Claire Booth, international opera singer, and Ryan Wigglesworth, internationally renowned composer-conductor, started off the celebrations with the official opening of the newly-refurbished Crampton Hall on Sunday 19 May. Claire and Ryan performed a vocal recital with works by Mozart, Debussy, Bach and Rossini. The performance brought in an audience from all over the area, who thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to hear one of the most talented and versatile singers of her generation.
Earlier in the day, Claire held a Masterclass with a number of students who have shown themselves to be talented singers.
The celebrations carried on throughout the week with a Garden Party at the Preparatory School, the Summer Concert and a social for students in Years 7 -11. On Saturday 25 May, the annual Prize Day took place which was followed by the anniversary Leavers’ Ball which was attended by 230 students, parents, staff and Stannites. The Stannite Reunion concluded the week of celebrations. These reunions are usually held in venues in Manchester or London but with it being the 150th Anniversary, it gave the Stannites the opportunity to visit Browhead and Elleray again and bring back memories of their time at the school.
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.