School News

RIBI Young Musician of the Year

RIBI_finalv2Many congratulations to Rebeccca Leung (3E) who was awarded the title of Rotary Young Musician of the Year 2011 at the RIBI National Final held at Bedford School on Saturday.  The standard of the competition was very high, but Rebecca, who was the youngest finalist,  took her performance up a gear and wowed the three judges with her interpretation of the third movement of Mozart’s Sonata No 12, and Debussy’s Arabesque No2.  The judges were unanimous in their decision.  Mrs Ireland said that Rebecca played beautifully and deserved her success. 

Rebecca is now eagerly looking forward to next Saturday when she will accompany renowned concert pianist Lang Lang in Bach’s Concerto for Three Keyboards at the Royal Festival Hall.  This is part of his Young Pianists week at the Southbank.  One hundred talented young pianists will play in a massed concert, but Rebecca has also been invited as one of the players showing most potential to accompany the Concerto!

Science Week Success

In March the School celebrated National Science Week with a number of exciting events both within and outside of the classroom.  This included a national poster competition entitled science_week_2011_v2‘How do you solve a problem like....’ for which pupils needed to present their design for an invention which would solve an everyday problem.  

There were four age categories and 27,500 entries from around the country.  Rohini Datta of  3S won the competition for her age category with a fantastic design for a ‘food friendly fridge’ which scans the food that you put in to the fridge and gives you advance warning when it is approaching its best before date.  Not only that but the screen on the front of the fridge displays suggestion for recipes for the food you have stored!  The School has also won a Science Show which will be run by one of the scientists involved in National Science & Engineering Week.  Congratulations to Rohini!

Olympiad Successes

The most fantastic set of Maths Olympiad results we have ever had!

 Many congratulations to Kavin Vijayakumar and Francis Clark-Murray on gaining Distinctions, Medals and Prizes for their astounding performances in the Intermediate Maths Olympiad.

 About 1600 pupils across the UK qualified to sit this very challenging paper and, within his year group, Kavin’s near-perfect score placed him 7th nationally, with Francis in 32nd place. They were awarded copies of Professor Stewart’s Hoard Of Mathematical Treasures as their book prizes.

Ellie Markovitch, Philippa Chilvers Woolley and Jasraj Panesar all gained Merits for their strong Olympiad performances: well done to them.

Congratulations also to Josh Strycharczyk who has been awarded a silver certificate in this year’s Chemistry Olympiad.


Praise for CCF at Biennial Review

The  CCF had its Biennial Inspection on Tuesday 29 March.  The inspecting officer was Group Captain B V H Walcot, RAF Station Commander at RAF Brampton.

The afternoon began with the formal inspection of the Guard of Honour led by Regimental Sergeant Major Vaclav Prusa; this was accompanied by music from the Bancroft’s Concert Band, which is currently in rehearsal for its forthcoming trip to Paris, when the Band will play at Disneyland Paris.  The inspection was watched by the Mayor of Redbridge (Councillor Jim O’Shea), Mr Stephen Foakes (the Chairman of the School Governors), the  Head,  as well as other visiting dignitaries, staff  and parents.

Following the formal inspection, the cadets spent an afternoon participating in and demonstrating various CCF activities, including challenges such as the construction of vehicles out of what looked like over sized meccano, rifle drills  and pitching tents in Epping Forest.  The highlight of the afternoon for many was the chance to take part in a laser shooting game on the school field, dodging the opposition to remain last team standing.  The CCF annual prize giving followed.  Group Captain Walcot, who presented the various awards, said the day was a celebration of the work of the unit and thanked members of staff for their commitment to the CCF.  She remembered her own days in the CCF and the many opportunities it had given her.  In her formal review she commented on the enthusiasm, high standards and professionalism she witnessed during the afternoon. Finally, the entire contingent,  paraded with march past; Group Captain Walcot said, “again, as with the Guard of Honour, the standard of drill was excellent, which is all the more noteworthy given having to march on grass and without music.”

As  part of the prize giving, Contingent Commander Major Robert Hitching presented a cheque for £2,200 to Captain James Garside of the Royal Anglian Regiment.  This money had been raised for the Royal Anglian Benevolent Fund by the Cadets by means of a sponsored event, when they had to undergo the physical challenge of the army’s basic fitness test for recruits.  The school’s unit benefit greatly from assistance from the Royal Anglian Regiment and the cadets thought it fitting they should give something back to the Regiment in thanks.








Sixth Formers redesign the future

Towards the end of last term, a group of Sixth Formers were invited  to participate in a Project ReDesign Workshop held by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in the Oxford University Examination Halls.

This was the fifth such workshop held in the UK and was attended by 27 teams of students aged 16-18.  The teams were challenged to come up with solutions to reduce the amount of rubbish which is sent every year to landfill and to explore whether the UK’s waste problem could actually be seen as a materials opportunity.  The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, set up five years ago by solo round-the-world yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur, endorses the framework of a “circular economy” in which waste is not just thrown away, but, through a redesign of products and services, is actually converted to become food for another cycle or progress.

MacArthur said, “It has been a pleasure to work with young people in Oxford.  We are stuck in a cycle of bad design and need to challenge business and society to rethink the materials we use and revolutionise the manner in which we make them.”  The team from the Foundation was extremely excited about working with such an enthusiastic and engaging group of young people, “The students were amazing – showing how much more skilled they are than the older generation at thinking outside the box.”

Although the Bancroft’s team of Sophie Brand, Catriona Phillip, Samar Islam,  Omar Chohan, Syed Shah and Ayako Henson did not win on the day, the students did get an “honourable mention” for their  “amazing ideas”.  Dr Oakes, who accompanied the group, said that the team itself learnt valuable lessons in particular that, “ a strong simple message seemed to be received with more warmth by business leaders than a lengthy and erudite essay (albeit one presented as a poster)”


ellenmacarthur(Photo of the Bancroft’s team with Dame Ellen MacArthur courtesy of Ellen MacArthur Foundation/Rhoddy Stewart photography)