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Shrewsbury Half Marathon Primary Schools Challenge – reflection and celebration









As the dust settles from the thousands of running feet at the West Midlands Showground, we are reflecting on what has been a fantastically received and, above all, a great fun whole-school challenge.  It seems a long time ago that Mr Ostermeyer met Joe, organiser of the Shrewsbury Half Marathon weekend, to discuss how Oakmeadow could take part in this year’s event.  Roll forwards 6 months, and it is with great pride that not only were we the school with the most participants doing the final 1.1 miles (119 children were signed up – more than 50 above any other school), but that we were, as far as we are aware, the only school to embrace this as a whole-school initiative to increase activity levels and well-being for our children.  It is amazing that we managed to get over 350 children out every Friday afternoon to enjoy simply moving!  The smiles on faces have been fantastic to see, and it has not been uncommon to walk down the corridor to the regular questioning of, ‘are we doing our run today? It’s my favourite part of the week!’  Huge thank yous must go to: all members of staff for their support in organising the children to come out every week; those who gave up their time to help in the running of the final event itself; parents for your support in kitting out the children despite the weather, and those who took the time to email in to offer your thanks and support in what we were trying to achieve; the cleaners for their patience, and above all the children for their efforts and enthusiasm!  Mr Ostermeyer feels like he has certainly got to know lots more children in our school.

So what happens now?

There has been a huge shift from what defines ‘Physical Education’ as a curricula subject in the past few years.  Since the legacy of London 2012, momentum has rightly moved the focus to now seeing PE as just one part of leading an active and healthy lifestyle, one that also tackles sedentary behaviour as well as promoting suitable dietary and nutritious eating as part of this.  This is a nationwide movement, and we are working and learning all of the time about how we can help support this for our children and our wider community.  The Chief Medical Officer recommends ’60 minutes of moderate to vigorous daily  physical activity’ for primary aged children, of which 30 minutes should be completed in school.   As a staff, we are now considering how we can take this enthusiasm and momentum achieved from this challenge into incorporating physical activity beyond our timetabled PE lessons so that it becomes embedded in our daily school life.  We have been aware of the Daily Mile initiative for a number of years, and something of this ilk such as ’15 minutes of fitness’ is certainly in the pipeline.  Previously what seemed a difficult initiative to put into practice has actually been shown to be easily achievable.  Watch this space for the new term in September.

In the meantime…

If you would like to share any photos taken from the event, please email them in to, marked FAO Mr Ostermeyer, and we will get them published on our blog and newsletter.

Please check out Ethan and Isla’s excellent interview from the event which was live on BBC radio Shropshire – 2 hours 45 minutes in.  They were fantastic ambassadors for our school, as all of our children are.


This Thursday afternoon, 21 June, is our celebration 1.1 mile for all children to complete their half marathon challenge and to realise what an achievement they will have achieved, together with each other’s love and support.  Please wear school uniform as usual; children will get changed into PE kit after lunch.  Those who received their orange tshirts are welcome to wear these for the event – it would be great to see that sea of orange again!

Diary Dates

Don’t forget to put these important dates in your diary.


Crossbar Cup Champions!!

Well done to our very talented year 3/4 boys’ football team who have retained the     Crossbar Cup.

The boys won their group in style winning every game to set up a difficult quarter final tie with Lightmoor. Oakmeadow started the game well but a wonder goal from Lightmoor flew into the top corner which gave them the lead.

The boys piled on the pressure looking for an equaliser and with decisions going against us made the boys even more determined, with seconds left on the clock we got what we deserved to take the game into extra time. With five minutes of extra time to be played we continued the pressure and got the well-deserved victory winning 4-1 setting up a semi-final tie with Pontesbury.

We knew Pontesbury were a strong physical team but we went on to win 2-1, taking us into the final against a strong Lawley A team.

The final started and Oakmeadow took control taking an early lead with a great finish from Jack. Decisions continued to go against us and with all the crowd cheering on     Lawley it seemed a very long game with lots of added time played.

Oakmeadow held on to a well deserved 1-0 victory.

Well done boys you played brilliantly all day and everyone at Oakmeadow is very proud of you.











Book Fair!!


















The Great Oakmeadow Bake Off

The Great Oakmeadow Bake Off is back! On Monday 11th June.

There will be four categories:

Big Cakes,


Biscuits & Cookies,

Savoury Treats.

Entry to each category is £2. All entries will need to be labelled with your child’s name, class and a full list of ingredients (entries cannot be accepted unless ingredients are listed.) Please do not include nuts in your bake. All entries are to be dropped off in the studio on the morning of Monday 11th June.

