Pupils get chance to dine with ‘very special someone’ during Valentine’s meal at Arnold school

 Pupils get chance to dine with ‘very special someone’ during Valentine’s meal at Arnold school

Pictured ahead of the event are Pinewood’s Rebecca Guy, Foundation lead teacher, and pupil Kai Speed Elkin, aged four.

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Restaurants and cafes will be busy serving up the finest foods this Valentine’s Day – and a school in Arnold is now looking to get in on the act.

Pupils at Pinewood Infant School and Foundation Unit in Pinewood Avenue, are for the first time able to invite their ‘very special someone’ to a Valentine’s Day Dinner at the school on Friday (February 14).

As the School’s 200 pupils are only three to seven-years-old the ‘romantic dinner’ will be mid-day in the dining hall rather than candle-lit and their ‘guest’ must be an adult (16+) family member, but a tasty menu of incluing chicken or Quorn tagliatelle with garlic bread and mixed salad followed by desert might even give some professional eateries a run for their money.

At £3 per head (for adults, pupils will eat for free) it’s also unlikely to be beaten on value.

Headteacher Rachel Otter said: “We often put on special celebrations during the year, to which parents are invited, but this is the first time we’ve held a Valentine’s Day Dinner.

PICTURED: Kai Speed Elkin, aged four.

“The children have got very excited about the idea of inviting someone to eat with them. As long as they’re aged over 16 it can be mum, dad, grandparent, other family or carer.

“At what can sometimes be a bit of a grey time of year, we’re looking forward to helping our pupils show a bit of love to their special someone.”

Teachers at the School will be decorating the dining hall with hearts and flowers, to add to the ambience. 

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Pinewood Infant School and Foundation Unit has around 200 pupils aged from three to seven-years-old; split over Foundation 1 and 2 classes, and Year 1 and Year 2 classes. The school’s lively curriculum includes outdoor areas, a school garden and pond, and a double-decker bus converted into a reading library.

In its last OFSTED report (2009), Pinewood was ranked as ‘outstanding’. Its Headteacher is Ms Rachel Otter and its Chair of Governors, Ms Rachel Makey.

For more information on Pinewood Infant School and Foundation Unit see its website at www.pinewood.notts.sch.uk/


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