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!
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.
During Half Term Pinewood hosted and sponsored the NSEA Eventers Challenge at Rectory Farm.
Fabulous prizes were provided for us by Horse Quest, Sydney Free, Equiflo, and Plusbac – much of which was won by the Pinewood team!
The weather was shocking with torrid rain and gale force winds, but that didn’t put off the Pinewood riders; they were awesome and all rode throughout the day with determination and guts. Each course was very challenging with 20 jumps to remember, and was very twisty, with so many different turns and loops over show jumps, followed by cross-country jumps. All of the riders were amazing and so supportive of each other, cheering and clapping. It was wonderful to see Pinewood children so happy and achieving such incredible results. The Fitzgeralds were there all day from start to finish! All of the Pinewood team should be very proud of themselves.
Please see below for the results (the top 2 teams in each class qualified for Hickstead 2021):
70cm Class Individuals: 4th Charlotte R, 7th Issy I
70cm Team: 3rd Pinewood White (Charlotte R, Issy I, Lola F, Oscar F); 4th Pinewood Blue (Charlotte R, Bertie S, Oliver V)
80cm Class Individuals: 2nd Willow B, 3rd Harry V
80cm Team: 1st (Harry V, Phoebe H, Matilda M, Willow B)
90cm Individuals: 1st Arthur S, 6th Oscar F
90cm Team: 3rd (Arthur S, Bert S, Oscar F)
100cm Individuals: 2nd Oscar F (0.001 off the win)
Thank you very much to Kate Amin, who organised the event for us. What AWESOME results were achieved and a fabulous way to end the season, and WELL DONE to all the parents, you should all be incredibly proud!
Well done to the Pinewood riders at the Crown Farm SEG One Day Event last weekend, who all qualified for the SEG championships next year.
In the 80cm class Oscar F came 2nd and Lola F came 8th with fantastic double clears to finish on their dressage scores. In the 100cm class Oscar came 3rd and 7th, amazing to have 3 rides over the weekend and to be in the top placings on all 3! Harry V was just out of the placing in the 90cm, with a smart dressage, one pole and a speedy clear cross-country. Arthur S came 10th in the 100cm with an awesome double clear to beat a few old Pinewood girls, ending on his dressage score, which is no easy task, well done! Bert S came 12th in the 90cm, achieving yet another double clear to finish on his dressage score.
Well done to all our Pinewood riders, who have worked so hard recently and had some fantastic successes!
At last weekend’s NSEA Showjumping qualifiers the sun shone all day on the fortunes of the Pinewood competitors, including a significant number of debutantes. The teamwork and support between all the children and parents, irrespective of what teams they were in was brilliant, showing huge promise for the future.
Well done to the team of Otto, Freddie & Emilia S, who won the 40cm; in the 50cm there were lovely rounds from all the team (Grace W, Olive H, Otto S, Jessica R) leading to a team 2nd place. The 60cm team (Issy I, Lettie S, Grace W, Olive H) came 5th with a super speedy 2nd place overall for Charlotte R as an individual in a competitive class; we had brilliant representation from Pinewood in the 70cm with a team 3rd (Charlotte R, Issy I, Lettie S) and 5th (Annabel K, Willow B, Charlotte R); in the 75cm individual class Pinewood shone with Annabel K delivering a beautiful clear round, Willow B jumping really well and Charlotte R coming 3rd overall only by 0.11 second! Elizabeth H gave her all in the 70-75cm class and delivered a beautiful clear round in the 80cm. Amazing work from you all!
Pinewood also had an amazing day out at the Broadway SEG One Day Event. Bert & Arthur S did a great dressage; sadly they both had an unlucky pole showjumping, but a speedy clear cross-country in the 90 cm class; Harry V in the 90cm was leading after the showjumping on the best dressage out of a very competitive class, but had an unfortunate error in the cross-country, but then flew round, well done! Lola F had a successful day out in 80cm with an awesome clear in the cross-country; Oscar F had 2 rides in 90cm; he came 4th on Toddy and 5th on Rosie; in the 80cm class Oscar did it again and picked up 5th on Pickle! It is unbelievable for such a young boy to have 3 rides in one day: two different dressage tests, 2 different showjumping and cross-country courses – sheer focus and dedication!
All the Pinewood riders should be very proud of themselves after a very busy and successful weekend!
Traditional fixtures may be on hold for the foreseeable future but competitive sport is very much still alive and well at Pinewood. This September has seen the introduction of the inaugural Cross Keys Super Cup, where children in Years 5-8 have been divided into balanced, competitive teams and will be battling it out on the pitches over the course of the term. Boys will be playing both rugby and football and girls will be playing hockey and netball.
“Pinewood very much views team sports as the bedrock of a Prep School Sports Department and we were keen to find a way to continue competitive matches in a safe and responsible manner,” said James Siebert, Director of Sport. “As with all sports at Pinewood, the Cross Keys Super Cup is an all-inclusive competition, giving every child the chance to get in involved. Watching it reignite the enthusiasm and passion the children have for their sport has been fantastic.”
Last weekend saw a lot of Pinewood children competing in the St Hugh’s Show Jumping competition. They all did extremely well and had a lot of fun, thankfully the weather was kind to everyone! Thank you to St Hugh’s, who put on an exceptional show, with fabulous cakes and prizes, a lot of which were won by Pinewood!!
A huge well done to all the riders, we are very proud of you, you all did tremendously well with the following fabulous results:
40cm: Jessica R gave it her best shot in the assisted class
50cm: Charlotte R had 4 faults
60cm: Team Blue (Lola F on 2 rides & Phoebe H) WON as a team with their speedy clear rounds, with an individual 4th for Lola and a 6th individual for Phoebe on Crunchie – well done girls!
60cm: Team Red (Bertie S, Charlotte, Lola & Oliver V) all had super clear rounds and came 2nd as a team
70cm: Team Pink (Lola, Phoebe, who had a 6th individually & Elizabeth H) all had fast clears to come 2nd as a team
70cm: Team Yellow (Lola – clear, Maddie S – 4 faults & Annabel K – clear & 4th individually) came 4th as a team
70cm: Team Green (Bertie – clear, Oliver V – clear & Isadora I – 4 faults), came 6th as a team – awesome results.
80cm: Annabel K – 4 faults.
On Sunday we also had the following successes:
80cm: Harry V came 2nd and Charlie S had a great clear round
90cm: Charlie – clear; Harry – 4 faults.
Well done to you all on a fantastic Pinewood effort!