On Saturday, Windermere School hosted its 155th annual prize day, as around 600 students, parents and staff gathered…
Key Stage 3, GCSE Drama and IB Theatre Studies are popular subject choices in the curriculum. A variety of wide ranging topics lead to end of term assessments at KS3. GCSE Drama and IB Theatre Studies are actively involved in Internal class-initiated projects that lead to internal performances of a high calibre, to prepare for their exams and for the grander and more public performances – most recently ‘Hairspray’, ‘Sweet Charity‘, ‘Footloose‘ and ‘White Christmas‘.
Every year, the Drama/Theatre, Art and Music departments combine forces to produce a major musical which is performed to public audiences in December. The Spring Term offers the opportunity for student led performances in the Inter-House Performing Arts Competition in early February and the term ends with the more serious senior drama production. In the summer term the attention is turned towards the Drama Club which is given the opportunity to perform a small scale production to the whole School.
Speech and Drama Lessons
Individual and small group Speech and Drama lessons are available to students at an extra cost and many of our students take this opportunity and successfully achieve high grades in their LAMDA examinations.
Visits to theatres both near and far are arranged to enrich the programme by offering enjoyment, while enriching the vision of the students. This year’s GCSE Drama and IB Theatre Studies students journeyed to London to see ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Hairspray’ on stage to help develop their knowledge and understanding of theatre, returning determined and inspired.
LIPA – Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts
At the end each academic year the school is in a unique position to offer students’ the opportunity to view a live public performance presented by LIPA 4:19 Drama Company here at the school. Any Windermere School students who wish to be a part of the Drama Company are provided with sufficient advise and details on the audition process that provides talented performers with this wonderful opportunity.
The Schools performing arts are backed by an able group of students who prefer to work out of the limelight. Stage lighting, prop production and backstage management are all undertaken by our older students.
Dance is an established activity that benefits from an excellent purpose-built studio and from the high level of expertise offered by our dance teachers, who are specifically employed to meet the required range of disciplines and levels of expertise of our students.
All grades of ballet instruction and different levels of tap and jazz dance are currently on offer to the studentss, in which they can be prepared for the appropriate examinations.
The students are given the opportunity to perform in shows and there is a wealth of volunteers and expertise readily available to choreograph routines for the annual School musical production.
Such is the passion and commitment of the dancers that they are able to transfer their skills and choreograph routines, which are a much appreciated part of the student-led yearly Inter-House Performing Arts Competition.
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.