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in those days was written by her fair hand, a few things such as

learning support charges were forgotten and the parents were

never charged! There does not seem to be a single job here at

Pinewood that Janey has not at some time taken on, forget job

descriptions, when it comes to Janey they went off piste in the

Nineties. Janey took on the running of the office, dealt with

admissions, took minutes at Governors’ meetings, dealt with

advertising, and was on hand to help staff, parents, and children.

If Henry Boddington was called away from a Latin or English

lesson Janey would cover his lesson! There was even a term

when both nurses at the time were ill so Janey stood in along

with Rosalie Boddington to provide cover. On one of these

occasions Janey recalls driving a girl who had eaten laburnum

seeds to the then Princess Margaret Hospital. Janey freely

admits “I never seemed to be over worked and still had time to

watch the 1st XV play on a Wednesday afternoon”.

The Boddingtons retired in 1997 and Janey then helped settle in

their successors the Croysdales. By now Janey was still stacking

up those jobs, she had taken on working in the school shop, and

accompanied the sports tour to Holland. The Croysdales

departed in 2001, Andrew Caird stood in to cover the

Headmaster’s role for the Summer Term, again ably assisted by

Janey, who was now becoming quite a professional fill-in as a

Deputy Head, this time adding the running of the Christmas Fair

to her bow.

Chris and Jill Stewart Clarke then took on the helm for a year,

before we arrived in 2002; speaking personally, there could not

have been a better person to show me the ropes. I had a chair

for a term in the front office which was my desk, it gave me a

chance to watch and learn from the Master. For those that don’t

know, Janey was definitely the Pinewood oracle, there is nothing

she did not know about life at Pinewood including daily hatches,

matches and dispatches, with a juicy bit of “I don’t know if you

have heard this one but….”!

Janey will be sorely missed by us all; it will be strange for us not

to see her cheerful face bobbing up like a periscope from behind

her PC, keeping a compassionate, watchful, steely eye over the

whole of the Pinewood community like a tigress guarding her

cubs, from Nursery to Year 8, not forgetting the courier drivers

that cross the threshold! Janey is a true master of juggling many

balls, an inspiration as a working mother, and grandmother to 10

wonderful grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

We all wish Janey well in her retirement and know it will not be

long before she is back!


Xenia Shortt

Nurse Xenia began at Pinewood only

3 short years ago, but has become a

friend to staff and children alike.

Caring, kind and compassionate are

just a few of the superlatives used to

describe a gentle person, who has

time for everyone. Xenia is leaving to

be able to spend more time with her

family in her beautiful home on the

outskirts of Devizes. She will leave a huge void in Surgery as a

dear friend and colleague. I hope the next nurse will be able to

white water raft and complete a high ropes course in the

Pyrenees with the Year 8 leavers as Xenia has done!


Cerisa Sansum

Cerisa has worked with us since

October 2012 and has been a

valued member of the Catering

and Domestic team. Cerisa always

came to work happy and willing to

help others and injected new and

vibrant ideas to the salad bar and

desserts. Lower School Harvest

Festival has become a fun and

memorable time for us in the

department, when the children

come into the dining room to learn

about bread making, getting hands

on experience too. Cerisa could be found, covered in flour,

helping the children create all sorts of shapes and sizes. From

her love of working with children, Cerisa has moved just up the

road to Shrivenham Primary School as a Year 2 Teaching

Assistant. She will be greatly missed; however, we wish her much

success in her new career.


Rob Tearle

Joining us in 2007 Rob quickly and

quietly got to grips with making

changes within the very busy school

kitchen here at Pinewood, soon

introducing his legendary ice-creams

and fully loaded chocolate brownies,

which then became firm favourites.

Rob had a gift of getting to know the

children’s likes and dislikes and, whatever their ages,

encouraging those wary of food to get up and give it a go. He

realised that today’s children’s tastes were broadening and with

that he introduced new ideas to the menus, for example a wide

variety of sausages, which included wild boar and venison! Rob

was loved by the children and was a valued friend in the Common

Room, we wish him well.


Gap Students 2015/16

In September local Gapper Daisy Wilson joined our

Australian team of Caroline Bett, Evie de Jager (our first

Gap Matron), Kate Morris and Tim Poulter, who all returned

home in December. The New Year saw the arrival of a fresh

group of Australians in the form of Tash Copolov, Colin

Gifford, Annabelle Millear (as Gap Matron) and Liv Vizard,

who were joined by Old Pinewoodians Hatty Hipwell for the

Spring Term and Philli Hall for the Summer Term.

Cerisa (centre) with Martina

and Clive

BLUE & GREY 2016

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