Well done to everyone who entered the recent art competition on the theme of ‘The Countryside’. There were some very impressive and imaginative entries. The winners will be on display at the top of the stairs in Middle School.
With a new course to race the children were raring to go on a wonderful winter’s afternoon – the conditions were perfect. The event is a highlight of the school calendar, with every runner counting towards the overall results. Our PE/Games focus this term is “How to target PBs in Health Related Exercise (HRE) tasks?” Having reviewed all the results it is clear that a number of children achieved their PB – well done! To those who feel they could have moved up the field a touch more – log the experience and push on hard each week in the school’s Pot Lid Lane Time Trial. Thank you to all the marshals and staff runners that provided motivation on the course to the children, and to all the parents dotted around the course. It was great to see nearly 300 children out being active in beautiful surroundings – it may have felt tough at times, but remember that the physical and mental benefits easily surpass these brief moments. Congratulations to all the runners!
Overall House Results:
Individual Results Top 3 in each Year Group:
Year 3 Girls: 1st Izzy O, 2nd Grace W, 3rd Anaya M
Year 3 Boys: 1st Eddie H, 2nd Lucas H, 3rd Dougal O
Year 4 Girls: 1st Annabel P, 2nd Isla H, 3rd Willa T
Year 4 Boys: 1st George B, 2nd Timmy S, 3rd Freddie L/Seb S
Year 5 Girls: 1st Clemmie C, 2nd Olivia M, 3rd Sasha A
Year 5 Boys: 1st Zach N, 2nd Jack M, 3rd Oscar H
Year 6 Girls: 1st Eve M, 2nd Matilda R, 3rd Matilda M
Year 6 Boys: 1st Robin B, 2nd Harry K, 3rd Benedict D
Year 7 Girls: 1st Tabbie C, 2nd Felicity F, 3rd Aoife S
Year 7 Boys: 1st George L, 2nd Rex K, 3rd Otto C
Year 8 Girls: 1st Amelia W, 2nd Tabbie M, 3rd Iona T
Year 8 Boys: 1st Ben C, 2nd Alfie B, 3rd William S
Well done to Matilda R, Poppy R and Emily P, who are the first Pinewood pupils to complete the Gold Award of the Pinewood Gold Programme. This is a tremendous achievement as the Year 6 girls have completed all three levels in just four terms!
The Gold Programme started in September 2015 and forms part of the Pinewood enrichment programme for Years 5, 6 and 7 and its aim is to encourage children to explore new areas outside the normal curriculum, to develop intellectual curiosity and to cultivate skills for independent learning. As a voluntary programme, children can choose from 40 challenges all linked to a broad area of the curriculum. Bronze, Silver and Gold awards are given at the completion of each level in the challenge.
To achieve their Gold Award, Matilda, Poppy and Emily each had to complete 10 challenges (some of which were completed as part of their Bronze and Silver Awards).
Matilda created two games designed to teach Maths and French vocabulary to children. She then became a natural history explorer and walked the same route five times recording observations of plants and animal life as she went. Finally, Matilda devised a literary tea party for some book characters and made a banana milkshake for Ruby Redfort.
Poppy designed two new book covers for some favourite books. She made a game, adapted from Snakes and Ladders to teach younger children numeracy. Poppy planned a walk around her local area, which she completed five times at different times of the day and in different weather conditions, making detailed observations each time. To complete her Gold Award Poppy created a literary tea party and made some ‘worm’ spaghetti for Mr Twit!
Emily made an explorer scrapbook on Amelia Earhart and a Maths game to teach numeracy to a younger child. She then made a French game called ‘Voyage, Voyage!’ with questions and chance cards. Finally, to complete her Gold Award Emily produced a menu and invitations to a literary tea party and made some marmalade sandwiches and strawberry tarts for her guests, Paddington and Alice!
Please could members of the Chapel Choir return their robes following the carol service at Marlborough College Chapel at the end of last term. They need to be returned to the vestry in Bourton Church, not to school, and will be needed for this Saturday morning’s service. Thank you!
Congratulations to Lottie, who won Silver at the national U12 Elite Epee event held at Millfield last Sunday. She was seeded number 1, having been undefeated in her pool round and fought all the way through to the final. There she struggled against the number 3 seed and came up short on this occasion. Nevertheless, a great result to start the year with – well done, Lottie!
We welcome you all back for the Spring Term and in particular welcome all new pupils and staff, especially our Gap Students for the year: Charlotte Boyd-Walsh, Sophie Jaggers, Finn Parker and Michaela Vogt, who are joined for this term by local Gapper Olivia Hollis, and Theo Taylor, who returns for the first half of term.
We look forward to a busy and exciting term ahead!