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Fly To The Line Competition Regional Winners!

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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!

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

Scholarship News!

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Congratulations to Livvy M, who has been recognised by Dean Close as a Foundation Scholar, for achieving scholarship status in Academics, Music & Drama. This is a tremendous achievement, well done Livvy!

Livvy joins the following, who have already received awards to their senior schools this year:

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

 

Year 5 Fly To The Line Competition

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This was the first time that we had run this competition at Pinewood so excitement levels were high!

The aim: to build a glider out of an A3 foam sheet and see how far it travelled when launched. The children had to use their knowledge and understanding of forces to think of the best shape for their gliders.

The venue: the Pinewood Sports Hall, in order to limit any weather variations.

The competition: nail biting!

Joint winners: Fortnite Airlines and The Victorious Age, who will be heading to the Regional Finals on 13th February at RAF Benson, Wallingford, where they will be building another glider and competing against other Year 5 and 6 children from schools across Oxfordshire.

Well done to everyone in Year 5 and good luck to winners in the regional finals!

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

Bradfield College Year 5 Science Challenge Winners!

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A mixture of nerves and excitement filled Freddie, Sasha, Hamish and Zara as we made our way into Bradfield College’s fantastic Science department ready to start the Prep Schools’ Science Challenge.

Children from 20 different prep schools started to arrive with similar feelings to the Pinewood team and the atmosphere was tense! The children were briefed that the challenge would consist of 3 practical challenges and a quiz in each science and that they needed to work as a team in order to do well. Our first challenge was Biology, which involved observational skills whilst looking at plant cells through microscopes and studying the behaviour of maggots when put on a petri dish, that was half in the light and half in the dark. The next challenge was all about Physics where the children were tasked with making a loudspeaker out of cardboard, paper and copper wire that would play music from an iPhone. A much needed biscuit and juice break followed the Physics challenged and once the children were recharged and ready to go they headed into their final challenge: Chemistry. Here the children had to identify unlabelled chemicals by mixing them with other, labelled chemicals and observe the reactions between them. This, I was told, was ‘really cool’! Dr Brooks, Bradfield’s Director of Science, who then gave a Whizz, Bang, Pop demonstration that involved hydrogen balloons, liquid nitrogen and a little bit of scientific ‘magic’ that left both children and adults in awe. We then headed over to the quad where we were treated to a Nitrogen ‘bomb’ demonstration and then the all-important results. The children all fell silent for the first time that afternoon whilst Dr Brooks read out 3rd place (no mention of Pinewood), then 2nd place (still no mention of Pinewood) and then, with suspense at its highest, he announced that Pinewood had won!! A huge well done to the Pinewood team, they worked sensibly, scientifically and as part of a team and we are all very proud of them!

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National Fencing Success!

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Well done to our fantastic fencers, who took part in the IAPS National Fencing Championships at Millfield on Saturday and Sunday.

After only 3 lessons of sabre and in his first ever competition Randeep finished 7th in the U11 Boys Sabre. In the U11 Girls Epee Lottie won Bronze, having come within a hit of getting into the final.  She faced a friend from another local school in what was the fight of the day with 3 double hits on the last point before her friend won.  Zac, fighting for the first time at U14, came within a hit of getting into the last 8.  9-6 down with 40 seconds left he pulled it back to 9-9 and time ran out.  They had one hit to decide the winner in one minute and his opponent scored.  This was a great experience for all of the children.

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In the meantime, Ben fought off hard competition to win the U12 Foil category at the Newham Swords event.  Sadly this event clashed with IAPS, but with valuable England points up for grabs Ben made the right decision to fence in London. Well done!

Pinewood Year 5 Primary Schools Maths Challenge

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On a beautiful afternoon, teams from 11 schools took part in the 4th Annual Pinewood Year 5 Maths Challenge.

After warming up with some puzzles, we were straight into the mental arithmetic round. There then followed 6 fun puzzles involving mathstick puzzles, benches, secret symbols and impossible prizes. The teams then took part in the Alpharace, racing against each other to capture the letters on the walls of the sports hall.

Great fun was had by all and it was good to see teams working together incredible well.

Congratulations to the top three teams:

1st Holy Family

2nd Pinewood

3rd Westonbirt

It was very close and all teams did extremely well! We look forward to welcoming all the local schools back again next year.

For more photos, please go to the Photo Gallery.

Intermediate Maths Success!

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Over 250,000 students from more than 3,000 schools took part in the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge in February this year. Pupils had 1 hour to answer as many multiple choice questions as possible. Despite the competition being aimed at children in Years 10 and 11, we congratulate the following on their results:

Max (Year 8) – Best in School and Silver Award

Charlie (Year 8) and Olivia (Year 7) – Bronze Awards.

