Congratulations to all the boys for making it through what was a dark and cold January.  I, certainly, felt that it was a month of epic proportions! However, the mornings are finally becoming lighter and brighter, which definitely helps. It may have been a short half term but is has been a very busy one and, as we move into our final week before half term, the boys are becoming increasingly tired and I think they are all looking forward to the upcoming half-term break.

We have seen some fantastic Rugby played across both year groups in the Middle School this week. Full details are in the highlights section but a special mention and huge congratulations to the U11As who came away as the victors in the tournament at Tonbridge School on Wednesday.  Well done to all boys who played – not only in the tournament but those who represented the school in all fixtures. This week has also seen several Y6 boys head off for further senior school interviews and we wish them the very best of luck in the process.

Hopefully the current sunshine will last us through the next few days. Regardless of the weather, I wish you all a lovely weekend.

Georgia Harris
Assistant Head of Middle School.


There has been a suspected case of chicken pox  in the Nursery.  Please see the following NHS link for your information:

Suspected and confirmed cases of chicken pox need to stay away from school and vulnerable individuals until all the spots have formed a scab, which is usually 5 days after the spots appeared.

Alida Hoffman
First Aid Lead


Sir Lenny Henry – Friday, 9 February

The boys and staff are very much looking forward to the upcoming visit from Sir Lenny Henry. He is talking about his work as an author and his latest book ‘The Boy with Wings – Clash of the Superkids.’ Although the book is aimed at primary aged children, we want all the boys in Years 3-8 to have the opportunity of listening to such a well-known personality.

As part of the event there will be a Q and A session from the children and therefore the boys may like to prepare a question to ask Sir Lenny Henry on the day.


School Ski Competitions – Years 4-8
At The New Beacon we are looking at entering teams in the ESKIA, IAPS & Precise Kents Schools Association Competitions. These competitions are spread out throughout the year and will give the boys who ski regularly and to a high ability a chance to represent the school in skiing on both an individual and team perspective. If you are interested in entering these competitions, please contact Mr Herbert on


Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. Safer Internet Day 2024 is on 6th February and will be celebrated with the theme ‘Inspiring change? Making a difference, managing influence and navigating change online.’ Do look at the many resources available on the link below.

Look out for a communication from Mrs Alteirac on Monday regarding the Dangers of Gaming, as well as a daily guide from the ‘What Parents Need To Know’ series which provides a brilliant summary of Games and Apps, their PEGI rating, elements that could be considered inappropriate but also some insights that might help you engage with your children about games they enjoy, without you having to actually play! A different one will be sent every day next week.

Safer Internet Day 2024 – UK Safer Internet Centre


Year 6 Play – Treasure Island
Please find below the song lyrics to practice at home.

Treasure Island


Lunar New Year Menu 2024
As the Lunar New Year falls on Saturday, 10 February this year, instead of preparing our New Year Celebration Menu on the Friday before half term, we will celebrate this on Thursday instead.  Please click on this link to view our Lunar New Year Menu 2024.

Please click here to catch up with all our latest news over the last week.