Mrs Bennett’s Bulletin, Friday 15 January 2021

Good morning, Prep School family,

Welcome to the last day of this week! It’s Friday! Yippee! That’s one full week of remote learning done. You should all be very proud of yourselves.

One of the things that I miss the most about being in school is talking daily to the children and finding out all about their successes, both in school and further afield. I love hearing stories of exams being passed, trophies being won or contests won. Merit assembly is one of my favourite times of the week and I especially enjoy it when children come to the front to tell everyone about why they are standing in front of the school. These are always unscripted on my part, we never prep the children, and some of the things that they say are priceless. I really, really miss these special moments.

Merit assemblies are returning next week (same day and time as usual – further details to follow), so if you would like a mention or a ‘shout out’, please do email me with a short explanation of what you have been doing. I know at the moment, the things that we can achieve outside of school are limited due to all of the restrictions but we can still celebrate things. For example, you could tell me if you read a whole book in record time, you might share that you made your bed each day this week without being asked, you might have been for a 5km run, cooked dinner, learnt to do a handstand or baked a cake with no help from your parents. Anything! Let’s get celebrating and make January a little brighter.

So on this note, I am going to share with you a success I had over the holidays. It is only small but it has made me very proud! If you remember, I have told you before that during lockdown I have been helping my neighbours do their shopping. I get their shopping whenever they run out or if they need something different. I also do my dad’s shopping weekly so he can stay away from the shops and stay safe. Each Sunday, Mr Bennett and I go to Sainsbury’s. We have 2 trolleys for all the shopping. We usually treat ourselves to a coffee and chocolate croissant on the way home. What has this got to do with your success I hear you say. . .

Well, for the last year (2020-2021), I have been awarded (the prestigious award from Sainsbury’s) of being the number 1 buyer of orange KitKats from the biggest Sainsbury’s store in Nottingham! This is an award I am exceedingly proud of! Think of how many people shop in this story every week and little me purchased the most orange KitKats out of anyone. . . (yes I know they aren’t healthy and I too was also shocked it wasn’t wine that I brought the most of!!) I even got a certificate for achieving this success. I have attached it to share with you.

So, in true award style:

Thank you Sainsbury’s Castle Boulevard, Nottingham for this award, I am truly honoured. I’d like to thank the utter genius at Nestle who invented this orange delight, my bank for allowing me a debit card to make these purchases, my car for getting me to the shops and finally I’d like to thank my dad for his love of chocolate and for asking me to buy 2 packets of orange KitKats each week in his shopping – without him, this award would not have been possible! My sympathies go to all the runners up. Thank you again for this honour!

And who dared to say 2020 was a year to forget?

Days of the year theme: Hat Day, Bagel Day, Strawberry Ice-Cream Day and Pothole Day.

Quote of the Day: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better” – Maya Angelou

Happier January calendar task (this month’s activities are based on doing things that make us happier):
*Eat heathy food that really nourishes you today

TOP’s weekly activity: Can you write a letter and send it to someone who might be feeling lonely or missing seeing you.

Life skill of the day: Load the dishwasher. . .correctly and without being asked.

Joke of the day: Thank you to Alice – Yr4P

What do you do with a Pikachu when he won’t get on the bus?

Poke-him-on!

Seriously made me chuckle all day! An oldie but a goodie!

Fact of the Day: Thanks you to Harvey – Yr4P

Did you know in the numbers one to one hundred, there are no letter a’s?

Sleeps til Santa: 345 days!

Three things I’m 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: my online order of cheese arriving, finishing my book and a glass of something fizzy in the evening.

Have a great day and a wonderful weekend,

Lots of love,

Mrs Bennett