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Pinewood Year 8 Science Fair

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This was the fourth Science Fair that we had held for the Year 8 leavers.  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 making slime, launching match head rockets and finding out the quickest way to move an After Eight chocolate mint from your forehead to mouth!

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: Dr Chris Flaherty, Head of Science from Cokethorpe, Mrs Phaedra Gowen, Housemistress at St Edward’s, Oxford, Dr Alix Waine, Head of Chemistry and Mrs Louise Carter, Housemistress and Head of Biology, both from Stowe. 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.

Prize Winners

Best overall project:

How Haribo sweets, RedBull and exercise affect the rate of reaction?

Lara Capps, Nathan McAvoy, Nora MW and Sasha Wolcough

Best display board:

How temperature and age affect how quickly you can move an After 8 chocolate mint from your forehead to mouth.

Ollie Samuel, Lizie Birch and Amelia Stevens

Best verbal presentation:

How different volumes of glue affect the bounciness of a ball

Luca Malikov, Josh Tate and Hugo Lawson

Mr King and I were delighted with the way in which all the pupils approached the challenge and worked diligently into their last week at Pinewood.  All deserve congratulations for their efforts. Well done! We are also extremely grateful to our judges for coming to Pinewood and putting the children through their paces.  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.

Year 8 Scholars’ Dragons Den Presentations

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The Year 8 Scholars have spent this term developing Pinewood branded products to present to the Pinewood Dragons (Mr Hoyland, Mrs Ranstead, Assistant Bursar, and Mrs Dalton, Finance Manager) for the opportunity to sell at the products at school to raise money for charity.

The children have had talks on marketing and setting up a business, as well as meeting with suppliers of possible products. The teams each chose a charity to support and did market research to help them determine the best products to present to the Dragons. They then created an advertising campaign for the panel to see, alongside their presentation.

The Dragons were very impressed with the teams’ presentations, the level of detail that had gone into choosing their product and a supplier, as well as their financial forecasts and marketing campaigns.

In the end the Dragons decided to invest in two groups again this year and will be supporting the following projects:

Rock Life (Lara S, Nora and Serena), who will be selling Pinewood rock sweets

Axon (Ollie, Sasha and Alicia), who will be selling leather notebooks, which will come in a choice of colours and will be embossed with the Pinewood logo.

The Scholars who were not chosen will be split between the two teams and help them in the promotion and selling of their products.

Thank you to the Dragons and everyone who has supported the Scholars so far, particularly the parents who completed the online market research questionnaires sent out by the Scholars.

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

Pinewood Year 5 Inter-Schools Maths Competition

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On Monday 10 local schools took part in the 3rd Annual Pinewood Maths Competition. After warming up with some short puzzles, the teams’ listening and calculation skills were put to the test in a mental Maths round. They then went through the curtain to the 6 puzzle stations waiting for them, including some fiendish Sudoku-style grids, a chess problem, codes to break and making a tower from marshmallows and sticks. The final round was the Alpharace, where teams had to solve calculations or Countdown style problems to be the first to take a letter off the wall. It was a frantic start, but settled down when only the difficult ones remained. After a busy afternoon puzzling, we announced the top three schools, after some well-deserved tea: in joint third were Fernham & Longcot, and Holy Family; Pinewood came second,  and in first place were St Margaret’s, Calne.

Well done to all the teams who took part and my particular thanks to Mr Benbow and Miss Poyntz for helping with the afternoon, and Mr Fogden and the Headmaster for collecting and dropping off the schools.

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

New Books For The Libraries

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On World Book Day we ran a design a door competition around the theme of our favourite books. Form 3L won the competition and as their prize were able to choose £100 worth of new books for the school Libraries.

Well done 3L!

Shadowing The Kate Greenaway Medal

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The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually to a book of outstanding artistic quality, published over the last year. This term the Reading Group are shadowing the award. Every Thursday afternoon they will be reading one of the eight books shortlisted for the award and writing reviews which will be posted on Pinewood’s shadowing website. To follow their progress, you can log on to:

www.ckg.og.uk/shadowing

Then click on ‘P’ in the A-Z list of shadowing groups to find Pinewood’s page. Here you can read our blog and our reviews as well as vote in our poll and find out about our featured books and authors.

The winners will be announced on Monday 19th June, when we will find out if we agree with the team of expert judges!

 

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

George Orr-Ewing: Drama Award to Dean Close

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.