On Saturday, Windermere School hosted its 155th annual prize day, as around 600 students, parents and staff gathered…
Elizabeth Warburton (nee Addison – Addy to most people at school) (Acting Chair & Treasurer)
Joined St Anne’s from Blackwell in 1976 through to 1983 and was keen on music and sports with a passion for canoeing and sailing. Invited onto the Stannite Committee in 1982 and have been a member ever since. Studied at Blackpool for an HCIMA in Hotel and Institutional Management and worked for Grand Metropolitan opening and running theme restaurants and cocktail bars. In 1989 left the UK to work and back pack around the world for 2½ years. Joined Westmorland Ltd and helped open the Southbound service area before becoming personnel manager for all the units. Very happily married to Rob, and have an organic dairy farm in the Eden Valley (just outside Appleby) and are diversifying into solar energy. Elizabeth and Rob have three children, Emily, John and Geoffrey who are all musical and the boys love sports. Elizabeth keeps hens, bees and a fruit and vegetable patch, and is actively involved in her local community. Most notable success at school – not getting caught and becoming head girl – representing the school on the first rescue and relief trip to India and at the following Round Square conference at Louisenlund Germany. Still keeps in touch with her year and is always happy to hear from those who have lost touch with school & friends.
Samantha Turner (nee Wood) (Secretary)
Samamy enjoyed 3 years at School from 1979 joined the Stannite Committee in 2010. Samantha’s association with the school began when her grandmother, Mrs Groom, was a matron at Chapel Ridding and then housekeeper at Browhead (sorry folks!). Sammy and her husband, John live in the Ribble Valley where they run a financial advice practice from their purpose built business centre in Clitheroe. Sammy & John have two children, Tom and Emma and Sammy’s leisure interests include cooking, crafts and veg gardening. Sammy’s most notable achievement at school was to build a ‘pea pod’ canoe! Sammy meets up regularly with Lyz Watterson and Katie Spencer.
Jenny started at Windermere School in 2001, when she joined Elleray Campus at the age of 6 and left in 2013 having completed the International Baccalaureate after 12 wonderful years of happy memories. A keen sports woman, Jenny represented the school in a number of sports from a young age, her particular favourite being hockey. Sports Captain, Lonsdale Captain, Senior Prefect, Head of Junior Round Square, a keen African Drummer, a Tiger Kloof project member, and the occasional cast member in school musicals, Jenny is delighted to be able to carry on giving back to the school to which she owes so much and holds so close to her heart.
In 2017, Jenny was invited to open the school’s brand new all-weather astro turf pitch on behalf of the former students after campaigning for sport and facilities for many years during her time at Windermere. She has also worked at the International Summer School for 3 years, running the activities programme.
Jenny went on to read BA Geography and Management at the University of Leeds and is now finishing her Masters Degree in Sustainability and Consultancy, writing up her thesis on natural flood management.
Attended St Annes 1955 – 1961. Head Girl 1960 – 1961.
I attended Southampton University and became a Child Care Officer. I am married with 2 daughters and 6 grandchildren. After raising my family, I have spent my life in local politics as a Councillor and a JP.
Appointed by Miss Crampton in December 1969, Audrey taught English and Maths and took over responsibility for school play performances. She immediately introduced Drama into the timetable for all classes; it became an O-level subject in the late 1970s and A-level Theatre Studies was made available in the early 1980s.
Full length musical productions for three nights at the end of the Christmas Term started in 1972 with “Turkish Delight”; an adaptation of Mozart’s “Il Seraglio”. Popular ‘school’ plays followed with “Wind in the Willows”, “The Tempest”, etc. The School then started to tackle popular musicals. The Governors provided new stage lighting and sound equipment in 1978 for “The Wizard of Oz”. Since then the upgrading of staging facilities has continued. This was followed by a wide variety of well-known shows. Tony White was responsible for the music and, later, Bill Thomson. Harold Auty, the Head of Art, provided wonderful set and costume designs. In all, Audrey produced and directed 27 school productions.
Audrey was appointed Senior Mistress and later also became resident House Mistress at Westmorland House, the very up-to-date, self-contained flats for Years 12 and 13.
Audrey retired in 1997 and is now co-editor of the Stannite Annual Bulletin.
Having trained at Manchester and worked in a teacher training college, Kris moved to the Lakes from the Fylde. Persuaded by Mr J to “help out for a couple of months”, she joined the staff at St Anne’s to fill in for someone. After 20 years at Elleray and Browhead she took early retirement in 1997. Her daughter, Celine went right through School from 3 to 18. Many varied happy memories continue from the “useful hints with old wallpaper” on Craft Day to the hilarious adventures of raft building on Expedition Day. Most of these shared with Thelma Kidd. Kris still hears from old students including some from the many exchanges with Saint Vincent in Senlis.
Georgina Weddell (nee Schofield)
I attended St Anne’s School from 1947 until 1958 and as a “Stannite” have remained associated with the School ever since. Strongly influenced from my school days the Arts took over my life. I graduated from the Regional College of Art Manchester in 1960 having done the “Intermediate” in my home town of Rochdale. I have taught in many local schools in North West Lancashire over the past 45 years but more permanently at the Bury, Bolton, Oldham and Rochdale Colleges of Art. Now in semi-retirement I continue less intensively with student workshops part time relief work. I was married at our little Troutbeck Church and still live in the house I lived in whilst at School! I joined the Stannite Committee in 1996 (chaired then by “Squiffy” Margaret Asquith/Beard). My “Past” and “Future” all in one – along with my old school blazer!
Jonathon Harwood (Jon)
Jon joined in 2014 to undertake Sixth Form but took a different pathway to his peers, undertaking a mix of BTEC and IB subjects. Throughout his short two years at the school, he made full use of all opportunities thrown at him, getting involved with everything from outdoor sport to drama; he also served as a member of the Senior Council. Some of his favourite activities were teaching sailing, fell walking, and swimming in the School team. One of his proudest achievements and treasured experiences of his time at the school was the time spent out working at Tiger Kloof, and can not wait to get out there again.
Jon is currently studying at Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey where he is undertaking Performance Technologies and Production. He keeps in regular contact with his friends from school and often meets up with them. At university, he regularly gets involved with multiple Societies and is the Vice-President of the Photo Society. He has also carried on his passion for helping others by being elected as Course Representative for his course two years running. Jon is looking forward to carrying on his journey with Windermere School by working on the Stannite committee.
If you would like to contact the Stannite Committee, please email Sam (Secretary) on firstname.lastname@example.org
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.