Winter is definitely here and the school looks glorious with all the frost and bright blue skies. It definitely has turned even colder this week and so it is very important that all boys have a warm school woolly hat, especially to put on after their swimming session on a Tuesday. We are well and truly back into the routine and hustle and bustle of school life now. Activities started again this week and it’s wonderful to provide so many activities for the boys. The collection point for the Early Years Club is now from the New Nursery building. Other Pre-Prep clubs’ collection points are from the Garden Pitch.

Have a lovely weekend and keep warm!

Mrs Taylor
Head of Early Years

Summer Fete – Please Save the Date!
The NBPA are really happy to announce that The New Beacon Summer Fete 2024 will be held on Saturday, 8 June from 12pm to 3pm. This is a wonderful family and friends fundraising event with all kinds of activities. Including, game stalls, inflatables, tractor rides, food, live music, the Year 8 Tug of War, Junior and Adult raffle, and the famous Year 7 Long Bar, where we get to relax and enjoy watching our children having lots of fun! Look out for more details over the coming months.


Cold Weather Clothing
As the colder weather sets in, it’s crucial for the boys to stay warm and comfortable. On this note, please make sure boys are dressed appropriately for the chilly temperatures and have their hats, scarves and gloves with them every day. Please ensure the hats and scarves are The New Beacon branded ones and the gloves/mittens can be either black or navy blue. Reception boys can wear blazers, duffle coats or the New Beacon fleece-lined coats.


Nursery and Pre-Prep Author Visit – Sue Hendra
On Tuesday, 30 January, we welcome Sue Hendra, an author and illustrator of over 70 children’s books. Sue often collaborates with her husband, Paul Linnet on books. Their books Wanda and the Alien and Supertato have been adapted for television.

We are offering the chance for you to buy one of her books for the reduced price of either £6 or £7. Any bought will be personally signed by Sue which is a permanent reminder of a special experience – Sue Hendra Books.

We are pleased to say that any boys who already own a book written by Sue Hendra, are welcome to bring these in on the day to be signed.  Please ensure that the books are named.

If you would like your child to purchase one or more books, please give your consent on the on-line form below.   Replies must be received by 9am on Monday, 22 January to allow time for the books to be ordered.

 Sue Hendra Order Form

Mrs Manning
Pre-Prep and Junior School English Co-Ordinator


Big Garden Birdwatch – RSPB Initiative
We are working with the RSPB to encourage the Big Garden Birdwatch.

The Eco Warriors have shown an interest in helping birds through the winter with bird feed, and with birds more generally. The following link will take you to the relevant site where you can register for the Big Garden Birdwatch –   You spend an hour watching the birds in your patch, between Friday, 26 and Sunday, 28 January, and record the birds that land.

There is no joining fee for taking part although some may wish to donate.  The website above will give you everything you need including:

  • A how to guide
  • Coloured pictures of all the relevant birds
  • A tally form for your results

The Eco Warriors are keen to get as many boys as possible taking part. We have promoted this to all boys in assembly in the Pre-Prep and Junior School with the details of the importance of this initiative, together with pictures of the relevant birds (around 15) and showing them how to identify the birds by their colour, size, song and beaks.  Middle and Senior school are also participating.  We hope you will be able to help the RSPB in the world’s largest wildlife survey.  Please let me know if you have any questions –

Charles Hutchison


Nursery News

A gentle reminder that Nursery drop off is from 8:20am, and please aim to be here before 9am as we start some exciting sessions such as PE and RWI first thing in the morning.

If your child is not going to come into Nursery on a day they are due, please could you email Mrs Beresford, there is no need to email anyone else as the register for Nursery is held in here. The same with extra sessions; Mrs Beresford is happy to add extra sessions if you would like to take them but these need to be arranged through Nursery.

Please check that the information we hold here is up to date, mobile and landline numbers, home address, passwords, dietary requirements, emergency contacts and nanny details. Can you also please ensure that all children’s clothes and bags are named.

Next week’s topic will be “Colours”. We will also be having a big focus on manners. It is important that we all remind the boys to say please and thank you. Please can you reiterate this at home too. Thank you.

Mrs Griffiths and Mrs Beresford are so proud of how well your children have settled into the New Nursery, this has been a big change for our existing children as well as our new children who have just joined.

Reception News

For the rest of this half term we will be focusing on the animals and people that live in cold countries. The boys are sponges for facts and we are sure they will enjoy learning about the Arctic and Antarctic. If you have any books, toys, photos or any other resources you could bring to school to further our learning it would be much appreciated.

The boys have Rugby this term and from what they told us they all enjoyed it. They are enjoying their swimming sessions too and working well to develop their skills both on top and under the water! Please remember to provide a school winter hat and any extra layers to help with the chilly days.

Next week we will be continuing with our shape space and measure theme and looking at weight. Please dig out all the different types of scales you have at home.

The boys continue to love their phonics sessions. We have had a little shuffle around with the groups to ensure that the boys are being taught at the level appropriate to their needs and ability. The boys have also enjoyed their extended sessions as their concentration span increases. Please continue to read a variety of books to your son, and continue to play Fred Games by sounding out lots of familiar words in your day to day routine. It’s time for b – e – d! Reading words is always easier than writing words and therefore if you want to do any additional practice with your son at home we recommend focusing on writing words containing two and three letter sounds.

There are handwriting sheets in the orange folder each week, this week is i. Please ensure you use a writing pencil to correctly form each letter. It is important that this is done correctly right at the start of learning to write, as bad habits are hard to break later on. Please use the pencil provided for you at the start of the year.

The activity for the weekend is a really lovely thing to do if it is cold and to put outside the night before a frost. Please watch this video here to learn all about it. It was made in lockdown! You can click here to see some examples made by some previous Reception boys, and we have already sent you the link this week in case you can’t find it.


Please click on the following links to catch up with the past week’s highlights 

Early Years’ Highlights


Years 1-8 Highlights