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Lambrookian

ISSUE 4

THE

In this Issue:

Remembrance Day

Five Lambrook Families

Creating a Culture of Kindness

From old to new Dining


Contents

3 Headmaster’s Welcome

4 A Year of Highlights

7 Cluture of Kindness

8 Five Victorian Families

10 Remembrance Day

12 Lambrook's Surgery

Past and Present

14 A history of the

Lambrook uniform

16 Lambrook's new

Dining Room

17 The History of our

Lambrook Dining Room

18 Sport at Lambrook

20 Sporting Alumni

22 Old Lambrookian

Rugby Player

24 Performing Arts 2021

26 Old Lambrookian Jake

Simmance in BBC's

Call the Midwife

28 Keeping it in the Family

29 Giving and The Lambrook

Foundation

30 The Lambrook Grounds

32 Catching up with our

Old Lambrookians

34 Saying Goodbye

29 Keeping in Touch – Alumni

Events


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Welcome

Headmaster’s

It gives me enormous pleasure to welcome you to this edition of

The Lambrookian Magazine.

Although only a snapshot of some of

our former pupils and school life today, I

do hope that as you look back on what

Lambrook was like and what has changed,

it will remind you of happy times when you

were here at the School.

Lambrook is now a Prep School of around

600 pupils and it continues to be an

enormous privilege to be Headmaster

here. Pupils continue to thrive, whether

that be in the classroom, on the stage,

on the sports field, in outdoor leaning,

or as they undertake their co-curricular

activities. Through the breadth and depth

of opportunities on offer here, we aim to

give our children the ‘feathers to fly’ so that

they are prepared for the next stage of

their academic journey and when they leave

us, they truly soar.

We continue to build on the School’s strong

academic history and when our pupils leave

us, they go on to the top Senior Schools

in the country, with some pupils awarded

academic, music and sport Scholarships for

excellence in these fields.

It is always a joy to welcome former pupils

back to Lambrook and in June, some of our

more recent leavers spoke to our Year 8

pupils virtually, as part of our Year 8 leaving

programme. Our Year 8 children were

completely enthralled by the enthusiasm

shown by these Old Lambrookians and

their passion to share their experiences

with fellow Lambrookians.

In May we hosted a virtual Alumni event

for a group of Old Lambrookians who left

in the 1950s and 1960s. For a lot of the

attendees, it was the first time that they had

seen some of their friends since moving on

to their Senior Schools, and it was as if they

had only left last year; the fun that they had

during the evening was, I know, reflective

of the fun that they had when they were

boys at Lambrook. I do hope that similarly,

our current pupils will look back at their

time at Lambrook with an equal level of

happiness and fulfilment from the exciting

and enriching opportunities they have

experienced here.

We are keen to keep in touch with our

former pupils and have been extremely

disappointed that the recent global

pandemic has made it so difficult to be able

to gather groups of Alumni together, in

person. We very much hope that looking

ahead, we will be able to reinstate former

events as well as introduce new ones, and

we look forward to keeping you informed

of these in due course.

In the meantime, if you are yet to sign up to

be a part of the Alumni Community, may

I encourage you to do this, so that we can

keep you up to date with news and events.

Please also get in contact by email or

phone – we would love to hear what you

are doing and what life has been like since

leaving Lambrook.

We look forward to keeping in touch.

Jonathan Perry, Headmaster

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LAMBROOK IN 2021

A Year of Highlights

A year of at-home

and in-person

learning

From getting creative at home to

expanding online and technical

knowledge, our pupils kept connected

during their Remote Learning.

Back in the classroom, pupils were keen

to make the most of every academic

opportunity:

Practical Science lessons

STEM Days

Census Day

Lambrook Book Day

When our Pre Prep and Prep

School children returned to School

in March, Spring was in the air (and

the children and staff certainly had a

spring in their step too!).

With the wonderful news of a 100% pass rate and many Senior School scholarships

awarded, we were incredibly proud of our pupils that they achieved during an unusual

and challenging year.

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House Competitions Trips

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With team building in Henley, visits to

Windsor Castle and Park and a Year

8 trip to Devon, our Lambrook pupils

made the most of the Summer Term,

despite restrictions.

Christmas at Lambrook School

Above: A visit from Father Christmas

The Christmas Fair raised thousands of pounds for charity with an outdoor market feel

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LAMBROOK IN 2021

Boarding

Our Boarding community has

continued to thrive in the summer

term. Whether spending two nights

or five, the pupils have certainly made

the most of an extended school day,

with many an evening being spent

playing cricket, climbing trees, baking

or making smoothies in the kitchen,

working alongside one another,

swimming and generally enjoying

being in one another’s company.

Lambrook across the Seasons

AUTUMN

SUMMER

SPRING

Co-Curricular

WINTER

Lambrook’s Enrichment and Co-Curricular programme continues to go from strength

to strength. The Prep School has a Monday afternoon devoted to Enrichment Activities

where pupils can learn new skills.

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Jonathan Perry speaks about creating a

Culture of Kindness

Every school seeks to celebrate its academic, sporting and musical

success, but I hope most importantly, they seek to celebrate

kindness in every possible way they can, and we certainly do that

here at Lambrook. And we do it through three different ways:

First of all, teaching our children to be kind

to others. Of course pupils are going to be

kind to their friends and their classmates

but we want to engender a culture of

kindness towards those who don’t always

fit in, or perhaps those who don’t always

get noticed. We encourage our children

to thank those around them, recognising

the roles that others have, those who don’t

necessarily get celebrated for what they do.

Secondly, we seek to encourage a level of

kindness towards the environment. We all

know that this is a particular focus for the

world at this particular moment in time and

we want our children to have a real passion

for the environment here. Whether it be

plating trees, whether it is picking up litter,

whether it’s being mindful about the waste

that we produce. Having a a more global

outlook, asking the question – what can

we do to make the world that we live in, a

much better place?

Thirdly, we want our children to be kind

to themselves. Children are under a huge

amount of pressure from social media,

to be someone different, to conform to

a particular look or a certain interest and

we are so keen that they learn to love

themselves, to be kind to themselves,

to be gentle and not to be harsh about

the successes that they do or do not

achieve. To love the fact that they are

created uniquely, differently and they have

something to contribute to the world

because of who they are, not who they

conform to be. We really want to nurture

this within each and every one of them so

that when they leave here, when they go

on to their senior schools, not feeling like

they have to fit into a particular group for

the wrong reasons, but that they can fit in

because they are special, they are unique

and they can make a difference.

These three areas of kindness, are far more

important than any other attribute or

success. We want our children to be kind in

all areas – doctors, nurses, lawyers, bankers,

and if they can be kind, then I think our

world will be a better place.

This was published by Talk Education’s ‘View

from the Top’ feature, which showcases

knowledge from Headteachers from across

the Country.

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HISTORY

From

Politics Motor Cars

to

- Five Victorian

Lambrook Families

We are keen to share

Lambrook’s History with

our children and one of

their highlights included the

opportunity to become ‘Junior

Archivists’, taking part in a

special Lambrook History trail

led by our very own School

Archivist, John Kimbell.

The children had to find clues around

the school that related to five notable

Lambrook families, who attended the

school during Victorian times.

We are so grateful to be able to re-visit

some of the artefacts and sources that

we have around the School site relating to

these families:

The Asquith Family

The three eldest sons of Herbert H.

Asquith (British Prime Minister from 1908

to 1916) were pupils at Lambrook.

Raymond and Arthur feature on various

honours boards, whilst Herbert

H. Asquith mentioned their schooling in a

book of memoirs.

Gym Six Board

The following are some of the highlights

and historical artefacts found at Lambrook:

Gym Six Board

Another member of the Asquith Family,

Matt (above), worked as a Gappie in the

Lambrook Music Department for a year

(2013-14) before going to university.

The Bentley Family

All six sons from this family of nine children

were educated at Lambrook. Mention of

the eldest and youngest pairs can be found

on artefacts around the school, and the

latter jointly founded the Bentley Motor

Company 102 years ago.

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WO Bentley as a boy at Lambrook

Lambrook’s oldest Cricket Scoring Book

You can read more about the Bentley

brothers, written by our School Archivist

here:

W.O. Bentley at Lambrook – Lambrook

(lambrookschool.co.uk)

The Carré and Heath

Families

Of the four Carré brothers and their

cousin R. M. Heath, only one (Meyrick

Heath Carré) survived the Great War. He

later taught Philosophy at the University of

Bristol and his research was published in a

number of books.

