Five people die on the road every day. Every four minutes someone is seriously hurt on roads in the UK. If you are younger than 8, you must always cross a road with an adult. These were some of the facts we shared with boys during our Road Safety assembly this week. Road Safety week is about raising awareness of how to stay safe around, on and near the road. Well done to all the boys who entered the BBC’s 500-word story competition. We have been hearing some of the boys’ exhilarating stories in our assemblies over the past few weeks. In Celebration assembly this morning we talked about how dangerous engine idling is and reminded boys about the Engine Idling Poster Competition, see details below. Please do read below for important notices including the upcoming Book Fair. Wishing you an enjoyable weekend.

Christmas Fayre – 8 December 2023
As you are probably aware, we are trying something new this year – The New Beacon Christmas Fayre will be run by the boys in Years 5-8 and Santa’s Grotto will be run by the NBPA.  All boys attending the Fayre must bring in £5 or an unused Fun Card (leftover from the Summer Fete) and hand to their class teacher on the morning of the Christmas Fayre, Friday,  8 December. In return for their £5 they will be given a Fun Card to spend on the game stalls.  Please see the poster below and check your parent emails for more information:

Christmas Fayre Poster 2023

 

Christmas Card
Our first delivery of Christmas Cards and items has just arrived from the printers, please do not worry if part or all of your order does not come home today, there is a second delivery arriving next week.

 

Ancient Egyptian Workshop
On Wednesday, 29 November, Year 4 will be taking part in an Ancient Egyptian Workshop to support their history work. The boys are encouraged to dress up as either an Egyptologist or an Ancient Egyptian.  Please follow this link for more information.

 

Nativity 
As we move into the festive season in the Pre-Prep, please follow the links below to book your seats.

Year 1 & 2 – A Christmas Recipe – Booking Form

Reception Nativity Booking Form

 

Book Fair
A reminder that the book fair for Nursery, Pre-Prep and Junior School is on Tuesday, 28 November. Please complete the form by following the link below by Sunday, 26 November at 4pm.  Unfortunately late submissions can’t be accepted.

Book Fair Form

 

Christmas Jumper Swap
As we start to look towards the festive season, we shall be holding our Christmas Jumper swap again this year. From Monday, 27 November, please bring in your Christmas Jumpers that no longer fit any members of the family. Then from Monday, 4 December we shall be selling them for £5 to raise money for Save the Children charity and help everyone to wear a Christmas Jumper for our Christmas Jumper Days at the end of term. Please click here for more details.

 

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 charles.hutchison@newbeacon.org.uk. 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.

www.brent.gov.uk/services-for-residents/environment/air-quality/no-idling-campaign
www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/emissions/idling
www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/travelling-around-kent/dont-be-idle

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 www.stonepitts.com

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 Central Area, JS Street/Library, School Room or their Form Rooms until 8:00am). We have had a number of boys arriving very early recently and roaming the building.  If your son is staying later than the usual end to the school day, he must be attending a booked activity, Pre-Prep Activities Club or JS Prep Club (both need to be booked whilst Prep for Years 5-8 does not). If staying later than this, he must be booked into After School Club.  The collection point for Pre-Prep After School Club is the Nursery Gate, please do not go through the Central Area.

Please remember to sign younger brothers into the Pre-Prep Activities Club until the older brother collects them.

We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

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