School News

A Dream of a Dreamcoat

Prep 2 leavers have had a busy few weeks: firstly their exciting trip to France and now their fabulous production of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.   Using two casts ensured that every single member of the year group was on stage; so there were two Josephs (Edward Sands-Grant and Mila Stoilova), two Pharoahs (Sahana Sekhon and Sarib Khan) and 22 brothers!   This, together with rehearsing four separate Alpha and Beta choirs, meant logistical nightmares involving a fair amount of juggling for Director Kat Lynch and Musical Director Adam Baum.  This was an exuberant and energetic production; the looks of joy on the children's faces clearly displayed just how much they were enjoying Andrew Lloyd Webber's dangerously catchy tunes and Tim Rice's witty lyrics.

A Prep 2 parent described the production as “utterly engaging” and commented that “it was great to give such a broad spectrum of children a theatrical experience with such an inclusive production.”  Miss Lynch said, "The whole ‘Joseph’ experience has been such a wonderful one for all children and staff involved. The performers, from year 3 to 6, have all worked incredibly hard over the last four months to make this an unforgettable journey. I feel privileged to have worked alongside such an enthusiastic and  energetic cast!”




Junior Maths Challenge 2015

Congratulations to all those who took part in this year's Junior Maths Challenge, gaining 31 Gold, 25 Silver and 9 Bronze certificates.  Alex Yan (RWb) and Swasthi Surendran (RWa) deserve special congratulations for qualifying for the follow-on round, the Junior Maths Olympiad.  Alex in particular did extremely well in scoring full marks, a most impressive achievement.  Well done to them all.

DofE Recognition for Bancroft's

The success of the DofE Award Scheme here at Bancroft's was  acknowledged when the Head, Mary Ireland, was invited as a special guest to  the Gold presentation ceremony on 25 March at St James's Palace.   She and Bancroft’s were awarded a certificate by TV presenter Alice Beer  in recognition of the fantastic levels of participation amongst Bancroftians in the Award Scheme at the School.  During the current year we have had more pupils enrolled on the scheme than any other school in London, with 264 Bancroft’s pupils enrolled across all three levels including 64 gold participants. Across all three levels of the scheme, we see an average 80% completion rate: again amongst the highest for London centres.  Bancroft’s was the only School to be presented with its own award at this event.   During the presentation Alice Beer told the Gold Award holders, “Don’t see your Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as just another tick in the box. It will take you places; enable you to gain new experiences and progress in your career.”

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National Maths Summer School 2015

Congratulations to year 11 (Fifth Form) pupil Sayon Uyhayakumar who has been awarded a place on this year's National Maths Summer School. This is as a consequence of his excellent achievements in the Maths Challenges and Olympiads and, in particular, his medal winning performance in last term’s Intermediate Olympiad. It is a superb achievement to reach this level and a fantastic opportunity for Sayon to mix with the most promising young mathematicians in the UK.  The prestigious Summer School, which involves Masterclasses, group work, team competitions and other stimulating mathematical activities, takes place in Leeds in July.

Amnesty Young Reporter Winner

Many congratulations to Jordan Gordon-Harris (3N) who has been named Young Human Rights Reporter (Lower Secondary) in this year's Amnesty Youth Awards.  Jordan was presented with his prize by Radio 1 Xtra presenter Nick Bright at Amnesty’s London Headquarters in an inspiring ceremony on Wednesday 29 April. 

His winning entry was entitled “Wasted Lives” and it questioned the effectiveness of sending young offenders to prison.  He was inspired to write the piece by his aunt, who works in the prison service. Jordan described winning as ecstatic:  “I worked hard writing this piece and it paid off!  I feel very proud and humble to be named as the winner.  I hope my entry will change people's opinions. Everyone deserves a second chance.  I am interested in topics about young people and why some people seem to get on well and others have a rocky start in life.  I started thinking about people who get into trouble at school and are excluded and how their lives might change.  My Aunty works in prisons and she told me what life is like being ‘inside’ – not fun!  This made me more committed to writing about young people and why prison is not the answer to changing their lives.”

The Amnesty Youth Awards celebrate young people's talent for human rights reporting, photography, songwriting (and performing), campaigning and fundraising.  This year the Awards received over 5,500 entries from more than 200 schools nationwide.  Journalist Sir Trevor Macdonald, OBE was the judge for the Journalism categories for this year’s Youth Awards and Richard Branson is the Amnesty Youth Ambassador.  Sir Trevor MacDonald said of the entries, “I was so impressed by the subjects people chose. They were very relevant and written with a great deal of passion. There was no question that they felt strongly about what they were writing.”