 

Latest Scholarship News

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Congratulations to our final scholars of the year:

Max Woodford – Academic Scholarship to Marlborough College

Lucia Harrison – William Morris All-Rounder Scholarship to Marlborough College

Ed Wrench – William Morris All-Rounder & Sports Scholarships to Marlborough College

Marina Prichard-Jones – Art Scholarship to Milton Abbey

They join the following, who have already been awarded scholarships this year:

Rohan Chandrasekaran – Young & Summers Academic Scholarship to Abingdon

Geena Capps – Top Academic Scholarship (Lord James of Hereford) & Drama Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Edie Doherty – Academic Scholarship & Drama Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Catherine Gedney – Academic Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Mahony Knight – Academic Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Izzy Bidwell – Academic Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Amelie Summers – Headmistress’s All-Rounder Award & Drama Scholarship to The Royal High School, Bath

Huw Williams – Music Scholarship to Rendcomb

Charlie Marriott – Academic Scholarship to Downside

Huw Williams & Carmen Ritchie – Music Scholarship to Dean Close

Jessica Stephens – Sports Scholarship to Wellington College

Jessica Stephens – Music & Sports Scholarships to Dean Close

Geena Capps – Choral Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Catherine Gedney – Music Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Edie Doherty – Music Award to Cheltenham College

Lily Vere Nicoll – Music Award to St Edward’s, Oxford

Archie Shanahan – Sports Scholarship to Dean Close

Jessica Stephens – Music Exhibition to Wellington College.

Tinka Barber, Lily Nicholson and Olivia Vyvyan-Robinson – Sports Scholarships to Cheltenham College

Jemima Beadman – Music Scholarship to Tudor Hall

Josh Paulin – Sports Scholarship to Clifton College

Academic Scholarship News

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Congratulations to Rohan Chandrasekaran, who has been awarded the Young & Summers Academic Scholarship to Abingdon.

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

Geena Capps – Top Academic Scholarship (Lord James of Hereford) & Drama Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Edie Doherty – Academic Scholarship & Drama Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Catherine Gedney – Academic Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Mahony Knight – Academic Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Izzy Bidwell – Academic Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Amelie Summers – Headmistress’s All-Rounder Award & Drama Scholarship to The Royal High School, Bath

Huw Williams – Music Scholarship to Rendcomb

Charlie Marriott – Academic Scholarship to Downside

Huw Williams & Carmen Ritchie – Music Scholarship to Dean Close

Jessica Stephens – Sports Scholarship to Wellington College

Jessica Stephens – Music & Sports Scholarships to Dean Close

Geena Capps – Choral Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Catherine Gedney – Music Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Edie Doherty – Music Award to Cheltenham College

Lily Vere Nicoll – Music Award to St Edward’s, Oxford

Archie Shanahan – Sports Scholarship to Dean Close

Jessica Stephens – Music Exhibition to Wellington College.

Tinka Barber, Lily Nicholson and Olivia Vyvyan-Robinson – Sports Scholarships to Cheltenham College

Jemima Beadman – Music Scholarship to Tudor Hall

Josh Paulin – Sports Scholarship to Clifton College

Latest Scholarship News

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Congratulations to the following, who have all received awards to Cheltenham College:

Geena Capps – Top Academic Scholarship (Lord James of Hereford) & Drama Scholarship

Edie Doherty – Academic Scholarship & Drama Exhibition

Catherine Gedney – Academic Scholarship

Mahony Knight – Academic Scholarship

Izzy Bidwell – Academic Exhibition

They join the following, who have already received awards this year:

Amelie Summers – Headmistress’s All-Rounder Award & Drama Scholarship to The Royal High School, Bath

Huw Williams – Music Scholarship to Rendcomb

Charlie Marriott – Academic Scholarship to Downside

Huw Williams & Carmen Ritchie – Music Scholarship to Dean Close

Jessica Stephens – Sports Scholarship to Wellington College

Jessica Stephens – Music & Sports Scholarships to Dean Close

Geena Capps – Choral Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Catherine Gedney – Music Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Edie Doherty – Music Award to Cheltenham College

Lily Vere Nicoll – Music Award to St Edward’s, Oxford

Archie Shanahan – Sports Scholarship to Dean Close

Jessica Stephens – Music Exhibition to Wellington College.

Tinka Barber, Lily Nicholson and Olivia Vyvyan-Robinson – Sports Scholarships to Cheltenham College

Jemima Beadman – Music Scholarship to Tudor Hall

Josh Paulin – Sports Scholarship to Clifton College