Category Archives: 2018

Friends of Pinewood Summer Afternoon – Friday 29th June

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Come and join us for a wonderful, fun-filled celebration of another happy and successful year at Pinewood, on Friday 29th June from 3.15pm (after the Inter-House Athletics).

Running alongside the athletics, from 1 pm, we will be offering: Coffee Van, Cream Teas, Pimms & Prosecco

From 3:15 pm there will also be: BBQ, Face painting, Hair feathers, Inflatables, Ice Creams, Games, Build-a-Pinewood-Penguin, Krispy Kremes, Dog Show and more!

If you would like to enter the dog show, please click here to download an entry form.

Supporting: FOP Projects plus Sepsis Trust UK, Maggies, Playgrounds for Palestine, Bourton Village Church

Healthy Eating at Pinewood

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The Lower School Council decided that they would like to help promote healthy eating at Pinewood, so they came up with a ‘Healthy Eating Competition’. Children in Years 3 and 4 were asked to design a healthy meal focusing on the three main food groups: proteins, vegetables and carbohydrates. The winning meal would then be served to the children and staff at Pinewood. We had lots of exciting and tasty looking entries and it was very hard to choose just one winner!

Congratulations go to Isabella for her honey mustard chicken main course, Freddie for his frozen yoghurt in a cone for pudding and Bessie’s delicious banana muffin (for Little Tea), which were all served to the whole school this week to much enthusiasm.

The following children were also awarded with highly commended places for their huge effort and presentation: Isla, Ashwin and Zara. Well done everyone!

Old Pinewoodian News

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Congratulations to Milo Brooks (OP13), who has been awarded the Dunford Cup at Marlborough College. The cup is considered to be one of the most prestigious at the school and is awarded to a pupil in the Upper Sixth, deemed to be the ‘most outstanding pupil of the year’, with equal weight being given to both the academic and sporting arenas.

Well done also to Howard Hawkes (OP14), who has been made Joint Head Boy at Abingdon, Tilly Fletcher (OP14), who has been made Deptuy Head Girl at Tudor Hall, and to Bella Barber (OP14), who has been made Head of Ashmead House at Cheltenham College.

Music Notices

Music Exams take place straight after the Bank Holiday weekend on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th May. Please can children make sure they have their instruments and music at school.

A reminder that Grade 5 theory candidates need to be in the music school for 9am on June 16th.


Flight Centre Triathlon In Aid of Restless Development

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A record number of Pinewood children took part in the triathlon held at Marlborough College on Sunday and hopefully they will have raised a record breaking amount of money for the charity Restless Development.

Well done in particular to three Pinewood teams who recorded fantastic results:

In the Year 3 & 4 category the Pinewood Panthers (James, Bob, Milo and Harry) came 1st out of 98 teams, and the Lightning Laddies (Sam, Bear, Huckleberry and Jack) came 9th.

In the Year 5 & 6 category the Emoji Pineapples (Harriet, Emily, Aoife and Sophie) came 9th out of 120 teams.

For more photos please go to the Photo Gallery.

National Fencing Success!

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Well done to our fantastic fencers, who took part in the IAPS National Fencing Championships at Millfield on Saturday and Sunday.

After only 3 lessons of sabre and in his first ever competition Randeep finished 7th in the U11 Boys Sabre. In the U11 Girls Epee Lottie won Bronze, having come within a hit of getting into the final.  She faced a friend from another local school in what was the fight of the day with 3 double hits on the last point before her friend won.  Zac, fighting for the first time at U14, came within a hit of getting into the last 8.  9-6 down with 40 seconds left he pulled it back to 9-9 and time ran out.  They had one hit to decide the winner in one minute and his opponent scored.  This was a great experience for all of the children.

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In the meantime, Ben fought off hard competition to win the U12 Foil category at the Newham Swords event.  Sadly this event clashed with IAPS, but with valuable England points up for grabs Ben made the right decision to fence in London. Well done!

‘Grow Your Tenner’ Project in aid of Bourton Church

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Well done to all the children in Years 5-8, who took in part in the ‘Grow Your Tenner’ project to raise money for the much-needed refurbishment of Bourton Village Church.

