Mrs Bennett’s Bulletin, Tuesday 2 March 2021

Good morning, Prep School family, 

I hope you are well and defrosted slightly from yesterday! How cold was it? The weekend lulled me into a false sense of security and I thought that I could rid myself of my many layers of clothing, hats, scarves and gloves. Apparently not! Yesterday seemed even colder on the playground than when it snowed a few weeks ago. Even Mr Greenfield was cold on duty with me and he is never cold. Fingers crossed today will be warmer.

Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you haven’t heard about a person or a situation for so many years that it has slipped your mind then all of a sudden, you hear or see something that sparks a memory and then all you seem to hear about is that person? I have had a weekend a little bit like this with the 1970/80s rock sensation Suzi Quatro! I hadn’t heard this name for many years until Saturday. 

So when we were younger, we, as a family, use to spend our summers in Norfolk. My dad grew up there, so its full of family and friends. One of our ‘treats’ was to go to the concerts each summer that were held in the Kings Lynn market place with all of my parents’ friends and their families. It was full of aging pop/rock stars that our mums and dads loved when they were younger. I have seen many performances there from the likes of Geno Washington (without the Ram Jam Band) to Jimmy James and The Vagabonds. I was also treated to a performance by Suzi Quatro. Suzi Quatro was a big hit with the dads in the group. They spoke about her constantly and her cassettes were on constant repeat in our car. I remember complaining that I couldn’t listen to another Suzi Quatro song and could I have some Kylie Minogue on! Anyway, I hadn’t heard of Suzi Quatro for years and years until this weekend. Now, I cannot escape her. She was in a Midsomer Murder I watched this weekend, she was in a magazine and I was flicking through and she was even on Radio 2 this morning as she was number one on this day in 1974. 

So, why am I telling you this? I’m sharing this with you as even the smallest memory that is made can become so important in years to come. Over the weekend I called my dad and asked him to tell me more about the concerts and who we saw. This lead to a conversation about our holidays, the people we know, what they are doing now etc. He told me many stories about my mum that I had forgotten and he told me about his childhood and the things he got up to with his friends when he was at school. We had such a lovely time reminiscing about the past. 

So thank you Suzi Quatro and your re: appearance in my life this weekend – I certainly wasn’t a fan of yours when I saw you live at the tender age of 10. However, your songs and my reawakened memories associated with them will always, always make me smile. 

Days of the year theme: Old Stuff Day, Banana Cream Pie Day and Dr Seuss Day

Quote of the Day: “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Dr Seuss

Mindful March calendar task (this month’s activities are based on taking the time to pause, breathe and really take in what’s all around us):

* Notice 5 things that are beautiful in the outside world

TOP’s weekly activity: This week, I would like you to expand your knowledge of forests around the world! 

For example: What is the largest forest in the world? How many types of forests are there? What kinds of animals would you find in the Amazon forest? The Monteverde forest in Costa Rica? The Daintree Forest in Australia? Bwindi Forest in Uganda? What other forests are there in the world? 

What kind of trees can you find in these forests? 

Some people across the world live in these forests. What do you think life is like for them compared to the life that we live? 

Can you create your own forest scene? Paint it, create it out of toys or cuddly toys, create it with things from outdoors, write about etc. What animals are there? Which country are you in? Would humans be able to live in your forest?  

Life skill of the day: Please can you clean the table after a meal

Joke of the day: 

Why was the baby strawberry crying?

Because her parents were in a jam!

Fact of the Day: Goats have rectangular pupils in their eyes.

Sleeps til Santa: 297 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: reading some of my book for Highclare Book Week, choosing which Charles Macksey picture to share with you tomorrow and salmon for my dinner.

Have a terrific Tuesday, 

Stay safe and take care of each other,

Love

Mrs Bennett