Extracurricular activities are a large part of daily life at Windermere School
Each term, there is a long list of well-planned and enriching extracurricular activities on offer to recognise the interests and skills of all pupils. After-school activities are offered every weekday until 5.30pm, with further options available until 7pm. The majority are arranged on the campus, however, there are quite a few off-site options where school buses provide transport. The weekends are filled with sporting fixtures, fell walks, sailing and more, all of which are led by well-qualified and dedicated staff.
Weekend activities are varied and opportunity is provided for those outdoor activities needing longer hours, sporting fixtures and specialist activities. Off-site activities can vary from cinema visits, to the more energetic bowling or ice skating, to a hair-raising theme park visit or a Premier League Football match. Visiting instructors in specialist skills such as music or dance come in to offer their specialist skills and evening social events such as discos, karaoke and quizzes are regular.
To extend the expertise and inspire the pupils, weekend and day long workshops are arranged. Atarah Ben Tovim is a regular visitor, other specialists such as the Scottish Flute Trio have led flute weekends, Richard Ingham recently led a Jazz Weekend, and previously Deborah Catterall, trainer of the National Youth Choir, inspired our vocalists.
Most recently a percussion day gave specialist guidance in orchestral and African drumming. Trips to concerts and other musical occasions are provided for the pupils. Classical events held at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester have been much enjoyed. A visit to Music Live at the N.E.C. Birmingham led to the formation of a student-led group who now perform at the top the bill at our own school prom. International Music Tours are one of the highlights offered to our musicians. In recent years a large group has been to Barcelona and Venice where they performed for local audiences, enjoyed the culture and occasionally some sun and relaxation. The school is supportive of students playing and singing in local and national orchestras and choirs and are always looking for new opportunities.