Category Archives: Pinewood in the Community

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.


Pinewood Sports Outreach Programme

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Our first Sports Outreach morning, which saw local children enjoying a wonderful morning of sport at Pinewood, was a great success. We look forward to building on this and hope to see even more children at our next Sports Outreach morning on Saturday 4th June from 9-11am. The event is open to children aged 7-11 and they will have good, healthy, active fun experiencing many sports including cricket, tennis, basketball and gymnastics.

To book your child’s FREE place please email or call the School Office on 01793 783367.

Kenya Club Link with Shonda

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This term during Thursday afternoon activities pupils from Year 6 and 7 have been talking via Skype to pupils from St John’s School, Shonda in Kenya.  Each week the children were set a learning task by the children in Kenya and did their own internet research to find the answers.  The following week children swapped information, teaching each other about the chosen topic.

This is a technique devised by Professor Sugata Mitra and he has shown that enquiry based learning can be a highly effective tool when children are encouraged to work as a community to answer questions using computers with internet access.

The children discussed water conservation, cooling mechanisms, art, politics, climate and geography with their friends in Shonda.  The project was great fun, but occasionally hampered by a poor internet connection in Shonda.  When the connection was poor we resorted to learning Swahili and are now able to greet each other and sing a few simple songs.  It was really interesting to find out more about life in Shonda.

Mrs Lyon Taylor, Tom Cole & Lara Scudamore