The excitement is palpable in the Pre-Prep and Junior School as the countdown to Christmas begins. We looked at Advent in assembly this week, coming from the word adventus, meaning arrival. We lit our first advent candle and talked about what people from different countries do to prepare for Christmas. There is much anticipation as the Christmas festivities get underway. The Year 1/2 Nativity starts next week off with a bang, and the week finishes with equal excitement as Year 3 and 4 have their Carol Services.

The boys are counting down the days to the Christmas Fayre, where they will have the opportunity to visit Santa in his Grotto. This year the Christmas fayre is running slightly differently; stalls will be organised and run by the elves from Middle and Senior school. Boys are welcome to wear a Christmas jumper to school next Friday- it is our first of three Christmas jumper days! Thank you to those boys who brought in a Christmas jumper this week to donate. Donated jumpers will be available to buy for £5 from Monday, from the Pre-Prep office. All money raised will go to Save the Children.

During this busy time of year, it is crucial that your little ones get a good night’s sleep. Please ensure boys are getting to bed at a timely hour. Please do read below for important notices and upcoming dates for your diary. Wishing you an enjoyable and festive weekend. Keep warm.

Christmas Jumper Swap
From Monday we shall be providing a Christmas Jumper Swap Shop. Thank you to everyone who has already provided the stall with jumpers they no longer need. Please continue to bring in any Christmas Jumper that you no longer wish to have. The donated jumpers will be on sale inside the Pre Prep Entrance all next week, at the cost of £5.  Please click here for more details.


After School Care Mobile Phone
If you are delayed in picking up your son, please phone the school office on 01732 452131 before 5.00 p.m., or the Wraparound Care mobile number (07879 427740) after 5.00 p.m., when the school office closes.


Head’s Permission for Absences
Parents are reminded that they should seek permission from the Head and not form teachers for their son to be away from school for a day or more, or a part of the day. You may copy a relevant staff member or the Section Head into your email.


Snack Reminder- NO NUTS!
A reminder that breaktime snacks and any other food/drink brought into school should not contain any nuts. We had another near miss incident last week where a boy brought in a snack containing nuts.


Booking for the Spring Term Activities opens on SchoolsBuddy this Tuesday, 5 December and will close on Friday, 8 December.  The list of activities available will be sent out to parents via email on Monday.

Please note that next term all bookings for Wraparound Care will be on the website only, together with Early Years Activity Club (Nursery & Reception), Pre-Prep Activity Club (Y1 & Y2) and Junior School Prep Club (Y3 & Y4).


Form Feasts
In keeping with our usual tradition, there will be ‘Form Feasts’ on the last morning of term.  Please click here for more details.


Dates for the Calendar (Including 3 Christmas Jumper Days)

Monday, 4 December9.30am – Year 1 & Year 2 Nativity – coffee & minced pies will be served from 8.30am in the NEW Nursery building.
Friday, 8 DecemberChristmas Jumper Day
Christmas Fayre
9.30am – Year 3 Carol Service – coffee & minced pies will be served from 8.30am in the NEW Nursery building.
11.00am – Year 4 Carol Service – parents will be given a Christmas treat to take away with you.
Monday, 11 DecemberChristmas Jumper Day
9.30am – Reception Nativity – coffee & minced pies will be served from 8.30am in the NEW Nursery building.
Wednesday, 13 DecemberChristmas Jumper Day
Term ends:
12.00pm – Pre-Prep
12.15pm – Year 3
12.30pm – Year 4

This year, the choice of charities for the school to support has been entirely led by the boys. Any boy who felt an affinity with a charity could present to their Section’s School Council elected members. The Council members then deliberated and all voted on the charities to be supported.

We are pleased to say that this year we will be supporting:
The Make a Wish Foundation
The British Heart Foundation
The Stroke Association

It was inspiring to hear the many varied reasons why the boys supported certain charities. A huge well done to all of those who presented for putting themselves and their charities forward.


The NBPA AGM is taking place in the NBC on Tuesday, 5 December at 9.00am.  This meeting is open to all The New Beacon parents.  A link to the agenda is below as well as the minutes from the last AGM. Tea and coffee will be provided.

NBPA AGM Minutes – November 2022

NBPA AGM Agenda for December 2023

If you would like to attend the AGM, please email

Mrs Alteirac
Head of Pre-Prep & Junior School