This week we introduced Black History Month to the boys. It has been an important event in the UK calendar since the first official Black History Month in 1987. The history of Black and Mixed Heritage people is part of the history that is studied all year round, however Black History Month is an opportunity for everyone to learn about significant Black and Mixed Heritage people and their contributions to Britain and the world.

This week saw Year 4 B, C and D teams travel to DPS Cranbrook for a festival. The A squad were at Ashford Prep for a tournament. Congratulations to all the boys who played, each individual contributed in their own way and what a fantastic achievement for the A Team who brought home the trophy! Special mention to the Year 3 football squad who played in an U9 tournament and did exceptionally well playing against older boys.

The inaugural Parent-Child Maths Competition was a huge hit and it was lovely to see so many fathers in attendance. Thank you to everyone who participated and to Mrs Yeats-Brown, Miss Stone and Mrs Howard for organising it.

The boys have been working hard learning their lines and practising their song words for the upcoming Harvest Festivals which all take place next week. All I can say is you are in for a treat! Get your singing voices warmed up as ‘Big Red Combine Harvester’ is sure to feature.

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 another near miss incident this week where a boy brought in birthday cupcakes that said ‘contains nuts’. Please ensure you read the label of anything you bring into school to ensure it is nut-free.


Maths Problem-Solving Company
On 16 and 17 October, we have the Problem-Solving Company coming to visit The New Beacon. Every class in the school will have the opportunity to participate in a Maths workshop. Years 3 and 4 will be doing an escape room experience whilst boys in the Pre-Prep will be undertaking some fun Maths problem-solving activities.


Year 4 Trip to The Royal Observatory
On Friday, 20 October, Year 4 will be going to The Royal Observatory, Greenwich. Please complete the permission slip attached to the link below.

Year 4 Trip to The Royal Observatory, Greenwich | The New Beacon


BBC 500-Word Story Competition
The BBC have recently reintroduced a competition for children (5 – 7 years) and (7 – 11 years) to write a short 500-word story.  This represents an opportunity for our/your boys to fire their imagination and write a creative piece. Any interested participants will need to create their stories and submit them to the BBC from home. This a wonderful opportunity for boys to harness their creative potential and take part in a national competition. All entries must be submitted directly to the BBC no later than Friday, 10 November 2023.

Click here to access the BBC website which covers how the competition is organised, prizes, judges etc.  In addition, there are multiple videos covering:

  • Who am I? Creating characters.
  • What happens next? Building a plot.
  • Wonderful words and fantastic phrases
  • Finish with a flourish
  • Edit, improve and read aloud

Good luck to any budding authors!


Read Write Inc- message for Reception to Y2
The RWI programme we use for our Literacy lessons in the Pre-Prep also includes some excellent online resources for boys to continue their learning at home. Each week, a selection of videos will be sent home for you to complete over the weekend via Teams and your son’s Office 365 account. Please click here to see the benefit of these sessions.


Imago School Photographs
Please follow this link to view and purchase your child’s school photograph. Don’t forget to place your order by 2 November and take advantage of free delivery to school.


Reflective Armbands
When boys return to school after the half-term break, it is a requirement that, with the darker mornings and evenings, they wear their reflective armbands to and from school. These need to be pinned to their outermost garment and clearly named. If your son requires a new set of armbands, this will be arranged by your sons’ Form Tutor and the cost will be added to your end of term bill.


Idling Engines
Some may not realise that by leaving the engine running for convenience or to keep the heater or air conditioning running that you are contributing to harmful particle emissions that can damage your son’s health. Every minute your vehicle is idling, it produces enough emissions to fill 150 balloons. It goes without saying, if all vehicles stop idling, there would be a significant improvement in the air quality for our boys on the school campus. We respectfully request that you switch off your engine whilst waiting for your son at the end of the school day or if you are stuck in the traffic on the drive around the school.


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.


Reminder for Y4 Parents
A reminder to Y4 parents to send in boys wearing their sports’ kit on match days.


Harvest Services- a message from Mr Swann
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.

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





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

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead.

Christina Alteirac
Head of Pre-Prep & Junior School