School News

Stupendous 275 Concert!



On Saturday 23 March the Great Hall was packed for a special 275 Anniversary concert.  The evening displayed the many musical talents of Bancroft's pupils, from the 3rds playing in the Second Orchestra or singing in the Junior Choir to one of our Sixth Form Music Scholars Ben Yelverton, who performed a piano solo with the First Orchestra.    It was an evening full of variety too, the Bancroft's Swingers warmed us up with their usual rousing performance and the Bancroft's Singers reprised their rendition of Haydn's Insanae et Vanae Curae which they had previosuly sung at the 275 Anniversary Service.   Dr Stuart Hunn did a fantastic job of introducing the evening and keeping things flowing with fascinating Bancroft trivia, even when faced with some longer than expected pauses.

The climax of the evening was a performance of The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah (a work contemporary with the foundation of the School) by a massed choir of pupils, members of staff, parents and OBs accompanied by the First Orchestra. 

Thanks must go to Mr Roger Bluff and Mrs Caroline Foinette, as well as our committed visiting music teachers, for all their work.  As one OB remarked, "It was simply stupendous!"




CCF on Parade for the Queen



Forty senior members of the School’s CCF were thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in  a very special day for Redbridge.  The cadets were amongst those chosen to line the route taken by the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh through Valentine’s Park on Thursday 29 March.   The day went very smoothly and all the hours spent practising standing to attention, polishing boots and making sure hair was up to army standard were worthwhile.   The Cadets were surrounded by cheering groups of children from Redbridge primary schools, many of whom were keen to take the Cadets’ photos!

The day was especially memorable for Warrant Officer Harriet Bartlett as she was chosen to be one of five representatives of the uniformed groups to assist the Queen’s entourage: “We had to keep the crowds back, collect flowers and, as the most senior in rank, I was responsible for giving orders to stand to attention. I had been very nervous beforehand, but soon relaxed.  It was a very memorable day for me: a real privilege.”  Flight Lieutenant Stuart Hunn said that “It was an honour to be involved in yesterday’s events in this historic Jubilee year; all pupils did themselves, the Contingent and the School proud!”

This is not the first time that Bancroft’s CCF has been involved in a Royal occasion.  The Queen’s father, George VI,  visited the school in 1921 when he was the Duke of York to review the cadets.



Maths Final for Upper 4ths

Congratulations to our U4 maths team of Kavin Vijayakumar, Francis Clark-Murray, Sai Johal and Amar Kalsi who represented Bancroft's in the Regional Heat of the Year 10 Further Maths Team Competition in Hemel Hempstead. The team have qualified for the Final of this prestigious competition on Thursday 10 May 2012 at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge. Good luck!

U19s Net Bronze in Nationals

For the second year running, our talented U19 girls took the Bronze Medal at the finals of the E-Teach National Netball Tournament, which were held in Basildon on Saturday 17 March.  This is the most prestigious tournament in the country in schools’ netball and, at the U19 level, also involves sixth form colleges.

At this stage of  the tournament every game counted: the girls knew that there would be no easy games.  The group stage of the competition was very open: Bancroft’s played eight matches, winning six (Greenhead College, Loreto Grammar School, English Martyrs, Oundle, Seevic and the Wrekin)  and lost just two: both by a single goal (Aylesbury High School 12-13 and King Edwards 10-11) . In the semi final they faced King’s Worcester, an excellent team which played some very skillful netball;  a 7-13 defeat for the girls meant a play off against Aylesbury High School for third and fourth places;  this was  a repeat from the earlier round and was, once again, a very close match.  Although tired after ten games, the girls picked themselves up to turn round their earlier defeat and win 16 goals to 14.

Miss Telford, the coach,  was naturally very proud of her team’s achievements, “They played superbly in the play off; it was their match of the day.  I am still not sure where they got their energy from!  It was a fantastic all round performance from the squad with every member playing her part.   We have faced injuries this term, but thankfully had both Kiki Solanke and Becki Mead back to strengthen the team.”


Squad:  Kris Sim (captain), Sophie Luck (vice captain), Harriet Welton,  Anna Hubbard, Harriet Chambers, Becki Mead, Izzy Heard, Kiki Solanke, Becky Coomber, Christie Chapman.

This was a triumphant end to a great season for Bancroft's netball: the U19s had reached the Quarter Finals of the Independent Schools Cup whilst, at the other end of the School, the U12 team were crowned Redbridge champions being undefeated in the Redbridge Sports Centre tournament; the U12s also had a fantastic record winning every match they have played this season.  The Prep team also did very well making their way to the finals of the IAPS tournament.

Junior Science Fair

The Science Department, together with 57 our L6 scientists, ran a very successful Junior Science Fair on Friday 9 March.  We had over 200 visitors from 24 different local prep and primary schools, together with all of our own Prep pupils.  The theme this year was Our World in Motion and the visitors all had a busy and very enjoyable time. The L6 had prepared a series of hands-on stalls in the Great Hall, which explained different theories and gave the children a chance to conduct their own explorations: they made rockets propelled by vinegar; slime; reviewed the bacteria on their hands and learnt about air pressure.  The children also time spent time in three science zones: physics, where they made and launched rockets, biology, where they participated in several different activities including potting up plants, and a chemistry display showing various chemical reactions (the louder the better according to the children)..The entries for the L6 competition were excellent and, after a closely fought contest, the joint winners of the L6 competition were The Wonder of Magnets  (Oliver Hague L6N, Nicholas Slack L6 N, Charles Blake L6W, Alex Gardiner L6W and Maxym Powroznyk L6E) and Bernoulii and Lift (Bethany Long L6N, Jasmine Moody L6S, Rhys Durham L6S).