Pinewood School will be open as normal on Tuesday 12th of December.
The pupils had been attending Wheelchair Rugby training sessions, with expert coaching and support from Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, at Pinewood School on Monday afternoons since September.
Pinewood’s Wheelchair Rugby team consisted of Jason Adjekum-Mensah (Y11), Josh Barklem, Griffith Biembongo (Y9), Albie Woodward and Tomi Adebisi (Y8).
The team won there opening 2 matches in their group thanks to tries from Jason Mensah and Griffith Biembongo. They then faced tough matches against very strong opposition from Exeter and Ospreys. Pinewood progressed to the shield final where they met Northampton Saints. All students played incredibly well in the final and Pinewood won the match 15-11.
All Pinewood students and staff had a fantastic day and thoroughly enjoyed the tournament, whilst representing both themselves and the school to the best of their ability. Pinewood Saracens pupils were awarded with medals and the winner’s shield at the end of the GB Wheelchair Rugby Youth Tournament. Pinewood would like to thank GB Wheelchair Rugby for their continued support of the wheelchair rugby programme in the school.
If you would like to find out more about Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby or the BT Wheelchair Rugby Youth Tournament, please visit http://gbwr.org.uk
On Friday November 10th a group of Year 11 pupils, along with Mrs.Brunton, Mr.McDevitt and Mr.Ritchie, visited Richard Hale School to be part of their Remembrance Service. It was an interesting experience for our pupils who were amazed at the sheer size of the school and the vast number of pupils. We attended the senior assembly (Years 10-13) which was led by Director of 6th Form, Mr.Steve Robins. The Richard Hale senior prefects also gave impassioned speeches about the harrowing WW1 battle at Passchendaele. One video clip was based on the sounds of a battlefield. There were constant loud bangs of bombs and gun shot. Following on from the assembly we congregated with the rest of the school around the cenotaph. The names of all former Richard Hale pupils who fought and lost their lives in WW1 and WW2 were read out. We then heard the last post performed by six trumpeters before respecting two minutes silence. A quite moving and memorable experience.
“I enjoyed it because I’ve never been to a Remembrance service before. I enjoyed listening to the trumpet players playing the last post.” Josh M
“I thought it was memorable to give thoughts to those who gave their lives in conflict. My grandad on my mum’s side flew a Lancaster bomber. He was shot over France. We even have some parts to the plane!” Charlene M
“I thought it was good how the whole school were around the Cenotaph. The research by the students was impressive. Having been in the army myself made it great to see the effort made by the pupils.” Mr. McDevitt
“Once again our students have done themselves proud. The ceremony was imposing in comparison with our school assemblies. Our students responded fittingly and were full of questions and observations afterwards.” Mrs.Brunton
Many thanks to the staff and pupils of Richard Hale for inviting us and making us feel welcome.
Mrs Hooton and Ms McCormack took 12 members of the School Council on a trip to find out what the role of the Mayor actually involves.
The pupils individually asked him a question (which he answered at length), about the responsibilities involved in being The Mayor. Mr Alex Curtis, the youngest ever Mayor of Ware showed pupils around the beautiful Priory building telling them about it’s history.
They were able to try on his gold chain and use the gavel which is a small hammer, to keep order in the meeting chamber.
It was a very informative visit and something the school council can share with the rest of the pupils at Pinewood.
City and Guilds is an awarding body that we have used at Pinewood for the last 6 years and is a qualification that is delivered through the PSHCE curriculum. Pupils’ work towards an Award or Certificate in Employability & Personal Development.
This year, we have had great success with 64 pupils in year 10 and 11 achieving a qualification in Employability, ranging from an Entry 2 Unit Award to a Level 1 Extended Award. Each pupil works towards the size and level of qualification that best suits their needs and capabilities.
Pupils’ have worked extremely hard this year and focused on units covering communication skills, awareness of strengths and weaknesses, areas to develop and understanding goal setting. Alongside this, pupils have developed skills in how to seek out support, how to present themselves in an interview, understanding responsibility and the skills employers’ value, such as, honesty and integrity.
On Wednesday, 19th July we held an information and celebration evening, which was very well attended by pupils and parents. Parents had the opportunity to look at pupil coursework portfolios and learn more about the qualification and suggest ways they can be more involved.
Assessment is an ongoing
process throughout the two-year C&G course, employing specific learning outcome criteria. Students receive verbal feedback and guidance during each lesson, enabling them to produce the level of work necessary to pass the course, ensuring access to learning and developing independent learner skills. Assessment criteria is collected in a range of ways allowing pupils to demonstrate learning outcomes verbally, through their written work, their actions, and answers to questioning or participation. For pupils who require more support, witness statements and photographic examples provide evidence allowing all pupils to achieve learning outcomes. Summative assessments are carried out at the end of each unit making clear which evidence meets which learning outcome and demonstrate how pupils have progressed.
Well-done years 10 & 11!
(Year 11 can now collect their portfolios!)