Another busy week in the Prep-Prep and Junior School. The Student Council has been working hard brainstorming ideas as to how to improve lunchtime behaviour and noise levels in the dining room. They met with Sylvia last week and have a multitude of brilliant ideas. They are hoping to present and roll out some of these ideas imminently. The Eco Committee also met to discuss everything from litter picking to compost and engine idling (please see note below on this point). Year 1 had a wonderful trip to Ightham Mote on Wednesday. The boys were amazing autumn detectives, noticing some of the splendour that nature has to offer at this time of year. It has been a brilliant week of sport as well with all four U9 teams playing matches. It was the first time ever a ‘B’ side had been entered to represent the school in an ‘A’ team competition. The team exceeded all expectations and made the final, narrowly losing out to St Ronan’s in a close 1-0 defeat.

Cross Country Club
The boys have made a tremendous start to Cross Country this term and we are delighted to see such enthusiasm. Unfortunately, the number of enthusiastic parents is now resulting in staff not being able to park in the morning!  Please could we ask parents to drop off their children for Cross Country rather than stay and watch so that the car parking spaces are released. We will be sure to take some photographs of your boys to share in the Friday Report.

 

Head’s Art Competition
Calling all budding artists, the inaugural Head’s Art Competition is running until the end of half-term giving plenty of time to pick up pencils/paintbrushes/oils or crayons! The entry should be A4 size but can be portrait or landscape and the theme for this term is ‘New Beginnings’. The winning entries will be exhibited in Mrs Brownsdon’s Study.

 

Read Write Inc. activities
The Pre-Prep RWI sessions have been going very well this term. Mrs Taylor has now set up some optional Teams assignments for each level and these will be sent to your son’s Office 365 account on a Thursday for your son to do over the weekend. This week, the task has been sent today. Please use the Office 365 details found on the inside cover of the yellow contact book and then log into the Teams App. It is a really useful tool to reinforce the sounds your son is learning each week. Thank you!

 

Idling engines!
A request from Mrs Brownsdon: we ask that drivers on site do not let their cars idle and, if stuck in traffic, please turn off your engines.

 

Reminder for Y4 Parents
A reminder to Y4 parents to send boys in changed on match days.

 

Named items and lost property
A request that all items sent into school be named – this helps greatly to reduce lost property and will help any lost items to make their way back to your son. This includes Tupperware and the like for snacks – there is a steadily growing pile of un-named snack boxes growing by the day! Lost property bins are located inside the Prep-Prep main entrance and in the Junior School ‘Street’ and parents are encouraged to check these as a first port-of-call should an item go missing.

 

Chess help request
Mr Braidwood runs Chess Club for Years 1 and 2 on a Wednesday afternoon between 4:00pm and 5:00pm. He has asked that any budding Chess players interested in helping run the club let him know, as he is seeking assistance from older boys to help the younger members of the club learn the game. If your son would like to help, please let Mr Braidwood know by emailing him directly: gordon.braidwood@newbeacon.org.uk

 

Year 1 and 2 Talk for Parents : ‘How Best to Support your Child’
This has now been postponed, future date TBC

 

Maths Competition for boys in Years 3-8
On Thursday, 5 October we are holding our inaugural sons and parent/grandparent maths competition.  This is open to boys in years 3-8 only.  Each boy must be accompanied by one parent or grandparent (not an older sibling).  It is from 5:00pm-6:00pm in the Studio and entries are limited and on a first come first served basis. Spaces are now full however if you would like to go on the waiting list, please e mail joanna.yeats-brown@newbeacon.org.uk with the name of your son and the accompanying adult.  We ask that the accompanying adult is not overly competitive, this is an inclusive, fun competition and we would like to see the boys answering many of the questions.

 

Harvest Services- a message from Mr Swann
We are entering the season of Harvest with the first of our services on 29 September 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 get in touch with Mr Swann.

We would be extremely grateful if the boys would kindly provide the following items:

Nursery and ReceptionOne piece of fruit or a vegetable to make a harvest basket, plus a small tin of fruit
Year 1Pasta, rice, couscous, dried pulses etc.
Year 2Tins of vegetables, meat, fish, soup
Year 3Packets of biscuits, chocolates, shop bought cakes etc.
Year 4Tins of vegetables, meat, fish, soup

Harvest Services – Save the Date

Please save the date for the upcoming Harvest Services that will take place in the Chapel:

Year 3Wednesday, 11 October9.30am
Year 4Wednesday, 11 October11.00am
Reception/Year 1Thursday, 12 October9.30am
Year 2Thursday, 12 October11.00am

 

 

 

Save the date

Please put this date in your diary for an upcoming Parent talk on Read, Write, Inc:

  • Friday, 6 October – Reception parents and any new Year 1/2 parents: Read, Write Inc Information Meeting 2:15pm in The Studio

 

Parents’ Evenings
Pre-Prep and Junior School Parents’ Evenings will take place the week of 16 October with sign-up commencing on Monday, 9 October. Details to follow.

 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy this blissful autumnal weather!

Christina Alteirac
Head of Pre-Prep & Junior School
christina.edwards@newbeacon.org.uk