6 October 2023

On Thursday, 5 October, an Under 13 and Under 11 Cross Country team took part in its first fixture of the season at Somerhill, with a raft of impressive performances across the team out of a sizeable field:

Luca C – 8th
Alex M – 13th
Alasdair M-R – 47th
Jack C – 93rd
Rocco T – 97th
Nicolaas H – 98th
Jasper J – 114th
Olivier B – 10th
William M – 13th
Josh M – 37th
Jack W – 43rd
Freddie M – 72nd
Matthew W – 85th

Eco Initiative Pre-Prep and Junior School

We recently held our first Eco Warriors meeting with the aim of bringing forward some ideas developed in the classrooms.  Several initiatives were discussed which included the following.

  • Litter picking around the school with the opportunity for families to borrow the litter pickers from the office and clear up a local area they felt might need some work on the weekend.
  • Engine Idling, we had an initiative along these lines two years ago with boys designing a poster at school to show the harmful effects of tiny particles in the air. Particularly dangerous around schools with young lungs.  Boys will be shown videos that are relevant at assembly.  Some of the boys posters will then be placed around the school drive to encourage engines to be turned off while parents are waiting for their son(s).
  • Trees with Nuts. Parents are encouraged to go on a countryside walk with their children to identify, the Oak, the beech, the Horse and Sweet Chestnut.  If boys can bring back one of each nut that would be great, and we will grow these on. Once the saplings are ready, we would hope that some parents might want to plant a tree from their son’s form.  If not required, they will be offered to Middle and Senior school parents.
  • Feed the birds. It was suggested that some additional bird feeders would be helpful to support a range of smaller New Beacon birds.
  • Growing plants. We will undertake this mainly towards the end of winter.  The school will provide a variety of seeds including Sunflowers Flocks Nasturtiums Cerinthe’s, Geraniums.  We will also supply compost.  We hope that when the call comes… you will supply an old flowerpot so that we use this and recycle it back to you with the seeds to blossom later in your garden.
  • We also talked about recycling. What can be recycled and how and where can this be done? More about this later as I think we already have a reasonable agenda.

My thanks to our Eco Warriors for their ideas and enthusiasm.

Charles Hutchison
Chief Eco Warrior

The New Beacon Parent or Grandparent and Son Maths Competition

On Thursday evening we held the inaugural New Beacon Parent or Grandparent and Son Maths Competition.  It was oversubscribed with 36 hours of advertising so we knew it would be exciting and competitive.

Boys from years 3-8 competed against each other answering questions from First Maths Challenge level (years 3/4) up to Junior Maths Challenge (year 8) level. There was a buzz of excitement throughout the room as boys raced to their marker to have their answers checked.

Everyone answered lots of questions and it was a close finish with 8 different teams in joint 4th place!  Well done to all the boys for having a go, and to all the adults for putting themselves up against some of the school’s mathematicians.  And a huge thanks to the team from the maths dept for all their hard work and support.

1st Charlie F and dad
2nd Xander T and dad
3rd Alex B and Grandad

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Y8 Battlefields Trip

The immediate feeling of being overwhelmed is perhaps an entirely natural response to our first visit at the Tyne Cot cemetery- now a place of beauty and peace- but also a bitterly stark reminder of the sacrifice given by the 1914-1918 generation of soldiers.

A trip of this kind must by its very nature involve a collective and public marking of respect and remembrance, but what each individual boy will take away from his experience must be to some extent, profoundly private and intimate. At best, it is a conversation and an emotional response he will shape over his lifetime. Perhaps these thoughts alone make such a trip an invaluable part of educating the whole child.

Some responses, of course, were intuitive and immediately open. One boy wrote, “It was very solemn and tugged at my heart-strings.” Another boy felt moved to respond to the contrasts in atmosphere he felt between the British cemeteries and the German cemetery: “The architectural differences were obvious in what they appeared to suggest: Thiepval seemed to suggest a more uplifting, noble sacrifice while at Langemark I simply felt a deep sense of sadness and grief.” It is almost certain that many of the boys will be left feeling they want to return in later life.

A big thank you must go to Mr Vincent for organising a very special experience for the boys with his vast knowledge and passion for the subject it was a most immersive and thought-provoking three days. I am sure that the boys are very appreciative of all his efforts in creating a memorable experience they will remember.

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Mr Yarrow

Year 4 Sports News

This week saw Year 4 B,C and D travel to DPS Cranbrook for a festival. The A squad were At Ashford Prep for a tournament.

D team Update
The U9D team carried on their unbeaten season starting with a nail biting 0-0 draw against Marlborough House School. They went on to win their first game of the season shortly after, with a cracking 2-0 victory over Dulwich Prep School. The boys did themselves and the school proud!
Mr Tomic.

C team Update
The under 9 C’s took part in the DPS football tournament. The boys did really well in their first match against Sutton Valence and it was a great game of football. We dominated the game but unfortunately, they didn’t manage to score and the game ended up 0-0. The second match the boys played some excellent football against Ashford school scoring 5 amazing goals to win 5-0. Well done boys and keep up the good work.
Mr Eisawy.

A team update
The U9 A’s travelled to Ashford Prep for their annual U9 football tournament. There were 16 teams taking part, with our U8 A team also featuring. We were grouped with Sutton Valence Prep, Ashford Prep B and Wellesley House. The team qualified perfectly from the group; 3 wins, 9 goals and no goals conceded. We were matched against Marlborough House in the quarter final and the boys dominated the game, running out 5-0 winners. In the semi-final we played St Faith’s Prep, prevailing in a tight game 1-0. The final was a feisty affair against St Lawrence Prep. Our boys matched the physicality of the opposition and won comfortably by 6 goals to nil. Congratulations to all of the boys, each induvial contributed to a wonderful team and it was fantastic to bring home the trophy!
Mr Young

B team update
The Bs played in a tournament at DPS on Thursday. They played 4 matches and won all 4 games scoring 17 goals and only conceding 1 in the process. They boys played superbly throughout the day and won their mini-league. Multiple coaches came up to RYB and said how well the boys played. Special mention to Oliver Ordish who scored 7 goals and Arthur Baxter who scored a goal of the season contender. Well done boys!
Mr Yeats-Brown

Year 3 Sports News

A Year 3 football squad was selected to play in an under nine football (year 4) tournament at Ashford School on 5 October.  This was an opportunity for eight boys to play in this challenging “A” team tournament with boys a year older.  Sixteen teams competed and our first match was against Marlborough House.  The boys were magnificent and with ten seconds to go were level at one goal each.  However, with the last kick of the match the opposition scored.  The boys were disappointed, but we were delighted with their ability to compete.  The second match was against Ashford Prep and once again a last-minute goal saw us go down to a 2-1 defeat.  Next, we played DPS Cranbrook, winning by two goals to one.  The boys were thrilled as were we!  We lost the next game by one only one goal and then in our final game the match was drawn but great excitement as a penalty shoot-out was declared to find a winner.  We missed the first penalty then they missed as well.  We scored next as did the opposition.  Our third player walked up and hit the back of the net with a powerful shot (yippee) unfortunately for their team our goalkeeper saved the shot and great joy broke out in our team.  It was a positive and exciting end to a great day out for the boys.  I have to say that this was a challenging and tiring tournament, but the boys enjoyed every moment and their performance against the older boys bodes well for the future.  Well done boys.
Mr Hutchison

Well done to all the boys on another week or great effort and sportsmanship.

Mr Young and the Junior School Games staff.