Well done to the Year 8 boys who have completed their Mock Examinations today. It has been a tough week, but may their efforts be rewarded with suitably good aggregate scores.

These examinations were a dress rehearsal for the ‘big event’ in the summer term. Where there may be some disappointment in some subjects, a period of reflection should then be followed by the good practice of determining where the obvious weaknesses are and then to be proactive in remedying the situation by asking for assistance or spending more quality time revising those weaker subjects.

The Year 7 boys also sat a practice Mathematics and English paper in the dining room and some good results were recorded.

We wish the Year 7 boys who will be sitting their Provisional Examinations at Tonbridge School on Thursday, 7 March all the very best wishes. They will all have had a session with Mrs Brownsdon for some interview practice by then.

Besides the examinations, it has been another busy week in The Senior School. The boys took part in the Company Hockey Competition and after some exciting matches, Nelson came out on top. Well done, to all of the boys who displayed their hockey skills in front of appreciative supporters. We really do have some talented hockey players. Well done to Mr Herbert for organising this event, the hockey coaches and also to all of the umpires.

Congratulations to 7B who reached their target for Company Quarters this term and thus enjoyed their treat in room 1 on Tuesday at first break. By all accounts, there should be a Year 8 form or two enjoying their treat soon!

As per last week’s correspondence, you are all welcome to attend The Senior School Chapel Service tonight at 4.45 p.m. The guest speaker will be the Head of Sevenoaks School, Mr Jesse Elzinga.

After the Chapel Service, it is a quick change for those attending the Walthamstow Hall social event at 6.30 p.m. I hope that the boys will enjoy this special occasion. Mr Ribbans-Opara has volunteered to be The New Beacon chaperon at the event. Thank you, sir!

In the summer term it will be our turn to host a disco and the NBPA have already started the ball rolling and it promises to be another amazing, themed event.

Have a wonderful weekend and get those batteries charged for the week ahead. Let’s hope for a bit more sunshine!

Mr Knipe
Head of Senior School

 

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 Canterbury Trip – 11 March 2024
Year 7 will be visiting Canterbury Cathedral on Monday, 11 March 2024 as part of their Henry II and Thomas Becket history topic this term. The boys will also be carrying out some architectural sketching with Mrs Jackson. We will be travelling by minibus. The school will be providing packed lunches, please could your son have a suitable backpack/ bag to carry their lunch. They may also choose to bring a morning snack and their water bottle. The boys will have the opportunity to visit the shop at Canterbury Cathedral; if they bring cash or a card, the boys will be responsible for their own money.  Please could you complete the following permission form at your earliest convenience.
Y7 Canterbury Trip – Permission Form

 

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

 

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

 

World Book Day – Thursday, 7 March
World Book day is always great fun and a fantastic way for boys to explore the fun of reading. Whilst we do not ask Senior 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 Senior 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!

The Year 8 boys will on the day be paired up with their Buddies in Reception and Year 1. The pairings have worked so well and the rapport created has been a joy to observe.

 

World Book Day – Dream Jar Project
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

 

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 New Beacon U13 Rugby Sevens Festival – scheduled for 16 March
Unfortunately, following postponement of this event we have had to cancel it completely for this year, however Year 7 boys should look forward to what will be an even bigger and better event in the Spring Term of 2025!

 

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

One of the charities that we support is Comic Relief. On Friday, 15 March, we shall be holding a cake sale and taking part in a whole school challenge relating to Kindness.

In the lead up to Red Nose Day, commencing on Monday, 4 March, the boys will have the opportunity to purchase a Red Nose at a cost of £2 during the morning drop off.

The boys recently had the privilege of meeting the legend, Sir Lenny Henry, a co-founder of Red Nose Day. He read extracts from his many published books and the boys and staff were treated to an hilarious hour in his company.

Official Red Nose Day Website

 

Hessian Bags

Boys should have The New Beacon branded hessian bags for transporting books around the campus during the school day. These can be purchased from the School shop.

They should not have shopping bags with logos.

Last week a reminder was given in relation to the use of the new blue bookbags. I have included this again for those who may not have read last week’s suggestion.

 

New Blue Bookbags
It has come to our notice that many of our senior boys are being lazy when it comes to our request that they must not carry all their books and files around the school in their new blue bookbags.

They are regularly reminded by their form teachers that when they arrive at school in the morning, they should pack only the books that they will need up to first break into their bags.  When first break ends, they have sufficient time to pack the books needed for lessons up to lunch.  After the lunch break, they then pack for the final session of the day.  There is absolutely no need for them to lug all their books around throughout the day. It is a discipline that needs to be learnt.

Parents should reinforce this message at home. The last thing we would want is for boys to suffer prematurely of back ailments.

 

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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