Mrs Bennett’s Bulletin, Wednesday 13 May 2020

Good Wednesday morning, Prep School!

It’s Wednesday and it’s going to be a good day for us all! I can feel it in my bones! The sun is (partly) shining here this morning, I have Merit Assembly to do for Highclare Preparatory School: St Paul’s and I have lots of Zoom sessions to take part in! I have also been invited to the Pre-Prep Merit Assembly, which I am very excited about. I am really looking forward to getting today underway!

Firstly, I would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone that took part in the Highclare Hike this weekend. We have had our final official count of miles and we did, in total, 4713 miles (as of Tuesday afternoon, 4pm). I know more miles will come in over the next few days but we have reached so many of our destinations and even made it back to Birmingham. This has impressed me so much! I have got house points waiting for all of you who took part and I have also got participation certificates coming your way very soon. I would also like to say an especially big thank you as we covered three quarters of these miles with only Prep School families! This is an amazing team effort and something we should be very proud of! Not only did we make it around 1945 Europe and home, we have also managed to raise nearly £1000 for two fantastic charities. This again is something to be proud of during this time of uncertainty. The fact that you gave your time and took part in our school family Highclare Hike shows what truly magnificent individuals you all are! I have attached the map for you to look at the route if you haven’t seen on social media.

I would just like to take this opportunity to remind you of some Zoom etiquette! Remember, you were sent the guidelines regarding behaviour on Zoom a few weeks ago with my Bulletin, please can I remind you that all of these guidelines are still in place. We have set out these rules to make sure that everyone can partake in a Zoom session and feel safe and respected. We expect you to behave in a Zoom lesson as you would in a classroom lesson. I have witnessed some exceptional behaviour and manners in the past few weeks and this is something to celebrate. I know that some of you may have forgotten some of these guidelines with all the excitement of distance learning so I have attached them again. Please can I ask that you read them and make sure you understand them. If you don’t or you have any questions, please feel free to ask your class teacher or myself. If we all do this, everyone will get the most out of these lessons as possible. Thank you so much for understanding this. Being part of your Zoom lessons really is the highlight of my day, so thank you all for making me feel so welcome and part of your classes, just as you do in school.

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 Wednesday 13th May 2020:

Life skill of the day: Can you clean your house windows (ground floor only please and, of course, with adult supervision).

Day of the year themes: ‘Numeracy Day, ‘Top Gun Day’ (that’s for you mums that are reading this J ), ‘Receptionists’ Day’, ‘International Hummus Day’, ‘Leprechaun Day’, ‘Root Canal Appreciation Day’, ‘Jumping Frog Day’, ‘World Cocktail Day’ (another one for you adults!) and ‘Apple Pie Day’.

13th May is a busy day for weird and wonderful celebrations!

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: If we borrow every single book from a library, is it still a library?

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: “Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries: for mathematics, the world is one country” – James Joseph Sylvester (English mathematician)

Joke of the day: These are linked to Numeracy Day and dedicated to Mr Greenfield due to his love of numbers!

Q: Why is it sad that parallel lines have so much in common
A: Because they will never meet!

Q: Heard about the mathematical plant?
A: It has square roots!

Q: Why did the student get upset when his teacher called him average?
A: Because it was a mean thing to say!

Q: Why is the obtuse triangle always so frustrated?
A: Because it is never right!

And the last one, I can hear all of your groans from here. . .this one is the best though, trust me. . .

Q: What do you call all dudes who love maths?
A: Algebros

And we cannot forget a very important countdown. . .

Sleeps til Santa: 226

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Bennett 😊

Highclare Preparatory School Zoom guidelines for children