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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.

 

March 2018

  • 21 teams!

    Published 23/03/18, by Chris Woolf

    173 students have represented the school in 21 teams so far this year, with rounders, athletics and cricket still to come. It was the turn of our netball teams in Years 7 and 8 this week, playing in tournaments at home and away. Both teams had some successes, and brought life to the Pinner High School Values. The Values were also alive in the non-uniform day Sports Relief donations received of £266.61. Sports Relief led to a very active lunchtime, with a total of 936 laps completed of the school field by 195 students, 7 members of staff and 1 Headteacher.

     

    Our House competition concluded Science week, where students had to build the tallest structure they could out of spaghetti and marshmallows, including the ability to hold a chocolate egg on a part of the tower. There were some impressive, and messy, designs! Q?rius students this week were utterly engaged by Rev’d Paul Hullyer, vicar of St. John’s Church, Pinner, who came to speak to them about a fascinating range of topics, including looking after a 700 year old church and his work as a Padre in the Territorial Army.

     

    Planning for next term continues apace, and I am particularly grateful to the parent volunteers who have been helping us set up the library to be ready as soon as possible in the new term. We have inherited lots of ‘stock’ for the library from Heathfield School, the previous occupiers, and we have made good inroads cataloguing these books, so they can be borrowed alongside our existing newer titles. The new library space is significantly larger, and will accommodate the school when it is at full capacity in the years ahead. As 1515 books have already been loaned this academic year, this bodes well. 30 desktop computers will be delivered over the holiday for the library, and with some redecoration taking place around the student changing rooms as well, we will be ready for the next phase of our development as Avanti House move out next week.

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  • Winners!

    Published 16/03/18, by Chris Woolf

     

    The initial proposal for Pinner High School was that it should be an excellent inclusive school for the whole community. It is especially pleasing that alongside an array of academic opportunites, this week we were recognised with the Young Carers award. This celebrates the commitment to students who take on additional responsibilities at home, and the support available to them through school.

     

    School has been alive with Science week, currently being celebrated nationally. An element hunt, liquid nitrogen and slime creation are a few highlights, alongside the bridge building engineering House Competition. Students this week took part in the TCS Oxford Computing Challenge, stretching our most able coders. Our most able writers in Year 7 enjoyed ‘Young Writers’ activities at Stanmore Library. This built on the workshop and presentation to all students from author Beverley Naidoo for World Book Day.

     

    Q?rius this week was especially good, with Kathryn Knight who has written for the Times, Marie Claire and the Daily Mail. She told Year 8 fascinating stories of her travels during her journalistic career including visits to a military base, and interviewing Simon Cowell and One Direction. She shared ways of getting into journalism, and answered lots of questions.

     

    I enjoyed answering questions from parents at our half termly Coffee and Chat this week. We talked about the development of the site through the next phases of refurbishment, as Avanti House move to their new home in a couple of weeks. We also discussed buses and traffic, catering and more.

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  • Hat Trick!

    Published 09/03/18, by Chris Woolf

    I was delighted this week to welcome families of those given offers to join us in September as our third year group. Time flies! 180 offers were made for 180 places,  and the ‘last distance offered’ was 1.4 miles. Our waiting list is growing, but there will be lots of movement, and I expect more offers will be made over the coming weeks.

     

    It is exciting to share with new families the opportunities a Pinner High School education brings. The last few weeks have seen Money Matters workshops, and the return of students from the ski trip. The arctic weather led to the cancellation of the Globe theatre trip for the whole of Year 7, which was unfortunate. The RAF were due to be our speakers in the Q?rius programme, but could not make it due to the snow!

     

    Students are busy rehearsing for the school musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’, trying out for the table tennis team, and preparing for the Science Week House competition.

     

    Before we add an extra year group we will be the sole occupants of our site, as Avanti House move to their new site in a few weeks. We are busy planning the spaces we can use straight away, and developing the next phase of the refurbishment programme. Students will help how to prioritise spending £4.2 million on our facilities: we're creating an extensive shopping list!

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