The Cruickshank Family

All three brothers from this family

attended Lambrook. Their father was

employed in the Indian Civil Service and

the middle brother, Arthur Henry Prinsep

Cruickshank, died whilst serving in an

Indian Army Regiment during the First

World War.

Bentley Challenge Cup 1904 (The Best

Gymnast of the Year)

The Hind Family

Three brothers from this Nottinghamshire

family attended Lambrook: Oliver Watts

Hind, Lawrence Arthur Hind, and Harold

Ashover Hind. The initials of all three are

inscribed on various artefacts around the

school.

Lambrook Single Fives, awarded in 1896

(located in the Lambrook Library)

Honours Board located in the Lambrook

Dining Room

The Overmantel in the Lambrook Library

Honouring those Old Lambrookians

who fought in the Great War

Gym Six Board

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Remembrance Day

On Thursday 11th November, the whole School came together for

its Act of Remembrance.

With readings given by the Headmaster and Head Girl, prayers by the Head Boy and the

service led by our Chaplain, Rev’d Savage, it was a fitting occasion to be thankful for all the

service men and women who have served iin the World Wars and other conflicts, and who

still serve today, in order that we may live in relative peace. In particular, we commemorate

those Old Lambrookians who fought in these conflicts and gave their lives, enabling our

Lambrook children to have such happy times at School today.

Each child, from Nursery through to

Year 8, had made and decorated a poppy

which was then added to a class wreath.

Representatives from each class laid their

wreath as part of the service to create

three larger wreaths.

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Old Lambrookians in the Great War

- Refusing to take no for an answer

Three remarkable Old Lambrookians, Basil

Raymond Davis, David Hume Pinsent and

Cyril Holkham Dangar refused to take no

for an answer after being declared unfit

for the Armed Forces in the Great Wat.

Each one found a way of overcoming the

obstacles placed before them and managed

to serve the nation as best they could,

ultimately sacrificing their own lives so that

others could live in freedom.

Cyril Holkham Dangar,

French Red Cross

Cyril came to Lambrook in 1907, rising

to be second in the School and playing in

the Cricket eleven of 1912 – an unbeaten

team. He then went to Rugby School

but his subsequent application to join

the Army during the First World War

was rejected, owing to a heart condition.

Far from deterring him, this setback only

spurred Cyril on to find another means of

making his mark during the Great War. He

was accepted into the French Red Cross

and served continuously on the Western

Front until 1919, driving an ambulance and

repatriating refugees. It was a strenuous

life and his Section was twice awarded the

Croix de Guerre for bravery and devotion

to duty. Cyril later went up to Jesus College

Cambridge but his health failed steadily and

he died in 1920, as the result of a septic

ulcer contracted on active service. He was

21.

A comrade from his section wrote to

Cyril’s bereaved parents:

“You will remember that when Cyril was

in France, nearly two years ago, I told you

something of his work out there – how

careful he was with his wounded, and how

we liked him. I can confidently say that I

have never met a purer-minded lad than

Cyril. His simplicity was his greatest charm,

which made everyone take to him, but he

developed also that deep sense of duty and

responsibility which one would not have

expected in one of his age.”

Basil Raymond Davis, Royal

Flying Corps

At Preparatory School, Basil was never

physically very strong and was remembered

going about in a wheelchair. Struggling

on, he transferred to Bradfield College,

but when war broke out he was declared

medically unfit for military service. Basil

was so keen to fight for his country that he

underwent an operation in order to gain

an Army commission and was then sent

to Egypt with the Royal Fusiliers. Knowing

that he would be more effective as a pilot,

seated in a cockpit, he joined the Royal

Flying Corps and won his wings.

Deployed to France and described by his

Squadron Commander as “a very keen and

reliable pilot with any amount of dash,” Basil

became a thoroughly competent officer

but was tragically killed in action while flying

over Belgium on the 20th of September

1917. He was 22 years old.

David Hume Pinsent, Royal

Aircraft Establishment

David was born in 1891 and named after

his ancestor, the Scottish philosopher David

Hume. He was educated at Lambrook,

Marlborough College, and Trinity College

Cambridge, where he studied Mathematics.

Following the outbreak of war, David

was declared unfit for the Armed Forces

but his determination to contribute in

the war effort led to him serving instead

at the Royal Aircraft Establishment in

Farnborough. His work there involved

research into aerodynamics and in May

1918, as a member of the Experimental

Squadron, he was carrying out pressure

tests on the tail of a plane when it broke

up in mid air and crashed. David was killed

instantly but never officially classified as

‘war dead’, despite dying on active service.

His pilot, Lieutenant Derek Lutyens, was

a nephew of Sir Edwin Lutyens, who

designed the Cenotaph in Whitehall as

Principal Architect for the Commonwealth

War Graves Commission.

A wooden overmantel was mounted above

the fireplace in the School Library, bearing

the names of Past Pupils who had been

combatants during the Great War, whether

they had died or survived. This was installed

to their memory in 1919 and is still in situ

today.

A brass Roll of Honour

was created for the

School Chapel, listing

Old Lambrookians who

had tragically lost their

lives as a result of those

terrible years of conflict.

John Kimbell, School Archivist

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HISTORY

Lambrook’s Surgery

Past

Present

With the spotlight very much on our Nation’s health, we thought

that we would take the opportunity to touch base with our fantastic

Medical Centre, and look back at some of the illnesses that the

Lambrook Medical Centre has had to deal with in past times.

Whether visiting the Medical Centre for a

sports injury, a fever or an understanding

and listening ear, the whole school benefit

from the care of our outstanding team of

Matrons – they are also known to have a

rather delicious tin of biscuits, which offers

immediate relief to all manner of aches and

pains!

Above: Matron Fi

Below: Matron Marion

Providing medical expertise, first aid and

pastoral care to all staff and children is

no mean feat, and our Matrons are kept

extremely busy. According to Fi, “you never

know what you might be treating next!”.

But they both describe the highlight of all

of their work as “being able to spend time

with the fantastic Lambrook children –

from being on the sports pitches, having

lunch with them in the Dining Room and,

of course, looking after them in the Medical

Centre – they are a joy to be around.”

Marion

With sport and play being main features at

Lambrook, a Medical Centre is very much

required! One of the earliest historical

references to Lambrook’s Medical Care was

at the turn of the nineteenth century:

“During my first two years, all boys living

within easy reach of the school – say

within a hundred miles – were allowed

to go home for a half-term exeat from

Friday morning to Monday evening.

This was not a good scheme – far too

many boys contracted epidemic diseases

which wrecked the rest of the term – so

this concession was finally withdrawn.”

Reminiscences of Audley Gray (1897-1901)

With epidemics erupting such as Rose Rash

in 1910, followed by Measles the year after,

and then a cycle of further outbreaks of

Measles, German Measles, Scarlet Fever,

Flu and Asian Flu, documented for many

decades, care from the Matrons at the

time was in high demand. Outbreaks and

epidemics often took over a number

of the beds in what was then called the

Sanatorium.

From the 1914 Chronicle: “The Summer

Term was much interfered with by chickenpox.

On May 20th, Cass produced “spots,”

a fortnight afterwards others, and in the

end, some thirty boys all revelled in the

disease. Few were really ill and none caused

any anxiety, which was a comfort. But it was

annoying!”

An excerpt from 1925 “We had a good

XV, and played some matches when

whooping-cough appeared and put a stop

to all outside engagements. It was a blow!”

Sport was often affected by illness. Ten

years later, in 1945, it was recorded, “We

soon settled down for the Summer Term,

but this time our luck didn’t hold, as it

wasn’t long before a case of whoopingcough

appeared among us. This soon

communicated itself to others, and fifteen

boys altogether caught the disease… As

a result of the whooping-cough, we were

not able to play other schools at Cricket

until July.”

The effect on sport continued to be very

much a focus, “It is now eleven terms since

we had a big spell of illness or an epidemic,

and to have had another year of unbroken

work and games is something for which we

cannot be too thankful.” The Lambrook

Chronicle 1945.

In 1957, the then Medical Centre was

overrun with patients, “Nurse’s first duty

has been, of course, the care of the sick,

and she has earned the gratitude of many

parents for the way she has looked after

boys with measles and mumps and a

variety of smaller ailments. This term’s ‘flu

epidemic has been in the nature of a grand

finale. At one time there were 57 boys in

bed simultaneously, and what this involved

for Nurse in the way of organization as well

as nursing can only be appreciated by those

who worked with her. There were 85 cases

among the boys, and about 10 among the

staff.”

