Good morning, Prep School family,
I hope that this Bulletin finds you well and happy. I thought I would share some pure and utter joy with you this week. I came across a list of quotes that children have said about Christmas. These made me giggle so much. Working with children all the time, us teachers often hear many examples like these but I thought you might enjoy them too. So take 10 minutes this week, make a cup of tea, relax and read. These are all genuine quotes from children all under the age of ten that are all schooled in the UK. Enjoy. . .
What gifts did the Three Wise Men bring?
Rashneet, six: “The wise men brought coconut oil which was made of coconut, some sweets made of sweet stuff and some gold made from gold.”
Jay, five: “The three wise men brought Jesus presents of gold, frankincense, smurr (sic) and silver. But I think he would have preferred wrestling toys.”
Daniel, seven: “I know for his birthday he got money and gold from the wise men but I would have given him a Liverpool kit.”
Dominic, six: “I don’t know what the three wise men brought Jesus but I would have given him a tin of biscuits. I think Mary, Joseph and Jesus would have all liked a biscuit, especially those from M and S.”
Rebecca, five: “They brought Jesus gold and myrrh but I would have brought him a nice warm blanket.”
William, seven: “I don’t know what presents the wise men brought Jesus but a Lego set would have been better.”
Ellie, five: “The three wise men brought Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh – no real presents. I feel sorry for him.”
Ellie, six: “When he was born three kings brought him gold, coins and a sheep.”
What animals were there when baby Jesus was born?
Matthew, six: “There were sheep, horses and a crocodile outside the stable.”
Ruby, six: “At his birth there were oxens, a donkey, three camels, three birds – all white – and three cats, all black.”
Hannah, seven: “There was a donkey, a sheep and cow there as well as Mary and Joseph. It sounds quite crowded.”
Megan, six: “The animals who were there in the stable were oxens, donkey, cats, a tiger and a lamb.”
Valente, six: “There were camels, donkeys and cows around the stable and the wise men went to the manger to say hello to Jesus.”
Who was the Angel Gabriel?
Erin, six: “The Angel Gabriel is a big white fairy. He helped Mary and Joseph look after the baby – kind of like a doctor or a vet.”
Jay, five: “There was also an angel called Gabriel, whose favourite thing was to fly around all day.”
Molly, six: “Angel Gabriel was also there and he has yellow wings and a white costume.”
Katherine, nine: “Gabriel was this herald angel. He sings really well, just like Harry Styles.”
Hollie, seven: “The Angel Gabriel is a fairy that God sent to help us.”
Who is Jesus?
Jay, five: “Jesus was a king and he wore a crown even though he was a baby. It was a really small crown.”
Antonia, seven: “Jesus is Mary and God’s little boy.”
Zoe, six: “Jesus is really old. Even older than my granny. His birthday was on Christmas 2020 years ago.”
Sara, seven: “Jesus is a mystery man like a secret agent.”
Where was Jesus born?
Charlotte, six: “A long way away from London.”
Alexie, five: “Baby Jesus was born in a stable made out of hay with string around it.”
Daniel, seven: “He was born in a stable where Mary and Joseph stayed. There were chickens, cows and a donkey. I don’t remember any more.”
Charlie, four: “He was born in a stable a long way away from here in another country. Bethlehem – it’s in England.”
Erin, six: “Jesus was born in the stable – it had lots of hairs.”
Ellyshia, nine: “Jesus was born in a barn, a shed or shelter anyway. Or it might have been a stable, one of the three.”
What did the wise men follow to find the stable where Jesus was born?
Hannah, seven: “They followed a special Christmas star, which is only out around Christmas.”
Erin, six: “They followed a star. It was really bright like the sun, even at night.”
Paul, seven: “They followed a star to the stable. It was really bright. It must have been lit up like a football stadium on match day.”
Who are his parents?
Charlie, four: “Jesus’s mummy and daddy are called Jovis and Mary.”
Ansel, six: ‘Jesus’s parents were Gods.’
Archie, seven: “His parents were Mary and Joseph. That’s easy because I was Joseph in the play.”
Antonia, seven: “Jesus’s mum and dad are Mary and Joseph and they were very happy with the king’s gifts.”
Matthew, eight: “Jesus’ mummy and daddy were The Fugees (refugees!).”
Quote of the week: “Christmas is the time to be with the people that you love.” – Love Actually
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. As the weeks turns into December, the focus shifts to doing good things. These tasks are good for all ages.
Tuesday 29 November – Enjoy some new music
Wednesday 30 November – Look for a reason to be hopeful, even if times appear tough
Thursday 1 December – Spread kindness to others
Friday 2 December – Contact someone you cannot be with to see how they are
Saturday 3 December – Offer to help someone who is facing difficulties at the moment
Sunday 4 December – Help support a charity
Monday 5 December – Donate an unwanted possession to a charity shop
Jokes of the week: Because we are nearly in December as I am writing, we are going all Christmas-based for the rest of the term!
How does a sheep say Merry Christmas?
Where does a snowman keep his money?
In a snow bank!
What do you get when you combine a Christmas tree with an iPad?
What do snowmen eat for breakfast?
What do you call a reindeer with bad manners?
Sleeps til Santa: 26 sleeps to go!
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 this weekend for festive fun and secret Santa present swapping
- I am looking forward to the School Council meetings at both HPP and HPW
- I am looking forward to going to a Christingle service with Arthur and Amelie
- I am grateful that all of the lights for my tree worked this year
- I am grateful for the delicious soup Mr Bennett is making for dinner this evening
I look forward to hearing all about what you get up to instead of homework in December using our school well-being and kindness advent calendar. This has to be one of my most favourite initiatives thought up by Student Council several years ago, I hope you enjoy it too. Please send me some photos and I can share on social media! Be creative and have some festive fun with it!
Have a wonderful week,
With lots and lots of love,
PS It is officially ok to start wearing your Christmas jumpers this week