Mrs Bennett’s Bulletin, Tuesday 3 November 2020

Posted: 4th November 2020

Good morning, Prep School family, 
I hope this Bulletin finds you well and relaxed after what, I hope, was a fabulous half term holiday. 
I had a fantastic half term. I got to catch up with my dad, see some friends that I hadn’t seen for a while, eat lots of delicious food and even manage a few days away in Norfolk. I love being in Norfolk – it’s my happy place. I think I love it so much as it always evokes such happy memories from when I was growing up and all the time we spent there as a family. It seems to me that everywhere we go when we are visiting these days, there is a memory attached to each place we go! Whether it is walking along the beaches at Wells, eating ice-creams on the harbour front, watching the storms across the sea from the beach hut, eating mussels from our favourite pub, climbing trees at Holkham or even celebrating my dad’s 40th birthday with Stephen Fry (children, ask your parents who he is! Parents- I’d like to say he is a close family friend but he just so happened to have the same taste in pubs that we did that night and he was also very keen to join in with a party)! It is so important to me that we go back and visit these places often and that we still go regularly to Norfolk as a family. I love telling Arthur and Amelie about the fun we had when we were younger and reminiscing with my dad and my brother about ‘the good old days’. 
I also love, much to Mr Bennett’s dismay, beaches in winter. I love the starkness, the colours of the sand, the low sun, the wind off the sea. I love sitting and listening to the waves crashing and the smell of salt air. One of my favourite past times is sitting on the soft sand with a flask of coffee, wrapped in my coat and a blanket, reading my book. It is my idea of the ultimate way to spend a lazy hour or two (if it’s not too cold!)! 
I think it is really important that we learn to cherish these simple things in life. The things that cost us nothing to achieve but bring us so much happiness -both in the moment but also in the memories that we create throughout our lifetimes. I am so grateful that I got to and still can experience these little pleasures. I feel very blessed. I have attached a photo from my time in Norfolk over half term. I mean look at the sunset – who wouldn’t love that! 
Do you have a happy place – somewhere you treasure? I’d love to hear about it. 
On another note, I am getting very excited as Christmas is growing ever closer but more on that next week. . . 
Days of the year themes for the coming week:
Tuesday 3rd November – Sandwich Day, Cliché Day, Jellyfish Day and Candy Day.
Wednesday 4th November – Stress Awareness Day and Use Your Common Sense Day.
Thursday 5th November – Love Your Red Hair Day, Men Make the Dinner Day (this is one I will be telling Mr B!) and Fireworks Day.
Friday 6th November– Nachos Day, Fountain Pen Day, Saxophone Day and Love Your Lawyer Day! 
Saturday 7th November – Bitter Chocolate with Almonds Day (very precise!) and Hug A Bear Day.
Sunday 8th November – Tongue Twister Day, Cook Something Bold Day, X-Ray Day and Cappuccino Day. 
Monday 9th November – World Freedom Day.
This week is also Marzipan Week! 
Quote of the week: “You never know what you can do until you try” – C.S. Lewis
New Ways November calendar task (this month’s activities are based on continued learning and trying out new things): 
Tuesday 3rd November:
Get outside and observe changes in nature.
Wednesday 4th November:
Do something new today.
Thursday 5th November:
Change your normal routine and notice how you feel.
Friday 6th November:
Give yourself a boost – try a different way of being physically active.
Saturday 7th November:
Be creative – cook, bake, paint, write, make or inspire.
Sunday 8th November:
Find out something new about someone you care about.
Monday 9th November:
Plan a new idea or activity that you want to try out this week. 
Sleeps til Santa: 52 days
Five things I am looking forward to today (thanks to Mrs Hinch for the inspiration): Can you try this each day? Remember, it focuses your mind on the positive and reminds us to show gratitude for things, no matter how small! 
Today I am looking forward to: Going for a walk after work, shopping for ingredients for my Christmas cake, wearing thick woolly jumpers, my online order arriving and Face timing my niece and nephew for story time. 
Have a marvellous week and stay safe – lots of hand washing please!
Love from, 
Mrs Bennett