The Lakes School News Issue 1 a caring, learning community

Welcome to our latest newsletter which is packed full of news from The Lakes School. We hope you like the new look as we experiment a little with the best way to bring you regular updates on the fantastic work of our students and staff. Whether in a browser or on a mobile device, our fresh looking newsletter should look great. Simply scroll down to view.

I would like to extend a very warm welcome back to all of our students and parents. It's great to see many new faces in Year 7 who we know have settled in well during their first few days at The Lakes School. Transition activities like the Year 5 Taster Day, Brockhole Day, after school clubs, sports festivals, Maths projects, and many more, really help our little ones get off to a flying start when they arrive in Year 7.

As always, we have made a well organised and calm start to the new year and we are particularly impressed by the enthusiasm of our students who have returned with great purpose and a desire to achieve their very best. The Lakes School continues to be a great place to learn and you can be assured that we always have the best interests of your child at heart...at all times.

The Lakes School continues to go from strength to strength as a result of the strong partnership between our talented students, their supportive parents and our dedicated staff. We are set for another fabulous year and we look forward to sharing it with you.

Mr A Cunningham, Headteacher.

We've been busy over the summer holidays turning our tired Sixth Form area in to a vibrant and airy space for our students to study. We've taken delivery of some lovely new furniture and have enjoyed rewarding our Sixth Form students for helping the school shine during our Ofsted inspection in May of this year. Our Sixth Form students are so caring and have already been instrumental in helping our new Year 7 students settle in so well.

This year, we celebrate our 50th anniversary since The Lakes School opened in 1965. A planning group have been meeting to organise events for October 8th and October 10th 2015.

The school was formally opened by Anthony Crossland on October 8th 1965 so we are planning our formal anniversary proceedings on the same date next month. During the day, we will be inviting guests to join us at the school to take part in our celebrations. We will also be starting the day with a whole school assembly so that all of our current students learn about the school's unique history.

We have heard that people will be travelling great distances to come back to The Lakes School so we we will also be opening our doors to ex-students and visitors on Saturday 10th October 2015 when people can meet up with old friends and take a tour of the school. We've even heard that there may be a few performances from choirs and bands of years gone by.

There will also be a very special addition to proceedings by an ex student who is also an award winning film director!

Keep your eye on our newsletters and our website for more information about the arrangements for our anniversary celebrations and do get in touch if you would like to help by emailing 50th@lakes.cumbria.sch.uk.

Follow the link below to find out more about the amazing history of our school.

It doesn't seem like five minutes since we were celebrating with our Year 11 students at their Leavers' Ball. The Low Wood hotel were fantastic, as always. You can now collect a CDRom from reception which contains all of the photos from the evening.

Thank you to the England Hockey coaching staff who gave up their time towards the end of the summer term to coach our talented hockey squad. This was a fantastic opportunity for our talented squad to experience top level coaching ahead of a weekend of fixtures on our astroturf. Hockey squad practices are already underway during the autumn term so come and get involved. A big thank you must also go to Mrs Quill at St Martin's and St Mary's for organising such a great afternoon for our students.

Open Day and Open Evening

If you would like to experience life at The Lakes School then why not come and visit us on our Open Day which takes place on Monday 21st September 2015 from 9.00am to 1.00pm.

Our students would love to take you on a tour.

Our Open Evening takes place on Tuesday 22nd September 2015 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Join us for refreshments in our dining room before taking a seat in the hall for a presentation from our Headteacher Mr Cunningham.

Then you are free to visit our classrooms and talk to our staff and students who will be only to pleased to answer your questions.

No need to make an appointment, just pop in and join us.

e-Safety

There have been some high profile stories in the news recently about young people who have made errors of judgement whilst using social media. We work hard to educate our students about how to use the internet safely and responsibly and we know that, as parents, you also do the same. As a reminder, you might like to take your child through the e-safety page on our website so that they continue to take care when communicating via the internet. Follow the link below for more information.

The end of the summer term is a fantastic time of year, not least because of the amount of examination work on display around the school. If you missed our art and technology exhibition, here's just a little taste of what was on show. The little shorts below were made by our textiles students and sent to Nepal to help with the earthquake relief effort. 
On 14th August, on the 70th Anniversary of the arrival of the “Windermere Boys”(Holocaust survivors) at Calgarth Estate, an oak tree was planted to mark the occasion. Trevor Avery, who was instrumental in putting together the ”Auschwitz to Ambleside” exhibition, currently in Windermere Library, grew the tree from an acorn he had brought back from a visit to Auschwitz 1 and Auschwitz- Birkenau three years ago. Despite poor weather he was joined by one of the survivors, Ben Helfgott (84) and members of his family who had all made the trip up from London for this occasion and for a commemoration evening the night before in the grounds of Windermere library. Trevor spoke of the links between Auschwitz and Calgarth, now embodied by this tree and Ben spoke of his first memories of Windermere and also the joy, later, of finding out that his sister was also still alive. The rest of his family at the time had all died in the camps and he also spoke, movingly, about his memories of the time when he realised that his father had died. Mrs Wileman and Mr Seed felt very privileged to be asked to attend and Mr Seed ended up being “Best Boy” for the cameraman who was recording the event.
In the past, our sports field has been used as a helicopter landing zone for a royal visit and also for Air Ambulance training. However on Friday 28th August, the North West Air Ambulance landed for real at about 5.30pm and we became a transfer point for a young casualty who was brought round from the Windermere School boathouse at Hodge How by ambulance. Neighbours from Broadfield came out to see what was going on and were treated to a quick external tour of the helicopter by the pilot whilst we waited for the casualty. Mr J. Seed.

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter and we look forward to bringing you issue 2. If you ever have information you would like to share through our newsletter then do get in touch.

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