School News

Prep Netballers are Eastern Champions

Many congratulations to our talented Prep netballers.  They played in the IAPS East of England netball tournament yesterday which involved 29 other prep schools.  The girls played nine matches and won every single one.  There were four sections, the girls played and won all six matches in their section, including victories against Forest, Felsted and the Perse.  As section winners, they then faced matches against the winners of the other three sections to decide first to fourth places.  After beating Elm Green, South Lee and Brentwood they finished as the Eastern Champions.   They now progress to the National Finals which take place at Roedean School on Saturday 10 March.   So not only do we have the very oldest Bancroftians in a national netball final, we now have the youngest too!

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Geography Teacher Makes Award's Shortlist

Well done to our Geography Department's Mr Richard Bustin who  has been shortlisted to win a prestigious Geography award.  His article, The Living City: Thirdspace and the Contemporary Geography Curriculum, which was published last year in the peer-reviewed academic journal Geography, has been nominated for the 'Excellence in Leading Geography' award from the Geographical Association.  He has made the final three and the winner will be decided by a public vote.  The result will be announced at the Geographical Association’s conference during the Easter holidays.  Mr Bustin won the same award in 2008 for a previous article.

U13 Boys Hockey To Regional Finals

Very well done to the U13s boys' hockey team for their performance in the Essex Championship on 22 February. 

They had some great victories in the group stage, followed by a convincing (5-0) semi final win over Felsted B. The final saw a close game with the boys narrowly losing to Felstead A (5-4). They had been 4-2 up, but failed to capitalise on this lead and let slip a few loose goals at the very end. The lads played amazingly well, showing real attacking flair and great team spirit.  Unfortunately, two key players became ill during the tournament and couldn’t play for most of the matches but other players stepped up to fill their roles. Four lads scored more than half a dozen goals each, showing the strength we have going forward. A little more work needs to be done on defensive technique before the regional finals at Gresham’s on the 9 March.  However, with a full squad, they should be a force to be reckoned with.

Second Cover Success for Amrita

Well done to Amrita Robertson (L4W) for being shortlisted in The Guardian’s recent joint competition with publishers Faber to design a new cover for the schools’ edition of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.  The competition attracted almost 300 stunning entries from some talented teenage artists aged between 13 and 16 and Amrita did extremely well to make the short list of 21 designs. Her particularly fetching pig, with an intricate black-and-scarlet Indonesian pattern embracing conch and flame, was generally admired by the judges.  All 21 designs on the shortlist are currently on display at the Lord of the Files Cover Competition at Guardian Gallery, King's Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU until 29 February.  Amrita’s enjoyed a similar success two years ago in a competition run by The Times to design a cover for The Secret Garden.

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Bancroft's Foundation Launch

More than 160 Old Bancroftians, current and former members of staff, parents of current pupils and OBs and members of the Board oflaunch_web_1 Governors came together to celebrate the launch of the Bancroft’s Foundation at Drapers’ Hall on 6 February.

The School has a long tradition of enabling talented children of all backgrounds to have the opportunity to experience a Bancroft’s education and in the 275 anniversary year, the Bancroft’s Foundation has been established to provide means-tested scholarship support to enable bright pupils to study at Bancroft’s regardless of capacity.

Guests heard from Old Bancroftian Dr Mike Lynch OBE (OB1976-1983), lead Patron of the Foundation and himself a Drapers’ Scholar, who spoke animatedly and humorously about his own experiences at Bancroft’s.  He also spoke of his own support for the Foundation and encouraged guests to join him in lending their support for the initiative.

Julien Anani-Isaac (OB 2002-2009), Francis Bancroft Scholar, also spoke of the impact of scholarship support, highlighting the breadth of activities and activities offered by the School.

Three Heads of Bancroft’s from the past and present were at the event with Mary Ireland, Dr Peter Scott and Dr Peter Southern all in attendance.

Guests were treated to performances from Music Scholars and took the opportunity to chat with a number of Francis Bancroft Scholars in attendance.

Thanks to generosity of Old Bancroftians and friends, the Foundation has already received over £1.2 million in gifts and commitments and has been able to welcome the first two Foundation Scholars to the School this academic year, with a further four Scholars beginning their studies in September 2012.

For further information please see Bancroft's Foundation

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