Lakes School looks back on a year of success for pupils past and present...and an Oxford Uni place (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Lakes School looks back on a year of success for pupils past and present...and an Oxford Uni place
THE acting head of the Lakes School spoke of ‘seizing opportunities’ in his speech at the annual awards evening.
Michael Gallop noted the number of empty seats during the presentation evening - a testament to the students who had already moved on to pastures new at university.
“The Lakes School is about improving life chances,” he said, making reference to Joe Sowerby Thomas, who this year gained a place at Oxford University after being rejected last year.
He also made a mention of former students including Kacee Fennelly, who is now working at Heat magazine, Jordan Norris, who is now studying for a Phd in Chicago, and paid tribute to ex-students now serving in the armed forces overseas.
“Our students have once again broadened their horizons and learned a great deal through travel,” added Mr Gallop.
A-level physics students visited the Hadron Collider in Switzerland, year eight students spent time in Windermere’s twin town Diessen in Germany and a mixture of all year groups skied in Austria.
Ryan Kearney, who explored the volcanic landforms of Iceland, is in discussions with mountain guides to take up a post there.
Praise was also heaped upon the work pupils have done to support the community; including entering the Cumbria in Bloom competition and environmental projects with the South Lakes Rivers Trust.
Arek Hersh, one of the 300 Holocaust survivors who found peace in the Lake District in 1945, once again visited pupils. “His infectious warmth inspired our students and allowed all to reflect deeply on the terrible atrocity of the holocaust,” said Mr Gallop.
The buzz of selling out four evenings of the school’s production of the Phantom of the Opera was also noted and Mr Gallop thanked head of music Adam Theobald for his efforts.
He also mentioned a number of staff who were saying goodbye to the school.
“I would like to thank them for their dedication and loyalty to the Lakes School and for the opportunities that they offered to our students.”
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