Students returned this week from the Battlefields of the First World War, taking part in the national commemoration of the centenary of the end of hostilities. Pinner High Students were selected to lay a wreath at Tyne Cot cemetery, the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world. Students represented the school with an impressive range of the Pinner High School Values, and I am grateful to them for doing so well. They will be speaking about their experiences to the rest of the students over the coming weeks.
The House Event this week was a challenge of a different nature to the design and sports competitions of our first month of term. This time it was an origami competition, inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding. With marks for accurate folding and imaginative design, it was a hotly contested challenge. Year 9 Maths lessons this week had a similar theme, looking at the Maths of lift and flight in the design of aircraft wings; paper airplane flights in the hall were especially successful.
I have had large numbers of families keen to tour the school, following the success of our open evening last week. It is lovely to have so much interest in the school, and so many families leaving such positive feedback. Given our surging student numbers, applications have just closed for an additional Assistant Headteacher. I received 40 excellent applications for this role, which is an extraordinarily large number given the recruitment issues many schools are experiencing. Although reading each application is a lengthy process, it is a great problem to have!
Half term finishes on Thursday 18th October, as next Friday is an INSET day and school is closed to students. Thank you for all your support over the first half term of our third year.