Category Archives: 2019

Race For The Line Competition

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Half a term’s work building race cars out of foam blocks culminated in the Race for the Line Race Day on Thursday 14th March.

After the weather postponed the start of our race we were ready and raring to go at 14:15. The rain had stopped, the sun had come out, but the wind was still howling. This didn’t deter us, though, we just set the track up to use the wind to our best advantage! A few technical issues meant we started later than anticipated, but this just meant that the tension had more time to build. We overcame the technical issues and were ready to go. ‘Track Live’ was shouted across the hard courts from the race engineers (Miss Stevens and Miss Martyn-Fisher), ‘Clear’ was shouted back by the race marshal (Mr Newcome) and the countdown began ‘3, 2, 1….GO!’ and the first car shot across the start line and raced to the finish.

All of the cars made it successfully to the finish line, some in a sorrier state than others with missing wheels and scraped paint work!

Well done to the winning team for gaining a place at the Regional Finals (details to follow once they have been released).

Winners: Pineapples (Tommy B, George L and Max R) speed = 18.62 m/s

2nd place: Flymingos (Randeep G, Hattie S and Melissa W) speed = 18.38 m/s

3rd place: Fiery Rainbows (Charlie S, Jack W, Tilly B) speed = 14.21 m/s

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

Bryanston Science Project

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To celebrate Science Week this year, Bryanston School ran a Prep Schools’ Science Competition for children in Years 6 and 7 with the aim of allowing children the opportunity to research the science behind a journey.

All the pupils in Years 6 and 7 took part in this and some fantastic, detailed posters were produced, giving the Pinewood science teachers some tough decisions to make! In the end 4 posters were sent off to Bryanston: well done to Jecca L T, Caspar O, Mimi M and Ellen B. Well done also to the following children, who were highly commended by their science teachers: Polly L, Tilly B, Matilda M, Aadi T, Archie V W.

U9 Fencing Gold!

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Congratulations to Olivia K who won the Girls U9 Wycliffe Foil Fencing Challenge at the weekend. This was her first competition and her first gold!

Arthur G R finished 6th and Joao Filipe R finished 7th in the U11 boys event. Well done everyone!

Scholarship News

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Congratulations to our most recent scholars:

Kiki W who has been awarded the Brewer Williams Academic Scholarship and the Douglas Bader Leadership Award to St Edward’s, Oxford, and to Tara L, who has been awarded the Goldsmiths Award for the top Art Scholarship to Cokethorpe.

Kiki and Tara join the following, who have all received awards to their senior schools this year:

Will S – Academic Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Milan T – Academic Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Minnie F – Drama Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Kiki W – All-Rounder Scholarship (Music & Drama) to St Edward’s, Oxford

Aadi T – 11+ All-Rounder Scholarship to Magdalen College School

Livvy M – Foundation Scholar for achieving scholarship status in Academics, Music & Drama

Poppy T – Sports Scholarship to Bradfield College

Alfie B – Sports Exhibition to Monkton Combe

Will S – Music Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Tom F – Sports Scholarship to Our Lady’s, Abingdon

Amelia W – Sports Exhibition to Tudor Hall

Poppy D – Sports Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Minnie F – Sports Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Rosa H – Sports Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Music News

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Many congratulations to Josh P (oboe), Jack M (trumpet), Jack W (tuned percussion), and George W (tuned percussion and clarinet) on their successful auditions to the National Schools’ Symphony Orchestra and to Livvy M (violin), who has been promoted to the NSSO Symphonia, having led the Young NSSO last year. Livvy joins Caitlin F (violin) and Milan T (double bass) at the Symphonia.

Congratulations also to Arthur GR, who has been invited to join the Radley Choristership Scheme.

British Youth Fencing Championships

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We are very proud of Lottie J, who is the first ever Pinewoodian to fence in all three weapons at the British Youth Championships at the English Institute of Sport in May – this is an incredible accomplishment. She achieved this by competing at the Southern Regional Championships (the best fencers from Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hampshire & Buckinghamshire), where she won Bronze in Foil in January, and then went on to win Bronze in Sabre and Gold in Epee last weekend. Well done, Lottie!

Scholarship News

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

Will S – Academic Scholarship

Milan T – Academic Exhibition

Minnie F – Drama Exhibition

They join the following, who have all received awards to their senior schools this year:

Kiki W – All-Rounder Scholarship (Music & Drama) to St Edward’s, Oxford

Aadi T – 11+ All-Rounder Scholarship to Magdalen College School

Livvy M – Foundation Scholar for achieving scholarship status in Academics, Music & Drama

Poppy T – Sports Scholarship to Bradfield College

Alfie B – Sports Exhibition to Monkton Combe

Will S – Music Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Tom F: Sports Scholarship to Our Lady’s, Abingdon

Amelia W: Sports Exhibition to Tudor Hall

Poppy D – Sports Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Minnie F – Sports Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Rosa H – Sports Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Boys Win Bronze at British Schools Team Fencing Championships

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The Pinewood U13 boys foil team of Zac, Angus and Ben won bronze at the British Schools Team Championship on Sunday, facing the best fencing schools from across the country.  It was an up-and-down event, with each of the team members ‘stepping up’ and delivering strong performances throughout the day.

The first poule match was against the Westminster Cathedral Choir School, which turned out to be the least threatening of the day’s opponents.  There were noteworthy performances from Zac, who won two of his bouts 8-1 and 7-1, helping the team to a commendable 45-16 victory.

Up next was the might of fencing specialists (and pre-tournament favourites) Sussex House A team, boasting three fencers who regularly compete on the national circuit.  Whilst there were a few bouts that ran close, there was only one individual victory and the result was fairly conclusive – a 45-19 defeat.

Our final poule match was against Aldwickbury School.  They may have been an unknown quantity before the event but, in the end, there was no need to worry.  Pinewood was simply too strong across the team and won eight out of the nine individual bouts, with Angus scoring notable victories and Ben not dropping a point in his three wins.  The final score was 45-22 – enough to give the Pinewood team fourth seeding for the knock-out stage and a direct entry into the medal play-offs.

As luck would have it, we faced the same Sussex House A Team in the semi-final.  They were again too strong for us and whilst Ben put in a strong performance on the anchor leg it was not enough to undo the inevitable: another 45-19 defeat.

With Sussex House A and B teams winning Gold and Silver, the Pinewood boys should be very proud of their Bronze achievement.

Well done also to the U11 boys Epee team (Brett, Joao Filipe, Harry and George), who won the Plate competition. Not making it to the medal event after the pools they did very well to win the plate and finish fifth overall.

Inter-House Music Competition

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Congratulations to Farnborough, who came 1st overall in the Inter-House Music Competition. Farnborough also scooped the House Song and individual soloist (Tabbie M) prizes! 2nd overall were Motcombe, 3rd were Melchet and Postbridge came 4th.