To avoid cases of measles, mumps or

chicken pox, a strict period of quarantine

was enforced “The alleged objects of

quarantines are (1) to prevent a large

epidemic with its inconveniences, (2) to

prevent Common Entrance and matches

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being compromised by boys at the top of

the school catching a disease at the critical

time. The only way to achieve these objects

would be by importing these diseases

freely so that the numbers who had not

had them would always be small, and that

nobody would get beyond the middle

school without having had them. The strict

observance of quarantines is the best way

of achieving the reverse.”

Our Medical Centre area was updated in 2020 and is

located on the first floor of Lambrook House in our new

Queen’s Building. The surgery has a consulting room, a sick

bay with beds, an office and a counselling room.

Today, we are grateful for our Matrons

and their care, kindness and good humour.

A similar sentiment was shared in 1979,

“Come wind or high weather, epidemic

or mass inoculations, nothing could

disturb Sister’s even temper and cheerful

disposition.”

Medical Care at Lambrook in the early

to mid Twentieth Century was largely

administered from Orchard House and

Brook Cottage, which were both used as a

sanatorium at various points.

Orchard House

Brook Cottage

Orchard House (and Pavilion)

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HISTORY

Looking back at the History of the

Lambrook Uniform

As per our strapline, Lambrook has been nurturing potential since

its beginning back in 1860. The School has consistently continued to

educate children throughout its history, however one thing that has

changed over time, is the uniform that its pupils have worn.

At its start, with Robert Burnside as

Headmaster, there was no official uniform

worn by the boys for the normal school day.

As Audley Gray (1897-1901) reminisces, “As

regards clothes, no standard uniform was

worn during the week-days; each boy wore

what his fond mother thought suitable, and

some of the choices were not very clever. Few

of the boys wore long trousers, most wore

knickerbocker suits, made of a great variety of

cloths, blue serge being quite common.”

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Lambrook uniform today is designed to be

comfortable, but this was certainly not the

case in the nineteenth century: “The coats

were, more often than not, of the Victorian

“Norfolk-Jacket” pattern which is never

seen today. It was an excellent coat for boys,

as it had plenty of pockets and a belt. The

breeches were usually fastened below the

knee by a narrow piece of material which

was buckled. Many of the “shorts” however,

ended with a 3-inch band of box-cloth

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If worn today like that, quite a sensation

would be caused! Whatever the colour

of the suit, all boys wore black stockings

(socks) which were held up by elastic

garters above the knee – very inhibiting to

the circulation!”

The tradition of ‘best uniform’ started

back in Victorian times and was worn for

Sundays and special occasions: “In addition

to the Eton collar, we all sported starched

“dickies” (I am glad to think that no

modern boy can have any idea what these

breast-plates looked like) and black silk

cravats, or rather large ties “made-up” so

that we weren’t faced with the problem of

tying them. Dressed like this we marched

in crocodile formation to Winkfield

Church for morning service, wearing of

course the regulation top-hat.”

“We must have looked a pretty

non-descript crowd when out on

a school walk, but on Sundays

there was a transformation – for

the 60-65 young gentlemen then

appeared in the uniform of the

complete Eton rig-out, which (poor

dears) they had to wear all day.”

Over time, the Lambrook Uniform has

embraced many different colours. The

Victorian black suit was livened up with

colourful ties and caps, “With this collar

we wore a Lambrook tie – black and red

– and we had caps of the same colours.”

During the 20th Century, a standard

uniform was introduced with green as

the school colour, gold being used for

contrast.

Lambrook pupil with Archbishop

Coggan and the Headmaster, Mike

Bickersteth

an L on the front of its sweatshirt and the

tree featuring prominently.

In September 1997, Lambrook and

Haileybury Junior Schools merged to form

Lambrook Haileybury, with a new uniform

design based on a peacock blue colour.

After James Barnes became Headmaster

in 2005, the uniform colour changed

again – this time to royal / navy blue. Both

normal uniform and sports kit can be seen

in the images below:

In 2006, the Westfield Saplings Nursery

was created, with its pupils wearing light

blue, branded sweatshirts.

The final change was introduced by Mr

Perry after he became Headmaster

in 2010 and the photos below show

our current Summer, Winter and Best

Uniforms.

September 8th 1993 saw the Opening

Day of the Lambrook Pre Prep, with

Sheena Stewart appointed as its Head.

The Lambrook uniform was green in

colour with both Lambrook wording and

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NEWS

From Old to New

Lambrook’s new Dining Room extension is completed

Whether it be breakfast, lunch, sandwich break, match tea

or supper for our boarders, eating together is an incredibly

important part of the Lambrook School day.

We are delighted that our new Dining

Room extension has recently been

completed, which will not only give pupils

a bright new environment in which to eat

together, but will also offer more space

for our famous match teas and a more

intimate dining area for our boarding

community.

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The History of our Lambrook Dining Room

The extension beautifully complements the existing Dining Room

and sensitively combines the old with the new.

The history of the Lambrook Dining

Room stretches back for well over

one hundred years to 1887. It started

out as a Schoolroom which provided a

multi-functional space accommodating

academic lessons and Prep, concerts,

assemblies, lectures, debates, magic

lantern shows and films, boxing and

gym competitions and dance tuition, to

name just some of the activities! In 1892

‘Chapel’ services were accompanied by

an organ which was fitted into the corner

of the room. In that year, Arthur Asquith

wrote to his father Herbert (who had just

become Home Secretary), to update him

on the progress of the organ installation

‘they are making the organ with carved

pillars of wood’.

At this time, the Dining Room occupied

the location of our current School

Library.

Old Lambrookian Audley Gray (1897-

1901) described a typical week’s diet as

follows:

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‘At breakfast we always began with

porridge, followed on Mondays by

cold ham – I can see in my mind’s eyes

those two lovely hams now. Tuesdays:

hot grated ham on toast. Wednesdays:

fried bacon. Thursdays: the finest pork

sausages I have ever eaten. Fridays: fish,

herrings, kippers etc. Saturdays, the

only poor breakfast: two oily sardines.

Sundays: boiled eggs…’

‘…The midday meal again was excellent

– both for the meat course and the

‘sweets’. By modern standards, tea

was a quite inadequate repast. The

management provided only tea, bread,

butter, and jam, but we were allowed to

bring back tuck to supplement what was

provided – cakes, biscuits, potted meat

etc…’

‘…We always had a grand Christmas

supper (turkey, plum-pudding etc.) at the

end of the winter term, and Lambrook

must have been one of the few schools

where goose was eaten on Michaelmas

Day. We were not allowed any sort of

sweets, but 2 or 3 times a week each

boy received a thick bar of Cadbury’s

‘Mexican Chocolate’, a particularly pure

variety.’

Leaping forwards through time,

the early 1970s saw some long-laid

plans for re-ordering Lambrook’s

school buildings finally reach fruition.

Implemented between 1972 and 1973,

the scheme’s three phases began with

the construction of a new Assembly Hall

and Classroom Block beside the playing

fields, effectively turning the Playground

into a quadrangle. The completion of this

facility led to Phase Two: Lambrook’s

former big Schoolroom was widened and

repurposed as our now, Dining Room:

The third and final phase of Lambrook’s

transformative project enabled the

former Dining Room upstairs, which had

now been vacated, to be refurnished as

a spacious School Library, which is where

our Library is today.

In 2003, with pupil numbers having risen

dramatically over the intervening 30

years, further capacity was necessary in

the Dining Room. As a consequence,

the School Development Plan envisioned

a means of meeting this increased

demand for seating by widening the

room’s ‘footprint’ again, this time on the

Playground side.

The design for an extension was duly

drawn up, work began during the

summer holidays and, despite a few

finishing touches remaining to be made,

the children all had a cooked meal on the

first day of term in September.

Soon afterwards, Lambrook had

successfully provided sixty extra places

and created a double entry point system

to speed up service. The Headmaster

could rightly declare: ‘Lunch is now a

much more civilized affair!’

Lunch is definitely a civilized affair today

and our Catering Team works incredibly

hard to ensure the healthy, nutritious

values of the school are reflected in all of

its menus.

The quality, selection and choice of food

on offer and the thought and planning

that goes into every menu is evident in

the happy faces in the Dining Room. We

are so grateful to now have even more

space to enjoy our award-winning food,

and look forward to sharing this with our

Lambrook Community over the months

and years to come.

