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April 2014

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Six of our students were short listed for the Wordsworth poetry prize and attended a prize giving event at Rydal Mount the Easter holiday. Clover Hopwood was commended for her poem in the aged 13 – 15 category, but Kirsty Laverack won the age 11 – 12 category. Christopher Wordsworth, a descendant of the famous poet, selected the winners and handed out the prizes. There were competitors from all over the county. Congratulations and weel done to Kirsty and Clover!


From Austria, 6.00pm: Great night last night.  Everyone got certificates from the ski instructors . We then finished off with crazy dancing in our onesies at the Hexen Hausen in town.

Our last day was hot and the snow slushy. We only managed to ski until lunchtime, then spent the afternoon packing and relaxing in the sun.  All now on the coach watching Lord of The Rings, heading home, tired but happy. (Mrs Musetti)



From Austria, 10.30pm: The winner of the Skier of the Week Award is Jamie Hill.

From Austria, 4.30pm: A more challenging day, weather and conditions wise; saw some bumps and scrapes, but all survived and still smiling. Energy levels are dipping and the local Spa shop’s profits went up after our mass purchase of coke and Haribos after skiing today! Showers and packing now before the presentation night and disco. Who is going to get the ‘Skier of the Week’ award?

From Austria, 12.00pm: Whiteout conditions and zero visibility up the mountain today. The intermediate group have resorted to warming up with hot chips and cheesy dumpling soup in the restaurant at the top – yum, yum! (Mrs Musetti)

From Austria, 7.00am: Brilliant ice hockey match last night, packed out stadium and lots of noise, music and shouting for our local team Zell am Zee.  Late night, straight to bed and no noise on the corridor by 10.30pm.

Snowing again this morning, so wrapping up and heading out to perfect our skills again with our instructors.  All looking forward to disco and onesie night tonight! (Mrs Musetti)




From Austria, 4.30pm: Brilliant progress today for almost all of the beginners who made it off the nursery slopes and up the mountain, much to the delight and whoops of Luke (“This is awesome!”) all the way back down.

Challenging weather, too – snowy, windy and cold, so all did very well!

Lia had to wear the onesie today as punishment for skiing on her bum yesterday.  The Year 10 girls won the prize for the tidiest room and Charlotte’s brainy team won the quiz.

Off to watch an ice hockey match now. No rest for the wicked! (Mrs Musetti)

From Austria, 7.00am:  It’s snowing!


From Austria, 4.00pm:  Good day today, all progressing well with excellent instructors and good weather.  Beginners should all be off the nursery slopes and on the big mountain tomorrow.  Only injury today is Mr Gallop slipping in a supermarket and hurting his wrist! Shey had to ski in a penguin onesie as his punishment for getting his boot stuck in a cable car door!

Quiet night, tonight – room inspection, quiz and early night!


A selection photographs from our school ski trip to Hinterglemm in Austria (4 to 12 April)


From Austria, 7.00am: Great night at the Tyrolean evening. Lots of thigh slapping, yodelling and playing of the alpine horn. Our students getting on very well with the group from Chelmsford sharing our hotel.  Only two injuries to report this morning: a bloody nose and a stubbed toe. Lots of tired bodies, aching muscles and pink faces from the sun.

Just been in the younger boys’ bedroom (Luke, Ben and Shey).  They are in bed in their clothes, too tired to move and clothes all over the floor.  Luke has completely lost his voice and when I asked why he grinned and said “All the shouting yesterday”.  I think we need a quiet evening tonight! (Mrs Musetti)


From Austria, 5.00pm: Fabulous day! Blue sky and wall to wall sunshine.  Mr Gallop enjoying the Alpine air. All students making great progress, having fun and getting on well.  Very warm today, skiing in T-shirts.  Tyrolean evening tonight! (Mrs Musetti)



From Austria, 11.00pm: Had a great first day skiing. Not a lot of snow down in the village but managed to find some good runs higher up.  All had a good day.  Spent evening at an amazing spa on Kaprun with waterslides and an outdoor pool surrounded by snowy mountains.  All done in and asleep now.  Sunshine and a busy day planned for tomorrow… and Mr Gallop has been voted to ski in a onesie tomorrow after losing his bag and making us all wait on the coach for him!  Lots of students are already saying that skiing is awesome and that they are definitely coming again next year!  (Mrs Musetti)


Mrs Musetti reports that the skiers have arrived safely in Austria after a great, smooth journey and have a fabulous hotel. All are looking forward to skiing in the morning and everyone is in good spirits.


