smile Train and Charity Right.  Charity Right provides vital food aid to starving people in the most underprivileged places in the world. Their amazing work has served 1.4 million meals in 6 countries worldwide. Smile Train is a charity which provides free cleft repair to those in need while helping to train local doctors. Every year, over 170,000 children are born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. The cleft repair makes it possible for a child born with cleft to eat, breath, speak properly and smile.  Representative of both charities enjoyed the performances.  we hope that this year’s Taal will have raised in excess of seven thousand pounds to be divided equally between the two charities.

Mrs Ireland was enthusiastic about the evening “Taal 2014 continued the strong tradition of pupil-led entertainment of a terrific standard! Music, drama and dancing all to help support those who are less fortunate; bravo!”


Celebration of DofE Successes

Once again we have seen a fantastic year for pupils involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme.  This year a total of 148 pupils from the Fifth and Sixth Forms have achieved success in the Award.  Ninety six Bronze Awards and thirty one Silver Awards were presented to pupils by Peter Fleet, the London Regional Director for DofE on Monday 17 November at School.  In addition, a further twenty one pupils will be presented with their Gold Awards at special ceremonies held at St James’ Palace.

After presenting the successful students with their badges, Peter Fleet also spoke about the long term benefits of the Award. He spoke of his own experiences with the Award, including his memories of working for Redbridge.  Afterwards he said, "Bancroft's School represents one of the best examples of DofE delivery in schools in the capital.  Bancroft's understand the value of DofE to its students and how it perfectly complements academic attainment and raises level of achievement.  As a charity we often see the impact DofE participation has on student's progress and prospects in terms of accessing university, apprenticeships, a job and career. I congratulate Bancroft's School on their significant success with our programme and appreciate the value placed on it by the Head, Governors and teaching staff."

OB and Gold Award holder Matthew Tembey spoke of the challenges he had faced  and undoubted life skills he had gained while working towards his Gold Award: from his voluntary work to the demands of the expedition to Snowdonia. 

In addition to these achievements, during the recent October half term thirty U6 pupils who are working towards their Gold Awards spent a week in Snowdonia on their expedition.  Although the expedition section, which includes a night of wild camping, is meant to be tough this year’s cohort faced another challenge: the conditions presented by Hurricane Gonzalo which forced the students to delay the start of the expeditions and reconsider their routes.

The evening was a fitting celebration of the dedication and work put in by these Bancroftians over the past year and also a tribute to the support given by their parents and members of staff at the School.