Mrs Bennett’s Bulletin, Wednesday 22 April 2020

Good morning, Prep School children,
 
Welcome to Wednesday! The sun is already shining and the birds are singing a glorious morning chorus – they have been since about 5am here. . .it has been lovely to listen to. As I sit and write this, the sun is streaming into my house, the table is bathed in sun light, there is a cool breeze coming in through the windows and I cannot hear any noise from traffic at all. Can you hear the birds each morning?
 
Did you know that today is Earth Day? Earth day was created over 45 years ago and is always celebrated on this day. It was thought up by a senator in the USA and his aim was to create a national (now international) day to raise awareness of the environment and how we treat nature. The event is now celebrated in 192 countries. It is important that we see today as more than a celebration though, it is really important that we think about how we, and others, look after the environment. 
 
The aim of Earth Day is to ensure things such as pollution are at the forefront of our minds and discussed by the worlds very important people. We want to keep our planet safe for many, many years to come so reducing pollution will help aid the fight against climate change. We can do little things to help this each day. Maybe we can walk instead of using our cars if possible? Can we switch off lights when we aren’t using rooms in our house to reduce electricity? Do we switch off the TV when we aren’t watching it? 
 
Do we reuse and recycle our plastic or try to use as little plastic as possible? Did you know that each year over 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s oceans? The oceans are such important places as, did you know, they produce over 70% of the oxygen that we breathe each day? I would much rather see a beautiful beach with crystal clear water and turtles on the sand than an ocean full of plastic bags and a beach covered with drinking straws. This is why was ask you to bring in your own reusable water bottle to school! I have been on a mission since Christmas (Mr Bennett got a new bin, with a recycling draw in it, for his Christmas present – strange I know but he was overjoyed!!) to consider our recycling at home. Before I used to just throw things away and only recycle minimal things. Now, the vast majority of my rubbish goes in the recycling bin. I cannot believe I haven’t been doing this for longer. 
 
We can try and reduce our global footprint. If we can grow some of our own food and eat food that is sourced locally and in season, we would have a huge impact on our world. I have loved seeing since we have been off school that many of you have started gardening and growing your own produce. This is a super step. Well done! 
 
It has made me think that when we get back to school, we need to start using some of our space to grow some produce for the kitchen. Mrs Bowen and Miss Soloman had just started our Eco Club before we finished school, we were in the process of setting up a committee and some of you had already been elected. As soon as we get back to school, we will have our first meeting and we can get underway with doing our bit to help heal the planet. As Tesco say ‘Every Little helps’ and that is certainly true in us caring for the environment. 
 
I have attached a poster to this Bulletin for a sunflower growing competition. Please have a look and have a go! I cannot wait to see your entries! I am going to plant mine this week and I will keep you posted on its progress! 
 
So each day I promised I would be sending you a life skill task to complete and also a joke, poem, picture, fact or reflection. Here we go for Tuesday 22 April 2020:
 
Life skill of the day: Can you learn your telephone number in case of an emergency?
 
Day of the year themes: ‘World Stationery Day, ‘Earth Day’, ‘Jelly Bean Day’ and ‘Administrative Professionals Day’.
 
Thunk of the day: Remember, Thunks are unusual questions that are designed to make you think. There are no right or wrong answers -just your answer. The only rule is that you must be able to justify and explain your answer. You cannot just say the first thing that comes into your head. Really think about the question and discuss with your family!
 
Question: Which is more important, being right or being nice?
 
TOPS activity of the week: I’m sure many of you have heard of Captain Tom Moore, the 99-year-old British Army officer, who has raised over £25 million pounds for the NHS – a staggering achievement. 
 
It is his 100th birthday on the 30 April, and there are many campaigns to get birthday cards/messages sent to him as a thank you for raising so much money. 
Could you design/write and post a card to Captain Moore?  You can either post these in a post box or send a photo to me and I can add to social media for you. 
 
Joke of the day: Thanks to Joseph D (Yr3W)
 
What do cats eat on hot days? 
 
Mice cream cones! 
 
Poem of the day: Thank you to Morgan (Yr3W)
 
There are somethings that remind me of spring, 
Beautiful butterflies landing on flowers, 
Jumping lambs trying to hide from the showers, 
Pretty flowers blooming for everyone to see, 
Tasty chocolate, so yummy to eat, 
Healthy eggs and delicious treats, 
These are a few of my favourite things.
 
And we cannot forget a very important countdown. . . 
 
Sleeps til Santa: 246
 
Have a fantastic day, everyone, 
 
Work hard and help out your mums and dads, 
 
Lots of love
 
Mrs Bennett 😊