Sports Results

CONGRATULATIONS to the Under 15 Girls Hockey team who beat Dallam 4-1.

Boys Football Results:

Year 7: Dallam 5 Lakes 0

Year 8: Dallam 5 Lakes 2

Year 9: Dallam 2 Lakes 7

Year 10: Dallam 1 Lakes 2



A group of our Year 8 students took part in the Land Keepers Project last Thursday and Friday.  The project explores the culture and value of hill farming in Cumbria, and its place within the context of environmental management, and is currently exhibited at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere.

The students spent the first day looking at how the Lakeland environment has inspired creative writers such as William Wordsworth and visited the Land Keepers exhibition under the guidance of its creators Rob and Harriet Fraser, before experiencing a photography masterclass with professional photographer Rob.

Day two of the project was spent on Racy Ghyll Farm near Penruddock, where they enjoyed the warm Cumbrian hospitality of hill farmer James Rebus and his wife Helen. Here, the students learned what a farmer’s day is like and how a farmer looks after his land and his sheep.  The students also enjoyed practical demonstrations of sheep herding (even acting out the role being herdwick sheep at one point!), as well as having the opportunity to taste the lamb from the sheep reared on the farm.  James also discussed how farmers try to balance land use between the needs of farmers and the requirements of conservation bodies and environmental policies.

The children came away from the project with a much greater insight into the role of farmers in the bigger context of landscape care and local culture, together with a greater understanding of the challenges arising for farmers and conservationists and the variety of pressures on the land today.


Additional Revision Sessions for Year 11 Students

As the GCSE exams approach, extra revision sessions are being run for Year 11 students on the following days and times:

Tuesday lunchtime:                       History

Tuesday after school:                    Maths, Geography, Business Studies

Wednesday after school:             English, Business Studies

Thursday after school:                  Science, Geography

Friday Lunchtime:                          History

Friday after school:                       Textiles

Every day (except Monday):       IT (coursework catch up)


Boys Football:

Year 7s:  The Lakes School 5 – 3 Cartmel Priory School

Year 9s:  The Lakes School 14 – 1 Cartmel Priory School



March Madness!

The Lakes School Drama and Dance Club performed two evenings of one act plays and specially choreographed dances. The production of ‘March Madness’ took place at school over two evenings to an extremely enthusiastic audience. With over 40 students from Year 7 to sixth form taking on the many roles, both in front of and behind the curtains, it was an immensely entertaining event.

The Lakes School is a place of brilliant talent – special thanks must go out to Matt Farron and Matthew Chadbourne, who both stepped in at very short notice and turned out polished, professional performances. Thanks must also go out to Lucy Hill in Year 7 who stage managed and made sure everyone was in the right place and had the correct props (no mean feat!); Mrs Bell, Mrs Britton and Mrs Storton for their help front of house; Mike and Catherine Robinson who helped with lighting and sound and Sally Tomms an ex-Lakes School student and professional artist, who designed and created all the sets!

If you missed it – tough! But don’t despair, we will return with a production even bigger and better than March Madness – watch this space. The Lakes School Stage Society is there for all those students who want to be involved in any aspect of production, so come along and see either Mr Crook or Ms Pearson for more details.

Mr Crook


Under 13s celebrate a double sporting success!

Congratulations to our Under 13 girls hockey team, who finished in 2nd place in the County XI-a-side finals, runners up only to Sedbergh School! Brilliant performances by all players – they beat Austin Friars school 1-0, lost to Sedbergh 0-2, beat Keswick School 1-0 and drew with QEGS, Penrith.

Congratulations also to our Under 13 boys football team who have won the Cumbria County Cup, beating Richard Rose Central Academy 3-2 in a tense and exciting final.

Some of parents out there will remember one of the greatest football managers ever, he was called Brian Clough. One of the phrases that sticks with me and was often attributed to him was that his teams were ‘greater than the sum of their parts’.

Sometimes in sport, you come up against a team that is technically better than yours and 9 times out 10 would beat you, even thrash you, but on this day on a windy afternoon on a football pitch just outside Penrith, my team, the Year 8 football team to be precise, performed so well that they beat the odds (1 in 10 according to this principle). The reason is simple – they were greater than the sum of their parts!

A full report will follow in the newsletter.

