Mrs Bennett’s Bulletin, Monday 18 May 2020

Good Monday morning, Prep School,

I hope you are all well and that this Bulletin finds you all happy and relaxed after the weekend? Did you all have a wonderful time? I had a super weekend. I did (begrudgingly) do some cleaning, I went on a long walk, watched the musical Cats and saw my dad. I also did some work and boring things like doing the washing!

I cannot believe we are at Monday again. I am really looking forward to it as per usual. I am mostly looking forward to playing outside at lunchtime and seeing everyone smiling faces.

So this week is a busy week at Highclare – not only do we have a full week of lessons planned as per usual, we have Miss Broder’s virtual class music concerts to look forward to. I will try and get to as many as I can to see you perform and support all the musicians we have (sadly at other times I have some really boring meetings to go to. . .I know what I would rather be doing!) and I cannot wait to hear how they all go.

It is also the last week of this half term – can you believe it? Seriously where has this term gone? It only seems 5 minutes since we were returning after the Easter holidays! Now its May half term. You should all be so proud of yourselves and all you have achieved this half term. I am talking here to our whole community!

Children, you have been so resilient and adaptable. You have undertaken a whole new way of learning that we never thought we would have to embrace and we are all so, so proud of you! You have had to become far more independent and these skills will last you throughout your life.

Teachers, you have been amazing – I cannot begin to thank you all for the amount of blood, sweat and tears that has gone into making the distance learning as amazing as it has been. I have asked an inordinate amount of you and you have risen to the challenge each time. I wish I was lucky enough to have teachers like you when I was at school.

Finally, your parents – they have been out of this world! They have not only had to do their own massively busy jobs but they have also supported you in your learning and well-being. They have been thrown into the profession of teaching without any option and they have embrace it with enthusiasm. They have often stayed up late into the night, trying to re-familiarise themselves with things that they haven’t had to do since they left school and then they find out that the way we teach things now is completely different to their education. They deserve a medal and no wonder the sale of certain adult drinks has risen by 30%!

Before I go, something very exciting to look out for this week is the PE & Games blooper video! It is packed full of the clips and videos that went wrong when filming your lessons and activities. This is designed to make you giggle after your lessons and prove that mistakes happen to everyone. It is the best way to learn. The video is attached to your lessons this week as the optional extension task so don’t miss it.

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 18th May 2020:

Life skill of the day: We are going to revisit the life skill of washing up today. . . see below!

Day of the year themes: ‘No Dirty Dishes Day’, ‘Museum Day’ and ‘Visit Your Relatives Day’ **Only at a safe social distance, please.

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: Can I be accused of cheating if I don’t know the rules?

TOPS activity of the week: Can you find a famous painting that you like and try to recreate it at home using only things you have in the house (not paints, crayons or felt tips)? Maybe you can make Monet’s Waterlilies out of socks or Van Gogh’s Sunflowers out of LEGO?

Quote of the Day: “You are braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”

Sleeps til Santa: 221

Have a lovely day, everyone,

Stay safe,

Love

Mrs Bennett 😊