It is hard to believe that we are moving into the fourth week of the new academic year. The teaching and learning is in full swing, a number of football matches have been played and activities on offer seem to have almost everyone in the Senior School participating.

Basketball is proving to be particularly popular on a Monday afternoon in the sports hall. Mr Vincent and the basketball coach from Sevenoaks Suns are trying to organise some friendly matches against other schools and/or clubs.

The basketball hoops, requested by the school council last year, are on order and these will be placed around the artificial surface as soon as they arrive. This will give the boys an alternative to playing football during their break.

Two outdoor table tennis tables have been positioned outside the sports hall and should boys want to make use of them during a break, they will need to bring in their own table tennis bat and ball.

The John Norman Football 7s was played on Saturday, 16 September and we had two NB sides competing. Both the A and the B team progressed from the group stages and then met each other in the semi-finals. The A team advanced to the final by beating a plucky B team 2 – 0.  Their opponents were Holmewood House. What a final lay in store for the spectators! Both sides played some scintillating football. The NB succumbed in the penalty shootout after the sides had drawn 1 – 1. Well done, boys! A big thank you to all the parents who supported the boys from the touchline.

The Year 8 boys went on their first field trip of the year to study matters relating to the River Tillingbourne. This trip will be followed up by the boys completing a project relating to the data that they have collected, this under the guidance and supervision of Messrs Ryde and O’Prey.

School Council Elections took place on Friday, 22 September and all boys from Year 5 to Year 8 had the opportunity to cast their votes for their Form Representative and Year 8 President of the School Council, following a hustings, in which the seven Presidential candidates (Jack C, Harry G, Josh G, Leo G, Jasper J, Murad K and Fraser T) laid out their manifestoes.

Please follow ‘This Week’s Highlights’ at the bottom of the page for the results.

Here are a few notices that you should be aware of for the next few days and weeks:

CPSHE Autumn Term

Year 7 Autumn Term – Health and Wellbeing
Transition and safety – Transition to secondary school (our Senior School equivalent) and personal safety in and outside school, including first aid

Living in the Wider World
Developing skills and aspirations – Careers, teamwork and enterprise skills, and raising aspirations

Year 8 Autumn Term – Health and Wellbeing
Drugs and alcohol – Alcohol and drug misuse and pressures relating to drug use, illegal drugs, addiction

Living in the Wider World
Community and careers – Equality of opportunity in career and life choices, different types and patterns of work

Sustainable Development Goals

Should you require any information or have any comments relating to the CPSHE content, please contact Mr Bromwich james.bromwich@newbeacon.org.uk

 

Snack Reminder- No Nuts

A reminder that breaktime snacks and any other food/drink brought into school should not contain any nuts. We have had two incidents in the last week where boys have brought in a snack containing nuts and were eating it next to a boy with a nut allergy.

 

After School Care Mobile Phone

If you are delayed in picking up your son, please phone the school office on 01732 452 131 before 5pm, or the Wraparound Care mobile number (07879 427740) after 5pm, when the school office closes.

 

Prep

Your son will be set prep every evening other than a Wednesday, and this should take him between 40 – 60 minutes per subject. Prep is compulsory and it is our expectation that he completes it and school work should definitely take priority over work set by tutors. If your son is spending considerably more time than the allotted minutes on a task, do ask him to stop and email the teacher concerned directly. Such feedback enables us to adjust preps accordingly to ensure we are setting tasks of an appropriate duration.

If your son attends the afterschool prep sessions, please remember that collection should be from the ICT Room in TNBC no later than 5:20pm (5.00pm when Friday Senior School Chapel Service is taking place – please see the school calendar.)

 

CAT Testing

Years 7 and 8 boys will be undergoing CAT testing during Week 4. If any boys are away for whatever reason, they will sit the test at a later date.

 

Boarding

A reminder that boarding is available for all boys in Years 5 – 8. Boys can board from 1- 4 nights. They have a choice of evening activities from swimming and sports to films, Lego and board games, and prep time is scheduled into the evening.  If you would like to know more or book a taster session for your son please contact our Houseparent, Mrs Buckner, by email: nicola.buckner@newbeacon.org.uk.

 

School Minibus Routes

We have several minibus routes in operation in the mornings. The school minibus service covers three routes to bring in boys from Sevenoaks, Wrotham and Tonbridge. This service only runs in the mornings. If you would like further information, please visit the website using the link below. Minibus | New Beacon School

 

Senior School Harvest Festival

It is the Senior School Harvest service on Friday, 6 October and We would be most grateful for donations of non-perishable food for your son’s harvest gifts. This food will be donated to the Sevenoaks Larder and the Loaves and Fishes Foodbank, both of which support families across the Sevenoaks District. Your son should leave these gifts on the tables at his drop-off point, or bring them to the chapel porch.

If any parents are interested in helping to create a Harvest display in the week commencing 25 September, do please contact Mr Swann. tom.swann@newbeacon.org.uk

 

“Doc-Squad” places still available

Mr R. Yeats-Brown hosts an exciting activity on Monday evenings between 4:30pm and 5:30pm in Room 4. Educational documentaries are watched and discussed, and the boys have the opportunity to explore different aspects of the world we live in in a visual and engaging way: this term has started with ‘March of the Penguins.’ Please email Mr R. Yeats-Brown directly: ralph.yeats-brown@newbeacon.org.uk should you wish to be a part of the Doc-Squad.

 

Outdoor Shoes

Boys in the Senior School should all bring in a pair of old trainers or ‘wellies’ so that their school shoes do not get damaged during breaks when the grass is wet. These outdoor shoes will be stored in the lockers alongside the lower playing fields. Boys will be reminded that they should not play on the wet grass in their school shoes by their form teachers and also at the assembly on Monday.

 

Reading Book

Boys must have a reading book from home in their bookbags during the day.

 

Contact Books/Planners

Parents are requested to sign your son’s Contact Book/Planner regularly as this keeps you informed as to what preps your son has on any given day. On the off chance that no prep has been set, your son should spend quality time revising subject content of his choice. This will ensure that he does not leave all of his studying for an examination to the last moment.

 

WW1 Battlefields – Year 8

With the upcoming history trip to the WW1 battlefields, Mr Vincent has been informed by the travel company that Border Control require all parents to give permission for all our staff in attendance to act in loco parentis on the forthcoming trip.

Thank you to the parents who returned the medical forms. However, with this new additional requirement, Mr Vincent has re-created a ‘forms’ combined medical and permission form. Please access this link online.

Please can all parents complete the form at your earliest convenience and remember to send in your son’s passport and GHIC by Thursday, 28th September.

 

Head’s Art Competition

Head’s Art Competition – entitled ‘New Beginnings.’  All entries must be A4 size but can be either landscape or portrait.  All entries must be in by the end of half term.

 

Hockey Camps

Activate will be running a Let’s Play Hockey 3-day camp during the October half term to provide a fun, engaging hockey experience for children aged 7 to 14 years of age.  Please follow this link for more information.

 

I hope that you all have a pleasant and safe weekend. Enjoy the Rugby World Cup! It should be a great weekend for a ‘braai’ or two.

Eddie Knipe
Head of Senior School
eddie.knipe@newbeacon.org.uk