Goal scorers: George Feeney, Jack Ingham and Kyle Graham




Congratulations to the Year 8 (and Lucy Hill from Year 7) Hockey team (above), who represented Cumbria at the North West of England finals yesterday and finished in a creditable fourth place.

The girls battled very hard against some strong, athletic, independent schools – the best in the north west of the country. The highlight was winning our final game 3-0, with goals from Jamilla Elhurti and Katie Harrison (2). A fantastic performance by all, well done! (Miss Jeffrey and Mrs Musetti)



Boys’ Football:

Year 8: The Lakes School 5 v 1 Cartmel School

Year 10: The Lakes School 2 v 1 Cartmel School


Inter House Lit Quiz

The Inter-House Lit Quiz took place today as a part of our World Book Day celebrations.

The winning house was Leven, with Rothay being runners up.  All the students taking part competed enthusiastically.  Both teams were awarded prizes with merits as follows:

LEVEN – 20 merits

ROTHAY – 10 merits



Cumbria Young Writers Award

Congratulations to Molly Parry (Year 13), who has been shortlisted for a Cumbria Young Writers Award.

Writing on the theme of ‘Time’, the award is open to outstanding young writers aged 14 to 18 who live, work or go to school or college in Cumbria.  Each short-listed writer will receive a £50 book token, free tickets to attend any 10 events at the Words by the Water Festival and publication in the 2014 Cumbria Young Writers’ Anthology. Excerpts from their work will be read by actors at the Awards ceremony to a large and discerning audience before the announcement of the winner. He/she will receive a cheque for £250, with two runners-up £125 each.

The Awards Ceremony is to be held in the theatre at the Theatre by the Lake Keswick at 11.00a.m on Saturday 8 March as part of their two week annual Words by the Water Literature Festival.  Melvyn Bragg is introducing it and Blake Morrison (award-winning author and Professor of Creative Writing Goldsmiths, University of London) is the Guest Speaker. 


Sports Results:

Year 7 Girls Netball:

v Dallam -  lost 0 – 8

Year 8 Girls Netball:

v Dallam – won 10 – 2

Year 7 Boys Football:

v Queen Elizabeth School – lost 1 – 7

Year 9 Boys Football:

v Queen Elizabeth School  – won 7 -5


Step Gymnastics Competition

We have recently played host to a Key Step Gymnastics Competition for four of our local primary schools.

The competition was for beginner gymnasts who do no more than one hour training per week and covered three elements; a floor routine, a body management routine and a vault.  The competition is for Years 1 and 2 combined (Key Step 1), Years 3 and 4 combined (Key Step 2) and Years 5 & 6 combined (Key Step 3).  The competition was split into large and small schools. 

The winning teams now go on to represent The Lakes cluster primary schools at the South Lakes School Games event, being hosted by Cartmel Priory School in March.

This was the first time that The Lakes School has hosted this event and it was very well supported, with four of our local primary schools attending.  All of the children taking part seemed to have a thoroughly enjoyable time as well as focussing on the competition.

We are looking forward to building upon the success of this competition next year, with even more schools being able to attend.


Year 7 Board Game challenge

Every year, the English department set Year 7 students the task of designing a board game.  The board games are then played with by the students and the best one is chosen by the students themselves.  This year’s winning board game was designed by Ben Marriott, Isaac Hodgson, Declan Hevey and Jake Todd.

The designers of the most popular games then had to make a pitch in the school’s Dragons’ Den to establish which one was the most suitable for business support for it to go into production.  The winners of the Dragons’ Den challenge were Ellen Dixon, Maisie Crisp, Katherine Slader and Alyssa Miranda.

The successes of both teams was recognised in today’s whole school assembly.



Latest Sports Results:

Year 7 Netball:

v Cartmel Priory – WON 4-1

Year 9 Netball:

v Cartmel Priory – WON 16-5


We had nearly all our year  11 students out on curriculum enrichment activities last Monday. Most attended a poetry workshop where they saw the likes of Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy. A select few however travelled  to the National Media Museum in Bradford to undertake an advertising workshop as part of their coursework preparation.  The students worked in small groups to plan, film and edit an advert promoting the museum in just 3 hours which is no small task. It meant that they had to work quickly and as a team to complete the task in time.  The results were fantastic and the students outstanding with the workshop coordinator, a media specialist, complimenting them all on the way they worked and the final products they made.  During their break and lunch the students indulged in some of the exhibitions with the gaming zone (a history of video gaming), the blue screen and news rooms proving to be joint favourites. – Mrs Harper

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