Mrs Bennett’s Bulletin, Monday 11 May 2020

Good morning, Prep School!

Welcome to a brand new week of distance learning! It is only two weeks until half term – where has the time gone too?

So did you all have a wonderful weekend? I have loved seeing the photos of your VE Day celebrations. You all looked like you had a wonderful time and the weather was glorious. Did you all take part in the two minute silence? Did you see the Red Arrows flying over London? Did you hear Churchill’s speech? Did you listen to the words that the Queen had recorded? I thought it was very touching how they broadcast her words at exactly the same time as her father broadcast his 75 years ago. I cannot imagine how many scones were eaten this weekend to celebrate. . .far too many in my house to start with!

One of my favourite parts of the VE Day celebrations were the Red Arrows doing their fly over. I find these planes mesmerizing – how you get planes that are going that fast, to work in such perfect unison is beyond me! My other favourite part was a FaceTime ‘chat’ with my nephew (who is in Reception) – he wanted to know all about VE Day so it ended up with a PowerPoint presentation over Zoom for him in the afternoon (once a teacher. . . ) explaining all about VE Day and World War II. His questions were endless and they ended with “If the baddies were hurting people, being mean and stealing land, why didn’t the police put them all in a space rocket and take them to the moon?”. At this point, I decided that maybe we had discussed VE Day enough and that we should revisit the topic again in the coming weeks! I love the questions Arthur throws at me daily, I often get a quick FaceTime call to ask a questions or two. . . it reminds me of some of the things that you all say to me each day that make me laugh – I do miss that!

I have also been SO impressed with your efforts towards the Highclare Hike. I cannot believe how far around 1945 Europe we have gone. It has surpassed all of my expectations. We will do our final calculations today and as soon as we have added up all the miles and worked out where we got to, I will let you know! I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of your pictures and reading all of the emails telling me what you have done and how far you have been! There has been scooting, biking, running, jogging and walking. Some of the distances that you have covered have been staggering. Mr Bennett and I went on a long walk around Belvoir Castle on Friday (no unnecessary travelling, we live near there), we then went on a long bike ride on Saturday and another walk around my dad’s village when we dropped off his weekly food parcel yesterday (photo attached). I thought we had done a lot of miles but what you have all done is amazing! Thank you so much for taking part – it has been so lovely to come together as a whole school community with a common goal and also to raise some money for two excellent charities along the way. If you have any miles that you haven’t logged towards our total, please can you do that today and if you took part, there are house points heading in your direction! Thank you for taking part – I am one very proud Head of the Prep School right now!

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 Monday 11th May 2020:

Life skill of the day: Can you wash the outside a car?

Day of the year themes: ‘Eat What You Want Day’, ‘Accounting Day’, ‘World Ego Awareness Day’ and ‘Twilight Zone 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: Is a white sheet of paper more blank than a black one?

TOPS activity of the week: Can you find something in your house that starts with every single letter of the alphabet? Once you have collected all of these, can you take a photograph and send them to me please?

Quote of the Day: “Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself” – Marcus Aurelius

And we cannot forget a very important countdown. . .

Sleeps til Santa: 228

Have a lovely Monday and I look forward to seeing you on Zoom this week,

Mrs Bennett 😊