Category Archives: 2019

Sal’s Shoes Collection

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Well done and thank you to everyone at Pinewood for donating 162 pairs of pre-loved children’s shoes and £42.69 to Sal’s Shoes. The collection is now closed and will be delivered to Sal’s Shoes on Monday. We hope to hold another collection in the not too distant future, so if you are having a clear out, remember to keep your children’s outgrown (but not outworn) shoes for the next collection!

Sports Awards

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Congratulations to the following, who have received sports awards to their senior schools:

George L: Sports Scholarship to King’s Bruton

Otto C: Sports Scholarship to Marlborough College

Jack N: Sports Exhibition to Clayesmore

Melissa W: Sports Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Rex K: Sports Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Ellen B: Sports Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Tilly B: Sports Exhibition to Cheltenham College

National Music Success

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Huge congratulations to Grace C (Year 6), who has been awarded a place at the Junior Conservatoire at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama for her violin and harp playing. This is a tremendous achievement for someone of her age and we are very proud of her.

TES Independent School Awards

TES Awards

We were thrilled to learn this week that we have been shortlisted for the Creativity Award category in the 2020 TES Independent School Awards, specifically for last autumn’s whole school WW1 Centenary Commemorative Mosaic project. Well done to everyone involved in this wonderful project!

National Fencing Bronze Medals

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Congratulations to Lottie J and Georgia L who both won Bronze at the Birmingham National Epee Championships. Fencing at the younger end of her age group, Lottie beat the number 1 seed (and GB Number 3) in the quarter finals before losing narrowly in the semis to GB Number 2, who went on to win gold. Georgia was fencing in her first national event and was seeded 2nd going into the direct elimination rounds. Having fenced incredibly well throughout the day, her desire to get stuck in to a duel cost her a place in the final as she lost 10-9 in the semis.  However, double bronze is a very good return from a national event. Well done girls!

Shonda News

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We are proud to continue our support of St John’s School, Shonda in Kenya. The whole Pinewood community has been very generous through collections at plays and the Carol Service, and through buying things from the Shonda stall at the Christmas Fair.

As their school year has come to an end, it is wonderful to hear news of successes at the school over the past year, and areas where they still need our help. Please click here to read the latest newsletter from Shonda.

Finding New Feet For Pre-Loved Shoes!


Sal’s Shoes was set up 5 years ago to collect and redistribute shoes to the world’s most needy children and we want to support them at Pinewood!

300 million children the world over spend most of their lives barefoot, making them vulnerable to infection and injury; 58 million children worldwide are not in school, 29 million of these are because they do not have the means – in many countries you cannot go to school without a pair of shoes. Since the charity started, they have found new feet for over a million pairs of pre-loved children’s shoes in 43 countries.

At Pinewood we are very aware of the impact of our consumer culture and want to support Sal’s Shoes in their bid to create a more circular economy, by collecting your children’s pre-loved shoes and trainers.

There will be a collection box for the shoes in the Wakeham Porch from Monday 11th November to Monday 2nd December. There will also be a donation box in the Office for you to make a suggested minimum donation of £1 per pair of shoes donated (to help the charity with transport costs etc.)

All shoes donated must:

  • Be outgrown, but not outworn
  • Be rubber banded together in pairs
  • Have laces if they need them
  • Have no holes in soles
  • Have had a quick clean (no Pinewood mud please)
  • Be child appropriate, regardless of size (no heels please)

We thank you for your support and hope this can become a regular event at Pinewood.

Bonfire Night

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An enormous thank you to Friends of Pinewood, and to all the Pinewood parents and staff who supported us and helped to make such a wonderful Bonfire Night on Friday; the rain held off and there was a wonderful atmosphere. We are thrilled to announce that we raised £6,260. This is an incredible amount of money and will enable us to make generous donations to our chosen charities this year: Swindon Night Shelter, Pennyhooks Farm Trust, Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary, Threshold, and Oak & Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre.

Each of the school houses along with Pre-Prep has chosen a charity for FOP to support this year, please click here to read more about the charities we have chosen.

To view more photos please go to the Photo Gallery.