Get set… we’re taking part in the School Travel Challenge, Frome’s Missing Links inter-school walking, scooting and cycling challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose to leave the car behind for their journey to school.
The challenge runs from Monday 21st to Friday 25th of May.
During this week (ONLY) pupils are encouraged to scoot or cycle (with a helmet) to/from school with parents’ permission.
On each day of the challenge, participating schools in Frome will compete to see who can record the biggest increase in the number of pupils walking, scooting or cycling to school, with the Challenge Cup going to the winner. You will be able to see how Oakfield have done in the challenge by finding our school on the map (The Hall of Fame) on this website: http://bigshift.sustrans.org.uk/schools/famous
Why we’re taking part
It’s a great way to get more of our pupils travelling actively to school. At the same time, we are pleased to support Frome’s Missing Links, a local charity who would like to see safer, family friendly walking and cycling routes in Frome, and better connections to neighbouring towns and villages. The charity is currently working to complete the missing 2 miles of cycle path to connect with the Colliers Way from Great Elm to Radstock. Their aim is to create traffic-free routes which are as level as possible and which will be suitable for all ages and abilities.
What’s happening Monday 21st to Friday 25th May
- Stamp/colour the Frome’s Missing Link Travelcard for each day of the challenge. Hand it in to the tutor on the last day, Friday (25th May), and it will be entered into a prize draw.
On Friday 25th May:
- Free pedal-powered smoothies.
- KS2 Lunchtime Roller-Blading/Skating session. £1.00 to take part. Pupils must bring their own roller blades/skates and a helmet (can be a bicycle helmet) and knee and elbow pads.
- KS3 Lunchtime Roller-Blading/Skateboarding session. £1.00 to take part. Pupils must bring their own roller blades/skateboards and a helmet (can be a bicycle helmet) and knee and elbow pads.
- KS2 Cake sale. Pupils can bring in cakes on Friday 25th May – to the office. Pupils can bring some money on the day for cakes and other activities happening throughout the day.
- Design a Safety Helmet and Skateboard Competition (taking place in lesson time).
- Cycle to school on Wednesday 23rd May and get a free “health check’ of your bicycle by a “Dr Bike” mechanic.
Numbers are limited so ‘Appointments’ for bikes will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and
only with a completed permission slip handed in to The School Office.
All you need to do is encourage your child(ren) to walk, scoot or cycle to school every day during the Challenge Week 21st – 25th May. (If your family can’t avoid using the car to travel to school, then park further away than normal and walk for approx 10 - 15 minutes for your journey to qualify. Bus pupils qualify to stamp the “feet” as we
encourage them to take one lap around the playing fields during lunch breaks!)
Acting Head of PE