Category Archives: 2019

‘Sea of Plastic’ Art Competition

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Congratulations to all the winners in our most recent art competition on the theme of ‘Sea of Plastic'; there were some wonderfully imaginative entries, putting plastic to good and creative (re-)use.

The winners were as follows:

Year 8
1st: Melissa W

Year 7
1st: Jecca LT & Freddie S
2nd: Sonny N
3rd: Polly L

Year 6
1st: Ben S-J, Toby P & Zara S-J
2nd: Mya M-S, Isabella R & Alex E
3rd: Bear M

Year 5
1st: Trinity P & Isla H
2nd: Lowenna H-B, Daisy L & Naran S
3rd: Sophie K, Willa T, Freya H & Rosalie G

Year 4
1st: Lucas H
2nd: Eliza W
3rd: Jess R & Jay M-S

Year 3
1st: Ella S-J & Esme Z
2nd: Lilia G & Victor W
3rd: James S & Wilfred M

House points were awarded to all entries and additional points were awarded for coming 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc, resulting in Postbridge being the winning house overall.

The standard of entries was extremely high and it was not easy to pick winners. We would like to congratulate everybody for taking part and providing us with such a difficult task in judging the entries. The pieces are quite large and at the moment displayed in the Upper Art Room, but we are hoping to put them on display in the Hall soon, for you all to admire.

For more photos, please go to the Art Gallery.

EcoBrick Challenge

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Parents may well remember that at the start of the Autumn Term we put out a request for families to start stuffing old 2 litre bottles with plastic non-recyclable rubbish.  Our hope was that each child would be able to bring an EcoBrick into school, with which we could build different items, including some recycling bins.  The response was fantastic; we were overwhelmed with bricks and quickly went about our building!   Today, in the Hall families are able to see (and even sit on!) our new sofa (which will be moved to the Outdoor Classroom once the weather improves) and will see other bins around the school, all made from our EcoBricks.

Pinewood is passionate about educating our children on how to look after and protect our planet.  In terms of waste around the school we always encourage children to think about where we can ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ and to cut back on single-use plastic where possible.   But some non-recyclable waste is hard to avoid and the EcoBricks are a very visual and creative way to show ‘reusing’ of this non-recyclable rubbish that would otherwise end up in landfill.  Around the world people are using EcoBricks to build in a whole new way and are often seen in many sustainable building projects.  Whether it is indoor furniture, gardens and parks, or structures, imagination really is the only limit!

We look forward to sharing more environmental initiatives with you throughout the year.

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

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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.