Mrs Bennett’s Bulletin, Tuesday 7 July 2020

Good morning, Prep School family,

So, it is Tuesday and this is the penultimate day at school for the academic year 2019/2020.

I am so looking forward to getting to the sports field in a little while and to welcoming those children in Year 2, 3, 4 and 5 back for our well-being/catch up/end of year picnic lunch. It seems so long since I have seen some of you! Zoom is great but it isn’t the same as seeing you face to face. I know your teachers have so many fun activities planned for you. You are so lucky. Please remember though that although we are so excited to see our friends and teachers, that we need to remember to socially distance from each other and that we wash our hands on a regular basis. The teachers will all have hand sanitizer too but this doesn’t replace a good old hand wash!

I had such a lovely day today, taking part in and watching our Virtual Sports Day take place at school. I cannot wait to see the videos and photos that you will have sent in from home. To hear the laughter and happiness radiating off the playground has been magical. Miss Upham and Mr Sneekes have worked tirelessly to produce such a great event and I am very thankful to them. I would just like to clarify for some of you doubters out there (Yr6W boys!), that I actually did do the Spud and Spoon race in 15 seconds and the spud was not attached to the spoon. I did not cheat! A huge well done to those who took part, be at it home or at school! My printer is going mad tonight as I am printing off my certificates! I’ll add them to my memory boxes!

I have just had a 45 minute FaceTime session with my nephew, Arthur. He called to see if I could go through the alphabet with him and name an omnivore, carnivore and herbivore dinosaur beginning with each letter. I can tell you that I failed miserably! He has set me a homework task to learn all of the dinosaurs that lived in water as apparently my knowledge in this area of palaeontology isn’t very good! He has also decided that next time we see each other, we are making a line of dinosaurs, alphabetically, in time periods – I have some serious learning to do! It amazes me how much he knows already and the names that he comes out with. I wish I had the brain of a 5-year-old again – soaking up all the knowledge that they encounter each day. Absorbing it and talking about it for hours on end. I, at the minute, have a brain that can be liked to a leaking old bucket!

Any dinosaur facts. . .please send in my direction!

Year 6, I hope you enjoy your ‘Class of 2020’, assemblies this evening. I have my snacks and a box of tissues at the ready for when I watch it with you virtually later. I cannot wait to see what you have produced. Enjoy every second and be so proud of your journeys so far.

Life skill of the day: Pack a picnic lunch!

Day of the year themes: ‘Cow Appreciation Day’, ‘Chocolate Day’, ‘Macaroni Day’, ‘Strawberry Sundae Day’, ‘Tell the Truth Day’ and ‘Global Forgiveness 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: Is it natural to be greedy? If yes, does that make being greedy ok?

TOPS activity of the week:

Create something! Anything! Use anything! Let’s see those pictures!

Quote of the Day: “When you can’t change what is happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond. That is where the power is.”

Jump Back July calendar task (this month’s activities are based on developing resilience): Shift your mood by doing something you really enjoy.

Sleeps til Santa: 171

Have a terrific Tuesday,

Mrs Bennett 😊