Good morning, Prep School family,
I hope you are all ok and having a good week so far. Did you all have a fun weekend? I apologise in advance, it’s a very short Bulletin from me this week but I wanted to share with you the top reasons I have loved Autumn. Autumn sometimes gets a bad press. It follows summer, everyone loves summer with its long sunny, warm days and fun-filled evenings. It is before winter. Winter is exciting – Christmas, the promise of snow, dark nights and lots of parties. Autumn sometimes seems drab and inescapable. However, I am here to fight its corner! Some of the reasons I have loved the past few months:
- Soup! No better time to eat the delicious, warming food! So versatile. . . and it comes with thick bread and butter.
- Telling everyone it’s too early for Christmas, when secretly you have already started to watch the Christmas films!
- Being awake when the stars are out.
- Great TV – The Great British Bake off and Strictly Come Dancing – enough said!
- Red cups!
- An extra hour in bed, without feeling guilty, when the clocks go back.
- Leaves – reds, browns, oranges, yellows, greens – simply gorgeous.
- Autumnal sunsets and sunrises – the best you get all year. The colours and the low lying fog. . . perfection.
- Going home from school in the dusk. . .that’s exciting!
- Making dragon’s breath in the cold air.
- The odd “Champagne mornings” – those mornings that are frosty, cold, sunny and sparkling!
- Getting the blankets out for the sofa and feeling soooo snug!
- Open firs and log burners. . .
- Comfort food casseroles, always with a dumpling or two!
- Movie nights in with friends and family and popcorn!
Quote of the week: “This garden is beautiful”, said Tiny Dragon. Big Panda nodded, “And we only found it because we went the wrong way so many times.”
Well-being tasks for this week: All of these tasks for November are based on moving forward.
Tuesday 16 November – Look at life through someone else’s eyes, can you see things from their perspective?
Wednesday 17 November – Try a new way of being kind to yourself today
Thursday 18 November – Connect with someone from a different generation
Friday 19 November – Broaden your thoughts – read a different newspaper or magazine
Saturday 20 November – Make a meal from a recipe that you haven’t tried before
Sunday 21 November – Learn a new skill from a friend, and in turn, share one of yours with them
Monday 22 November – Find a new way to tell someone you appreciate them
An added extra bit of fun courtesy of our Language Ambassadors at HPP:
The Language Ambassadors would like to set you a special challenge in the run up to Christmas. Every week, they are going to ask you a question in the Bennett Bulletin about how people in Spain celebrate Christmas. If you would like to participate, you need to email the answer to Ms Kenny at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whoever finds the most correct answers over the weeks will win a special festive prize. This is open to all children in Key Stage 1 and 2. IBuena Suerte!
Week 3 question: What do Spanish people celebrate on 6th of January?
Answers via email please.
Joke of the week:
What do you say if you have lunch with the Pope?
Sleeps til Santa: 38 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 having Arthur and Amelie for a sleepover this weekend.
- I am looking forward to meeting old friends later this week.
- I am looking forward to a lie in on Saturday!
- I am grateful for central heating.
- I am grateful for my neighbours.
Have a super week and hopefully this beautiful, autumnal weather will continue into the weekend (watch it rain now. . . I am writing this with the late afternoon sun shining through my office window, I love the light at this time of year).
Lots of love,