Windermere School is choosing to use glass milk bottles instead of single-use plastic in a bid to reduce their plastic usage. As a result, the school has gone from using 10,000 plastic milk bottles a year to 0. Delivered fresh by the local milkman from North Lakes Dairy in Penrith, the bottles travel less than 30 miles.
Next to go is plastic water bottles, already down from 2,000 to less than 200; the school introduced 10 extra water filling stations across the site last year, with a percentage of the monthly rental cost going to the charity Aqua Aid. All senior school children are given a reusable water bottle to use at the start of each new term and innovative canned water is being considered.
Environmentalism is one of the Five Pillars of Round Square upon which the ethos of Windermere School is built. Students learn about the importance of tending to the future of the planet and the school seeks to create opportunities both within and outside the curriculum for students to explore proven problems and to play a practical role in tackling environmental issues. Eco Club is a popular after school activity and the Student Council was integral in the decision and logistics of supplying reusable water bottles.
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.