Opportunities to experience foreign cultures, foods and climates are available at the New Beacon each year. These tend to be either study based or follow a sporting or choral theme. Every two years, Mr Knipe has led an extravagent cruise around the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
Overseas Chapel Choir Tours
In recent years, the Chapel Choir has toured to Venice, Rome and Dubrovnik. Apart from enjoying the local scenery and tasting the culinery delights, the choristers have had the opportunity to perform in some of the most majestic ecclesiastical surroundings (Dubrovnik Cathedral, St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, St Mark’s and Il Redentore in Venice). This biennial cycle continued in October 2014 with a return to Venice.
The New Beacon Sailing Club European jaunts
The highlight of the Sailing Club's year since its recent inception has been a week's trip, sailing across the North Sea and back from Hull to a north European destination aboard a 72' yacht called CatZero. In 2013 the cruise took them to Holland and to Brugge in 2014. The 2015 jaunt initially set out for Jersey, but complications with wind and tide saw Brittany reached followed by further challenges in and around The Channel.
The two following films are from the 2014 trip - Brugge Blast.
The 2015 Jersey Jaunt, which became The Channel Challenge, may be seen below.
Independent School Adventure Cruise (An Autumn Adventure on 3 Continents)
In recent years, The New Beacon has sent a party in excess of forty boys every other year on a cruise with the grand object of travelling to see the shores of the Mediterranean. Countries such as Egypt, Turkey, Greece (Rhodes) and Israel have been the popular destinations, where ancient civilisations and elements of the Holy Land have been visited.
Year 8 Study trip to France
Each October the year 8 boys travel to northern France for a long-weekend where they are exposed to the language at first hand. A mixture of visits to places of industry and history is mixed with leisure time on the beach.
New Beacon Ski Trip
During the Easter holidays an annual week-long ski trip heads for the snowy slopes. Skiers of all abilities regularly enjoy the evening entertainment as much as the on piste activity. In recent years the snow has been sampled at Vermont (USA), Tonale (Italy), Leysin and Saas-Fee (both Switzerland).
Year 8 Leavers’ Trip to Le Touquet
Traditionally, the Year 8 Leavers have had the opportunity to participate in a holiday trip to France, but now it is part of the post-Common Entrance schedule. The five-day visit includes WWI & WWII battlefield tours, a steam train ride, a visit to a glass factory and a hypermarket and a day at Parc Astérix in Paris.