Category Archives: 2018

Pinewood Christmas Fair

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A HUGE thank you to everyone who supported us at this year’s Christmas Fair – it was a great success and we are thrilled to announce that we raised over £10,000! This is a tremendous amount of money, which will enable us to support projects within the school and make significant contributions to our chosen charities this year: The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, Pennyhooks Farm Trust, Wiltshire Treehouse and Julia’s House.

England Fencing News


Congratulations to Ben T, who has been selected by England Fencing to represent his country. The top 6 U13 fencers will form a team and represent England in Poland and Paris next year. Well done, Ben!

Sports Awards

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Congratulations to the following, who have received awards from Cheltenham College:

Poppy D – Sports Scholarship

Minnie F – Sports Exhibition

Rosa H – Sports Exhibition

Bradfield College Year 5 Science Challenge Winners!

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A mixture of nerves and excitement filled Freddie, Sasha, Hamish and Zara as we made our way into Bradfield College’s fantastic Science department ready to start the Prep Schools’ Science Challenge.

Children from 20 different prep schools started to arrive with similar feelings to the Pinewood team and the atmosphere was tense! The children were briefed that the challenge would consist of 3 practical challenges and a quiz in each science and that they needed to work as a team in order to do well. Our first challenge was Biology, which involved observational skills whilst looking at plant cells through microscopes and studying the behaviour of maggots when put on a petri dish, that was half in the light and half in the dark. The next challenge was all about Physics where the children were tasked with making a loudspeaker out of cardboard, paper and copper wire that would play music from an iPhone. A much needed biscuit and juice break followed the Physics challenged and once the children were recharged and ready to go they headed into their final challenge: Chemistry. Here the children had to identify unlabelled chemicals by mixing them with other, labelled chemicals and observe the reactions between them. This, I was told, was ‘really cool’! Dr Brooks, Bradfield’s Director of Science, who then gave a Whizz, Bang, Pop demonstration that involved hydrogen balloons, liquid nitrogen and a little bit of scientific ‘magic’ that left both children and adults in awe. We then headed over to the quad where we were treated to a Nitrogen ‘bomb’ demonstration and then the all-important results. The children all fell silent for the first time that afternoon whilst Dr Brooks read out 3rd place (no mention of Pinewood), then 2nd place (still no mention of Pinewood) and then, with suspense at its highest, he announced that Pinewood had won!! A huge well done to the Pinewood team, they worked sensibly, scientifically and as part of a team and we are all very proud of them!


Friends of Pinewood Charities 2018-19

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Friends of Pinewood (FOP) are delighted to be supporting the following charities this year:

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

The Trust was set up in 1997 in memory of Charlie Waller, a young man who took his own life whilst suffering from depression. Shortly after his death, his family founded the Trust in order to educate young people on the importance of staying mentally well and how to do so.

Pennyhooks Farm Trust

Pennyhooks Farm is a beautiful, small organic beef farm situated near Shrivenham that has been owned by the Otter family for over 60 years. They provide a unique experience for young people and adults with Autism Spectrum Condition.

Wiltshire Treehouse

Wiltshire Treehouse offers bereavement support to children, young people and their families after they have lost a loved one. The charity offers therapy sessions, workshops and peer support groups conducted by trained professionals to help those under 25 who are grieving.

Julia’s House

Julia’s House is not a typical children’s hospice. They provide practical and emotional support for families caring for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, providing frequent and regular support in their own homes, in the community or at their hospices.

A proportion of money raised at all FOP events this year will be donated to these charities. We thank you in advance for your support at our events, particularly those planned for this term: Bonfire Night on Friday 2nd November and the Christmas Fair on Saturday 1st December. We are always looking for volunteers to help at events, so please do contact any of the FOPs or email if you can spare a little of your time.


Old Pinewoodian Talks to Upper School about Pinewood in the 1960s

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We were delighted to welcome Old Pinewoodian, Angus Gribbon, to Pinewood today to talk to Years 7 & 8 about his time at Pinewood in the 1960s. The children were fascinated to learn that in Angus’s time there were only 80 children in the school, there were no girls, all but one pupil was a boarder, and once term had started the boys didn’t go home for the whole term, although they were allowed out for lunch on Sundays. He remembers climbing trees, film nights and the weekly treat of tuck, which meant a lot in those days.

Angus, who was Captain of School (Head Boy) at Pinewood, was really pleased to hear from the children that some things he remembers from his time at Pinewood haven’t changed, such as the names of the dorms, which reflect places on Dartmoor (where the school was based during the war), we still teach Latin, weekly boarders still enjoy a treat from the tuck cupboard and den building still takes place!

We would like to thank Angus for giving up his time to give the Upper School pupils such an interesting talk and for answering so many questions!

Food Allergies

Please note that due to children with severe allergies in school, Pinewood is a NUT, CINNAMON & SESAME FREE school. Please kindly remember this when bringing birthday cakes etc to school.


Welcome Back!

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We are delighted to welcome you all back for the start of what is sure to be a busy and happy Autumn Term at Pinewood. We extend a particular welcome to all our new pupils and members of staff.

New staff joining us this term are:

Mr Jack Chatfield – Head of TPE, History teacher and Form Tutor to 7C

Mrs Rebecca Metcalfe-Tarren – Learning Skills

Mr Alex Newcome – Teacher of Science and TPE, Form Tutor to 7N

Miss Emma Stevens – Teacher of Science and History, Form Tutor to 5S

Mrs Camilla Walter – School Nurse

Theo Taylor – Gap Student


Year 8 Scholars’ Dragons’ Den – Thank You!

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Thank you so much for supporting us throughout our Dragons’ Den project this term. We have managed to sell all the water bottles thanks to everyone who bought one!

We have raised £599.31, which we are donating to our charity. The charity we chose to donate our money to is: Together, which is a charity that raises money for mental health awareness. Together was formed in 1879 and their services meet the different needs of approximately 4,000 adults a month.

We hope you enjoy using your bottles as much as we enjoyed selling them!

The Year 8 Scholars!