Category Archives: Pinewood in the Community

Pinewood 24 Hour Marathon Challenge

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From 11am on Friday to 11am on Saturday, the whole school (from Nursery to Year 8 and staff) ran a marathon relay, to raise funds for the Shonda Project. The younger members of the school did their bit on Friday and then the boarders took over during the night, being woken dorm by dorm to do their stint, and when the boarders were getting their well-earned sleep, the staff took over, with Mr Bailey and Mr Newcome clocking up full marathons each over the 24 hours!

The atmosphere was amazing, this will definitely be one of those Pinewood events the children will remember for years to come. Well done to everyone who took part, we are very proud of you all!

The aim was to raise money to buy much-needed books for our link school, St John’s in Shonda, Kenya, but we are so thrilled that this amount has been easily surpassed, enabling us also to pay a teacher’s salary and give support for other projects they desperately need help with. If you would like to support us and the Shonda Project, please click here for the link to our fundraising page. Thank you!

For more photos from the event, please go to the photo gallery.

BBC Young Unsung Hero Award


We are extremely proud of Georgia L (Year 6), who has been nominated for the BBC Young Unsung Hero Award 2020.

Georgia was nominated by the charity Restless Development after cycling (and running) tirelessly throughout the summer to complete all six distance challenges in the #trithisathome Challenge that replaced the Flight Centre Schools Triathlon, that normally takes place at Marlborough College in the Summer Term.

She completed a total distance of 251.90km and has worked so hard to raise £345 to date. Georgia was really happy to hear that the money she has raised so far has enabled a young woman from a community in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania to make 1890 face masks for her community and help protect thousands of people from Covid-19.

Restless Development also interviewed Georgia back in August for International Youth Day. In the interview, she talked about the challenges she undertook to raise money for the charity and her motivation. You can read the full interview here:

Georgia’s fundraising page is still open, so if anyone would like to make a donation and help Georgia raise more money towards the continuous work the charity do, please go to:

Pinewood Virtual Christmas Fair

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Our fantastic, festive Christmas Fair moves online this year due to Covid-19.

We really hope that you will help us support our wonderful stallholders, who have had a really tough year, by joining us at the ‘Virtual’ Christmas Fair – do all your Christmas shopping in one place and support local small businesses at the same time.

Please click here to download the full list of this year’s would-be stallholders.

Happy Shopping!

Pinewood Remembers

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The whole Pinewood community came together yesterday to remember those who had given their lives for our freedom. We heard beautiful readings by staff and pupils, some outstanding trumpet playing by Jack M, and wonderful singing by Year 8 girls, and the end of the 2 minutes’ silence was marked by an explosion of poppies from a top floor window.

We were very fortunate to have videographer, Luke Koch de Gooreynd, here to record the occasion and to enable us to share the moment with the wider community, which we hope you will all enjoy.

Pinewood Does Movember!

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We all need something to make us smile at the moment and it’s great to do something for others by working together as a community, so why not join the Pinewood Movember team?

If you don’t fancy a bit of extra facial hair this month, you can always sponsor us instead!

Please click here to take you through to our Movember page, where you can join the team and make a donation.

Thank you!

Friends of Pinewood Charities 2020-21

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After much debate and discussion amongst the children in Pre-Prep and each of the houses in the Prep School, the following local charities have been chosen to be supported by Friends of Pinewood this year:

Pre-Prep – Trindledown Farm (National Animal Welfare Trust) and sponsorship of ‘Ginger’ the Guide Dog

Farnborough – Threshold (Swindon’s Homeless Charity)

Melchet – Oxfordshire Wildlife Rescue

Motcombe – Restore (an Oxfordshire based mental health charity) and The Harbour Project (a Swindon based charity supporting refugees and asylum seekers)

Postbridge – Faringdon Foodbank run by Churches Together in Faringdon

Donations to Local Charities

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As a school we are keen to support charities local to us, and we were delighted to be able to present each of our 5 chosen charities with £1500 recently.

The charities (Swindon Night Shelter, Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary, Pennyhooks Farm Trust, Threshold, and Oak & Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre) were chosen by the children in Pre-Prep and the four houses in the Prep School, and we are very grateful to the entire Pinewood community for their support at last year’s Friends of Pinewood events, which enabled us to make these donations.

Our charities for this year will be announced shortly.

Pre-Prep with charity certificate Oct 20

EcoBrick Challenge

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Parents may well remember that at the start of the Autumn Term we put out a request for families to start stuffing old 2 litre bottles with plastic non-recyclable rubbish.  Our hope was that each child would be able to bring an EcoBrick into school, with which we could build different items, including some recycling bins.  The response was fantastic; we were overwhelmed with bricks and quickly went about our building!   Today, in the Hall families are able to see (and even sit on!) our new sofa (which will be moved to the Outdoor Classroom once the weather improves) and will see other bins around the school, all made from our EcoBricks.

Pinewood is passionate about educating our children on how to look after and protect our planet.  In terms of waste around the school we always encourage children to think about where we can ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ and to cut back on single-use plastic where possible.   But some non-recyclable waste is hard to avoid and the EcoBricks are a very visual and creative way to show ‘reusing’ of this non-recyclable rubbish that would otherwise end up in landfill.  Around the world people are using EcoBricks to build in a whole new way and are often seen in many sustainable building projects.  Whether it is indoor furniture, gardens and parks, or structures, imagination really is the only limit!

We look forward to sharing more environmental initiatives with you throughout the year.

Sal’s Shoes Collection

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Well done and thank you to everyone at Pinewood for donating 162 pairs of pre-loved children’s shoes and £42.69 to Sal’s Shoes. The collection is now closed and will be delivered to Sal’s Shoes on Monday. We hope to hold another collection in the not too distant future, so if you are having a clear out, remember to keep your children’s outgrown (but not outworn) shoes for the next collection!

Shonda News

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We are proud to continue our support of St John’s School, Shonda in Kenya. The whole Pinewood community has been very generous through collections at plays and the Carol Service, and through buying things from the Shonda stall at the Christmas Fair.

As their school year has come to an end, it is wonderful to hear news of successes at the school over the past year, and areas where they still need our help. Please click here to read the latest newsletter from Shonda.