It has been an absolute joy to have welcomed old and new pupils to Lambrook this week and to witness them throwing themselves back into school life, with their happy chatter resonating along the corridors, classrooms and fields.

We have only been back two days, and in such a short space of time the children have quickly settled into their new routines; they have eagerly engaged in their lessons, have met their new teachers, have been out on the sports field, have explored new areas in the school grounds, settled into the boarding house, have sampled some of Lambrook’s new recipes and hopefully made a number of new friends.

After an extended time of meeting in separate year groups over the past year, it was rather moving to have the whole Prep School back together for our first Prep Assembly on Thursday morning. It was a fitting way to start the new term and a reminder of how fortunate we are to be able to meet together once again as a part of the Lambrook community. I gave the reminder that however small or nervous or young or old they may feel every child can make a huge difference here and beyond; a challenge and encouragement that we will remind them of time and time again. Our desire for every Lambrookian is to embrace the extraordinary opportunities that arise here on a daily basis knowing that these experiences will develop their own character and that of others.

It has been a pleasure to speak to many of you at the front of school during the past few mornings and evenings and I was talking to one parent on the first day of term who reminded me that it was their eighteenth year at Lambrook who couldn’t quite believe that her youngest was about to start his final one here! These years do fly by and I look forward to catching up with more of you over the coming weeks at the various upcoming parent talks, information evenings, curriculum mornings, Chapel services and sports fixtures (and of course, match teas!).

I do hope that you have a lovely weekend.

Jonathan Perry 

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