Another week comes to a close with the cold giving way to warmer, albeit damper, weather. Thankfully, conditions were well-suited for a number of Rugby fixtures to be played by both the U11 and U10 squads against Holmewood on Wednesday with some excellent victories recorded for The New Beacon – well done, chaps! Do keep an eye on the website’s sport pages for further fixtures that are now coming thick and fast – and we always welcome parents coming along to support their sons during fixtures.
You will be aware that we have undertaken a review of our sanctions system of late, with boys now being given a ‘quarter-minus’ for poor or inappropriate behaviour. A total of four ‘quarter-minuses’ in one week results in a full minus – a more serious sanction that involves the Head of Section and parents being informed. Thankfully, I am yet to have to administer a full minus – and long may this continue! – but a number of boys did sail a little close to the wind last week…
On a more positive note, it is always a pleasure to be able to award a boy a ‘quarter-plus’ or even an ‘E-Recommended’ for exceptional effort in and around school – see more details below. The class quarters-competition is already hotting up, with a number of Middle School forms making good progress towards their class treat which will be awarded for reaching a certain milestone – keep up the splendid effort, boys!
Rehearsals are now in full swing for the fantastic Company Music competition that takes place at the end of the Spring Term and dulcet tones are beginning to fill the corridors during assemblies – the theme this year is ‘colour’ and do encourage your sons to get practising his words… you can’t beat a good sing in the shower!
With best wishes for the coming week,
Year 6 Play – 12 & 14 March 2024
Rehearsals are well underway for the upcoming Year 6 play ‘Treasure Island’ and we are beginning to think about costumes and props. We are putting out a plea for some parents who may be willing to spend some time in school in the costume cupboard helping to organise and find props and costumes for the play.
Please do contact Mrs Harris if you might be able to help and we will put together a team – firstname.lastname@example.org
CPSHE Syllabus for the Spring Term
Please find below a very brief summary of what Mr Bromwich will be looking at with the boys in CPSHE this term. If you have any questions regarding the CPHSE syllabus, Mr Bromwich will be happy to answer any questions if you email him directly: email@example.com.
Year 5 – Spring Term – Living in the Wider World
- Belonging to a community – protecting the environment; compassion towards others.
- Media literacy and digital resilience – how information online is targeted; different media types, their role and impact.
- Money and work – identifying job interests and aspirations; what influences career choices; workplace stereotypes.
Year 6 – Spring Term – Living in the Wider World
- Belonging to a community – valuing diversity; challenging discrimination and stereotypes.
- Media literacy and digital resilience – evaluating media sources; sharing things online.
- Money and work – influences and attitudes to money; money and financial risks.
As outlined above, boys collect quarters throughout the year for good work, being especially well-mannered and kind and helpful; there are many other ways of earning quarter plusses as well. These quarters, along with those gained during the year in inter-company competitions, viz. company music, rugby, football, hockey, basketball, cricket, swimming, cross-country, hockey, art, etc. count towards determining the winning company for the academic year.
All staff may award the boys a quarter plus, even two on occasion, with an ‘E-recommended’ to be shown to the relevant Section Head or a Head’s Award in rare but exceptional circumstances. The Head’s award is very special as the boys are then invited to Mrs Brownsdon’s study where they are afforded the chance to showcase their excellent work. An ‘E-recommended’ or a ‘Head’s Award’ can also be awarded to a boy who has shown exceptional progress and a dogged determination to improve in areas other than just of an academic nature.
That, in a nutshell, explains the little ‘squiggles’ in your son’s workbooks that denote a quarter plus!
A reminder that breaktime snacks should be healthy options. Please also remember that these snacks and any other food/drink items brought into school should not contain any nuts, and if your son brings his snack to school in a Tupperware container (or the like) it is clearly named so we can endeavour to return those left strewn around the NBC back to their rightful owners!
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.
Items of clothing going missing is an on-going battle for any school, and it is no exception here. Theft is, thankfully, very rare at The New Beacon and a lost item is more likely to be a simple case of a boy forgetting where he may have left it, or it accidentally being picked up during changing for Games or PE by someone else. Our new Director of Sport, Mr Herbert, will be sorting lost property weekly and whilst items may take a while to work through the system, we will endeavour to help your son locate anything missing. However, with all teachers having very busy schedules, do please forgive us if we simply asked your son to retrace his steps and ‘have a good look’ in the first instance. It goes without saying that having everything clearly named certainly helps things!
The Schools Triathlon – Sunday, 12 May 2024 – Years 3-6
We have been invited to enter the School Triathlon at Sevenoaks School, if you would like to enter your son/s (teams of 4), please register before Friday, 16 February 2024.
Please keep us updated with how you along for a superb cause.
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.
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 – www.rspb.org.uk/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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Please click on the following links to catch up with the past week’s highlights
22 – 26 January
22 – 26 January