Mrs Bennett’s Bulletin, Thursday 4 February 2021

Good morning, Prep School family,

I hope you are all well and looking forward to Thursday?

Tuesday was a day of contemplation and thinking for me. My day started off with some sad news about some very long term family friends and finished off as I was leaving school with the sad news that Captain Sir Tom Moore had died, aged 100. It really got me thinking about the impact that people have on our lives. I was thinking that it doesn’t matter how long you have known someone or how you know them, even if we have known them for the shortest time, people can have a huge impact on our lives. This is exactly what effect Captain Sir Tom Moore has had throughout lockdown. This time last year, very few of us knew who this man was. I bet that no one in Highclare had ever heard of him, yet now if I ask you who he is, I bet the vast majority of us, if not all of us, would be able to speak about him. The man became an overnight lockdown sensation for doing something that most of us wouldn’t think twice about or find that difficult – walking 100 laps of our garden. For me it wasn’t the fact that Captain Sir Tom walked around his garden, even if he was nearly 100 (although granted this is amazing) it is the fact he became a symbol of hope, determination and positivity in a time where this was very much lacking. He always had a positive message, he was always smiling and he never gave up on achieving his dream. What a true role model and inspiration for us all.

So I’d like you to think about the impact you have on other people’s lives today. Do you make a positive difference to people? Do you spread happiness and hope? Do you always think about the consequences of your actions? Do you have to do something big to make an impact or are random acts of kindness enough? I’ll leave these thoughts with you.

So I’ll end today with the very words of Gerry and The Pacemakers (a very famous band from Liverpool in the 1960’s) and more recently made famous by Captain Sir Tom Moore in his number 1 chart topping hit of 2020 – You’ll Never Walk Alone.

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of a storm
There’s a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone

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Days of the year theme: Thanks A Letter Carrier Day, Sweater Day, World Cancer Day, Stuffed Mushroom Day and Homemade Soup Day

This week is also: Children’s Mental Health Week, African Heritage and Health Week and Cheerleading Week

Quote of the Day: A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms” – Zen Shin

Friendly February calendar task (this month’s activities are based on friendship)
*Organise a virtual tea break with friends to have a catch up

TOP’s weekly activity: Draw yourself as a super hero – what would your powers be? What would your costume look like? What would be your strength/weakness? What would your name be?

Life skill of the day: Weed the garden

Joke of the day: Thank you to Aarti – Yr3W

Patient: Doctor, Doctor! I think I have strawberries coming out of my head. . .

Doctor: I’ll get some cream for that!

Fact of the Day: Sea Lions have rhythm. They are the only animal able to clap to a beat!

Sleeps til Santa: 323 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: KS1 story time, story time Zoom with Arthur and Amelie and my 4pm cup of tea!

Have a lovely day,

Take care,

Mrs Bennett

PS My picture(s) of the day for you is inspired by trees – one taken in the snow and one taken last night. I love what a difference and angle can make to a picture