LATEST The Lakes School News Issue 6 a caring, learning community

Welcome to issue 6 of our newsletter which is packed once again with amazing stories from The Lakes School. If you ever want to contribute to our newsletters then do please get in touch; we look forward to hearing from you!

Great North Swim

Huge congratulations to Isobel Kelly who took part in The Great North Swim recently completing the half mile course in fifteen minutes and two seconds. Isobel was narrowly beaten in to second place even though she came through strongly in to the finish.

Isobel is a bit of a local Langdale celebrity when it comes to sport. The week before the Great North Swim, Isobel won the Derwent Water Epic swim over 500m!


Once again, Fantasia 2016 served up another wonderful feast of dance with a combination of up tempo and emotional performances from local primary schools and students from The Lakes School.

We also received a number of entries for this year's Fantasia logo design competition from Staveley Primary School and Hawkshead Esthwaite Primary School. The judges decided on two winners and one highly commended from each school. We recreated the children's designs in Adobe Draw and thoroughly enjoyed presenting the winners with their winning prints and £10 worth of gift vouchers. You can see the winning designs below along with photos of the children receiving their awards from Mr Cunningham.

Staveley Fantasia Logo Winners

Joseph Edmondson, Winner.
Tom Selby, Winner.
Ethan Pearson, Highly Commended.

Hawkshead Esthwaite Fantasia Logo Winners

Amelie Johnson, Winner.
Sam Thornley, Winner.
Bobby Lakio, Highly Commended.

Needle Case Competition

Mr Cunningham recently had the pleasure of judging the Year 10 needle case competition. As you can see below, the Cath Kidston inspired designs look lovely and would be snapped up in any local gift shop.

Well done to Zara Scofield who came first with the red and white heart design, to Robyn Allen who came second with the pony theme and Zoe Shirra who came third with the red and orange heart design.

Esperance Project with Lakeland Arts & Signal Film

Windermere Jetty: Media Studies Workshop

On the 29th and 30th June a group of 7 AS Media Studies students were involved in a project with Lakeland Arts and the restoration of some of the oldest surviving boats in the world at the Windermere Jetty: Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories enters its final phase of redevelopment.

In a journey which has been nine years in the making, the new museum which is due to open in 2017 and costing £17m, will have a multifunction activity and learning space to support formal and informal learning programmes that involve people of all ages, schools, colleges and community groups.

Local schools were invited to apply to be involved in this exciting project back in October and Media Studies students from the Lakes School were successful in securing an opportunity.

Working alongside Signal Film and Media Group they collaborated with skilled craftsman, experienced restorers and site workers to create a short film reflecting the journey of both the site, which is situated right by the shores of the lake; as well as the historic collection of boats which will be housed there.

The 7 strong team approached the task with real enthusiasm and good spirit and, after a crash course in the use of equipment, we all headed to the site armed with a handful of rough ideas, interview questions and storyboards.

The students were a credit to themselves and to the school and the greatest thing to note was the emerging confidence that grew not just in terms of their abilities with cameras and microphones etc but in the way they conducted themselves and tackled challenges throughout the two days. Despite challenging weather, the team conducted interviews and managed to capture a flavour of current developments at the site. This collection of still and moving images were then edited back at school and will be finished off by Signal before being shared with the group early next year. When the grand opening happens next summer, students will be invited to attend and their film will be available on the website and perhaps even played on a loop at the exhibition. Mr Barr.

Parent Forum

Thank you to all of the parents and governors who were able to join us for our very first Parent Forum meeting recently. Small groups discussed various topics including our website, homework, our outdoor space and many more.

Everyone who attended the Forum felt it had been a great opportunity to share ideas and to contribute to the continuous improvements taking place at The Lakes School. Following The meeting, Mr Cunningham, the governors and staff will summarise the notes and work them in to an action plan which will inform parents of the school's intentions to make improvements at the school. Mr Cunningham said that the Forum had been an excellent school improvement meeting.

The next Parent Forum will take place during the autumn term and we will write to all parents once a date has been set.

Y8 Deissen Visit 2016

The 2016 edition of this trip to Bavaria went very smoothly. Thanks are due to all the support staff in the school office who do much of the spade work. Thanks are also due to the experienced staff who have helped to develop this trip over the years and are now retiring from teaching: Mrs Howson and Mr Field. The students too, deserve thanks. Going abroad with school at the age of 12 or 13 can be quite a big step and they did not let us down. The staff at the Carl Orff school in Diessen were very impressed with the group, as were Mike (our driver) and Petra (our host) so they have been great ambassadors for our school and town.

