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Vicki Wise arrived with us in September 2012 and she has spent 4

productive years here with us. An excellent Science teacher,

invaluable games coach, and committed form tutor, she will be

missed. She started our ‘Teach Meet’ initiative, got to grips with the

intricacies of timetabling and loved all that Pinewood Adventure had

to offer. Vicki and Matt married in the Spring and we wish them both

well at Marlborough Malaysia.

We also say goodbye to Liz Heron-Watson who has been our Ballet

teacher here since 1989. Calm and poised she has enthused

countless children for 27 years and her Ballet productions were

always colourful, beautifully choreographed and professional affairs.

We say a very sad farewell to our long-standing stalwarts; Janey

Nelson, Jim Bischoff and Chris Field. Please see ‘Valete’ reports for

our words on them.

As ever thank yous dominate the closing remarks of my speech. The

Domestic and Catering staff under Susan Clark and Estates

departments under Gary Vaughan do a wonderful behind-the-

scenes job here at Pinewood. The resident team of Parris, Helen and

Annabelle, alongside our nurses Ruth and Xenia do sterling work on

the pastoral and nursing side while Ed Benbow and Henrietta lead a

very good team of staff (including our Gappers) who look after our

130 boarders from supper to bedtime. Parris moves up to a teaching

role next year and Catrin George-Carey becomes the resident

Assistant Girls’ Housemistress. Boarding for Years 5 to 8 remains

hugely popular. The Admin team, including my unflappable secretary

and registrar Sarah Walters, do a wonderful job alongside the IT

support team and Shop Manager.

The Senior Leadership Team of Nicky McAvoy, Jim Bischoff, Andrew

Caird and Hayley Davies all combine to allow Pinewood to flourish,

while Ruth Hall, Colin Acheson-Gray and especially my wife Henrietta

provide tireless support for me in so many areas and ways

Council, under the watchful eye of David Williamson are invaluable in

their dispensation of advice, and skill-sets. Their support for all we

haveachievedhereat Pinewoodover the years hasbeen incalculable.

Today, we say a final goodbye to our Chairman of Governors, David

Williamson. David joined the Governing body in May 2002, just a

term before we arrived and has served Council with distinction, firstly

as chairman of the Finance & General Purposes committee and then

from 2012 as Chairman of Council. As bursar at Marlborough for

much of his time with us he brought a huge level of experience,

wisdom and professionalism to our finances. Pinewood will miss his

leadership and our shared vision for the school and we all wish him

well in future years. Thank you for all you have done for Pinewood

and more importantly for your advice and friendship over the years.

We welcome his successor, Robin Badham-Thornhill – former

Headmaster of Summer Fields.

Finally, thank you as a parental body for your children and support of

this thriving and happy school. Thank you too for your loyalty and

consistent endorsement of all we do here and finally for your

friendship. We remain committed to bringing out the best in your

children and creating an environment in which they can thrive, grow

and be happy. Thank you.

PJH

Pinewood Adventure leads on from the Thursday afternoon activities

programme and as always I am grateful to staff who accompany the

children on these residential outward-bound weekends away.

Our ‘Outreach’ initiative continues to benefit the local community.

We continue to fund the local Church, support the Village Hall, and

provide Science, Sports and Maths initiatives to local primary

schools. We continue to support and strengthen links with Shonda,

our Kenyan link school, and many thanks to the Woods and Lawson

families who drive this initiative forwards. Our largest initiative this

year was the construction of the loo block. The school is thriving

and oversubscribed.

Our Foundation funds provide bursaries for 12 children with 4 on

100% and a further 6 receiving assistance of 70% or more.

Our House Charity mornings continue to support local charities and

we raise between £3000-4000 a year for worthy causes. Friends of

Pinewood do a wonderful job, bringing the community together at

certain times of the year – Bonfire Night, the Christmas Fair, Quiz

night and the wonderful Summer Afternoon. Funds from these

events are split and recently the school has supported Splash,

Prospect House, Swindon Women’s Aid and Seesaw. They continue

to support the Cotswold Wildlife Park and World Vision. Funds this

year have also gone to the new-look Pre-Prep garden, the Theatre,

Science and Boarding. Estates are sourcing a second buggy. News

of a new fundraising push will be announced in the Autumn Term.

It has been a relatively quiet year development-wise. The new car

park has come on stream and is a welcome addition, particularly on

match days. The new teaching block has reached the design stage

and we press on with plans to extend our catering facilities, which

now have planning permission.

The Summer Term is inevitably a time for goodbyes: Matt Fuller

joined Pinewood 3 years ago. He has been an excellent form tutor,

a super joint Head of Geography, an inspirational hockey coach and

also fully involved himself in the boarding and musical life at

Pinewood as well as with Pinewood Adventure.

Xenia, one of our 2 nurses, joined us in January of 2013 and has

been an unflappable and calm presence in the Surgery. Medically

and pastorally she has been first-rate and it was lovely to see her

white-water rafting on the Year 8 Leavers’ Trip as well as plunging

into the ice-cold river for a swim.

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BLUE & GREY 2016

SPEECH DAY