After Typhoon Haiyan had swept through the Philippines, causing mass destruction within its path and leaving hundreds upon thousands of people in complete devastation, a student at Windermere School decided to raise money to help those people affected.
Year 12 student, Mary, is half Filipino and her strong family connections have made it difficult to just sit idly by while others are making obvious steps towards helping those affected. Therefore, she has organised a series of fundraising appeals, so that our community can start to make a difference.
A group of sixteen Sixth Form students volunteered to pack shopping bags at Booths in Windermere in return for donations. In doing so, the students were able to interact with the public and hopefully raise awareness on the tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan.
The School also hosted a famine meal where reduced varieties of food was served for lunch. This was to mirror the lack of resources that the victims are facing. Additionally, there will be a bake sale and a “wave of coins”, which is an opportunity for students and teachers to collectively show their support in creating a line of 50p, £1 and £2 coins through school to symbolize the wave of destruction that has passed over the Philippines.
Wanting to help victims of a massive disaster is a human instinct and in desperate situations such as these, taking action is crucial to help end the suffering of thousands. We hope the Windermere School community can aid and provide for those who are in distress. All funds raised will be sent to the Philippines through the Shelter Box charity organisation.
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.