Mrs Bennett’s Bulletin, Wednesday 20 January 2021

Posted: 20th January 2021

Good morning, Prep School family, 

I hope you are all well-rested and excited for a new day of learning and opportunities. I have a great day ahead – merit assembly for HPP, joining some Zoom lessons and this afternoon, I have a meeting with The Society of Heads committee that I am on. I hope you enjoy your day as much as I hope I shall enjoy mine! 

Over the last few days I have had a couple of very unexpected surprises. Firstly, I had a text message off a girl who I went to university with many moons ago. We don’t really keep in touch very often. In fact the last time I heard from her was so she could let me know some very sad news. This must have been over 3 years ago now. So when her name pinged up on my phone I was taken aback. I read the text message and she was just texting to say that she was thinking of me at the moment and how hard it must be in schools at the moment (she is a doctor – she must be sooo busy too). She also sent me a picture of her two children and their new puppy. It was such a lovely, caring message. It was completely unprompted and out of the blue making it all the more special. We had a good catch up after that and it really made me think how special our friendship is – we don’t speak for years but she still thought enough of me to text. This then prompted me to text a friend who I hadn’t been in contact with for a while as she lives in Canada. Again, this prompted another conversation and another check in with someone very special in my life who I had, in all honesty, been neglecting in recent months. I obviously hadn’t done this on purpose but sometimes life just takes over. It made me think that friendships don’t just happen, they are a lot of hard work but once they are formed, no matter how far away you live or how long you haven’t been in touch with someone – a true friend is always there for you. I am so very lucky to have many true friends. 

Another wonderful surprise was coming home on Monday evening to find a pile of Costa coffee vouchers in my letter box. My neighbours had received them and thought that Mr Bennett and I would appreciate them more than them. What a kind gesture. 

Have you carried out a random act of kindness? Have you been on the receiving end of any of these acts? I would love to hear about them. 

Again, it’s such a great example of how such little things can make such a huge difference. 

Can you make a difference today?

Days of the year theme: Disc Jockey Day, Cheese Lovers Day, Buttercrunch Day, Penguin Awareness Day, Camcorder Day, Museum Selfie Day and Internal Day of Acceptance.

I shall be celebrating Cheese Lovers Day by finishing my cheeseboard off from the weekend! I feel a cheese coma coming! 

Quote of the Day: “The things that make me different are the things that make me, me.” – Piglet

Happier January calendar task (this month’s activities are based on doing things that make us happier):

*Go to bed in good time and give yourself a chance to recharge

TOP’s weekly activity: Research a famous or historical figure and write a diary entry as them. Can you then present it in an unusual way?

Life skill of the day: Hoover!

Joke of the day: 

What did one toilet say to the other toilet?

You look a bit flushed! 

Fact of the Day: 

The average star is between 1 and 10 billion years old – although some are a lot older! 

Sleeps til Santa: 338 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: HPP merit assembly, a new granola for my breakfast and a strong coffee! 

Have a wonderful Wednesday, 

Stay very safe, 

Mrs Bennett

PS – If you would like to play an instrument or sing in our merit assemblies (both sites) – please can you email Miss Broder – we would love to hear you play!