Category Archives: Pinewood in the Community

Carol Service in Hannington Church

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Well done to everyone who took part in the wonderful carol concert in Hannington Church last week and thank you to everyone who attended and very kindly donated to the collection in aid of the church. We are delighted to have raised £495!

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.

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.

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