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SPORT

Sport at Lambrook

2020-2021

Lambrook has continued to excel in its competitive sport, both in

person and virtually. It has remained a firm part of our Lambrook

curriculum, with competitive fixtures returning in earnest in the

Summer Term. During the course of the year our Lambrook

pupils are involved in a wide range of sports:

Cross Country

Hockey

Swimming

Football

Rugby

Basketball

Netball

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Sports Day

And of course, we continued the

Lambrook tradition of our Summer

Sports Days, although sadly this year

without parent spectators.

Cricket

It was a joy to hear the sound of

Lambrook children filling the grounds at

the start of the Summer Term, as well as

hearing one of the most iconic of sounds,

the sound of leather on willow.

For many of our cricket-mad boys and

girls, there is nothing like taking that

crucial wicket, hitting a stunning drive

or diving for a fine catch on Lambrook’s

Edrich Oval, on a beautiful summer’s

afternoon. Lambrook has been playing

cricket since its foundation back in 1860,

when it was England’s national sport, and

it has continued to be enjoyed year on

year by our Lambrook pupils.

Lambrook complete the Around the

World Challenge during Lockdown

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SPORTING ALUMNI

Two Old Lambrookians represent

Harrow at Lord’s

Old Lambrookians Jonny Connell and John Koutalides

represented Harrow School at Lord’s on Saturday in the annual

Eton vs Harrow match.

Jonny and John both left Lambrook in

2016 and went on to Harrow School,

having played for the First XI here at

Lambrook.

The highly anticipated ‘Fowler’s’ match is

hosted by the MCC and is always between

two of the most famous Independent

Senior Schools in the country, Eton

College and Harrow School. Apart from

a few years during WW1 and WW2, this

inter-school cricket match has been played

at Lord’s since 1905.

Traditionally attended by fellow pupils

and families of the players, in recent

years, tickets have also been on sale to

the general public. Although this year it

was a win for Eton, the match was a great

one to watch and certainly, a memorable

experience for the boys who played in it.

We are extremely proud of our cricket at

Lambrook knowing that the cricket that

our Old Lambrookians, Johnny and John,

played at Prep School and on our Edrich

Oval ignited their love for the sport and

the beginning of the skills that would take

them to play at one of the most famous

cricket venues in the world. We are sure

that many more Old Lambrookian’s will be

following in their footsteps in future years.

“The best thing about

being at Lambrook was

the amount of time I got

to spend with my friends,

many of whom I’m still very

close with. I also thoroughly

enjoyed the sporting aspect

of the School. I took a hat

trick on the South Africa

cricket tour when I was at

Lambrook that was made

very special because I did

it with all my very close

friends.” John

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Hockey takes Colette to Yale University

We caught up with Colette Staadecker while she was in her final

year at Wellington College, after she was offered a place at Yale

University, in the USA:

When were you at

Lambrook?

I came to Lambrook in the Pre Prep and

left in 2016, at the end of Year 8.

What did you go on to do

after Lambrook, and what

are you doing now?

I was very fortunate to get a Sports

Scholarship to Wellington College, where

I am currently in my final year. I have

my IB mock examinations in the next

few weeks, which will more than likely,

be taken online! Wellington has been a

brilliant experience and alongside all of

the sporting opportunities, I have really

enjoyed other areas such as the academics,

trying unique sports such as real tennis,

having a go at activities like debating and

even taking up knitting!

As an outstanding hockey

player, tell us about your

hockey journey

I started playing hockey at Lambrook

when I was 6. At the same time, I joined

a local club where I began my love for

all aspects of the game. When I got to

Year 7, I moved clubs and joined Reading

Hockey Club where I played at the

weekends, when I didn’t have matches at

school. When I left Lambrook, I continued

playing hockey throughout my time at

Wellington, where I captained their first

team, both in indoor and outdoor hockey.

I recently got offered a hockey scholarship

to Yale University, and I am looking

forward to starting there this summer.

Tell us about the process of

applying to an American

University

After applying, I went out to the States

and attended three hockey camps at three

Ivy League Universities – Yale, Brown and

Columbia. I was then invited back there

in October for some official visits, where

I spent time on campus taking part in

hockey training, getting to know the sports

coaches and the conditions that I would

be playing in. In the end, I chose Yale, and I

start pre season training this August.

What do you hope to do

after University?

I don’t think that I will take hockey to a

professional level after University, although

hockey has been a great way into an

American University. I love the subjects,

philosophy and journalism and I would

love one day, to be a journalist working for

the New York Times.

What were the best things

about being at Lambrook?

I loved being at Lambrook! The

atmosphere was fantastic, I built

friendships that will last for the rest of

my life, and it really developed my love

of sport, and in particular, my passion for

hockey.

Which sports did you play

at Lambrook?

I enjoyed all sport at Lambrook, but

particularly enjoyed the hockey, netball,

rounders, athletics and swimming – the

new pool was completed in my final year,

which was a real treat. It was also great

to take up several other opportunities

and I played both the guitar and the piano

during my time at Prep School.

Do you remember any of

your teachers?

Yes, of course! I remember Miss Bartlett,

Mr Liddell and Mrs MG very well, as they

were all, especially Miss Bartlett, really

influential in getting me through my sports

scholarship and onto the next stage of my

educational journey.

What has been your

sporting highlight to date?

Definitely becoming National Champions

at both indoor and outdoor hockey two

years ago.

Which sports personality

has inspired you the most

and why?

This has to be Olympic Gold Medallist

Crista Cullen who played for Great

Britain. I had the honour of meeting her

when I was at Lambrook and she was such

an inspiration. She plays a similar game

to me – being one of the tallest players

on the team, she always took the short

corners!

How did Lambrook prepare

you for the future?

Lambrook first introduced me to hockey

and it prepared me brilliantly for my

future school. The time and energy given

by my teachers, getting ready for the next

stage was amazing. Even at a young age,

Lambrook made me realise who I was,

and was the place where my passions

were fostered and developed.

How has the recent

pandemic affected your

training/competing?

It was great to be able to train in

person last term, despite only being

able to play in Year Group bubbles. It

has been tricky recently with no group

sport, but I have been taking part in an

online strengthening and conditioning

programme, looking at body performance,

eating the right things etc.

Do you have any advice for

Lambrook pupils who are

into their sport?

Yes, if you are passionate about something,

take all opportunities that come your

way and practise, practise, practise! Ask

questions all the time and learn all you

can from coaches and staff – teachers will

always be willing to help. It’s so important

to do what you love! It is so important

to just try new things and throw yourself

into anything and everything, even if you

decide it’s not for you. Lambrook is the

perfect time to explore yourself and find

what makes you tick!

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Old Lambrookian Rugby Player

After a career working for the World Bank

as an Agricultural Economist, Christopher

Trapman is now a resident of Honduras,

Central America. Trapman has played

Rugby alI over the world with his last

game in 2019 in Belgium aged 73! He also

spent 5 years as Manager of the Belgium

National Rugby 7s.

What did you like about

Lambrook when you were

here?

What I liked about Lambrook were the

friends I made there, especially the ones

with whom I got into a lot of mischief!

Unfortunately, it didn’t do me much good.

When my father asked the headmaster

why I had not been nominated as a prefect

for my last term in school, he was told that

it was because I kept such bad company!

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Sports Prefects' interview

Our 2020/2021 Sports Prefects, Sylvester and Beatrix, posed

some questions to Rugby player, sportsman and Old Lambrookian

Christopher Trapman, who left Lambrook in 1960.

Obviously, all sports were a great relief

from the time spent in class or doing

homework. My best moment of the week

was putting on my sports kit in the locker

room in preparation for a match against a

visiting team.

What sports did you play

when you were at school?

I played football in the autumn term,

rugby in the spring term and cricket in the

summer term. I remember well the 9-hole

golf course which introduced me to that

excellent sport. A favourite challenge was

on the 9th hole driving up towards the

façade of Chapel and its Rose window.

The trick was to try to hit the window in

one shot, something which was beyond

the reach of most of us! Fives was also a

game I learned at Lambrook as was tennis.

What is your happiest

sporting memory at

Lambrook?

An especially happy moment each year

was Parents’ Day, when we would all

gather around the cricket pitch and watch

the afternoon’s game accompanied

by a large basket of sandwiches and

strawberries and cream.

Who were your school rivals

at Lambrook?

Ludgrove School were always tough

opposition on the Rugby pitch, and it was

always a good feeling to beat Bagshot.

Sunningdale gave us a good run for our

money on the cricket pitch.

What was most inspirational

about Rugby at Lambrook?

