Mrs Bennett’s Bulletin, Thursday 2 July 2020

Good morning, Prep School family,

How are you all today? All good, I hope!

Just a short one from me today as we are experiencing some serious technical issues at school! It all started yesterday during the HPP End of Term Merit Assembly and we had no computers, internet or Wi-Fi etc for the rest of the day. It was like being at school again in the 1970’s (not that I was at school in the 1970’s – seriously I wasn’t, just to clear up any doubt!). It really made me think about how heavily we depend on technology these days. I have to be honest, I struggled without it. I couldn’t check emails, look at reports, update data, complete forms – you know the daily things that we need to do to keep everything going at school. It was so frustrating at times.

However, I have to say that I also loved it! I was in school yesterday so I managed to spend more time with the children and staff than normal. It was super to see the children off the iPads and working like they would do if they were in school normally. I loved the fact that my inbox wasn’t constantly pinging. It made me feel free. I could do lots of things that I never get time for, you know those things that get pushed to the bottom of the priority pile. I also had a tidy up! Everyone will tell you that I like teachers to have tidy classrooms and as I could do nothing else yesterday, I went on a St Paul’s tidy up! I was in my element! The key worker’s classroom was spotless at the end of the day along with many other parts of the school! Always a silver lining in any situation!

Having said all of this, there are still some technical issues at school. Mrs Robinson and her team are working on it as I type and were also working on it all day yesterday and late into the night. A huge thank you to them! But this may have a knock on effect for our transition sessions planned today. I will update you as soon as I can via School Comms. If you hear nothing more from me, presume all is ok!

Before I sign off, exciting news!!! Prize Giving is (almost) ready! It is all pre-recorded and we are planning for it to be ‘released’ tomorrow night at 6:30pm. This will enable you all to sit down together as families and watch it. This year, due to COVID and not being in the town hall, we are able to share our Prize Giving with a wider audience than just KS2, so I hope as many of you join us as possible I am hoping that we will be watching together but apart at the same time for what is always a special evening. Have your popcorn ready and maybe a box of tissues! I will forward you the link tomorrow.

Life skill of the day: Learn how to change a light bulb (with adult supervision please!)

Day of the year themes: ‘Anisette Day’, ‘World UFO Day’ and ‘I Forgot 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: How many horns does a unicorn have??

TOPS activity of the week:

Draw a face out of cardboard with ears and no hair. Can you find as many different and exciting hair styles as possible? Maybe experiment with a beard or a moustache? Earrings?

I have attached a picture for you to see an example! Please send me lot of photos!

Quote of the Day: “You can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis

Jump Back July calendar task (this month’s activities are based on developing resilience): Make a list of things you are looking forward to.

Sleeps til Santa: 175

Have a great day,

Mrs Bennett 😊