The Lakes School News Issue 4 a caring, learning community
Our production of ‘Titus Andronicus’ went brilliantly. The energy in the cast and on the stage was incredible. The nerves, adrenaline and excitement of the production was an amazing experience, the energy made the show even better. A lot of work went into the performance with the costumes designed and the props made by our technology department, along with learning lines, lighting cues and understanding how to be convincing with our characters. The lighting and sound added a wonderful atmosphere to the production, making the show polished and professional. I required a lot of devotion, but the turn-out was impeccable, and, if given the chance, I’d love to perform it again. Lucy Prescott
Titus Andronicus was amazing the energy we all brought was fantastic and the applause we got at the end of our piece was brilliant. Everyone did their best and gave it 100%. It was FANTASTIC! The best prop we had was definitely the pie, it made the audience laugh. Our costumes were brilliant and everyone who helped to make them did a fantastic job. One audience was effected by the blood on Izzy’s dress as it was splattered with blood. Hannah Griffiths
Christmas Pudding Logo Competition
On Sunday 29th November, we held our annual Christmas Fair. The fair was again a huge success although the weather was not altogether kind to us with high winds and rain, but with over 40 stalls full of art, craft and food items, visitors were treated to a whole host of Christmas delights whether browsing for stocking fillers, larger gifts or decorations there was something for everyone. Even Father Christmas made an appearance giving gifts out to all the children that visited his grotto.
We would like to thank all those who donated tombola items, everyone who helped in the lead up to and on the day, and finally we would also like to say a huge thank you to all the local companies and individuals that donated the fantastic raffle prizes. Thank you all for your continuing support.
A LEVEL ART, MUSIC, PHOTOGRAPHY AND THEATRE STUDIES VISIT TO LONDON
Staff and students left at school were rightly jealous as a good portion of the upper and lower VIth decamped to London for two days of culture. Students really made the best of their time with an itinerary that was unbelievably busy and varied covering trips to The British Museum, The Hard Rock Cafe and The Royal Albert Hall, visits to Tate Modern, The Photographers Gallery and others plus various photographic excursions to the East End, Theatre performances not to mention the requisite pre-Christmas visit to Camden Market and Oxford Street!
Listen to what our students said: “I really liked that rather than visiting all the landmarks that everyone goes to see such as the Tower of London, we toured the more interesting and unusual places we would never have gone to otherwise. The trip was also a great tool to inspire me with my Art and Photography. All in all it was a really successful and memorable trip!”
Richard Wehli A Level Fine Art & AS Photography
Year 7 Rugby
Cross-Country and Fell Running
LUKE BOWEN in Year 11 was once again selected to represent Cumbria Schools in a Midlands Invitation Inter-County Cross-country event on a wet November Saturday. His selection was based on his performances in Cross-country last season and given that Luke usually prefers to both train and compete in fell running, he found the flat and fast conditions more challenging than usual and unfortunately did not finish as well as he would have wanted. However being the athlete that he is, Luke is determined to keep training and work hard towards his goal of reaching English Schools Finals later this academic year in either cross-country or athletics. A tough ask of a student in Year 11 with exams - we wish him the very best of luck in the pursuit of his goal!
English Schools Fell Running Championships - A small number of our students who are keen fell-runners out of school, travelled to Calder High School, Mythholmroyd in September to take part in the English Schools Fell Running Championships. Many thanks to the parents who supported them at the event. Huge congratulations to the following students who produced some impressive results, given this was a national competition! Year 7: James Thornley - 12th place; Bethan Rowley - 6th place. Senior Boys: Ben Kent (11th).
During October, twelve Year 7 students took part in the County Year 7 Cross-country Championships at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith. 6 girls and 6 boys ran their respective races, with the top 3 finishers in each event counting towards the team result. As a team, we achieved unprecedented success with the boys team finishing in 9th place overall and the girls team in seventh place overall in the County! Very well done to all those who made up our teams! You can see pictures of both teams below.