I started playing Rugby seriously at

Lambrook when I was about 11. I was

particularly attracted to the sport since I

was a good head and shoulders taller than

other boys of my age.

What position did you

play when you were first

introduced to the sport?

I started in the second row and later

moved to No 8, my favourite position over

the years.

What did you do after

leaving school?

After Lambrook, I went to Charterhouse

and then studied Agricultural Economics

at Reading University. During a visit to

Reading the Kenyan Minister of Agriculture

recruited me to work for 5 years as

Finance and Planning Officer in the newly

independent government. I played a lot of

rugby in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and

toured Malawi, and Zambia with rugby

teams. My last games in East Africa were

with a Kenya rugby side which toured

Texas in 1973. We played 7 matches and

won them all, but I got knocked out a

couple of times (there were no HIAs in

those days so I use those events to excuse

my occasional forgetfulness these days.) As

a further distraction, I was Treasurer of the

East African Rugby Football Union.

From there, I worked in Barbados,

Honduras (Central America) where I

learned Spanish, Tchad where I improved

my French, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory

Coast, Gambia, Liberia, Togo, Zaire

(today Democratic Republic of Congo),

Cameroun, Madagascar and Mauritius.

I was employed by the World Bank,

Washington DC. My work involved

setting up national agricultural extension,

research and training services for millions

of small farmers. I found time to play

rugby in Tchad, Ivory Coast, Togo, USA,

Zaire, Madagascar and Cameroun and

occasionally in England when I was home

on leave.

It was the same fun sport whoever we

were playing with or against, whether it

was the Tchadian Army team or an Ivorian

University team or the Railway Club in

Madagascar. Sometimes we had to share

a pitch with the odd herd of goats (Tchad)

or an evangelical Christian meeting (Zaire).

Everyone forgot very quickly who had

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won or lost after the game ended as we

gathered around a few drinks at a local

bar/café.

When I retired to Belgium with my wife in

2001, I contacted the local rugby club in

Namur, the capital of the French speaking

region of Belgium to ask if they accepted

veterans. When the Secretary replied that

they accepted anyone, I knew I was back

in good company! I survived my first match

age 53 and decided that I could carry on

playing as long as my body did not complain

too much. 20 years later, I played my

penultimate game, leaving the door open

for a last game someday, somewhere!

I became President of the Namur Rugby

Club and later Vice President of the

French-speaking Belgium Rugby Union.

I was then asked to manage the Belgium

national Rugby 7s team.

Were you involved in

making 7s an Olympic

sport?

In 2010, the International Olympic

Committee accepted Rugby 7s as a

new Olympic sport. Many rugby-playing

countries quickly scrambled to create and

train national 7s teams to try to qualify

for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Belgium was no exception. We had an

excellent French coach, who himself had

played 15-a-side and 7-a-side rugby for

France.

It nearly worked. After moving from 26th

place in Europe in 2011, Belgium was to

play against the top 12 Rugby 7s teams

in Europe for the first round of qualifiers

in 2014. In what seemed to be the pool

of death on that June weekend in Lyon,

France, Belgium faced up against England

(Champion from the previous year),

Scotland and Wales. Belgium beat all

three and reached the quarter finals the

following day, when they beat Georgia.

Victory over Spain of 33-0 in the semifinals

was conclusive. It was like living a

dream, especially since none of the players

were professionals unlike many of their

opponents. At 7-7 at half time in the final

against France, the atmosphere was too

stressful to imagine. France finally won the

tournament. Two weeks later in Moscow

the Belgian boys walloped the French 43-0.

The excuse was that the French were not

fielding their best team but for us, the

French Goliath had been knocked down by

the Belgian David.

Belgium did not qualify for the Olympics

but World Rugby were so impressed by

the spirit of the Belgians that they were

invited to the famous Hong Kong 7s as

the World Series invitation team for 2015.

They met Olympic champions Fiji in the

first round and many others of the top 16

world class teams. A dream come true!

Of course, there was a lot of pride for

one Old Lambrookian who had succeeded

in getting funding together for the whole

event where the Belgian Rugby Federation

had been unable to produce a single penny

in support of its national team (but that’s

another story!).

What has been your

favourite game ever?

If by game you mean match, then finding

myself still alive after 80 minutes of rugby

at the age of 53, after my first match in

Belgium (which thrilled me in spite of losing

70-3) after an absence of 13 years off the

pitch.

If by favourite game, as in favourite match

ever, then beating England at Lyon, France

in June 2014, as manager of the Belgium

Rugby 7s team

If by game as in sport, then obviously the

answer begins with a captial “R”!

Are you interested in other

sports, or is all your focus

on rugby?

Today, I spend a fair amount of time (too

much according to my wife!) playing golf.

Lambrook gave me a good start in this

sport too but I am still trying to reach my

schoolboy handicap.

How have you kept fit for

all these years?

Jogging has always been my greatest source

of keeping fit. I loathed cross country runs

at Lambrook though!

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Performing Arts

Lambrook’s Performing Arts Centre (DJC) continues to be a hive

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of activity and talent filled with Drama and Music performances,

Dance classes in our studio and of course, our usual timetabled

academic Music and Drama lessons and exams.

Pupils are keen to showcase their hard work through a variety of

Music and Drama performances.

Messing about on the River

There was nothing "half so much worth doing as messing around in boats" for our Year 6

pupils as parents were treated to an outstanding recorded production of The Wind in the

Willows put on by the entire year group.

Annual Carol Service

Lambrook’s Annual Carol Service went

online in 2020. We are looking forward to

hosting it back at Eton this Christmas. In

advance of this year's service, the Senior

Chapel Choir has been giving performances

in the local community.

Year 3 Performing

Arts Day is the CATS’

Whiskers

As part of their Performing Arts Day,

Year 3 pupils put on a production of

songs and poems from T.S. Eliot’s Cats,

showcasing the culmination of hard work

undertaken in their Drama and Music

lessons.

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Showtime in Sherwood

Forest

Year 4 Parents were transported to

Nottinghamshire as they were treated to

a very special online production of ‘Robin

Hood and the Sherwood Hoodies’ written

by Craig Hawes.

Year 7 Learns and

Performs a Play in only

2 Days

Lambrook welcomed Ian Murchie from

The Dragon School to direct the Year 7

pupils in a production of a fast-paced play

written by him, entitled “What You Will”

(a modern telling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth

Night).

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Year 8 put on a

‘Shrek-tacular’

Performance

Acting workshops

Virtual concerts

Year 5 sang 'I am the Earth' alongside

footage of the pupils taking part in various

environmental activities.

Above: Acting workshop, Below:

The final performance

Bethany Appleton from the Shakespeare

Schools Foundation, reviewed

Lambrook’s performance: “Lambrook

School delivers five star performance . .

. a spine-chilling and moving production

of Macbeth from a mature and eloquent

ensemble

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OLD LAMBROOKIAN

Jake Simmance

features in BBC's Call the Midwife

Staff at Lambrook were extremely excited to spot former

Lambrook pupil, Jake Simmance on their screens in Call the

Midwife last week. We caught up with Jake to find out more about

his journey from Lambrook to Call the Midwife.

After Wellington College I fulfilled a

childhood dream of getting into ‘Drama

School’. I studied at The Bristol Old Vic

Theatre School for 3 years, from 2017-

2020.

My mum still loves to tell the story of how

when I first arrived in Year 3, I would go

up to the school bursar 2 or 3 times a

week to ask if I could be signed up to the

after school LAMDA club!

Tell us about your acting

career? How did you

end up acting in Call the

Midwife?

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When were you at

Lambrook?

I joined Lambrook in Year 3 when I was

7 years old and stayed until year 8 when I

was 13. From 2005-2011.

What did you enjoy about

being at Lambrook?

I absolutely loved my time at Lambrook. I

think I was very lucky in that I had a great

group of friends, many of whom I still call

my best mates now, 16 years after I met

them! The thing that still stands out for

me more than anything, in the few times

I have been back to Lambrook since I left,

is how impressive the grounds are! You

really feel like you are part of a grown-up

school with loads of space and fields and

courts and playgrounds. Lambrook has a

real ‘campus’ feel to it that no other prep

schools have.

Were you involved in drama

when at school? Which

plays were you in? Did you

sing in the choir?

I was involved from Drama from the very

beginning of my time at Lambrook. As

soon as I have been old enough to walk

and talk I’ve been doing what I can to

seek people’s attention – which I suppose

grows into performing as you get older.

