Any day with cake is a good day! Thank you to all the parents who baked or brought in cakes for our Red Nose Day cake sale. During our Red Nose Day assembly, we shared a delightful picture of some of our boys with Lenny Henry, a Red Nose Day Ambassador who visited us here at The New Beacon in February. We also spoke about random acts of kindness and how these can lift our spirits and make others, and ourselves, feel better. We set the boys a Kindness Challenge. Over the Easter holidays we are encouraging every boy in the school to do an act of kindness, to others or to the planet, and email a video or photo of this act of kindness to Mrs Taylor. You can read more about the Kindness Challenge below.

This morning saw the whole school come together for an assembly to wrap up to our Science Week. It’s always great when we come together as a whole school, and this morning was no different.  The theme for National Science week is Time. Mrs Rix inspired the boys on Monday when she spoke to the boys about the concept of time and discussed some philosophical questions about time such as did time exist before humans? Over the course of the week every boy in the school took part in a reaction time experiment and the winning boy from each year group was awarded a potato clock and certificate in this morning’s assembly.

Parents’ Evenings ran smoothly this week, my thanks to the teachers for the extra work and late nights that these entail during a busy time of year. The next set of reports to go home will be at the end of the Summer Term however your son will be taking home an attendance report next week.

On the final day of term boys are allowed to bring in an ‘unhealthy’ snack such as crisps or chocolate for a Form Feast. Please bring in nut-free individual snacks only and no fizzy drinks. Perhaps boys will want to bring in an Easter-themed treat.

A reminder of the finishing times for next Wednesday: 12pm for Pre-Prep, 12:15pm for Y3, and 12:30 for Y4. We can hold onto any boys until 4pm if you have already notified Mrs Harding. There will be no After School Club on that day.

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 your ongoing support.

Happy Easter!

With best wishes,

Mrs Alteirac
Head of Pre-Prep and Junior School

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..


Year 1 – Year 4 Sports Day
Thursday,  27 June 10am – 12:30pm
We are delighted to invite you to your son/s Sports Day. Refreshments will be served throughout the morning on the Upper and Sports Day will commence from 10:15am after the welcome and introduction. We are having a picnic on the Upper once Sports Day has concluded at 12:30pm- so please ensure your son has an appropriate packed lunch for this. If you would like the school to provide a picnic lunch for your son, please email to let her know.

Pupils will be expected to return to school for afternoon lessons at 1:20pm. It will be normal pickup times that day. We encourage you to bring foldaway chairs/blankets for the picnic. Please ensure your son is dressed in PE kit with trainers, sun hat, water bottle and his company coloured top (no football/branded tops). We are very much looking forward to the day and hope as many of you can be there as possible. 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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

The New Beacon Sports Newsletter

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