The nights are drawing in, and the weather is telling us that Autumn is well and truly upon us! Please do continue to ensure that the boys have their reflective armbands on their blazer or coat, as these are so important for their safety around the school site.

Please see below a few notices that you should be aware of for the next few days and weeks:

Games – Rugby
As you can imagine, I am very pleased that we are now getting the rugby season underway at The New Beacon! Details of our opening fixtures are below; please do ensure your sons have their gumshields with them for all training and matches, and that you have advised me if they are taking part in non-contact only.

Our first fixtures take place as follows:

  • Wednesday 22 November vs St Ronan’s (k.o. 2.30pm)
    • U13A – Away
    • U13B – Away
    • U12A – Home
    • U12B – Home
  • Saturday 25 November – Cumnor House Sussex Festival (from 9,00 am)
    • U13A
    • U13B


Theatre Trip – Dear England
“It’s time to change the game. The country that gave the world football has since delivered a painful pattern of loss. Why can’t England’s men win at their own game?
With the worst track record for penalties in the world, Gareth Southgate knows he needs to open his mind and face up to the years of hurt to take team and country back to the promised land.”

We are planning to take all Year 8 boys to the Prince Edward Theatre on Thursday, 11 January for the matinée performance of James Graham’s play Dear England.

We will travel by train from Sevenoaks Station, departing school between 10.30am and 11.00am, and return to Sevenoaks Station between 6.30pm and 7.00pm. An information letter and consent form will be sent out shortly, and we are very much looking forward to giving the boys the opportunity to see this exciting piece of theatre.


Year 8 Parents’ Evenings
Venue: The Studio in TNBC
Tuesday, 21 November (8A and B) 4.45 – 7.00pm
Thursday, 23 November (8C and D) 4.45 – 7.00pm

No bookings will be necessary. Five-minute slots with the relevant subject teachers should suffice. Tea and coffee will be available.


Y8 Bluewater Christmas Shopping Trip
There are still a number of boys who have not returned their reply form. Mr Knipe will need to know the number of boys who will be going on this trip by Wednesday, 22 November. If you haven’t already done so, please complete this form.  Please click here for more details about the trip.


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
  • Blazer (this should be worn to school every day)
  • New Beacon coat (either the newer-style waterproof or the more traditional duffle coat, if you still have this)
  • 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.


Dangers of Engine Idling Poster Competition
We are delighted to be running an initiative put forward by our Eco Committee with regards to engine idling.  We are asking boys to produce an A4 poster highlighting the negative aspects of engine idling.  Please bring these to Mr Hutchison or electronic copies can be emailed to him on The deadline for posters is Friday, 1 December.

A winner from each class will be selected and have their design blown up to an A3 poster that will be weather proofed and placed around the school where cars tend to be static. These will hopefully serve as reminders for parents of the harms of engine idling.

Posters might say “save petrol, turn off your engines when stationary,” or “particles in petrol harm children’s lungs” and so on.

Please see the three video links below for more information on the dangers of engine idling. These will hopefully create a discussion and kick start the process of developing the posters.  In addition we will be discussing this at assembly and in class.  We would ask for your help in this.

A few helpful facts:

  • Running an engine unnecessarily while stationary: pollutes the environment, costs money and is illegal under Section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
  • An idling engine produces twice as many exhaust emissions than an engine in motion.
  • The Royal College of Physicians estimate 40,000 deaths in the UK are linked to air pollution; engine idling contributes to this.
  • It is illegal to engine idle outside schools.
  • Idling for 10 seconds wastes more fuel than restarting your engine.
  • Exhaust emissions contain air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, hydrocarbons and particles that are so small they enter the lungs. Young children are particularly vulnerable as young lungs are developing.


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.


Drop off / Collection Times
Please ensure you drop off and collect your sons at the correct times. Boys arriving before 8:00am should be booked into early morning/breakfast club (arrivals prior to this cannot be supervised and therefore boys cannot come into the School Room or their Form Rooms until 8:00am) and if you are collecting your son after school hours and he’s not attending an activity, he must either attend prep (no booking necessary) or after school club. We have had a number of boys arriving very early recently and roaming the building – we appreciate your cooperation in this matter.


Road Safety
Next week is Road Safety Week and therefore a timely reminder that parents should drive responsibly around the school site at all times. No mobiles, keep to the 5pm speed limit and please turn off your engines when stationary. Boys will be attending a number of assemblies next week reinforcing road safety and thus we ask parents play their part, too!


Song words for the Christmas Carol Concert
We are very much looking forward to our Middle and Senior School Carol Service on Thursday, 7 December at 7.30pm in Tonbridge Chapel. This event involves all boys and is one of the year’s musical highlights. Further details will follow but we would be grateful if you could encourage your sons to look at their carol words over the coming week.

Middle School Carol Words


Mr Ribbans-Opara
Assistant Head of Senior School