At the end of last term, each child in Years 5-8 was given £10 to ‘grow’, ideally by providing a service to their community. All the money raised was collected in at the start of this term, and after all the money was counted we were delighted to announce, at a special assembly led by Rev Hancock, that the children had raised the fantastic sum of £5,800 for the church.

Some pupils teamed up (and many involved their younger siblings), but we were staggered by the hard work and ingenuity of all the children, who came up with so many different ways of raising money, from car washes to zumba classes, boot cleaning to tie dyeing, as well as lots of homemade cakes and sweets! The following children were given special mentions for:

Raising the most money (individually):

1st – Iona raised £296.16, by producing DIY cookie jars, which she sold at school and in her village shop.

2nd – Lottie raised £180.50, by hosting a coffee morning.

3rd – Bradley raised £170, by raising money at his church.

Most innovative ideas:

Hugh, Jack and George, who put on a concert, playing their various instruments to friends and family, also providing them with drinks and canapes.

Zach, who put on a film night in his village hall, bringing community members together.

Most Effort:

Ellen and Izzy, who made fruit shaped pompoms.

Cecilia, who made lavender bags, using lavender from her grandfather’s garden.

Special Mention:

Bourton Bonios (Harriet, Darcey and their younger siblings), who made delicious dog biscuits.

Josh, Tom and Ollie, who made Pinewood badges and did car washing.

The mystery pupil, whose smile (when selling raffle tickets) caused their neighbour to donate £100 on the crowdfunding page!

The following classes are also to be congratulated for raising the most money:

1st – 6C with £934.60

2nd – 7K with £668.65

3rd – 6R with £667.44

Pinewood Year 5 Primary Schools Maths Challenge

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On a beautiful afternoon, teams from 11 schools took part in the 4th Annual Pinewood Year 5 Maths Challenge.

After warming up with some puzzles, we were straight into the mental arithmetic round. There then followed 6 fun puzzles involving mathstick puzzles, benches, secret symbols and impossible prizes. The teams then took part in the Alpharace, racing against each other to capture the letters on the walls of the sports hall.

Great fun was had by all and it was good to see teams working together incredible well.

Congratulations to the top three teams:

1st Holy Family

2nd Pinewood

3rd Westonbirt

It was very close and all teams did extremely well! We look forward to welcoming all the local schools back again next year.

For more photos, please go to the Photo Gallery.

National Youth Fencing Championships

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Congratulations to Ben, who won Bronze (out of a field of 240) in U12 Foil at the British National Youth Fencing Championship Finals in Sheffield this weekend.

Well done also to Lottie, who came 10th (out of a field of 120) in U12 Epee, and to Zac, who came 27th (out of 240) in U12 Foil and 30th (out of 120) in U12 Epee.

These are all tremendous achievements, which they should be very proud of!

Shonda Project Update

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Liz, David and Chris Woods visited St John’s, Shonda (our link school in Kenya) at the end of last term to test and distribute glasses to those pupils in need. Some Pinewood pupils had already had the chance to try these glasses before the Woods family left for Africa. Liz reported back on the trip as follows:

“The trip was a great success and we had a fascinating time with the staff and students of St John’s. Pinewood’s generous support over the years is very evident, and the water supply that was installed in 2012 is in constant use – all day, in fact. One of the associated benefits has been that the “run off” from the tap where everyone gathers to wash and drink has created a sort of oasis which has allowed trees to grow, and this provides shade (most appreciated by us personally when watching the football game in 33 degrees! The goalie for the game was wearing a Pinewood shirt!!). Personally, I was also very glad to be able to use the Pinewood loos, and to see the entire kindergarten queuing up to use them too!

Having seen what is needed at the school and after speaking to the teachers, the focus for future Pinewood fundraising will be:

  • Contributing to the completion of new, secure classrooms in which the computer suite can be housed. These are partially built, but progress has stalled until funds can provide a roof. Without secure storage for the computers the computers are kept off site and access is, therefore, very restricted for the children.
  • Contributing to the purchase of text books to enable the new Kenyan curriculum to be taught (this is due out next year).
  • Continue to pay the salary of one teacher.

It was wonderful to be at the school during term time, and to work there for many hours each day. We even had a school lunch……I am exceptionally appreciative of Pinewood’s ongoing commitment to The Shonda Project –  thank you!”

For more photos of the Woods’ trip and Year 7 testing the glasses before they left the UK, please go to the Photo Gallery.