‘Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.’ – Henry Ford.

In assembly this week we looked at Growth Mindset. We spoke about how everyone has the same chance of being just as brilliant as the next person, but it’s about having the right attitude. We introduced two characters to the boys; Give-Up Gorilla, who gives up when he finds something hard, and Try-Again Tiger, who thinks that if you try hard at something you will improve. We looked at some Growth Mindset Champions such as Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and JK Rowling, whose resilience and tenacity were rewarded by huge success.

Fostering ‘soft skills’ such as resilience and tenacity is crucial for children’s overall well-being and development. Resilience helps children navigate challenges, bounce back from setbacks, and develop a positive outlook on life.

On Tuesday, we welcome Sue Hendra to school, a British writer and illustrator of over 70 books for children, including ‘Barry the Fish with Fingers’. Her books ‘Wanda and the Alien’ and ‘Supertato’ have been adapted for television. She will be speaking to all the boys in the Pre-Prep.

A gentle reminder that when you bring boys in late or after an appointment you must sign them in at the Pre-Prep office.

With best wishes for the week ahead,

Mrs Alteirac
Head of Pre-Prep and Junior School

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.

Schools Triathlon Invitation

Please keep us updated with how you along for a superb cause.


Touch-Typing for Years 3 & 4

Please follow this link to find out how to purchase the Touch-Typing programme to use at home.


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 (Julie.harding@newbeacon.org.uk ) 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.


Year 1 Workshop ‘Victorian Homelife and Toys’ on Tuesday, 30 January 2024
As part of our History topic in Year 1 the boys will be looking at home life in Victorian times.

To bring this subject to life we have invited the Freshwater Theatre Company to school so that the boys can begin to understand what life was like during a busy day for the servants in a Victorian household.  They will learn about and try different household tasks and will have the opportunity to play with some Victorian toys and games.

The workshop will take place during the school day, so collection is as normal.


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 newbeaconseals@yahoo.co.uk or click on the following link:  NBPA Seals


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.


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.hutchison@newbeacon.org.uk

Charles Hutchison


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 

Early Years’ Highlights

22 – 26 January


Year 1-8 Highlights

22 – 26 January