Christmas now seems a distant memory and we are well and truly back into the routine and hustle and bustle of school life. Activities started again this week and it’s wonderful to see so many boys taking part in a wide variety of clubs.

This week in assembly we looked at Janus, the Roman God of beginnings and endings, gates and doorways, change and transition. We discussed how the New Year is a time to look back and reflect, a time to be thankful for all that we have learned and achieved. It’s also a time to look forward to the year ahead and resolve to live each day fully and well. We encouraged the boys to set goals for themselves, however big or small. Whether it’s learning something new, making friends, or even helping others. The boys know that every small step can create a ripple effect of positive change.

A gentle reminder regarding punctuality – boys need to be in school by 8:30am for 8:35am registration. If they come in after that time they will be marked late.

Please read the notices below and take note of the upcoming dates for the term ahead.

Wishing you and your families a lovely weekend.

Mrs Alteirac
Head of Pre-prep & Junior School

A reminder of some important dates for the Spring Term

Week commencing Mon, 29 JanInformal Concerts
Tues, 30 JanVisiting author for Nursery & Pre-Prep – Sue Hendra
Mon, 5 FebChildren’s Mental Health Week
Wed, 7 FebReception Bedtime Read and Safer Internet Day
Fri, 9 FebLunar New Year- Year of the Dragon/Visiting author for Junior School – Sir Lenny Henry
Fri, 23 FebOpen Morning
Thurs, 7 MarchWorld Book Day
Mon, 11 – Fri, 15 MarchScience Week and Parents’ Evenings
Fri, 15 MarchRed Nose Day
Wed, 20 MarchEnd of Term


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.


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


Friday, 9 February – Sir Lenny Henry
Please do ensure you have completed the below form if you wish to order any additional books by Sir Lenny Henry by 5pm Thursday, 25 January. As part of the visit each child will be allocated a signed copy of Sir Lenny Henry’s newest book The Clash of the Superkids which will be added to your end of term bill.

Please use the link below to find out more details visit to the school by Sir Lenny Henry.

The Clash of the Superkids


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


Pre-Prep and Junior School Informal Concerts – week beginning Monday, 29 January

We are very much looking forward to the forthcoming Pre-Prep and Junior School Informal Concerts. Please see details of boys who will be performing below. Please make your way straight to the Music and Art Centre on the day of the concert.

Pre-Prep: Friday, 2 February at 1.30pm in M1 of the Music and Art Centre:

Elliott Roose2JBViolin
Ehtan Chu2JBViolin/Piano
Rufus Cox2JBViolin
Luke Chertkow2JBPiano
Rhett Johnson2RRViolin
Ruilin Li2RRViolin
Hugo Morelli2RRViolin
Vinny Ward2RRViolin
Aidan Langman2RRPiano
Scott Langman1SHPiano
Patrik Adamec1SHPiano
Marcus Dawes1TRPiano

Year 3: Wednesday, 31 January at 2.00pm in M1 of the Music and Art Centre:

Theodore James3AHSinging
Rupert Belcourt-Jameson3AHViolin
Rex Lin3AHViolin
Raymond Wang3AHViolin/Piano
Sebastian Boreham3AHPiano
Milo Hodder-Williams3AHGuitar
Tommy Lamb3AHPiano
William Smith3AHPiano
Srishtan Sasikethan3AHPiano

Elliot Watkinson3SSSinging
Jadon Ekiugbo 3SSViolin
Leo Li 3SSViolin
Allen Yang 3SSViolin
Louie Gooden 3SSCornet
Phoenix Marar 3SSPiano
Freddie Rowland 3SSPiano
Harry Preston 3SSPiano
William Foord3SSPiano
Jadon Ekiugbo3SSPiano

Year 4: Monday, 29 January at 11.30am in M1 of the Music and Art Centre:

Edward Zou4CMSinging
Easton Lucas4CMSinging
Andriel Li4CMViolin
Milo Matthews4CMViolin
Ashwin Singla4CMPiano
Nanye Su4CMViolin
Tommy Bragoli4CMPiano
Oscar Halimov4CMPiano
Harry Chen4CMPiano
Peter Richardson4CMPiano
Edward Zou4CMAccordion

Zidan Batchelor4CSSinging
Ethan Du4CSViolin
Magnus Halama4CSViolin
Debare Oluyinka4CSTrumpet
Stanley Natzkoff4CSTrumpet
Patrick Golaszewski4CSHarp
Freddie Bragoli4CSPiano


Cold Weather Clothing
As the colder weather sets in, it is 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 can be either black or navy blue.

Boys can wear blazers, duffle coats or the New Beacon fleece-lined coats


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

Early Years’ Highlights


Years 1-8 Highlights