On Tuesday, we welcomed Sue Hendra to school, a British writer and illustrator of over 70 books for children. She inspired all the boys in the Pre-Prep with her reading of her new book and the boys had a wonderful time illustrating their own adventures between Supertato and Evil Pea. Next week, the Junior School are lucky to have a visit from Sir Lenny Henry, a British actor, comedian, singer, television presenter and writer. Sir Lenny Henry is also the host of Comic Relief, a charity close to his heart.

Congratulations to all the boys who delighted us with their musical talents and performed in the Informal Concerts this week. It’s wonderful to see how the boys progress with each concert. A special thank you to Mr Maslin, who organised these in Dr Maslin’s absence.

Next week is a busy one….

Tuesday is National Safer Internet Day, which 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. Mr O’Prey and I will be doing an assembly for the boys on Tuesday.

Next week is also Children’s Mental Health Week. The theme this year is ‘My Voice Matters’. My Voice Matters is about empowering children and young people by providing them with the tools they need to express themselves. We will be kicking off this important week with an assembly on Monday morning.  We want all our pupils to be able to say – and believe – “My Voice Matters.”

The dragon, one of the luckiest and most powerful animals in the Chinese zodiac, eagerly awaits its celebration, the Year of the Dragon. Next Friday morning, PP and JS boys will come together to celebrate Lunar New Year. Thank you to all the parents, who have volunteered to help. We look forward to a fun-filled morning!

With best wishes for the week ahead.

Mrs Alteirac
Head of Pre-Prep and Junior School

 

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

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/chickenpox/

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

 

A reminder of some important dates for the Spring Term:

Monday, 5 February Children’s Mental Health Week
Tuesday, 6 FebruarySafer Internet Day
Wednesday, 7 FebruaryReception Bedtime Read
Friday, 9 FebruaryLunar New Year- Year of the Dragon/ Visiting author for Junior School- Sir Lenny Henry
Friday, 23 FebruaryOpen Morning
Thursday, 7 MarchWorld Book Day
Monday, 11-Friday, 15 FebruaryScience Week/Parents’ Evenings
Friday, 15 FebruaryRed Nose Day
March, 20 FebruaryTerm Finishes

 

Children’s Mental Health Week
Children’s Mental Health Week is next week, the week beginning 5 February. The theme this year is ‘My Voice Matters’. My Voice Matters is about empowering children and young people by providing them with the tools they need to express themselves. Click here for a useful video.

During Children’s Mental Health Week, we want all our pupils in the whole school to be able to say – and believe – “My Voice Matters.” There are so many resources available to you as parents, as well as for the pupils in school. We want to help you support your child’s Mental Health. We would love you to have a look at the Top Tips for Families, ask your son to complete some of the activities provided, such as writing a Wellbeing Journal, complete the What they feel Proud of page, or they may like to write an Acrostic Poem. There are many resources available for you here.

 

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

 

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 owen.herbert@newbeacon.org.uk

 

Collection from Junior School Prep (Year 3 and 4 Parents)
If you are collecting your son from JS Prep before the finish time of 5pm, please collect them from the side door of the Junior School Library, adjacent to the pond. Please do not enter the building. Parents should not be entering buildings unless they have a scheduled meeting with a teacher.

 

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.


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