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National Youth Fencing Championships

Ben Turner British Youth Fencing Bronze May 18

Congratulations to Ben, who won Bronze (out of a field of 240) in U12 Foil at the British National Youth Fencing Championship Finals in Sheffield this weekend.

Well done also to Lottie, who came 10th (out of a field of 120) in U12 Epee, and to Zac, who came 27th (out of 240) in U12 Foil and 30th (out of 120) in U12 Epee.

These are all tremendous achievements, which they should be very proud of!

Old Pinewoodian Cricket News

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We are delighted to hear that 3 Old Pinewoodians are playing for the Marlborough College 1st XI this term. Well done to Milo Brooks (OP13), Harry Brooks (OP14) and Will Pembroke (OP16). The headmaster is looking forward to watching you play soon!

Pinewood Fencing Challenge

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On Sunday, we hosted our inaugural fencing challenge, with over 60 children competing in foil, epee and sabre.

Well done to all the children who took part, but particularly to the following Pinewood children on their impressive results:

Foil:

Gold – Brett

Silver – Georgia, Angus, Arthur and Zac

Epee:

Gold – Arthur & Angus

Silver – Zac & Brett

Bronze – Lottie & Joao Filipe

Sabre:

Gold – Ben

For more photos, please go to the Photo Gallery

International Fencing Success!

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Just before the end of last term, two of our top fencers and their parents flew out to south Poland to compete internationally with other children coming from as far as the United States, India, Israel as well as a host of European countries.  Below, Ben and Lottie have written about their experiences.

Ben: During the Easter holidays Lottie and I competed for the second time at Challenge Wratislavia, the largest fencing tournament in Europe for children.  It took place in Wroclaw, Poland, and went on for five days, with more than 2000 fencers from all around the world participating. There were many categories, on different days, and I fenced in the Under 13 Boys Foil held on the Saturday.   This was the first time I have fenced in this higher age category.

Lottie: I travelled out slightly earlier than Ben as I fenced in Under 11 Girls Epee (Thursday) and Foil (Sunday).  At first I couldn’t believe the size of the arena, how many fencers were there and how far they had come from.

Ben: When my competition started, I had to fence 5 people in the poule round, and, if I didn’t score enough wins in that round, I knew that I might get eliminated straight away. It’s a long way to travel if your day is finished in a few hours! My first match was hard because it was the very first match of the day.  I lost that 3:1, but then went on to win the next four (3:2, 4:1, 3:2 and 3:0), and was pleased to have enough points to get through to the next round.

In fact, my four wins meant that I was seeded in the top quarter, which gave me a bye through the first round.  In the second round, I fenced a Latvian fencer who I beat 12:3.  I then met the No 1 seed (out of 263 entries) from Romania in the next round.  I took my time and used my footwork to stay out of trouble.  Sadly, I lost this match 6:3, but was happy with that result and really proud to finish 51st, and ended up being the second best English fencer in my year group.  It was a good experience to fence people from other countries who fence in different ways and I will definitely return next year to do even better.  Hopefully as a member of the England team.

Lottie: When the Girls Epee competition started, I had to fence 5 people in the poule round (a Bulgarian and four Poles). I won 2 matches and scored points in all of them.  This meant I had enough points to get through to the next round as the bottom third of the entry list are eliminated – elite fencing can be a very tough place sometimes!  I was then drawn against a Turkish girl from the Istanbul Fencing Academy.  Even though she was ranked 40 places higher than me, I held my nerve, practised what I have been doing with Neil and emerged the winner 8-4.  I was thrilled with this result and then faced the 19th seed, who was a Pole.  I kept her moving and scored some nice hits before losing 8-3.  With my victories and points scored I finished 63rd, the third highest English fencer in the category out of 126 entries.  Only three British girls made the last 64 and Neil teaches us all!

As all the U11 girls stayed in the same hotel, we left together and had a nice evening, though I was rather tired.  We then had two days of sight-seeing with my friends Hattie and Emily (from another local school). We visited the old town of Wroclaw and the very large Zoo. It was great fun!

On the Sunday we went back to the venue for the Girls’ U11 Foil event which was even bigger with 158 entries. Again I faced very tough competition particularly from a girl from Singapore who won Bronze and another who came 8th. It was a pool of death!  However, I scored hits and won one bout.  Sadly on this occasion, it meant my day was over but I supported Emily and Hattie in their rounds. I ended up 133rd.

I loved my fencing trip to Wroclaw Poland and I want to thank Neil for being a fantastic coach. The experience of competing internationally has really boosted my confidence and I can’t wait to get out there again.

