Mrs Bennett’s Bulletin, Thursday 21 May 2020

Good morning, Prep School,

It’s Thursday!

How was your Wednesday? I had a really lovely day – I had HPP Merit Assembly as normal and I was also invite to the cross site Pre-Prep Merit Assembly – both were so lovely. I attended the Year 3 virtual music concert in the afternoon and I had a staff meeting after that. In the evening, I made some soup (I know on the hottest day of the year – my menu planning hasn’t been good this week – but it was delicious!) and did some yoga with Miss Upham, Ms Kenny and Mrs Wheeler. Mr Bennett and I then watched a film and went outside to see the international space centre fly over us at about 11pm. And to top it all off, it was a beautiful, hot and sunny day!

My favourite bit about yesterday was when my ‘very mature’ (remember I am not allowed to call them elderly!) neighbour came round in the afternoon. I had all of my windows open in the house and I was merrily working away as I usually do. She came to say that all afternoon she had been sat in her garden, doing her tapestry and she had been listening to the birds, cars, people walking by and chatting – the normal noise you hear. Then at 2:30pm she started to hear children talking, clapping and the most wonderful pieces of music. She said she couldn’t work out what it was until she heard me talking and she realised it was something to do with school. She said that she sat for the whole of the concert, listening to the performances and to the teacher’s comments. She was so impressed when I told her it was Year 3 and that it was their first online concert. She said she had had to come and tell me as you had really made her smile and it was one of the best things she had experienced in lockdown. How wonderful is that? Making someone so happy without even knowing.

I came across a poem the other day that I had never read before. I really enjoyed it. I think it fits in perfectly with this week and the kindness theme.

The Power of One

One song can spark a moment,

One whisper can wake the dream.

One tree can start a forest,

One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,

One moment can make one fall in luv.

One star can guide a ship at sea,

One word can frame the goal

One vote can change a nation,

One sunbeam lights a room

One candle wipes out darkness,

One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey.

One word must start each prayer.

One hope will raise our spirits,

One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,

One heart can know what’s true,

One life can make a difference,

You see, it’s up to you!

Ashish Ram

Kindness Challenge: Ask your parents if you can do a chore in the house that would really help them out.

Wellbeing activity: Go to bed 30 minutes earlier tonight.

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 21st May 2020:

Life skill of the day: Can you help your parents to water the garden?

Day of the year themes: ‘I Need A Patch For That Day’, ‘Waitstaff Day’, ‘Memo Day’ and ‘Notebook 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: If I took the body off a car, would it still be a car? What if I took the engine out instead?

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: “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”- Amelia Earhart

Sleeps til Santa: 218

Have a great day!

Take care and stay safe,

Love

Mrs Bennett 😊