It finally feels as though Spring might have sprung. We have seen the sun peeping through the grey a little more, albeit in between some drizzle. This week the school has been filled to the rafters with events demonstrating the skills and talents of the boys outside of the classroom. The boy’s participation and successes in both the IAPS U11 Hockey and Cross-Country races at Ashford Prep were an excellent display of both team spirit and great sportsmanship: something we are enormously proud of. The latter part of the week held The Spring Concert; an incredible display of the broad range of musical talent we have across the school. Finally, this afternoon, we had Company Music. This is always such a fun filled event and the boys, even if they don’t admit it, enjoy it thoroughly. This year we were given the theme of colour. Some links may have been more tenuous than others, but all were another excellent display of how well the boys work as a group, with every member of each Company engaged and singing and performing with great gusto. Special congratulations must go to those who performed a solo piece.

It was also World Book Day on Thursday which saw a whole school read. You could have heard a pin drop as the entire community was engaged in their own quiet reading. There was also the popular ‘Risk it for a Biscuit’ competition held in the library which proved wildly popular.

Unbelievably, it is a mere week and a half until the Easter holidays are upon us. Next week promises to be just as eventful as Year 6 take to the stage. I can hear their singing during rehearsals from my classroom and cannot wait to see the final performance: I am sure the boys will ‘break a leg’. Thank you again to all the parents who have given up their time to come and assist us and the boys with costumes and make up.

As ever, please read the notices with care and all the news of this week’s activities will be shared in the highlights section below.

Mrs Harris
Assistant Head of Middle School

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Year 6 Play
The performance of ‘Treasure Island Adventure’ will start at 7:00pm, with drinks being served in the studio from 6:15pm.

Please could boys be in school, in uniform, at 5:30pm to ensure there is time for costumes and make up to be applied.

As the boys will need to return to school for 5:30pm, it has been decided that they may leave school at 3:00pm on both Tuesday and Thursday if you wish for them to do so. If this is not an option for you, boys may of course remain in school until the normal end of day at 4:30pm or stay for prep until the meeting time. Please can you send a packed tea with your son if this is the option you choose. He will have the opportunity to eat this before dressing for the play when they report at 5:30pm.

Please do let your Form Tutor know what you intend your son to do on the nights of the play.


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.


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.


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


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

MS/SS parents please email


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


Pre-season Cricket
Tuesday. 16 April 2024 at in the Sports Hall

Year 5 & 61pm – 2pm
Year 7 & 82pm – 3pm

Please ensure you arrive in New Beacon Cricket whites or white PE kit with a water bottle.

If you have your own cricket kit, please bring it along. It will involve some skills and drills and small modified matches.


Cricket Whites – Summer Term Games
In the summer term,  boys will be participating in Cricket, and will be required to wear whites (cricket trousers and cricket tops).

If you do not currently own these, please do not feel the need to buy branded or expensive versions, as, from experience, your son will grow out of them by the following summer!


Company Rugby
Wednesday, 13 March
Company Rugby is an all-inclusive event with each Company fielding both a Contact and Touch (non-contact) team in every year group. Parents will be able to spectate from around the edge of the pitches for all the games.  Please click on the link below for more details.

Company Rugby Programme


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

Ready For Growth | The New Beacon


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