Iain Duncan Smith recognises fundraising
Chingford and Woodford Green MP, Mr Iain Duncan Smith, visited the School on Friday 10 June to present pupils from both Senior and Prep Schools with certificates in recognition of their work supporting local charity the UK Autism Foundation. The Prep School children raised money for the Woodford Green charity through a red, white and blue day to mark the Royal Wedding, while 3 North pupils undertook a ten mile sponsored walk in Epping Forest which raised £1,400 to be divided between the UK Autism Foundation and Cancer Research. Mr Ivan Corea of the UK Autism Foundation was also present; he said how marvellous it was to see children working towards helping other children.
The presentation was part of Bancroft’s Prep School’s annual Charity Day. This event raises money for children’s charities nominated by the school. This year Charity Day events will support Future Hope which works with street children in Calcutta and the Red Cross in its work for the victims of the Japanese earthquake, as well as the UK Autism Foundation. The day saw the children undertaking a variety of sponsored activities, such as running around the school field in pyjamas, and also organising their own stalls. Mr Duncan Smith took time to visit stalls: although he shared his horde of sweets with some of the children! Despite having to relocate due to wet weather the afternoon’s stalls alone raised almost £2,500 with sponsorship money still to be collected. The bad weather may have limited some of the planned activities, but it certainly didn’t dampen the children’s spirits as they threw themselves into the afternoon’s fun with enthusiasm.
Social Entrepreneurs 2011
Following the success of last year's Social Entrepreneurs Project, all members of the L4 have been challenged to come up with creative business ideas to turn £10 seed capital into £100 profit for the charity Hope HIV. As all profits are donated to the charity, pupils learn what it means to make a real difference. For further details on the Social Entrepreneurs Project see: http://www.hopehiv.org/Groups/165828/HOPEHIV/SCHOOLS/SEP/SEP.aspx
Some of the projects last year were outstanding and the Lower Fourth raised over £7,000 in profit all of which went to the charity. We hope the current Lower Fourth will raise the bar and make even more! So far some of the projects have shown great ingenuity and enterprise and we are confident they will reach this goal.
Shivani Sheth has designed a Bancroft’s themed Top Trumps game; Etienne Caswell and Luke Lycett are selling leavers’ hoodies to the Prep 2s; Aanand Sood and Kavin Vijayakumar are running a scrap metal business; Shreeyam Kacker has created a new game ‘Escape from Bancroft’s’ (Playstation and PC compatible); Charlotte Carver has produced a very attractive Bancroft's calendar. One group has organised a fashion show involving local retailers and has even persuaded a top model agency to donate a raffle prize. Another group is organising a fete at West Grove. In addition a whole variety of drinks, cupcake, and jewellery companies have been set up.
At the end of the process the groups and individual pupils who have organised the most creative and profitable businesses will be asked to present a pitch to a specially assembled “Dragon’s Den” panel, and try to convince them to invest in their companies!
The Apprentice eat your heart out!
Joel Cannell represents GB
Many congratulations to Joel Cannell (RS) who is one of three boys in the country to be selected to represent Great Britain in this year's Tennis European Cup (U14 Junior Davis Cup) and the European Junior Championships. The first leg of the Summer Cup competition takes place in Brussels and if GB were to qualify Joel would then travel on to Magaluf for the finals. Joel is currently ranked 49 in Europe for the U14 age group.
Two recent success stories from Bancroftians old and new.
Gareth James (OB): Congratulations to Gareth who was honoured during the tea break on Saturday in front of a full house at Lords Cricket Ground during the Second Test match between England and Sri Lanka. Gareth received his honours from the MCC after scoring an unbeaten 127 against them last year whilst playing for the School.
New Cricket Records
The 1st XI game against Brentwood on Saturday was an outstanding one. It saw two new Bancroft's records set. Firstly, 619 runs scored off 90 overs, including 27 sixes and 10 balls lost hit into Epping Forest, which is the highest run aggregate recorded in a day's cricket at Bancroft's. Also, Bancroft's total of 330 - 5 was a new school record for an innings total, beating the previous 288 set 6 years ago by some distance. Bancroft's elected to bat and from the start Brentwood's bowlers toiled on a dry true wicket. Bancroft's innings was built round a second consecutive century scored by skipper Nigel Jacob, well supported by Daniel Willoughby who scored 72 not out. Brentwood's batsmen began the response in the same positive style keeping up with the run rate for 35 overs but in the end the total proved just too far for them.
Bancroft's 330 - 5 (45 overs), (N Jacob 148). Brentwood 289 - 4 (45 overs)