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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.

 

December 2018

  • Happy Holidays!

    Published 14/12/18, by Chris Woolf

    Term always builds to a crescendo, through concerts and a series of festive events. My thanks to all involved in all these projects.

     

    As well as that, this week students in Years 8 and 9 enjoyed additional sessions this week run by BNK, about different aspects of Financial Maths. Seeing the application of mathematical concepts to decisions they will have to make about their personal finances was extremely engaging, and students responded to it really well.

     

    I updated families last week about our expanding staff team. I am fortunate that as a growing school we know well in advance how many additional teachers we will need and I can recruit for them before other schools start their recruitment to help secure the very best candidates for our school. I am delighted with the quality and quantity of applicants; 40 for a recent advertisement for an Assistant Headteacher, and such high quality applicants for Head of Year that I had to interview over two days. I have now read over 800 applications since we opened and am delighted that we continue to attract such high calibre interest. Long may it continue!

     

    Term ended with a Celebratory Assembly, sharing the successes of the term. We hand over to our new House Captains, following a rigorous interview process that includes speeches and selection activities. Students have been awarded BEBRAS Certificates from Computer Science with 20 of them coming in the top 10% nationally, Subject Awards, and Pinner High School Values certificates. It is these Values that the community aspire to live up to every day that are especially appropriate at this time of year.

     

    I wish you all a peaceful and relaxing holiday, ready for the excitement a new year brings.

     

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  • Season's Greetings

    Published 07/12/18, by Chris Woolf

    The Christmas Concert last night was a lovely evening of music and drama from some very talented students. The event showcased the way students throw themselves into school life: the Christmas tree was covered with decorations hand made by the art club (as shown in the picture) refreshments were served by students raising funds for their World Challenge trip to Costa Rica, and the programme cover was the winning design from the Year 7 school Christmas Card challenge. Such is the depth of artistic talent at the school, that the New Schools Network approached us to see if anyone was able to design their Christmas card, with a student from Year 7 winning this competition as well and having their design selected to represent the New Schools Network. Today, we had representatives at our local Primary Schools Cluster Carol Service, contributing a reading and a musical item as well. My thanks to all the colleagues involved in supporting these projects and events.

     

    More sporting success to report; back to back victories for the boys rugby team, who are now in the quarter finals in their first ever competition. The boys basketball team had games against Rooks Heath and Nower Hill, falling short against the former, and celebrating victory against the latter.

     

    Term ends next Friday, with our Christmas Jumper Day, in support of Save the Children. I look forward to sharing some photos!

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