As I write this it’s very cold and the rain is pouring – most ‘unspring-like’ but at least the daffodils along the drive are doing their best to brighten what has been a dreary few days. Thankfully, things have been much brighter within the school this week: Y6 have been busy rehearsing their play as performance evenings draw near (more details on ticketing can be found below) and it would be remiss of me not to thank those kind parents who have been helping with costumes this week. Both Y5 and Y6 had a fantastic afternoon on Wednesday, taking part in Company Hockey and thoroughly enjoying themselves. We have the annual Company Music Competition to look forward to too (more details below) with competition hotting up and friendly rivalries between Companies beginning once again for the coveted Music prize…

Speaking of competition, parents will no doubt be aware that their sons have been asked to chose and learn a poem for Middle and Senior School Declamations taking place on the last day of term. This annual event is not only great fun, but being able to learn and recite a poem is one of those vital life-skills that we believe help prepare boys for the wider world of work which they will one day enter – standing in front of an audience and performing does wonders for their public speaking skills and will serve them well as they get older. Whilst it may push a boy out of his comfort zone and perhaps, for some, be something they are not fond of doing, we know from experience the ‘buzz’ he will get from performing in front of his class and, if chosen, the whole of the Middle and Senior Schools. I wish all boys the best of luck with their poetry performances in their English lessons next week!

As always, you will find lots of information below for the coming weeks and beyond – do read and digest carefully.

With best wishes,

Tom Probert
Head of Middle School

 

Tickets for the Year 6 Play – Treasure Island Adventure
Prepare to swash those buckles and shiver those timbers – this is a tale of blood and gold, dark-hearted scoundrels and rum-soaked villains sure to chill the marrow of many an honest bilge rat. Join the boys of Year 6 as they take us on an adventure across the high seas singing their way to buried treasure. Make sure you’re there, or there will be gullying for sure!
Ticket Booking for Year 6 Play 

 

Iceland Adventure 2024
Participants are reminded that a reply slip needs to be returned to Mr Knipe by the end of next week. This return slip must contain mobile and/or home numbers of at least two adults.

A reminder as to the due date to hand in passports will be forwarded at a date closer to our departure.

If you have mislaid the information sheet handed to your son last week, please see the link below.

Please, only return the cut-off slip and keep the rest of the document as a reminder of the drop-off and pick-up times at Gatwick North Terminal.
Iceland Adventure Information 2024

 

Year  7 and 8 (Current Year  6 and 7) Trip to War Horse, New Wimbledon Theatre
The incredible National Theatre production of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse is on tour from September, and we have reserved some excellent seats (Central Mid-Stalls) at the New Wimbledon Theatre for the matinee performance  (14.30) on Saturday, 14 September 2024.

This is an optional trip. We will be travelling by minibus, leaving around midday from The New Beacon. Further details to follow, nearer the time.  The cost is £70 to secure a place for your son, this will be charged at a later date.  There are 37 tickets available, please note priority will be given to Year 8 (current Y7) boys as this will be relevant to their history topic in the autumn term. Please can you express an interest using the following form.
Year  7 and 8 (Current Year  6 and 7) Trip to War Horse

 

World Book Day
World Book day is always great fun and a fantastic way for boys to explore the fun of reading. Whilst we do not ask Middle School boys to dress up, there will nevertheless be plenty of book-related activities going on during the day. Be it listening to a teacher read part of their favourite book, or boys simply being given the time to enjoy some of their own reading, we hope that everyone in The Middle School will enjoy some literature-themed fun on the day. This also serves as a timely reminder for boys to have the reading books in school every day!

 

World Book Day – Dream Jar Project
Also for this World Book Day, pupils can create their very own Dream Jar at home, inspired by ‘The BFG’ by Roald Dahl.  They can participate either by drawing their Dream Jar or by creating their own Dream Jar using an empty jar. Please follow the link below for more details.
Dream Jar Project

 

Company Music
Excitement levels are rising for the boys in The Middle and Senior schools as they are feverishly preparing for the coveted annual Company Music performance. The Company Song theme this year is COLOUR, and all companies have chosen a song which links to this theme (some more tenuous than others!).

Alongside the Company Song, 3 brave acts from each Company perform consisting of 2 instrumentalists and a vocal solo or small group. These boys are working hard on their performances and we wish them the best of luck for the competition.

