The children have now completed their first full week back at school, and have comfortably settled into the rhythm and routine of Lambrook life. It has been lovely to hear the conversations, and to see the relationships developing between peers in their Year Groups, but also between pupils and their form tutors and subject teachers. These relationships with staff are fundamental to the pupils’ journey through school and we are fortunate that our children can be inspired by so many teachers, each with their own specialisms. I still remember having the most extraordinarily engaging and inspirational History teacher at Prep school who brought events such as the Battles of Bosworth and Trafalgar to life, whilst also building confidence in many other areas of school life. We also value our strong relationship with you as parents, and the sense of community that this generates, and I hope that the tutor and teacher Zoom meetings over the coming weeks will prove to be beneficial.  Please be assured that, as soon as we are able, we will be hosting parental gatherings in school where it will be a pleasure to get to know our many new families much better. Before that point, we are keen to keep our lines of communication with you as open as we can.

Along with the academic timetable, the children are busily making their mark in music and drama lessons, on the sports fields, in after school clubs, in the Boarding houses as well as embracing their new Activity programmes on Monday and Thursday afternoons. These afternoons are highly anticipated by teachers and children alike and I hope that you as parents will be able to witness some of the skills gained by the children over the coming months; perhaps you will be baked for, shown how to write beautiful calligraphy, your garden might be given a re-vamp, or that you’re ‘checkmated’ in far quicker time than was the case before!

By this stage in the term, our busy sporting fixture list would be well underway but schools are not quite there yet and so this Saturday training and trials will continue as normal. I am sure like me you are desperate for tea and cake on the croquet lawn on fixture day, where that sense of community is so evident amongst parents and staff; the wait will only make the Victoria sponge and dark chocolate brownies all the more delicious when that moment comes!

I hope that you have a most enjoyable weekend.

Jonathan Perry

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