The Lakes School News 50th Special a caring, learning community

Welcome to our latest newsletter which is packed full of news from The Lakes School. This is a bumper issue featuring news from our 50th anniversary celebrations along with our usual selection of great news from life at our wonderful school.

We would like to begin by thanking everyone who came with their memories and smiles to our anniversary celebrations. It's a shame you couldn't stay, we really did enjoy having you around the school, interacting with our students who learned so much from your recollections of life at The Lakes School.

Early morning on October 8th 2015, Mike Zeller from BBC Radio Cumbria broadcasting from reception at The Lakes School. It was wonderful to welcome Mike and his team.

Mike talking to Emily and Matthew about productions, musicals and life at The Lakes School. Both Emily and Matthew were featured on the show playing the piano and violin respectively. Thank you both for coming in to school at 7am!

Mrs Liz Bagnall, Chair of Governors at The Lakes School, welcomes invited guests to our formal proceedings, remembering fifty years of The Lakes School.

Mr Leith Hallatsch, Mayor of Windermere and Troutbeck Bridge, talks about his experiences of life at The Lakes School.

Denise Jones, nee Firth, was the first Head Girl at The Lakes School to spend her entire school career at the school having joined in 1965 in Year 7. Denise had our invited guests in stitches remembering fond memories of life at The Lakes School.

Jennifer Holden, Head Girl, and Sam Richards, Head Boy, gave inspiring speeches to the whole school and invited guests that hit just the right note; remember the school that has done so much for them in the past and is still going from strength to strength. The praise they have received for their speeches has been overwhelming.

The governors of The Lakes School have funded the installation of this plaque, commemorating our 50th anniversary. The plaque is placed in reception beneath the plaque commemorating the opening of the school in 1965.

Mr Cunningham said it was an absolute pleasure to spend time with Mr Capstick who was the Headteacher of the school when it celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Mr Capstick, 25 years ago, talked about the school being a friendly place that really did take pride in educating the whole child. A place with a great team spirit and positive attitude amongst students and staff. Mr Capstick was pleased to see these characteristics were still true of the school today.

During his visit, Mr Capstick visited a tutor group to take the register and talk to some students. He even remembered some of the families from 25 years ago who still have descendants in the school today!

Michael Cumming, an ex student and now award winning TV and film director, produced a wonderful film celebrating many memories of The Lakes School from ex students and staff.

Across A Lake Below The Hill will soon be available on our website to view by everyone who is interested in the history of The Lakes School. We can't thank Michael enough for his generosity.

These items were donated to the school by Alf Henderson, ex teacher of boys craft. Alf used these stamps to produce school certificates and letter heads. Visitors were able to use the stamps to crest their own personalised stationery.

Our business studies students took the lead in organising our archive materials. Many visitors spent hours looking through our archive.

So many people generously donated photos and old documents they had saved since their time at The Lakes School. Anne Frith, ex PE teacher at The Lakes School, kindly donated many photos.

The school's uniform has certainly changed throughout the decades.

Our archive is quite extensive and we are looking forward to donating some of it to the Kendal Library archive in the near future.

We have had our fair share of famous visitors over the years including Stephen Hawking.

Previous Headteacher's of the school were given their own section and Mr Capstick even managed to find his appointment in the Headteacher's journal from years ago!

The 50th anniversary choir reformed on October 10th 2015 to treat visitors to voices for the past. Here they are warming up in our music room. We filmed their talented renditions for posterity and you will be able to view them on our website soon.

Reminiscing and socialising with old friends was an important part of our anniversary celebrations and we heard so many stories of great times at The Lakes School.

The Lakes School are holding their third Christmas Fair ‪on Sunday 29th November 2015‬. Tables are £10.00 each or £16.00 for two.

If you would like to reserve a table please contact Donna Bell on ‪015394 40814‬ or by email ‪to‬

Good News Snippets...

Every Friday morning the staff at The Lakes School get together for a short meeting where we share good news stories. Here are a few that we thought we would share with you.

A lovely message from Hannah Clark

To all the teachers who donated,

I would like to thank you all so much for sponsoring me for the Great North Run I ran in September in memory of my Aunty Judith. It means the world to me that I received so much support from everyone and I am overwhelmed by the amount I have managed to raise. In total I have raised £2055 for Macmillan and was in the top 5% of fundraisers on justgiving for September. I managed to complete the race in 2.10 which is slower than I wanted but I'm not Mo Farah so I am just happy I managed to get from the start to the finish without collapsing!! All I wanted to do was to make everyone who sponsored me proud and more importantly make my Aunty proud, I felt like she was with me the whole time pushing me to keep going! Thank you again, Hannah.

We were delighted to welcome back ex student Jennifer Varty this week who, since leaving us in 2010, has gone on to become a fashion designer in New York. Jennifer gave our GCSE and A Level Textiles students an insight into her work and what can be achieved with hard work and dedication! Thanks Jennifer and we wish you every success with your career.
Transition Disco: children from Year's 5, 6 and 7 had a great time at our disco recently which was supported by our Sixth Form students. 
Miss Anderson's lunchtime knitting club got off to an enthusiastic start this week with students of all ages and even some staff members! Knitting club will run every Friday lunchtime from now on. Come and join Miss Anderson and get creative on a Friday!
Roger Mallinson, a local engineering enthusiast, came into school recently to talk about the internal combustion engine to Y11 students. What better lesson aid could there be than his 57 year old Austin 7? That's older than The Lakes School!
Callum Jones proved himself to be a leader of the future last week as he organised his classmates for a Uni-hoc lesson. He was given a round of applause at the end of the session. Everyone finished the lesson with a gentlemanly handshake. Well done,'re a star. 
Our Sixth a Form sports leaders are a dedicated and talented team that we really can rely on; that's an amazing thing to be able to say about young people. They made a huge contribution to organising our primary school high 5 netball tournament last week and Mrs Jeffrey, Head of PE, was extremely proud of them. Thanks to our leaders and also to all of the teachers who came along with their netball players for the tournament. We love it when you visit us. Look forward to seeing you soon.
Congratulations to Hannah Durkin and Olivia McGhee who last month were part of a ladies team who pulled a car up Kirkstone Pass and achieved World Championship status by breaking all previous records and raising £3500 for Cancer Care, Kendal. What an amazing achievement. Thank you to Ursula Brendling for sending through this story.

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter and we look forward to bringing you our next issue. If you ever have information you would like to share through our newsletter then do get in touch.

Wonderful art work by Martie Flores
Early morning across Windermere last week
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