Mrs Bennetts Bulletin Tuesday 18 May 24

Posted: 18th June 2024

Good morning, Prep School family,


I hope you are well and looking forward to a great Tuesday!


I was listening to the news on the way to work yesterday and they were reporting that more people than ever are actually turning off the news these days and not watching it as it is always depressing, overwhelming and relentless. I have to say, I can fully understand this. I do not turn it off but quite often I feel myself hoping for a good news story, just the one, something to make me smile at the end of a five minute doom and gloom bulletin. You know the kind of thing we used to get at the end of Central News of an evening– Lost cat found (in Germany) after 9 years and returned to owner or Parrot learns to speak Mandarin or my dog can sing the lyrics to Meatloaf’s Bat out of Hell in tune, the full 9 minutes and 52 seconds of it. Those kind of stories! Well it was as if my prayers were answered and this weekend, I came across the below story. Its heart-warming, it highlights human kindness and it shows that everything we do has a huge impact on others, no matter how small. This true story has such an important message that I often speak to the children about – enjoy!

A bookshop owner in Southampton had asked for help as he moved his bookshop to a new location due to an increase in his rent that made his current premises no longer affordable. He needed to move all of his books to the new shop but removal companies were asking an extortionate amount for a relatively small job for a team of removers. The owner was surprised, that after a small, local appeal on social media, by the presence and support of over 250 random people that had come to help. These people were from all walks of life and of all ages. The helpers formed a human chain and they transported thousands upon thousands of books by hand to their new location. The new bookshop was only 500 feet away but this job that would have taken the bookshop owner days on his own, was completed in an hour.


#Kindnessisthekey #Powertothepeople #Noactofkindnessisevertoosmall #Smallthingbigdifference #Whatcanyoudotoday?


Quote of the week: “One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Do it now.” – Paulo Coelho


Well-being tasks for this week: These tasks are based on Joyful June. Actions to help us look for the good all around us.

Tuesday 18 June – Look for something good in a difficult situation


Wednesday 19 June – Get outside and find the joy in being active


Thursday 20 June – Rediscover and enjoy a fun childhood activity


Friday 21 June – Send a positive note to a friend who needs encouragement


Saturday 22 June – Watch something funny and enjoy how it feels to laugh


Sunday 23 June –Create a playlist of uplifting songs to listen to


Monday 24 June – Bring to mind a favourite memory that you feel grateful for


Jokes of the week: 

Why did Mickey Mouse take a trip into space? He was looking for his buddy Pluto.


What are the two things you can’t have for breakfast? Lunch and dinner.


Where do you learn to make banana splits? At sundae school.


What did the limestone say to the geologist? “Don’t take me for granite!”


What kind of dinosaur loves to sleep? A stega-snore-us.


Conversation starters:

What is the worst thing you have ever eaten and why was it so bad?


If you could out anything on top of pizza, what would you pick?


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 Prep School Prize Giving on Thursday.
  2. I am looking forward to a BBQ with friends on Saturday evening.
  3. I am looking forward to a long lie in on Saturday morning after a very busy week!
  4. I am grateful for the sunshine in between the rain.
  5. I am grateful for the late night sunsets.

Sleeps til Santa: 189 sleeps. . .


Have a wonderful week and enjoy the weekend when it comes. Don’t forget that after Friday the nights start to draw in and we are on the countdown to autumn and winter already. It is a good job we have had a glorious summer so far to make us all feel so prepared for this!


Much love,


Mrs Bennett