Category Archives: Pinewood in the Community

Recycling Models Competition

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The theme for our PSHE studies this term has been recycling and to end the term each form in the Prep school took part in a competition to create its own model made out of recycled material.

The winning models were:

Lower School

1st Prize: Viking Ship (4S); Runner Up: Fish (3D)

Middle School

1st Prize: The Re-Cycle (6D); Runner Up: Donald Trump (6S)

Upper School

1st Prize: Elephant (7P); Runner Up: Pinewood School sign (7L)

The forms that will be going on the trip to the recycling centre on 21st March are 7P and 6D.

Please go to the Photo Gallery to view more photos of the models.

Bourton Arts Festival – 5th-7th May 2017

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We are excited to announce that this May will mark the first ever Bourton Arts Festival.  The festival is a celebration of Music, Art, Drama and Dance, as well as many other creative activities from all of our local community.

Over the course of the weekend there will be displays, events and concerts – all of which will be held either at the School, Bourton Village Hall or Bourton Church.   Pinewood children will obviously be contributing to the festival, but we are hoping that it will attract participation from our friends and neighbours as well.

Although plans are still in development, we can confirm Saturday night’s musical entertainment will be the Rock Bands, with a performance of Fauré’s Requiem, and the Mozart Flute and Harp concerto will close the weekend on Sunday evening in the Church.

We are also delighted that Sir James Galway has agreed to be our Patron this year and we look forward to welcoming him to the concert.

The dates of our festival coincide with the long established Oxfordshire open studios event “Artweeks” and the school is sponsoring an exhibition in the Village Hall.  Professional artists from the Vale of the White Horse area have been invited to showcase paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, jewellery, and much more.

We want the weekend to be action packed and well supported, so would welcome any suggestions, participation or sponsorship.  More details will follow as we get closer to the event.

The Bourton Arts Festival Committee



Year 8 Scholars’ Dragons Den Donation to Charity

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Three of last year’s Year 8 Scholars (Alfred Beadman, Olivia Lawson and Henry Pritchard), under the name Relay Marketing, successfully pitched in the Pinewood Dragon’s Den to get funding to produce and sell Pinewood sunglasses. The sunglasses were sold at the Friends of Pinewood Summer Afternoon and raised the fantastic sum of £382.36 for the Brain Tumour Research Campaign. Alfred was delighted to be able to hand the charity a cheque for the amount raised at their Christmas Carol Service in London in December. Thank you to everyone who supported  this venture.


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


Pinewood Race For Life 2016

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A big thank you and well done to everyone who took part in and helped at the Pinewood Race For Life on Saturday. The majority of people ran the 5km course, which was a great achievement, particularly for the Year 3s who had been camping the night before!

We have raised over £500 so far for Cancer Research UK, but there is still plenty of time to donate. Please go to if you would like to donate.

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

Motcombe House Charity Morning

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I would like to say a  huge THANK YOU to the parents and children who supported the Motcombe House Charity Day on Thursday 9th June. The house staff and I are so grateful for all who contributed in so many ways and particularly to the parents of the Motcombe children.

Attractions included a slip and slide, bouncy castle, pick and mix, home-made lemonade, hair feathers, cricket net game, pie face, piñata, water guns, water balloons, ice-cream, smoothies, football shoot n’ score, flapple bobbing and so many more. The children were endlessly inventive, energetic and excellent in every way.

It was a huge success and we raised over £1,500 for our nominated charities Cancer Research UK and Dogs For Good.

Mel Hughes – Head of Motcombe

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


Pinewood Year 5 Maths Challenge

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We had 7 teams from local schools for the second Pinewood Year 5 Maths Challenge, with the 4 members of each team excited and eager for some mathematical puzzles to get stuck into! The first round was a mental arithmetic round of 10 questions – 10 points for each correct answer. The teams then had 8 challenges to complete, including making a tangram shape, creating the tallest tower of marshmallows and straws, solving a code and finding a way through an ABC maze. All the teams were thoroughly engaged in each challenge and the amount of teamwork on display was excellent. The final round was the Alpharace, where teams had to solve Countdown style questions or arithmetic questions – the first to solve the problem was able to take the letter off the wall – 5 points per letter! Huge thanks to our visiting schools and the teachers who brought them, as well as a big thank you to the Year 8 Scholars, who very ably assisted each team through the afternoon.

In the final reckoning, Longcot and Fernham came third, Pinewood second, and Holy Family, Swindon a very well-deserved first place!

Here is a question from the mental round for you to attempt:

In 5 years’ time, Jim will be twice as old as he was 3 years ago. How old is Jim now?

BONUS 1): I think of a number, square it, then double this and finally add 3. I get the same result if I square my original number, treble it and then minus 13. What is my number?

BONUS 2): The two long sides of a rectangle are (3x + 2y)cm and (4x – 3y + 5)cm and the two shorter sides are (x + y)cm and (2x – y – 1)cm. What is the area of the rectangle in cm²?

Answers to to win a point up for your child!


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.