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Latest Scholarship News

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Congratulations to our final scholars of the year:

Max Woodford – Academic Scholarship to Marlborough College

Lucia Harrison – William Morris All-Rounder Scholarship to Marlborough College

Ed Wrench – William Morris All-Rounder & Sports Scholarships to Marlborough College

Marina Prichard-Jones – Art Scholarship to Milton Abbey

They join the following, who have already been awarded scholarships this year:

Rohan Chandrasekaran – Young & Summers Academic Scholarship to Abingdon

Geena Capps – Top Academic Scholarship (Lord James of Hereford) & Drama Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Edie Doherty – Academic Scholarship & Drama Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Catherine Gedney – Academic Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Mahony Knight – Academic Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Izzy Bidwell – Academic Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Amelie Summers – Headmistress’s All-Rounder Award & Drama Scholarship to The Royal High School, Bath

Huw Williams – Music Scholarship to Rendcomb

Charlie Marriott – Academic Scholarship to Downside

Huw Williams & Carmen Ritchie – Music Scholarship to Dean Close

Jessica Stephens – Sports Scholarship to Wellington College

Jessica Stephens – Music & Sports Scholarships to Dean Close

Geena Capps – Choral Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Catherine Gedney – Music Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Edie Doherty – Music Award to Cheltenham College

Lily Vere Nicoll – Music Award to St Edward’s, Oxford

Archie Shanahan – Sports Scholarship to Dean Close

Jessica Stephens – Music Exhibition to Wellington College.

Tinka Barber, Lily Nicholson and Olivia Vyvyan-Robinson – Sports Scholarships to Cheltenham College

Jemima Beadman – Music Scholarship to Tudor Hall

Josh Paulin – Sports Scholarship to Clifton College

Ski Trip Blog – Day 7

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Our final day on the slopes was a cold one accompanied by some falling snow! The children all finished off their packing this morning before and after breakfast and then we all headed up the mountain ready for our last few hours of skiing. Lots of fun had by all in some potentially tricky conditions but, as ever, the children handled themselves brilliantly.

When we got back to the hotel after skiing we all showered, got dressed and then had a big meal before starting our bus journey home.

This really has been a brilliant week of skiing. As I mentioned last night, the children have all been fantastic and have been a credit to you as parents and us as a school. We, as teachers, hope that the children are returning home with brilliant memories and a thirst for more skiing.

Ski Trip Blog – Day 6

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Despite my reservations about whether the sun was going to shine for us today, our luck with the weather continued! More fantastic skiing from everyone today with the beginner groups taking on some more red runs, the more experienced groups tackling some moguls and everyone enjoying yet more perfect conditions on the slopes. This was our last full day of skiing so everyone was keen to make the most of it!

After skiing the children were able to choose between two activities; heading into town for more shopping/crepes/gelato or going to the ‘fun park’ for some fun in the snow. All parties had a great time and enjoyed their apres-ski activity. Once the children had showered and dressed we conducted the final room inspection of the week ahead of the results this evening and, funnily enough, everyone made an extra effort to tidy their rooms tonight!

This evening saw another lovely 3 course supper followed by a presentation ceremony by the ski instructors from Interski. The children received different awards for their efforts throughout the week and the instructors all remarked on how brilliant the Pinewood children had been and what a credit they have been to us as a school; a wonderful way to round off a brilliant week!

We can’t quite believe that tomorrow will be our last day of the trip; where has the week gone?! Great fun has been had and we will all leave tomorrow with fantastic memories from an amazing week of skiing.

 

Ski Trip Blog – Day 5

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More glorious weather today (apologies, that may be getting boring to read each day!) and more fantastic skiing from all groups. The beginner groups carried on working on their parallel turns down some blue runs whilst all of the other groups continued to push themselves to progress even further on the slopes. All of the Interski instructors have commented on how well each group is doing and how impressed they are with the progress that they are making, which has been wonderful to hear.

After skiing we headed straight down into town to give the children some free time to explore and look around the local shops and, more importantly to them, the creperies and gelaterias! We then headed back to the hotel to get showered and ready for supper and then after supper headed out for some ice skating fun! A few children opted to stay in the hotel and get an early night instead of joining the ice skating activity as the busy days of skiing are catching up with them.

There are some thick clouds developing over the mountains tonight so we may not be lucky with glorious sunshine tomorrow but, as we are skiing, some more snow would certainly be a welcome sight!

For more photos, please go to the Photo Gallery

Lottie on Fire in Poland!

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Well done to Lottie, who is competing in U11 epee and foil at Challenge Wratislavia in Wroclaw, Poland, an international fencing competition held over 6 days, where children come to compete from all over the world, including India, Australia, Israel, South Africa, USA and all across Europe.

Lottie had a hard epee pool in the seeding round, winning 2 from 5 bouts with 130 competitors in her age group. She was promoted to the direct elimination and fought beautifully to come 63rd, taking out seeds ranked higher than her (including the 46th seed)!

She now has 2 days off before competing in the U11 foil on Sunday.

 

Ski Trip Blog – Day 4

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We really have been blessed with the most amazing weather so far this trip. Whilst today was the coldest day we’ve had, the sun was still shining beautifully for us.

We all had another action packed day today with all of the beginners now having been on the button lift and some of them even navigating some red runs! The most experienced group tackled some tricky black runs today and their instructor was more than impressed with how they all handled themselves. All of the other groups carried on fantastically taking on trickier runs and they have all commented that they feel as though their skiing is improving every day, which is brilliant.

After our day of skiing had finished and we had showered and dressed we all headed onto the bus to go to our bowling activity. Great fun was had at bowling and the children certainly enjoyed trying to beat their teachers which, unfortunately for us, most did…!

We have just had some very delicious roast pork for supper and everyone is now in bed sleeping soundly, building up some more energy for another action-packed day of skiing tomorrow.

For more photos please go to the Photo Gallery.