Pupils would like to say a big thank you to the GSK staff who came to Pinewood School on Friday 29th March. Ten volunteers organised and ran an Easter arts and crafts workshop for the children. GSK staff are offered an ‘orange day’ to take a day off work to support the local community. It was a super opportunity for our children to get to know people from industry and the volunteers spoke very highly about our students – they noticed how well the children engaged with them; how polite they were to the volunteers and to each other; it was noted how proud the children were of their work and celebrated each other’s achievements.
Three students from Pinewood School participated against main-stream schools in the local area. The competition was to raise as much money as possible for our paired charity in a Dragons’ Den / The Apprentice style business challenge.
Several activities and challenges were organised and a total of £225.00 was raised for our chosen charity, LocalSocial. The ‘Pinewood Gang’ events were a great success and the team’s hard work was recognised by being awarded: Best Presentation and Best example of close co-operation with their charity / community group. The students came away with numerous new skills and a great sense of accomplishment!
Pinewood School are very fortunate to have received a substantial charity donation of £2,473.40 from local company Purchase Direct.
The Welwyn Garden City based company held their twice a year charity fundraising day by running a number of events including: Back to school day, raffle competitions and a highly competitive and entertaining sports day. They nominated Pinewood School as their selected charity.
Our intention is to use the money to contribute to an interactive electronic learning device.
Pinewood School would officially like to thank the company and the team of staff who presented the cheque in one of our festive assemblies.
Last week staff and students were delighted to take delivery of 2 telescopes donated to the school by Scopes4SEN. Scopes4SEN are a charity that donate telescopes to organisation’s that are working with SEN children. https://patrickpoitevin.weebly.com/
We have discovered hidden interests amongst the staff (including the Head), enabling us to quickly set them up. Some students have had the opportunity to use them in class and find out what they do. The telescopes give students a fantastic opportunity to observe the skies and understand how scientists acquire knowledge of the Universe.
The telescopes will enable us to see the moon, and fortunately at some times of the year this can be done in daylight. Year 9 students will be able to use them in science lessons when they study space in January.
We are also hoping to set up an astronomy club which could meet half termly for those students who are interested in learning to use them. If anyone would like to help with this please let us know.