Mrs Bennett’s Bulletin, Thursday 7 May 2020

Good morning, Prep School!

It’s Thursday and the last day of the school week for you all! The sun is back in all its glory, it was so warm yesterday and the forecast for this special bank holiday weekend is a good one! Hopefully all of the VE Day celebrations that you have been telling me about with families and neighbours will be able to go ahead as planned with the added bonus of the sun thrown in as well.

I know it is an exciting weekend and many of you have street/garden parties planned amongst other events but please remember to be safe. Stay 2 meters apart from anyone that isn’t in your household and wash your hands regularly. I am going to make some scones tonight and take them to my dad tomorrow. Hopefully we will be able to have one with a cup of tea in his front garden to celebrate VE Day. I am hoping that my brother and my niece and nephew will also do a ‘drive by’ to say hello as I know my dad is really missing seeing the grandchildren! We are also planning on dropping some scones off with Mr Bennett’s mum and doing the same with her. Please send me any photos of the celebrations that you are taking part in, I would love to see what you are doing. I will take some pictures too and share with you next week.

Also this weekend we have the exciting Highclare Hike to take part in! Do you remember, I wrote about it in my Bulletin earlier in the week and I have been talking about it with you in the Zoom lessons I have been in. . . We, as a school, are going to try and walk (or run, hop, skip, jump etc) as far as we can this weekend. We would like to walk from Birmingham to as many capital cities around 1945 Europe as we can. We will be adding up all of our collective miles to see how far we can get over the bank holiday Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The hike officially starts at 8am tomorrow morning – Friday 8th May.

As I said before, this is a family event so we would ask that your whole family takes part, all the miles count! If there are 4 of you in the family and you all walk 5 miles each, that would be 20 miles towards our total. If there are 3 of you and you all walk 6 miles each, that would be 18 miles towards our total.

Please walk as far as you can! You can walk as many times as you like for as far as you like. We will log all of these miles on the VLE and give updates on social media of where we have reached throughout the weekend, hopefully on an interactive map (fingers crossed that the technology works). If you aren’t already following us on social media – we are on Instagram, twitter and Facebook. The details are further below in this Bulletin! .

Mrs Griffiths will set you (Reception to Year 6) a task on the VLE at some point today. This will allow you to go on each day and log the amount of miles that you have walked each day. You are going to need to decide how your family are going to log these miles on the VLE. If there are 2 children in the family – one of you could log your whole families miles (and the other child records none) or if you both want to log miles, you could split your miles up – child 1 could log their miles and their mums, whilst child 2 could log their miles and their dads. I hope that makes sense!

If you are in Swans or Cygnets (or you don’t have access to the VLE), the process of logging your miles is a little bit different. You will need to email you daily totals to reception@highclareschool.co.uk

I am so excited. I love walking anyway and I also love a challenge! I have an idea of which capital city that we will walk too and I have an estimate of the amount of miles that we will walk too. Do any of you have any guesses that you would like to share?

If you are taking photos of your walks, please can you share them with me for social media or ask you mums and dads to share on out Instagram (highclare_prep) and twitter (@Highclare_Prep) accounts using the hashtag #HighclareHike

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 Thursday 7th May 2020:

Life skill of the day/weekend: Can you do make some scones?

Day of the year themes: ‘Password Day’ and ‘Roast Leg of Lamb Day’ – it’s a quiet day on the days of the year today so here are tomorrows and the weekends!

Friday 8th May: ‘No Socks Day’, ‘World Donkey Day’, Public Gardens Day’ and ‘Iris Day’.

Saturday 9th May: ‘Windmill Day’, ‘Train Day’, ‘Fair Trade Day’, ‘Bellydance Day’ and ‘Lost Sock Memorial Day’.

Sunday 10th May: ‘Ocean Day’, ‘Stay Up All Might Night’** and ‘One Day Without Shoes Day’.

** – not on a school night!!

Thank you to Warwick who embraced ‘Hug A Shed And Take A Selfie Day’ with me this week! I have added Warwick’s pictures to social media and I have attached mine to this email. My neighbours (and Mr Bennett) looked at my very strangely as I hugged the shed in my garden and then took a picture of me doing it!

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: In a dark room, what does a mirror reflect? If nothing, does that mean it isn’t working?

TOPS activity of the week: On Friday this week, we are going to be celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day. This week can you please complete the following tasks:
Find out and research what VE Day is
Create a poster/short film/bake/model etc to tell me something about VE Day – be imaginative!
Quote of the Day: “You build the future with every action that you take, no matter how small”

And we cannot forget a very important countdown. . .

Sleeps til Santa: 232

Have a lovely day of distance learning and enjoy the bank holiday,
Mrs Bennett 😊