This week many different aspects have been covered! We started off on Monday with our Odd Socks Day assembly, and also our Diwali dance workshop. We ended the week with our focus on Children in Need. The whole week has been thinking about uniqueness, understanding and thinking of others. Such good qualities to be exposed to at such a young age. Our boys at The New Beacon are taught at a very early age to think of others, be respectful and feel that they are able to talk to someone about any thoughts or worries. If we instil this culture at a young age, we are helping our boys become confident and safe in themselves and we are setting an example for how to grow into fine, young confident men.

Mrs Taylor
Head of Early Years

Book Fair
Rosie Hill, an independent book seller, will be holding a book fair for Nursery, Pre-Prep and Junior School boys in The Studio on Tuesda,y 28 November.  It is an ideal time for the children to discuss reading with their teachers and choose books together that are appropriate for their age and interests. Classes will visit the fair with their teachers throughout the day.

Boys will be given the opportunity to look through a range of books and place an order. They will then receive their book a few days after the Book Fair.

The average price of a book is £7.99 however there are some which may cost a little more, with the most expensive costing no more than about £15.99.  The sum will be added to your son’s school bill.  We are fortunate that the school will benefit from what is purchased by way of a generous commission of free books that will go into our Pre-Prep and Junior School library.

Please complete the form by following the link below by Sunday 26 November at 4pm.

Book Fair Form

We request that you complete the form, even if you don’t want your son to buy any books. It gives you the option of selecting ‘no books’. Unfortunately, we can’t accept late submissions.


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.


Road Safety Week
As the nights draw in, next week it is Road Safety Week. Please can you ensure that your son has his reflective arm bands named and attached to his outer layer. If your son doesn’t have any named and attached on Monday, we shall get another set for you and add it to your bill.


Next week we will be learning about “Caring for our planet”. I have already mentioned that we will be limiting our glitter use this year so please do continue to send in the contents of your hole punches for us.

We hope you all have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you all next week. There is not long to go until we get the keys to our brand new Nursery Building! We are very excited and we shall begin our transition and moving in phase very soon!


BBC 500 Words
Did you enter? Would you like to read your story to others? The Junior School were fortunate enough to hear two ‘500 word’ stories on Tuesday during assembly. Riaan in Year 3 was kind enough to share his story with us, as was Mr Hutchison who had written one as an example for the boys. If you entered the competition, do bring your story in to share with the Pre-Prep and Junior School. Just bring it to your teacher and ask them to let Mrs Manning or Mr Hutchison know that you would like us to read it out!

Please click here to for a story written by Mr Hutchison. Please do enjoy reading it.


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 (Pre-Prep only)
  • 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.


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. Thank you to those who have completed this already.


RWI Handwriting
You will have noticed that an orange folder was put in the book bags last week. Please can you sit with your son to help him write the focus letter correctly, as shown on the sheet. It is really important that this is done the correct way, so bad habits don’t start.


The Nativity
We have started to practise our Nativity songs and the boys are doing really well. The words your son will be saying are in his book bag. Please continue to practise saying the sentence your son needs to learn from memory. Lots of repetition and practice to help him remember it. We will be rehearsing in the theatre next week!