Charlie Mackesy, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

When we ask our children what they would like to be when they grow up, professions, rather than attributes, are usually and understandably the responses that we receive. However, above academic achievement, sporting success, musical ability or creative talent, being kind is one of the most important characteristics to possess, and one which will have the most impact on those around us.

I am extremely proud of our children, and the kindness that they show to one another, to staff and to the wider community. It gives me great joy when people outside of Lambrook comment on our pupils and their outward looking attitudes, whether that be on the sports field, through supporting charities, on trips and visits, or just generally interacting with those that they meet. At school, the children show kindness in so many ways, many of which are relatively unseen; it could be holding the door open for a teacher, letting someone go first in the lunch queue, encouraging a peer, including someone in a break time game, or simply giving someone a smile. Thank you for the amazing example that you set your children at home, which reinforces this message even more.

It has been important to take part in Anti-Bullying Week this week, not only to raise awareness of bullying, but also to teach our children how they can best support others, as well as equipping themselves with the tools to manage whatever might come their way in the future. The message of kindness being the antidote to bullying has been weaved into lessons, form times and general discussions, and was even the focus for a comic strip competition.

Despite the lockdown, school life has been extremely busy, both for those physically at school and those learning from home. Christmas is very much on the agenda, with rehearsals aplenty as we work towards some exciting performances and surprises for parents; I apologise if, with the singing and playing at home, Christmas has come a little early in your households! We are very much looking forward to sharing these with you virtually over the coming weeks.

In the meantime, I hope you have a happy and restful exeat weekend.

Jonathan Perry

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