18th June 2018 — In the morning all the children showed great determination and energy in navigating the fences and water jumps of a fiendishly devised sponsored steeplechase course. In total they ran a combined 2,520 furlongs or 315 miles.
The stalls and activities organised by the children themselves for the afternoon were really entertaining and enjoyable; they had clearly put a great deal of thought into them. There was the feeling of an old fashioned village fete about the afternoon with stalls, run by year 5 and 6 pupils featuring face painting, hair braiding, treasure hunts, obstacle courses and guess the weight of the duckling. There were also plenty of homemade cakes and other goodies on sale thanks to year 4(or perhaps more specifically their parents!). Year 3 class teachers ran a tombola and the youngest members of the Prep were encouraged to bring in prizes as their contribution. One of the most popular stalls was one which gave the pupils a chance to soak some of their brave teachers; other pupils enjoyed sumo style wrestling dressed in giant inflatable raspberry costumes!
This year Bancroft’s Prep’s pupils have been thinking about the impact of plastics on our oceans and their wildlife and so the decision to support the Marine Conservation Society was a natural one. The second charity supported was the Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs; this is a very special local charity which does fantastic work and a number of senior pupils from Bancroft’s have volunteered there
Joe Layburn, Bancroft’s Prep School Head, said, “This year’s Charity Day was a lot of fun but, of course, it had a serious purpose too. One of our School aims is: “To help our children recognise their privileges and advantages; to engender in them a sense of compassion for others who are less fortunate; to help them think of practical ways in which they can make the wider world a better place.”