Mrs Benentt’s Bulletin, Tuesday 23 February 2021

Good morning, Prep School family, 

I hope you all had a lovely day yesterday and that you enjoyed being back in the world of remote learning and Zooms! I had a super day in school. Even though it was raining hard for my morning gate duty, it was so wonderful to see so many smiling faces and hear all about your half term antics. The day was made even better with the sun coming out and us being able to get outside and enjoy some spring air. 

I thoroughly enjoyed Ms Kenny’s Key Stage 2 assembly this morning. I love hearing about all the different languages that are spoken at Highclare Prep and it reminded me what an amazing mixing pot of different languages, cultures, religions and backgrounds that we are. In some schools and countries, people don’t have the freedom to talk about or learn about people who are different from one another. We call this difference diversity. Diversity means that there are lots of different kinds of people. Can you imagine how boring this world would be if we were all the same or had the same beliefs? If we were all the same how would we ever learn? How would we be able to grow and develop as human beings if we couldn’t share experiences with each other? How would we develop understanding and empathy? How would we develop respect?

We can never forget how lucky we are to be able to embrace difference and discuss it openly. What a privilege it is to be in a school like Highclare where we celebrate diversity and all it has to offer. 

Days of the year theme: Curling is Cool Day, Play Tennis Day, International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day and Banana Bread Day.

This week is also: Real Bread Week, Engineers Week and Take Your Family to School Week. 

Quote of the Day: “Believe that there are no limits to the possibilities that lie within you” – Adele Basheer 

Friendly February calendar task (this month’s activities are based on friendship):

*Be gentle with someone who you feel the need to criticise. 

TOP’s weekly activity: Can you do some yoga daily? Try Cosmic Kids yoga or Yoga for Kids with Adriene. 

Lifekill of the day: Plant some seeds or bulbs in your garden. 

Joke of the day: 

Why did the teddy bear say no to dessert?

Because he was stuffed! 

Fact of the Day: The average person spends two weeks of their life waiting at traffic lights.  

Sleeps til Santa: 304 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: driving to work and listening to the radio, going for an evening walk with my dad and starting to read by new book (if I can keep my eyes open long enough!)

Have a wonderful day, 

Stay safe,

Mrs Bennett