There was an excellent level of response to the Friends of Pinewood Poetry Activities Challenge over the Easter Holidays.
Children in Years 7 and 8 were asked to read 21 poems and respond to them in a variety of ways. This year saw some promising writing from many of the pupils, and some beautiful artistic responses to some of the poems.
Of the responses we received, 11 pupils handed in exceptional work, and of those, after much deliberation, it was decided that those who had evidently made the most original and intelligent responses, and engaged with all the poems most thoughtfully were Melissa W, Sophie V and Caitlin F. The other 8 to be highly commended are Fred D, Seb W, Rosa H, Eli B, Georgie V, Lottie J, Hattie S and Amelie J.
Many thanks to Friends of Pinewood, who have kindly sponsored this event, enabling us to provide book tokens for the winners, and some notebooks for all who participated well.
We were delighted to welcome 11 visiting schools to this year’s Maths Challenge.
The children got straight into working out various warm up puzzles. The first competitive round was the mental questions, followed by the ever-popular challenge round. This consisted of 6 puzzles to be solved in 6 minutes with a number of points available to the teams. Team work and quick-thinking were key to success, as well as fluency with basic numerical calculations. Finally, teams had to compete to win letters in the Alpharace round – answering questions to be the first to take the star off the wall. Chaos ensued, but it was clear from their faces that the children were having a blast solving Maths questions quickly (and accurately).
Following the challenge, the teams moved to the terrace for tea and prize giving. Our Pinewood team finished a very respectable 4th place, with Longcot and Fernham taking first place. A big thank you and well done to all the teams and staff from local schools who took part, the bus drivers who picked them up, the Pinewood Year 7 and 8 pupils, who helped, and Mr Benbow for his tremendous help. We look forward to running another stimulating and challenging competition next year.
Congratulations to Jecca L T, whose poster on the journey of carbon was chosen as the winning entry in the Bryanston Science Poster Competition. Well done also to Ellen B and Mimi M, who were chosen as runners-up.
Children in Years 6 & 7 from many different prep schools took part in the competition, so this is a tremendous achievement – well done to you all and to the Science teachers for all your hard work!
Half a term’s work building race cars out of foam blocks culminated in the Race for the Line Race Day on Thursday 14th March.
After the weather postponed the start of our race we were ready and raring to go at 14:15. The rain had stopped, the sun had come out, but the wind was still howling. This didn’t deter us, though, we just set the track up to use the wind to our best advantage! A few technical issues meant we started later than anticipated, but this just meant that the tension had more time to build. We overcame the technical issues and were ready to go. ‘Track Live’ was shouted across the hard courts from the race engineers (Miss Stevens and Miss Martyn-Fisher), ‘Clear’ was shouted back by the race marshal (Mr Newcome) and the countdown began ‘3, 2, 1….GO!’ and the first car shot across the start line and raced to the finish.
All of the cars made it successfully to the finish line, some in a sorrier state than others with missing wheels and scraped paint work!
Well done to the winning team for gaining a place at the Regional Finals (details to follow once they have been released).
Winners: Pineapples (Tommy B, George L and Max R) speed = 18.62 m/s
2nd place: Flymingos (Randeep G, Hattie S and Melissa W) speed = 18.38 m/s
3rd place: Fiery Rainbows (Charlie S, Jack W, Tilly B) speed = 14.21 m/s
To celebrate Science Week this year, Bryanston School ran a Prep Schools’ Science Competition for children in Years 6 and 7 with the aim of allowing children the opportunity to research the science behind a journey.
All the pupils in Years 6 and 7 took part in this and some fantastic, detailed posters were produced, giving the Pinewood science teachers some tough decisions to make! In the end 4 posters were sent off to Bryanston: well done to Jecca L T, Caspar O, Mimi M and Ellen B. Well done also to the following children, who were highly commended by their science teachers: Polly L, Tilly B, Matilda M, Aadi T, Archie V W.
Kiki W who has been awarded the Brewer Williams Academic Scholarship and the Douglas Bader Leadership Award to St Edward’s, Oxford, and to Tara L, who has been awarded the Goldsmiths Award for the top Art Scholarship to Cokethorpe.
Kiki and Tara join the following, who have all received awards to their senior schools this year:
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
Well done to our team of Year 5 engineers (Joao Filipe, Jamie, Marius & James) who competed against 9 other teams from Oxfordshire to win the regional finals of the Fly To The Line competition at RAF Benson yesterday.
Calling themselves Pinewood Airlines the boys had to build a brand new glider from scratch. No templates this time, just a piece of paper, a piece of A3 foam, a pencil and a ruler! They worked well as a team to come up with a design that they thought was going to allow their glider to travel the furthest, using specific measurements and precise cutting.
The atmosphere was a mixture of excitement and nerves as we gathered in the hangar for the competition. We were told that the winner would be chosen from the best of 3 flights. The first flight was launched from the catapult at a 5 degree angle. Pinewood Airlines were up third and we stepped up to the launcher with a little trepidation. Our glider was mounted and then 3, 2, 1 GO! Our glider was launched and didn’t stop for a huge distance! It was the best launch of the day! We had some tough competition from 2 other teams and as the competition came to a close we had no idea who the winner was. As the results were checked and verified we waited nervously. Then, finally, the results were announced… 7 schools, 9 teams and only 1 winner: Pinewood Airlines! The boys were ecstatic and, rightfully, proud of their efforts!
Well done, boys, on a great day of engineering work!