The first play I did was the Farago in Year

3; “Nakuro and the magic drum” (if my

memory serves me well!) I played Nakuro.

It was my first ever taste of having a

‘main role’ and a proper number of lines

to learn. Whilst I cannot remember

much about the performance, I know

I must have loved it, because I went on

to do the musical every year thereafter!

I was in ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘My Fair Lady’,

‘Les Miserables’ and then ‘Joseph and

his Technicolour Dreamcoat’ in my final

year. I still have very, very vivid and fond

memories of doing all of those shows in

the Assembly Hall at Lambrook.

Unfortunately, I’m not blessed with the

best singing voice! Despite numerous

attempts to audition for the school choir, I

never got a place! I was always very jealous

of my friends who would get up and sing

in front of the whole school. I think when

I was doing those musicals at Lambrook I

always thought to myself, as long as I make

the audience laugh enough, they won’t

notice that I’m a terrible singer! (A tactic I

still use today if ever I need to sing in front

of people!)

What did you go on to do

after Lambrook?

After Lambrook I got into Wellington

College with a Drama Exhibition. I studied

there for 5 years and threw myself into

everything I could! Whilst I have known

since I was a little boy that I wanted to

be an actor, I think at that age many of us

had no idea what we wanted to do or be

when we were older, and I think it’s really

important to try out as many things as

you can and see what sparks that little fire

inside of you! You never know what you

may surprise yourself with what you have

a secret talent for!

It seems slightly bizarre to me that I could

even comment on having an acting career!

It is still very early days in my professional

career as an actor, and I know I still have

so much to learn. I suppose my acting

‘career’ really started when I was 11 years

old and I performed in ‘Oliver!’ in the

West End for 6 months when I was in year

6. It was, and still is, the best thing I have

ever done. I will never forget the feeling

of the audience applauding after the first

song ‘Food Glorious Food’ every night,

and it is a feeling I am forever chasing.

But truly, my career as a ‘professional’ only

started in July 2020 when I graduated

from Drama School with a degree in

Professional Acting. My career got off to

a very difficult and slow start. As an actor

is really helps if you have an agent: this is

someone who helps to find you auditions

and puts you in front of directors etc.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many

agencies were not looking to represent

any new actors, as all of the work had

really dried up! So, I had to send hundreds

and hundreds of emails to many different

agents until someone finally decided to

give me a chance and decide to be my

agent. It wasn’t until September 2020 that

this happened for me.

It was a stressful and tough process, and

at times I really questioned whether I

had even made the right choice trying to

pursue this career, but now I can say I am

delighted that I persisted! One day after

I found an agent to represent me, I had

my first ever audition, and one week later

I got my first ever TV job! I really think it

was the universe’s way of rewarding me

for my hard work! That job was a small

role in a TV show called ‘Anatomy of a

Scandal’ which will be released on Netfllix

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A few weeks later I had an audition for

the BBC One show ‘Call The Midwife’.

Although I had never watched the show, I

had heard that it was very popular so I was

super excited when I found out I got the

role playing a young father Glen Roberts

in episode 5. I filmed the episode over a

number of weeks around Christmas 2020,

and the episode finally aired on TV on

Sunday 16th May. It was a dream come

true to see myself on TV for the first time

– even if I watched it through my fingers,

sweating uncontrollably!

What was it like being on

the set of Call the Midwife?

It was a lovely experience! All of the cast

and crew members (the Director, camera

operators, make-up artists etc.) were

super welcoming and patient with me.

I was a bit like a deer in the headlights

when I was filming it. I didn’t really have

any idea what I was doing and felt like

a total imposter! The Theatre School

I had trained at for 3 years was very

theatre and stage focussed, and I hadn’t

had much training on how to act in front

of a camera. I just kind of copied what

everyone was doing around me, and tried

to remind myself that, even if I felt like I

had won the lottery being in that show, I

had actually been chosen by the director

to be there, and I had nothing to prove or

worry about.

Also, the food was delicious - I felt like a

superstar! It’s quite embarrassing really, but

everyone seems to make a big fuss around

the actors. You get put in your own

dressing room and they bring you food

and snacks constantly throughout the day,

it’s a really bizarre experience! Especially

when everyone around you, such as

the costume assistants and the camera

operators work much harder and longer

days than you do.

What has been your acting

highlight to date? What is

your acting ambition?

This is a really tough question to answer.

It sounds like a cliché, but I enjoy myself

an equal amount, no matter what kind

of acting I am doing, or what the scale of

production is. I enjoy making silly faces and

voices in my bathroom mirror as much as I

do performing to a crowd of hundreds of

people! Acting has always been a bit of a

game to me, it’s my favourite pastime and

hobby, even if now I have to call it ‘my job’.

Whilst my very first day on a film set

was certainly an exciting moment – I

actually didn’t enjoy it at first at all! I was

so intimidated by all of the cameras and

people watching, that I forgot to enjoy

myself, and that is the key for me, I just

do this because I love it and it’s all a bit

of fun! Back in Shakespeare’s days, they

called actors ‘players’ and I think that says

everything. For me, acting is playing a

game, no different to football.

I suppose, now that I have ticked off ‘being

on TV’ from my list of career ambitions,

there are three that remain:

l I would love to perform at The Globe

theatre in London. It is the home

of theatre in England and where

Shakespeare used to perform all of

his plays. It is also, above any other

theatre, the theatre with the greatest

sense of ‘play’ between the actors and

the audience! The actors at The Globe

are encouraged to engage with and

talk to the audience members, and

make them laugh, and that inspires me

so much!

l I want to be able to support my

future family through my acting

career. I know that an acting career

is a very hard profession to pursue

– the competition is very fierce, and

unfortunately, it isn’t paid very well. If I

can one day have a roof over my head,

and send my children to a school like

Lambrook, I will be a very happy man.

l I think it would be really cool to be

a ‘household name’! I’m not saying I

want to be a celebrity or anything like

that, but it would be really cool if one

day someone might turn around to

their friends and say “Did you see that

new show with Jake Simmance in?”

Which actor/actress has

inspired you the most and

why?

There are two actors that really stand

out to me as I’ve grown up. The first is

Brad Pitt. I think he is the coolest man on

television. Everything he does, every role

he plays, and every burger he eats on

screen, he looks so effortless doing it.

The other actor I love is Denzel

Washington. His work and preparation

mean that when he plays a role in a film, I

truly believe he is that character, and he is

experiencing all of those emotions he goes

through in the film. He has an intensity

behind his eyes that move me in a way

that I really believe he is feeling hundreds

of emotions at any given time, and only he

will choose which of those emotions you

see. For me, he is the best actor I have

ever watched.

What is your favourite film

of all time?

I will unashamedly say ‘Toy Story’ is my

favourite film of all time. It doesn’t matter

how many times I watch it, or how old I

am when I watch it, every time I see those

opening credits and Andy’s wallpaper of

the blue sky with the little white clouds,

I am transported to the very first time I

watched that film, and I feel like a child

again.

From an acting perspective, I would say

either ‘The Godfather’ starring Marlon

Brando and Al Pacino, or ‘Monster’

starring Charlize Theron. I think the

performances by all three of those actors

in those films are as good as you’ll ever see

in a film.

Do you have any advice for

Lambrook pupils who are

into their drama, or indeed,

into anything else?

I have one motto for this: “It is a marathon,

not a sprint”

If you really want something, you are going

to have to work hard for it and be patient,

it won’t always happen immediately. A

tutor of mine once told me that “we are

all like Popcorn kernels; prepared in the

same pot, in the same heat, in the same

oil, but they don’t all pop at the same

time. Don’t compare yourself to others,

your time to pop is coming.” You must be

patient.

The other thing I think is crucial, is try

not to forget why you started doing

that thing in the first place. I will always

remember that, no matter how hard this

acting journey has been so far for me,

or how difficult it may be in the future,

I do it because to me, I’m just playing a

game. Whether that be sport, singing,

an instrument, creative writing, maths or

science, hold onto that child inside of you

that fell in love with it in the first place.

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OLD LAMBROOKIANS

Keeping it in the Family

It was a real pleasure to catch up over Zoom with father and son

Old Lambrookians, Simon Hill and Tim Clifford Hill, to learn more

about them and their time as pupils at Lambrook.

Whether it be singing in the choir, playing a

musical instrument or taking a role on in a

play, both Tim and Simon were extremely

involved in music and performing arts

when they were at Lambrook. Both very

talented musicians, Tim went on to be a

professional musician and is now a vicar.

