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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 2019

  • Inspiring Learning

    Published 29/03/19, by Chris Woolf

    Somehow there is only one week left until the end of term. It has flown by in a mixture of lessons, sports, arts activities and more students than ever before! During the term we have grown past 500 students, with 150 still on our waiting list for September.


    Our guest speakers on Deep Learning Day commented on the positive reception they received from the students, and how actively they engaged in the activities. I was delighted to welcome our final Q?rius speaker in our Careers series of presentations this week, who gave a fascinating insight into starting up a business and seeing it grow into an international success over the last 10 years. Students were also challenged to see how the world of work has changed in the digital age, and how they need to be prepared for the changes this will bring to their working lives. Many thanks to all who have contributed to these presentations. It is brilliant to have such support from the community.


    We had a very well attended coffee morning for families of students who access support through our ASD provision this week, with a visiting expert to answer questions and signpost further resources. Our final coffee and chat of the term is on Wednesday 3rd April at 2pm. Please do let us know if you plan to attend so that we can have enough refreshments.


    At the end of next week I shall be on the inaugural trip to Beijing, China.  I will wish you a restful holiday now, and look forward to seeing all the student back with us on Tuesday 23rd April, ready for our final term of the year. Lots to look forward to!


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  • Visiting speakers

    Published 22/03/19, by Chris Woolf

    Inspiring Learning this week with a brilliant range of guest speakers: The Year 8 'Q?rius' careers event featuring a chef, civil servant, optometrist, advertiser, and an entrepreneur who set up their own business. Year 9 had a road safety session from the SAME academy. Many thanks to all those involved in such successful events.


    Year 8 had a very strong week in sport: girls netball 2nd in the Harrow Schools tournament, with six victories in the groups stages and a narrow loss to North London Collegiate in the final. The boys footballers are now in the semi-finals of the borough tournament, after a 7-2 defeat of Whitmore. They are undefeated all season and have a positive goal difference of 23!


    A reminder of our new Hairspray dates of 22 and 23rd May. I hear the rehearsals from my office, and the music is sounding particularly good. I look forward to seeing you there.


    Deep Learning Day takes place next week, where all students take part in workshops through the day outside their normal lessons looking at different aspects of growing up, particularly how their bodies and relationships change during this time. We have a range of outside experts joining us for the day. We run a range of session like this through the year, and they are always highly rated and thought provoking.


    Particular thanks to our fabulous new Parents Association. The quiz last week was a storming success. The first of many!


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  • Elementary

    Published 15/03/19, by Chris Woolf

    Science week has been a mixture of activities; perfume making, rocket film canisters and a chemical symbols hunt. I enjoyed being the element Praseodymium, which it has taken me most of the week to be able to say fluently.

    Our World Challenge expedition group going to Costa Rica in the summer have more training this week, in the rather less exotic Kent countryside, where they will be learning camp craft skills that will be essential in the rainforest of Central America.

    Our first Parents Association Event takes place this evening; a Quiz night with fish and chips. My immense thanks to those involved in the planning of it. They have been extremely proactive. Over 100 tickets have been sold, and we are all looking forward to an entertaining evening.

    Year 7 were entertained this week by children’s author Cath Cassidy (pictured) who read from her latest book and talked about the writing process. Students said their highlights were seeing the sketches of her characters, and the process she goes through when planning a book. They also said they enjoyed her stories about day dreaming- but there will be no daydreaming in the quiz tonight!


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  • Sporting success

    Published 08/03/19, by Chris Woolf

    Lots of sporting success to report this week: Table tennis champions, and football and netball teams coming out on top in multiple fixtures as well. Congratulations to all involved.


    This week we welcomed our new families to our school community as those joining the school in September were offered their places. It was great to see so many excited faces on Wednesday as students came to see what is now their new school. The current Year 7 were brilliant ambassadors, and enthused about their favourite parts of the school. All our new families live within a mile, and we have a waiting list of 150. This is remarkable, especially as we have only been open two and a half years.


    Fresh from the most recent Ski trip during the February half term, information letters went out this week for the 2020 trip. Do return the form and deposit as soon as possible, as places are limited.


    Cathy Cassidy will be visiting the school next week, as part of our World Book Day celebration. A chapter of her new book is on Show My Homework for Year 7 to read in advance of her visit!


    My thanks to all the parents who attended the Year 7 Assessment Evening this week. The presentation is now on our website with a narration of each slide for those who were not able to attend.


    I hope to see lots of you at our first Quiz Night on Friday next week. 


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  • Full House

    Published 01/03/19, by Chris Woolf

    Our Year 9 Economists had expert insights from the Bank of England yesterday, with a guest speaker giving real life examples from the financial world. At the same time, Year 8s were hearing from this week’s Q?rius speaker, a parent kindly coming to talk about her work with an international NGO within the humanitarian and development sector. I am very grateful to both visitors for giving up their time.


    Today is ‘National Offer Day’ when students in Year 6 find our which secondary school they will be attending in September. I am delighted for the 180 families who will have the chance to join our community and experience all that a Pinner High School education has to offer. You are invited to visit us on Wednesday 6th March at 4pm to share our excitement that you will soon be Pinner High School students! Inducting our fourth year group is very exciting. This week our Trailblazers in Year 9 reached the milestone of being nearer the end of Year 11 than they are to the start of Year 7; a date that captured their attention!


    Our community keeps getting stronger, and planning continues for our first Parents Association Event, our Quiz night on 15th March. Do book your tickets soon!


    Another date for your diary is our school musical, ‘Hairspray’ with performances on 2nd and 3rd  April. I look forward to seeing you there!


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