Category Archives: Pinewood in the Community

Friends of Pinewood Quiz Night

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A HUGE thank you to Friends of Pinewood and to our Quiz Master, Mr Benbow, for organising such a fun evening on Friday, and well done to the ‘Gin Bunnies’ who came first in the quiz!

We are thrilled to announce that we raised the record sum of just under £3000, which will go towards projects within the school, as well as a donation to our chosen charities this year: Wiltshire Treehouse, The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, Pennyhooks Farm Trust and Julia’s House.

Pinewood Donation to RNLI

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Pinewood children who took part in the Flight Centre Restless Development Triathlon in the summer raised so much money that we were the second highest fundraising school in the South West, not only raising money for the Restless Development charity, but also for our chosen charity, the RNLI. Some of the pupils who took part in the triathlon were today presented with a certificate for our donation of £3,303 to the RNLI. Well done to you all for raising so much money!

Pinewood Christmas Fair

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A HUGE thank you to everyone who supported us at this year’s Christmas Fair – it was a great success and we are thrilled to announce that we raised over £10,000! This is a tremendous amount of money, which will enable us to support projects within the school and make significant contributions to our chosen charities this year: The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, Pennyhooks Farm Trust, Wiltshire Treehouse and Julia’s House.

Friends of Pinewood Charities 2018-19

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Friends of Pinewood (FOP) are delighted to be supporting the following charities this year:

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

The Trust was set up in 1997 in memory of Charlie Waller, a young man who took his own life whilst suffering from depression. Shortly after his death, his family founded the Trust in order to educate young people on the importance of staying mentally well and how to do so.

Pennyhooks Farm Trust

Pennyhooks Farm is a beautiful, small organic beef farm situated near Shrivenham that has been owned by the Otter family for over 60 years. They provide a unique experience for young people and adults with Autism Spectrum Condition.

Wiltshire Treehouse

Wiltshire Treehouse offers bereavement support to children, young people and their families after they have lost a loved one. The charity offers therapy sessions, workshops and peer support groups conducted by trained professionals to help those under 25 who are grieving.

Julia’s House

Julia’s House is not a typical children’s hospice. They provide practical and emotional support for families caring for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, providing frequent and regular support in their own homes, in the community or at their hospices.

A proportion of money raised at all FOP events this year will be donated to these charities. We thank you in advance for your support at our events, particularly those planned for this term: Bonfire Night on Friday 2nd November and the Christmas Fair on Saturday 1st December. We are always looking for volunteers to help at events, so please do contact any of the FOPs or email if you can spare a little of your time.


Year 8 Scholars’ Dragons’ Den – Thank You!

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Thank you so much for supporting us throughout our Dragons’ Den project this term. We have managed to sell all the water bottles thanks to everyone who bought one!

We have raised £599.31, which we are donating to our charity. The charity we chose to donate our money to is: Together, which is a charity that raises money for mental health awareness. Together was formed in 1879 and their services meet the different needs of approximately 4,000 adults a month.

We hope you enjoy using your bottles as much as we enjoyed selling them!

The Year 8 Scholars!

Pinewood Race For Life

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Well done and thank you to everyone who took part in the Race For Life in aid of Cancer Research UK on Saturday, it was a wonderful, colourful occasion, as always.

A big thank you to all those who have already donated on our JustGiving page:, we have already raised nearly £600 for Cancer Research UK and the page will stay open for another few weeks, it would be great if we could hit our target of £1000.

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

Flight Centre Triathlon In Aid of Restless Development

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A record number of Pinewood children took part in the triathlon held at Marlborough College on Sunday and hopefully they will have raised a record breaking amount of money for the charity Restless Development.

Well done in particular to three Pinewood teams who recorded fantastic results:

In the Year 3 & 4 category the Pinewood Panthers (James, Bob, Milo and Harry) came 1st out of 98 teams, and the Lightning Laddies (Sam, Bear, Huckleberry and Jack) came 9th.

In the Year 5 & 6 category the Emoji Pineapples (Harriet, Emily, Aoife and Sophie) came 9th out of 120 teams.

For more photos please go to the Photo Gallery.

