Category Archives: Library

Pinewood Gold Award Programme

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Congratulations to Gracie Neilson who is the first to gain her Bronze Award for the Gold Programme. Gracie completed three challenges. The first challenge was to design an ‘eco house’ which she picked because of her interest in nature and in caring for the environment. She chose to design ten bookmarks on different countries of the world for her second challenge. Finally she completed a fantastic holiday diary of her summer holidays to get her Bronze Award. Gracie is now starting work towards her Silver.

The Gold Programme forms part of the Pinewood enrichment programme and its aim is to encourage children to explore new areas outside the normal curriculum, to develop intellectual curiosity and to cultivate skills for independent learning. As a voluntary programme, children can choose from 40 challenges all linked to a broad area of the curriculum. It is expected the majority of the work will be undertaken in children’s own time but progress in school will be monitored with regular meetings. Bronze, Silver and Gold awards will be given at the completion of each level in the challenge. We hope this programme, for children from Years 5, 6 and 7, will be enjoyable and stimulating, giving them the satisfaction of thinking and learning for themselves and resulting in a record of their work and achievements.

If you would like to know more about the Gold Programme, please e-mail Mrs Matthews on


Visit to Lower School by Author, Lucy Coats

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Before I met Lucy Coats I was really excited. She showed us her new series of books, which are called Beasts of Olympus. I love them!

She showed us the illustrations of the beasts from her books. Some of the beasts were scary, for example The Hydra (a nine-headed snake), but there are nice beasts as well, for example The Unicorn (who doesn’t like boys). There is also a Griffin, which she told us how to draw, which was fun and I called mine Alfie. I had a really good morning with Lucy Coats and I can’t wait to read her next book.

Evie Page

Photography Competition Runner-Up

James Gardener runner up in School Notices photo competition

Congratulations to James Gardener (6D), who was selected as a runner up in the School Notices photography competition on the theme of ‘Winter Warmers’. James’s photograph will appear on the School Notices website and hopefully in their next magazine; he will also receive a book on photography for the school Library.

Well done, James!


PSHE Writing Competition

Thought for the term Autumn 2015

Well done to all those children who entered the PSHE writing competition based around the PSHE theme this term – It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. The following children are highly commended for their stories and will all be awarded prizes:

Max Blackburn, Lucia Harrison, Lottie Jordan, Jecca Lyon Taylor, Zara Lawson, Eli Benbow and Georgina Paul.


Waterloo Week at Pinewood

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“Waterloo is not a battle; it is the changing face of the universe.” Writer Victor Hugo on the battle.

This year is the bicentenary of The Battle of Waterloo – 18th June 1815. Throughout last week the history department held a ‘Waterloo Week’ in the Library. History classes were able to book into the library to find out more about the battle and its huge significance. The children were able to study some original artefacts from Waterloo, which were the personal possessions of Sir Hussey Vivian, Mrs Hoyland’s great-great-great grandfather, who led the last cavalry charge at Waterloo.

Through the selected ‘200 objects of Waterloo’ we discovered the personal stories of bravery, sacrifice and heroism. From Lord Uxbridge’s false leg, to a humble penny, dented by a bullet, to Wellington’s famous boots – all are fascinating and provide other avenues of discussion and deeper thinking.

We were also fortunate to have a magnificent engraving of the battle to study – it normally hangs in Mr Hoyland’s office! The pupils enjoyed searching for certain people, objects and events in the picture and making links with their artefact work.

It has been a great opportunity to explore this important turning point in world history with the children.


For more photos please go to the Photo Gallery.

Harry Potter Week in the Library

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Instead of the Boddington Library, the entrance to the Library this week reads ‘Platform 9 3/4’ and on coming down the steps, children will find themselves in the world of Harry Potter.

The Reading Group have been busy all term making signs and house shields, developing potions and creating wands to decorate the library.  Children can visit ‘Ollivanders’ and try out the latest wands or they can create their own potion.

Die hard Harry Potter fans can test their knowledge of the books with two competitions taking place.

The highlight has been the sorting hat and at break every day there has been a long queue of children waiting to be sorted into their houses.

It has been a busy week but great fun and enjoyed by all. Those who haven’t yet discovered the books will hopefully catch some of the excitement and go on to read the books for themselves.