We were thrilled to welcome the boys back on Wednesday for the beginning of the Summer Term. The Summer term is busy and we are excited about the opportunities and experiences which lie ahead. We encourage you to stay updated on these activities through the school calendar and via The New Beacon App, which has just seen its soft launch. Hopefully, everyone has received their sign-up email.

This morning saw us come together for our first Celebration Assembly of the term. This is always a highlight of the week, where we recognise academic achievements, kindness, manners as well as sporting and musical talent. We start with our ‘musician of the week’, who opens the assembly, and end with the boys singing together. In between, we award a Courtesy Shield (Pre-Prep), Courtesy Cup (Junior School), and Mr Young’s Coach’s Award. Mrs. Brownsdon then reads out all the names in the Golden Book. It is a delightful and uplifting way to end the week. A reminder that if anyone has anything special to celebrate from home, please do send in the medal/certificate/trophy/badge and we will find time to celebrate these too! We are always looking for occasions for the boys to present in front of an audience and this is a great opportunity to do just that! Next Friday, we look forward to Accordion Club opening our assembly.

We have had a special link with Weald Heights Care Home for quite a few years now. On Monday, the Year 3 boys will be going over to delight the residents with the Chapel Service they performed last term. Let’s hope they remember all of the words!

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions. We value your partnership and look forward to working together to ensure a successful and rewarding Summer Term for your sons. Here’s to a fantastic term ahead!

Mrs Alteirac
Head of Pre-Prep and Junior School

DATES FOR SUMMER TERM

22 AprilYear 3 Sing at Weald Heights Care Home
7 MayBoys must be in Summer uniform
15 & 17 MayYear 4 Play 7pm
16 MayWhole School Photograph & Class Photo
24 MayOwn Clothes Day (Bottle Tombola Donations)
8 JuneNBPA Fete (12-3pm)
27 JuneYear 1 – Year 4 Sports Day (9am-12pm) followed by picnic (1-2pm)
5 JulyPrizegiving / Celebration Day

 

YEAR 3 PERFORMANCE FOR WEALD HEIGHTS CARE HOME
On Monday, 22 April the boys in Year 3 will be performing their wonderful Chapel service ‘The Gospel Show’ to the residents of Weald Heights Care Home.  We will be walking with the boys to the home and then returning on the minibuses in time for lunch.  Blazers will not be needed.

We are hoping to take some lovely photos of your boys with the residents of Weald Heights Care Home. Some of these photos may be used by Care UK for marketing purposes. If you do NOT wish your son’s photo to be used for marketing purposes by Care UK please email your son’s class teacher over the weekend or early Monday morning.

 

ECO INITIATIVE
We have a new initiative mirroring the one from last year, where each boy in the Pre-Prep and Junior School will be offered the chance to plants two seeds.  Please follow the link below for more details.

Eco Initiative

 

CPSHE
The following topics are those that are covered by our PP and JS classes during their CPSHE lessons each week.  If you feel that you would like more information about how a subject is being covered then please feel free to either speak with your son’s class teacher or alternatively email Mrs Alteirac with your questions.

Reception Spring Term:

  • Physical health and mental wellbeing
  • Care and concern for others
  • Teamwork
  • Right and wrong
  • People who help us
  • Strengths and weaknesses

Year 1 Spring Term:

Physical Health and Mental wellbeing – Keeping healthy; food and exercise, hygiene routines; sun safety
Growing and changing – Recognising what makes them unique and special; feelings; managing when things go wrong
Keeping safe – How rules and age restrictions help us; keeping safe online

Year 2 Spring Term:

Physical Health and Mental wellbeing – Why sleep is important; medicines and keeping healthy; keeping teeth healthy; managing feelings and asking for help
Growing and changing – Naming body parts; moving class or year
Keeping safe – Safety in different environments; risk and safety at home; emergencies

Year 3 Spring Term:

Physical Health and Mental wellbeing – Health choices and habits; what affects feelings; expressing feelings
Growing and changing – Personal strengths and achievements; managing and reframing setbacks
Keeping safe – Risks and hazards; safety in the local environment and unfamiliar places

