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UKMT Maths Challenge

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On Friday, four of our most able mathematicians took part in the UKMT team maths challenge. This competition is aimed at Years 8 and 9 but Pinewood entered a team with 2 Year 8s and 2 Year 7s, comprising Nathan, Amelia, Geena and Mahony. After a solid start in the group round, the team did a fantastic job in finishing the Crossnumber puzzle. They then did very well in the shuttle round before their accuracy and wide mathematical knowledge helped get a large number of points in the relay race. Despite being a young team, they finished 10th out of 35-odd teams – a great achievement! Well done team!

SD

Scholarship News

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Congratulations to Sasha Wolcough, who has been awarded the Lord Halifax Academic Scholarship to St Edward’s, Oxford.

Sasha joins the following, who have all received awards to their senior schools this year:

Lara Scudamore: Academic Scholarship and The Prain Scholarship for the top performance in Maths and Science to Cheltenham College

Lara Capps: Academic Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Eliza Birch: Academic Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Alicia Neilson: Academic Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Ferdie Borchardt: DT Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Lara Capps: Drama Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Dan Lockhart: Music Scholarship to Cokethorpe

Amelia Stevens: Academic Scholarship to Bradfield College

Rufus Handley: Sports Scholarship to Rendcomb College

Sasha Wolcough: All-Rounder Award to St Edward’s Oxford

Phoebe Nettleton: All-Rounder Award to Sherborne Girls

Lily Laughton: Sports Scholarship to Westonbirt

Lara Capps: Choral Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Eliza Birch: Music Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Elliot Donnellan-Pasos: Music Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Lily Powell: Music Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Kasper Mason-Phelps: Music Scholarship to Radley

Santi: DT Scholarship: Monkton Combe

Max Blackburn: Sports Scholarship to Milton Abbey

Alice Vyvyan-Robinson: Sports Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Serena O’Brien: Headmaster’s All-Rounder Award to Dauntsey’s

Millie Thompson: Headmaster’s Award for Art to Dauntsey’s

Ollie Tulloch: Sports Exhibition to Malvern College

Latest Scholarship News

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

Lara Scudamore: Academic Scholarship and The Prain Scholarship for the top performance in Maths and Science to Cheltenham College

Lara Capps: Academic Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Eliza Birch: Academic Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Alicia Neilson: Academic Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Ferdie Borchardt: DT Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Lara Capps: Drama Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Dan Lockhart: Music Scholarship to Cokethorpe

They join the following, who have already received awards to their senior schools:

Amelia Stevens: Academic Scholarship to Bradfield College

Rufus Handley: Sports Scholarship to Rendcomb College

Sasha Wolcough: All-Rounder Award to St Edward’s Oxford

Phoebe Nettleton: All-Rounder Award to Sherborne Girls

Lily Laughton: Sports Scholarship to Westonbirt

Lara Capps: Choral Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Eliza Birch: Music Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Elliot Donnellan-Pasos: Music Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Lily Powell: Music Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Kasper Mason-Phelps: Music Scholarship to Radley

Santi: DT Scholarship: Monkton Combe

Max Blackburn: Sports Scholarship to Milton Abbey

Alice Vyvyan-Robinson: Sports Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Serena O’Brien: Headmaster’s All-Rounder Award to Dauntsey’s

Millie Thompson: Headmaster’s Award for Art to Dauntsey’s

Ollie Tulloch: Sports Exhibition to Malvern College

Scholarship News

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Congratulations to the following, who have been awarded scholarships to their senior schools:

Amelia Stevens: Academic Scholarship to Bradfield College

Rufus Handley: Sports Scholarship to Rendcomb College

Amelia and Rufus join the following, who have already received awards this year:

Sasha Wolcough: All-Rounder Award to St Edward’s Oxford

Phoebe Nettleton: All-Rounder Award to Sherborne Girls

Lily Laughton: Sports Scholarship to Westonbirt

Lara Capps: Choral Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Eliza Birch: Music Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Elliot Donnellan-Pasos: Music Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Lily Powell: Music Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Kasper Mason-Phelps: Music Scholarship to Radley

Santi: DT Scholarship: Monkton Combe

Max Blackburn: Sports Scholarship to Milton Abbey

Alice Vyvyan-Robinson: Sports Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Serena O’Brien: Headmaster’s All-Rounder Award to Dauntsey’s

Millie Thompson: Headmaster’s Award for Art to Dauntsey’s

Ollie Tulloch: Sports Exhibition to Malvern College

Year 8 Christmaths Challenge

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Year 8 squeezed into the Drawing Room for our 6th Annual Christmaths Challenge. The competition comprised of a Science round followed by a Maths problem solving relay race. There was a great deal of excitement and enthusiasm and it was fantastic to see the whole year group enjoying the Maths puzzles. Nora, Tom, Ferdie and Lily L won the Science part of the competition and the overall prize winners were Eliza, Ned, Alec, Millie and Reuben.

