Mrs Bennetts Bulletin 1/11/22

Posted: 3rd November 2022

Good morning, Prep School family,

Welcome to November!

I hope that this Bulletin finds you well and rested after the half term. Isn’t it lovely to have a two week break! I hope you all managed to have many fun times and made some special memories with friends and family. I had a super few weeks and I feel fully recharged after the first half term. I was lucky enough to go to Greece for a week with Mr Bennett and our best friends. Even though the weather wasn’t great (I took and wore 5 jumpers!) – it was hotter in the UK for most of the week – we had a great time. Lots of reading, eating and laughing, just what the doctor ordered. I managed to read four books and become the holiday Uno champion! A very successful holiday!  The rest of the break was spent either washing and drying clothes from the holiday or looking after Arthur and Amelie. I love the holidays when I get time to spend quality time with them both. We had so much fun from pumpkin picking, baking and eating cake, to going to the cinema, to country walks, sleepovers, meals out and (obviously) visiting the garden centre to look at their newly erected Christmas displays! Families are so important and I am very blessed to have mine on my doorstep.

As we start a new month, a new time zone, a new school term, I thought I would share the following with you. I saw the following short passage and it really made me stop and think. I really like the idea of new beginnings, that no matter what has gone before us, each day is a new start. We all make mistakes, we all have days that we wish would end quickly or we wish that we could relive and maybe change our actions and therefore an outcome, whether that be for us or others. However, it is also important that we let these days go, that we have closure and that we are able to put events, conversations or cross words behind us. It is easier said than done, especially when we are hurt or when our words and actions have hurt somebody else, but it is essential that we are able to forgive ourselves and others, learn from a situation and move on. Without this, we as people, as humans, do not grow and flourish. The following writing is based on the humble key – an object that we use daily but I bet its one that we never really think about but actually it is a symbol of hope, closure and new starts. . .

Keys- they have so many different meanings.

They can be used to lock or unlock something in the physical sense or metaphorical: a door, a safe, a car, a house, your heart. They can represent closure, the end, new beginnings or the opening of the future.

What are you opening up today?

Quote of the week: “If it doesn’t rain, then you won’t see the rainbows.”

Well-being tasks for this week: This month is New November and all of these tasks are based on new beginnings and fresh starts – each day is a new day. These tasks are good for all ages.

Tuesday 1 November – Make a list of things that you want to achieve this month

Wednesday 2 November – Approach a difficult situation in a different way

Thursday 3 November – Get outside and see the changes around you

Friday 4 November – Start something new – a book, a hobby or listen to a new piece of music


Saturday 5 November – Change your normal routine and see how you feel about it

Sunday 6 November – Try some physical activity –do something you haven’t done before

Monday 7 November– Be creative – cook, draw, paint or bake

Jokes of the week: This week all the jokes have a link to Halloween! 

Why did the Headless Horseman get a job? He was trying to get ahead in life.

The skeleton couldn’t help being afraid of the storm—he just didn’t have any guts.

What do ghosts wear when their eyesight gets blurred? Spooktacles.

What can you catch from a vampire in winter? Frostbite.

Why didn’t the skeleton go to disco? He had no body to go with.

Who did the scary ghost invite to his party? Any old friend he could dig up!

Sleeps til Santa: 53 days to go. . .  eeekkkkkkkkk!

5 things that I am grateful for or looking forward to this week:

Can you try this simple exercise in gratitude and positivity?

  1. I am looking forward to cooking a new chicken recipe this week.
  2. I am looking forward to the dark nights and cosy evenings
  3. I am looking forward to bonfire night.
  4. I am grateful for cosy blankets.
  5. I am grateful for warm weather we have had over half term.

Wishing you all a wonderful week and I hope you enjoy the fireworks over the weekend,

With much love,

Mrs Bennett


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