Category Archives: Activities

Inter-House Chess & Table Tennis Competitions


With 47 entrants in the Chess and 59 in the Table Tennis, it looked like we were destined for some exciting matches and close contests. In the Table Tennis, last year’s winner, Josh T, was knocked out early on, opening up the tournament for everyone else. Zach M made it through to the semi-finals, beating some good players on his way. Max W also made it through to the same stage defeating 3 Year 8s in the process. However, William S and Tom C triumphed in their respective matches and faced each other during break time. With an expectant crowd waiting, we were treated to an outstanding match. The first game went to 15-13 as each player vied to win by 2 clear points. William made an early lead in the second match, but Tom pegged him back… but it was a little too late and William overcame the pressure to win the match and the competition.

In the Chess competition, the surprise of the tournament was George K being knocked out in the second round. Freddie B (Year 3) had a great run through to the 3rd round and Ollie T only just saw off the challenge of Huw W in the quarter finals. However, Tom C and Lucas B, last year’s finalists, both made it through to the final again this year, (although Lucas was very lucky to escape with a stalemate in his semi-final with Dan L). The atmosphere was tense in the Drawing Room for the match and, despite losing his Queen early on, Lucas fought hard and came back to win the match, (although he was only one move away from a back row mate). In the second game, Tom was initially on the offensive, but a brilliant move from Lucas to pin Tom’s Queen led to victory. To be honest, Lucas was only 1 move away from being check-mated – but just moving his Bishop one square changed the complexion of the game entirely. Both players provided a really entertaining  and the gathered crowds were kept on the edge of their seats throughout.

Well done to everyone who participated in two excellent competitions!


Fencing Championships Success

Pinewood u11 Foil Team_LR crop

Congratulations to our U11 Foil team, who won Bronze at the National Team Foil Championships at Millfield on Saturday. This is a tremendous achievement for the team of Ben, Randeep, Zac and Tom, who competed against schools from Cornwall, Wales, London and Somerset to reach the semi-finals.

Regional Fencing Champion!

Ben Turner wins Millfield Foil (IMG_5690)

Congratulations to Ben Turner, who is U12 Regional Foil Champion (comprising Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Hampshire).  Despite being one of the youngest and smallest competitors at the competition, he remained undefeated all day to become champion.  Ben has now qualified for the national fencing finals.

Riding Success!

1st in NSEA Plate comp 70cm show jumping 2

Congratulations to the Pinewood Equestrian team of Alice, Serena, Faith and Lily P, who came 1st in the Plate Competition in the NSEA Show Jumping Championships and 3rd in Arena Eventing at the weekend.

Mountain Biking Trip to Project 417

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After a number of visits to the mountain biking locations in and around Swindon, the group went further afield on Thursday and visited the recently opened Project 417 near Cheltenham. This is a privately-owned bike park with downhill runs, an indoor pump track, jumps (indoor and outdoor) and lots of other opportunities to develop confidence and skills on a bike (as well as having lots and lots of fun!).

We started with a short trip down the end of the Blue run – the children particularly enjoyed the jumps towards the end – before heading into their pump track. After getting used to the movement required to gain and maintain speed, children were soon getting a little bit of air and definitely getting faster. We did the no-pedal challenge (who can get round the pump track without pedalling) and then a time trial (winning time from Ed Wrench of 16.99s).

The boys had lots of fun and I encourage anyone looking for an active and exciting day out to look at this place. A huge thank you to Mr Cooper for driving and to Ian and Colin for joining us on the trip.


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