As we move away from January, the weather seems to be warming up. We are in full swing of this first half of the spring term and soon we hope to see some signs of spring appearing as it warms. The Big Birdwatch is this weekend, and we are looking forward to learning all about the Lunar New Year, and thinking about Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. There is never a quiet week at The New Beacon. We manage to fill each school day with fun, lifelong learning, and exciting experiences. I hope you enjoy the weekend, and look forward to hearing all about your birdwatching results!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Taylor
Head of Early Years

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 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. The date has now passed for you to order a book through the school.

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


Lunch Menu Change
As the Lunar New Year falls on Saturday, 10 February this year, instead of preparing our New Year Celebration Menu on the last day of term, we will celebrate this on Thursday instead.  Another change to the menu for that week will be Wednesday, 7th February when we will prepare beef pastitsio, and the vegetarian option will be Quorn mince pastitsio.


NBPA Seals Family Fun Swim!
The NBPA Seals Family fun Swim is our fantastic, family swimming club, open to ALL New Beacon families. It is a wonderful opportunity to use the school pool, splash about and have fun over the holidays, at a very reasonable price.

The school’s heated, indoor pool is perfect for younger children to be able to stand safely in the shallow end while older children swim. There are fun pool toys, floats and most importantly, other children to play with! Adults can swim with their younger children if they’d like or sit on the poolside and enjoy watching the fun. The children love it!

NBPA Seals offer an annual membership or a pay per week for all New Beacon families, and two guests can come too! The pool is open Monday – Friday from 2 – 5pm during the school holidays (excluding bank holidays and Christmas).

Please do spread the word about the NBPA Seals so that we can continue providing this brilliant opportunity for our whole school community.

If you would like more information, please email Sarah Hinds at or click on the following link:  NBPA Seals


Music Photography Exhibition

Before going into teaching, our head of DT Mr Barratt was a photographer, mainly within the music business. Should you be in south London, he has a small exhibition of his work at Upside Down Records in Deptford. Pictured is Sinead O’Connor, taken in the early 90’s for a New Musical Express cover story. You can have a look at more of his images here.


Can we ask you again to please ensure that all children’s belongings are named as lots of items are not. It then makes it really difficult to return items to the correct child, if it doesn’t have a name on.

If we do not answer using the Nursery intercom system, this is probably because we are outside. We now have a backup doorbell if we don’t hear you. In this instance, please use the doorbell.

Next week’s theme is “Minibeasts”.


Request for Help for Lunar Year Celebrations
The Lunar Year on Saturday, 10 February, 2024 marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon.  The Pre-Prep and Junior School boys are looking forward to celebrating together on Friday, 9 February from 8:50-10:15am. If you are interested in helping, we are holding a planning meeting on Tuesday, 30 January from 10:30-11am in the Pre-Prep building. Please email Mrs. Harding ( ) if you can attend. Equally, if you can’t attend the planning meeting but still want to help on the day, please email Mrs. Harding and let her know and we will assign you to a group.

Many thanks in anticipation for your help with what has become a wonderful annual event.


Bedtime Read
We are really looking forward to our Bedtime Read which is being held on Wednesday, 7 February, from 5.30pm – 6.30pm. Thank you to everyone who has completed the online permission form to our Bedtime Read in a few weeks time. It really is a special event, and one that all boys remember throughout their time in school.   Here it is again for those of you who haven’t signed up yet. We do hope everyone will be able to attend.


The Teams Assignment for this weekend is to continue our focus on weighing to weigh objects you have at home, using electric scales. It’s a great way to practically learn about weight, but also learning to read larger numbers in the hundreds. There is also a video to accompany this activity, which can also be found here. Please do share your fun with us on Monday!

Next week we shall be learning all about capacity!


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

Early Years’ Highlights

22 – 26 January


Year 1-8 Highlights

22 – 26 January