School News

Intermediate Maths Challenge

Well done to all those who took part in the Intermediate Maths Challenge, gaining an impressive total of 31 Gold, 41 Silver and 30 Bronze certificates.  Congratulations to Kavin Vijayakumar, Jasraj Panesar and Francis Clark-Murray who have qualified for the next round, the Intermediate Olympiad.

U19s through to National Netball Finals

On Sunday 29 January, Bancroft’s had three teams (U19, U16, U14) playing in the Regional Finals of the National Schools’ Netball Tournament held at Redbridge Sports Centre.  By this stage in the Tournament, there are no easy opponents and every single match counts.

The U14 played well, although they were faced with the usual challenge of height difference between them and their opponents!  The girls finished in sixth place in the group; there were lots of Remove players in the team who will still be eligible to play next year.

The U16 team was a depleted squad with several key players missing due to sickness or injury.  Despite this, they did very well, winning their first two games before coming across very strong opposition.  They finished in fifth place.

regionals_2012_062v2webThe U19s, also beset by sickness,  won their first three games against St Helen’s (9-7), Benenden (17-15) and Coloma Girls (10-7)  before a very close game against Lady Eleanor Holles.  Unfortunately, the Bancroft’s girls lost by a single goal (11-12), and were about to shoot for a draw when the final whistle blew.  The girls were devastated, but they pulled themselves together to beat King’s 14-5.     The final match of the day saw Bancroft’s face their old adversary Barking Abbey.  Thanks to a Guildford victory over Lady Eleanor Holles, Bancroft’s knew that progress to the National Finals was possible.   At this crucial stage, the Woodford girls needed just one point to qualify as silver medallists.  With Barking Abbey's very solid defence and  efficient scoring, Bancroft's took the philosophy that they had to keep the ball away from the opposition in order to minimise potential damage! As expected, it was a tough game and, although Bancroft’s lost to Barking Abbey, the 13-8 score gave them the much needed point.regionals_2012_055web

 It had been an exhausting day of netball, with every match tight, and demanding that the girls gave 100% to every game.  Every member of the Bancroft’s U19 team, which had been reduced to a squad of just 9 fit players, gave their best throughout and their finals place was well deserved.  

The National Finals are on 17 March in Basildon, and Bancroft’s join Barking Abbey as the very best schools’ U19 netball teams in London and the South East.  We wish the girls well for the Finals.



U16 Hockey Boys to Regional Finals

Many congratulations to the U16 boys who finished second in the Essex Championships held at Redbridge Sports Centre last Wednesday.  The boys were unbeaten to finish second in their group.  The team enjoyed victories against the Drapers, Academy, King John's and Coopers' Coburn; they drew with Felsted (2-2) and Chigwell (0-0).  This means that they have qualified for the Regional Finals to be held at the UEA, Norwich on 9 February.    Best of luck for the 9th!

Tournament victory for 1st VII netballers

Congratulations to the 1st VII netballers who successfully defended their title in the Birley Tournament on Tuesday 24 January.  This is an annual invitation-only event, held at The King's School in Canterbury, with the list of invited schools reading like a "who's who" of top independent schools in the south east.

Although Woodford saw constant rain throughout the afternoon, the girls stayed dry in Kent.  They convincingly won all three of their section matches to face Brighton College in the semi finals.  They then were up against Benenden in the final, which proved a very close match: Bancroft's winning by a single goal (14-13).  Therefore, we retained the trophy.  Player of the Tournament as voted by the umpires went to Sophie Luck.

The afternoon proved to be an excellent warm up for Sunday, when Bancroft's teams are in action in all three age groups (U19, U16, U14) of the Regional Round of the National Schools Netball Tournament at Redbridge Sports Centre.  Good luck to them all.

Oxbridge Offers for 12 Bancroftians

 Congratulations to the twelve members of the Upper Sixth  who have secured offers to study at Oxford or Cambridge next year.

Subject to grades, five of them will be heading to Oxford and seven of them will be heading up to Cambridge. Those Oxford-bound include: Anna Hubbard (Modern Languages, Keble), Geraint Kiff (Modern Languages, Pembroke), Linnet Kaymer (History, Merton), Calum Lomas (Economics and Management, St Hughs) and Georgia Watson (Classics, Trinity).   Meanwhile, Cambridge-bound are: Harriet Bartlett (Veterinary Science, Gonville & Caius), Eleanor Flaherty (Geography, Selwyn), Deanna Green (Theology, Queens), Alison Harvey (Modern Languages, St. John’s), Lorcan Murphy (Engineering, Christ’s), Stephanie Posner (Classics, Jesus) and Ben Yelverton (Natural Sciences-Physics, St Catherine’s).

Headteacher, Mary Ireland, said, “We are delighted that the hard work and dedication that these students have shown over a number of years has been so richly rewarded and we wish them the very best in the pursuit of their studies.”