Good morning, Prep School family,
I hope that you are well and that you had a lovely weekend and managed to enjoy the late September summer. It has been such a treat to have such glorious weather in the past week or so. I am not looking forward to the constant rain that is forecast for the next week though! I have everything crossed that the forecast is wrong and that the sun will shine on through.
I was going to write to you this week about Autumn, however, with the amazing weather it just didn’t seem right – just yet! I was then left pondering about what to write about. I thought and thought but I was having a bit of writer’s block. I decided that I would leave writing the Bulletin to another day and I went on social media to unwind and catch up with things that had happened throughout the day. I was so glad that I did as the first thing that came on my feed was Highclare School. Now this isn’t uncommon as I follow school on social media platforms so I can show all of my friends and family all of the wonderful things that we do. However, on Friday night, I was blown away. The first thing that appeared was a post of the new Highclare School video. Now, I had seen this video before and thought it was excellent but when I played it again, I was overcome with emotions. I was so unbelievably proud. I couldn’t stop smiling. I laughed at how happy all of our children were – their happiness was infectious! I cried tears of joy. I loved the progress from seeing our Pre-Prep children ‘turning’ into our 6th formers. I loved the confidence of the pupils who spoke so clearly and the obvious friendships that were so viable for us all to see. But what I love the most and what made me the proudest was the sense of family that I got whilst watching. I truly believe that this video completely embodies what we are about at Highclare right from starting in Cygnets through to Upper Sixth. Individuals who come together to create an amazing sense of togetherness and community, who work together to achieve the best for themselves but also each other. Children who take charge of their educational journeys and steer their own destinies alongside their friends and peers. I am so privileged to be part of this amazing school and team so thank you all for making it so special.
For those of you who haven’t seen the video yet– you can watch it here.
For those of you who have watched it, please feel free to watch it again and again! Please all feel free to share and spread to all of your friends and family. Let them also be part of our Highclare family.
Quote of the week: “If we learn nothing else from this tragedy (referring to the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, NYC), we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate” – Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot, Jason Dahl.
Well-being tasks for this week: These are all based on self-care and being optimistic. These are good for all ages.
Tuesday 28th September – Chose to see your mistakes as steps to help you learn
Wednesday 29th September – Write down three things that you appreciate about yourself
Thursday 30th September – Remind yourself that you are prefect just the way you are!
Friday 1st October – Write down things you are looking forward to this month
Saturday 2nd October – Find something to be positive about, even in the most difficult of times
Sunday 3rd October – Take a small step towards a goal that really matters to you
Monday 4th October – Start your day with the most important thing on your to-do lis
Jokes of the week:
A scarecrow won an award because he was outstanding in his field
What did one toilet say to another toilet? You look a bit flushed!
Sleeps til Santa: 87 sleeps til Santa
5 things that I am grateful for or looking forward to this week:
Can you try this simple exercise in gratitude and positivity?
I am looking forward to seeing my friends on Friday night.
I am looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors into the Prep School this week.
I am grateful for my family.
I am grateful that I filled my car up with fuel on Friday night (fingers crossed it lasts me the week or until I can refill!)
I am grateful that the rain stopped yesterday and that the sun came out!
Have a smashing week,