After the fog had cleared (both literally and figuratively!) on Monday morning, our children enjoyed a very happy first day at Lambrook in the warm October sunshine. They had much to share with us of their adventures over half term and I particularly enjoyed learning about the experiences of our children in Iceland and South Africa. Whilst a little sickness may have united their experiences, the trips themselves could not have been more different: the dark, cold and elemental Iceland contrasted with sunny, warm and exotic South Africa!  

Our cricket tour children had the privilege of presenting a donation to Hope Valley Farm School, providing a sizeable contribution to the running costs of this inspirational school for disadvantaged children. Back home, the fundraising efforts have been just as astounding, with the mountain of Christmas boxes for the Marble Project growing by the day. Next week, the force for good that is our generous Lambrook community continues with Children in Need and our annual remembrance of those who fought, and fight today, to protect our liberties in the armed forces. Thank you for all that you are doing to support these causes.

As we broach the end of the year, we must also sadly say farewell to some of our colleagues. Samantha Currie has come to the end of her time with the school this week and will be working on a series of writing projects, although you will still see her at the Pre Prep gate with her son, Ethan. It is also the final term for a number of colleagues. Rachel Healey will be leaving at the end of term to pursue a teaching post in Leicestershire. She has worked tirelessly in her roles as boarding housemistress and sports coach and has overseen a very successful swimming team. Ollie Wood and Sarah Barlow have been inspirational members of our talented Science department, educating and encouraging countless children to engage in the subject. Mr Wood will be taking up a post at The Dragon and Mrs Barlow will be taking a step back from full time teaching to work as a tutor whilst supporting her son’s sporting endeavours. I would like to thank them all for their contribution to the school and wish them the best for the future.

Whilst it may seem a little absurd to talk of the end of term so soon, I know from experience that this half of Michaelmas races by at speed! And what a few weeks we have ahead: our senior play, concerts, the start of rugby and netball fixtures and many social events, including next week’s Bonfire and Fireworks Night. I look forward to enjoying them with you and wish you all a very happy weekend.

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