We have finally started to see some signs of Spring around us this week. We have been patient and waited for what feels like ages to feel the warmth of the sun on our faces and to not have to wear a coat to play outside. Perseverance and patience are such good qualities to have, and these are areas we ask our children to practise and develop. It has been such a lovely week learning about Spring and new life, how to care for living things, and watching them grow. Just like our youngest children in our school, we plant the seed for learning and watch them grow and blossom into fine young men when they leave us at the age of 13. There are so many opportunities to be taken when a pupil at The New Beacon, and it is an honour to be right at the start of their growth and life here.

If you know of anyone who would like to join us for our Nursery Stay and Play session, please pass on these details. It is on Saturday, 16 March between 9.30-11.30am. They can find out more info or reserve a spot by emailing registrar@newbeacon.org.uk or following this link below.

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Please remember that we finish for the Easter holidays at 12 noon on Wednesday, unless you have prebooked our afternoon care. There are many challenges to be taken up over the Easter break, so please read below for more details.

Have a lovely weekend and a super Easter break when we get there,

Mrs Taylor, Head of Early Years

Nursery & Reception Sports Day
Friday, 28 June 9am – 10:30am
We ar,e delighted to invite you to your son/s Sports Day on Friday 28th June at 9am. Refreshments will be served in the NBC Studio from drop off and Sports Day will commence from 9am on The Upper; the field next to the flagpole.

Please ensure your son is dressed in PE kit/school tracksuit with trainers, a sun hat and has a water bottle. We are very much looking forward to the day and hope you will be able to join us. Further information will be provided closer to the time.


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!


Big Plastic Count
Thank you to everyone who took part in The Big Plastic Count this week tallying the amount of plastic you throw away over the course of the week. The tallying ends on Sunday, 17 March. Please can boys bring their forms back into school on Monday, 18 March so that we can collate the information and send it to Greenpeace.


Red Nose Day
Thank you to everyone for their cake donations for our cake sale today for Comic Relief. The boys had a fun day wearing their red noses, watching an assembly about Comic Relief and where their money goes, and we have also been learning about many different aspects of kindness. Kindness to others, the planet and kindness to ourselves. We have also looked at Random Acts of Kindness and how these can lift our spirits and make others, and ourselves, feel better and more positive. We would love the boys to take part in our Kindness Challenge. Please see poster here for more details.

Nursery News

From Roots to Shoots Nursery Parent Talk
We are offering a talk to the Nursery parents on Tuesday, 23 April focusing on the development of learning and skills in the Early Years. We would also like to share ways in which you can support your child at home to unlock their potential and what support the school will be offering you and your child in the summer term. We will confirm the location early next term with a reminder of the date and time. The talk will start at 2.15pm, but please come early as coffee and tea will be provided from 2pm.

We are looking forward to our Easter bonnet competition on the last day of term. We are going to join the Pre-Prep and Junior School for the final assembly of the term, where we will parade wearing our bonnets! If you would like your son to come to the Parade but it is not your child’s usual day, please bring them in at the usual time and we will take them to the Assembly. The assembly will last around 30 minutes and we will come back to Nursery after the Parade.

The older children have now worked their way through all the single Set 1 sounds in our Read Write Inc. sessions. They have worked really hard and can remember many of them. It would be good to continue to look at these sounds over the Easter break if you have a few minutes. You can click here for another useful video to help with orally blending sounds to make words.

Our topic next week will continue to be all about Easter! Please remember to bring your Easter Bonnet in on Monday if you are participating in our Parade!

Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you all next week.

Reception News

Collection of boys staying late on the last day
For any PP/JS boys staying late on Wednesday, collection will be at 4pm from the Music Block. If you are collecting PP/JS boys before 4pm it will be from the Central Area. Any Nursery and Reception boys can be collected from the Nursery.

Summer Term Activities/Clubs
The SchoolsBuddy portal will open for applications for the Summer Term Activities/Clubs on Tuesday, 19 March at 9am. The schedule will follow by email on Monday.

Activities for Easter Holidays
We hope you enjoyed coming into school and seeing all the amazing work your son has been doing. We are more than halfway through the year now, and everyone has made such a lot of progress! Well done to you all! We shall be sending home some activities for the Easter holidays if you wish to take part.

The Teams assignment this weekend is all about Time. It has been such a fun week learning about time in Maths and also recording our reaction times as part of Science Week. Please see the assignment for recording times you do things at home over the weekend.

Easter Egg Hunt
We shall be holding an Easter egg hunt on the last day of term with our Year 8 Buddies. If you would like to donate some small chocolate goodies, please drop them off any morning next week. Thank you.

Pre-Prep 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..

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.


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