December 1 is a special for Windermere. It marks the school's 50th Anniversary and school party planners say it shall be glorious. For the past few months Windermere staff have diligently prepared for the school's special day. Come Thursday evening, teachers, students, community members and alumni will be transported back to Windermere circa 1961.
The school's "Decade Rooms" will feature pictures, posters of the decades, names of students and other memorandum of past grads. Later in the evening guests will be treated to a LipDub Music video about the school, a photo booth, a PowerPoint detailing the history of the school and even a 50 Year Anniversary birthday cake. Will there be 50 candles to blow out? You'll have to pop by the school to find out.
Windermere Principal Maria Teresa Taddei says that while a lot has changed over the decades, certain elements have stayed the same.
"Windermere has always been a community school. We have a range of terrific community programs including our community garden, Athena Arts Program, leadership program and global citizenship/sustainability programs," she says. "Each one is unique and all of them are deeply rooted in the local community."
The overriding principles of civic, community engagement and integration of the arts are also rooted in how lessons are taught at the school.
Taddei says that as she walks through the halls of her school she is bombarded by a wealth of symbols, photographs, composites, trophies and other memorabilia which all stand proudly. She says it is easy to reflect and appreciate the long and rich 50 year history steeped in a tradition of excellence of the past Windermere graduates. Exploring the path Windermere Community School has taken through its 50 years will help us as we see a way forward into a unique and vibrant future.
A future that is marked by partnerships and interdependent relationships within the community and between departments breaking down barriers of the old factory model of learning, and providing student centred learning that's focused on the needs, strengths and aspirations of each individual young person.
The event will start at 6 PM on Thursday December 1st. For more information, consider checking Windermere's website. All community members and alumni are invited to join the celebration.