INSPIRE – Building Peace

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Windlesham is committed to educating children to engage in social responsibility. We aim to develop well-rounded and purposeful young people who thrive with confidence, character and resilience and make a positive contribution in society.


Mr and Mrs Foster really enjoyed their time at the recent BSA Heads’ Conference (Boarding Schools Association). In his opening address, the BSA Chairman praised Windlesham, “I would like to highlight the work of Windlesham, under the guidance of Richard Foster and Justin Blake. They have put together a network which gathers on an annual basis to be inspired and to share practical ideas. One such initiative we can all take part in is Steve Chalke’s INSPIRE.” Martin Reader, BSA Chairman.


Two outstanding keynote speeches were delivered at the BSA Heads’ Conference by long-standing friends of Windlesham. Lord Michael Hastings paid Windlesham several tributes in his plea for all independent schools to take up the mantle of social responsibility. Steve Chalke MBE, on the same theme, gave Windlesham the accolade for being the launch pad for his amazing initiative INSPIRE. Lord Michael Hastings has kindly agreed to be our speaker and Guest of Honour at our Remembrance Service on 11th November.


A wonderful new mosaic of a dove is now complete and will take pride of place in our Chapel in the autumn as our legacy for INSPIRE – a movement inspiring a new generation of peacemakers and peace-builders in our schools and communities. Our INSPIRE peace dove has been overseen by Justin Blake and Miranda Clark. The children thoroughly enjoyed creating the mosaic. This project has also been supported by some of our new short stay children. We extend a huge thank you to Miranda Clark, our Head of Art, and all those involved in this Art project. It will act as a wonderful symbol of peace building in this centenary year as we mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

Windlesham House School was delighted to host the exciting launch of INSPIRE for independent schools. Lord Michael Hastings introduced the day and Steve Chalke spoke of the aims and plans for INSPIRE. The launch was facilitated by Justin Blake who is leading on INSPIRE for independent schools. The launch was attended by many Heads of prep and senior schools. Mr and Mrs Foster and Justin Blake have signed the INSPIRE Peace Charter.


The Windlesham INSPIRE mosaic will be officially unveiled on Armistice Day 2018 in a special school Remembrance Service with Lord Michael Hastings, Global Head of Citizenship for KPMG. Windlesham supports the movement of INSPIRE and the call to action to create a movement of change for peace, empowering young people who not only learn from the past but choose to courageously engage with the present so that the future can be different. Windlesham will use this year’s centenary of the end of World War One to call young people to take a stand for peace.


‘It is not enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it – and it isn’t enough to believe in peace. We must work at it.’ Eleanor Roosevelt

By Justin Blake - Head of Social Responsibility and Teacher of the Fives|2018-07-05T18:46:08+00:00July 5th, 2018|Art, SMSC|0 Comments

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