Mrs Bennett’s Bulletin Tuesday 16 April

Posted: 16th April 2024

Good morning, Prep School family,


I hope you are all well and have an enjoyable weekend. I had a fun weekend. I saw my dad on Friday night and we went to watch a band that we both love, I saw family to celebrate mine and my sister in law’s birthday (we are only one day apart), I had Arthur and Amelie for a sleep over and we met friends for a last brunch on Sunday. I resisted the huge temptation to watch the brand new episode of Midsomer Murder on Sunday night (for those of you that have been reading Bennett’s Bulletin for a while will know that a Midsomer episode is my all-time favourite guilty pleasure and I cannot tell you how excited a new episode makes me!) as I am saving for a treat on Friday night after a very busy week at work. If you saw it, no spoilers, please!


I would just like to give a ‘thank you for making me feel good’ shout out to the very kind man who works in M&S at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, who last week asked me for identification to prove I was over 25 whilst I was buying adult beverages and cheese! I know you are all probably laughing at this point as did I when he asked me but no, he was deadly serious! I had to produce my driving license and confirm my date of birth before he would let my sale proceed. He is now my favourite person in the world ever and I am going to nominate him for Employee of the Month/Year/Decade/Century! If anyone needs a self-esteem feel good boost, head to Ashby! If anyone out there knows anyone who works in this branch, please pass on my heartfelt thanks, I think I will by all of my adult beverages from this store going forward. . .


I am teaching myself very new and limited DIY skills at the moment and this weekend saw the continuation of learning to remove many different types of wallpaper – I find this really rewarding as I can see the progress right in front of my face. I love the fact that one moment I can have a wall covered in paper from the past and the next, a clean wall ready for a brand new start. As I was steaming and scraping this weekend, this made me reflect upon our own journeys in life. Currently some of us may be steeped in the past and weighed down with our own ‘wallpapers’ but with a little bit of hard work and determination, our current ‘wallpaper’ can be shed and there is space for bright and exciting new beginnings underneath. This is so freeing and exhilarating. Nothing needs to stay the same forever, things can be changed and change is good – although sometimes daunting and scary at the same time. Who knew stripping wallpaper could be such a good time to reflect and think!


Quote of the week: “Get rid of clutter and you may just find it was blocking the door you’ve been looking for.” Katrina Mayer


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 16 April – Go exploring and notice new things


Wednesday 17 April – Be active outside. Plant some seeds and encourage growth


Thursday 18 April – Try something new


Friday 19 April – Spend less time today sitting. Get up and move more often


Saturday 20 April – Focus on ‘eating the rainbow’


Sunday 21 April – Regularly pause to stretch and breathe during the day


Monday 22 April – Enjoy moving to your favourite music – really go for it


Jokes of the week: These are so bad, they had me giggling for ages!


*What did the policeman say to his belly button?

“You’re under a vest.”


*How can you tell if a vampire is sick?

You listen for coughin’ in his coffin.


*What animal has more lives than a cat?

Frogs because they croak every day!


*What’s the difference between a well-dressed person on a unicycle and a poorly dressed person on a bike?



*When does a joke turn into a dad joke?

When it becomes apparent.


Conversation starters:

If you could be any age for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?


What do you look forward to when you wake up each day?


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 going on inspection this week and meeting new people
  2. I am looking forward starting a new book – any good recommendations?
  3. I am looking forward to a long overdue catch up with a family friend on Saturday
  4. I am grateful for times spent with the special people in our lives
  5. I am grateful for modern technology

Sleeps til Santa: 252 sleeps. . .


Have the best week and I will miss you all! I look forward to seeing you all again next week.


With much love,


Mrs Bennett


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