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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.

 

September 2021

  • Moon cakes!

    Published 24/09/21, by Chris Woolf

    It has been brilliant to have our first sports fixtures in over a year this week, with boys football teams in Years 9, 10 and 11 starting the season, and girls netball in full swing in Years 10 and 11. The results showed a really positive start, with plenty more to come, and brilliant to have so many students out representing the school.

    I was delighted to welcome back Elevate Education this week, who were leading some study and revision skills sessions for the whole of Year 10. Year 10 exams are fast approaching, so the additional boost to help them prepare seems to have gone down well with students.

    Our Mandarin team were celebrating Moon Festival in lessons this week. Moon cakes are a particular part of this festival, and particular thanks to Mr. Fang for travelling all the way to Chinatown to source the finest fare.  

    Continuing the food theme, we hosted a colleagues Macmillan coffee morning today. There are some star bakers in the staffroom, and funds raised for a really good cause.

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  • Aspiring Medics

    Published 17/09/21, by Chris Woolf

    This week we had the inaugural meeting of the Medic Society and an inspiring guest speaker, Dr Rao. Aspiring Year 12 Medic Aaron says ‘The Medic Society brings all the aspiring medics closer and broadens our horizons by introducing us to different medical specialities and career paths. It is led by Deputy Head of Sixth Form Ms Bruck who studied medicine at university herself, and she is helping us make sure we are on the right path with this journey. We are very grateful to Rupal Rao, Chief Cardiologist Physiologist at Northwick Park for visiting us and talking to us. We did an ECG and learnt how to calculate heart rate, as you can see in the photo! The Society also helps us to prepare for UCAT and BMAT to help us get into medical school.”

    Year 7 continue to settle in well. I enjoyed talking to families at our online welcome event this week. It was lovely to have so many families on the call. The Year 7 assembly today focused on talking about feelings and asking for help, through the metaphor of teachers and students holding out jugs of water. As the water is shared out, it lightens the load. An inspiring assembly!

    Although term is only 2 weeks old, it feels like the fun of school is much more a part of daily life; as well as the aspiring medics, inter-school fixtures begin next week with some Year 9 football matches, and really high levels of achievement points have been awarded across all years. Well done everyone.

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  • Welcome back!

    Published 10/09/21, by Chris Woolf

    It is brilliant to be back! This week saw the opening of our Sixth Form: the students are looking exceptionally smart. We had applications from 59 other schools as well as our own, and our Trailblazers continue to set the standards the rest of the school look up to. I know they have particularly enjoyed having a fully refurbished school, as they have seen us grow from a school on one corridor to a school of over 1,000 students and 150 colleagues. Our new Year 7s, our sixth intake, have had a really good start to the year and have certainly benefited from the week they spent with us in August in the summer school programme. As we are no longer in year group bubbles they know more about the school than some of our other year groups. This week, the talk of year 7 seems to be 7AY sharing news of their victory in the House Tug of War competition, and other Houses planning their comeback in the next House Event: origami. The ‘Brilliantly Black Project’, named by the students themselves, began for students in Year 11 with some inspiring success stories. There is plenty more to come in this, and all parts of Pinner High School. Exciting times!

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