As the son of a local clergyman, Simon

was the only day boy when he was at

Lambrook. This did not hold him back in

any way as it felt like he was boarding; he

was in school every day at 7.00am, apart

from Sunday, when he stayed at home

(having clergy as family meant that he could

have ‘religious instruction’ at home!).

Simon had a very happy time at Lambrook

and today, whenever Simon sees mown

grass, he is instantly transported back to

his school days and the wonderful grounds

and fun times that he had when at school;

running around, fishing for tadpoles in the

stream, watching films on an old projector

in the School Hall, to name but a few

highlights.

And when it was time for Simon’s son,

Tim, to go to Prep school, Lambrook

was the obvious choice. Initially, Tim’s

mother was not keen for him to board,

however, with the attraction of 120 other

boarders as surrogate brothers, and some

encouragement from Tim and senior

staff, he was permitted to board and

subsequently jumped into weekly boarding

life without a second look back (there

were also stories of boys escaping from the

Boarding House at night and using the First

X1 pitch boundary rope to write out the

word ‘goodbye’ on the Year 8s' departure!).

To the Clifford Hill family, Lambrook

kept the traditional Prep School feel,

nurturing its pupils whilst at the same time

encouraging them to stand on their own

two feet, ready and prepared for the next

stage. The family line continues – Tim is

now father to Henry, who is three, and

Henry’s godfather happens to be Tim’s

best friend from Lambrook, whom Tim

met aged eight and was in the same

dormitory and form class as him. When

asked if he would send his three year old

son Henry to Lambrook Tim was keen: if

it wasn’t for living too far away, he would

be there like a shot!

Lambrook connections continue far and

wide. Simon and Tim spoke about a time

when they were stranded in Pangbourne

and happened to be passing a Bentley

Garage. On being questioned by staff as

to why they were on the forecourt, they

explained that they had been at the same

school as W.O. Bentley and then followed

a full show round of the car sales room,

whilst being treated like royalty!

Being at Lambrook has had a

massive impact on both of these

Old Lambrookians:

“what you learn there will

be with you forever, what is

instilled in you, going to chapel,

living with other people,

learning lessons from the way

the school runs and works,

already I pass on these things

to my son Henry”

“Lambrook’s arms are always

round you, Lambrook never

leaves you”

We look forward to being able

to welcome both Simon and Tim

back to Lambrook to share their

expertise and wisdom with the

Lambrook Community.

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Giving

Lambrook’s chosen charity for 2020-2021 was local organisation,

First Days. Despite Covid restrictions, the Lambrook Community

was able to raise thousands of pounds through many creative

ways. One of the highlights was a cookbook with recipes shared

from the Lambrook community.

The Crisp Packet Project –

blankets for the homeless

The Lambrook

Foundation

Since its founding as a school in 1860,

Lambrook has been nurturing potential,

offering an outstanding education to all of

its pupils. The school is keen to continue

to offer this legacy of a truly exceptional

experience, and through the development

of The Lambrook Foundation, it has been

able to make improvements to its school

site as well as providing bursaries to those

who truly benefit.

To find out more about The Foundation

and to offer your support, please visit:

https://www.lambrookschool.co.uk/

about-us/the-lambrook-foundation/

Lambrook continued to support the

Christmas Boxes appeal, also for First

Days, ensuring that local children had

something to open on Christmas Day.

The School also supported many other

charities, both local and larger, including

Children in Need, Bracknell Food Bank,

NSPCC, Place2Be, Comic Relief, MacMillan

and the Epilepsy Society.

One of the initiatives that has continued

to capture the Eco Team’s interest was the

making sleeping bags for the homeless out

of crisp packets.

Partnership

Pupils were also able to support other

charities through their own initiatives.

Care home pen pals

Lambrook’s partnership with local schools

continues to go from strength to strength.

During Covid times, Lambrook was able

to offer live online sports lessons to local

children and IT training for staff. When back

at school, the swimming pool was used to

give two schools free swimming lessons. As

well as this, schools in the local area had the

opportunity to take part in a day accessing

sports not necessarily as available in local

stage schools.

Our Year 8 pupils really enjoyed writing

imaginative letters to a local care home,

thoughtfully writing about what would

interest those that lived there.

The facilities at Lambrook are used by the

wider community for free, and groups such

as the Blind Cricketers, are regular users.

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Grounds

The Lambrook

and looking after our Environment

At Lambrook we spend a lot of time outside in our 52 acres of

grounds; planting, collecting and harvesting fruit and vegetables,

looking after our animals, taking part in outdoor learning, playing

competitive sport, alongside there being many other opportunities

to explore, play, learn and of course, to get muddy!

looking after the bees in our Orchard

and animals on our Farm. Hopefully

all of these small actions will add up

and help towards looking after our

Earth.

As a school we are passionate

about sustainability and we teach

our children to be mindful of their

environment and the positive impact

that they can have on it. Through Eco

and Farming schemes, pupils are able

to be involved on both a local and

national level.

These initiatives are led by our

Lambrook Eco Team which is made

up of pupils from Reception through

to Year 8. Over recent months we

have planted close to 300 trees

in our grounds and have been

growing vegetables for our lunches,

ensuring that we are protecting the

environment for our birds, as well as

Lambrook had its first ever Apple

Day in November. Against the

backdrop of harvest and COP26,

this was a wonderful opportunity for

our pupils to learn more about their

immediate environment and expand

their knowledge and appreciation for

our Orchard.

Our Year 8 pupils made their own

apple juice which was then tasted by

the rest of the school.

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Our boarders were extremely excited to name the two new

rabbits – Bubbles and Flopsy.

Giving chickens the

Feathers to Fly

On Easter Saturday, we welcomed

some of our newest recruits to

Lambrook. We are delighted to be

able to give a home to these chickens

who are a mixture of ex caged

hens and free range hens, deemed

no longer commercially viable, but

rescued through the British Hen

Welfare Trust. Although initially

rather scruffy in their appearance, we

are sure that after some Lambrook

air, care and visits from our

Lambrook children, they will begin

re-grow their feathers.

Lambrook Honey

Honey is most definitely at its best

between two slices of bread and a

little bit of butter, and tasted even

more special knowing that it was

made a stone’s throw away from the

Boarding House!

Lambrook feature in

The Field Magazine

Article author Mary Skipworth

writes, “Within their scenic and

spacious grounds, resilience is

built, pupils are equipped for life’s

realities and love and respect for the

countryside are instilled.

A curriculum that emphasises rural

traditions and time outdoors better

equips pupils to deal with what

lies ahead – as these prep schools

demonstrate.”

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OLD LAMBROOKIANS

Catching up with our

Old Lambrookians'

first term at Senior School

We are proud of each and every one of our Lambrook pupils and all that they go on to achieve.

Leaving Lambrook and moving on to Senior School is a big step and as a school, we thoroughly prepare

and equip our pupils for this next stage of their academic journey.

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After a half term settling into their new

respective schools, we caught up with four

Old Lambrookians to find out how life at

Senior School had been so far.

l Former Head Boy, Seb is now at

Abingdon School in Oxfordshire

l Star of the Stage, Amelie is now at

Marlborough College

l All-round sportsman Sylvester has

headed to Eton College

l Also an all-rounder in the pool

and on the sports field, Emily is at

Charterhouse

What has been the

highlight of your time at

your new school so far?

Seb: I have loved the sporting aspect as

I have been playing loads of rugby for

the U14A team. However, what I have

enjoyed most is definitely making new

friends and getting to know new teachers,

my house mistress and other students in

my house.

Amelie: My highlight of Marlborough

College so far has been meeting new

people and making friends on the sports

pitch, in the classroom, or even around

the breakfast table.

Sylvester: My highlight of Eton so far

must be the first time we arrived. I got to

meet new people who I now have gotten

to know so well, as well as having the

opportunity to explore new interests.

Emily: My highlight at Charterhouse has

to be the sport. It is really fun to play

with people I have known for a couple of

months. I have made so many great new

friends and I can’t wait to make many

more through sport. I have also enjoyed

House singing very much. Particularly

because I've met so many girls in the

older years who are all super nice and our

performance was really fun.

Which academic lessons

are you particularly

enjoying?

Seb: I am loving history because we are

learning about the French Revolution

which is really interesting. I have also just

started Spanish which I recommend!

Emily: During this term, I have really

enjoyed Spanish and French because my

teachers are so kind and understanding.

I have never taken Spanish before but I

am picking it up quite quickly because the

lessons are really entertaining, making me

want to learn more.

