What an amazing week we have had exploring books with the children. World Book Day 2024 celebrated that children are more likely to enjoy reading when their choices are championed and we make reading fun. Thank you so much for participating in the dream jar activity. It was lovely to see entries from the whole school. It was also very special to see lots of children dressed as book characters on World Book Day!

As a parent you will know that there is nothing better than snuggling up to your child before they go to sleep and reading a bedtime story. There is so much to be gained from sharing books together. A book can open a door to anywhere the imagination takes you, and can fill our children’s minds with endless possibilities.

As Dr. Seuss wrote; “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

We would like to wish all the Mummies a lovely weekend, and we hope you enjoy your cards and gifts; please remember not to peek until Sunday morning!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Taylor

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World Book Day Photo Challenge
The theme for World Book Day 2024 is to support and encourage reading for pleasure. World Book Day provides a fantastic opportunity to focus on reading for pleasure, supporting children’s autonomy in book choice, and embedding a habit of reading that brings a wide range of benefits.

In order to promote reading from now and over the Easter break, we would like your son to take a book to an unusual place and for you to take a photo of him reading it. It could be abroad, at home, in your back garden or at a famous landmark. In previous years, this has proven to be one of the year’s most popular activities. Try to make the cover of the book visible and include as much background as possible so that we can guess where he is! Please email your photos to your form teacher so we can compile them as a whole school. This activity is voluntary, but whether you decide to take part or not, please encourage your son to keep reading over the holidays!


Red Nose Day
As you know, a charity we support is Comic Relief. In the lead up to Red Nose Day, we have been selling Red Noses at the cost of £2 during your morning drop off zone. On Friday, 15 March, Red Nose Day, we will not be dressing up, but we shall be holding a cake sale and taking part in a whole school challenge about Kindness. We would be grateful of any donations for our cake sale, and the cakes will be sold at first break at the cost of 50p each, a maximum of £1 please. Please see poster here for more details.


Extended Care on the Last Day of Term
If you are unable to collect your son at the normal finishing time on Wednesday, 20 March (12pm for Nursery and Pre-Prep, 12:15pm for Y3, 12:30 for Y4 and 1pm for Middle and Senior School) we can hold onto any boys until 4pm.  Boys who stay will be given a light lunch.  Please note: Boys can be collected at any pre-arranged time, but will need to be collected by 4pm latest, there will be no After School Club on that day. Details of collection point TBC.

Please email your section secretary by Friday, 15 March to let us know whether you will require your son(s) to stay late, as well as what time you intend on collecting him, so we can ensure there is appropriate staffing in place. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate any last-minute bookings.

Nursery/PP/JS parents please email Julie.harding@newbeacon.org.uk

MS/SS parents please email Nicola.lee@newbeacon.org.uk


The Big Plastic Count
The New Beacon working with Greenpeace
So here we are nearing the start of the Big Plastic Count which starts this Monday and lasts for a full week (11 – 17 March inclusive). All boys in the Pre-Prep, Junior School, Middle and Senior School have the details of the initiative and will bring a form back with them today, ready to start tallying the amount of plastic thrown away in their household over the course of the week. This is a national initiative, and we encourage all families to take part.

Plastic now pollutes land, sea and air with small particulates spreading across our world as it breaks down. Did you know that a small plastic yogurt pot takes 50 years to break down?!

We would be grateful if you could help your son complete the tally sheet. The form is easy to use as it has segmented the plastic into categories. Boys should return their plastic Tally sheets to their form teachers on Monday, 18 March. Please ensure your name and class is on the sheet so that each class can collate the results ready to send to Greenpeace. Please click on the link below for further information.

The Big Plastic Count: 11-17 March

Charles Hutchison


London Marathon 2024
As I’m sure you have heard, for my sins, I am running the 2024 London Marathon. 49 days to go…

This has been a huge challenge and one I have really enjoyed thus far.  I am running for the Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation, a great charity and one that is close to my heart!!!

Please have a look at my page using the link below and if you would like to support me that would be greatly appreciated.  A huge thank you to those who have already, I have been truly inspired by your kind words and support.

London Marathon 2024/Jon Young

Thank you for reading.

Mr Young
Head of Pre-Prep and Junior School PE & Games


Stay & Play Nursery Opening Morning
If you know of anyone who might benefit from this information, please let them know.

Join us on Saturday, 16 March 9.30-11.30am

Boys & Girls from 3 years old – Nursery School Places now available

The New Beacon Nursery has a brand-new home within our school’s 22-acre site!
Proudly offering engaging, early years education for boys and girls from 3 years old.

Our dynamic space nurtures curiosity and creativity, with easy access to outstanding facilities.

Find out more about starting your education at The New Beacon Nursery

For more info or to reserve your spot please follow the link below, or email registrar@newbeacon.org.uk.

Ready For Growth | The New Beacon

Nursery News

The older children have nearly got to the end of learning all the single sounds. It is really useful for you to recap these sounds at home, and also practise saying words in Fred Talk. Here is a fun game to watch and do at home.

We are starting to go and explore the grounds more, so please ensure you have a pair of wellies in Nursery ready for our walks.

Our topic next week will be all about Spring!

Mrs Beresford, Mrs Griffiths and Mrs Taylor

Reception News

Read Write Inc.
I do hope that you are enjoying using these videos to support your son with his reading. A reminder that you can access these links for us to 6 weeks from when they are published. Please click here for the link to our website page for Read Write Inc..


Book Week
The children in Reception began the week with an assembly about Dreams. This looked at the stories written by Roald Dahl, and also the dream that Martin Luther King Jr had. Thank you so much for getting involved and providing all the amazing costumes, favourite books, dream jars, and of course an enthusiasm for reading!

World Book Day illustrator Allen Fatimaharan is also an award-winning illustrator. A book we have read this week is ‘My Hair’, written by Hannah Lee. You can watch her reading her story here. It is a really colourful picture book which looks at many different types of hair style. The boys loved listening to the story and learning all about the books Allen has illustrated. We also enjoyed listening to the World Book Day song which you can listen to here.

Next week we shall continue to learn all about telling the time, on an anologue clock, (not digital) so please do dig one out if you have one for them to look at.


Parents’ Evenings
Parents’ Evenings will take place on the 11, 12 and 14 March. Thank you for signing up for your appointments.

Mr Braidwood and Mrs Taylor



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