As another packed week draws to a close, there are a number of boys who deserve hearty congratulations. Firstly, to all of those who took part in the Spring Concert on Thursday evening, thank you so much for your wonderful playing, showcasing the breadth of talent here at The New Beacon.

Talent of a slightly different kind was on show today at the Company Music event, with both individual boys (and a few duets) showing off their skills, as well as the eagerly awaited performances of the Company Songs! Further reports will be available in next week’s Friday Report, but bravo to the overall winners: Drake!

Elsewhere there have been hockey matches against Hazelwood as well as a shooting match squeezed in. Well done to all the sportsmen for their efforts! In addition, the whole school took part in World Book Day and the Year 8 boys particularly enjoyed reading to their Reception and Year 1 buddies! A final congratulations to all those Year 7 who went through examinations and interviews at Tonbridge School this week – we wish you every success.

Next week promises to be just as eventful, with Company Rugby and Cross-Country for all, as well as ESB examinations for our boys in 8B, 8C and 8D – good luck to all involved. We are also looking forward to Science Week, the Boarders’ Event and our annual Passion chapel service. Never a dull moment at The New Beacon!

Enjoy a well-earned rest this weekend and may fortune favour your team in the Six Nations (whilst I deal with my own split loyalties on Sunday!)

Mr Ribbans-Opara
Assistant Head of Senior School

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Canterbury Cathedral – Year 7
Monday, 11 March
Please can Year 7 boys meet at The NBC at 8.15am, ready for a departure at 8.30am. We will be returning at normal collection time.

The school will provide a packed lunch, but the boys may choose to bring a snack and an additional drink (no fizzy drinks).

The boys will need a back pack to carry their packed lunch and a waterproof jacket.  Card or cash up to the value of £20 for the Cathedral Shop (optional).

Full Uniform with blazer please.


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.


Chapel Service – The Passion
On Friday,  15 March at 4.45pm, the Senior School will participate in the Passion as our last chapel service before Easter. This traditional service of music by J.S.Bach and the retelling of the Easter story is open to all as usual, and we look forward to many of the Year 8 boys leading us through the events which take us towards the Crucifixion. Please note that the service will be shorter than usual, about 30 minutes.


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


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


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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