What have you enjoyed

getting involved in

outside of lessons?

Seb: I have loved playing lots of sport as

there is so much on offer. At the moment

I am playing rugby, some hockey and I have

a gym session a week. I’m planning to get

involved in the school magazine in the

summer term.

Amelie: Outside of the curriculum, I am

loving ‘Drawing on location’ which is an art

club. This also lets me discover more parts

of Marlborough and made me feel more

at home whilst drawing. As well as this, I

love hockey because I enjoy getting on the

sports pitch and running around. It has

been great to see some of my Lambrook

friends at competitive fixtures against

other schools!

Are you boarding?

What is that like?

Amelie: I am fully boarding at Marlborough

and I'm really enjoying it because you

settle in very easily, since you're with your

friends the whole time. Boarding also

allows you to make better friendships with

your housemates.

Sylvester: At Eton we all have to board,

but I feel like it is the most important part

of school life. It’s a step up because we are

given a lot of freedom and independences.

We are given our own rooms, however,

we still see our housemates all the time. It

feels like a family home to be honest.

What, for you, are the

differences between

Prep School and Senior

School?

Amelie: The differences between

Lambrook and larger schools are that

the campus is much larger so it's easier

to get lost, (I know that from personal

experience!) as well as there being a lot

more people.

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Emily: Senior School is so much bigger

than my old Prep School, partly because

there are so many age ranges. At Senior

School you are given so much more

responsibility to keep active, eat well and

keep yourself busy. I have made so many

friends at Charterhouse whilst still keeping

in contact with my old friends from

Lambrook.

Is there anything that

you miss about Prep

School?

Seb: Mostly I miss my old friends. As I was

the only person from Lambrook to go

to Abingdon I have had to make double

the effort to keep in touch with old

Lambrookians!

Emily: I definitely miss the sports

fixtures at Lambrook. I also miss my

lifelong friends and teachers who made

my time at Lambrook so memorable.

Being at Charterhouse makes me look

back and see how lucky I was to go

to such an amazing school which then

opened so many opportunities for me at

Charterhouse.

How did Lambrook

prepare you for your

move to Senior School?

Seb: Other than the academic subjects

and breadth of extra-curricular activities,

Lambrook has given me the selfconfidence

and self-belief to go forward

into a new environment and with that, the

resilience to meet the new challenges of

Senior School life.

Amelie: Lambrook prepared me for

Senior School very well. We had various

talks about how to prepare yourself

for Senior School which I found very

useful. I particularly enjoyed it when

old Lambrook pupils came in to discuss

moving on forward to Senior School.

Lambrook prepared me so well for Senior

School and I'm so grateful because it has

made my transition to Marlborough very

smooth - thanks to Lambrook!

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OLD LAMBROOKIANS

Saying Goodbye

Tim and

Alison Potter

Mr Potter retired from full time teaching

here several years ago but has remained

very much involved with the Lambrook

School community in coaching Sport,

driving minibuses, covering lessons and

many other school activities here. In

the same way, Mrs Potter has been the

most wonderfully supportive Teaching

Assistant in the Pre Prep and has faithfully

overseen our afternoon club for many

years, where her passion for Art has

encouraged so many to pursue this

interest enthusiastically themselves.

Marcus Liddell

Mr Liddell moves on to teach Mathematics

at Belmont Prep School. Lambrook's

sporting reputation under Mr Liddell's

leadership has simply gone from strength

to strength under his guidance - our

Sports Day must be one of the biggest

and best run school gatherings in

the country, numerous sports tours

abroad have run successfully thanks to

Mr Liddell's careful management, and

individual teams have enjoyed recognition

at County and National level through

his inspirational coaching. In addition, Mr

Liddell's contribution to the Mathematics

Department and other areas of school life

has been significant.

Looking back: we asked Marcus

Liddell a few questions about his

time at Lambrook School

How long have you been at

Lambrook?

I have been at Lambrook 24 Years - I was

previously working at Haileybury Junior

School when we merged with Lambrook

in 1997.

What has changed since you started

until now?

So much has changed on the Lambrook

site - I remember when the holly bush was

removed and the hole was dug for the Pre

Prep! I also remember the time before the

DJC where plays and assemblies had to be

performed in the old Assembly Hall (now

the AH classrooms).

On the sporting front, the Astro used to

be a redgra surface which was a complete

dustbowl in the summer, and in the winter

the hockey ball used to become a clay ball

when wet. It is fantastic that this has now

been replaced by the current Astro. There

used to be a Fives Court where the new

DT Workroom currently is and the old 15

metre Swimming Pool was replaced by the

new luxury 25 metre pool during my time.

What things were you involved in

whilst at Lambrook?

Apart from being a senior Mathematics

teacher when I first started at Lambrook, I

was also a boarding housemaster and then

moved on to be the Head of Boarding for

ten years. Boarding was very much at a

transition stage as we moved from full to

flexi boarding. I oversaw the introduction

of girls to boarding which initially started

over in Westfield but as it grew, the girls

moved to Lambrook House. I was also

the Head of PE, then the assessment

coordinator before finally becoming the

Director of Sport in 2010.

What was your greatest sporting

moment at the school?

To name one would be unfair as I have

been blessed to have worked with some

fine teams during my time, including

coaching teams which have made eleven

national finals. In these finals, the U13A

Football were runners up in 2000 on

golden goals, and the U11A Hockey

came fourth in 2012. The recent 1st

XI Football team went three years

undefeated, only losing three games in

six years.

Sports Day was obviously a massive

event – was it as fun as it looked?

What did you enjoy about it?

The run-up to sports day was never easy

but once the day started, I thoroughly

enjoyed myself. We used to have family

races and an obstacle race with pupils

taking part in a minimum of three events

plus the tug of war, and possibly a relay.

In recent years I became more ambitious

and went for four individual events.

Watching the pupils going out there

and giving their all gave me so much

pleasure. Al Romanes was always the

star on the microphone, compèring and

commentating. I will always remember

when we had a Victor Ludorum settled

by one point. A boy jumped out of the

end of the long jump pit and we had to

frantically spray-paint an extra board!

Where is your favourite place to be

at Lambrook?

Outside on the playing fields, especially in

the summer.

What will be your overriding

memory of your time at the school?

What will you miss?

Two decades of hard work and fun. I

enjoyed everything about school life

and believe that the more you put in

the more you get out. I painted the

Sports Hall twice! I will miss the staff,

the camaraderie, the jokes, and of

course the pupils who make every day

interesting!

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LAMBROOK EVENTS

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Keeping in Touch

We would love to keep in touch with

Old Lambrookians and their families.

Being part of the Lambrook Alumni

Community is a fantastic way to hear

about Lambrook’s news and events and

to re-connect with old friends. We very

much welcome wider family members to

be part of our community too.

imposed due to Covid, we had to

welcome the Alumni guests virtually, but

their message was still warmly received

by all:

To receive news and updates on events,

please follow the link below to enter your

details:

www.lambrookschool/contact-us/

alumni

Events

Unfortunately, due to Covid, we have

been unable to host any formal Alumni

events over the past year. We are very

much hoping that 2022 will be the year

for Lambrookians to re-connect with one

another and so if you are interested in

attending or even hosting your own event,

either at Lambrook or a different location,

please do get in touch:

alumni@lambrookschool.co.uk

Monty Lyman (left 2009)

Morgan Clarke (left 2016)

A Virtual

Alumni Event

It was such a privilege to be able to host

our first virtual Old Lambrookian Alumni

event. Individuals who had left Lambrook

in the 1950s and 1960s, joined together

on Zoom for an evening of reminiscing

– with many of the individuals not having

met or seen each other since they left the

school aged 13!

Back visiting

Lambrook

It was an honour to welcome two of

our very sporty Old Lambrookians

to Lambrook, to hear of their happy

times at the School and to witness their

long-standing friendship. One particular

highlight for Tim was finding the kneeler in

the Lambrook Chapel that his mother had

made when he first started at the School!

Old

Lambrookians

inspire Year 8

Pupils

As part of their Leavers’ Programme, we

invited several Old Lambrookians to come

and speak to our Year 8 about life after

Lambrook and settling into Senior School

and beyond. Due to the restrictions

Elodie Sinclair (2017)

Billy Hobbs (left 2020)

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Lambrook School

Winkfield Row

Nr Ascot, Berkshire

RG42 6LU

Tel: +44 (0) 1344 882717

Email : alumni@lambrookschool.co.uk

www.lambrookschool.co.uk

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