One prize will be awarded per category. The Judges will be Mrs Whelan, Mrs Jones, Rev Peter Hubbard and school governor Maralyn Long.

At the end of the day all entries will be sold off in the studio to help raise money for our outside area. We hope you all get baking to support this event.

Thank you.

Oakmeadow School Council.












GDPR: New Data Regulations

Please see the link below RE: Letter home tonight in regards to the new GDPR regulations.

Royal Wedding Picnic – Final Deatails

Dear Parents/Carers

There has been a lot of information sent home regarding our Royal Wedding Picnic so I would like to take the opportunity to finalise the details.

Children can come to school dressed in mufti or Royal Wedding dress up (e.g something red, white or blue, or as a member of the Royal Family.) for the day however, they will be running the mile as normal so please remember some trainers.

Parents who have chosen to pay for a hot meal should have received their dinner ticket, you will need to bring this with you on the day so that the kitchen staff will know what you have ordered when serving and this will also help with the smooth running of service. Without a dinner ticket a meal cannot be provided.


All visitors will need to arrive via the main reception where you will meet your child/ren. You will leave school via the Beeches gate so please bear this in mind when parking.

If you have more than one child here at Oakmeadow please arrive for the youngest child’s time slot and we will arrange for your older child/ren to come down to reception. If this is not possible please let the office know.

Parents have the opportunity to stay and run the mile with their children, it would be great to see as many of you as possible taking part. Arrival timings have been sent out however these are listed below for your reference.

  • EYFS:                11:15
  • Year 1:             11:30
  • Year 2:             11:45
  • Year 3&4:        12:00
  • Year 5:             12:15
  • Year 6:             12:30

We will be selling cakes for 50p, squash for 30p and ice pops for 30p. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the main school office who will be able to help you. Please note that no mobile phones are permitted on the school premises, if you have your mobile phone when you arrive you will be asked to leave this at reception.

Yours sincerely

The Leadership Team

Summer term diary dates!

Please don’t forget to put these important dates in your diary!!



























U10 Shield Success in Sizzling Shropshire Sunshine

The outstanding Oakmeadow U10 squad exacted revenge on their defeators from last season, St. Giles Primary, this afternoon at The Venue, Oswestry, with a blitzkrieg beginning that proved to be the deciding moment in what was a blistering game in both skill and temperature.







Following being put through their paces by coach-of-the-season nominee, Miss. Turner, (not that they needed to warm up in a temperature in the mid 20s), and being carefully overseen by Director of Football, Mrs. Whelan, the boys were called to make their way down the tunnel for the beginning of match proceedings.


Each player from both teams was given a personal introduction by the Master of Ceremonies, much to the adulation of the adoring crowd, and then the Champions League music was played to remind all present of the importance of the occasion.  Playing at the home of TNS, the squads were informed that they were going to be playing on the same pitch that would host the first qualifying round of the Champions League proper in June – this reporter couldn’t help wonder how many of the talented football players on display might one day grace the same opportunity, and if so, how much recognition they would give to the talented teachers and school staff who carefully honed their tremendous talents…!







On completion of this classical piece of musical composition, the teams took their positions in their relative halves for the start of the game.  This was it, and we were confident.

Right from the referees whistle, St. Giles won the ball and  immediately pumped the ball forward into the Oakmeadow half, and the ball was expertly cleared by the juggler Josh Hayes in the direction of the hare-like Harry Carr, who passed the ball further towards the marauding Maddox Gray.  With a deft touch that would have fooled premier league defenders, Maddox was through on goal, and possessing the pace of a gazelle, there was no stopping him.  Looking up past the approaching St. Giles goalkeeper, Maddox stroked the ball expertly towards the bottom right corner.  1 minute, 1-0,









Credit to St, Giles, they did not allow this early upset to affect them, and they immediately put pressure on the Oakmeadow half to try and get an instant response.  They earned a corner, and with clearances not fully relieving the pressure, a long range effort eventually found the comfortable and assuring hands of Luke Offland (Watching Luke with an air of composure, it came to mind that the England number 1 spot is as yet undecided, with fellow Salopian Joe Hart currently doing his best not to be selected.  Who knows, it isn’t beyond the realms of reality Luke!).  A spot of indecision in clearing the Oakmeaodow lines led to another corner, and following a ricochet in the box, pressure was eventually relieved from the gallant George Hadley with a wholly committed challenge.  George was then able to find Harry Carr up the other end of the pitch, and the St. Giles keeper was off his haunches just to clear in time with Harry approaching.







