School News

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).



Special Delivery for Prep Pupils



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.”



Bancroftians Shortlisted for Amnesty Prize


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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