Category Archives: 2019

Build A Bridge STEM Challenge

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The Library has been buzzing this week with children eager to put their budding engineering skills to the test. They were tasked with building a bridge with just one sheet of paper. Using all their engineering knowledge they designed arches, beams, trusses and even had a go at a suspension bridge. The children quickly realised that the strength of the bridge depended on shape and they tested their bridge design by seeing how many pennies it could support.

It was great to see children from Year 3 to Year 8 having a go. Congratulations to Freddie S, Will W, Sonny N and Aadi T who topped the Library leader-board. Their bridge was able to hold 243 pennies before collapsing! Well done to everyone who took part!

More photos can be found in the Event Gallery.

Tatler Schools Guide

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We are delighted to have been included in the Tatler Schools Guide 2020 and very proud of our Headmaster, Philip Hoyland, whose 38 years in education were recognised with The Lifetime Achievement Award!

Please click here to read our review.

Welcome Back!

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We welcome everyone back to Pinewood for the start of another busy and exciting year! We extend a particular welcome to all our new pupils and members of staff, who we know will very quickly feel part of the Pinewood family.

Hatherop Fencing Challenge

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Well done to the Pinewood fencers, who took part in the Hatherop Fencing Challenge at the weekend, with the following results:

Year 3 & 4 Girls Foil: Olivia K – Silver

Year 3 & 4 Girls Epee: Olivia K – Gold (undefeated throughout this event)

Year 3 & 4 Girls Epee: Eva S – Silver

Year 3 & 4 Girls Sabre: Olivia Kalen – Gold

Year 5 & 6 Boys Epee: Harry A – Bronze

Year 5 & 6 Boys Foil: Hugo F – Bronze

Girl-at-arms for the best results in three weapons – Olivia K

A great day’s fencing!

Friends of Pinewood Summer Afternoon

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An enormous thank you to Friends of Pinewood and all the volunteers who helped them on the day, for such a successful and fun Summer Afternoon last Friday. We are thrilled to announce that the event raised £2900! This is a tremendous amount and, as well as being put to good use within the school, will also help us make generous contributions to our chosen charities this year: Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, Pennyhooks Farm Trust, Julia’s House and Wiltshire Treehouse.

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

Royal Society of Biology Competition

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A group of keen scientists took part in the recent Royal Society of Biology competition, with the following successes:

Gold – Samson C

Silver – Milan T, Will S, Livvy M, Finian K, Kiki W and Alice O’B

Bronze – Zac F

Well done to you all!

Scholarships 2018-19

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Congratulations to all our award holders this year, we are very proud of you:

Inès J – Art Scholarship to Marlborough College

Ottilie G – William Morris All-Rounder Scholarship to Marlborough College:

Kiki W – Brewer Williams Academic Scholarship and the Douglas Bader Leadership Award to St Edward’s, Oxford

Tara L – Goldsmiths Award for the top Art Scholarship to Cokethorpe

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

We wish them and all our other leavers this year the very best of luck at their new schools and look forward to hearing how they get on.

Fencing Success!

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Congratulations to both Lottie J (epee) and Ben T (foil) for reaching the last 8 in this year’s England Youth Championships held at the University of Hertfordshire near London.  It is always challenging playing sport against the very best in the country and even more so when playing at the younger end of an older age group.  This was the case for both our Year 7 fencers who only lost one bout all day – their quarter final! Lottie’s opponent would go on to finish second, having had the fight of her day against Lottie, only pulling away by three hits at the very end.  Lottie finished 7th . Ben had an equally successful day finishing 5th overall with his opponent winning bronze in the end.

Last weekend Lottie participated in the Dunstan Epee Challenge in the U14 age group (making her even younger in the age range) and came away with bronze having won 9 victories in a grueling pool competition where she had 16 fights over the course of the day.

In the U10 Regional Championships, our younger fencers acquitted themselves very well, winning 8 medals between the five of them as the best fencers from Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire gathered to see who was best with the blade:

Joao Filipe R – Epee Gold and Foil Bronze

Arthur GR – Sabre Gold and Foil Silver

Hugo F – Epee Bronze

Georgia L – Epee Bronze

Olivia K – Sabre Gold and Epee Bronze

Congratulations to you all.

Matches came late this term as we hosted St Francis and travelled to Hatherop.  New fencer and Squad Captain Elizabeth B did an excellent job, gathering her fencers and putting everything into her bouts.

Well done to you all on a great year and the best of luck to our fencers competing in the Hatherop Challenge this Sunday.