A team of nine young engineers from Years 8 and 9 in St Bonaventures in Forest Gate went to RAF Hendon yesterday, February 13, with teachers Mr Bennett and Ms Logier to take part in the London final of the Tomorrows Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge and won.

The day started out well for St Bons as they won the Speed Challenge in the morning which gave them confidence as they competed  against Grammar, Independent and other comprehensive schools from across the capital.

Their robot travelled over 4 metres in the fastest time – an impressive 1.64 seconds faster than any other team.

A series of team-building and robot design challenges went really well with the schoolboys eloquently explaining how they designed their robot and the challenges they had to overcome.

They had to give a presentation regarding a humanitarian problem and the technology that needed to be used to help solve it. The students decided that drones could be used and explained their reasons for their choice.

Mr Bennet went on to explain: The most important challenge of the day was the challenge mat when their robot had to complete eight separate tasks in under five minutes. They used a very complex programme to tackle these tasks which seemed to impress the judges. They were delighted to be selected as the winners and their victory was very much deserved as they had worked incredibly hard to reach this standard.

St Bons will now take part in the national final in Birmingham on March 14 and represent London.

Today, February 14, the Headmaster of St Bonaventures, Mr Halliwell, called all nine champions into his office to congratulate them on their win and presented them with Headteacher commendations for their brilliance.

He added: “ I am so proud of them and I believe they have what it takes to impress the judges next month in Birmingham.

The students are: Jerald, Jhonatan, Ainis, Brendan, Luigi, William, Jaskirat, Josef and Clarence.



February 14 is not only associated with young love, hearts, roses and such like but did you know that in addition to his romantic association, St Valentine is also the patron saint of beekeepers?

Here at St Bon’s, we have a well-established colony of very happy bees so it’s Happy Valentine’s Day to our very own beekeepers, Mr Young and Mr Halliwell and thank you for all that you do harvesting the honey and looking after the hives ensuring the bees are healthy all year round.


Our Year 7 HeadStart champions organised a series of Dodgeball games in school last night after school finished, February 11, to raise money for charity.

Matthew Burnett from the Newham service came in to oversee the matches and liaise with Head of Year 7, Mr Robinson and Kolbe were crowned the winners.

£70 was raised too which was brilliant.




Some lucky Year 9 students today, February 5,  took part in a robotics workshop in school and an expert from PrepareRobo Ltf came in to help them build and programme robots.

Ms Haastrup arranged for the exciting lesson and reported that the boys really enjoyed the morning. She added: “They really loved being engineers for the day and Karol, who came in, inspired them to be adventurous with their designs.”

The robots they built look cool.


Mr Firth’s Year 9 football team played Epping St John’s School yesterday, January 30,  and won a magnificent 3 – 2.

It was the quarter final of the Essex Cup and it was a very exciting match with excellent performances from Ainis, Mekhi, Divin and Zinnell.

Divin scored one of the goals and Man of the Match, Zinnell, got two.

The team has progressed to the semi final stage and Mr Firth is understandably elated.

The photo shows a happy  Zinnell and Divin.


Mr Jarvis and Mr Templeman took a group of thirty Year 11 boys to leading accountancy and financial giants, EY (Ernst Young), at their London Bridge offices on Friday, January 25.

The workshop looked at employability and the students learned interview techniques, presentation and team working skills as well as hearing about the qualities major employers look for in potential employees.

Former St Bonaventure’s student, Derek Jose, spoke to our students and told them when he found out they were coming in he put his name forward to speak to them which was a lovely gesture.

Mr Jarvis said the students gave very positive feedback after the workshop and they all felt more confident afterwards.


Mr Onireti is beaming today after his Year 7 basketball boys secured a double win at Rokeby school yesterday, January 24.

Our team played in the Junior NBA League as the Indiana Pacers against Rokeby School who were the Milwaukee Bucks and won 42 – 23.

They also played against Barking Abbey School who played as the Cleveland Cavaliers and won an amazing 66 – 7.

That’s brilliant news!


Year 10 Geographers visited the FSC Field Studies Centre in Epping Forest on Friday, January 18, to investigate how river channel and drainage basin characteristics impact on flood risk.
The eager students collected a range of primary data including considering the geology by taking and examining soil samples, measuring the river width and depth and velocity- which involved stepping into the river up to their knees and they loved it!
Students were able to apply the knowledge they have learnt in their lessons to a real life context which is immeasurable” added Ms Purdue, the Curriculum Leader for Geography.
The trip was part funded with the help of an Educational Grant secured from The Jack Petchey Foundation.
Ms Purdue finished off by saying: “I know what the students saw and learnt will really help them in their exams next year as they could see for themselves what they had been learning about all year in class.”