Category Archives: Pre-Prep

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.

Thank You Doctors!


The children in Nursery and Key Worker Children in Reception have been busy again!

They have been learning about ‘People Who Help Us’, particularly those who have continued to work and keep us safe in the pandemic. They decided to say thank you to all the doctors by making a beautiful card, which they gave to Nurse Thabbeth’s daughter, Antoinette, who is a doctor at the Great Western Hospital.

Thank You Paramedics!


Nursery have once again been learning about ‘People Who Help Us’ and this time they made a beautiful card for Mrs Matthews’ son, Tom, who is a paramedic, to thank him for all the work he does, particularly since the start of the Covid pandemic.

As you can see, he was really touched by the very special card.

Thank You Postman Dave!

Dave The Postman with his card from Nursery Jan 21

Pinewood Nursery children, who have been learning about ‘People Who Help Us’, made a card for our postman to thank him for continuing to deliver the mail throughout the pandemic.
Not surprisingly, he was VERY happy and proud to receive such a fantastic card!

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

Pinewood Videos

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We are thrilled with our new Pinewood videos, created for us by Old Pinewoodian, Luke Koch de Gooreynd.

Luke has really captured the essence of what we believe makes Pinewood so special and we hope you will enjoy them too, particularly as we are not currently able to hold open days. Please click here or go to the Open Days page of our website to explore further and to take a whistle stop tour of everything we have to offer at Pinewood.

These videos will give you a taste of life at Pinewood, but if you would like to see more, please do get in touch with our Registrar, Emily Miller on or on 01793 782554, to arrange a tour of the school and a meeting with our headmaster, Neal Bailey.

Pre-Prep Design & Make Competition

Pre-Prep Design & Make Comp March 20

Well done to all the children who took part in the Pre-Prep Design & Make Competition to create something amazing using recycled items.

Over 50 children entered and there were some fantastic creations, so it was very hard to choose the eventual winners. Congratulations to:

Nursery – Noah N
Reception: Xander C, Oscar M, Maxine L
Year 1 – Arlo D, Kian M
Year 2 – Anshul J, Celeste H, Peggy S, Rose M

Entries are on display in Pre-Prep so do come and see them!

The Book Fair Is Coming!

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The Book Fair organised by the Travelling Book Company will be visiting Pinewood from Wednesday 6th November to Monday 11th November. This is always a popular event at Pinewood and a busy time in the Library. There will be a good range of quality paperback fiction suitable for all ages. Pinewood benefits from the Fair by earning commission on every sale, in the form of free books for the libraries.

Pre-Prep Opening Times:

The Book Fair will be open in the Multi-Purpose Room at the following times for parents to visit with children to buy books. Monies can be added to the school bill and cash or cheques are  also accepted.

Wednesday 6th November from 8.10am – 8.40am

Thursday 7th November from 8.10am – 8.40am

Friday 8th November from 8.10am – 8.40am and from 3.00pm – 3.45pm

Prep Opening Times:

All children in the Prep School will visit the Book Fair in the Boddington Library with their English classes. They can choose a book if they would like to (if consent was given when completing the consents forms on the Parent Portal. If you are unsure about consents, please e-mail the library for clarification:

The Prep School Book Fair will also be open to parents at the following times:

Thursday 7th November 7.50am – 8.10am and 4.15pm – 5.30pm

Friday 8th November 7.50am – 8.10am

Thank you for supporting the Book Fair.

Golden Rules Posters for Pre-Prep Playground

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The Pre-Prep Pupil Council set up a class task to design posters for Top Field that would reflect the Pre-Prep Golden Rules (Be honest; Listen to people; Be kind and gentle; Be helpful and polite; Work hard and do your best; Look after property and share with others). They then selected 4 posters which they felt would look the most effective if they were blown up to a larger size and more importantly the posters which would send a good message to children playing on Top Field.

The 4 posters were sent off to a firm who have put them onto weather proof boards and they are now up on the field near the big clock. Please do go and have a look at them!

You can also see all 4 posters by going to the Photo Gallery.

Pre-Prep Nature Watch Photography Competition

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Well done to all the Pre-Prep children who took part in the recent Nature Watch Photography Competition. The children were asked to take a beautiful photo capturing nature in our environment; they also had to be involved in uploading and printing the photo to develop their art and ICT skills.

There were so many wonderful entries, which are now on display in the Pre-Prep. Congratulations to the ten Star Award winners, whose photos will be framed and displayed at the Pre-Prep Summer Art Exhibition.

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