Well done to everyone who took part in the wonderful carol concert in Hannington Church last week and thank you to everyone who attended and very kindly donated to the collection in aid of the church. We are delighted to have raised £495!
Follow the second star to the right and go straight on till morning to arrive in Neverland in the Boddington Library!
The Reading Group who meet during activities on a Thursday afternoon have been reading the story and creating lots of decorations to turn the library into the magical island, complete with a mermaid lagoon and Indian village with tepee and totem pole. Children have visited to take part in competitions, try on a pirate hat or Indian headdress, search for fairy dust and see the story come alive through nine different 3D scenes from the story. They have been able to transform themselves into different characters from the story including the dastardly villain Captain Hook. Pre-Prep have also visited to take part in the fun. It’s been a busy week in the library and children who took part in the competitions have enjoyed a piece of pirate treasure, of the chocolate variety!
Thanks to the Reading Group for all their hard work this term and for helping to make this such a successful event.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped and supported us at Bonfire Night; we are thrilled to announce that we raised the record breaking sum of £5,049.61. This will enable us to make significant donations to our chosen charities this year as well as to our fundraising projects within the school.
Our chosen charities for this year are:
The UK Sepsis Trust aims to raise awareness of Sepsis, or blood poisoning (septicaemia), helping to educate healthcare professionals, support survivors and bereaved families, and to save 13,500 lives each year. Sepsis is the third largest cause of death in the UK. It is more common than heart attacks, and kills more people than bowel, breast and prostate cancer and road accidents combined.
Maggie’s Oxford offers free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends. Our purpose-built Centre in the grounds of the Churchill Hospital is a warm and welcoming place where anyone affected by cancer can access friendly and professional support on a drop-in basis, completely free of charge. Maggie’s is a place to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; a place where qualified experts provide emotional support; a place to meet other people or simply sit quietly with a cup of tea. We see 50 to 60 people per day in the centre, which is funded entirely by voluntary donations.
Playgrounds for Palestine UK believes that every child has the right to have a local playground where they can play safely. The founding organisation in the USA has built over 30 playgrounds for Palestinian children in refugee camps and other areas of need. The UK charity works closely with them to ensure that playgrounds are designed and built to the highest standards. Each playground costs about £12,000.
We will also be raising funds to help with the restoration of Bourton Village Church. The church was earmarked for closure about 15 years ago, and the village and the school were instrumental in ensuring it remained open, through their ongoing support. The church is due its quinquennial inspection next year, which will officially reveal the extent of the work that needs to be done.
We are delighted to be awarded Runner-Up Prep School of the Year by the Tatler Schools Guide.
“‘Pinewood is different from other schools,’ says head Philip Hoyland. It’s less cash-and-cashmere than some – ‘A smiley greeting says more than a tucked-in shirt,’ the school tells us. Most pupils live within 40 minutes of the place, with a tiny handful of Londoners. Boarding (from Year 5) is weekly and flexi. There’s strong emphasis on the great outdoors – there are the famous Pinewood Adventure weekends, and masses of sport (three-ball football, anyone?). Leavers bagged 22 scholarships to senior schools last year, and there are close ties with Cheltenham and Marlborough. Mr Hoyland is old school in the best possible sense. Ask him to tell you his elephant-in-a-cage analogy – we don’t have space to share it here, but it’s a neat encapsulation of the school’s mission to give pupils the confidence to push boundaries without breaking them.”
The Drama Department is constantly on the lookout for durable, quality props for future productions. If you have any of the following items squirreled away or collecting dust that you no longer want and are willing to donate, please contact Mr. Welch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Likewise if you have any other objects that you think may be useful props for the future I’d be very happy to discuss!
Telephones (different styles/vintages including mobile phones)
Well done to our team of Year 8 linguists who won the Marlborough College Modern Languages Quiz yesterday, despite the very difficult questions!
To celebrate the European Day of Languages, Pinewood were invited to take part in a language quiz hosted by Marlborough College. The quiz was open to 5 pupils from Year 8 from 7 different schools and pupils were put to the test with 5 challenging rounds of questions based around the different cultures, languages and regional traditions of European countries. Bravo les jeunes!
Congratulations to Lily Laughton (OP17), who has been selected for the GB Pony Progress Squad 2017/18. This is tremendous news and the first stop on the way to being chosen for international competitions next year.