Company Music is a highlight for all boys and staff every year, which we are thoroughly looking forward to. Any help from home helping ensure the boys know the words for their Company Song is gratefully received. As in previous years, your sons’ Company Leader will ask him to dress for the occasion, and more details regarding costumes will be given to the boys within Company Assemblies.
Mrs Jackson – Company Leader for Drake

 

Spring Concert – Thursday, 7 March at 7pm in The NBC
We are very much looking forward to our Spring Instrumental ensembles concert. Almost 90 boys from Years 2 to 8 will be performing in one or more of the following musical groups. We will also have some performances from our Year 8 music scholars.

String OrchestraFirst OrchestraString Training Orchestra
Second OrchestraJunior/Pre-Prep OrchestraTrombone Trio
Brass GroupGuitar EnsemblePercussion Group
Concert BandBig BandJazz Combo
Piano DuetPiano QuartetMusic Scholars

All are very welcome to attend. The concert should last approximately one hour.
Dr Maslin and the Music Department team.

 

Author Visit – Matt Dickenson – Monday, 18 March

Matt Dickenson, an esteemed explorer, will be visiting The New Beacon to speak to the boys about his books and life in extreme environments.

By following the link, Matt Dickenson you will find more details of his visit which we are very much looking forward to.

 

The Big Plastic Count
We are embarking on an important initiative which will feed into a major Greenpeace initiative.  This initiative is designed to find out how much plastic, and the type of plastic, that is flowing out of houses.  Over 4,000 schools have entered, and The New Beacon is certainly taking part. Every class is in the Pre-Prep and Junior School will be registered, and we’re hoping Middle and Senior School will want to take part too.  We will be promoting this initiative at assembly next week and each boy will come home with an easy-to-use tally chart on which the plastic can be logged over a full week.

The initiative will run from Monday, 11 March to Sunday, 17 March and we would ask the boys to return the tally chart on Monday, 18 March so that we can collate the information and send it to Greenpeace.  We will send you further information in next week’s Friday Report.  Our thanks to the Eco Warriors for wanting to take this initiative forward.

 

Red Nose Day
As you will no doubt know from previous years, a charity we support is Comic Relief.  On Friday, 15 March, we shall be holding a cake sale and taking part in a whole school challenge about kindness. In the lead up to Red Nose Day, from Monday, 4 March, the boys will have the opportunity to purchase a Red Nose at the cost of £2 during your morning drop off zone.

 

Rucksacks
Following on from last week’s notice, we have been giving regular reminders to MS boys regarding the weight of their rucksacks and the number of books they are carrying around with them during the day. It has been brought to my attention that some boys are concerned that they will get a ‘quarter-minus’ for forgetting a book or piece of equipment, which I can assure them (and you!) that will not be the case. Boys will forget things from time to time, but teachers will always be considerate of these one-offs and unless it becomes a regular (and therefore disruptive) occurrence a reminder will suffice. A boy only need pack the books required for the next block of lessons, and not the entire contents of this locker! If you feel your son needs a little assistance with this, do let his Form Tutor know.

 

Snacks and Snack Boxes
As the term marches on, a reminder that snacks provided for your son at break should be healthy and not contain any nuts. We have seen lots of crisps and chocolate bars making an appearance as well as, in some cases, enough food to feed an army! Snack boxes should also be clearly named, and ideally Tupperware to avoid single-use plastics which create a lot of extra litter around the site.

 

Kind Request for Raffle Donations
To all our generous parents, teachers & friends of The New Beacon School.
The NBPA are looking for donations for our Junior and Adult raffles at this year’s Summer Fete. All monies raised are given to the school.

All donations will be gratefully received!

We are also happy to accept items for the raffles from businesses and are willing to display the donors’ details on the raffle stall poster and the Summer Fete Programme of Events. We can also display promotional material on the raffle tables on Fete Day. All donations are welcome.

We all know how excited our children get over the raffle, let’s make it the best one yet!

Please contact us via email on nbpaevents@newbeacon.org.uk or mobile 07340 005847 (Lucy Ching), 07771 601928 (Annabel Byk), if you have a donation, suggestion or any questions.

We look forward to hearing from you and many thanks in advance for your help.
Lucy & Annabel
NBPA Events


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