I’m very grateful to Mr Benbow, Miss Poyntz and Mr Smith for helping with the marking and Mrs Lyon Taylor for the Science round. Another thoroughly enjoyable competition – well done to the whole of Year 8!

SD

For more photos, please go to the Photo Gallery.

Old Pinewoodian News

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Congratulations to Connie Campbell-Gray (OP15), who has been awarded an Academic Scholarship at Marlborough College in recognition of her excellence in this area throughout her time at Marlborough.

Year 6 at the Clifton College MFL Day

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Twelve pupils from Year 6 were invited to a special language day at Clifton College in Bristol on Monday. They had brief taster lessons in Russian, Mandarin and Spanish, as well as a French themed treasure hunt. Snacks and lunch were provided in the language café in the very smart languages building. It was a really interesting day out and the children were admirable in their enthusiasm to tackle some new languages. Russian was particularly hard! They really enjoyed writing Chinese characters and singing in Spanish. Clifton College really looked after us well and we were all very impressed with the facilities they had there.

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Year 8 Science Fair

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Year 8 took part in the third Science Fair for Pinewood leavers this week.  Since their return from their trip to France Year 8 have been working in small groups on independent science projects investigating an area of science that appealed to them.  This year the variety of projects was extraordinary, ranging from investigating the relationship between body mass and ability to do pull ups, to finding the best launch angle for a long distance rocket.

Within a relatively short time each group had to organise their equipment, carry out the experiment, collect and interpret results and produce a display board.  The display boards allowed the pupils to show their understanding of the projects and principles of scientific investigation.

At the fair each group had to discuss their project with our judging panel of senior school science department heads: Mr Bliss from Abingdon, Mr Clegg from Bradfield and Mr Townley from Cheltenham.  The judges were really impressed by the originality of the projects and enthusiasm of our pupils when describing what they had done and found out.  The display boards were well presented and provided a visual reminder of what had been done.  As always the judges made suggestions and pointers on how the projects could have been improved, but all the pupils spoke with confidence about variables, fair testing and what investigations they would like to do in the future.

The following were awarded prizes for their work:

Best Overall Project: Flora Fletcher, Olivia Redman and Alex Taylor, who demonstrated that girls have better peripheral vision than boys.

Best Discussion: Alfred Beadman, Alexander Hankinson, Gregor Hawkes and Henry Woods, who discussed how the concentration of soap solution affects the height of a bubble tower.

Best Display board: Kitty Graham, Charlotte Hannon, and Meredith Powell-Turner, who showed that a ROKIT launched at an angle of 35o travelled the furthest.

In addition the judges were impressed by the following groups:

  • Harry Fuller, Alex Ross and Charlie Robinson’s investigation into short-term memory.
  • Max Owen, Henry Pritchard and Tom Pritchard’s test on the effect of hydrochloric acid on different foods.
  • Rose Dillon, Claudia Campbell and Imo Koe for the exuberance with which they described their experiment on Cola Bear sweets.
  • Emily Conner also received an honourable mention for presenting her Skittles investigation with confidence and clarity, despite being on her own at the fair.

Miss Wise and I were delighted with the way in which all the pupils approached the challenge and worked diligently into their penultimate day at Pinewood.  All deserve congratulations for their efforts. Well done! We hope that the Science Fair experience is one of the many special Pinewood memories that the children take with them as the leave us for the challenges of senior school.

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For more photos from the Science Fair, please go to the photo gallery.

Common Entrance News

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Following on from the 100% success rate of our CE candidates, congratulations to the following, who have received awards from their senior schools for outstanding achievements at Common Entrance:

Max Fraser – Common Entrance Physics Prize – Sherborne

Will Taylor – Common Entrance French Prize – Cheltenham College

Ed Hartley – Common Entrance Geography Prize – Cheltenham College

 

La Journée Francaise

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The whole school turned red, white and blue on Friday 17th June. A truly cross-curricular French Day took place. We began with an assembly with Madame Parmentier introducing the day in her best French. We even had some ballet, brilliantly improvised by Adelaide. Then the children were off to a series of French themed lessons. The Science department went to town with French bubbles. DT saw tower building. Art had a surrealist theme. Music was either Carnival of the Animals or Disney songs in French. The French Revolution was studied in History, Mr Bischoff held an inspired house Geography quiz. Mr Downe used Pascal’s triangle to do pizza toppings in Maths and the sports hall saw a Euro 2016 football tournament interspersed with boules on the balcony. The IT room saw some France inspired research and the drawing room was transformed into a bistro with Mr Hawley making a welcome return as a waiter.

The photos of the day, brilliantly taken by Mrs AG, tell the whole story, but the children seemed to genuinely enjoy themselves. There was time at break for a pastry and a house sing song in French, Postbridge stealing the show with “La Grenouille Verte ” and its associated actions !

Huge thanks to the staff who went out of their way to make things work. Particular thanks to Mrs Matthews who was inspired in the bistro and to Mrs Cochrane who organised with precision the events in the Pre-Prep.

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