It has been a very busy and enjoyable first week back at school after the half term holiday. From talking to the children it sounds like you all had a nice time. This half of term the weather changes and we have definitely seen that this week. We want to keep going outside as much as possible so please bring in the correct uniform for this time of year as described below. We are now on the long and very exciting road leading to Christmas! The whole school gathered together as part of our Remembrance Service today. Everyone stood very quietly and still for the one minute silence. Your boys stood right at the front and observed the silence impeccably. We were extremely proud of them all. We ask that you spend some time on Sunday morning watching the BBC coverage of Remembrance Sunday: The Cenotaph, 10:15am, BBC One.

Mrs Marie Taylor
Head of Early Years

Dates for Your Diary

There are a number of special events happening this half term. Please put these dates in your diary:

13 NovemberBollywood Dance Workshop.
13 NovemberAnti-Bullying Week and Odd Socks Day. More information below
17 NovemberChildren in Need. Please see information in The Friday Report.
20 NovemberRoad Safety Week
28 NovemberBook Fair.
6 December9.30am Reception Dress Rehearsal of their Nativity.
8 DecemberChristmas Jumper Day
11 DecemberChristmas Jumper Day School and Christmas Lunch.
11 December9.30am Reception Nativity in the Theatre.
12 DecemberChristmas Jumper Day.
13 December9.30am Nursery Carol Concert in Theatre.
13 DecemberChristmas Jumper Day Christmas Party Reception Festive Snack. No school lunch and Boys go home at 12.00pm.

All Early Years Notices:

RWI Review
We are conducting a review of our phonics program and would be grateful if you could spare a moment to complete this short questionnaire so that we can gain a better understanding of your son/sons’ experience. Many thanks.


Bollywood Dance Class
On Monday, 13 November, we will all be enjoying participating in a Bollywood Dance Class to mark the start of Diwali.


Odd Socks Day
Odd Socks Day is on Monday, 13 November. This marks the start of Anti-Bullying Week. We are encouraging everyone to come to school wearing odd socks to mark the start of Anti-Bullying Week and Odd Socks Day! This unique and fun day is not just about the odd socks; it’s about celebrating what makes us all unique and different. It’s about embracing diversity and promoting a positive and inclusive environment. It also raises awareness about the harmful impacts of bullying and promotes a culture of kindness and acceptance. Please follow this link for more information about Odd Socks Day.


Children in Need 2023
Next week we shall be raising money for Children in Need. We have planned a fun week for the whole school, with a specific focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing. Please follow this link for more information regarding what to wear, what to bring,  and our annual cake competition and cake sale!

As part of Children in Need, Nursery children are invited to wear spots all week in return for a small donation.


Head’s Art Competition
Thank you to all of those boys who submitted an entry to the New Beginnings Art Competition this week. The pictures will be judged and then shared over the coming weeks in The Friday Report along with the names of the winners.


Christmas Card Project
Orders for Christmas Cards must be completed by midnight tonight (10 November) to be delivered with the whole school order. Please follow the link to order – APFS Projects (


Stonepitts Farm Christmas Trees 2023
As in previous years, Stonepitts farm would like to offer a £2.00 donation to The New Beacon for every tree that is bought by families and staff. Please present a copy of this article when buying a tree and this will count towards the final donation to the school. For details and directions please visit

Supporting charities: A donation will also be made by Stonepitts Farm to Demelza Hospice care for children for every tree sold.


Mrs Jackson is running low on newspapers, any donations gratefully received by the art department.


The New Beacon Parents’ Association AGM
Please follow this link for more details.

Nursery Notices:

Mrs G had a lovely Birthday and would like to thank you all for your kind words, cards and gifts. She enjoyed sharing her day (and cake) with your children.

Next week’s letter sound is “n” and our topic will be “Nursery Rhymes” as it is National Nursery Rhyme week.

Please do keep an eye on the school’s Facebook page where we will be sharing photos each week.

Reception Notices:

We have sent home some armbands for you this week. Please attach them with safety pins to the outer layer your son wears to and from school. Please also name both bands! These bands have to be used every year up to Year 8!

The Teams Assignment this week is all about Hibernation. This is the topic we shall we focusing on next week. Please return the work with all your great photos!


School Uniform
It is lovely to see the boys in their winter uniform since our return from the half term break.  We understand that Horncastles are waiting for their next batch of our new blue shirts.  Until all boys can acquire one, a reminder of what should be worn:

  • Grey trousers or shorts
  • New blue shirt* and tie
  • Long grey New Beacon socks (if wearing shorts)
  • Smart black shoes (leather)
  • New Beacon jumper
  • New Beacon Blazer or coat (either the newer-style waterproof or the more traditional duffle coat, if you still have this) – blazers must be worn for special events such as Remembrance.
  • New Beacon cap
  • Armbands on outer-most garment

* Shirts – the new version of the blue shirt from Horncastles (or boys may wear their existing short sleeved blue summer shirts underneath their jumper or their existing grey shirt until that is outgrown).  Please do not purchase new grey shirts or blue shirts that are not The New Beacon shade of blue.  Our onsite second hand shop may be able to help provide grey shirts for those who have no other option at the moment.


For this week’s highlights please follow the picture link below.