Category Archives: Friends of Pinewood

Friends of Pinewood Bonfire Night

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A huge thank you to everyone who helped and supported us at Bonfire Night; we are thrilled to announce that we raised the record breaking sum of £5,049.61. This will enable us to make significant donations to our chosen charities this year as well as to our fundraising projects within the school.

Our chosen charities for this year are:

The UK Sepsis Trust aims to raise awareness of Sepsis, or blood poisoning (septicaemia), helping to educate healthcare professionals, support survivors and bereaved families, and to save 13,500 lives each year. Sepsis is the third largest cause of death in the UK.  It is more common than heart attacks, and kills more people than bowel, breast and prostate cancer and road accidents combined.

Maggie’s Oxford offers free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends. Our purpose-built Centre in the grounds of the Churchill Hospital is a warm and welcoming place where anyone affected by cancer can access friendly and professional support on a drop-in basis, completely free of charge. Maggie’s is a place to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; a place where qualified experts provide emotional support; a place to meet other people or simply sit quietly with a cup of tea. We see 50 to 60 people per day in the centre, which is funded entirely by voluntary donations.

Playgrounds for Palestine UK believes that every child has the right to have a local playground where they can play safely. The founding organisation in the USA has built over 30 playgrounds for Palestinian children in refugee camps and other areas of need. The UK charity works closely with them to ensure that playgrounds are designed and built to the highest standards.  Each playground costs about £12,000.

We will also be raising funds to help with the restoration of Bourton Village Church.  The church was earmarked for closure about 15 years ago, and the village and the school were instrumental in ensuring it remained open, through their ongoing support.  The church is due its quinquennial inspection next year, which will officially reveal the extent of the work that needs to be done.

 

 

Friends of Pinewood Summer Afternoon

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FOP are thrilled to announce that last term’s Summer Afternoon raised a phenomenal £1919.07, this is a fantastic sum of money, which will be divided between FOP projects at school and our charitable donations for the year. A big thank you to everyone who supported us on the day, we couldn’t do it without you!

FOP dates for your diary for this term:

Bonfire Night – Friday 3rd November

Pinewood Christmas Fair – Saturday 2nd December

We are always looking for volunteers to help at events, so please contact any member of Friends of Pinewood if you are interested (details on the school website) or leave your details in the FOP box in the School Office.

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

Pinewood Christmas Fair

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We are thrilled to announce that we raised the incredible sum of £9182.67 at the Christmas Fair this year. A huge thank you to Friends of Pinewood and Pre-Prep for all their hard work in making the event such a success and to everyone else who helped on the day and visited the fair. A proportion of the sum raised will be donated to our chosen charities for this year: SeeSaw, Meningitis Research, Greatwood and Twigs and the rest will be put towards a special project at school.

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

Year 1 Trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park

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On a bright October day, the Year One children went on their first ever school trip, to the Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford. The excitement of a coach journey was overwhelming, with many children using words such as ‘awesome’ and ‘cool’ before we even got to the park. The children delighted in watching the penguins being fed and going into the Madagascar enclosure, with many lemurs basking in the sunshine and birds flying up above. The new additions to the Wildlife Park, three lion cubs, were adored by all, and the children were able to watch a giraffe eating hay from very close proximity. The train journey around the park allowed the children to see many of the animals as well as the opportunity to wave at the general public!  The children also had the opportunity to listen to a talk given by a Keeper on ‘owls’, learning about the significance of the colour of owl eyes. We are very lucky that Friends Of Pinewood sponsor some of the endangered species at the park, and we were able to see both the Humboldt penguins and the Morelets crocodile, two of the animals sponsored by FOP. A fun day was had by all!

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

Friends of Pinewood Summer Afternoon

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We are delighted to announce that we raised over £920 at the Summer Afternoon last week. We are very grateful to everyone who came and supported us and to all those who kindly volunteered their time to help run stalls. We are particularly grateful, however, to 100 Chai Street from Marlborough. Run by the Roy family, they sold their very popular street food from all parts of India. They gave up their time to run the stall at the Summer Afternoon and only charged us for the cost of the food, so all their profits came to Friends of Pinewood. Please do pay them a visit next time you are in Marlborough.

Thank you!

Friends of Pinewood

 

Friends of Pinewood Quiz Night

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A huge thank you to everyone who supported us at Quiz Night towards the end of last term; we are delighted to announce that we raised in the region of £1500, which will go towards  our annual charitable donations and Friends of Pinewood fundraising projects within the school.