Mrs Bennett’s Bulletin Thursday 9 April

Posted: 9th April 2024

Good morning, Prep School family,


I hope you are all well and relaxed after the Easter holidays. As per usual, I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to your children’s stories of the exciting adventures that they have all had over the break. I love the fact that the children all come bounding into school with beaming smiles on their faces, sharing their news and ready to embrace the new challenges that this term will bring.


This holiday has been a really strange one for me – it’s been one of extreme highs and extreme lows and I am very glad to be back at school for the routine and distractions that each day offers. I am looking forward to this term and all of the exciting things that we have planned for the Prep School. I am also finding it hard to believe that there are only 12 school weeks left until the summer holidays. . .that is only 58 days (minus yesterday and the May bank holiday!) – so much to do and seemingly such little time. This term will inevitably fly by and it will be the 5 July before we know it. As much as I love a countdown to things looking at the weeks like this is a sobering thought that time is ticking on and that we need to enjoy and embrace each day and every opportunity offered to us. As Nike say (within reason) Just Do it!


As you all know, kindness is one of the main things I want all of the children within the Prep School to be. Kindness is such a key human trait that is essential for our greater development. Kindness is the most powerful and useful of all social-emotional skills. Performing acts of kindness and generally being kind, has been proven to improve the well-being of the giver more than the well-being of the receiver. Kindness paves the way for all the other important social-emotional childhood skills to be more effective. I was reading a book over the holidays and this extract sprang out at me as it is so simple but so true.  I thought I would share it with you all.


“You never really know the true impact you have on those around you.

You never know how much someone needed that smile you gave them.

You never know how much your kindness turned someone’s life around.

You never know how much someone needed that long hug or deep conversation.

You never know how much of an impact that cup of tea had.

So don’t wait to be kind. Don’t wait for someone else to be kind first. Don’t wait for better circumstances or for someone to change.

Just be kind because you never, ever know how much someone needs it.”


Quote of the week: “Every star shines a little differently, shine bright and be proud.” – anon


Well-being tasks for this week: These tasks are based on Active April. They are meant to provide us with daily actions to help us to get moving and to stay active and healthy!


Tuesday 9 April – Turn your housework or chores into a fun form of exercise


Wednesday 10 April – Have a day with less screen time and more movement


Thursday 11 April – Set yourself an exercise goal


Friday 12 April – Move as much as possible, even if you are stuck inside


Saturday 13 April– Make sleep a priority and go to bed at a sensible time


Sunday 14 April –Relax your body


Monday 15 April – Get active by singing today (even if you think you cannot sing)


Jokes of the week: 

What is a flower’s favourite bike part?
The pedals!


How does the sun listen to music?
On its ray-dio!


Who is an herb’s favourite singer?
Elvis Parsley!


Why was the onion bouncing?
It was a spring onion.


Why is spring so jazzy?
It beat the winter blues.


Conversation starters:

What was your favourite part of the holidays?


What do you want to achieve this term?


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 more blue skies an less rain
  2. I am looking forward to my birthday, 25. . .again!
  3. I am looking forward to going to a gig on Friday night with my dad
  4. I am grateful for the friendship and kindness of those around me
  5. I am grateful for happy memories made and shared

Sleeps til Santa: 259 sleeps. . .


Have a wonderful week full of kindness, fun and happiness,


With much love,


Mrs Bennett

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