Record Numbers Attend Founder’s Weekend
Despite truly awful wet and windy weather, this year’s Founder's weekend proved to be magnificent. It was wonderful to welcome back so many Old Oswestrians including one of our oldest OO's, Syd Bailey, who was here at school in 1929.
The weekend began with the Old Oswestrian AGM which was held in the chapel utilising the brand new audio visual system, kindly funded by the Old Oswestrian Society. The OO Dinner following this meeting, was an enjoyable and well attended evening, with speeches from the Head Boy, Elliott Blount Powell, Joy Griffiths, outgoing President of the OO’s, the Headmaster, Julian Noad and from visiting speaker, Mark Cheetham.
For the service on Saturday morning, there wasn't a single seat left free in St Oswald's. Rev Kim Taplin, Chaplain of Malvern St James, gave the sermon, whilst choirs from Bellan House and the Senior School sung beautifully. The school song, Gaude Plebs, was quite fittingly sung with great gusto!
Following the service, we enjoyed the official opening of the six new science laboratories and art room by Chair of Governors, Peter Wilcox Jones with a champagne reception and ribbon cutting. Everyone was able to tour these fantastic new teaching spaces.
The afternoon sporting fixtures of netball, hockey, shooting and football continued despite the weather. For the girls, the school 1st XI won the netball whilst the OO team won the hockey. For the boys, the OO team beat the 1st XI whilst the school won against the OO 2nd XI team. Meanwhile, the OO shooting team were victorious against the school. An incredible number of hardy spectators watched the matches but all were most grateful for the warming soup, hot dogs and tea and coffee that were on offer in the Pavilion.
Our thanks go to Peter Cherrington, Mayor of Oswestry, who despite the appalling weather, supported all the matches and also came back to join us for chapel on Sunday morning.
Founder’s Weekend was a huge success and enjoyed by so many in the current and past school community. Our thanks go to all those who supported the weekend and of course to all those who worked so hard to make it such a success.
Floreat Oswestria, may Oswestry School flourish!