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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.

 

November 2018

  • Double Progress

    Published 30/11/18, by Chris Woolf

     

    The ‘Riot Act’ were our visitors earlier this week, with a road safety presentation for Year 7. They have brought us their theatre performance before, and blended really important safety messages into a thought provoking and enjoyable session.

     

    The first Deep Learning Day for all year groups took place this week, with Year 7 immersed in E-safety, Year 8 exploring their futures with an emphasis on GCSE options, and Year 9 looking at the values of Diversity and Tolerance in the wider community. Year 7 took part in sessions on their digital footprint, sexting and cyber bullying, supported by PC Peacock, our schools liaison officer. Amongst their other activities, Year 8 had visits from older students at Whitmore High School, to whom I am very grateful for their support, discussing their academic pathways from a Sixth Form perspective. Year 9 had the immense privilege of hearing Holocaust survivor Lady Zahava Kohn talk so movingly about her experiences. Feedback from the day has been extremely positive; my thanks to students for engaging with such challenging material so successfully, and my colleagues for their time and efforts planning such ambitious projects and delivering them so effectively.

     

    Our choir was on the stage on the High Street at Pinner Panto last night, which was a brilliant event. They sang a range of festive songs to an enthusiastic audience. My thanks again to all involved in another great contribution to the community outside our gates.

     

    I am conscious that with some much going on outside the classroom I sometimes don’t refer to classroom practice within this blog, but some positive external data this week reminds me to talk about our core business: academic progress. Each student at the school takes a ‘Reading Age’ test on entry to the school, to help us tailor our support for their academic needs. By taking this test at the start and end of the year it enables us to see how students’ reading ages advances with their chronological age. It is externally set, assessed and processed. The result that each student makes almost two months progress for every month they are at the school provides a resounding endorsement of the all round academic progress they are making at Pinner High School. Good news to end the week!

     

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  • Champions!

    Published 23/11/18, by Chris Woolf

     

    I am delighted to report that the Year 7 boys football team were victorious in the borough football tournament last week, holding their nerve to win the final on penalties. They will take their place on our ‘Wall of Fame’ alongside the students now in Year 9 who won the same tournament two years ago. Where has the time gone? More sports success with the gymnastics team, in their first ever school competition, who came in third, and the boys badminton team who narrowly lost the final to John Lyon School. The Year 8 and 9 girls football team were in action yesterday as well. Congratulations to all who represented our school with such pride.

     

    Students are preparing for their third successive performance at Pinner Panto, which takes place next Thursday on Pinner High Street. Do look out for us on the Andrew Pearce stage, just after 6pm. It is a great community event, so I hope to see you there. Record numbers have signed up to audition for ‘Hairspray’ our musical this year. It is exciting to see the Arts thriving in such a short time.

     

    Many thanks to the Year 7 parents who attended our first formal parents evening of the year this week. Parental involvement at the school is extremely strong, and it was brilliant to see so many families here on Wednesday. Students in all year groups now have data available to families on the Sims parent app. If you need any assistance logging in, please do contact the school office.

     

    We have recently been developing our website to help parents stay informed and look at ways they can keep children safe when they are out of school. Here is a link to that section of the website, which is well worth a read. You may have seen me outside school talking to PC Peacock, our new schools liaison officer. He has already led assemblies to raise awareness around personal safety in the wider community, and we are grateful for his support. We are exploring a Junior Police Cadets programme at Pinner High, of which we hope to share more details soon.

     

    The photo this week is of Year 7 food technology show stopping cheesecake!

     

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  • First XV

    Published 09/11/18, by David Groves

    Victory in our first rugby fixture, Remembrance Day commemorations, and ‘Hairspray’ auditions: a normal week at Pinner High School!

     

    Our First 1st XV rugby team made a successful debut this week, running out winners 8 tries to 4. Coaches from Pinner Rugby Club have been working with our students as part of the Head’s Challenge Club programme, and I am delighted so many are taking part in rugby and enjoying such success. The next round of the competition will be even tougher!

     

    Following the recent student and staff visit to the First World War battlefields as part of the national commemoration of the centenary of the end to hostilities, poppies and other British Legion products have been on sale all week. We will be laying wreaths at the services on Sunday in Eastcote and Pinner, and I’d like to thank all the students and colleagues involved in this important activity.

     

    Black History Month came to a conclusion in assembly this week, celebrated through the theme of music. Student led assemblies that celebrate our community are amongst my favourite, and this was certainly one of those. An annual student favourite is our musical production, which is ‘Hairspray’. Auditions are next week!

     

    Students are today engaged in leadership activities to help select the next group of House Captains and Student Government. These posts are always hotly contested, with speeches to the students respective year groups to follow in the final part of the selection task.

     

    On the theme of selection, recruitment for September’s teaching posts are on the website now. We are lucky to know already the posts we will need for our growing school, so if you know anyone who may be interested in joining our first class team, please do pass this on to them. We are looking for a Head of Year, Head of Geography, Head of MFL as well as teachers of English, Maths and Science. We achieved the Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award at the end of our first year, and in our end of year staff surveys this summer 100% of colleagues said they were proud or very proud to work at Pinner High School. I’d love to hear from people who can make us even better.

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  • Record Numbers

    Published 02/11/18, by Chris Woolf

    Our Artsmark Silver Award certificate arrived this week, alongside a clean sweep in our football round up: Year 7 boys defeated Hatch End 7-2, Year 8 boys beat Harrow High by the same score, and the Year 9 boys scored a last minute winner to come out 5-4 ahead at Whitmore. Well played all! Girls and boys badminton teams play their first matches next week, alongside the boys rugby team. This is our first rugby fixture, and we are delighted to be playing William Perkins School.

     

    I enjoyed our first meeting this week with Bowmer and Kirkland, who will be completing the final phase of our refurbishment over the coming year. We will be developing designs over the coming months for the refurbishment of the site; students, staff and parents have already had a chance to express their views and share their priorities. If anyone would like to add to this, please do contact the school.

     

    UK Parliament Week takes place 12th-16th November. Our Parliamentary Ambassadors are busy coordinating activities and assemblies, with lunch time seminars planned too. Our Black History Month assemblies take place just before this, building on the success of the Black History House Event before half term.

     

    Applications closed this week for applications to join us in September 2019; a record 959 families expressed a preference for us. We are thrilled to have such a show of support from the community, and continue to find ways to live up to this in the months ahead.

     

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