‘Grow Your Tenner’ Project in aid of Bourton Church

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Well done to all the children in Years 5-8, who took in part in the ‘Grow Your Tenner’ project to raise money for the much-needed refurbishment of Bourton Village Church.

At the end of last term, each child in Years 5-8 was given £10 to ‘grow’, ideally by providing a service to their community. All the money raised was collected in at the start of this term, and after all the money was counted we were delighted to announce, at a special assembly led by Rev Hancock, that the children had raised the fantastic sum of £5,800 for the church.

Some pupils teamed up (and many involved their younger siblings), but we were staggered by the hard work and ingenuity of all the children, who came up with so many different ways of raising money, from car washes to zumba classes, boot cleaning to tie dyeing, as well as lots of homemade cakes and sweets! The following children were given special mentions for:

Raising the most money (individually):

1st – Iona raised £296.16, by producing DIY cookie jars, which she sold at school and in her village shop.

2nd – Lottie raised £180.50, by hosting a coffee morning.

3rd – Bradley raised £170, by raising money at his church.

Most innovative ideas:

Hugh, Jack and George, who put on a concert, playing their various instruments to friends and family, also providing them with drinks and canapes.

Zach, who put on a film night in his village hall, bringing community members together.

Most Effort:

Ellen and Izzy, who made fruit shaped pompoms.

Cecilia, who made lavender bags, using lavender from her grandfather’s garden.

Special Mention:

Bourton Bonios (Harriet, Darcey and their younger siblings), who made delicious dog biscuits.

Josh, Tom and Ollie, who made Pinewood badges and did car washing.

The mystery pupil, whose smile (when selling raffle tickets) caused their neighbour to donate £100 on the crowdfunding page!

The following classes are also to be congratulated for raising the most money:

1st – 6C with £934.60

2nd – 7K with £668.65

3rd – 6R with £667.44

Pinewood Year 5 Primary Schools Maths Challenge

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On a beautiful afternoon, teams from 11 schools took part in the 4th Annual Pinewood Year 5 Maths Challenge.

After warming up with some puzzles, we were straight into the mental arithmetic round. There then followed 6 fun puzzles involving mathstick puzzles, benches, secret symbols and impossible prizes. The teams then took part in the Alpharace, racing against each other to capture the letters on the walls of the sports hall.

Great fun was had by all and it was good to see teams working together incredible well.

Congratulations to the top three teams:

1st Holy Family

2nd Pinewood

3rd Westonbirt

It was very close and all teams did extremely well! We look forward to welcoming all the local schools back again next year.

For more photos, please go to the Photo Gallery.

Shonda Project Update

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Liz, David and Chris Woods visited St John’s, Shonda (our link school in Kenya) at the end of last term to test and distribute glasses to those pupils in need. Some Pinewood pupils had already had the chance to try these glasses before the Woods family left for Africa. Liz reported back on the trip as follows:

“The trip was a great success and we had a fascinating time with the staff and students of St John’s. Pinewood’s generous support over the years is very evident, and the water supply that was installed in 2012 is in constant use – all day, in fact. One of the associated benefits has been that the “run off” from the tap where everyone gathers to wash and drink has created a sort of oasis which has allowed trees to grow, and this provides shade (most appreciated by us personally when watching the football game in 33 degrees! The goalie for the game was wearing a Pinewood shirt!!). Personally, I was also very glad to be able to use the Pinewood loos, and to see the entire kindergarten queuing up to use them too!

Having seen what is needed at the school and after speaking to the teachers, the focus for future Pinewood fundraising will be:

  • Contributing to the completion of new, secure classrooms in which the computer suite can be housed. These are partially built, but progress has stalled until funds can provide a roof. Without secure storage for the computers the computers are kept off site and access is, therefore, very restricted for the children.
  • Contributing to the purchase of text books to enable the new Kenyan curriculum to be taught (this is due out next year).
  • Continue to pay the salary of one teacher.

It was wonderful to be at the school during term time, and to work there for many hours each day. We even had a school lunch……I am exceptionally appreciative of Pinewood’s ongoing commitment to The Shonda Project –  thank you!”

For more photos of the Woods’ trip and Year 7 testing the glasses before they left the UK, please go to the Photo Gallery.