Day 1 - the journey began at the quaint village of Morar about an hour north of Fort William on the road to Malaig. Here, there begins the beautiful freshwater Loch Morar that meanders east for some 11 miles whilst sitting neatly in amongst many beautiful mountains.
Excitement began to rise as we arrived early on the first morning this was followed by the inevitable unloading and packing of boats, every port hole was full with camping gear, food and extra clothing making ready for a journey that would last the next 3 days. We set off with a favourable wind which would push us gently east for the next 7 miles.
There is a narrow land bridge at south Tarbet Bay where a portage is necessary in order to attach trollies and pull the boats along a short path of approximately one kilometre. The reality though is very different as a closer inspection of the map reveals that a contour height of 130 metres has to be gained before dropping down to the sea loch at north Tarbet Bay. The path itself is very overgrown and quite rough underfoot, all of which meant that this part of the journey was hard work and time consuming.
Leaving the beautiful bay behind us the journey continues east again and passes through the ‘narrows’ of Kylesknoydart where the water rushes through with some force before things calm right down and the by now tired muscles are alleviated by the stunning landscape that unfolds before you for the remaining 4 miles, your eyes being drawn along the vista towards Scurr na Ciche (Munroe) which rises straight out of the head of the loch to over 3000 feet!
A choice of venue for the night was either the bothy at Scourlies or camping at the end of the loch. The latter became the preferred choice on 2 counts, firstly, it was a beautiful evening for camping even in October, and secondly, the high volume of mouse droppings in the bothy put most of the students off.
Day 2 was a beautiful morning in which to enjoy breakfast and soon we were all beginning the walk up the magnificent peak of Sgurr na Ciche a distance of 4.5 Km to the summit and a height of 3400 ft. After the initial steepness of the first few hundred feet the ridge angle eases off to give way to really pleasant walking underfoot which allows you to take in the impressive views. There is something magic about the combination of mountain and seascapes. Geology, huge volumes of ice and deep time and a bit of weathering have evolved a magical landscape for all to enjoy, and it’s for free, save the effort to get out there and see it.
After summiting some of the group decided to simply go back to the bothy whilst others wanted to experience more of this landscape coupled with the challenge of completing yet another Munroe (there are currently 283 in total). The next mountain is Garbh Chioch Bheag, however for the uninitiated you first have to lose at least 500 feet of height before re-ascending to the next summit for it to count as a separate Munroe. This route was followed by a lengthy descent into the glen to the south followed by a long walk back to the bothy. That was not quite the end of the story for Mhairi who was determined to walk a third Munro, named Sgurr nan Coiriechan, and I must admit I was very keen as the mountain was so close, so off we went towards another mountain top. The only real consequence of pursuing the extra mountain, apart from the additional effort and tired limbs, was that we only just made it back before dark. Mind you it was worth the effort!
The bothy proved to be a great base from which to cook and generally chill and it is always nice to meet misanthropic types you often find in these remote places. The fellow in question was a professional landscape photographer from Norway.
Day 3 – the 23Km kayak journey back to Malaig proved to be ‘gob’ smacking and for many reasons, the wind and tide were favourable giving us a gentle push in our direction, the sun was shining, the scenery was fantastic set against the azure sky, and the Isle of Skye appeared close enough to touch, but perhaps the climax was the sighting of a pod of porpoises which came fairly close to us.
Eventually, we arrived at the port of Mailaig but for us we had to paddle another kilometre before finally arriving at a very small sandy beach, this was followed by a 100m carry of all the gear up to the road where I managed to hitch a ride by a kind old local lady who lived very close to where we started, and incidentally, had family connections with Windermere!
Tired bodies were soon fast asleep pondering thoughts of a fantastic trip as we travelled back for the next 5 hours. Here’s to the next venture!
The group, who were a pleasure to be with, included: Mhairi Callingham, Jakob Crook, Jamie Hill, Matthew Rigg and Isaac Johnson.