North Wales Trip
Eight students from Year 8 to Year 13 accompanied Mr Platt and Mrs Roberts to North Wales on a weekend of outdoor activities. We based ourselves at Cwm Pennant Hostel near Tremadog, the centre Mr Platt first went to as a student in 1982. The weather was a little damp on the Friday, so we had a fantastic time scaling Lockwood’s Chimney. This is an esoteric climb that involves an ascent of a ladder in a constricted chimney, culminating in an airy ascent to the summit of Clogwyn y Bustach. On Saturday, the weather was much improved and we went to ‘The Range’ on Anglesey to go coasteering. A brilliant time was had traversing above the sea, swimming across zawns and launching off cliffs. Sunday we climbed the North Ridge of Tryfan in the Ogwen Valley before driving home.
With such a varied programme, it was inevitable that most of the students would be challenged during the weekend, and this was definitely the case. Some strong swimmers didn’t like restricted spaces and the big cliff jump was rather daunting. However, rather than give up, they all pushed themselves and did very well.
Year 8 24 hours of Adventure
On Monday evening the Outdoor staff took the majority of Year 8 to High House in Borrowdale for 24 hours of adventure. In the morning we were joined by Mr Cooke, Miss Davies and three Year 12 BTEC Outdoors students to assist. All students during the day went on to the Via Ferrata at Honister and down Stoneycroft Ghyll in the Newlands Valley. We were really impressed with all the students and I think all were challenged at some point. However, a few students in particular definitely stepped out of their comfort zone. In doing so they have learnt that they are far more able than they may think, and importantly have realised that by working hard and taking a risk they can accomplish much more than they thought otherwise.
The first time my daughter and I visited the school she said to me “that is a happy school no question.” The scholastic achievements of the school are evident and an easy measure for a school to demonstrate. What is hard to quantify is the holistic development of a pupil at which, in my experience, Windermere School excels.
Windermere School is such a unique community to be a part of. Not only is it based in a truly beautiful and inspiring national park, but the environment created by staff and students alike makes for an incredibly supportive, proactive, exciting and international place of learning in which everyone can thrive and be the best they can be.