What a week! It never ceases to amaze me how our boys cope so well with changes to routine – from attending Hockey tournaments, Company Rugby and the Y6 play, they have taken it all in their stride this week. Life at The New Beacon is always busy and days action-packed, and the resilience and adaptability boys so young show never ceases to amaze – we are very proud of them!

Company Rugby was a fantastic occasion with even the weather playing ball (excuse the pun!) on Wednesday afternoon. Every boy in The Middle School was involved and some wonderful rugby played – be it ‘touch’ or full contact. The level at which a boy plays is not important – the fact that each and every one of them was giving his all for his Company was wonderful and, despite the very muddy attire in need of a quick turnaround, I am sure parents would agree! Congratulations to Nelson who came out as the overall winners and also to those MS boys who won a special accolade on the day.

As good as the Company Rugby was, the real highlight for me this week was Y6’s wonderful take on ‘Treasure Island’, performed on Tuesday and Thursday evening. With further write up  in the highlights section I will keep it brief, but it goes without saying how fantastic both performances were. Countless hours have been spent learning lines, song words and stage directions – and didn’t it come together well on the night?! Again, the way Y6 pulled together and worked for each other was so wonderful to see – a real team effort. Speaking of which, special and heart-felt thanks to my colleagues who worked so hard putting it all together, and to the many parents who gave up their time to assist – in whatever capacity. Hurrah!

With only two and half days left before we break for Easter, I will take this opportunity to wish you all a restful holiday and thank you all for the support you have given over a very busy term.

Happy Easter!

Tom Probert
Head of Middle School

 

Year 5 – Year 8 Sports Day
Thursday, 27 June 12:30pm – 4:30pm
We are delighted to invite you to join us for your son/s’ Sports Day. Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon on the Big Upper and Sports Day events for years 5-8 will commence from 13:30pm after a picnic lunch. We invite you to bring a picnic lunch to share with your son/s on the Big Upper starting from 12:30pm.  Please do not feed your son/s too much sugar before the events!  We will obviously provide a picnic for boys whose parents/guardians are unable to attend.  Pupils will be expected to return to their forms at 13:20pm to register with their form tutors. We encourage you to bring foldaway chairs/blankets for the picnic. Please ensure your son is dressed in school PE kit with trainers/spikes, sun hat, water bottle and his company plain coloured top (no football/branded tops). If boys do not have a company coloured top, please ensure they wear white a PE top, and a bib will be supplied for the afternoon. We are very much looking forward to the day and hope as many of you as possible will be there for an exciting afternoon of sport. Further information, including parking details, will be provided closer to the time.
Mr Herbert

 

Senior (Current Year 6 & Year 7) Football Tour to Nottingham
Please follow the link below for more information in relation to the Senior School Football Tour to Nottingham

If you would like your son to be considered for this trip, please email owen.herbert@newbeacon.org.uk  by Monday 15th April 2024.

U13 Football Tour Sept 2024

 

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
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.

 

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.

 

Y6 Transition Form
Thank you to those parents who have already completed the Y6 Transition to Senior School form emailed earlier this week.  A reminder that this must be completed by Monday, 18 March.
Y6 Transition Form

 

Iceland Adventure 23 – 27 March and Passports
Boys who are going on this trip should be dropped off at the North Terminal at Gatwick airport on Saturday, 23rd March at 8.00 a.m. We shall return to the same airport terminal on Wednesday, 27 March at 11.15 a.m. I have a few boys who have yet to hand in their passports. As a matter of urgency, I will need them on Monday at the very latest. Any medical documents and entry visas should also be forwarded on Monday.
Mr Knipe

 

Reschedule- Company Cross Country
Friday, 19 April during games.
Due to waterlogged pitches and more rain forecast we have had to postpone the Company Cross Country. It will be rescheduled for Friday, 19 April during games. It is an in-house event and will be normal finishing times.

 

Change of date: CRICKET PRE-SEASON- Monday,  15 April 2024
We are holding cricket pre-season at the following times for Y5 – Y8 Boys:
Year 5 & Year 6: 1pm – 2pm        Meet New Beacon Centre          Mr Bromwich/Mr Tomic/Mr Young/Mr Hutchison
Year 7 & Year 8:  2pm – 3pm       Meet New Beacon Centre          Mr Yeats-Brown/Mr Walkling/Mr Herbert/Mr Eisawy

 

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.

 

Sports Kit
We will be engaging a new supplier for sports kit from September 2024.  We anticipate that you will be able to order your sons new sports kit from June 2024 ready for September 2024.  Whilst we will have a transition period so that existing uniform can be phased out, if you need kit for this summer, we encourage you to purchase this from the stock in the school shop.

We will share more information about the new sports kit supplier next term.

 

End of Term Reports
End of term reports will be coming home to parents of Middle School boys on Wednesday, 20 March – the last day of term – via ‘boy post’. Year 6 will receive full written reports across all subjects, with Year 5 having the shorter ‘tutorial-style’ of report containing effort and attainment grades. Do check your son has this in his possession before departure upon collection on Wednesday! Both Year 5 and Year 6 will have full academic reports at the end of the school year.

 

End of Term, Wednesday, 20 March
The term ends at 1.00 p.m. on Wednesday for Years 7 and 8. If you can only collect your son at the normal end of day time, there will be staff available to look after them. However, there will be no prep session in the afternoon.


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