Year 4 Spring Term:

Physical Health and Mental wellbeing – Maintaining a balanced lifestyle; oral hygiene and dental care
Growing and changing – Changes in the body and the need for personal hygiene
Keeping safe – Medicines and household products; drugs common to everyday life

 

IT HAPPENS

We are delighted to share with you the news that we will be working with the organisation ‘It Happens’ on Thursday, 9 May (online parent session at 6pm) and Friday, 10 May (in school) to complement the delivery of the CPSHE curriculum to all boys in Years 5-8.  It Happens is a team of RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education) specialists with extensive professional experience.  Their sessions are engaging, inclusive and interactive and are delivered in a sensitive and age-appropriate manner.  Please follow the link below for more details.

It Happens Workshop

Parents from boys in ALL year groups are welcome to join the parent session, not just those in Years 5-8.

 

EASTER ART COMPETITION
The deadline for the Easter Art Competition entry has been extended to 26 April.  Please remember to hand in your son’s entry to Mrs Jackson for Middle and Senior School, or your class teacher in Pre-Prep or Junior School.

 

MAY THE FOURTH (FORCE) BE WITH YOU!
Star Wars Day is on May the 4th!

The Library is celebrating with a Starship Construction Competition.

You should design a Starship (individually or in teams):

  • It will need to transport much of Earth’s population to the far reaches of our solar system.  The ship will need to transport a selection of people, animals and plants.
  • It will need facilities to educate, feed and care for the ship’s inhabitants throughout the long journey.
  • It will need to protect itself against unknown forces during its journey through space, such as alien encounters (good and bad), meteor showers and alien diseases.

Please hand your entries to your form/class teacher or Mrs Westland by Friday, 3 May.

 

READING PHOTO CHALLENGE
Thank you to everyone for entering our Reading Photo Challenge over the Easter holiday. We had so many entries from all aspects of the school. Please click here to see more about it.

 

KINDNESS CHALLENGE
Thank you also for the emails regarding our whole school Kindness Challenge. It has been heartwarming seeing how kind and thoughtful our New Beacon boys are.

 

CONSIDERATE PARKING
Please do respect our neighbours if you are choosing to park in a nearby road at drop off or pickup. We have received reports of driveways being blocked and pavements rendered impassable for pedestrians which has understandably upset local residents.

 

SPEED LIMITS AROUND THE CAMPUS / MOBILE PHONES
Parents are requested to adhere strictly to the speed limit whilst on the school campus and to be wary of boys who may inadvertently step out from behind a building or who had ‘forgotten’ to use the pedestrian crossing. We do constantly remind the boys about road safety and to be vigilant when crossing the drive.

Mobile phones must not be used whilst you are driving. Please save answering a call for when you are stationary.

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM – LOST PROPERTY
At the end of the spring term, we collected numerous items of clothing from around the school and placed them in the school room. To say that there was a mountain of lost property on display would be an understatement.

At the start of this term, we were able to reunite some of the boys with their item/s of clothing if it was clearly named. As blazers, jumpers, etc. are expensive to replace, we urge you to ensure that all your son’s items of clothing are clearly marked with his name and surname. This includes socks, ties and shoes.

 

THE NEW BEACON SUMMER FETE
On Saturday, 8 June 2023, 12pm – 3pm. 

We have a fabulous afternoon planned for all The New Beacon families. Please come along and join in the fun!  Please follow the link below for more details.

The New Beacon Summer Fete 2024

 

REMEMBERING REX
Camilla and Paul Gooden (Year 3’s parents) will once again be hosting their 7k Community walk to remember their son, Rex who passed away suddenly in 2015. They will be raising vital funds for SUDC UK (the charity Camilla co-founded to fund research and support families affected by Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood www.sudc.org.uk)

The walk takes place on Friday, 10 May, 9.30am-11.30am at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, tickets are £20 and there is also an option to donate £20 for a virtual ticket if you are unable to attend and would like to support. For more information about the walk and for tickets please follow the link below.

2024 Walk for Rex


Please click here to catch up with all our other highlights over the last week.