Oak View pay tribute to ‘wonderful role model’ Captain Sir Tom Moore

Children at Oak View Academy have paid their own special tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore, after the inspirational fundraiser died, aged 100, earlier this month.

The former British Army officer became a national hero when he began raising funds for the NHS by walking laps of his garden with a walking frame.

His efforts captured the nation’s heart, and he went onto raise more than £32m for charities while setting a perfect example of positivity, selflessness and determination.

Now pupils at the Winsford primary have completed a range of themed ‘100 challenges’ to salute his accomplishments.

Deputy Headteacher Charlotte Alford said: “After the very sad passing of Captain Sir Tom, we took the opportunity to use the achievement of this wonderful role model to encourage our pupils to think about what it takes to be a good citizen.

“This has helped us to teach about responsibility, compassion and generosity of spirit. Our school motto is ‘Believe, Expect, Succeed’ and it is clear that Captain Sir Tom Moore lived by this too.

“Every pupil contributed to a whole school challenge to collectively complete 100 laps in a week. For the younger children, this may have been laps of their classroom, while for the older children it was laps of the playground.

“Those pupils that learn from home contributed laps too, showing that though we may currently be divided by distance, we are together in spirit.”

After the news of Captain Sir Tom’s passing, each class created 100 colourful rainbows which will be displayed around the school grounds.

Classes took on some of their own 100 challenges, including 100 throws and catches and singing 100 nursery rhymes.

Individuals wrote letters of condolence, remembrance and thanks which will be shared via Fowles Funeral Services, who are curating a Book of Condolence from the people of Winsford.

Oak View are part of the North West Academies Trust, which runs several schools across Cheshire and Shropshire including ‘outstanding’ rated Delamere Academy, near Northwich, and St Martin’s Academy, Chester.