Mrs Bennett’s Bulletin, Friday 12 June 2020

Good morning, Prep School,

It’s Friyay!!!

Can you believe another week has past us by. . .it’s been such a super week full of purpose and learning whether you have been in school or at home. Some of the examples of work that have been sent to me have been amazing and I have been so impressed with your continued effort. Well done and keep this up.

It has been a week of firsts for Highclare Prep School – our first ever hanging nests of bees, our first virtual Open Morning, our first dip into Mandarin lessons for Year 6, our first virtual Year 2 trip to Pizza Express broadcasting live from the Highclare St Paul’s MFL room and our first Zoom meetings with potential new parents and children have taken place – it’s been a busy week!

I just wanted to speak to you about house point badges and certificates. I know so many of you have collected so many house points throughout the remote learning period and many of you have filled up or are very close to filling up several cards. Please don’t think that we have forgotten about your badges and your certificates, we just cannot get to them just yet as they are stored at the Senior School. We are keeping track and you will get all of the badges and certificates that are owed to you. It may be in September when we can access everything again, but even if this is the case, you will get them. If you have left us by then, don’t worry, we will get them posted to you!

So the weekend is upon us again and in the Bennett household we have another birthday to celebrate, this time it is my dad’s birthday. It actually quite nice that it is this weekend as it usually falls on the same weekend as Father’s Day, so the two celebrations tend to get rolled in to one. This year means that I can spoil my dad twice! So we had another picnic planned (forever hopeful) but I am thinking that this won’t be the case with the weather forecast in Nottingham. We have rain, rain and more rain with storms forecast for the next week – super! We have put up a gazebo in my brother’s garden, found a fire pit to use and we are going to move the celebrations outside. My brother has arranged for my dad to see some of his friends with a barrel of beer which he will love and then I am cooking us all dinner and we will have family games outside in the rain! It will be something like Pop-Up Pirate and Hungry Hippos when my niece and nephew are up and once they have gone to bed it will turn into a VERY competitive game of Trivial Pursuit. I have a feeling my dad, and whoever is on his team, will win as we only have the early 1980’s version of the game with us in Nottingham as we accidently left the latest version in our house in Norfolk. Some of the questions are so hard so I am hoping I get pulled out of the hat to play with my dad! The best team combination would be my dad and my sister-in-law on one team and my brother and I on another! Mr Bennett doesn’t like how competitive we all get so he is the question master! Wish me luck!

Whatever you are doing this weekend, I hope you have a super one too!

Final reminder – If you are in choir, on either site, Miss Broder has set you a task to complete on the VLE by the end of this week. This task needs to be done at home please (even if you are in school). It may need a few takes and some rehearsals to get it just right! If you do it and submit it to her, you will get 5hps each. It is really important that you do this for us, please. More will be revealed very soon. I thank you in advance for this

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 Friday 12th June:

Life skill of the day: Can snuggle somewhere for 15 minutes and find some inner peace – no distractions, no technology – just you and your thoughts?

Day of the year themes: ‘Superman Day’ and ‘Red Rose Day’, ‘Flip-Flop Day’, ‘International Falafel Day’ and ‘Peanut Butter Cookie Day’.
And some things to look forward to this weekend:

Saturday –‘World Gin Day’ – Yippee, you can hear me shouting from my house, ‘Sewing Machine Day’, ‘World Softball Day’, ‘International Axe Throwing Day’ and ‘World Knit In Public Day’.

Sunday – ‘World Blood Donor Day’, ‘Flag Day’, ‘Juggling Day’, ‘Cupcake Day’ and ‘International Bath 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 you fill a room with bricks, is it still a room?

TOPS activity of the week: This is a two-week task. . . Can you think of the seven continents of the world and identify a major landmark from each e.g. Europe – Buckingham Palace. Can you then recreate these landmarks? You could bake them, make out of lego, paint, dress up as them, make out of toilet rolls. . . use your imagination, there are many house point on offer for anyone that can achieve this!

It can be an individual or a family effort. I would love to see these photos once you have done and I will share on social media!

Quote of the Day: “Happiness looks gorgeous on you”

Joyous June calendar task: Make a plan with friends to do something fun together.

Sleeps til Santa: 195

Have a fantastic Friday and a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Bennett 😊