We were extremely fortunate to have had parenting expert, Alicia Drummond, speaking to us this week as part of our parenting workshop programme.

Alicia spoke about how we can best be looking after the mental health and wellbeing of our children during this current time, and gave us techniques and tips of how to listen and ensure effective communication with them, whilst at the same time encouraging us to ‘put on our own face masks first’ as parents, and look after our own mental health in the first instance. I do hope that those who attended the session found it helpful, as we, as staff and parents, look to support and nurture those in our care. Never before has the mental health of our children been so important, as we navigate through each day, week and month ahead of us.

Whether at school or at home, our Lambrook pupils continue to amaze me in all that they do, and it has been a pleasure to see the happy faces of those pupils in school, as well as those at home via Zoom. A large number in both Year 3 and Year 4 even put on their uniform for a Zoom meeting with me, which was a lovely surprise – they all looked very smart! Despite a different summer to how they anticipated, they are certainly seizing every opportunity on offer to them, both in and out of the classroom; from baking to running, producing videos to science challenges, music lessons to cricket skills, as well as all of the outstanding quality work they are producing, their kindness towards others and fundraising efforts for the NHS and other charities, each and every one of them should be extremely proud of all that they are achieving. Their positive, can-do attitude, alongside their excellent senses of humour, will certainly serve them well over the coming weeks, and will stand them in good stead for all that is to come in their future endeavours and adventures!

Following the completion of their Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations, our Year 8 pupils have been enjoying a range of exciting speakers, from the sporting, business and literary worlds, to name but a few, as part of their Leavers’ Programme, and some have even been setting up their own businesses. Whilst they are still unable to meet together as a group, their resilience and enthusiasm in remaining engaged with this programme has only reinforced what a mature and inspiring group of pupils they are.

Thank you for all of your continued support and may I wish you a restful weekend.

Jonathan Perry 

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