School News

UKMT Maths Challenge

mathswebCongratulations to Kavin Vijayakumar, Sai Johal, Ishan Kapur and Monika Johal who were the winning team in the Essex Regional Final of the UKMT Team Maths Challenge. The Bancroft's four competed with 28 schools from Essex, Herts and London; Chigwell came second and Haileybury took third place.  They will represent Bancrofts in the National Final at the Royal Horticultural Halls on 20th June.

Explorer Scouts Set for Tanzania!

Four of our Explorer Scouts have been selected to take part in an expedition to Tanzania in summer 2012. They will be working on a community project for two weeks, possibly helpingTanzaniav2 to build a school,  before two weeks of ‘fun’ activities.  The Scouts faced a tough selection weekend before being accepted on the expedition. Unfortunately one of the unit, Neel Raja, was too ill to attend the selection weekend, so had to withdraw his application.

The Explorers are Hanna Margetson Rushmore, Ravi Woods, Laura Gillett and Max Llewellyn. They now start the hard work of fundraising and attending training weekends!


Intermediate Maths Challenge 2011

An outstanding set of results for this year’s Intermediate Maths Challenge!

Our pupils gained 28 Gold certificates, 54 Silver and 20 Bronze and an astounding total of eight pupils have qualified for the next round of the competition, the Intermediate Olympiad.  This is both the highest number of Gold certificates and the highest number of Olympiad qualifiers the School has ever seen.

Congratulations to all those who contributed to these results and in particular to the Olympiad qualifiers: Rishi Bhabutta, Anand Goel, Alex Stroud, Philippa Chilvers Woolley, Preeth Channa, Kavin Vijayakumar, Francis Clark-Murray, Jasraj Panesar.

Double Triumph for U13 Hockey!

Some days just get better and better............................and better.  Wednesday February 9 2011 was such a day for Bancroft’s hockey as the Removes girls won the Essex County tournament for the first time in the School’s history and the Removes boys finished runners-up in their Essex County tournament, losing out by a single point for the title.  Both teams, therefore, qualifying for the Eastern Regional Finals of the national competition in March.

However, it did not start out that way as a tentative opening performance against Felsted cost the girls three goals. Nevertheless, a late consolation and some periods in which weu13web dominated possession did give us some encouragement for the future.  We finished the group stage as runners up, after four wins (against Chelsmford, Forest, King John’s and Brentwood Bs) and one loss, having scored 18 goals and conceded just three.

The semi-final was a local derby against Chigwell. Bancroft’s snatched an early lead. but Chigwell bounced back to equalise.  In the final seconds, the game swung from and to end and could have gone either way and, with the final score at 1-1, penalties was the outcome.  It fell to Bancroft’s goalkeeper Niki Pandya to save the final Chigwell penalty and emerge as the hero of the hour.  A  tough way for Chigwell to lose and Bancroft celebrations were muted as commiserations were offered to friends on the opposing side.

The final was a rematch against Felsted. This time, we were ready from the start; two early goals gave us a cushion but the vital third eluded us.   Felsted were tenacious opponents and the ball sank further into our half. However, our resolve never faltered and we even managed to cope with a breakdown in the timing during and we finished  2-0 victors and worthy Essex Under 13 Girls champions for the first time in the School’s history.

Many congratulations to all those girls who took part, namely Chloe Joarder, Monika Johal, Ella Day, Niketa Pandya, Rebecca Hague, Chloe Wong, Hannah Sydenham, Naomi Doye, Joy Coburn and Jessica Richardson. It was above all a supreme team effort!

u13_boys_webIn the boys’competition, the Bancroft’s team also got off to a slow start with a goalless draw against Forest.  Despite numerous chances to score, some excellent goalkeeping from Forest stopped us getting on the scoresheet.  The boys’ tournament took on a different format to the girls’: this was a simple round robin with the overall winner being the team to finish with the most points.  Comfortable wins against Maltings Academy, Coopers’ Coburn and the Drapers’ Academy followed, with a narrow 1-0 victory over Chigwell and a 1-1 draw with Felsted.

In all, the boys scored a fantastic 32 goals, conceding just two and, although they were the only unbeaten side in the tournament, two draws left them as runners-up to Chigwell.  They proceed to the Regional Finals, along with Chigwell , when they will have to avoid the slow start and ensure that cool heads are always in place!  Well done to all the boys involved, who played with real determination, teamwork and professionalism throughout.   The squad was:  Tirion Prole,  George Margetson-Rushmore , Antony Juffs,  Felix Edwards, Alexander Schumacher, Ishan Kapur, Sam Booth, Nasr Islam, Will Hopkins and Tom Mead.

The U13s follow the U14 boys and girls teams from Bancroft’s; both of which qualified earlier in the season  for the East of England finals as runners-up in the Essex Tournament.  It has been a fantastic season for hockey at the School!

National Finals for U19 Netballers

u19_netball_2011_1webIt has been a very busy week for our U19 netballers.  Firstly, they qualified for the National Finals of the National Schools Netball Tournament.  Having progressed through  two previous rounds, the girls travelled to Rainham on Sunday 23 January for the Regional Finals to take on teams from Essex, Kent, Middlesex and Surrey.  This annual tournament is the most important event in schools’ netball and is open to schools and sixth form colleges in both the independent and maintained sectors.

In the Regional Finals the girls played 7 matches, comfortably winning 6 but losing to a strong Barking Abbey side, 9-12.  This left them as runners-up in this round of the tournament, qualifying with Barking Abbey for the final, to be held on 19 March in Southampton..  At half time Bancroft’s had a narrow lead of one goal, but were unable to hold onto this until full-time.  However, Miss Telford, who described the girls’ performance as “magnificent”, feels that they have it in them to beat Barking Abbey in the finals.  “There will be a lot of very strong teams in Southampton, especially from the large sixth form colleges, where they have over 1000 students from which to select the team!”  

This team won the Nationals in 2007 as Under 14s and were bronze medallists as Under 16s in 2009.  Their determination to qualify again for the National Finals, in which  for many of the team will be their last year of playing together, really showed through on Sunday.

Miss Telford has coached the squad since they were Thirds and comments that they really deserve their success, “The girls work 100% for each other, their teamwork is superb and there are no stars.  Unfortunately they haven’t grown much over the years, but have learnt to jump very high as all opposition is much taller!  They are always complimented on their level of ball skills and team work.  They all play beautiful, clean netball and umpires comment on this.”

On Tuesday the girls played in the invitation-only Kings’ School, Canterbury tournament against some of the most prestigious independent schools in the south east.  This time  they tasted victory by beating King’s in the final. There were again many other positive comments from other coaches about their positive attitude, their skilful play and their lack of height!

Breakdown of results from Regional Finals:

St Helens                      Won    11 – 3
Highworth                     Won    15 – 3
Caterham                     Won    12 – 9
Cranbrook                    Won    19 – 2
Lady Eleanor Holles  Won    16 – 8
Putney High                 Won    14 – 8
Barking Abbey             Lost     9 – 12