There was great excitement last week as Wednesday afternoon approached. The annual Years 3-6 Sports Day was taking place on the field at Elleray.
The rain stopped for the day and as the temperature steadily rose, all the pupils enjoyed a BBQ lunch on the terrace. During the morning, the grounds staff worked hard to make the running track and surrounding area look superb and the equipment was organised and ready.
The races started with the hurdles and the 60m sprint, with some fine individual performances. The pupils then took part in various field events, including long jump, high jump, discus throw, javelin and shot putt. The cricket ball throw was completed in the morning, with Jack Whewell in Year 5, throwing an impressive 32m. Eva Baker enjoyed a win with a fine performance in the high jump and Brooke Machell and Edie Johnson also performed well in their field events.
The pupils were also involved in the obstacle race, skipping race, egg and spoon race, sack race, 150m, 300m and 600m.
Once all thetrack and field events had finished, it was time for the relays. Libby Cohen and Hector Westmoreland-Nicholson enjoyed their usual close competition in the sprint to finish and all the Cavendish runners performed well to further stretch their lead.
Well done to all pupils, whatever their ability, who gave it everything to do well for the house. Clarissa Cooper was a fine example of this spirit of Windermere, as she showed determination to complete the 600m in her first attempt at this distance.
Many thanks to all our many spectators who cheered on our runners, the catering and grounds staff and to the staff for running the various events.
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.