Part of the trip is to experience speaking and listening in German and it was nice to see so many of the group learning a few words and taking an interest in the country. Despite some wet weather, we managed to stick to our programme and managed to pack in an amazing variety of experiences to our four days, visiting Munich, our twin town Diessen, historic Fussen and the area around the Ammersee.

Next spring we expect the Carl Orff school group to visit us here at our school as part of their Windermere trip and I hope that the students will look forward to helping on that day and also in the evening. Perhaps everyone could wear their 'tour shirts' for that event. Parents can get involved too, with a variety of activities throughout the year with the Windermere Twinning Association, so please look out for publicity around the local community regarding their events.

Vielen Dank, Herr Revell.

Year 10 Work Experience

We have once again had a successful year of work experience placements for our Year 10 students. Thank you to Mrs Murray and Mrs Buxton for organising such an important week for our students. We have received so many positive reports from employers who have been impressed by the way our students take the initiative and work well with the public.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the employers, from near and far, who look after our students. Impact call it Work Inspiration and it certainly seems to have been just that for all of our Year 10s. Thank you Mrs Musetti for capturing some of them in action recently...

Music Success

Well done to Mr Theobald who recently received a letter from the Incorporated Society of Musicians, congratulating him on the GCSE Music results of 2015 and commending his work in the field of music. A copy of Mr Theobald's certificate can be viewed in our Good News Stories album in reception at the school.

Holly Heads to Badminton!

We may have a Charlotte Dujardin in the making as we say huge congratulations to Holly Ransome who recently completed in the pony dressage competition at Badminton in Gloucestershire. We look forward to hearing about her experience in the near future.

The Lakes School in Bloom

The Lakes School Gardening Club have been very busy! We had a visit from the judges from Cumbria in Bloom on Thursday the 16th of June and we attended a presentation in Barrow on the 7th of July to find out the final verdict. The judges looked at our fruit and vegetable beds, the wildlife area and the plants in our containers and were very impressed with what our students had achieved. We are really pleased that Cumbria in Bloom grades are garden as 'Thriving' which is fantastic news for our gardening team.

We have also spent some time with Jen Aldous from South Cumbria Rivers Trust, helping to control the spread of Himalayan balsam around the school grounds. This plant can be very harmful - spreading quickly and destabilising river banks - so we were really keen to help to remove as much of it as we could. Miss Rowland and Mr Taylor.

ICT Success

Lancaster University is a regional Computing at School centre and we are proud to say that Mr Revell has played a key role in developing the computing curriculum across the north west.

We recently received a lovely letter from Lancaster University, thanking Mr Revell for his dedication and recognising his outstanding work as part of the Honorary Teaching Partners Scheme at the University. Mr Revell was also instrumental in securing the BBC Microbit devices for the school which have been used by Year 7 students as part of their computing curriculum. Well done Mr Revell.

Year 6 Outdoor Adventure Day

We have 98 Year 6 children joining us in September and nearly all of them were able to join us in June for our annual Year 6 Outdoor Adventure Day which this year took place at Windermere Outdoor Centre on Rayrigg Road.

As you can see from the images below, the children had a fantastic time taking part in a wide range of team building activities including Swim Safe.

Shot Put Success

Congratulations to Caleb Macdonald who was recently selected to compete in the national shot put finals in Middlesborough on July 9th. He came 14th with a distance of 11.39m; the winner achieved a distance of 14.65m.

Footstool Competition

Our GCSE Product Design students have been busy making footstools recently and they have made a fantastic job of each one. Ex Lakes School teacher, furniture maker and restorer, Hugh Wright, has been a huge support to our students over the years and he came along to cast his expert over the footstools and decide on the best three.

Well done to 1st place winner Bradley Fallowfield, second place George Feeney and 3rd place Alexander Knowles who each received a prize of Amazon vouchers.

The Lakes School Alumni

We have recently set up an Alumni section on our website in response to a number of ex-students who have contacted us during our 50th anniversary year. Do please get in touch if you have a story to share which you think might inspire our students. You can view our alumni page by clicking on the link below and you can register your interest in telling your story by calling reception or by using the contact us section of our website. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Cumbria Young Whistlers: Rugby Refereeing!

Wishing all of our readers a wonderful summer.

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