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Here is a round up of our blog posts, keeping you informed about the life and times of Pinner High School.

 

February 2017

  • Top of the world!

    Published 24/02/17, by David Groves

    Our first international trip returned at the weekend, from a week's skiing in Austria. The group had a great time in the mountains with the students and staff of Nower Hill High School improving their technique on the slopes. They had some fresh snow during the week, and some sunshine too. We are busy planning our next trip for 2018! 

    The House Event this week was a Dragon's Den competition judged by Ms. Edens, our Travel Planner from Harrow Council. She listened to bids about heat sensors to avoid traffic accidents, an app to tell a bus driver you were in the area, but decided 'Globike' was the winner, for increasing the visibility of cyclists in the dark. Ms Edens noted the detailed research that had taken place, and the strong emphasis on safety in all of the bids. Congratulations to Bannister House on another House Event victory.

    Homework Club this week was a practical activity to engage the students in planning for next year. Each form was asked to submit a proposal locating classrooms and offices from September as we gain an additional 7 classrooms on two new corridors next year, when we will have Year 7 and 8. Discussion was very passionate, and the plans submitted were perceptive and helpful. They will certainly inform the future development of the school.

    Before the holidays we had our most recent 'Coffee and Chat', an informal occasion for parents to come and talk about school life and things that are going well, or need our attention. The event was very useful, positive and well attended. The notes are on our website for reference. The next event is on Tuesday 28th March at 2.30pm. We are holding an Information Evening on Wednesday 1st March to talk about assessments, as GCSEs will all be graded 9-1 by the time that our trailblazers take their exams. We'll also have an update on core curriculum subjects from the Heads of English, Maths and Science.

    Next week families will find out if they have been lucky enough to be offered a place with us in September. Those that are will then be invited to come and visit us again on either 6th March at 4.30pm or 8th March at 7.00pm. We had an overwhelming 790 applications, and I am excited  to meet our second year group!

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  • First Award!

    Published 10/02/17, by David Groves

    Our celebration assembly at the end of this half term was another brilliant occasion, with the finalists in the House Event spelling bee collecting certificates alongside large numbers who have completed the next part of the Head's Challenge. Students in Fashion Club put together a short film to showcase their work, which the rest of the school really enjoyed watching. Our athletes received certificates in assembly following their superb evening at the local athletics meeting, the boys coming second only to John Lyons, and the girls second only to North London Collegiate School. Illustrious company! More students were recognised in assembly for their contributions to school life through the prestigious Pinner High School Values awards.

    The school was recognised in a new way this week, receiving our first 'Healthy School Award'. For this award we are accredited for our positive approach to exercise, health education, diet, student voice and mental health. Particular congratulations to my colleagues involved in this for achieving it in record time.  

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  • Year of the Rooster

    Published 10/02/17, by David Groves

    Celebrations for Chinese New Year dominated last week. Students really enjoyed Kung Fu with the visiting Grand master and learnt some impressive moves. The House Event was a Chinese scavenger hunt, food technology lessons enabled students to cook Sweet and Sour Chicken, and our caterers provided a themed lunch too. My thanks to Mr. Fang for all his efforts welcoming the Year of the Rooster.

     

    We also welcomed boys from John Lyons school for some very enjoyable badminton matches, and had some early athletics trials too. Auditions are well underway for our summer production of 'Bugsy Malone'. Interest in this is brilliant, and I look forward to seeing the final cast list. I am sure many families are looking forward to the half term break. School finishes at normal time on Friday, and reopens on Tuesday 21st February for a full day.

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