We are extremely fortunate to have ‘Gappies’ at Lambrook. Gappies work at Lambrook for a year, usually in their gap years, pre or post University. Over the years, we have had Gappies from all over the world, including New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. 

In addition to Nathan Scott, from South Africa, who has been at Lambrook since January, we have three new Gappies, two who are Old Lambrookians. We caught up with our new Gappies to find out more…

 

James Bird (Old Lambrookian)

How do you feel about being back at Lambrook?  

Ace! It has been fascinating these past few days to see how much the school has changed since I was here nearly 10 years ago. I still remember the old old swimming pool that once stood where the Queen’s Building now stands.

What are you looking forward to over the coming term?

I’m very much looking forward to getting know everyone, both staff and pupils alike, as well as getting involved with as much of the sport on offer as possible! Spot me on the hockey pitch.

What did you get up to over the summer?

I was very fortunate to get up to Edinburgh, where I went to university, to say a final goodbye to my favourite city. I’ve also spent a lot of time surfing it up in Devon and Cornwall. In the week before school I had a great time fishing on Loch Etive. So despite all that has happened I’ve had a fab summer.

What did you do before coming to Lambrook?

I have just completed a four-year degree in Geography at the University of Edinburgh which I’m sure will serve me well here…

What was your highlight when you were at Lambrook?

A real highlight were the plays and I also loved the few nights I boarded with my friends.

Which teachers inspired you?

Mr Romanes’ Nvagda Nouncase served me well into my classics career. Mr Andrew Brown, my Year 8 form tutor always taught me to carpe the diem, and Mrs Bird’s work ethic really is second to none.

Has much changed since you were at Lambrook?

A lot except Mr Liddell!

 

Ben Grenier (Old Lambrookian)

How do you feel about being back at Lambrook?  

I feel great about being back at lambrook, it really felt like the right choice before I head to university.

What are you looking forward to over the coming term?

I’m definitely excited for the possible return of match fixtures for football. I’m really looking forward to just getting started with my job and throw myself into everything possible.

What is your role going to be?

My role is going to be helping out in classrooms as a teaching assistant, coaching sports teams, grounds keeping as well as helping out with the boys boarding.

What did you get up to over the summer?

Over the summer I spent time with friends, watched some sport, researched my upcoming university courses and relaxed before a hopefully fantastic year at Lambrook.

What was your highlight when you were at Lambrook?

I had some great experiences when I was at Lambrook – I really enjoyed my time in the XV for rugby as well as playing in the Colts A for cricket at the Stowe festival when we won the whole tournament. The Year 8 leavers trip to Somerset was also fantastic.

Which teachers inspired you?

Most certainly Alistair Romanes, what an absolute hero, he taught me Latin and French and introduced me to Greek and Roman myths. It will be hard to fill his boots as commentator on school sports day!

Has much changed since you were at Lambrook?

So much has changed since I left, the buildings have all changed, the meadow has been completely flattened out to make sports pitches and some fantastic members of staff have replaced the old guard!

 

Cai Andrew

How do you feel about being at Lambrook?  

I am excited to start at Lambrook as a Gappie this year. Working previously in holiday camps with children who have been pupils at Lambrook school, has shown me how polite and well-mannered the children at the school are.

What is your role going to be?

My role is going to be very varied, but includes coaching the under 8 football team as well as running touch rugby for the year 8 girls. I am looking forward to my role as it will give me the full Lambrook experience.

What did you get up to over the summer?

Over the summer I kept fit doing fitness for my rugby, as well as offering fitness sessions for others.

What were you doing before being at Lambrook?

Before going to Lambrook I was doing my A levels, studying Economics, Geography and Applied Science. After my gap year I will be going to Cardiff Metropolitan University to study Sports Science.

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