Windermere School welcomed parents, students, friends and governors to their annual Prize Day on Saturday 23 May.
After opening remarks from Mr Mike Dwan, Chairman of the Governors and Mr Ian Lavender, Headmaster, the School once again celebrated enormous successes throughout all areas, with Academic, Sport, Music and Open prizes.
Four of this year’s Year 13 Leavers were presented with engraved fountain pens. Isobel Barton, Grania Cookson, Matthew Harris and Anna Broomby have all attended Windermere School since nursery or Reception and between them have spent nearly 60 years in the school.
The King Constantine Medal, awarded to a student who has extensively contributed to the Service element of the Round Square IDEALS, was awarded to Anna Broomby of Kendal. Anna has taken part in numerous fundraising and Service projects. Last summer, Anna conquered the Borrowdale Ten Peak Challenge in 10 hours, raising almost £1200 for the charity ‘Operation Smile’ which helps those who have been born with a cleft palate. Anna has helped with the South Lakes Young Carers holiday which has been held at the School for the last few years, played a vital role in the School’s Service project in South Africa, volunteered in the Oxfam shop in Kendal and helped marshal at the Great North Swim.
The Headmaster’s prize was awarded to Lucy Yearsley who has done almost everything in the school but without formal recognition. Lucy is an accomplished athlete, has worked in local primary schools, completed her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and she has contributed to the school in innumerable ways. Lucy’s dedication to the school has never been in doubt and she was a worthy recipient of the Headmaster’s Prize.
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.