The Conference began with the warm welcome, enthusiasm and hospitality of the Appleby students and Faculty who hosted the event for 2018. Hosted by local families, the delegates all enjoyed the opportunity to be in a Canadian home and learn, first-hand, about the differences and similarities between us all. The students would then attend the official Opening Ceremony and, as the land on which Appleby College was built was first inhabited by the indigenous people, we were formally welcomed by an Elder of the local tribe. ‘Bring Your Difference’ was the theme and we were challenged and invited to explore this idea over the next five days. Activities including key note speakers, team-building challenges, leadership workshops and a cultural performance enabled the students to start to think maturely and compassionately about others and learn about mutual respect. In their final debrief before flying home, the delegates all reflected upon what they had learned and how they had developed as global citizens. They all, undoubtedly, made many new friends but the real challenge now is on their return: to disseminate that experience and share it with others, both in the school community and as they move forward through their lives.
Mrs Hesford – Round Square and Service Coordinator
On Saturday 13 October, Mr Platt and Mrs Roberts took nine Browhead students to France for a week of sport climbing. Two years ago, the students and staff visited El Chorro, in Spain, where they had a highly successful week. Sport climbing is outdoor climbing, but the protection for the lead climber is already in place; bolts are either secured by expansion or glued into the rock. Generally, 20m to 40m above the ground, a lower-off is in place to enable the climbers a return to Terra Firma.
Mr Platt – Head of Outdoor Education
The Remembrance Day assembly at Elleray Campus was held to mark the centenary of Armistice Day. Schools are very busy and noisy places. Think about all the noises you hear every day. The Elleray pupils were also asked this question. They were asked to think about the power of silence and how we use it to remember those who died in the past. The Browhead Service of Remembrance was held in Crampton Hall, marking the Centenary of the end of the First World War. As we remember all the children, men and women around the world who have died in conflict, we reflect on the freedom of life gifted to us.
Mrs Davies – Head of Key Stage 1 & Early Years
Two Year 9 students have taken their entrepreneurial skills to the next level and, following the Tenner Challenge in February, applied for a stall at Holker Christmas Market with their company ‘A Piece of Cake’. Windermere School students Alice Thomas and Isabella Scowcroft sold out of their muffins on their stall – all 900 of them – at the Holker Christmas market and raised £500 for the Swallows Trust Head and Neck Cancer Support Group in the process. A percentage of the profits will be donated to the Swallows Trust and they are also taking donations on the stall.
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.