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.
Three of our four daughters have been boarders at the Senior School following our unexpected move to Hong Kong in 2012. One moved back to board at Windermere following two years in Hong Kong and our youngest can't wait to follow in her footsteps and return as an overseas boarder into Year 9. We cannot fault the standard of education and care which the girls have enjoyed throughout their Windermere journeys. In particular, we love the location - and the way in which the Lake District becomes part of the curriculum - and the international flavour of the Senior School.
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.