Category Archives: 2016

Pinewood Christmas Fair

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We are thrilled to announce that we raised the incredible sum of £9182.67 at the Christmas Fair this year. A huge thank you to Friends of Pinewood and Pre-Prep for all their hard work in making the event such a success and to everyone else who helped on the day and visited the fair. A proportion of the sum raised will be donated to our chosen charities for this year: SeeSaw, Meningitis Research, Greatwood and Twigs and the rest will be put towards a special project at school.

For more photos from the day please go to the Photo Gallery.

Year 8 Christmaths Challenge

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Year 8 squeezed into the Drawing Room for our 6th Annual Christmaths Challenge. The competition comprised of a Science round followed by a Maths problem solving relay race. There was a great deal of excitement and enthusiasm and it was fantastic to see the whole year group enjoying the Maths puzzles. Nora, Tom, Ferdie and Lily L won the Science part of the competition and the overall prize winners were Eliza, Ned, Alec, Millie and Reuben.

I’m very grateful to Mr Benbow, Miss Poyntz and Mr Smith for helping with the marking and Mrs Lyon Taylor for the Science round. Another thoroughly enjoyable competition – well done to the whole of Year 8!


For more photos, please go to the Photo Gallery.

Narnia Week In The Boddington Library

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On entering the Library through the wardrobe, children find themselves in the magical world of Narnia. With snow covered trees and branches, icicles and snowflakes, there is a wintery feel.  The magnificent castle of Cair Paravel is there, as well as the lamppost!

The Reading Group have been working hard all term to decorate the Library for Narnia Week. The book comes to life through shoe boxes decorated to show different scenes from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The other books can be explored by the watercolour paintings behind the wardrobe doors on display. Children can try out an Aslan mask or if they prefer, the White Witch. There are two competitions running all week as well as colouring and word searches. No visit to the library this week would be complete without a taste of Turkish Delight, which is proving very popular!


For more photos from the event please go to the Photo Gallery.

Riding Success!

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Congratulations to the Pinewood Equestrian team of Alice, Serena, Faith and Lily P, who came 1st in the Plate Competition in the NSEA Show Jumping Championships and 3rd in Arena Eventing at the weekend.

Scholarship News

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Congratulations to the following, who have received awards from their senior schools:

Alice Vyvyan-Robinson: Sports Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Serena O’Brien: Headmaster’s All-Rounder Award to Dauntsey’s

Millie Thompson: Headmaster’s Award for Art to Dauntsey’s

Ollie Tulloch: Sports Exhibition to Malvern College

Mountain Biking Trip to Project 417

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After a number of visits to the mountain biking locations in and around Swindon, the group went further afield on Thursday and visited the recently opened Project 417 near Cheltenham. This is a privately-owned bike park with downhill runs, an indoor pump track, jumps (indoor and outdoor) and lots of other opportunities to develop confidence and skills on a bike (as well as having lots and lots of fun!).

We started with a short trip down the end of the Blue run – the children particularly enjoyed the jumps towards the end – before heading into their pump track. After getting used to the movement required to gain and maintain speed, children were soon getting a little bit of air and definitely getting faster. We did the no-pedal challenge (who can get round the pump track without pedalling) and then a time trial (winning time from Ed Wrench of 16.99s).

The boys had lots of fun and I encourage anyone looking for an active and exciting day out to look at this place. A huge thank you to Mr Cooper for driving and to Ian and Colin for joining us on the trip.


For more photos from the trip please go to the Photo Gallery.

Pinewood Rugby 7s Tournament

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After heavy rain over the last few days it was touch and go whether we would go ahead with the tournament.  The Estates Team pulled out all the stops to produce outstanding pitches and we were able to welcome Abingdon Prep, Ashfold, Beaudesert, Cheltenham Prep, Dean Close Prep, The Downs Malvern, The Elms, Prior Park, St Andrew’s Pangbourne, St Hugh’s and Wycliffe to the 36th Annual Pinewood Rugby 7s Tournament.

With the new “Waterfall” format in line with RFU guidelines, each team played five pool matches before the cross pool play-offs. The standard of rugby was excellent overall with a glut of talent on show. Spectators grabbed a coffee and a few “bites” while watching the boys play competitive rugby in line with  the spirit of the game. As the light faded the final matches got under way – competing for the Steggall Trophy and the Pinewood Plate and Vase.  Congratulations to Ashfold on their fine win against Dean Close in the Final.  The Downs, Malvern beat local rivals The Elms to lift the Plate, while Cheltenham Prep closed out Abingdon Prep to take home the Vase. Our thanks to all the referees who gave up their valuable time to officiate and thank you to all the Pinewood Catering, Medical and Back-up teams for making the day such a success.

To view more photos from the event please go to the Photo Gallery.