We were very excited to welcome the up-and-coming band ‘The Shades’ to Windermere School. The Shades are a four piece pop and rock band who kicked off last year by headlining the O2, ABC in Glasgow and, since then, Capital FM has named them as the UK’s best unsigned band. They played a set of six songs and shared their new single with students, who enjoyed singing along. It’s not every day that you see Miss Parry dancing in the aisles of Crampton Hall!
The band are currently touring the UK with YouTube sensation Jake Mitchell and, with a massive online presence, they took the opportunity to talk with pupils from Year 7 to Year 11 about online safety, cyber bullying and discrimination. Having amassed over 2 million YouTube views, and with nearly 40,000 followers on Twitter, they were able to talk about their personal experiences of staying safe online. Students were then encouraged to ask questions and everyone was invited on to the stage after the show, to meet the band and have their photographs taken.
Our Sixth Form BTEC students, Chloe Murray and Katie Bryson, were on hand to provide support for the band. They will be able to use this experience to evidence their work on marketing. James Harris and Archie Dalzell did a superb job of setting up the required technology and were very pleased to be able to make use of the new lighting systems.
The Shades are now back on tour and we were very lucky to have them visit. It was a fantastic start to Performing Arts week and we are sure they now have a lot more fans. I’m sure we will be hearing more about this band in the future and we wish them well for later in the year when they will be the support act for Jessie J.
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.