Red Devils surprise for Brookham children on 25th anniversary

The Red Devils with some children from Brookham Pre-Prep and Nursery
The Red Devils with some children from Brookham Pre-Prep and Nursery

A Liphook pre-prep and nursery marked its 25th anniversary with a special celebration for children, parents and staff.

Brookham Pre-Prep and Nursery enjoyed a surprise display and visit from the ‘Red Devils’ Parachute Regiment Freefall Team, the official parachute display team of both The Parachute Regiment (The Paras) and the British Army.

Julie Thomas with the Red Devils

Julie Thomas with the Red Devils

This surprise treat was arranged by Mrs Sophie Baber, headmistress at the school.

It was such a surprise, most of the staff didn’t even know it was happening.

The morning began with the children performing a celebratory concert to their parents in a marquee in the school grounds.

Everyone then went outside, where they were joined by Highfield students, and looked skywards.

The Red Devils in action

The Red Devils in action

All of a sudden the children began shrieking with delight as eight members of the Red Devils became visible in the cloudy sky above and descended from their plane at 1,700ft in to the middle of the field.

Following the display, the team answered some of the questions that the children had about The Red Devils .

As another surprise, The Red Devils also presented Julie Thomas, Brookham’s deputy head, with the Brookham flag that they had jumped with.

Julie will be retiring from the school at the end of the summer term after 10 years at Brookham.

The Brookham Concert

The Brookham Concert

Continuing the celebrations, current parents and staff were then joined by former staff and pupils on Saturday evening for Brookham’s 25th Anniversary party, with the celebrations concluding on Monday morning with the cutting of the forest school themed cake made by Mirabelle Cupcakery in Wey Hill.

Brookham Prep-Prep opened in the grounds of Highfield School on April 21, 1992.

The school has grown from just 18 pupils and one form entry in 1992, to 190 pupils and three form entry, plus a nursery.

More than 1,200 children aged three to eight years old have been taught at the school over the last 25 years.

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