School News

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).

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Special Delivery for Prep Pupils

 

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Local MP and Secretary for State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith made a special early start on Friday 9 March when he attended School Assembly at the Prep.  He was there to present prizes to two  pupils for their entries in the Royal Mail’s young letter writing competition.  Beta pupil Benedict Hughes was named as the London Regional winner and fellow Bancroft’s pupil Adam Agbamu (Prep 1) received the prize for the regional runner-up.

Children aged between 7 and 11 were invited to write letters on “what the Olympics mean to me.”  Judges were looking for original and imaginative letters - children could write a letter to their favourite Olympic sportsperson - past, present or future, real or imaginary, or they could write about something or someone more personal to them.

 The boys were unaware they had won until their names were announced in assembly. Benedict said, Benedict said, “I was speechless when Mrs Ireland presented the award and I looked at my friends and was stunned and very excited and couldn’t help smiling.”  He drew on his own experiences for his letter, “My mum has a friend called Paul and he is in a wheel chair. I went to his house and he beat me at a game of swing ball and this really inspired me to write a story.”

There were ten heats across the UK with prizes for winners in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, North East, North West, London, South East, Anglia, Midlands and South West.  Heat winners will each receive £100 in vouchers and a selection of Royal Mail stamps, stationery and pin badges to share with their class.  Heat runner-up prizes are £50 in vouchers, a set of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games stamps.  The competition was open to all children aged between 7 and 11, with a Special Achievement award for children who overcame particular difficulties to enter.

The national winner’s letter will be entered into the Universal Postal Union’s international Olympic letter writing competition 2012.

 Iain Duncan-Smith said: “I’m delighted to be able to present these awards and it’s great to know that children have not lost the passion or art of letter writing in this age of electronic communications.  Letters can be treasured and re-read for years to come and form part of our rich literary heritage.”

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Bancroftians Shortlisted for Amnesty Prize

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Congratulations to Lana Mawlood (3E) and Charlie Blake (L6W) who have both been shortlisted in their age categories in The Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition organised by Amnesty and promoted by The Guardian. Entrants were required to research and write newspaper-style articles on a Human Rights issue.  There were over 3,000 entries nationwide in the three secondary age categories of which ten entries have been shortlisted in each category.  Lana wrote movingly on the subject of human trafficking and modern slavery.  She said “I'm really pleased that I have come this far. I'm happy to be able to raise awareness for human rights and to give a voice to those denied of one.”  Charlie wrote on the fate of the Chagos islanders and commented, “I feel extremely privileged to have been shortlisted for this award;  not only because of Amnesty International's reputation but also because of the fantastic opportunity they have provided for me to present my views.”

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Please click here to read Lana and Charlie's articles

 

Bancroft's Prep to Represent Redbridge

On Wednesday 7 March all of our Prep 2s took part in the Redbridge Mini Games.  Forty three primary and prep schools from the borough took part in a wide variety of competitions.  Bancroftians performed really well to win both the mixed hockey and high 5 netball; they had already won the swimming gala which had been held beforehand.  In addition, they were placed fourth in the tri-gold and twelfth in the sportshall athletics.  Both the tag rugby and football had to be postponed due to the bad weather, but Bancroft’s had already reached the quarter finals of both competitions.  Final positions will be announced once these remaining competitions have been held.  Following these performances, the Hockey and Netball Teams have qualified to represent Redbridge at the Youth Games at Crystal Palace on 29 March.   Four of our swimmers have also been selected to represent Redbridge.

In the Essex Hockey Tournament, the girls’ team were runners up to Felsted and the boys were placed fourth.  Both teams included both U10 and U11 players.

The week has also seen victories against a variety of schools: netball against Mossford and St Josephs, boys’ hockey against New Hall and football against both St Aubyns and Forest.

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Accelerate into University

Ozge Aygunoglu (5N) has done very well to be offered a place on Open-City's Accelerate into University programme.    This new programme, which includes work experience, is an exciting opportunity for students in years 11 and 12 who would benefit from mentoring and skills enhancement to support their ambitions to pursue a career in architecture or the built environment.  This 18 month long programme is being delivered in partnership with UCL's Bartlett School of Architecture and the highly acclaimed architectural practice Make Architects.  Well done to Ozge.

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