Following a spell of tic-tac-toe between the two teams, it was then St. Giles turn to press the Oakmeadow goal area.  Clearly taking inspiration from the champions Manchester City and Pep Guardiola, our boys decided to try and pass the ball out from the goalkeeper on not one, but two occasions.  Unfortunately coach Turner has some work to do in this area, as both times we lost possession, with Luke’s hands being stung on the first occasion with a shot from outside the area, and then him doing excellently to push the ball around the post from point blank range on the second.  Quick instructions from the touch line were ordered – go long!

In the heat of the afternoon, playing a squad game was crucial.  Josh Hayes was replaced by Noah Lock, with the former heading straight for a water bottle.  Noah immediately used his twinkle toes to good effect by heading down the left wing, putting a great cross in which was defence-splitting, but just beyond the reach of Will Gray.  Noah Lock was again involved, winning the ball tenaciously on the edge of his own area, before Maddox Gray released Harry Carr, but again it was just cleared away from him in time.  With that, the whistle was blown, and it was time for a break for half time, and a much needed fluid intake.


Following the change of ends, Oakmeadow were first to put the pressure on, the returning Josh Hayes clearing up field which led to a foul on Maddox Gray.  Captain Marvel Caiden Sadd stepped up with a fearsome drive which flashed inches over the crossbar to the middle of the goal.  Pressure was placed on both sides, but Oakmeadow were looking comfortable and confident as time went on.  The magnificent Maddox Gray was constantly hustling for the ball, but just couldn’t find the way through.  One rogue ball fell to Caiden Sadd, but he was unable to keep his thunderous drive down.  St. Giles pressure increased in the final 5 minutes, and attacked down the left, but were well challenged by St. George Hadley, with the ball being expertly shadowed out of play by Caiden, leading with a captain’s composure consummate of Vincent Kompany.  In the closing stages, Maddox was again through but shot over the bar, and was continuing to hustle with time ticking down.  Josh Hayes cleared from in front of the Oakmeadow goal when St. Giles looked dangerous and the boys were struggling to clear their lines.  Following this, Maddox Gray finally found some space to go through on goal, but his repeat-of-the-first-goal effort dragged agonisingly wide with a thankful St. Giles goalkeeper onlooking.  However, it didn’t matter, as following this the referee blew his final whistle, announcing that the overjoyed Oakmeadow team had claimed the shield in their moment in the spotlight (or sunlight!).

Championes, Championes, ole ole ole







Cue celebrations and adulation from the adoring crowd of onlookers, and finally the presentation of the shield to the team, including the honorary ‘Oakie Bear’ who had struggled into our kit for the occasion – someone who clearly needs to take part in our weekly mile challenge…!







Commiserations to St. Giles, who were worthy advocates in what was a very competitive game and a great advert for junior football. Huge congratulations to the boys and to Miss. Turner for continuing our recent footballing prowess, and thanks to the family members who came down to cheer them on.  What a great way to celebrate a stunning bank holiday with a stunning victory.

Ostermeyer out 🙂

Oakmeadow Orienteers

This afternoon, 12 eager children attended the school games KS2 orienteering competition at the sports village, in what were bright but blustery conditions.  After arriving and running through the procedures including map orientation and devising a plan to cover the least amount of distance, our first 3 pairs were off, with the remaining 3 pairs catching fleeting glimpses of our intrepid orienteers every now and again as they flew past in search of another control.  First back were Santiago and Henry, which allowed Summer and Milly to head out.  Next to return were Alfie and George (who in his eagerness, had a slight run in with a low air conditioning unit – Mr O and the first aid kit to the rescue!) which allowed Keira and Libby-Louise to head out hot on the heals of Summer and Milly.  Finally, William and Naomi returned which allowed our final pair of Isabel and Amirah to get under way.

Whilst we did not challenge for the top honours this time, this can likely be attributed to the fact that 10 out of 12 children had never orienteered before, which Mr O did not find out about until afterwards.  Considering this, it was a great effort from all teams, and the latter 3 pairs were very close, with only a few minutes separating them.  Well done to all involved.

1st team: Summer Nicholls and Milly Robinson – 20.17

2nd: Keira Price and Libby-Louise Herbert – 20.38

3rd: Isabel McAree and Amirah LaBouchardiere – 22.17

4th: Henry Knipp and Santiago Alexandre – 28.19

5th: George Hadley and Alfie Nicholls – 44.10

6th: William Cowper and Naomi K – 45.38

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