School News

Bancroft's Recreated in Paper

On Friday 18 October, Mrs O’Sullivan organised an Architecture workshop for the L6 Art students and the Architecture General Studies students. We were given the opportunity to experience working as a team on creating paper and card sculptures of parts of the School building as models, either in relief or as 3D models.  Using photos and observations the school we were taken through a variety of scoring, measuring and modelling techniques by the Art and Architecture conglomerate S.T.O.R.E..  Architect Viktor Westerdahl,  who graduated with distinction from the Bartlett School of Architecture and was awarded the Design Technology Prize, and whose work has been published in Dezeen and the Architectural Review, together with Klaudia Kępińska,  a 3rd year student at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and pracitising architect Madeleine Kessler, who was awarded the Marjorie Morrison Bursary and the KPF Traveling Fellowship  from the Architectural Association where she tutors, were invited to work with the Bancroft's students.

Each group decided on various locations at school to sculpt, ranging from the quad, the new conservatory and the passageway leading to the Great Hall.  The workshop also gave us the opportunity to talk to people who are studying architecture or work in the industry, who gave us insights into what architecture involves and the type of work they do. As students, we found it interesting to try a new medium and were quickly immersed in the building process as it allowed us to use our own initiative and creativity. It was a really valuable experience to work as a team and delegate tasks under time pressure, and the short time we were given of just a morning meant we were all very proud of our finished models.

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Julia Jones L6W


Senior Maths Challenge 2015

Congratulations to our senior students who tackled the UKMT Senior Mathematics Challenge during the half term holidays. They achieved excellent results with 18 Golds, 27 Silvers and 20 Bronzes. Four of our students, Peter Andreev, who scored an impressive full marks, Viraj Shah, Sayon Uthayakumar and Nivethan Balakulendran all progress onto the Senior Olympiad which will take place later this term.

Shakespeare Schools Festival

On Monday 9 November twenty-seven of our Remove and L4 pupils appeared in a condensed 30-minute adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch.  Three other schools performed their own adaptations as part of this year's Shakespeare Schools Festival: Hamlet from Woodlands School,  Basildon; Macbeth, The Cornelius Vermuyden School and Arts College in Canvey Island and The Tempest from Broadford Primary School, Romford. The experience gave all pupils involved the chance to experience performing in a professional theatre. At the end of the night, all four casts were invited to return to the stage for a ‘celebratory appraisal’ by the principal director of the Queen’s Theatre.

The Bancroft’s performance was very warmly received, with Deputy Head Marwan Mikdadi praising the cast and director, “The performances were outstanding, the audience was immediately fixated, with the ensemble playing their part to support the great work of the main performers.  A magnificent performance by all involved.  Kyril Yeremenko played the role of Toby Belch with such aplomb, that he had the audience in stitches throughout.  Congratulations to director Alister Mill, who directed the performers in such a way to get the most from all their performances”.

Shakespeare Schools Festival is the largest youth drama festival in the UK and the world, offering students from all backgrounds the opportunity to perform Shakespeare on their local professional stage.  The SSF works with over a thousand schools and 150 theatres across the country.  Author Philip Pullman, the SSF Patron, said, “Every child in every school ought to have the chance to experience this magical process. To bring the enchantment of Shakespeare to thousands of children - there's no more magical process in the whole of education. Long live the Shakespeare Schools Festival!"

Music Junction with the London Chamber Orchestra

Bancroft’s has embarked on an exciting musical project, “Music Junction” with the London Chamber Orchestra.  This will involve some of our talented musicians working alongside professionals from the orchestra and mentoring emerging musicians from schools in Havering and Walthamstow. 

The project was launched here on Friday 16 October when the Bancroftians were joined by members of Havering Music Academy and Bradfield College (who have been involved in a Music Junction project before).  First of all they were treated to a “flash mob” performance of Beethoven’ “Ode to Joy”, which started with a solo cello, then, one by one, the other musicians strolled into the space and casually joined in, picking up the theme and their individual parts.  The pupils were invited to join in, which some of them found a little daunting!  Fears were quashed as the professionals offered advice and encouragement throughout the afternoon. The final performance certainly didn’t sound as if this was a new piece to most of those playing!  The pupils found it inspiring to work along the professionals; Anika Mayor (L4) said, “Working with professional musicians has been amazing as they can teach you so much in such little time! Since they are all so brilliant, just listening to them play was breathtaking.”  Bancroft’s musicians are now eagerly awaiting the next stage of the project; Matteo Mariano said,” I am looking forward introducing younger children to the viola and mentoring them.”

The project runs through the year with LCO members working alongside pupils in group performing and composing, with a final showcase concert in the Cadogan Hall in May.


DofE Presentation at the Palace

On Tuesday 6 October thirty seven pupils who left Bancroft’s in the last three years attended the Duke of Edinburgh Award Presentation Ceremony at St. James’ Palace to receive their Gold Awards. The magnificent surroundings were a fitting setting to mark a fantastic achievement which recognised the awardees as having completed a series of demanding expeditions, learning new skills and providing community support.

It is extremely rare to have such a large group from one borough let alone one school - a fact not lost on HRH the Earl of Wessex who exclaimed, “They are all from your school?  Now that’s just showing off!” He spent time spent time talking with the group and their parents about memories of their experiences and what they had done during their expeditions.

The Gold Award certificates were presented by Sony Radio Academy Awards winner Luke Franks. He congratulated the pupils on their hard work and resolve needed to complete the award and drew parallels between their achievements and possible long term goals.

The ceremony concluded with a special presentation to two of our members of staff, Pat Morton and Luke Brennand, for their significant input into the success of DofE at the School. 

Mr Argyle the DofE Manager at Bancroft’s reflected that, This number of Gold Awards is a fantastic achievement for our School and represents incalculable hours of work and effort by the participants, their parents and School staff. This wonderful event was a fitting ending to mark a splendid effort all round.”

Gold Award holder Matt Carnell stated, “This was a fantastic experience, and one which I will never forget. The presentation was particularly enjoyable as there was such a large Bancroftian presence, and so it allowed friends from different universities to be reunited and to reminisce about the joys of our expeditions. Visiting such an exclusive venue heightened the sense of celebration surrounding the day and brought home the nature of our achievements; it really helped to draw a close on 18months of hard work; it's also pretty nice to be able to say I've met one of the Royal Family!"